CWU Apartment Guide 2020

RESTRICTED AREAS Residents are prohibited from walking on any roof in an apartment complex. Machine and electrical rooms and offices and storage rooms are OFF LIMITS. Climbing on utility boxes, dumpsters, or dumpster enclosures is also prohibited. ROOMMATES SPACE Each roommate is required to sign a lease with the same rights and responsibilities. Each roommate must also maintain a deposit. If a person is living in an apartment without university approval, each lessee is subject to eviction and a $500 fine. The apartment complex coordinator and apartment managers will provide support and assistance to roommates in resolving conflicts. Each roommate has a responsibility to report any violations occurring in the apartment. In addition, violation of roommate agreements that are established with the apartment manager could lead to additional sanctions including a possible move from the apartment. SECURITY Residents strive to create friendly communities, but personal security should be a concern of all residents. Immediately report any suspicious activity to the police by calling 911. If a key is lost, please report it to the apartment complex coordinator or apartment manager immediately. Broken locks or window latches should be reported to facilities management immediately. Dowels for window and sliding glass door security are available from the apartment complex coordinator or apartment managers. Home security or alarm systems are not permitted. Residents and their guests may enter buildings only through doors designated for entry. Entry through windows is prohibited. SEXUALMISCONDUCT Consistent with the university’s policies on sexual misconduct, the apartment communities maintain a living environment which is free from sexual misconduct. An individual found in violation of this policy will be subject to informal or formal disciplinary action. SKATEBOARDS, BICYCLES, AND SCOOTERS The use of bicycles, electric bicycles, skateboards, nonmotorized scooters, electric scooters, and in line-skates are allowed only as a means of transportation on pedestrian malls, sidewalks, walkways and vehicular traffic ways of CWU. Anyone using a bicycle, electric bicycle, skateboard, nonmotorized scooter, electric scooter, or in-line skates on CWU property shall give right of way to any pedestrian and shall travel at a reasonable and safe speed. Under no circumstances will bicycling, skateboarding, or in-line skating be allowed in apartment interiors or on ramps, curbs, benches, steps or stairs, or other such structures. SMOKING AND TABACCO PRODUCTS In accordance with state law, smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of all university buildings. This includes balconies and stairwells to apartments or public areas. Out of common courtesy and in accordance with State Law, we ask that smokers refrain from smoking near entrances and other people’s windows and to properly dispose of cigarette butts in appropriate receptacles. Hookahs of any type are not allowed to be activated inside apartment spaces. Also, for those that use coals, it is reminded that used coals should not be brought into the apartments. Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices are not allowed to be used inside apartment spaces either. Residents may establish further policies regarding the distance one can smoke from the buildings. Fines can be assessed to clean drapes for those who violate smoking policy. All current Washington State Law, including possession of chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaping devices, etc., is applicable at the time of instatement.

FURNITURE • No indoor furniture should be placed outside the apartment unit. • Patio or lawn furniture is permitted where space allows. RECOMMENDATIONS • Pay attention to flammable items next to heaters and heat producing lights. • Any questionable decorations (flammable) that are not listed on this policy should be forwarded to Housing and Residence Life at 509-963-1831. POOLS Residents can use temporary, moveable pools outside for recreational use as long as they are watched by an adult during all times that the pool is filled with water. When not in use, the pool The assignment or lease of any university property excludes the right to use the premises for business purposes, storage of salable commodities, or any purpose other than as a personal residence. PUBLICITYAND LITERATURE The distribution of free literature or commercial advertising is prohibited to individual apartments or apartment complexes (WAC 106-140-034). Only U.S. Postal Service mail, individually addressed to the residents of the apartment, and official university memorandums approved by the senior director of Housing and Residence Life and/or designee will be distributed. Local newspapers (e.g. Daily Record, Yakima Herald Republic, etc.) may seek approval for occasional placement of newspaper samples in apartment complex laundry rooms. QUIET HOURS/NOISE ORDINANCE The City of Ellensburg has a noise ordinance enforced by Public Safety and Police Services addressing noise complaints any time between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Residents and their guests in violation of the city noise ordinance may be cited by police and/ or face university disciplinary action. The city noise ordinance must be stored out of sight. PRIVATE ENTERPRISE is consistent with quiet hours established by the apartment community. Residents are responsible for maintaining a noise level satisfactory to other community members. During “quiet hours,” the level or volume of noise must be contained within the confines of the apartment. If noise is heard beyond the apartment walls and doors, residents are responsible and may be addressed by a neighbor, staff, and/or Public Safety and Police Services representative. As in all situations, cooperation is expected in resolving the matter. The university asks that residents always observe “courtesy hours” when quiet hours are not in effect. Courtesy hours are those times when a resident needs quiet during non-official quiet hours. A student’s right to quiet supersedes a student’s privilege to make noise. Apartment staff may assist in mediating disputes over differing perceptions of acceptable noise levels. REMOVAL OF OBSTRUCTIONS The university reserves the right to remove any obstruction (bikes in stairwells, storage of items in front of patio doors, etc.) which may create a hazard or unsightly appearance. These items will be disposed of if not reclaimed in 60 days. The resident will be charged for labor and materials used to remove such items. RESNET, ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY, AND VIOLATION PENALTIES Please refer to the following website for the most up-to-date guidelines and regulations:


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