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Residential Life Policies

Alcohol and Drugs

The full alcohol policy is available on-line and in the Student Handbook. Under this policy, students who are 21 or older may possess and consume alcohol (beer and wine only) in a residence hall room where at least one resident of the room is of legal drinking age. Only those students who are of age may possess and consume alcohol in the residence halls. The policy prohibits providing alcohol to minors, possession of alcohol containers, public intoxication, and consumption in public areas.

Trinity University prohibits the use, possession, manufacture, sale, or distribution by its students of any illegal drug (or drugs) in any amount or paraphernalia, regardless of location. Because it often contains unknown ingredients, and because of health and safety risks, possession or use of synthetic marijuana and other illegal drugs is prohibited. Similarly, any act that results in another person involuntarily or unknowingly consuming any illegal drug (or drugs) and misuse or sharing of prescription drugs is prohibited. The University offers counseling and referrals for treatment of drug abuse. These services are offered by Counseling Services on a confidential basis to members of the University community who seek such assistance.


Because of the danger of fire, necessary restrictions must be placed on use of electrical appliances in rooms and extreme caution taken. Fans, irons, hot pots, coffee makers, hair dryers, clocks, and entertainment units are permitted. Food preparation appliances such as toasters, toaster ovens, and hot plates are not allowed, nor are any appliances, including some popcorn poppers and heaters, with an exposed heating element. The only refrigerator and microwave units of any kind permitted in the residence halls are the University provided Microfridge units.


Because many balconies of student rooms and walkways are in public view, balconies/walkways must be kept neat, uncluttered, and safe.  Items on balconies must be wholly contained within the balcony (including decorative lights, tapestries, etc.) Items on walkways may not interfere with normal pedestrian traffic.

The following items are the only items permitted on balconies and walkways:

  • All-weather furniture
  • Free-standing hammocks 
  • Plants
  • Wind chimes, wind socks, sun catchers
  • String lights, in-season holiday decorations
  • Bicycles
  • One small milk crate for short-term use (placed next to wall).

The following items are permitted on private balconies only and are not permitted on walkways:

  • Drying racks
  • Plastic storage containers, such as storage bins (placed next to wall).

The Residential Life staff reserves the right to limit the size and number of containers on a balcony.

University furniture may not be left unattended on the balconies/walkways. Obstructing the view of the balcony from the outside by hanging items (flags, towels, tapestries, etc.) is strictly prohibited. Hammocks hung from balcony railings are strictly prohibited. Only free-standing hammocks attached to stands are permitted. Writing or painting on balconies or use of decorative substances such as fake snow, chalk, or window paint is prohibited. Students who share responsibility for a balcony are encouraged to communicate with one another about items placed on the balcony area. All students who live adjacent to a balcony will be held responsible for splitting fines, or if they choose, reimbursing one another for fines resulting from violations. Staff members will issue fines without warning. If violations are not corrected within 24 hours, additional fines and referral for judicial action will ensue. Building ledges that may only be accessed from a student room through a window are not considered balconies. Residents may not climb onto nor place property onto these areas, even if there are railings on the ledges.

Excessive Noise

To maintain residential areas conducive to an academic environment, all residents are expected to maintain reasonable courtesy hours within and in the vicinity of the residence halls at all times. Amplified musical instruments and drums are not permitted. To ensure that residents may adequately sleep and study in their rooms, quiet hours are in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. seven days per week. During reading days and final exams, quiet hours will be in effect 24 hours a day. While Residential Life staff and the Trinity University Police Department will enforce the noise policy, residents are expected to notify others directly about disturbances. In that spirit, we ask that all residents comply with reasonable requests from neighbors related to noise.

Guests and Visitations

Residents may host visitors provided that all residents of the room consent to the visitation. In order for the University staff to be able to respond appropriately in cases of emergency, students are asked to inform resident assistants whenever a non-resident is staying overnight in a University residence hall. No resident student may provide overnight lodging on campus for more than three nights in succession without the approval of the residential life coordinator who supervises their residence hall.

Miscellaneous Safety Regulation

Due to the extreme fire hazard, candles of any kind, halogen lamps, containers of flammable liquids, grills, incense, as well as other devices with open flames, are prohibited in the residence halls.  Extension cords are not permitted, however surge protectors (14 gauge) may be used .

Because of the hazards to persons walking below, as well as the litter created, objects may not be thrown or dropped from balconies, walkways, roofs, or other above-ground level areas. Students are required to evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds, including during drills. Any student who props open or tampers with a locked exterior residence hall door will be subject to a minimum fine of $200 and/or relocation to another residence hall or eviction.


No pets, other than small fish, are allowed. Fish tanks may not exceed ten gallons in size. Charges for room fumigation will be made to any residents who have housed a pet, following removal of the animal.


Residents may post and display items (except neon lights) on the outside of room doors, areas immediately adjacent to room doors, inside room windows, and on the inside of sliding glass doors. Since these are communal areas, considerate judgment, sensitivity to others, and adherence to the University's harassment and respect for community policies should be considered in the selection of displayed materials. Residents are encouraged to directly inform others or those in the immediate community if they find posted items to be offensive. All posted materials should be kept neat and in accordance with University standards. Residents will be asked to remove items that are weathered, tattered, or sloppily displayed. The Residential Life staff reserves the right to remove items that are aesthetically unacceptable or in violation of any University policy. Welcome signs may remain posted for the two weeks following residence hall opening. Greek-issued signs posted during new member orientation may remain within a time period to be determined between the Greek Council and the Residential Life staff. Residents are responsible for damage and cleaning charges that result from any items posted or displayed in or around their own rooms.


Trinity is a tobacco-free campus. The use of any tobacco product is prohibited on University property. Tobacco Free Trinity includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any other products usually identified with tobacco use. This prohibition includes Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, e-cigarettes, and vaping.


No motorized vehicles, such as motorcycles or mopeds, are allowed in university residence halls or on balconies.


The unauthorized carrying or possession of any type of weapon, firearm, ammunition, explosive, or illegal knife on the premises of Trinity University is strictly prohibited. This prohibition expressly includes those persons licensed to carry concealed firearms. In addition, and for the safety of those in the University community, other prohibited items include, but are not limited to paintball guns, projectile launchers, BB guns/pistols, facsimile weapons, and fireworks. For purposes of this policy, the premises of Trinity University are defined as any property, building, or portion of a building or property that Trinity owns or occupies, whether on a temporary or permanent basis, and any off-site premises where Trinity is conducting any activity sponsored by Trinity. This includes all parking lots, parking areas, sidewalks and walkways, and all Trinity vehicles and equipment.

For a full list of campus policies, visit the Dean of Students webpage.