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F. University Services and Property

6.1 Improper use of building technology infrastructure
It is a violation to tamper with cable equipment, line connections or hook-up in resident spaces, corridor equipment closets, or building equipment closets.

6.2 Space Access
Unauthorized use, possession, or duplication of M Housing keys or keycards is strictly prohibited. No locks, bolts, chains, or other locking devices, besides those installed by M Housing, may be attached to room door frames. Excessive lockouts throughout the term may be considered harmful to the community.

6.3 Environmental Responsibility
M Housing and the University of Michigan are dedicated to protecting the environment, preserving natural resources, conserving energy, and recycling. As a result, all residents are requested to conscientiously participate in all energy conservation and recycling efforts and to refrain from unnecessarily polluting the environment. This includes, but is not limited to, depositing garbage anywhere other than in dumpsters, depositing recyclable items anywhere but in the appropriate containers; no disposing of oil, grease, gasoline, or other automotive fluids on the grounds, in storm drains, or in plumbing receptacles. Toilets, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures may not be used for any purpose other than those which they were designed for.

6.4 Solicitation Activities
Political Activities in Resident Rooms and Apartments
M Housing residents may use their room/apartment to engage in political activities as long as the room is not used for political fundraising.

Surveys, Interviews and Focus Groups
Individuals or organizations wishing to conduct survey and/or research activities in M Housing facilities must have prior approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) as well as from M Housing. Additional information is available on the M Housing website.

6.5 Operating a Business
The resident space must be used in a quiet, peaceable, and lawful manner for residential purposes only. However, use of the space to conduct a business or commercial enterprise shall be permitted, provided that: a) the space is used primarily as a living place; b) advertisements or signs are not placed on any portion of the inside or outside of the building or related areas which are not reserved for notices; c) conduct of the business does not result in the violation of any other Community Living Standard or University regulation; and d) the business is in compliance with all permits, licenses, and applicable laws. M Housing mail rooms are for personal correspondence and packages and not for commercial use. Recharging or repairing vender-owned electric scooters in residence hall rooms or other M Housing facilities for pay by the vendor is prohibited.

6.6 Room Alterations and Decorations
Residents are not permitted to paint or structurally alter their rooms/apartments in any way. They may not paint, wallpaper, or otherwise change the interior finish, remove, modify, or tamper with any room fixture or component including doors, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, electrical systems, pipe systems, and safety systems. No items, such as TVs, fans, or wall partitions may be nailed, bolted or otherwise permanently attached to any part of the building. Interior/exterior room door decorations and wall hangings may be hung using only no-nail type picture hangers or painters tape. If there is any question about a decoration, the resident should check with Housing staff.

There shall be no decorations affixed, adhered or placed in or on any wall, floor, door, window, lighting fixture or ceiling in any portion of any residence hall with the following exceptions:

  • Residential room doors may be decorated by the residents of that room with materials that hold flat to the door. These materials shall be limited to paper, construction paper, poster-board material, plastic appliqué material or other materials that are not raised nor have any three-dimensional properties of any kind.
  • Materials may cover no more than 20 percent of the door. Doors may not be wrapped in paper or fabric.
  • No materials may cover the door’s peephole, the door lock/knob assembly, or the room number.
  • All materials must remain flat to the door and shall not be frayed or raised in any way.
  • The means of adhering must not cause any damage to the finish of the door.
  • No decoration shall extend beyond the width and height of the door.