Possessions & Conduct
Furniture & Furnishings
- Provided Furniture & Apartment Appliances: Each residence hall room and apartment bedroom is furnished with one standard-sized twin bed, one desk, one dresser, one bookcase, one wardrobe or closet, and one desk chair for each planned resident, and one wastebasket per bedroom. Each apartment living area is furnished with a couch and/or arm chair, occasional table(s), dining set, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven and garbage disposal.
- Vacuum cleaners are provided in each residence hall and apartment building.
- Students may not provide their own mattresses due to the increase of bed bug contamination. Students with medical conditions requiring a specific type of mattress may contact Residential Facilities for information about medical exceptions.
- Residence hall and apartment kitchens are not equipped with cookware, dishes or utensils.
- Furnishings are not to be removed at any time from Residence Hall room or Apartment to which they are assigned, and “extra” furniture is not provided by the university. Furnishings include room furniture, drapes, blinds, mattresses, paint, carpet, floor tile, wastebaskets, telephones where provided and window sticks/locks. Charges for replacing missing furnishings will be billed to the individual(s) to whose room that equipment is assigned. There may also be a charge for returning furniture to rooms if it is removed.
- Mattresses must remain on bed frames, and may not be placed directly on the floor.
- Residents may rearrange the furniture in their rooms or apartments as long as the structure of the rooms and all permanent features remain unchanged and as long as furniture is set up according to approved configurations.
- Beds may be lofted or bunked only according to approved configurations, as defined by Residential Facilities. Personal lofts or platforms are prohibited. Lofted and bunked beds are installed with a safety side rail. If a student elects to remove the safety rail, he/she must sign a waiver of liability. The maximum height of the upper level mattress support surface for lofted or bunked beds is 59 inches. Bunked beds may have only two sleeping surfaces.
- Any furniture set up in unapproved configurations may be reassembled by university personnel.
- Residents of suites or apartments may not arrange their furnishings so that one room of the suite or one of the apartment bedrooms is a sleeping room and the other room is a living/study room.
- Electrical outlets, switches and lighting fixtures may not be removed, altered or added, including ceiling fans.
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- Students who exceed the electrical load limitations in their rooms may be required to remove appliances.
- Food preparation and cooking is permitted in residence hall or apartment kitchens only, not in bedrooms, hallways, restrooms or lounges.
- Permitted Appliances & Devices
- Small devices such as radios, clocks, phone chargers, desk lamps, laptop or desktop computers
- Electric blankets
- Stereos up to 200 watts or 1.7 amps
- Televisions up to 150 watts or 1.25 amps (usually about 32” or smaller).
- Refrigerators: Maximum of two per room, each limited to 95 watts or .8 amps (usually about 1.8 cubic feet), or one larger refrigerator per room limited to 190 watts or 1.6 amps.
- Refrigerators must be plugged directly into wall outlet, not into power strips.
- Coffee makers or electric water heating pots
- “Surge protected” electrical cords, as long as they do not extend through a doorway, window or ceiling panel, or across a hallway or traffic area, or underneath a carpet or rug Electrical cords cannot be fastened to a wall or structure.
- Printers: we recommend using USB-connected printers since wireless (WiFi) printers may be very difficult to setup thru the university network and personal WiFi routers are not permitted.
- Hair dryers:
- Limited to 1300 watts in bedrooms in all buildings (except Stewart: limit of 1000 watts). Higher wattage units may be used in community or apartment restrooms.
- May be used only at bedroom vanities in Sigma and Thompson Hall
- May be used only in community restrooms in Alpha and Hart Hall
- Appliances & Devices Not Permitted:
- Halogen floor lamps
- Cooking kitchen appliances such as hot plates, burners, microwaves ovens, toaster ovens, electrical skillets, rice cookers, toasters, blenders, crock pots, popcorn poppers, sandwich makers, or food grillers. However, these may be used in residence hall or apartment kitchens.
- Air conditioners or space heaters
- Clothing irons may only be used in laundry rooms.
- Electrical cords that are not “surge protected,” multiple "surge protected" electrical cords in one outlet, or outlet taps designed to add further plugs to one outlet.
- Wireless (WiFi) routers for personal use (these interfere with Biola's wireless technology)
- See also Prohibited & Legal Items below.
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- The university provides wireless internet access in residence halls and apartments.
- University telephones are located in each residence hall floor and in The Bluff rooms and apartments. Students may call other rooms or Biola offices without charge. All other calls must be completed at the student’s cost using a calling card or via an internet-based service through the student’s computer.
- Food and drink vending machines are provided in residence halls and at Li and Welch Apartments.
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- No paint, wallpaper, contact paper or other adhesive products may be used on walls or university furniture.
- No alternate flooring, such as tile, wood or wall-to-wall carpet, may be installed in rooms. Area rugs without adhesive backings are permitted.
- Only small finishing nails may be used to apply decoration to walls. Cinderblock wall may use 3M/command strips or poster putty. Nails may be obtained from Residence Life staff, or you can bring your own thin nails. No tape or any kind of adhesives are to be used on walls, doors, windows, furniture or any other surfaces.
- “Washable” crayons may not be used on any surfaces.
- Decorations can only be hung from walls (not attached to or suspended from ceilings), and must be a minimum of 1 foot from the ceiling and at least 3 feet from all four sides of a fire extinguisher or fire alarm pull station. Decorations are prohibited on fire doors.
- Anything outside of the above products not listed that can cause long-term damage to the room is not allowed.
- No decorations may be placed outside of your room, except for items affixed to the door. This includes doormats.
- All decorations in rooms or apartments must be in harmony with the philosophy of the university as outlined in the Student Handbook. Distasteful, offensive or vulgar items are inappropriate and should not be displayed.
- Christmas decorations:
- Due to state and county fire code, living Christmas trees must be fireproofed before being put in residence hall rooms, apartments, lobbies or lounges. Live trees must be purchased from a vendor who can treat and tag the tree and issue a fireproof certificate. The vendor's tag must remain on the tree and the certificate must be presented to Facilities Management before the tree is taken into any building. Self-treatment with fire retardant spray are not sufficient.
- Artificial Christmas trees must be made of fire resistant material.
- "Spray snow" may not be used on any surface, including windows, due to potential for damage or difficulty cleaning.
- Christmas lights may be used as long as the cords do not extend through any doorway, window, or ceiling panel, or across any hallway or traffic area, or under any carpet or rug. Only lights rated for indoor use may be used indoors. No lights may be hung near water sources.
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Prohibited & Illegal Items
Items described below are not permitted in the buildings, apartments or rooms, by residents or their guests, for legal, safety and/or health reasons. Prohibited possessions may be confiscated and discarded by the university in accordance with federal, state and local laws and established university procedure. Appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action may also be imposed.
- In accordance with the Student Handbook, residents (regardless of their age) may not promote, distribute, sell, possess or use alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, or any other controlled substances (including marijuana) with the intent of becoming impaired or intoxicated whether on or off campus. This includes the unauthorized use of prescribed medications or any other substance (including "medical marijuana") with the intent of becoming impaired or intoxicated. This prohibition also includes non-alcoholic beer, wine or champagne. Empty packaging or containers of these items may not be stored on campus, and drug-related paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.
- Candle or incense burning, due to fire danger.
- Personal mattresses, water beds, water-filled furniture, or personal lofts or platforms (see FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS)
- Hammocks, due to risk of injury or damage to property.
- Hoverboards and similar devices, due to risk of fire and/or injury.
- Cable or satellite television equipment and/or services may not be installed or contracted for in university housing.
- Nerf weapons, water balloon launchers, slingshots, and similar projectile toys
- Substances and related paraphernalia, including, but not limited to pipes, hookahs, bongs, water pipes, herb grinders, rolling papers, blunt splitters, and lighters
- The use or storage of hazardous, flammable or toxic substances are prohibited in residence halls and apartments,including, but not limited to: gasoline, motor oil, grill starter fluid, charcoal briquettes, propane, photographic development chemicals, flammable automotive products, tires, or pesticides. Aerosol cans (spray paint, spray lubricants, hairspray, etc.) containing product or propellant must be disposed of as hazardous waste through Facilities Management.
- The possession or use of any type of weapon on Biola's campus is prohibited. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, ammunition, air guns, spear guns, blowguns, airsoft guns, paint pellet guns, martial arts weapons, bows and arrows, crossbows, swords, knives, batons, clubs, TASERS, stun guns, and explosives of any type. Anyone found in possession of any unauthorized weapon on campus may be subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings.
- Possession or use of firecrackers or other fireworks is prohibited on campus due to city ordinance. Violators may be fined $100 and may be subject to disciplinary action.
- See also Appliances & Devices Not Permitted.
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- The university is not responsible for damage to or loss of personal belongings in university housing, which are a result of fire, wind, water, insects, rodents, vandalism or theft. When damage or loss is reported, the university will take reasonable steps to attempt to resolve the problem, but residents are solely responsible for all personal belongings.
- Residents are encouraged to ensure that personal belongings are covered by their parents’ homeowner’s policy or a renter’s insurance policy.
- See Keys and Authorized Entry for details on securing belongings in a student’s room.
- See Entry for Biola Personnel for details on searches and inspections.
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- Due to health, cleanliness and damage concerns, the only pets allowed in university housing are fish provided they are in an aquarium with less than 20 gallons capacity.
- For service animal or emotional support animal accommodations, contact the Learning Center The Learning Center (firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 906-4542) for more information.
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- La Mirada city ordinance requires quiet from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will issue citations on campus to offenders of this ordinance.
- After 10 p.m., the right to quiet supersedes anyone's right to make noise.
- Drums and other loud instruments are permitted for a maximum of two hours per week, but only as approved on a case-by-case basis by Residence Life staff.
- During evenings residence halls and apartments should be quiet enough that study and sleeping conditions are not disturbed. If any noise can be heard outside of a student’s room or apartment, it is too loud.
- Loud conversation in the hallways, on decks or in courtyards may be disturbing to others and should be avoided.
- Students who are disturbed by noise have the responsibility to confront the offenders. Should the offense continue or be repeated, the student should speak with Residence Life staff.
- Residence Life staff has the authority at all times to take steps they deem necessary to maintain a quiet atmosphere in the residence halls and apartments.
- Residents responsible for excessive noise and/or disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action, including at least a $25 fine, and they may be asked to remove sound systems or musical instruments from their rooms or apartments. Residents who continually disrupt their neighbors may be subject to dismissal from housing, as well as further disciplinary action.
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Inside University Housing
- Because of the great potential for injury, damage and disturbance, the playing of any and all sports in the residence halls and in or around the apartment buildings is prohibited.
- Violators will be fined at least $25 and will be financially responsible for any damage resulting from their activities. Damage unreported by those responsible will be automatically charged to the occupants of the room, apartment, suite or floor involved.
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Hazing & Raids
- Biola supports and enforces federal and California state law which prohibits hazing. See the Biola University Student Handbook's section on Hazing.
- Raids of any kind are prohibited because of the potential for injury, damage and/or disturbance.
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Dissent & Disruption
- In certain circumstances, when a student’s presence or conduct on campus may cause a disruption of the educational process or be considered a threat to individuals, to the community or to university property, the university reserves the right to remove a student from university housing temporarily or permanently, and to restrict a student’s access to campus.
- Students have a right to ask questions, seek information and assistance, or to express dissent, but this right must be exercised in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct. It must not be practiced in a way that violates the rights of others and the educational mission of the university.
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