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Residential Life

Policies and Procedures

Sleep - Study Atmosphere

In order to support the academic goals of Bemidji State University students, the Department of Residential Life and its staff promote and uphold a quiet environment. Above all else, a resident has the right to study and sleep in their room without being disturbed. However, community living also involves socializing, and that at times there will be noise. It is the responsibility of staff and residents to monitor the level of noise, keeping it appropriate at all times. A staff member or resident has the right, at any time, to request that the noise level be decreased.

Although the concept of quiet respect hours is to be in existence 24 hours a day, individual floors are responsible for setting up their own designated quiet study hours, which will minimally be from 11:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m. on weekdays and 1:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. on weekends. This subject will be discussed at floor meetings and will be part of the community agreement. It is important that a quiet atmosphere conducive to study be present on a daily basis. Quiet hours in hall lounges shall be determined by the Hall Council and Residence Hall Director.

Special study hours, known as Grand Silence, are established during finals week. Grand Silence consists of 22 hours per day of quiet hours and two hours of respect, beginning one full day prior to the first day of finals.


In accordance with BSU tobacco-free policy, the use of tobacco, including any smoking device, or carrying of any lighted smoking instrument, in university buildings or on university premises is prohibited. 

Solicitation in the Residence Halls

Solicitation: Posting

BSU student clubs/organizations and off-campus groups and businesses may submit materials for posting in the residence hall lobby areas and Walnut Hall to the Department of Residential Life. Items for posting will be date-stamped and distributed through the residence hall system. Numbers of posters are made available by contacting Residential Life. Exceptions to this policy will include bulletin boards designated for student posting.

Solicitation: Mail

No unaddressed mail will be placed in residence hall mailboxes. Items for general distribution (i.e. memos, brochures, etc.) should be brought to the Department of Residential Life. Such materials will be made available at a designated area in each residence hall lobby and recycled on a weekly basis. Numbers are made available by contacting Residential Life.

Solicitation: Door-to-Door and Lobby Area

No door-to-door solicitation is permitted in the residence halls, with the exception of political canvassing, allowable by law. The lobby areas of the residence halls may be used for direct solicitation by hall councils, Residential Life staff, or any group sponsored by either of these groups. In addition, space is available in Walnut Hall for solicitation. A Request for Public Area Space Form must be completed and approved to reserve these facilities.

Special Living Options

The Department of Residential Life is committed to providing residents with a number of living options that enable them to meet their academic and personal needs. A number of living options already exist.  Additional living options can be requested by students. Further information is available through the Residence Hall Director.


Stereo use should fit within the guidelines of the Sleep/Study policy and the Community Agreement. Stereos, speakers or other audio equipment may not be directed out of windows. Failure to comply with these responsibilities may result in the immediate removal of stereo and audio equipment from your room and/or further disciplinary actions.

Theft and Loss

In the event of theft of or damage to your property, residents should immediately contact the Department of Public Safety, 755- 3888. BSU Department of Public Safety and the Bemidji Police will jointly investigate the incident. The Resident is responsible for damage to or theft of Resident's own personal property, including money. This includes items left in the residence halls during vacation and break periods, such as fish in aquariums and food left in a refrigerator.

It is recommended that residents insure property through their parents' homeowners insurance or by purchasing personal property insurance. In order to protect personal property, residents should:

  1. Keep the room door locked at all times.
  2. Register property with the Operation Identification Program, BSU Department of Public Safety.
  3. Record the serial numbers of valuables.

Tornado Evacuation

In the event of a tornado warning or severe weather warning, the Bemidji community siren will be sounded. Residents are to evacuate into the tunnel system. Tornado evacuation information is posted on the inside of each residence hall room door.


Students should immediately report witnessed acts and/or the results of vandalism to a Residential Life staff member or to the BSU Department of Public Safety at 755-3888.

Vehicle Plug-Ins

It is prohibited to plug-in any type of heating element for vehicles by running an extension cord into any of the residence halls.


Twenty-four hour visitation is permitted in all residence halls, however, residents and guests are referred to the Residential Life Guest policy regarding the expectations of both residents and guests. 

Waiting List

A waiting list for special room options or floor preferences is maintained in the Department of Residential Life. In order to be offered a special option room, residents must be in good standing with the University conduct system (i.e., not on conduct probation) and must not owe any funds to Bemidji State University or to Northwest Technical College. If money is owed, a payment plan must be in place at the time to room is to be offered to the student. 

When a resident is contacted, they will be given a period of time (as determined by the Residential Life Administrative Assistant) to respond. Failure to respond during that determined period will result in the student's name being removed from the waiting list. 

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for a special option room, please contact the Residential Life Office. You will be asked to submit the following information: full name, student ID number, cell phone, email address, and preferred room type(s). Names are called in the order which they are received.

Weapons / Storage

In order to protect residents and guests from accidental injury, the University prohibits the use or possession of weapons or munitions in the residence halls. Weapons include, but are not limited to, guns of any type (including paintball, BB and stun), ammunition, knives, spears, arrows, clubs, swords, nunchuks, etc.

The BSU Department of Public Safety maintains weapons storage lockers for student use. Contact the Department of Public Safety, Walnut Hall, 755-3888.

Windows and Screens

Windows and screens are not to be removed from the window frame. Items are not to be thrown from or hung from windows at any time. Residents are responsible for keeping windows closed and maintaining adequate room temperature during periods of cold weather to prevent damage to the window and building heating system. Residents will be held financially responsible for damages from broken heater pipes caused by open windows in cold weather