Resident Rights and Responsibilities

In addition to the housing policy of The Jewish Theological Seminary, it is the philosophy of the Office of Residence Life that residents of JTS housing facilities possess specific individual and group rights while engaged in activities that are a part of JTS life. With these rights, residents have reciprocal responsibilities to ensure these same rights for other residents. The following statements define minimal expectations regarding these rights and responsibilities.

Residents have the right to:

  • have reasonable access to their living accommodations based on a published schedule of occupancy.
  • live in a clean and secure environment.
  • facilities and programs that support the pursuit of academic success.
  • expect a regionally competitive price on housing accommodations and/or food service.
  • have access to written copies of university housing rules and regulations, or individual building policies that govern individual and group behavior.
  • the respect and safety of their personal property.
  • study without interruption or interference.
  • be free from unreasonable noise.
  • be free of intimidation or harassment.
  • express themselves freely within established guidelines.
  • expect enforcement of the housing agreement.
  • have direct access to staff who provide assistance, guidance, and support as needed.
  • host guests within established guidelines.
  • receive equitable treatment when behavior is in question.
  • enjoy individual freedoms regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
  • participate in resident governmental bodies and housing departmental committees.
  • have access to individual and group social, educational, and developmental opportunities in their living community.

Residents have the responsibility to:

  • adhere to rules and regulations.
  • comply with reasonable requests made by staff or university officials or fellow residents.
  • meet payment schedules for room, board, and other required housing fees.
  • monitor and accept responsibility for behavior of guests.
  • report violations of rules and regulations to appropriate staff.
  • respect the rights of others as stated above.
  • respect the diverse backgrounds and interests of others who are different from them.
  • treat others in a civil manner and manage conflict in a mature manner.
  • be serious in their academic pursuits.
  • participate actively in self-governance.
  • participate in housing departmental committees as requested.
  • express themselves individually or by association with groups.
  • participate in judicial proceedings to determine appropriate standards of behavior.
  • contribute to the community by participating in educational and developmental activities.

Adapted from the ACUHO-I Statement of Resident's Rights and Responsibilities, Approved 1987, revised 2002.