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Policies and Procedures

The best way to navigate challenging residential situations and personal circumstances — and to avoid them from happening in the first place — is to review and understand OU’s policies. Take time to read our policies and procedures, and think about how they pertain to your everyday life.

Alcohol and Drug Policies
Alcohol Policy
Only people 21 years and older may possess and consume alcoholic beverages. Any individual possessing, and/or consuming, and/or found to be in the presence of alcohol who is not of legal age, or possessing, and/or consuming alcohol in a public area within University Housing, may be issued an appearance ticket (MIP – minor in possession) by the Oakland University police. Alcohol may be possessed and consumed only in student rooms where the occupant is 21 years or older. When consuming alcohol in student rooms, apartments or cottages, the room and/or suite and/or apartment or cottage door must be closed and occupants must be in no violation of other policies. Students should be aware of the legal liability inherent in supplying alcohol to anyone not of legal age.

Neither possession (including open cans, bottles, cups, squeeze bottles, etc.) nor consumption of alcohol is allowed in any public area within University Housing, including balconies, hallways, lounges, study rooms and community bathrooms. It is not permitted outdoors. Alcohol containers and returnables must be wrapped or contained in a bag or other packaging so the contents are not visible. It is not acceptable to hide alcohol 20 containers in pockets or under coats and shirts. Alcohol bottles and containers may not be used as decorative items in residences.

“Common source” distribution, defined as any individual or group of students sharing or supplying alcoholic beverages, is prohibited. Kegs and consumption paraphernalia are not permitted in the residence halls. Students violating the alcohol policy may be required to attend an alcohol education class, and may face additional sanctions as deemed fit by University Housing or the Dean of Students Office.

Drug Policy
As a state-supported institution, Oakland University expects its students to observe federal and state laws regarding the use or possession of illegal drugs. The university does not permit the sale, distribution, use or possession of illegal drugs on campus, nor the use or possession of drug paraphernalia (i.e. bongs, rolling papers, hookah pipes, scales, roach clips, etc.).

The possession of a Michigan marijuana registry identification card does not exempt students from this prohibition. The use and possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law and, as a recipient of federal funds, Oakland University is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and could lose federal funding for any violations of those acts that require Oakland University to take measures to combat the use of drugs and alcohol. Prescription drugs are only to be used by the person to whom they are prescribed and as directed.

Students and guests who are found to be smelling of, in the presence of, or under the influence of illegal drugs are subject to disciplinary action, which could include immediate suspension or expulsion from University Housing and/or the university, as well as legal action. Students violating this policy also may be required to attend a drug education class, and may face additional sanctions as deemed fit by University Housing or the Dean of Students Office.
Housing Eligibility
To be eligible to reside in Oakland University’s residence halls or apartments, students must be:
  • formally admitted to the University as matriculated or conditionally admitted students in a degree program at the University and enrolled in a minimum of 8 credit hours during each fall or winter semester, and 4 credit hours for each spring or summer semester, in which they reside in residence halls or apartments;
  • matriculated students in a degree program at another college or university that has an affiliation agreement with the University; or 
  • participating in the University’s hostel program or authorized summer camp programs.
Students enrolled in continuing education classes or other non-degree programs are not formally admitted to the University.

Students must also complete at least 56 credit hours in good standing, and be at least 20 years of age by March 31 in the year in which they apply, to reside in the apartments. Students living in the apartments at the end of any winter term may remain in the apartments during the spring and summer semesters, without enrolling in any classes during those semesters, if they are returning to the apartments in the following fall semester.

Students must vacate residence hall rooms or apartments within seventy-two (72) hours of receiving notice that they are no longer eligible to reside in residence halls or apartments for any reason, or earlier if the University’s Director of Housing (“Housing Director”) determines in his/her sole and exclusive discretion that it is in the University’s best interest for a student to vacate earlier.
Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature without consent and includes sexual harassment, sexually hostile environments and sexual violence. Learn more about OU’s Sexual Assault and Violence Initiative.