Residence Life Handbook

The Department of Residence Life at the University of Alaska Fairbanks hopes to provide you the ability to enjoy and benefit from a vibrant learning environment, as well as grant you the opportunity to responsibly contribute to your community by keeping it safe, healthy, and enjoyable for all. Your residential environment will provide the opportunity to experience new concepts, different cultures, an active community, and a pleasant and comfortable living space. Our goal is that your learning experiences outside the classroom encourage and enhance the academic mission of the University.

This handbook is designed to help you make the most of your time as a resident and understand the policies and standards that apply while you are living on campus. Please familiarize your self with its contents as you are responsible for knowing and complying with this information. We hope you will get involved in your residential community; make it your “home away from home.” We are pleased that you chose to live on campus. Our staff is dedicated to making your living experience a positive and successful one.


Your decision to attend UAF is the beginning of an exciting journey, but you may have questions about how well UAF Residence Life facilities will fit your needs. Some questions may involve safety, accessibility, and ease of mobility across campus. Helping you meet those needs is important to us. The Department of Residence Life at UAF is committed to providing and improving accessible and inviting spaces for our residents.

UAF provides comparable, convenient, and accessible housing to students with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation based on a qualified disability, start the process by applying for housing and registering with Disability Services to confirm your qualified disability status. Disability Services then will assist Residence Life in providing you reasonable accommodation tailored to meet your needs. Accommodations for disabilities are always determined on an individual basis. UAF will make reasonable modifications to student housing and its policies, procedures, and practices for eligible students unless the modification would fundamentally alter the nature of its housing services.
Below are some examples of accommodations UAF Residence Life has provided:

  • Accessible Room: A room on the ground floor with moveable furniture. The door to the room may have an automatic door opener; the room may also have a roll-in shower.
  • Accessible Toilet/Sink: A sink that can accommodate a wheelchair; usually no more than 34” in height with minimum cabinet space underneath for knee clearance.
  • Ground Floor/First Floor Room: A room that does not require the use of stairs; room has access to the main level.
  • Modular Bathroom: A bathroom that is shared between two people. This bathroom is enclosed within the living space itself.
  • Private Bathroom: A bathroom that is not shared between roommates.
  • Private Room: Single room or a double room for a single occupant.
  • Remote Control Access: A door equipped with a power-operated mechanism and controls that help to open the door automatically or relieve the opening resistance of a door upon receiving a signal.
  • Roll-in Shower (no lip): A shower with no barriers; a wheelchair can easily roll in.
  • Strobe Light Fire Alarm: A flash lamp that produces high-intensity, short-duration light pulses that is attached to the fire alarm and used to aid individuals with hearing impairments during emergency situations.
  • Visual Doorbell: A light above the door that will light up when someone is at the door (typically for students with hearing impairments).
  • Room with Additional Space for Medical Equipment.
  • Substance-Free Environment.
  • Service or assistive animal.

This is not an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to contact Disability Services and Residence Life with specific questions. Approved accommodations provided to students with qualifying disabilities are not subject to surcharges.

Your best bet: COMMUNICATE EARLY! Although modifications can be made to rooms at any time, the best plan is to communicate early with Disability Services and Residence Life about your specific needs. With information from Disability Services and your assistance, we can look for a space that best meets your needs.

Housing is limited and not guaranteed. An approved housing accommodation does not guarantee a housing assignment. UAF does not discriminate in the provision of housing to students with disabilities.

Step 1: Apply for housing, making sure to indicate that a disability-related accommodation is requested.

Step 2: Complete the UAF Disability Services Registration Form ( and provide documentation as required by Disability Services. Please submit your request early to allow time for the determination process.

Step 3: Once Disability Services determines your eligibility for services, Disability Services and Residence Life will work with you to identify a reasonable accommodation to meet your needs. Additional paperwork may be required.

While many special housing requests relate to reasonable accommodations for qualifying disabilities, additional reasons for special housing requests include cultural or religious beliefs or other needs we have not covered. Students must complete the Exception to Housing Agreement form to make a special housing request based on cultural or religious beliefs or other non-disability-related preferences. The form can be found through your housing portal. Completion of this form is not a guarantee that the request will be approved. Please contact Residence Life if you have any questions.

Dining Plan Exemption or Modification: UAF Dining is committed to offering meal plan options that meet the needs of students on special or restricted diets. Reasonable accommodations are available to eligible students. For more information, please contact Dining Services.


Residence Life offers basic television channels.

Cooking is not permitted in individual rooms; however, a kitchen is provided in each residence hall for resident use. There are community refrigerators in all hall kitchens except for Wickersham. Wickersham has large freezers in each kitchen and a micro-fridge in each room. There are no community kitchens in Cutler Apartments or in Employee, Family, Graduate Housing (EFG), as each unit has its own kitchen with standard appliances provided.

In all kitchens, residents are responsible for:

● Cleaning all kitchen areas and items used in food preparation, including wiping down counters, sink, stove, and microwave, and washing all dishes used. Food left out will attract pests, and residents are responsible for keeping the kitchens sanitary.

● Providing their own utensils, dishes, and cleaning supplies.

● Not leaving cooking food unattended. Unattended food on the stove or in the oven can burn or boil over, causing a kitchen fire and endangering others within the community.

● In residence halls: labeling all food with their first name, room number, and date the food was left in the community kitchen. Hall staff will dispose of unlabeled and expired food. Hall staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Community kitchens may be closed at the discretion of
Residence Life staff if the kitchen and/or items in the community kitchen are not regularly cleaned.

There is a computer lab in the MBS complex that is open 24 hours. Residents need their PolarExpress Card to access the lab. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) runs the computer lab. OIT should be contacted directly at or 907-450-8300 to report any computer or printer issues.
Participation in the food services program is required for students living in university housing, including graduate students. UAF Dining Services has further information on meal plans and dining locations.
All residence halls and apartments have wireless Internet. There is also an Ethernet connection in each residence hall room. A UAF username and password is required to access the Internet. In order to use your media device on the University of Alaska Fairbanks network you will need to register your device with the OIT Support Center. Personal wireless routers are prohibited. Information about responsible computing behavior, UA and UAF policy, regulation, and rules and proper copyright etiquette may be found at .

Washers and dryers are available at no additional cost to residents. Residents must provide their own laundry detergent. Laundry is available 24 hours and we ask that residents be courteous while doing laundry, especially during quiet hours.

See below for general laundry use guidelines:

● Do not overload the machines as it can damage both the machine and your clothes.

● Remember when you put your laundry in and remove your laundry in a timely manner so the washers and dryers are available for other residents. Please note that other residents may remove your laundry if it is left in a machine after the cycle is done.

● Washers and dryers are for resident use only. Please do not let non-residents into the facilities to do their laundry.

● Keep the laundry room clean and remove all of your belongings when you are done.

● If you have any problems with a machine, do not try to fix it yourself. Report any issues to Residence Life staff.

● Residence Life is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged articles that result from the use of these facilities.

● Clothes lines in the laundry rooms or outside of apartments are not allowed.

● Residents need to remove the lint from the lint compartment after each dryer load.

Residents are expected to have their keys with them at all times. Residents are given three complimentary lockouts/semester. The charge for a lost key is $150. All lost key charges will be placed on UA accounts and can be paid through UAOnline.
The Campus Mail Center is located in Constitution Hall and residents who wish to receive U.S. Postal Service mail and private carrier packages must rent a mailbox with the UAF Campus Mail Center. The Mail Center also accepts packages that require a physical address at: 1692 Tok Ln Room #107.
Any motor vehicle parked on University property between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, M-F, must display a valid UAF parking permit. Permits may be purchased online through Parking Services. Residents living in Garden, Hess Village, Stuart, and Walsh have assigned parking areas but are still required to have a UAF permit.

Per Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA standards, Resident information will be kept private and used only when necessary, and always within the standard of the law.

While information shared with Residence Life staff is held to a privacy standard, any information presented to a Residence Life staff member relating to the violation of University policy, and/or a threat/harm, must be reported to the Residence Life staff member’s supervisor or the Residence Life professional staff member on call. 

In a combined effort with the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Residence Life supports sustainable efforts to reduce waste, recycle materials, and reuse resources. Recycling bins are located in multiple residential facilities and are clearly marked. If a bin is full please can contact the Office of Sustainability directly at (907) 474-5070 or let a Residence Life staff member know.

Residential facility entrance doors are locked 24 hours a day. This is an important personal safety and crime prevention effort. If an entrance door is propped open, shut it or seek assistance from a staff member.

Never open an entrance door for anyone. Residents are encouraged to always lock their doors even when they are in their rooms or apartments. The safety of our residents is of utmost importance to us and we strive to keep all of our facilities secure. The more proactive we are, the safer we become. Remember: If You See Something, Say Something, Do Something! Please report a safety concern by either contacting Residence Life staff, the UAF Police Department at (907) 474-7721, or the Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability. Immediately call UAF Police for any emergency situations.

“Blue light” emergency phones are located throughout campus. These phones dial directly to the UAF Police Department. UAF Police staff make daily rounds of the residential facilities and campus. If you are suspicious of or uncomfortable with someone or a situation, contact your Resident Assistant, Resident Director, or the UAF Police. For emergencies, dial 911.

Trash must be disposed of in dumpsters that can be found near all residence halls and apartments. Do not leave trash in public areas. You may be charged $40/bag for any trash left in common areas, including bathroom and laundry room trash. Do not place hazardous materials such as motor oil, antifreeze, vehicle batteries, and large appliances in the dumpsters. Dispose of these items at the proper facilities located at the Fairbanks North Star Borough landfill.

● MBS Complex: on the north side of Bartlett Hall and on the east side of Skarland

● Chandalar: at the end of North Chandalar Drive

● Cutler Apartment: near the 400 block

● Garden Apartments: next to the building on west side

● Lower Campus: north side of the residence halls, behind both Lathrop and McIntosh Halls

● Hess Village: in each of the parking lots

● Stuart: near the parking area

● Tanana: on Tanana Loop or by Walsh Hall

● Walsh: near the parking area

Community Standards

● Residents and guests are expected to follow state laws and University regulations related to alcohol use and possession. With the exception of legal dependents, residents and guests under 21 years of age may not be in the same room or apartment as an open container of alcohol. If a minor is present in an apartment, residents 21 and over can consume alcohol in their individual bedroom with the door closed.

● If alcohol is found in residential facilities, it is considered to be in the resident's possession. In all residential areas, any alcoholic beverages possessed in violation of UAF regulations will be confiscated and disposed of by Residence Life staff.

● Alcohol must be confined to individual rooms, suites, and apartments. The consumption of alcohol is not permitted in or on public and common areas, including hallways, lounges, lobbies, and porches.

● Displays of alcohol or alcohol containers are permitted for residents of legal age, as long as displays are not in public view (able to be viewed by someone outside the room or apartment or through a window). Underage residents or residents of substance-free halls may not display containers that once held alcohol.

● The sale of alcoholic beverages to a person by another individual on campus is prohibited.

● Use of common sources of alcohol, including but not limited to kegs, party balls, beer pong, trashcans, and punch bowls is prohibited.

● In order to transport alcohol into halls residents must live in that particular building, and not be perceptibly under the influence of alcohol.

● Neither alcohol possession nor intoxication are allowed in Moore or Skarland Hall, regardless of resident age. 

Your appliances must be UAF approved. Please practice safety when using appliances or electronic items and do not overload the circuits. Residents are not allowed to use any large personal appliances (oven, fridge larger than specified below, dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) without written consent of the university.

Due to fire and safety standards, the following items are prohibited from residence hall rooms and apartments:

● Halogen lamps
● Octopus lamps
● Kerosene lamps
● Space heaters
● Toaster ovens

The following items may not be used in individual rooms, but may be used under the range hood in the kitchen of each hall or apartment:

● Crock pots
● Deep fryer
● Air fryer
● Hot plate
● Electric griddle
● Rice cookers
● Toasters
● George Foreman-type grills

For convenience, residents may store the above items in their room, but if they use or are suspected of using these items in their room they may lose the privilege of storing them.

The following items are permitted in individual rooms/apartments:

● Automatic coffee makers
● Air popcorn poppers
● Refrigerators (which do not exceed 3 1/2 feet in height)
● Microwave ovens smaller than 1 cubic foot (1,000 watts)
● Electric tea kettles with an automatic shut off In single student residence halls, each resident is allowed one microwave and one refrigerator unless a resident has bought a super-single room. Wickersham suites come with a micro-fridge in each room, and one additional refrigerator is allowed in each individual’s room (cannot exceed two/room). Residents of the apartments and homes are provided fridges, and one additional refrigerator is allowed in each resident’s room (cannot exceed two/room). 

Animals, with the exception of service animals, approved assistance animals, and non-poisonous/non-venomous freshwater fish (in a tank not exceeding 10 gallons) are prohibited in non-EFG areas; residents of Employee, Family, and Graduate Housing units each have their own guidelines for animals. Unapproved animals are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments, including visiting animals. If an unapproved animal is found in a living unit the animal will be immediately removed from the premises.

Stray cats and dogs will be taken to the Fairbanks Animal Control/Shelter. You may contact them directly at (907) 459-1451.

Do not leave out any food for strays. When you feed stray animals, you are also attracting rodents and bugs. Call campus safety at (907) 474-7721 if you find any strays. Residents are responsible for any damage caused by animals. 

When outside of your residence hall room residents are expected to wear shirts and bottoms at all times. Individuals may not be nude in hallways, lounges, common areas, or community bathrooms.

Residence Life furniture is not allowed on balconies or decks, and residents may not place anything (e.g., furniture, satellite dishes, boxes, signs) on the roofs or ledges of University buildings. Throwing or shooting objects from balconies, decks, or ledges is prohibited. Individuals may not climb in/out of or hang off of balconies, decks, or ledges.

Bicycles may be placed in the racks outside each residential facility, stored inside resident rooms, or kept in storage areas. For fire safety reasons, please do not park bicycles on sidewalks, entrances, or in stairwells. Bicycles found in hallways will be subject to impound. Bicycles may not be ridden or parked inside the lobbies and common areas of any residence halls or in the MBS complex, but may be walked through to a resident’s room or apartment. Bicycles should be kept locked at all times. Unused bicycles locked in public areas over the summer may be removed.

Balconies, hallways, and stairwells must have a clear passage at all times. Hanging beads, tapestries, banners, flags, sheets, or other items in a manner that blocks egress from the inside of a residential community room is prohibited. Arrange your furniture and store belongings so that exits, heat vents, and/or water heaters are not blocked. Do not store bicycles, sports equipment, furniture, luggage, etc., in hallways, lounges, stairwells, entrances, or any area that is a means of escape during an emergency. Residence Life staff may remove any object obstructing egress (emergency exit) and charge residents for that removal. 

Most residential facility twin beds on campus can be bunked with metal pegs available from your hall office. Beds can only be lofted using our provided furniture, and are not permitted at this time.

The use of your address or residential facility for conducting private entrepreneurial ventures by you or your visitors is prohibited. You are not allowed to run a business on state property.

You are responsible for respecting the rights of others in the residential community and acting with civility at all times. Social responsibility is the very foundation of everything we do and civility means demonstrating mutual respect for all individuals. This includes all interactions between residents, student staff, and University administrators. If you are not able to resolve the problem on your own, please bring these issues to the attention of your Resident Assistant, Resident Director, or any Residence Life staff member.

You are responsible for developing and maintaining an atmosphere that promotes social awareness and the social appreciation and support of those who may be different from you. It is an expectation that you actively participate in conflict resolution. You are responsible for attending meetings hosted by Residence Life staff.

Renting out your space, or allowing unauthorized students, residents, or individuals to live in your space is prohibited. You are not allowed to sublet (rent out) your room/apartment or any part of it. Do not permit anyone other than your roommates, approved dependents, and/or approved adults to live in your room/apartment. Doing so is a violation of your agreement and may lead to your removal from the room/apartment and possible additional charges.

Cohabitation is defined as the regular and/or steady presence of a guest (typically more than three consecutive nights in single student housing or more than 2 weeks in EFG). Someone staying in your room/apartment beyond what is allowed by the guest policy constitutes squatting; if you allow squatting you may be assessed a bill and face removal from your particular residence hall or from housing.

The University may bill residents for costs, assess fines, and/or take other conduct action in order to carry out community billing. False fire alarms activated within buildings that are not chargeable to individuals may be billed to the members of the community. The University reserves the right to assess the entire community for cost or damage to equipment if the responsible party is not identified. Report any violations to the University Police Department or Residence Life staff. The reporting individual will remain anonymous.
Examples of damage resulting in community billing include vandalism to a floor, clogging of toilets, and removal of shower heads (please note: this list is not exhaustive). You will be notified via email of any community billing on your floor or in your building.

Individuals may use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

● Shower/toilet stalls are reserved for one individual only.
● No photos shall be taken in any restroom/shower.
● Residents are not to wash dishes, clothing, or other items in the sinks or showers.

Residents may personalize their room within established guidelines. Residents may not utilize nails, screws, or tacks to hang decorations on their walls.  Any damage caused by adhesive material, nails, or screws will result in damage charges. No decorations may be attached to the ceiling or near fire equipment. Decorations may not be visible outside of the unit.

Residents are not permitted to make any permanent alterations to their unit without written approval from the Department of Residence Life. Including but not limited to air conditioners, ceiling fans, wall-mounted shelves, hanging lamps, antennas, and satellite dishes.

Exterior lighting (outside residential facility windows or doors) is not permitted.

Electrical lights and appliances cannot total more than 850 watts in an individual room at any one time. Only three strands of lights can be linked together per electrical outlet and live holiday trees are not permitted. Only mini-lights approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) are permitted for residential facility decorations. All lights must be unplugged when residents retire for the evening or leave their room.

Natural trees are not permitted in residence hall rooms/apartments. Flame-retardant artificial trees are permitted but must be no more than four feet tall.

Any organic materials used for holiday decorations (e.g. pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns) must be disposed of in a timely manner to avoid damage due to decay and may not be placed outside rooms, in hallways, or outside apartments, as they attract rodents and large wildlife like moose.

EFG Addendum:

Residents in Employee, Family, and Graduate housing may utilize small (¾” or less) finishing nails. Anything larger needs to be requested through Residence Life and will be accommodated as staff is available, depending on the request. Residents are responsible for any damage caused to their rooms during their stay.

Under Alaska state law, violence between roommates is chargeable as domestic violence.  This includes physical altercations, threats of physical harm, threats to harm someone the other person cares about, and threats to harm yourself (if done with the intent to influence the decisions of another).  Violence or threats against any resident will be reported to the University Police Department.  Domestic violence charges may impact your ability to qualify for continued housing on campus.

Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to report their experience to the University Police Department and/or the Department of Residence Life.  The Department of Residence Life is committed to helping victims of domestic violence avoid further harm and will provide reasonable modifications to housing arrangements. University Title IX policy also allows for the request of supportive measures such as campus escorts, extensions for classwork, and university no-contact orders.


Space beyond the interior of one’s assigned room/apartment (e.g. windows and door exteriors) is considered to be a public space and therefore is maintained under the jurisdiction of the Department of Residence Life. Residents have the right to approach anyone who displays a decoration that they believe to be offensive or obscene in order to discuss their concerns and ask for its removal. For example, posters of nude individuals and harassing or intimidating visual materials are generally considered inappropriate.

Check with Residence Life staff if you have questions about what may or may not be appropriate. Displays that raise a legitimate safety concern or violate university policies may not be hung on residential facility doors or in general view of the public. Residence Life staff will determine if items need to be removed.

Covering more than 20% of the total surface of the outside of room doors in the residential community is prohibited. If residents are interested in decorating their doors they have to obtain prior approval from their Resident Director and must have all materials removed by the predetermined date.

Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) may be stored in your residential room/apartment, but may not be flown within the residential community. Please refer to FAA guidelines for flying in the Fairbanks community.

The unauthorized use, manufacture, distribution, possession, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or other controlled substances in violation of local, state or federal law, Regents’ Policy, University Regulation or MAU rules and procedures, is prohibited. Possession or use of marijuana or any other substance controlled pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 841 et seq. anywhere on university property is prohibited.

● It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and the Department of Residence Life policy to possess, distribute, or use any substance solely for the purpose of becoming intoxicated.
● Residents cannot store drugs, including marijuana, in personal vehicles while the vehicles are on campus.
● Paraphernalia is prohibited in Residence Life facilities.

Tampering with or misuse of University elevators is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to overcrowding, overloading, jumping in, vandalizing, and tampering. Pulling the doors apart and/or causing the elevator to malfunction in any way may result in damages and charges. To sound any elevator alarm bell without due cause, or to interfere with the normal operation of elevators, is prohibited.

Extension cords may not be connected to each other (daisy chained) in order to plug in items. This creates a tripping hazard and other electrical issues and is prohibited. Extension cords also may not be run from one room or apartment to another, or out windows or doors. Residents and their guests may not run extension cords from their apartments out to the road, across sidewalks and/or across parking lots to plug in a vehicle.

Extension cords shall not be used as permanent wiring.

● Setting a fire within the buildings or in areas contiguous to the buildings is prohibited. Open flames are not allowed within residence life facilities.

● Running electrical wires beneath rugs or carpet is prohibited.

● Living areas need to be kept clean and orderly, with trash removed regularly and limited excess items that would cause reasonable concern for health and safety.

● See prohibited items for more information


Gambling of any kind is prohibited. Raffles are considered gambling and are prohibited by University regulation. Special approval may be given on a case-by-case basis. Contact Residence Life staff for more information.

Storage of grills within a residential area presents a safety hazard and is not permitted. Cooking indoors with charcoal and gas grills, or any open flame device, is prohibited. 

Grills can be stored on uncovered porches and balconies apartments as long as they are completely cooled and cleaned. 

All grills must be used a minimum of 10 feet from all UAF buildings. Residents are responsible for safe grill operation and disposing of the extinguished ashes and coals in a proper manner.

Residence Life has established guest visitation policies and procedures to address the safety and security needs of the residential community. UAF’s residence halls and apartments are not open to the public. Housing is intended for the residents that reside within the communities and is open to guests based on the invitation of resident(s) that reside in that specific building or apartment. Roommates and suitemates need to discuss visitation and arrive at an acceptable agreement. If a guest creates a disruption that affects a roommate, suitemate(s), other residents, and/or the community, the guest may be asked to leave.

  • A guest is anyone (campus resident or campus non-resident) that is in a room/apartment that they are not assigned to.
  • Guests under the age of 18 must abide by the Minors in Residence Hall & Cutler Apartment Complex policy.
  • A host is an individual who is assigned to the room/apartment.
  • A resident may host a guest a maximum of 3 nights in a row, up to 10 nights per calendar month.
  • A person may be a guest in the residence halls a maximum of 3 nights in a row, up to 10 nights per calendar month.
  • With the exception of the bathroom, guests and hosts must be together at all times.
  • Neither guest nor host can be perceptibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of arrival.
  • Guests are required to follow UA nondiscrimination policies when on campus.

Hosts are responsible for their guests’ behavior and actions, including being liable for any damages. Failure to comply with University policy may result in the guest’s removal from the area and loss of future visitation privileges for both the guest and the resident.

  • Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old are not permitted in the residence halls unless:
    • They have a current housing assignment in the residence halls.
    • They are accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian.
    • A Minor Visitation Form (MVF) has been submitted by the minor's parent or legal guardian two business days before entering the residential areas. 
  • Individuals 15 years old or younger are not permitted in the residence halls unless:
    • They are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian
    • Guests 15 years or younger may only visit between 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Overnight stays are not permitted.


Sports are not permitted in interior residential areas, including the MBS lobby. Playing sports games in hallways, lobbies, within residences, or on balconies (including but not limited to basketball, bicycling, Frisbee, skateboarding, hover boarding, football, baseball, hockey, Frisbee golf, running, NERF activities, squirt gun/water fights) is prohibited.

Hammocks are not to be attached to any walls or Residence Life furniture; only self-hanging hammocks are allowed inside private residences. Hammocks may be hung from porches at residents’ own risk, as long as no permanent damage is done to the structure they are affixed to. Hammocks can be hung from trees at residents’ own risk, but should cause no damage to the trees they are tied to and should create no hindrance to other members of the campus community (e.g., they are not permitted across a sidewalk or common walking path). If a University official determines that where you have placed your hammock is causing damage or harm to you, others, or the facility, you may be asked to remove your hammock. Damage caused by the hammock will be charged to the resident(s) of the room/apartment.

Quiet Hours:

Sunday through Thursday: 11:00pm - 8:00am
Friday and Saturday: 1:00am – 10:00am

All residence halls/apartments have 24-hour quiet hours during final exams.

While quiet hours have specific times, courtesy hours are in effect at all times. These are in place to allow residents to sleep, study, relax, or host visitors without distracting noise from neighbors. Stereos, radios, televisions, musical instruments, and conversations must be kept at a level that will not disturb other residents, and if asked residents are expected to adjust their level of noise, regardless of the time. The placement of stereos or speakers in residence hall/apartment windows is prohibited. In the event of repeated noise violations, residents will be asked to remove the noise-making item (e.g., stereo, speakers, and/or computer) from campus.

Excessive noise (loud music, amplified instruments, parties, loud voices, etc.) is an infringement on the rights of others and is unacceptable. It is the responsibility of every person to control their noise level.

If you encounter an excessive noise situation, contact the individual(s) in the room generating the noise and request that the problem be resolved by lowering the noise level. If a direct approach is not successful, or you are not comfortable with a direct approach, contact the Residence Life staff within your area.

In an effort to keep all common areas safe and free from clutter and obstruction, residents are asked to keep personal belongings and trash in their personal areas. Bicycles, trash, boxes, and other items that are found in common/public areas are subject to a $40 removal fee per item.

An offensive odor is any odor or aroma of such intensity that it becomes apparent and is offensive to others.

Any odor can become offensive when it is too strong. Some examples are perfume/cologne, air-freshening spray, trash, or large amounts of dirty laundry. Offensive odors will be addressed by the staff when complaints are received.

Posting of printed materials will be allowed on bulletin boards and other surfaces as designated by UAF.

There are three boards in the MBS lobby that can be utilized by the campus community to promote campus events. Postings will be limited to advertisement for meetings and performances by UAF-affiliated groups.
All posted materials must include specific information as to the individual/organization responsible for the material, the date of the event, and the posted date. No posting on glass surfaces is allowed. Handbills, leaflets, pamphlets, and other similar materials shall not be placed on vehicles parked on UAF property.

Postings must fall within Residence Life and University standards. Any questionable announcements, for reasons of composition, obscenity, size or special consideration, shall be referred to the Director or Associate Director of Residence Life.

Any postings in halls or apartment areas must be approved through the Resident Director of that area. Handbills, leaflets, posters, pamphlets, and similar materials may always be left with the Resident Director or at the Central Office for posting on residential bulletin boards.

Pranks that result in disturbances or distress to others, or that cause damage to University or personal property, or those that foreseeably could have caused damage, disturbance, or distress, are prohibited.

The University community has the right to privacy. Actions and equipment that invade another’s privacy are expressly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, scanning devices, monitoring mechanisms, computer “hacking,” and eavesdropping. Unauthorized items are subject to confiscation.

  • Dartboards
  • Flammable Materials
  • Pressurized vessels
  • Space Heaters
  • Waterbeds
  • Hot Tubs
  • Jacuzzis
  • Saunas
  • Trampolines
  • Aerosol Cans (excluding cleaning/hygiene items)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Octopus lamps
  • Fuel using lamps or lanterns
  • Toaster ovens
  • Non-fused and/or UL listed multi-plug adaptors
  • Open flame (camp stoves, candles etc.)
  • Weapons

Residents are fiscally responsible for any damage to their assigned living space. Excessive damage to a room or residential space may result in loss of housing eligibility.

All residential facilities are equipped with a smoke detector. The act of tampering with any smoke detector or fire safety equipment, or the sounding of a false fire alarm, is a criminal offense. These offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000, and/or imposed sanctions through the UAF conduct system.

The residence halls are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. These sprinklers are provided for your safety and the safety of those around you. Do not tamper with or hang items from/near the sprinklers or pipes as it is a fire code violation and may cause the sprinklers to malfunction. Students who tamper with the sprinkler system may be subject to disciplinary action and/or damage fees.

Malicious abuse of fire equipment may result in the immediate removal of the individual(s) involved. False activation of fire alarms/pull stations within buildings may be billed to the members of the entire community when the responsible individuals do not take responsibility for their actions. False alarms take the University Fire Department away from real fires.

Immediately report any malfunctioning fire equipment or smoke detectors to your hall staff. Do what is reasonable to mitigate setting off the detectors. Residents who are found to have set off an alarm by participating in a prohibited activity are subject to student conduct.

The university is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its students, employees, and visitors, by prohibiting tobacco use and smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes and similar products, within its campuses and facilities. This includes all rooms/apartments and public areas.

Smoking or carrying any lit smoking device, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, kreteks, bidis, incense, and other inhalable burning substances, is prohibited. Using smokeless tobacco or tobacco-containing products is also prohibited in all residential facilities.

Residents over the age of 21 may store their tobacco products in rooms/apartments and smoke in their personal vehicles.

For the protection and privacy of residents and to prevent the interruption of studies, no door-to-door activity or unapproved public area solicitation for any purpose unrelated to the management of the residential building is allowed without prior consent of the Resident Director or Associate Director of Residence Life.

The residence halls are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. These sprinklers are provided for your safety and the safety of those around you. Do not tamper with or hang items from/near the sprinklers or pipes as it is a fire code violation and may cause the sprinklers to malfunction. Students who tamper with the sprinkler system may be subject to disciplinary action and/or damage fees.

Residents cannot take or possess another's property without permission of the owner. This includes, but is not limited to, the property of a roommate, resident, any other individual, company, or the University. Removal of signs from University, city, state, or other government property poses a potential safety hazard for citizens. Possession of these signs constitutes theft. Residence Life staff who see these signs in your living space will notify the UAF Police. Residence Life does not accept liability for the damage, theft, loss of personal property, or for the loss of money. In the event that property is lost, damaged, or stolen, hall staff can assist you in contacting the UAF police to file an incident report.

In Employee, Family, and Graduate Housing, dependents of residents who are under the age of 12 are not to be left unattended in any residential areas. In Cutler Apartments and single student-housing, minors (under the age of 18) are only permitted as outlined in the guest visitation policy and are not to be left unattended.

Individuals are prohibited from entering restricted access areas unless specifically authorized to do so by Residence Life staff. These areas may include but are not limited to, community front desks, roofs, attics, staff apartments, closed halls, or machine/storage rooms. Forced or unauthorized entry into any residence halls or resident’s room is prohibited, as is entering a bathroom designated for the opposite gender.

Emergency exits are to be used during emergency evacuations only. Any misuse of emergency exits is prohibited.

Lounges are available for study, social, and recreational uses. Formal group activities in common areas without proper authorization  from Residence Life staff is also prohibited. If you would like to reserve a common lounge or Residence Life space, please contact your Resident Director. Moving furniture from Residence Life space is not permitted without prior permission from the Residence Director.

Residents should take proper care of their building and its furnishings. The preservation of housing units and their furnishings is the joint responsibility of all roommates assigned to a specific suite, room, or apartment, and all residents assigned to a specific building or residence hall. Residents who witness any act of vandalism and/or who may know the identity of the responsible person(s) should notify a Residence Life staff member immediately.

Residence Life reserves the right to assess residents collectively or individually for any vandalism to the buildings, grounds, or furnishings.

Concealed weapons are not allowed on University property for personal safety, all weapons and explosives are prohibited in residential facilities. Some items that are considered weapons or explosives include: all guns (including BB guns) and ammunition, axes, martial arts weapons, mace, nunchucks, slingshots, spears, swords, with the exception of cooking knives - knives larger than pocket knives (3”), taser/stun guns, potato guns/cannons, bows and/or arrows, acid, paintball guns, and gunpowder. Alaska state law prohibits the possession of brass knuckles. Residents are allowed to carry and store pepper spray for personal protection in their residence hall rooms and apartments. Residents possessing pepper spray should be familiar with the instructions for their personal protection device.

Residents utilizing weapons for a UAF sanctioned class or activity should reach out to their Resident Director before checking into their space.

Weapon storage is available free of charge to UAF residents courtesy of the UAF Police Department. Contact the UAF Police Department at (907) 474-7721 to use the weapon storage room and for storage room hours. Storing a weapon anywhere in the residential community is prohibited. Residents may store their weapons in their locked vehicles.


Individuals should not remove and/or damage the windows, screens, or window restraining devices in the Residence Life areas. Any transaction of objects through windows is prohibited. Individuals may not climb in or out of or hang off the window, unless there is an emergency situation.

Windows in the residential facilities are a significant source of heat loss. Please refrain from leaving windows open when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, as freezing can occur, along with buildings creating more heat and higher temperatures within other rooms, making the community uncomfortable.

Emergency Procedures

The Department of Residence Life makes every effort to instill a culture of safety in UAF's residential communities. The safety of UAF residents is of utmost importance to us and we strive to keep facilities secure. The more proactive we are, the safer we are as a community.

Housing Agreement

You are required to sign a housing agreement each year to reserve a space on campus. Residents are expected to read and comply with all terms of the housing agreement

The cost of your room is applied to your UA account at the beginning of each semester; EFG residents have their bills applied on a monthly basis. All room costs are subject to change. If rates increase after a resident has submitted an application, residents with accepted agreements will be given the opportunity to withdraw their application without penalty (less application fee).

All housing-related charges and fees placed on your UA account after the fee payment deadline during the Fall and Spring Semester, or anytime during the Summer and Winter Semesters, must be paid within seven business days.

All outstanding balances after seven days are subject to a late fee. If you are unable to pay these charges or fees, you must contact the Office of the Bursar before the seven-day time period has lapsed to determine your payment options. Residents terminating their agreements will be charged rent based on the schedule outlined in their agreement.

All students and employees of UAF are eligible for campus housing but are not guaranteed housing until approved by the Department of Residence Life. Students must be registered for a minimum of six credits to live in campus housing. Students who are not taking any UA classes need special permission to remain in housing. If you are not enrolled in classes, you must contact the Residence Life Central Office. Employees in EFG are only eligible for housing so long as they are still employed by UAF. For the purpose of this agreement, “Employee” will refer to all employees of the University of Alaska except student or temporary employees. Student and temporary employees do not qualify for employee housing.

Residents who cancel their housing after July 31 (Fall) or November (30) spring will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee. The cancellation fee for EFG housing is $500.

There are circumstances that may prevent you from meeting the obligation of your Residence Life Agreement. For any requests for an exception to the terms of your agreement, you may complete the Exception to Housing Agreement form through your housing portal. These requests are reviewed by the Central Office staff.

Housing and Residence Life Staff

Residence Life staff are here to help you! You will no doubt get to know many of the student and professional staff members whose job it is to work with you to help make your residence hall experience an enjoyable one. The staff who work in your area are well-trained and eager to be of assistance. Please introduce yourself and ask them for help when you need it.

The Director of Residence Life oversees all aspects of housing, including facilities, operations, guest housing, and residential programming. The Director focuses on campus residential life by maintaining a supportive and positive department that is able to assist our on-campus residents.

Associate Director of Residence Life

The Associate Director (AD) oversees all residence halls and guest housing. They oversee programming across campus from weeklong tradition weeks to university traditions to ensure student participation and involvement. The Associate Director is responsible for oversight of student conduct within all residential facilities, student safety, and residence hall staff training and development. The Associate Director works in conjunction with the Coordinator(s), supervising all hall staff and hall operations to ensure safe and well-maintained facilities and to provide a clear process for students to navigate life on campus.

Area Coordinators

Coordinators are full-time professional staff with extensive experience working with students. They supervise multiple halls or larger residential areas. Their duties include supervising staff, facilitating training, and handling issues of student conduct. They also work with other campus  departments in order to provide quality education, resources, and programming for residents to help them develop positive and supportive communities. The Department of Residence Life has a Student Success Coordinator who is responsible for the department’s Living Learning Communities (LLCs), including the facilitation of relationships with campus partners to grow cross-curricular opportunities for our residents. We also have an Area Coordinator, who is responsible for overseeing large campus programming and collaborating with the Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on Student Conduct and Case Management.

Resident Directors

Resident Directors (RDs) are full-time professional staff with a background in student development who live in the residence halls and apartments. Resident Directors are responsible for managing and supervising residence halls, promoting a positive residential community, and facilitating large- and small-scale programs in the residence halls. Resident Directors assist residents with personal and academic concerns and refer residents to the appropriate resources. Resident Directors are student conduct administrators and serve on the department’s 24-hour on call emergency service team.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) are students who live in the communities and have extensive training with student concerns and campus resources. RAs receive many hours of training and are available to help with problems or questions or to connect residents with other resources on campus. RAs are trained in mediation and are available to help resolve any roommate conflicts within the hall/apartments. They are also responsible for communicating University Housing policy and are expected to respond to policy violations. Resident Assistants sponsor and help organize many social and educational programs throughout the year.

Nook Concierge

The Nook Concierge (NC) position works to enhance the experience of students and community members by being available after 5pm to answer questions in person or via phone, check out equipment and supplies, and connect individuals with the folks who can best serve their needs. NCs are responsible for offering general customer service, reporting emergency situations, and working with RAs to report policy violations or safety concerns.

Guest Housing Student Staff

Guest housing student staff work with select Resident Directors (RDs) to facilitate the guest housing program, which offers short-term housing to UA-affiliated individuals. These students assist with preparing rooms for guests and ensuring our facilities are clean and welcoming to our visitors.

Assistant Director for Finance and Business Operations

The Assistant Director for Finance and Business Operations handles the day-to-day and long term budgetary responsibilities of the department, oversees the Central Office, and also facilitates process improvements for the department. The Assistant Director for Finance and Business Operations actively collaborates with internal and external entities to maximize strategies for a modern and successful student experience.


Assignment & Records Coordinators

The Assignment & Records Coordinators are responsible for all housing assignments, coordinating the housing contract processes, and preparing correspondence to current and potential residents. They ensure housing records are managed in accordance with UAF policies. These positions are also responsible for in person, email and phone communication directed at the main Residence Life customer service center, working together to provide accurate and timely information ensuring a positive customer service experience.


Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing all housing assignments and placements, including room switches, and is the primary point of contact for residents with questions related to their housing contract. This person oversees bills and coordinates the daily office operations of the department. They also coordinate department data systems.


Marketing and Communications Specialist

The Marketing and Communications Specialist is responsible for all marketing materials, communication, social media platforms, website content, and design materials for the department.


Central Office Assistant(s)

The Central Office Assistants are student staff who are available to answer questions and help direct families, students, employees, and guests who have any questions about campus life. They work at the front desk of Residence Life Central Office and provide clerical duties within the department. They facilitate department housing records, logs, and audits to ensure accurate record keeping.

Facilities Manager

The Facilities Manager is responsible for the renovation, maintenance, and overall cleaning of all of the facilities. They collaborate with outside contractors, facilities services, and janitorial contractors. They are responsible for ensuring maintenance staff is assigned to make repairs in the residence halls and apartments. They follow up with work orders, emergency maintenance, and repairs.


Facilities Coordinator

The Facilities Coordinator is responsible for coordinating student support crew and staff to perform a large portion of the routine maintenance done around all Residence Life buildings.

Student Support Crew

Student crew are UAF students who work with the facilities coordinator and manager to make repairs to and assess residence life furniture, as well as assist with cleaning, moving, and other Residence Life facilities tasks.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

Your Residence Hall Association is a student-led organization serving as an advocate for students’ needs, concerns and interests. Through its work, RHA is here to encourage residents to invest and engage in their campus community and connect to the larger community of Fairbanks. During the academic year, RHA will provide opportunities for community service and host social events while continuously acting as a resource to all on-campus residents.



The Department of Residence Life and UAF Facilities Services are partners in the maintenance of all residential facilities. Maintenance repair requests for your room or apartment are made through your hall staff or the Department of Residence Life.

Moving In

Get packed, it's time to move into your residence hall! Make sure that you have a valid housing contract, and prepare to enjoy the true college experience at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Moving Out

The move-out process is initiated through a scheduled checkout appointment between you and a Residence Life staff member. During the appointment, the staff member reviews the condition of your room and collects your keys.

You can also sign up for an express checkout and avoid a scheduled appointment entirely. However, if you choose an express checkout, you'll claim responsibility for any room damages found by a staff member after you check out.

Notice Of Nondiscrimination

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

How to Report

Forms of discrimination not covered under Title IX (as detailed below) can be reported to the Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability at, emailing or by calling (907) 474-7300. Reports can be filed anonymously, although it may limit the University’s ability to address the behavior.


The University offers resources for residents who have been subjected to discrimination. These may include resources for safety, confidential counseling, and adjustments for classes and academic support, academics, campus housing, research sites, the work environment, and at remote/off-campus university owned or operated sites. Requests for adjustments must be submitted to Margo Griffith, Equity and Compliance Director, at (907) 474-7300 or

Residence Halls and Apartments

Located in the MBS complex on upper campus, this hall is home to both young traditional students and older non-traditional students. The eight-story building has a capacity of up to 322 students in single and double occupancy rooms, with a lounge on each floor and a large lounge on the ground floor. It has a community kitchen and laundry for Bartlett Hall is located in the basement.

Office Phone: (907) 455-3900
Cell Phone: (907) 322-7300

Cutler Apartment Complex (CAC) is a complex of apartments nestled in the woods next to the Reichardt Building. The atmosphere is quiet enough for students to complete their studies yet the location is close enough to the MBS complex for them to be a part of the Residence Life experience. Each apartment comes complete with a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. There are two laundry facilities in the complex, located in the 100 and 500 blocks.

Office Phone: (907) 455-3901
Cell Phone: (907) 378-5366

The Department of Residence Life offers one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartment complexes and single, duplex and triplex homes for employees, graduate students, and students with dependents. EFG units include Chandalar homes, Garden Apartments, Harwood Hall, Hess Village, Walsh Hall, Skarland, Rainey Cabin, Tanana homes, and Stuart apartments. You can add an additional adult to your agreement as long as you fill out, submit and receive permission from UAF Residence Life via the FIP form. The adult must meet the requirements for a FIP or Financially Interdependent Partner. Each additional adult must complete a conviction disclosure before they will be approved to live in your unit. *Starting Fall 2023 all EFG residents must be taking at least 9 credits and degree seeking to be eligible for housing. For employees, EFG is used as transitional housing. Employees must be within 6 months of their start date to apply.

Office Phone: (907) 474-1912
Cell Phone: (907) 378-5366

McIntosh Hall, also known as Mac, is perfectly situated on lower campus, close to the main part of campus and just steps away from the Wood Center. This building offers a wide variety of activities to interest the diverse population of the hall. If you are looking for the complete package, McIntosh will provide you a great environment for studying and hanging out with friends. In 2013, McIntosh Hall was floor-to-ceiling renovated and now comfortably accommodates 100 students in both single and double occupancy rooms. Laundry for McIntosh is located on the first floor.

Office Phone: (907) 455-3904
Cell Phone: (907) 712-7632

Located in the MBS complex on upper campus, this eight-story building has a capacity of up to 322 students in single and double occupancy rooms. There is a lounge on all even-numbered floors, laundry on all the odd floors, and a large lounge on the ground floor, along with a community kitchen and classroom. Moore is also host to a Gender Diversity Living Learning Community (LLC). Moore Hall is a substance free hall.

Office Phone: (907) 455-3905
Cell Phone: (907) 322-7300

Located in the MBS complex on upper campus, this four-story building has capacity for around 140 students in single and double occupancy rooms, with lounges on the second and fourth floors, a laundry room on the third, and two large study lounges and a community kitchen on the ground floor. Skarland Hall is a substance free hall.

Office Phone: (907) 455-3907
Cell Phone: (907) 322-7300

Wickersham Hall is located on lower campus next to the Wood Center and the Gruening Building. Wickersham is made up of single and double occupancy rooms in suite-style living. Suite-style rooms provide residents a half bath with a semi-private toilet and sink conveniently located in their room. Residents can prepare food in one of Wickersham’s three kitchens, or utilize the fridge and microwave present in each room. Enjoy a residential experience that is complete with a great study environment and a lot of opportunity for social interaction with a mature student population. Laundry is located on the first floor.

Office Phone: (907) 455-3909
Cell Phone: (907) 712-7632

Room Assignments

UAF reserves the right to change space assignments (consolidate) when vacancies occur and single occupants are residing in multiple-capacity rooms or when less than four residents are living in one Cutler apartment; the remaining resident(s) must accept another roommate and/or move to another room/apartment. In most situations, Residence Life will assign a resident to fill the empty space in your room. In certain situations, residents may be given the opportunity to purchase the other half of their room. Residents interested in purchasing a super-single may keep the room and assume the additional cost if space is available. Room consolidation does not apply to residents in Employee, Family, and Graduate Housing. 

Within certain areas, a resident may request to pay to occupy the space that two individuals normally occupy. Super-singles within housing are limited, and additional room space may become available throughout the year. Super-singles are charged at an additional rate above the double room rate and charges will be placed on the resident’s UA account. If you are interested in purchasing a super-single, please contact the Residence Life Central Office.

If the other half of your room is empty at any time and your space is eligible for more than one person, please be advised that you must ensure that the room is ready to receive a new roommate at any time. If you live in a room that has a common space, all current residents are responsible for reasonable common area cleanliness. In preparation for possibly receiving a roommate, before someone moves in a UAF staff member will enter your space to ensure that the area is prepared for a new resident. The space should be free of personal belongings and should be clean.

In the event that a resident’s individual room or common space becomes uninhabitable for a suitemate or roommate and the current resident(s) are unable to clean the space in time, Residence Life reserves the right to go into those spaces for cleaning purposes. If these services are necessary, the resident(s) will be charged for the cleaning and/or damages as appropriate.

Any personal property left by a resident who vacates or abandons a room or apartment will be inventoried and the resident will be contacted to retrieve their belongings. The University will hold the items for 30 days and then deem them abandoned and may then immediately dispose of the property without compensation. The resident may be charged for the labor involved in removing any trash or property. The University may dispose of such property in any manner without liability.

Room Changes

During the course of the year, residents may change rooms/apartments. Residents of EFG should contact the Central Office if they would like to change spaces. Within all other areas, room changes are not permitted until after the start of classes in the fall and spring semesters and again toward the end of each semester. These dates will be communicated by the Department of Residence Life and available on the website, under room changes. Residents in an emergency situation where a move is necessary should contact hall staff to initiate a move.
There are three types of room changes:

  • New Room Change
  • Even Swap
  • Emergency Room Move

New Room Change

A new room change happens when a resident wants to move to a different room within the same hall or change to a different hall or apartment complex.

Even Swap Room Change

Even swap is a move that occurs when two or more residents swap spaces. This can happen within a hall or can occur from one building to another. No empty space is created by an even swap.

Emergency Room Move

This move occurs when residents do not feel safe in their room and request a move. This move usually takes place after business hours from 5 p.m.–8 a.m. If you feel that you can no longer live in your current living space and need assistance outside the room move lottery times, please see your hall staff or contact Residence Life Central Office for assistance.

Unauthorized Room/Building Changes

For safety and management reasons, it is imperative the Residence Life staff know where all residents live. Moving to a different residential community room/hall/apartment without the written approval from the Department of Residence Life is prohibited. All unauthorized room changes will be subject to a $50 unauthorized room change fee.

Roommate Inspections and Entrance Procedures

Although each individual has a right to privacy, at times the University must enter a living space. The University reserves the right to enter any premises to inspect; to make essential, preventative, or routine repairs or improvement; to supply necessary or agreed-upon services; to exhibit the premises to laborers or contractors; or as is otherwise necessary for the operation/protection of the premises or persons therein. Under certain circumstances, residential facility staff or University officials may enter residential facility living spaces. Such circumstances include but are not limited to the following:

● In an emergency or when it is suspected that a room occupant’s or the community’s safety is in jeopardy.

● When there is reason to believe that a University policy is being violated.

● In response to a work order, for scheduled or emergency maintenance, or for inspections.

● When other community members’ rights are being violated (e.g., an alarm clock or stereo is making sounds and no one is answering the door).

● To conduct health, safety, and welfare inspections.

Each semester, Residence Life staff inspects every room on campus—including apartments—to identify and address any health, safety, sanitation, and maintenance issues that might be present. There are several reasons for these inspections:

● To encourage residents to maintain the condition of their living environment.

● To promote a better understanding of University expectations for living on campus.

● To help prevent pest infestations, damage, and other issues that impact health and safety as well as the quality of life for all on-campus residents.

● To help maintain the condition of our residential facilities. Our department understands concerns about privacy. However, we believe these inspections are a necessary measure and prove beneficial to all current and future residents in our facilities. It is perfectly acceptable for your apartment to look “lived in''; however, staff will be looking to see that no health and safety concerns exist.

Residence Life student and professional staff—in most cases Resident Assistants (RA), Resident Directors (RD), or Coordinators —will enter each apartment after providing a minimum 48-hour notice. Staff will conduct health and safety inspections in pairs between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm.

You do not have to be present for your area’s inspection. Staff will leave documentation that they have completed your health and safety check, and your door will be locked when they leave.

Please note: Our staff will not be opening cabinets or drawers in any room; however, staff will be inspecting all Residence Life provided appliances. This includes, but is not limited to, refrigerators, microwaves, stoves/ovens, dishwashers, washers, and dryers.

If any policy violations or health and safety issues are identified, Residence Life staff will document these issues and communicate corrective measures that need to be taken. Policy violations and the like must be corrected within a time determined by staff—typically 24 to 48 hours following the room/apartment inspection.

In an attempt to prevent fire and safety hazards, Residence Life staff members conduct inspections for non-EFG units in all rooms and apartments at the beginning of winter break. This is done to prevent electrical fires, water leaks, and other safety hazards. Please set your thermostat to 72 degrees when you leave for winter break to ensure that pipes and sprinkler heads do not freeze.

Roommate Rights

An integral part of your college experience is learning to get along with all types of people, especially your roommate or suitemate. Communication is key in developing a strong relationship with your roommate.

As a UAF resident, there are certain rights you can expect and that you have the responsibility to maintain:

● The right to read and study free from undue interference in your room.
● The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise.
● The right to have your personal belongings respected by your roommate(s).
● The right to a clean and healthy environment in which to live.
● The right to have full access to your room and facilities without pressure from a roommate.
● The right to host guests with the expectation that the guests will respect the UAF guest policy and the rights of your roommate(s) and other facility residents.

Yada is an assessment that can be used to help roommate placement at UAF, as well as help you figure out how to navigate the relationships in your life based on your personality. Knowing your Yada personality types can help students understand each other through difficult conversations. All students enrolled and signed up for housing will be able to table the assessment for free.

A roommate agreement is a useful tool for you and your roommate(s) to use to discuss various issues that could come up while sharing a space. If you and your roommate(s) would like to fill out a roommate agreement, please contact a staff member in your building.

Many residents have never shared a living space before and can find it difficult to compromise, but it is important to realize that mutual respect is essential to avoid conflicts. Be respectful of your roommate’s belongings and room space, and discuss issues as they come up. We recommend within the first week of living together that you and your roommate(s) discuss expectations for living together. Taking the time to learn about each other's communication styles and living preferences can help prevent many conflicts. Suggested topics to discuss include guests, noise levels, room decor, windows and heat use, study and sleep times, cleanliness, personal routines, and relationship expectations.

Get to know your roommate--this will be a person you will share your living space with during the academic year.

Establish the similarities and differences in your habits and interests and develop an effective agreement on how to balance these out. Don’t be afraid to express your expectations and opinions - open communication is a basis for creating an enjoyable living environment. Create some ground rules from the start and feel free to refer back to them periodically and make modifications if necessary.

If you are confronting an issue, avoid inflammatory language and be respectful. Say, “When you do X in situation Y, I feel Z.” Approach your roommate in private - do not discuss issues in front of others as this could put pressure on the other person. Find a good time for both of you to talk. Try not to approach them as they are rushing to class or about to go out with friends since this will make them feel rushed to make decisions. Be patient: listen to your roommate, accept criticism, and know that there are always two sides to every story. Remember that the solution will probably be a compromise and not your ideal scenario, but compromises will help you enjoy living together.

If disagreements come up during the year, please talk with your roommate first and attempt to resolve the issue. If that is not successful, contact your Resident Assistant or Resident Director, who can schedule a mediation between you and your roommate. Hall staff act as a neutral party and can help you find a positive solution

If you are unable to resolve your conflicts with your roommate and can no longer live in your current living space, the Department of Residence Life provides options for room changes.

Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination Under Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. All members of the university community and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of gender and sex-based discrimination, including sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The entire Board of Regent’s policy on Sex-and Gender-Based Discrimination Under Title IX may be found at

Employee Reporting Responsibilities

At the University of Alaska, staff, faculty and Residence Life student employees are required to report sex and gender-based incidents to UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability's Title IX coordinator within 24 hours of becoming aware. There is an exception at UAF for employees working within Student Health and Counseling. General student employees are strongly encouraged to report incidents, but are not required.

See more detail at the UA responsible employee page:

How to Report

Individuals can submit reports at, by contacting the UAF Title IX coordinator, Margo Griffith, at (907) 474-7300 or at or in-person at 3rd floor Constitution Hall. Reports can be filed anonymously, although it may limit the University’s ability to address the behavior. The Title IX website includes information for confidential resources, supportive measures and process information.

Resources and Supportive Measures

The University offers resources for residents who have been subjected to sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct. These may include resources for safety, confidential counseling and medical services, confidential advocacy resources, and adjustments for academics, campus housing, research sites, the work environment, and at remote/off-campus university owned or operated sites. Confidential resources can be contacted through the Student Health and Counseling Center or the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living. Requests for adjustments and supportive measures must be submitted to Margo Griffith, UAF Title IX Coordinator at (907) 474-7300 or

Summer, Winter & Holiday Housing

Limited summer and winter break housing is available. Residents are usually housed in one residence hall and move into that hall for the break period. Residents must apply and be approved for summer and winter housing. Residents in Employee, Family and Graduate Housing (EFG) stay in their spaces as long as their agreement is in place and don't need to apply for additional housing. Residents in the Cutler Apartments who are residents for both the fall and spring semesters can stay in their apartments over winter break at no additional cost.