Care of Housing Units
Living in residence requires maintenance of a clean, safe, and sanitary living area (inside the housing unit, bathroom, and surrounding areas) with cooperation between the roommates assigned to that housing unit. Students are expected to leave their housing unit in a clean and orderly condition at check-out. Extra cleaning and additional check out fees may be assessed for failure to comply with proper procedures. The Housing Services and Facilities Management staffs have the right to enter any housing unit to ensure that it is being maintained properly and that no damages have occurred.
Liability for Personal Property
APU assumes no responsibility or liability for the personal property, including vehicles, of students or their guests while in a campus housing assignment, including all university vacation periods during the year. This includes damage or loss due to fire, theft, flooding, etc. The university recommends that students not leave valuables in their rooms/units during vacation periods. Students are strongly encouraged to consider carrying some form of personal insurance if their home policy does not cover personal property in the living areas.
Utilities are provided by the university in the residence halls and the Shire Mods. Otherwise, students assigned to campus apartments are responsible for the setup and payment of utilities, which includes electricity through Azusa Light & Water (electricity only; the water bill is covered by the university) and natural gas through the Southern California Gas Company. The student who opens a utility account is responsible for all charges incurred. The university is not responsible for uncollected charges. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for telephone service if desired. Satellite dishes are not permitted in campus living areas, but cable service is permitted in apartment areas other than the Shire Mods. If the unit is not already wired for service, the student may request the cable provider to wire the unit at the student’s cost. Cable wiring will not be maintained by the University.
Typically, APU provides each student with a bed, dresser, desk, and chair (in some living areas the furniture is built-in or is reduced due to space considerations). Furniture is to remain in the assigned housing unit for the full term of the campus housing assignment. University furniture may not be removed from the housing unit. This includes using it as outside patio or lawn furniture, storing it on a patio, deck or common area, exchanging it with another student, placing it in an off-campus storage area, etc. There will be a fine for removal even if the item is returned at a later date. In addition, students found with common area furnishings in their housing unit will be subject to a fine and possible disciplinary action. Students with damaged or missing furniture may submit a work order through the Facilities Management work order system, which can be accessed through the university portal. Students will be charged if they are responsible for any damaged or missing furniture.
In all rooms/units designated for oversubscriptions, an extra set of furniture will be provided. The extra bed set will be lofted (raised like a bunk bed to leave the floor space under the bed open). This furniture will remain in place, even if the room's occupancy changes. In voluntary oversubscriptions, the extra furniture can be removed at the request of the students. Rooms/units with less than the standard capacity of students will not have furniture removed. Building bed lofts is not permitted. Only university-owned loft kits may be placed in rooms/units and must be installed by university personnel. Students wishing to have their beds bunked may submit a work order as described above.
Removable adhesive putty and other temporary mounting products can be used for decorating as long as no damage results from use. Any damage to walls, doors and room surfaces will result in a charge and must be corrected by Facilities Management; students should not try to make repairs themselves. Students may not make any substantive changes to their housing unit or common areas, including, but not limited to, rewiring, installing ceiling fans, painting, mounting televisions, or installing antennas/dishes for television, etc. Students are liable and charges will be made for damage to buildings or furnishings, lost property, or unnecessary service costs caused by the actions, intentional or accidental, of students or their guests in housing units and common areas. A Room Condition Inventory (RCI) should be completed and submitted to Housing Services by each student upon move in to identify any preexisting damage to the assigned housing unit. When responsibility for damage cannot be attributed to an individual student, the charges will be distributed to all community members in the area of the damage (i.e. all members of a housing unit, wing, floor, or building) as determined by the Residence Director. Although reporting damage does not clear the student of responsibility of damage in their unit, students are encouraged to submit work orders for damages in their unit by accessing the facilities work order system though the university portal.
Keys, Lost Keys, Lock Outs
Trinity Hall residents use their APU identification card as their housing unit key. In all other living areas, students are issued a key by Housing Services. Residents are personally responsible for all keys issued to them. Under no circumstances are keys to be duplicated or loaned to another individual. Failure to return the originally-issued keys at check out will result in a charge for costs to re-core the door and make new keys. Students who lose their key must inform Housing Services to initiate a re-core of the lock and key replacements (a fee is charged for the re-core process). Students who lock themselves out of their housing unit may contact Residence Life or Campus Safety to be let in (a fee may be charged for this service).
Common Areas and Storage
Outdoor common areas, entryways, decks, and patios must be kept neat and clean. Porches, decks, and patio areas cannot be used for storage and must be kept clear of indoor furniture (e.g., couches and university furniture), boxes, and trash. Students in rooms/units without kitchens are not allowed to cook in their rooms/units with the exception of the use of acceptable appliances listed elsewhere in these policies. Common area kitchen facilities are provided in living areas which have rooms/units without kitchens. Consideration must be shown to roommates and other residents by controlling food odors and promptly cleaning up. It is the responsibility of the persons using the common area kitchen to return it to proper order. No storage is available through the Office of Housing Services. This includes storage in campus housing rooms/units prior to check in, after check out, or during the summer.
Window screens must remain securely fastened at all times. A fine will be incurred for any screen that is removed, missing, and/or damaged regardless of whether or not the screen is later replaced. The use of windows as entrances or exits or as a means to pass objects is strictly prohibited except in emergency situations. Students who throw any objects out their windows will be referred to the disciplinary system.
Students are not allowed to keep pets of any kind except fish (in a small, clean, odor-free aquarium). Feeding and temporarily keeping animals in or around living areas is also prohibited. Residents who do so will be subject to a fine, cleaning and fumigation fees, as well as possible disciplinary action.