UC Davis, University of California

Guide to Solano Park

2017-2018

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Standards of Behavior

Student Housing and university policies are designed to give a clear picture of what is expected of you as a resident. Living in a large community is not always easy, since people come from different backgrounds and may have different sets of expectations for living within Solano Park. Due to our close proximity, different lifestyles, and the pressure of juggling academics, work, and family, conflicts do arise on occasion. The policies and regulations that exist are intended to give you and your neighbors standards by which residents can live and learn together. The university is committed to the ideal that our community should complement and foster all residents’ academic and family development. Remember: If something is illegal off‑campus, it is illegal on‑campus. University property does not insulate you from being accountable for all your actions. Residents are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the university and of their lease. Disciplinary action, outlined in the following pages, may result from such violations.

Alcohol

Residents and visitors must abide by state and university regulations relating to alcohol. No alcohol is permitted in public areas (i.e., grounds, parking lots, laundry rooms). Alcohol delivery by outside vendors is prohibited. Behavioral problems while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance will not be tolerated and may be subject to disciplinary action. Alcohol may be consumed in the community center only after an alcohol permit has been granted in accordance with guidelines published in this booklet.

Behavior

Students displaying inappropriate behavior or conduct, exhibiting inability to live within an apartment community, refusing intervention, and/or endangering themselves or others in any manner, are subject to administrative or judicial action that may result in relocation or eviction.

Guest Behavior

Residents are welcome to have occasional overnight and weekend guests, and assume responsibility for all actions and behavior of their guests. Should guests violate any rules or regulations outlined in the Student Housing lease or engage in behavior detrimental to the welfare of the community, they may be required to leave and disciplinary action taken against the resident.

Cooperation

Residents and their guests must cooperate with university staff at all times regarding university policy. Providing false information or failing to provide information, interfering with staff while they are performing their duties, or being uncooperative or verbally abusive to staff is strictly prohibited. It may also result in a referral to Student Judicial Affairs.

Business Operation

No business may be operated from within Student Housing. The sole exception is licensed home child care businesses.

Damage

Residents and their guests will be held liable for any damage or theft of university property both in the apartment and public areas of Solano Park Apartments facilities. Bills for the cost of repairs are charged to the individual(s) via the student’s account.

Domestic Violence/Child Abuse

Domestic abuse is a crime in California, a violation of the UC Davis Standards of Conduct for Students and Principles of Community clause. The Principles of Community clause states that the university affirms the dignity inherent in all of us and strives to maintain a climate of justice marked by respect for each other. Student Housing will not tolerate any form of domestic violence or child abuse. Any instance of domestic violence or child abuse may result in lease termination, referral to Student Judicial Affairs, and criminal prosecution.

Drugs

The possession, use, cultivation, distribution, manufacture or sale of illegal drugs/substances, or narcotics, is prohibited as defined by law and is prohibited on university property.

Events

No organized, loud, unruly, or alcohol‑related events/activities are permitted in Student Housing facilities. All major/large events in the community centers must have prior approval by the university/Student Housing.

Fire Equipment

It is a misdemeanor to tamper with or interfere with the fire alarm pull stations, smoke and heat detectors, fire extinguishers, hoses and “EXIT” signs and lights; residents will be charged by the UC Davis Fire Department for resetting or replacing units that have been tampered with. All residents are required to immediately leave their apartment when the fire alarm sounds. Violations of this policy may result in university and/or Student Housing action.

Firearms & Weapons

Weapons of any kind are prohibited, including, but not limited to, firearms, BB‑guns, air rifles, knives, switch blades, swords, brass knuckles, and nun‑chucks. It is a felony criminal offense to possess a firearm or other weapon on campus.

Fireworks

It is a misdemeanor to possess, store, or use any fireworks on university property or in Yolo/Solano County.

Mediation

As we all know, sometimes conflicts are difficult to resolve. In the event that you are unable to resolve a conflict on your own or with assistance from your RA, we encourage you to mediate. People mediate many types of issues: noise, kids, parking space issues with other residents, conflicts that arise over guests, etc. Most people who use mediation are able to create agreements that satisfy everyone involved.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process in which people who have a dispute can meet, and with the help of a trained mediator, communicate openly and create ways to resolve their conflict. One of the best things about the process is that people in the conflict control the outcome – no one else will make decisions for you.

Five Hallmarks of Mediation:

  • Voluntary
  • Informal
  • Confidential
  • Impartial
  • No Cost

Mediators Do Not:

  • Make decisions for people
  • Decide who is right or wrong
  • Determine guilt, innocence or require additional witnesses

What Mediators Do:

  • Listen to the viewpoints of all parties
  • Ask questions to clarify facts and perspectives
  • Help both parties communicate with each other in an effort to create solutions
  • Help parties write an agreement that specifically outlines the solutions the parties have created
  • Make sure all parties have an equal opportunity to talk and be heard

Mediators are Trained to Assist the People in the Mediation to:

  • Concentrate on what they have in common
  • Understand each other as individuals
  • Assess what is really important to each party
  • Work together to achieve a mutual win/win situation created by and agreed to by the people in dispute

Confidentiality

  • State law and professional ethics bind mediators to strict confidentiality – they do not discuss mediation with coworkers, friends, family, etc.
  • Mediators are also bound to confidentiality in that they cannot be called to testify about the mediation in any further actions.
  • As part of the mediation process, parties agree to confidentiality and are encouraged to be as specific as possible about what that means to them before, during, and after the process.

Musical Instruments

Playing musical instruments is a privilege; their use must consider other tenants and their right to sleep and study in their apartments. Playing musical instruments must always be conducted within the guidelines of the noise policy. Amplified sound is not allowed without securing a permit. Contact the Solano Park office for details if you need to obtain an amplified sound permit.

Noise & Disturbances

Noise is any sound, human or otherwise, which is disturbing to a tenant of another apartment. Noise levels should be kept to a minimum. Any resident may ask that any other resident or group cease any activity which is interfering with his/her ability to study, rest, or quietly enjoy the community. Radios, stereos, CD players, television, video games, or talking which can be heard in other apartments is considered too loud. Remember that the apartments are not soundproof and we ask that you be tolerant of basic “living noise.”

If a conflict occurs between neighbors, residents are expected to attempt resolution between themselves initially. By communicating in a calm manner, listening to each other and being specific regarding the nature and time of the disturbance, the problem can be resolved amicably in most cases. Often times, a simple exchange of phone numbers and timetables can resolve any conflict. However, if this is unsuccessful, the Resident Assistant should be contacted to help resolve the problem. Should the problem persist, mediation by an outside party may be recommended.

Quiet/Courtesy Hours The following quiet hours are recommended: Sunday to Thursday 10pm to 7am Friday and Saturday 11pm to 7am Noise from stereos, televisions, and loud discussions should not be audible in other people’s apartments. All residents share the responsibility for maintaining quiet hours.

Personal Care

Each student is responsible for his or her own self‑care, which is defined as appropriate personal hygiene, management of medical illnesses and/or disability‑related personal needs. If a student needs a personal assistant to assist with these tasks, it is the responsibility of the student to identify and pay for an attendant.

Physical/Verbal Abuse & Harassment

Physical harm or threats to any person will result in disciplinary action. This policy includes threats, assault, battery, physical fights, domestic violence, sexual abuse, child endangerment, racist/sexist/ ethnic harassment, malicious pranks, and abusive name‑calling. This policy also includes non‑verbal abuse/harassment communicated through e‑mail, regular mail, the Internet, telephone, fax, etc. Residents and their guests are expected to resolve conflicts in a mature, constructive manner.

Postings & Solicitation

All posting must be approved by the Solano Park office and will only be allowed on specific bulletin boards. No solicitation of any sort is permitted; solicitation is defined as any uninvited contact, generally involving a request or literature distribution — university handouts are exempt from this policy. Do not hesitate to confront solicitors and ask them to leave. Solicitors are to be referred to the Complex Coordinator.

Skateboarding/Rollerblading

Use of skateboards or rollerblades may not disturb community members or cause damage to facilities/ property.

Smoking

Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on University property or in any Student Housing building or dining facility. Smoking is prohibited on apartment balconies regardless of the location of the apartment complex. Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted or heated tobacco product, as well as smoking substances that are not tobacco, and operating electronic smoking devices and other smoking instruments. Tobacco use includes inhaling, smoking, chewing, dipping, or any other assimilation of tobacco products. Smoking or tobacco use within 25 feet of any building entry, courtyard, stairway, passageway, pool area, patio, balcony, or operable window is considered a violation of Student Housing policy.

Theft/Misuse of Property

Theft, tampering or misuse of personal or university property e.g. coin machines, laundry machines is prohibited and unlawful.

Vacation Planning

Please notify the Solano Park office if you are planning an extended vacation (two weeks or longer).