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Office of Residence Life Guide to Community Living 2011-2012

The information in this Guide to Community Living does not constitute a contract. The College reserves the right to make changes in materials contained herein at any time with reasonable notice. For the purposes of this document, 48-hours will be considered reasonable, although more or less time may be dictated by circumstances. Updates and additional information may be sent to your campus mailbox, sent as an E-mail to your Ramapo College E-mail address, posted on residence area bulletin boards, and/or available on the Ramapo Intranet site at


Table of Contents Introduction Welcome ............................................................................................................5 How to use this guide.........................................................................................6 Quick Reference Information .............................................................................6 Background Division of Student Affairs…………………………………………………………...……………..8 Office of Residence Life .....................................................................................8 Residence Life Staff ...........................................................................................8 Residence Life Staff Position Descriptions ........................................................9 On call staff- (RAS, CAS, OCAS, and EOCCS).................................................9 ORL Organizational Chart………………………………………………………………………...10 Local Fast Food Restaurants.....................................................................................11 Shopping ..........................................................................................................13 Houses of Worship...........................................................................................14 Off-Campus Health Services............................................................................15 Banking ............................................................................................................15 Other Services..................................................................................................16 Things to do......................................................................................................16 Arts & Culture ...................................................................................................16 Attractions ........................................................................................................17 Cinema/Movies.................................................................................................17 Historical Sites..................................................................................................18 Parks, Science & Nature ..................................................................................19 Sports, Recreation & Golf ................................................................................19 Winter Activities................................................................................................20 Campus Facilities & Services Information Technology & Communication Cable Television...............................................................................................21 Programming your Cable Television……………………………………………...22 Computer Labs / Network Information .............................................................23 Official Communications……………………………………………………………24 Responsible Computing Policies......................................................................24 RESNET...........................................................................................................24 Internet Browser Settings.................................................................................25 Wireless Internet Connectivity………………………………………………….……………….25 Limitation of Services .......................................................................................25 Campus Mail and Ramapo Email Services......................................................26 Telephone Services .........................................................................................27 On-Campus Services Dining Services ................................................................................................28 Fitness Centers ................................................................................................30 Laundry Facilities .............................................................................................30 Insects ..............................................................................................................30 Vandalism.........................................................................................................30 Lamps/Light Bulbs............................................................................................30 Facilities Work Requests..................................................................................30 Heating Ventilating Air-Conditioning Units (HVAC)..........................................31 Facilities Emergencies and After Hours Emergencies.....................................31 Off-Campus Local Shuttle Service ...................................................................31 Student Government Association (SGA) .........................................................32 Identification Cards ..........................................................................................32 Pledging a Fraternity or Sorority…………………………………………………..32


In-Hall Services Lockouts ...........................................................................................................32 Lost ID/Access Cards.......................................................................................32 Lost Keys/Lock Changes .................................................................................32 Programming....................................................................................................32 Residence Life Charges...................................................................................33 Storage.............................................................................................................33 The Overlook Summer Storage Lockers……………………………………………………33 Residence Hall Association (RHA)………………………………………………………….33 Bathroom Tissue ..............................................................................................33 Health & Safety Cooking in the halls..........................................................................................33 Campus Safety.................................................................................................34 Construction Sites ............................................................................................34 Public Safety Department ................................................................................34 Disorderly Conduct...........................................................................................34 Fire Safety ........................................................................................................34 Prohibited Items List.........................................................................................41 Candle and Incense Policy…………………………………………………………43 Emergency Egress Doors ................................................................................44 The Center for Health and Counseling Services..............................................44 Health Services ................................................................................................44 Assault Contact Team (ACT) ...........................................................................45 Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights...............................................................46 Involuntary Leave of Absence..........................................................................47 Behavioral Intervention Team ..........................................................................47 Processes and Procedures Housing Selection Process for Incoming and Continuing Students.................49 Village Residency Limitations and Requirements............................................49 Alcohol-Allowed Housing Agreement……………………………………………..49 Housing Contract .............................................................................................50 Housing Deposit for Continuing Residents ......................................................50 Guaranteed Housing ........................................................................................50 International Students ......................................................................................50 Housing Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities ..................................51 Room Assignment Process..............................................................................51 Room Occupancy.............................................................................................51 Check-in ...........................................................................................................52 Check-out .........................................................................................................52 Check-out; Room Configurations.…………………………….………………….……………52 Check-out Extensions ......................................................................................52 Housing Withdrawal Process ...........................................................................52 Administrative Relocation Policy ......................................................................52 Room Changes ................................................................................................52 Room Cleanliness ............................................................................................53 Room Consolidation.........................................................................................53 Full-Time Status ...............................................................................................53 Abandoned Items .............................................................................................53 Common Area Damage Billing Policy ..............................................................53 Damages ..........................................................................................................53 Disciplinary/Judicial System.............................................................................54 Community Living and Responsibility in the Residence Halls .........................54 Student Staff Availability……………………………………………………………54 Insurance Claims against the College .............................................................54


Tripling..............................................................................................................54 Roommate Rights ............................................................................................54 Roommate/Suitemate Contracts ......................................................................55 Noise and 24-Hour Courtesy Policy .................................................................55 Roadrunner Courts Noise Advisory..................................................................56 Stereos .............................................................................................................56 Signage ............................................................................................................56 Water Conservation .........................................................................................56 Bed Bunking .....................................................................................................56 Winter Weather ................................................................................................56 Health and Safety Inspections / Schedule………………………………………..56 Residence Life Posting Policy..........................................................................57 Charity Drives & Dorm Storming.………………………………………………………………58 Social Gathering Policy…………………………………………………………………………….58 Apartment/Building Doors ................................................................................................... 59 Barbeque Policy ...............................................................................................59 Bicycles, Roller Blades and Skateboards ........................................................59 Bicycle Racks ...................................................................................................59 Littering.............................................................................................................59 Lounge Furniture/Personal Furniture ...............................................................59 Obstructions of Common Areas .......................................................................59 Parking On-Campus.........................................................................................59 Temporary Permits………………………………………………………………………………..…59 Reserved Parking……………………………………………………………………………….……60 Walkways .........................................................................................................60 Pets ..................................................................................................................60 Requests by Residence Hall Staff....................................................................60 Room Decorations ...........................................................................................61 Screens ............................................................................................................61 Trash/Garbage .................................................................................................61 Recycling..........................................................................................................61 Rules and Regulations Access to Residence Halls...............................................................................62 Business from Residents’ Rooms ....................................................................62 Commercial Solicitation....................................................................................62 Driving On Campus..........................................................................................62 Guest/Visitation Policy .....................................................................................62 Illegal Entry.......................................................................................................63 Illegal Residents ...............................................................................................63 Residence Life Policy Violation Fines ..............................................................63 Roofs ................................................................................................................64 Sports in the Residence Halls ..........................................................................64 Alcohol and Other Drug Policy .........................................................................64 Drug Policy .......................................................................................................67 Good Samaritan Policy ....................................................................................69 Code of Conduct 2011-2012 ............................................................................70 College Hazing Policy………………………………………………………………78



Dear Residents: Welcome to Ramapo College's Residence Halls! The Ramapo Residence Life program is based on a philosophy that residence hall living provides opportunities for students to gain a variety of experiences that supplement and complement formal classroom learning. We make every effort to promote academic achievement through our programs, to encourage students to develop interdependence, maturity, as well as responsible decision-making and life skills. The key to having a great experience is to get involved in your community. There are expectations that residents will be responsible, enthusiastic and conscientious community members. We expect that residents will comply with the policies set forth by the college and that they will support, respect and care for others in our community. Suggestions that improve the quality of living on our campus are certainly welcomed. I hope you enjoy your Residences, and have a GREAT YEAR! Sincerely,

Linda Diaz Director of Residence Life


HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE The Office of Residence Life publishes the Guide to Community Living every year to inform residents about their rights, responsibilities, and the services available in the College and outside community. All residents are responsible for abiding by the policies listed. The Guide is also a resource that will assist residents in being successful students. The Guide has been sorted into different categories, with information listed alphabetically within each category. Residents should review the following information to help them find the information they need.

The Services section outlines the resources available to students both in the College and the outside community. This includes information about cable, telephone and computer services as well as information about dining plans and maintenance concerns.

The Safety section provides important safety tips, guidelines, and information concerning students’ rights and disclosures of information. This section includes information on fire safety, security, and health and counseling services.

The Housing Procedures section provides important deadlines and issues directly related to Residence Life. This includes information about health and safety inspections, housing selection, etc.

The Community Living and Responsibility section provides information about roommate rights and quiet hours.

The Policies section provides guidelines about guests/overnight guests, damages, parking, prohibited items, and fines. Also included in this section is the Alcohol and Other Drug Policies. This section describes some College guidelines and judicial processes.

Following the Policies section is the Code of Conduct. This section describes some College guidelines and judicial processes

The Guide to Community Living is comprehensive, and you may want to look up a specific topic, without having to scroll through the entire document. In order to expedite the process of finding specific information, you may want to use the “Ctrl F” feature. Here is an example of how this feature is to be used: You want to look up: “prohibited items list” 1. Press “Ctrl” and “F” on your keyboard at the same time. A new, gray-colored window will pop up in the middle of your screen. 2. At the top of this box, are three tabs, labeled: “Find”, “Replace”, & “Go To” 3. Click the tab, labeled: “Find” 4. There will be an area on the gray-colored box, labeled: “Find What.” In this box, type in either part of (i.e. “prohibited”,) or the entire phrase of what you are looking for (i.e. “prohibited items list”, and click “Find Next” at the bottom right hand corner of the graycolored box. 5. If done correctly, it will take you directly to the section(s) which include the phrase you are searching for. 6. Keep clicking “Find Next” until you have reached the section you are searching for.

QUICK REFERENCE INFORMATION What to Do… The following information lists resources for students to use in order to help resolve problems they may encounter: RESIDENT and COMMUNITY ASSISTANTS Residents can contact the Resident / Community Assistants in the Hall Office during posted hours of operation; see the Hall Office for posted hours and information. If help is needed when Hall Office staff is not available in the office, students should contact Public Safety at ext. 6666. College Park Apartments: ext. 7061 Laurel Hall: ext. 7015 Linden Hall: ext. 7215 Mackin Hall: ext. 7043 Bischoff Hall: ext. 7053 Pine Hall: ext. 7213 The Overlook: ext. 7074 The Village: ext. 7104

PUBLIC SAFETY and EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) All emergencies must be reported to Public Safety at ext. 6666. In a true, life-threatening emergency, students are instructed to dial 9-911 directly from any campus line, and then notify Public Safety. PEST EXTERMINATION Students should contact the appropriate Residence Hall Office: College Park Apartments: Laurel Hall: Linden Hall: Mackin Hall: Bischoff Hall: Pine Hall: The Overlook: The Village:

ext. 7061 ext. 7015 ext. 7215 ext. 7043 ext. 7053 ext. 7213 ext. 7074 ext. 7104


REPAIRS/MAINTENANCE Residents may report requests for emergency repairs to ext. 7660 during regular business hours. After hours, emergency repairs requests should be called in to Public Safety at ext. 6666. Telephone Problems Cable TV Reception Problems Facilities

ext. 4700

Students may submit a Facilities Work Request for all maintenance concerns via email to This email should include a detailed message, including the student’s name, residence hall, room-number, voicemail extension, and the nature of the problem (the subject line should be blank). Students should copy their residence hall email address (example:, etc…) on such requests so that they can be aware a work request was submitted. CONFLICTS OF ANY KIND Roommate/Suitemate/Academic/Personal/Other, residents should contact: • Their Resident/Community Assistant • Their Graduate/ Residence Director • Their Area Director (if applicable) If a serious violation of the law is concerned, residents should go directly to the appropriate Residence Director of their facility or Public Safety. FREQUENTLY CALLED PHONE NUMBERS *All numbers listed below are (201) 684-xxxx, unless otherwise noted* Academic Affairs.............................................................................................................. 7529 ACT (Assault Contact Team)........................................................................................... 7222 Admissions ...................................................................................................................... 7300, 7301 Advisement Center .......................................................................................................... 7441 Athletics ........................................................................................................................... 7674 Berrie Center ................................................................................................................... 7888, 7202 Bill Bradley Recreation Center......................................................................................... 6245 Bookstore......................................................................................................................... 7800 Bursar’s Office ................................................................................................................. 7495 Cahill Center (for Career Services/Experiential Learning)............................................... 7444 Center for Reading and Writing ....................................................................................... 7557 Campus Ministries ........................................................................................................... 7251 Convenience Store .......................................................................................................... 4446 Counseling Services ........................................................................................................ 7522 College Park Apartments Office ...................................................................................... 7061 Dining Services – Catering .............................................................................................. 7772 Dining Services – Birch Tree Inn ..................................................................................... 7773 Dining Services – Pavilion ............................................................................................... 7805 Educational Opportunity Fund Program .......................................................................... 7541 Emergency Closing Information....................................................................................... 236-2902 EMS ................................................................................................................................. 911 Facilities........................................................................................................................... 7663 Financial Aid Office.......................................................................................................... 7549 Health Services................................................................................................................ 7536 Intramurals Office ............................................................................................................ 7971 J. Lee’s ............................................................................................................................ 7796 Judicial Affairs Office ....................................................................................................... 7869 Mackin Hall Office............................................................................................................ 7043 Library .............................................................................................................................. 7575 Laurel Hall Office ............................................................................................................. 7015 Linden Hall Office ............................................................................................................ 7215 Lodge Fitness Center ...................................................................................................... 7820 Bischoff Hall Office .......................................................................................................... 7053 Overlook .......................................................................................................................... 7074 Pine Hall Office ................................................................................................................ 7213 Queer Peer Services ....................................................................................................... 7238 Ramapo News Office....................................................................................................... 7842, 825-1749 Registrar’s Office ............................................................................................................. 7695 Residence Life ................................................................................................................. 7461, 7466 Public Safety.................................................................................................................... 6666 & 7432 Specialized Services........................................................................................................ 7514 Student Affairs Office (Student Affairs VPs) .................................................................... 7456 Student Development (Student Center)........................................................................... 7593 Student Employment Program......................................................................................... 7444 Student Development Office............................................................................................ 7593 Study Abroad ................................................................................................................... 7463 Village Office.................................................................................................................... 7104 Women’s Center .............................................................................................................. 7468 WRPR Radio Station ...................................................................................... 7998


BACKGROUND INFORMATION DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS The Division of Student Affairs consists of Athletics, Berrie Center, Cahill Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services, Center for Health and Counseling Services, Judicial Affairs, Residence Life, Specialized Services, Center for Student Involvement, and the Salameno Spiritual Center.

OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE The Main Office of Residence Life is located in C-213 in the Academic Building, adjacent to the lounge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Summer business hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 AM–5:15 PM. Phone: 201-684-7461 or 201-6847466. RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF Linda Diaz, Director of Residence Life Ms. Diaz is a graduate of Stony Brook University (BA) and Hofstra University (MA). She has worked in residence life positions at The College of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Hofstra University, Indiana State University and is in her fifteenth year at Ramapo. Her office is located in the Office of Residence Life in the main academic building. Ms. Diaz is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the residence halls and the overall Residence Life program. She reports to the Associate Vice Presidents for Student Affairs. She directly supervises the Residence Directors/ Area Directors Stephanie Barlow, Associate Director of Residence Life for Housing and Staff Development A native of Rhode Island, Mrs. Barlow is a graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Mrs. Barlow also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University. As the Associate Director of Residence Life, she is responsible for coordinating housing operations and assignments. Lisa Gonsisko, Assistant Director of Residence Life Mrs. Gonsisko earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for all aspects of Summer Conferences and serves as the Technology and Facilities Liaison for the Office of Residence Life. Shekeitha Jeffries, Assistant for Housing Operations Ms. Jeffries holds a Bachelor’s degree in English as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is responsible for assisting the Associate Director of Residence Life in all aspects of assignments and billing. Lynne Koerner, Program Assistant for Residence Life Ms. Koerner graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Business Administration. She is responsible for assisting the Director of Residence Life. Elizabeth Joyce, Assistant for Business Operations Mrs. Joyce is a current student at Ramapo College of New Jersey, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science/Community Mental Health. She is responsible for budget management for the Office of Residence Life, as well as administration of the off-campus shuttle service, and the Ramapo College Readership program. Kevin McDaniel, Area Director, The Village Mr. McDaniel a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut with a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Bloomfield College, New Jersey. Sarah Dwyer, Area Director, the College Park Apartments Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from St. Bonaventure University and then received her Master of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. As an undergraduate student at St. Bonaventure University, she was a student mentor and a Resident Assistant for three years. While obtaining her graduate degree from Montclair State University, she was a Graduate Residence Director at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Kamisha Sykes, Residence Director Bischoff Hall Kamisha is an alumni of Ramapo College of New Jersey; she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2000. Kamisha also possesses a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. Michael La Porta, Residence Director, The Overlook Mr. La Porta is a 2007 Ramapo College graduate. Michael was part of the Anisfield School of Business majoring in Marketing and Management, eventually earning his Bachelor of Science Degree. While he attended Ramapo College, Michael was a Community Assistant for two years in the College Park Apartments and then an Assistant Resident Director in the Village. After graduation, he continued his employment with the Office of Residence Life as a Graduate Residence Director for Laurel Hall and the Village. Mr. La Porta attended Felician College in Lodi while obtaining his Masters of Business Administration Degree (MBA) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Michael currently is in charge of the overall operations of The Overlook residence hall and supervision of the Overlook Resident Assistants. Anne Elizabeth Greenip, Residence Director, Laurel Hall Anne Elizabeth received her Bachelors of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Music Business from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. Anne then received her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing from Saint Peter’s College, in Jersey City, NJ. As an undergraduate student at Five Towns College, she was a Resident Assistant for two years. Anne has worked in the Office of Residence Life at Ramapo College of New Jersey since March 2006; she was a Graduate Residence Director and now serves as a Professional Residence Director and is responsible for the overall operations of Laurel Hall.


John Atti, Residence Director, Pine Hall

David McGarvey, Residence Director, Linden Hall David completed his undergraduate degree at Rider University in 2006 receiving a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems. During this time, David spent 3 years as an RA. David then went on to receive his Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Rowan University in 2008 where he also served as a Graduate Residence Director. David has worked with a variety of residential communities including first year and upper class residents in traditional and apartment settings. Ian Reynolds, Residence Director, Mackin Hall Ian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He then earned his Master of Arts degree in the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ian is excited to begin his work at Ramapo College of New Jersey as a Residence Director, working primarily with first year student residents of Mackin Hall. Ariana Gonzalez, Graduate Residence Director

Deanna De Blasi, Graduate Residence Director Deanna De Blasi received two undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Catholic Studies from Seton Hall University of New Jersey. Deanna is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Deanna works as the Graduate Residence Director (GRD) for the Village residence area. Kristen Potanka, Graduate Coordinator for Desk Attendants Matthew Kraus, Graduate Coordinator for Desk Attendants

RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: Area Directors (ADs), Resident Directors (RD’s) Area Directors and Residence Directors are professional staff members who are either assigned to a specific Residence Hall or Area, for which they are responsible for the overall management and supervision of. They have received both their Bachelors and Masters degrees. Graduate Residence Directors (GRDs), Graduate Assistants (GAs) for Desk Attendants Graduate Residence Directors and Graduate Assistants are para-professional staff members who have received their bachelor's degrees and are in the process of attaining a Master's degree. GRDs supervise Community Assistants and oversee the daily operations of their assigned areas. Graduate Assistants supervise undergraduate staff in connection with the Student Desk Attendant program. Assistant Residence Directors (ARDs) Assistant Residence Directors are typically upper-class students, with at least 1 year prior experience, who have been hired based on their skills and interests to serve apartment residents. Their primary goals are concerned with the physical operations of the residence area, including the opening and closing of the residence hall, room inventory, damage reporting, health and safety inspections, and office operations. Senior Resident Assistants (SRA’s) SRAs are undergraduate students, with at least 1 year prior experience, who live and work in their assigned residence halls or areas. They are primarily concerned with the physical and programming operations of the residence hall/area including the oversight of RA programming efforts, health and safety inspections, and scheduling maintenance. Resident Assistants / Community Assistants (RAs/CAs) are typically upper-class students who have been hired based on their skills and interests in serving the resident community. They are trained to help their peers deal with roommate conflicts; lead floor, building, and area activities; and to provide educational, social, cultural, and community building programs. They are also there to help residents stay within the guidelines of acceptable behavior as well as perform various other administrative tasks. Resident/Community Assistants are available from their respective hall offices. They are available to distribute recreation equipment, respond to roommate conflicts, answer questions, assist with lockouts, and provide general assistance for resident students. Residence Hall Office hours can be found posted at each hall office. A Resident Assistant’s or Community Assistant’s primary goal is to establish a relationship with the residents of his or her area. Resident Assistants and Community Assistants are valuable resources for all residents who need referrals throughout the campus. An RA/CA is the first person with whom residents should talk whenever they have a question or concern. RAs and CAs are directly supervised by a Graduate Residence Director or a Residence Director. OTHER RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF Additional student staff members who work in the department of Residence Life include the following: Desk Attendants (seasonal), Mail Clerks, and Office Assistants. Students who are interested in any one of these positions should consult the Residence Life Intranet Website for the availability of open positions and more information on how to apply. On Call Professional Staff (OCA’s, EOCC’s, CORE’s) Each evening, weekend, and on all holidays, a professional staff member is on duty for the entire campus. This person is trained to respond to various emergencies and students’ needs and concerns during non business hours. An On Call Administrator (OCA) or Emergency On Call Counselor (EOCC) may be called by Public Safety to the scene of an incident. The Residence Life Intranet Web site includes a list of On Call Administrators and Emergency On Call Counselors. Pat Chang and Linda Diaz also serve as the Coordinators of Residential Emergency Services.


There are situations for which the Mahwah Police are also called to assist, as well as the Ramapo College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team. It is imperative that students cooperate and comply with the requests of anyone who is “On Call�. Students are expected to respect all college personnel and to comply with all requests.

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Fast Food/Restaurants Domino’s Pizza Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 818-4651

Dunkin Donuts Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 236-8099

Jersey Boy’s Pizza Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-3222

JP’s Pizzeria Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 848-7411

NY Pizza & Pasta Ramsey NJ, 07446 Phone: (201) 327-0808

Sonny & Tony's Pizza & Italian Restaurant Mahwah, NJ 07430 (201) 529-4001

Pizza Hut Ramsey Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 818-4651

Sorrento’s Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 327-5594

Burger King Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-9851

Baskin-Robbins Mahwah, NJ Phone: (201) 236-8099

Chicken & Rib Crib Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-0090

Dairy Queen Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-4446

KFC Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201)783-8400

McDonald’s Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201)529-1247

Rita’s Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-4237

Wendy’s Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 785-1079

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East Tokyo Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 828-9688

Kings Bridge Diner Inc Mahwah, NJ 07430 (201) 529-9999

Grand Buffet Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 934-5033

Jun Lung Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-9898

Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 825-8899

Wah Sing Chinese American Restaurant Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-1152

Blimpie Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 252-8355

Lotito’s Deli Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 327-6066

Panera Bread Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 236-6300

Porto Alegre Cafe Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: 201-825-2222

Subway Mahwah, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 785-0606

Stateline Diner Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-3353

Tiffany Diner Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 825-3572

Chili’s Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 327-2226

Friendly’s Suffern, NY 10901 Phone: (845) 357-7444

Houlihan’s Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (973) 992-0455

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RoadRunners Takeout & Delivery Suffern, NY 10901 Phone: (845) 738-4020

Mahwah Bar & Grill Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-8056

Mason Jar Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-2302

Moe’s Southwest Grill Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-2003

NY Steak House and Pub Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-1806

Outback Steakhouse Suffern, NY 10901 Phone: (845) 368-3800

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 327-7007

TGI Friday’s Ramsey, NJ 07446 Phone: (201) 934-7901

Shopping Paramus Bergen Mall Address: Rt. 4 & Forest Ave., 07652 Phone: (201) 845-4052

Fashion Center Address: Rt. 17 & Ridgewood Ave., 07652 Phone: (201) 444-9050

Mall at IV Address: 275 Rt. 4 W., 07652 Phone: (201) 342-7600

Paramus Park Shopping Center Address: 700 Paramus Park, Rt 17, 07652 Phone: (201) 261-8000

Garden State Plaza Address: Rt. 17 & Rt. 4, 07450 Phone: (201) 843-2121

Wayne Wayne Hills Mall Address: Hamburg Turnpike Phone: (973) 696-4409

Willowbrook Mall Address: 1400 Willowbrook Mall Off of Route 23 South Phone: (973) 785-1655

Wayne Towne Center Address: Route 23 Phone: (973) 785-3150

Edgewater Binghamton Ferryboat Address: 725 River Rd., 07020 Phone: (201) 941-2300 Historic ferryboat restaurant surrounded by boats, unique shops, and a movie theater on the Hudson River waterfront

Mitsuwa Marketplace Address: 595 River Rd., 07020 Phone: (201) 941-9113 Asian shopping center, including grocer, retail stores, and restaurants offering Japanese, Chinese and Korean food and products

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Jersey Gardens Mall Address: 651 Kapkowski Ave., 07201 Phone: (908) 354-5900

The Shops at Riverside Square Mall Address: 1 Riverside Sq., 07601 Phone: (201) 489-0151

Jersey City

Midland Park

Newport Center Mall Address: 30 Mall Dr., 07310 Phone: (201) 626-2025

Brownstone Mill Antiques Center Address: 11 Paterson Ave., 07432 Phone: (201) 445-3074

Nanuet, NY


Nanuet Mall Address: 75 W Route 59 Nanuet, NY, 10954 Phone: (845) 623-9040

Wal-mart Address: 48 Rt. 23 North, 07457 Phone: (973) 835-5812

West Nyack, NY Palisades Center Mall Address: 4270 Palisades Center Drive Phone: (845) 348-1005

Houses of Worship Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church 106 Grove Street Mahwah Phone: (201) 529-0114 Sunday: 10AM Sunday School, 11AM Worship

Bethany Church 568 Wellington Drive Wyckoff Phone: (201) 891-7494 Saturday: 7PM Sunday: 9AM, 10:45AM

Wyckoff Assembly of God 139 Franklin Avenue Wyckoff Phone: (201) 891-1880 Sunday: 8:30AM, 11AM

Franklin Lake Baptists (General Baptist) 649 Franklin Avenue Franklin Lakes Phone: (201) 891-3253 Sunday: 11AM, 6PM

Grace Baptist (Independent) 191 North Central Avenue Ramsey Phone: (201) 327-4073 Sunday: 11AM, 6PM

Ramapo Valley Baptist (American) 150 Franklin Avenue Oakland Phone: (201) 337-6665 Sunday: 10:45 AM

Holy Cross 125 Glasgow Terrace Mahwah Phone: (201) 529-2117 Sunday: 10:15 AM

Advent Lutheran Church (ECLA) 777 Wyckoff Avenue Wyckoff Phone: (201) 891-1031 Saturday: 5 PM, 8 PM, 10:45 PM Sunday: 8 AM, 10 AM

Messiah Lutheran (ECLA) 228 Ramapo Valley Road Oakland Phone: (201) 337-4900 Sunday: 10:30 AM

Bergen Highlands United Methodist 318 West Saddle River Road Upper Saddle River Phone: (201) 327-3960 Sunday: 10:30 AM

Fair Lawn Bible th 11 & Hopper Avenue Fairlawn Phone: (201) 797-0242 Sunday: 11 AM, 7 PM

Fardale Trinity 73 Chapel Road Mahwah Phone: (201) 825-1823 Sunday: 11 AM, 6:30 PM

Grace Community Franklin & Commerce Street Franklin Lakes Phone: (201) 337-8088 Sunday: 10 AM

Hawthorne Gospel 2000 State Highway N. 208 Hawthorne Phone: (973) 427-6960 Sunday: 8 AM, 9:40 AM, 11:15 AM

Mass on Campus Salameno Spiritual Center Phone: (201) 684-7251 Sunday: 9 PM

Immaculate Conception 900 Darlington Avenue Mahwah (201) 327-1276 Phone: Saturday: 5:30 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 12 PM

Bergen Christian Testimony 560 Russell Avenue Wyckoff Phone: (201) 891-6633 Sunday: 10 PM

Cornerstone Chapel 620 Route 23 North Pompton Plains Phone: (973) 831-1200 Sunday: 8:30 AM, 11:15 AM

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St. Alban’s Episcopal 1 Church Lane Oakland Phone: (201) 337-4909 Sunday: 10 AM st

Community E-Free 600 New Street Rivervale Phone: (201) 664-8640 Sunday: 10:45 AM, 6 PM st

Montvale E-Free 141 West Grand Avenue Montvale Phone: (201) 391-6233 Sunday: 9:30 AM, 11 AM, 6 PM

1 Presbyterian of Elmwood Park 21 Church Street Elmwood Park Phone: (201) 796-5149 Sunday: 10:30 AM

1 Presbyterian of Ramsey 15 Shuart Lane Ramsey Phone: (201) 327-3879 Sunday: 10 AM

Korean Presbyterian 222 Ramapo Valley Road Oakland Phone: (201) 337-1313 Sunday: 1 PM

Cedar Hill Reformed (CRC) 422 Cedar Hill Avenue Wyckoff Phone: (201) 652-4277 Sunday: 10:30 AM, 6 PM

Wyckoff Reformed (RCA) 580 Wyckoff Avenue Wyckoff Phone: (201) 891-1782 Sunday: 9AM, 11 AM

Congregation Beth Haverim 280 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah Phone: (201) 512-1983 Friday: 7 PM Saturday: 10 AM

Hindu Samaj Temple of Mahwah 247 West Ramapo Ave. Mahwah Phone: (201) 529-1277

Masjid Darul Ehsan 6 Suffern Place Suffern Phone: (845) 369-7330 Please call for service times.

Mosque of the Jerrahi Order 884 Chestnut Ridge Road Chestnut Ridge, NY Phone: (845) 352-5518 Please call for service times.

Off-Campus Health Services Bergen Regional Medical Center 230 East Ridgewood Avenue Paramus Phone: (201) 967-4000

Englewood Hospital 350 Engle Street Englewood Phone: (201) 894-3000

Good Samaritan Hospital 255 Lafayette Avenue Suffern, NY Phone: (845) 268-5000

Hackensack University Medical Center 30 Prospect Avenue Hackensack Phone: (201) 996-5994

Valley Hospital 223 North Van Dien Avenue Ridgewood, NJ Phone: (201) 447-8000

Valley Health Medical Group The following locations are available for your use: 59 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ (201-447-3603) 2 Hamburg Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ (973-835-7290) 1114 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ (973-423-1364) 40 Washington Ave., Dumont, NJ (201-387-7055) 182 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge, NJ (201-930-1700) 780 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ (201-386-7664

Banking T.D. Bank North 375 Rt 17 Mahwah Phone: (201) 828-5970

Wells Fargo Bank 177 Franklin Tpke, Mahwah (201) 712-3090

Ramapo College T.D. North ATM st Student Center, 1 Floor C-Wing & in Core st 5 on the 1 floor (located by elevator)

Hudson City Savings 115 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah Phone: (201) 512-1491

Bank of America 210 Route 17 South Mahwah 4 East Ramapo Avenue Mahwah Phone: (800) 432-1000

Capital One Bank 1300 State RT. 17 Ramsey Phone: (201) 825-1820

PNC 141 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah Phone: (201) 529-6280

HSBC Bank 62 Lafayette Ave, Suffern Phone: (800) 975-4277

Washington Mutual Bank 18 North Spruce Street Ramsey Phone: (201) 327-0062

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New Jersey MVS Office – Oakland 350 Ramapo Valley Rd, Suite 24, Oakland Phone: (888) 486-3339

New Jersey MVS Office – Paramus 20 West Century Road, Paramus Phone: (888) 486-3339

New Jersey Motor Vehicle– Wayne 481 Route 46 West, Wayne Phone: (888) 486-3339

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM

Hours: Monday – Friday 7 AM – 4:30 PM Saturday 7 AM – 12 PM

Hours: Monday – Friday 7 AM – 4:30 PM Saturday 7 AM – 12 PM

Things to Do Set on 300 wooded acres at the foothills of Bergen County’s Ramapo Mountains in northern New Jersey, the Ramapo College campus boasts a magnificent setting amid towering trees and broad stretches of lawn. Although the college is situated in an estate-style setting, it is located in a large metropolitan region, within a few miles of ski slopes, a short drive from the Jersey shore, close to numerous shopping malls, and only 25 miles from New York City. On the following pages you will find some examples of things to do and see nearby while you are visiting Ramapo. The “things to do” have been organized into seven different categories: Arts & Culture, Attractions, Cinema/Movies, Historic Sites, Parks, Science & Nature, Sports, Recreation & Golf, and Winter Activities. On the following pages you will find things to do in each of these categories within Bergen and Rockland Counties.

Arts & Culture East Rutherford, NJ The Meadowlands Concerts, sporting events, horse racing, conventions, fairs. 50 State Route 120 , 07073 Phone: (201) 935-8500 Website:

Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center 30 N. Van Brunt St., 07631 Phone: (201) 227-1030 (box office) Website:

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ Bananas Comedy Club Holiday Inn, 283 Route 17 South, 07604 Phone: (201) 727-1090 Website:

Jersey City, NJ Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Liberty State Park Phone: (201) 200-1000 Website:

Jersey City, NJ Jersey City Museum 350 Montgomery Street , 07302 Phone: (201) 413-0303 Website:

Lyndhurst, NJ Meadowlands Environmental Center 2 DeKorte Park Place, 07070 Phone: (201) 460-8300 Website:

Nyack, NY Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center Playhouse Plaza, 117 Main St., 10960 Phone: (845) 358-6333 Website:

Nyack, NY Main Street Arts Center 94 Main St., 10960 Phone: (845) 358-7701

Oradell, NJ Cool Beans 304 Kinderkamack Rd. Phone: (201) 634-1400 Website:

Paramus, NJ Bergen Museum of Art & Science Hackensack mastodon skeleton, Lenape Indian exhibit, science wing, and youth gallery. Route 4 East., 07302 Phone: (201) 291-8848 Fax: (201) 646-2689 Website:

Nyack, NY Elmwood Playhouse 10 Park St., 10960 Phone: (845) 353-1313 Website: Oradell, NJ Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum 705 Kinderkamack Rd., 07649 Phone: (201) 261-0012 Fax: (201) 261-7222 Website:

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Arts & Culture Continued… Paramus, NJ The New Jersey Children's Museum Over 40 hands-on interactive exhibits for preschoolers and toddlers, and 25 other exhibits for hours of learning and play. 599 Valley Health Plaza , 07652 Phone: (201) 262-5151 Fax: (201) 262-5151 Website:

Ridgewood, NJ Bookends 232 E. Ridgewood Ave., 07451 Phone: (201) 445-0726 Website:

Rutherford, NJ William Carlos Williams Center for the Arts Children's theater, live adult theater, music and concerts, ballet and dance, and cinema. 1 Williams Plaza, 07070 Phone: (201) 939-6969 Fax: (201) 939-0843 Website:

Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands Museum Local history, toys, prehistoric kitchen, and crafts. 91 Crane Ave., 07070 Phone: (201) 935-1175 Fax: (201) 935-9791

Tenafly, NJ The African Art Museum of the S.M.A. Fathers Changing collections and loan exhibits of traditional arts and crafts of sub-Saharan Africa. Concerts, lectures, group tours. 23 Bliss Ave., 07670 Phone: (201) 894-8611 Fax: (201) 541-1280 Website:

Teterboro, NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey Aircraft, artifacts, and photographs pertaining to New Jersey's 205-year aeronautical history. Teterboro Airport, 400 Fredwehran Dr., 07608 Phone: (201) 288-6344 Fax: (201) 288-5666 Website:

Attractions Lyndhurst, NJ Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Two-hour dinner and show featuring Knights on horseback, swordplay and authentic jousting tournament. 149 Polito Ave., 07071 Phone: (888) WE-JOUST Fax: (201) 438-2062 Website:

Nyack, NY Elmwood Playhouse 10 Park St., 10960 Phone: (845) 353-1313 Website:

West Nyack, NY Lucky Strike Lanes Palisades Center, 4662 Palisades Center Dr., 10994 Phone: (845) 358-1602 Website:

West Nyack, NY Dave & Buster’s Palisades Center, 4661 Palisades Center Dr., 10994 Phone: (845) 353-1555 Web:

Nyack, NY Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center Playhouse Plaza, 117 Main St., 10960 Phone: (845) 358-6333 Website:

Cinema/Movies Paramus, NJ AMC Loews Theater Address: One Garden State Plaza, 07652 Phone: (201) 291-8524

Ramsey, NJ Ramsey Cinema Address: 125 E. Main St., 07446 Phone: (201) 825-2090

Ramsey, NJ Sony Theater Address: 235 Interstate Shopping Ctr., 07446 Phone: (201) 327-0153

Suffern, NY The Lafayette Theatre Address: 97 Lafayette Ave., 10901 Phone: (845) 369-8234

West Nyack, NY AMC Loews Theater Address: Palisades Center, 4403 Palisades Center Dr., 10994 Phone: (845) 348-1876

West Nyack, NY IMAX Theater Address: Palisades Center, 4270 Palisades Center Dr., 10994 Phone: (845) 358-4629

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Historical Sites Creskill, NJ Camp Merritt Memorial County Historic Site Knickerbocker Rd. & Madison Ave., 07626 Phone: (201) 646-2708

Fair Lawn, NJ Garretson Farm County Historic Site A visit to Garretson Farm is an introduction to the rural lifestyle of one of Bergen County's early Dutch families. 402 River Rd., 07410 Phone: (201) 797-1775 Fax: (201) 646-2689 Website:

Fort Lee, NJ Fort Lee Historic Park Hudson Terrace Views of the Hudson River and NY skyline. Visitor's center with Rev. War info. Hudson Terrace , 07024 Phone: (201) 461-1776

Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ Hermitage/John Rosencrantz House This gracious 1847 Gothic Revival house is enhanced by the many Victorian-inspired events held here. Highlights include parlor theater productions, garden parties, and fairs. 335 N. Franklin Tpk., 07423 Phone: (201) 445-8311

Lyndhurst, NJ Little Red School House 100 year-old one-room schoolhouse, restored to the 1912 classroom period. Riverside and Fern Aves., 07071 Phone: (201) 438-0159

Midland Park, NJ Lozier Station Two trains including one 1924 Pulman car with American Craft gallery inside. 1860 wooden caboose with train, gift store and pottery studio. 211 Greenwood Ave., 07432 Phone: (201) 652-5882

Midland Park, NJ Lozier-Wortendyke (Garrett X Lydecker) House Pre-Revolutionary War home and designated landmark. 27 Goffle Rd., 07432 Phone: (201) 652-5882

Paramus, NJ Easton Tower County Historic Site Scenic tower built by Edward Easton in 1899. Red Mill Rd. (Rt. 4) & Saddle River Rd., 07652 Phone: (201) 336-7274

Park Ridge, NJ Wortendyke Barn One of the last examples of the New World Dutch barns. Houses 18th and l9th century collections of farm implements, tools, and horse-drawn vehicles. 13 Pascack Rd., 07656 Phone: (201) 336-7274 Fax: (201) 646-2689

Ramsey, NJ Old Stone House Museum 1740 pre-Revolutionary Dutch household. Tavern during the Revolutionary War. Hands-on museum and 18th century artifacts. 53 Island Rd., 07446 Phone: (201) 327-2265

Ridgewood, NJ The Lester Stable Erected shortly after the Civil War, this carefully restored stable is located at the site of the last working farm in the village. 259 N. Maple Ave., 07451 Phone: (201) 670-5560

River Edge, NJ Historic New Bridge Landing Park 1774 Campbell-Christie House, Demarest House with Bergen Dutch artifacts. 1713 Steuben House. Important in Revolutionary War. 1201 Main St., 07661 Phone: (201) 487-1739

River Edge, NJ Demarest House One of the oldest stone houses in Bergen County, built in 1678. The museum displays a collection of Bergen County Dutch furnishings, featuring the oldest known chair in Bergen County dated 1698 and a Dutch Cupboard dated 1795. 1201-1209 Main Street, 07661 (201) 261-0012 Website:

River Edge, NJ Campbell-Christie House Located at New Bridge Landing Historic Park, this 1774 house, built by Jacob Campbell, member of the Bergen County militia during the American Revolution, is now listed on the National Historical Registry. 1201 Main St., 07661 (201) 343-9492 Website:

River Edge, NJ Steuben House Bergen Dutch sandstone mansion played an important role in the Revolutionary War and was presented to General Von Steuben in gratitude for his services. 1209 Main St., 07661 (201) 487-1739 Website:

River Vale, NJ Baylor Massacre Burial Site Burial site of Continental Dragoons slain and buried here over 200 years ago. Red Oak DL & Old Tappan Rd., 07675 (201) 646 2780

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Parks, Science & Nature Englewood, NJ Flat Rock Brook Nature Center Address: 443 Van Nostrand Ave., 07631 Phone: (201) 567-1265 Fax: (201) 567-0399

Franklin Lakes, NJ Lorrimer Sanctuary Nature center, trails, exhibits, programs, and gift shop. Part of NJ Audubon Society. Address: 790 Ewing Ave., 07417 Phone: (201) 891-2185 Fax: (201) 848-8473

Haverstraw, NY Hook Mountain State Park 10927 Phone: (845) 786-2701

Lyndhurst, NJ Meadowlands Environment Center Exhibits, programs on birds, meadowlands ecology. Walking trails. Party facilities. Address: 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, 07071 Phone: (201) 460-8300 Fax: (201) 842-0630 Website:

Paramus, NJ Bergen County Zoological Park Wild animals, 1860s farmyard, and walk-through aviary. Address: 216 Forest Ave., 07652 Phone: (201) 262-3771 Fax: (201) 986-1788

Wyckoff, NJ James A. McFaul Environmental Center Nature programs, hiking trails, live animals, duck pond, gardens, and picnic facilities. Address: 150 Crescent Ave., 07481 Phone: (201) 891-5571

Nyack, NY Nyack Beach State Park Address: 698 North Broadway, 10960 Phone: (845) 268-3020

List of Parks: Campgaw Reservation - Campgaw Road, Mahwah Darlington County Park - Darlington Avenue, Mahwah James A. McFauk Environmental Center - Crescent Ave, Wyckoff Overpeck County Park - Fort Lee Road, Leonia Ramapo Reservation - Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah Riverside County Park - Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst Saddle River County Park - Paramus Road, Paramus Van Saun County Park - Forest and Continental Ave, Paramus

Sports, Recreation & Golf Airmont, NY Dawn Lane Ballfields Walking path, natural area, small playground 10952 Phone: (845) 357-6100 Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Mahwah, NJ Darlington Golf Course 18 Holes, clubhouse, restaurant. Address: 279 Campgaw Rd., 07430 Phone: (201) 818-0777 Website:

East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center 50 State Route 120 , 07073 Phone: (201) 935-8500

Meadowlands Stadium Address:102 Route 120 East Rutherford, NJ 07073 Phone: (201) 460-4370

Nyack, NY Mountainview Nature Trails Address: Mountainview Ave., 10960 Phone: (914) 638-5484

Sloatsburg, NY Dater Mountain Preserve Hiking Address: Johnsontown Rd., 10974

Sloatsburg, NY Eleanor Burlingham Memorial Park Parks, Science, & Natures Address: Seven Lakes Dr., 10974

Suffern, NY Spook Rock Golf Course Address: 233 Spook Rock Rd., 10901 Phone: (845) 357-6466

West Nyack, NJ Buttermilk Falls Hiking Address: 199 South Greenbush Rd., 10094 Phone: (845) 364-2670

West Nyack, NY Palisades Center Ice Skating Rink Address: 4900 Palisades Center Drive, Palisades Center Mall, 10994 Phone: (845) 353-4855

Prudential Center Address: 165 Mulberry Street Newark, NJ 07102 Phone: 973-757-6000 Website:

Meadowlands Racetrack 50 State Route 120 East Rutherford, NJ 07073 Phone: (201) THE-BIGM

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Winter Activities Congers, NY Rockland Lake State Park Ice Skating Address: Box 217, Route 9 W., 10920 Phone: (845) 639-6200

Congers, NY Kings Park Ice Skating Address: Parkside Dr., 10920 Phone: (845) 639-6200

Westwood, NJ Dietl Ice Rink Ski rentals, snack bar, ice skating, hockey time. Address: 639 Broadway, 07675 Phone: (201) 664-9812

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Mahwah, NJ Campgaw Mountain Ski Center 8 slopes, 5 lifts/tows, 275 (ft.) vertical drop, ski rentals, ski lessons, snow making, night skiing, cross-country skiing, lodge, restaurant, snowmobiling, snow tubing. Address: 200 Campgaw Rd., 07430 Phone: (201) 327-7800 Website:

Campus Facilities & Services Information Technology and Communication Cable Television Residents with a cable-ready television and an RF cable cord can place their television/VCR into auto program mode and the channels will appear on the television set. No cable box is needed.

CABLE TV CHANNELS 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

CBS Campus Information NBC Fox TNN ABC Ramapo Administrative UPN WRPR WB NHL Network TBS History HBO HBO2 CNBC MSG Fox Sports NY Fox Sports World ESPN ESPN2 ESPN News ESPN Classic CNN Headline News CNN MSNBC

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67

28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

BBC America Fox News PBS Telemundo TNT USA MTV MTV 2 VH1 BET SciFi FX Court TV

68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80

WE AMC E! Comedy Central Lifetime A&E HGTV Nickelodeon Cartoon Network PBS Montclair Discovery TLC Univision Travel IFC Bravo TVLand Weather Channel Animal Planet Game Show Food Network SCOLA1 Disney Family CSPAN YES Discovery Health National Geographic RCTV MTV U Soap Net Sports Net NY Speed Fuel NFL Logo Oxygen FIT TV Fox Movie Channel Reelz

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Cable TV Problems Cable problems should be e-mailed to including the student’s name, residence hall/apartment complex, room/apartment number, phone number, and a detailed description of the problem. Residents are asked to allow at least 24 hours for someone to fix the problem(s). If the problem has not been fixed within this time, students should notify their Hall/Area Office. Cable Television Wire Splitting of cable to expose cable cords through windows is prohibited. Violators will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs. All residences are equipped with one cable TV jack per resident, except in certain tripled arrangements.

Programming Your Cable TV In order to receive all of the available channels, some TVs have settings in their menus that you must fiddle with. Here’s what to do: Use your TV remote (A universal remote, usually will not work for this, and there is no way to proceed without your TV’s original remote.) Access your TV Menu from either the front panel or the remote. ƒ

Every TV is different but look for a setting that says “TUNER” or “CHANNEL”


For some TVs, these options will open a second menu, but most have the choices right there. Either way, the “TUNER” or “CHANNEL” menu option will give you a number of choices. These choices will affect what your television will receive. •

If your TV is set to “ANT”, or “ANTENNA” or “AIR”, you will only get the noncable channels.

Set your TV to “CABLE”, “STD”, “STANDARD” or “AUTO” to get the full range of channels offered by our campus.


There are times when just setting the TV to “cable” is not enough. You may need to run the “AUTO PROGRAM” in order to capture EVERY channel. A good rule of thumb is to try tuning in to one of the higher channels; like 65, to see if it comes through. If it does, you have full access. If not, then run the “AUTO PROGRAM” and try channel 65 again.


While unlikely, we have also run across TV’s with a physical switch located on the TV near the connector labeled similarly, please make sure it is set for the cable setting.

Certain older TV’s are not able to receive cable channels, the only thing we can suggest for you at this point is to turn the cable channels through your DVD/VCR. If there is still a problem receiving cable, please send an e-mail to and within the message include your name, phone number, best time to contact you and best time to meet you in your room.

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Computer Labs / Network Information Lab Room A-210 A-218 A-239 B-114 B-118 B-127 BC-140A BC-142 BC-308 Music C-111 C-211* C-216 D-103 D-212 E-112 E-113 E-114 E-217 E-233 G-115 G-117 G-135 G-210 G-243 G-303 G-306 G-308 G-403 G-404 G-406 G-411 H-105 H-114 H-123 H-Lobby Laurel Hall 001 Laurel Hall 003 Library 1 Library 2 OSS Bradley Ctr. 223

No. of Workstations 8 Workstations 31 Workstations 28 Workstations 8 Workstations 33 Workstations 31 Workstations 6 Workstations 16 Workstations 10 Workstations 16 Workstations

No. of Printers 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 1

Operating System Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Mac Leopard OS Mac Leopard OS Mac Leopard OS Mac Leopard OS

4 Workstations 16 Workstations 6 Workstations 27 Workstations 9 Workstations 27 Workstations 28 Workstations 26 Workstations 11 Workstations 31 Workstations 7 Workstations 10 Workstations 12 Workstations 15 Workstations 10 Workstations 10 Workstations 11 Workstations 4 Workstations 9 Workstations 15 Workstations 16 Workstations 7 Workstations 16 Workstations 6 Workstations 28 Workstations 30 Workstations 35 Workstations 28 Workstations 6 Workstations 12 Workstations

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Mac Leopard OS Mac Leopard OS Mac Leopard OS Mac Leopard OS Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7 Windows 7

*Adaptive Technology Computer lab for Students with Disabilities, Room C-211, 9-5, Monday-Friday All computer labs are equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SPSS, Netscape (Internet browser), Adobe Acrobat, Reflection (Email access), links to the library database, and more. Computer labs specific to different schools/departments have additional software for students in their programs. Computer users are not permitted to add, load, or install any software on the computers. Food or drinks are prohibited in the computer labs because they might spill into the hardware and damage the equipment. Students should have their snacks before coming to the computer lab or take a short break to enjoy their snack and a moment of relaxation outside of the labs. Cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. When there is a low demand for the computers in one of the labs, students may play any games already installed on the hard drive. However, academic work takes precedence over any other computer activity. If a student has academic-related computer work to do and observes someone playing a game on a lab computer, they should approach that individual in a very POLITE manner and indicate that they need to use the computer for their academic work. If the individual does not

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cooperate, a Computer Lab Assistant should be contacted immediately. Students SHOULD NOT stay and argue with the individual. Courtesy is very important to maintaining a peaceful work environment in the computer labs. OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS (E-MAIL, VOICEMAIL, AND MAILBOXES) All registered students are required to have a Ramapo College e-mail account which they check daily for important information and announcements from the College. All resident students are required to check their mailboxes and voicemail on a daily basis. Students will be held responsible for information disseminated in this way. Alert Me Now is a service that delivers emergency alerts and college closing notices to students registered phones and/or cell phones via voice or text message. A student can provide up to three phone numbers (1 text, 2 voice). Students will be guided on how to set up their e-mail account and enter their Alert Me Now information during New Student Orientation. This information can also be obtained from Information Technologies Services (ITS) or on the college web site, in the questions and answers section of the ITS page. RESPONSIBLE USE OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS POLICY Ramapo College affirms that the principles of unrestrained inquiry and speech are values fundamental to higher education and that protection of privacy and mutual respect and civility are paramount if such values are to thrive. In order to preserve these values, the College expects all members of its community to use electronic communications in a responsible manner. Electronic resources are provided to support academic research, instructional and administrative objectives, and are provided for the use of College faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users to accomplish work consistent with the College’s mission. The Policy on Responsible Use of Electronic Communications seeks to provide information to users regarding electronic harassment and the safety of individuals; to protect the College against damaging or legal consequences; to prevent the posting of electronic copies of literary works that disregard copyright restrictions or contractual obligations; to safeguard the integrity of computers, networks, and data, either at Ramapo or elsewhere; and to ensure that use of electronic communications complies with the provisions of the Code of Conduct for maintaining public order in the educational environment. Violations of the Responsible Use of Electronic Communications Policy may result in restriction of system access for a specified term, revocation of all system privileges for a specified term, or other penalties including probation or suspension for students. The full Policy is available on the College’s web page and may be accessed through

ResNET - Residential Computer Networking / Internet Connectivity Residential Networking (ResNET) provides high-speed Ethernet access for students living in the Ramapo College Residence Halls (Pine, Linden, Bischoff, Mackin Hall, the Overlook and Laurel) College Park Apartments and The Village. ResNETs’ primary responsibility is to support network connectivity. During peak hours the network may experience slower speeds due to increased online activity. Information on Internet connectivity for in the residence halls can be found at: Minimum Computer Requirements to connect to the College’s network: PC-Compatible Systems Minimum processor is an Intel Pentium II. Minimum operating system is Windows 98 Second Edition. At least 64 MB of RAM Macintosh Systems Minimum OS 9.X At least 64 MB of RAM All computer systems that wish to connect to the College’s Network must have: An Ethernet 10-Base T Card A Category 5 RJ-45 Networking Cable ResNET REGISTRATION PROCEDURES ResNET uses an online registration system in order to activate computers with the campus network. (Note: ALL ports are activated). Students should follow these general guidelines to register.

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Make sure the network cable is plugged in and the Ethernet card is properly installed. Launch the preferred Internet Browser (i.e. Explorer/Netscape). The browser will automatically be assigned to a web page, which is managed by ResNET. Users will be asked to enter their Ramapo Email username and password. When the username and password are validated, a user will be asked whether s(he) is faculty, staff or student (choose accordingly) and if s(he) is a resident of the College Park Apartments, The Village or other campus Residence Halls (i.e., Mackin Hall, Bischoff Hall). After this, users will need to fill out a simple form (being sure to enter accurate information). Click Submit to continue. Users will be asked to physically unplug the network cable (either from wall or from the computer) and shut down the computer. After 5 minutes, the network cable may be re-plugged and the computer restarted. Start an Internet browser and users should be able to access the Internet. (If users are unable to connect, please read sections below).

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INTERNET BROWSER SETTINGS Proxy Settings It is imperative that users set their Internet browsers proxy settings.

Internet Explorer 5.0 and greater Start Internet Explorer. In the menu bar select the Tools menu and select Internet Options. A window will appear, click the Connections tab on the top. At the bottom part of the window will be a button called LAN Settings, click it. Select the Use Automatic Configuration Script option and in the corresponding box, type: http://proxy: 8081 Click the OK button.

Netscape Navigator 4.7 and greater Start up Netscape. Click the Edit Button on the menu bar then select Preferences. On the left-hand side of the screen you will see an option called Advanced. Double-click it. Three options will appear, one called Proxies, click it. After clicking Proxies, three radio buttons will appear on the right side. Select the Automatic Proxy Configuration option and in the corresponding box, Type: http://proxy: 8081 and then click the OK button. IP CONFIGURATION

Microsoft Windows 98: winipcfg Click the Start button, select Run… A window will appear. Type winipcfg and click OK. A dialog box will appear. Select the adapter for your network card in the scroll down menu. See if you have a number in the “IP Address” field. Click Release All, and then click the Renew All. If you receive an error message (or an IP address starting with 169) you will need to make an appointment. Please note: If Media Disconnected appears, make sure the network cable is plugged in.

Microsoft Windows 98/ME: ipconfig ipconfig can only be run under the command prompt. Click the Start button, select Run… A window will appear. Type “command” and click OK. A black window will appear (Called the command prompt). Type “ipconfig /release_all” and then “ipconfig /renew_all”. If you receive any error message (or an IP address starting with 169) you will need to make an appointment.

Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7: ipconfig Ipconfig is a program that can only be run under the command prompt. Click the Start button, select Run… A window will appear. Type “cmd” and click OK. A black window will appear (Called the command prompt). Type cd\ to go to the root directory. Type “ipconfig /release” and then “ipconfig /renew” (without the quotation marks). If you receive any error message, you will need to make an appointment. In order for you to get to the registration form, you must receive an IP in the form: 10.x.x.x (x = any number) If you do not get an IP like this, please contact ResNET so that we can assist you.

WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTIVITY All residential areas have at least two wired connections to the internet, per room. Wireless internet access is currently available in the common areas only. If you want to create your own personal wireless network in your room, only specific hardware is supported. Wireless routers are not supported, but most wireless access points should work. The following wireless access points have been tested and are known to work in the residential areas: D-Link: DWL-G700AP TRENDnet: TEW-430APB Linksys: WAP54G

LIMITATION OF SERVICES What will ResNET do to help me? ResNET will bring testing equipment to appointments, to verify connectivity through the Ethernet port. ResNET will help residents check that their settings are compatible with our network. What will ResNET not do? ResNET will not open computers or fix hardware/software problems. This policy will be enforced under ALL circumstances. This policy also includes the installation of the required Ethernet card. As a result, occasions may occur when students will need to bring their computer to a store or in some cases, the manufacturer. I am using “peer-to-peer” software, and am having trouble with the network. ResNET will not support any computer with “peer-to-peer” (file sharing) applications. These programs often install third party software often referred to as “spyware”. Occasionally these programs can interfere with the operating system, rendering machines into an unusable or degraded state. ResNET reserves the right not to support computers that have or have had these kinds of applications installed. Examples of these programs are Kazaa, Morpheus, LimeWire, Aimster and AudioGalaxy. CONTACT INFORMATION

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When is ResNET staff available? Since student technicians operate ResNET during the school semesters, staff schedules may vary. Usually, a time slot between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays is open for appointments. Staff members are not available during weekends or after regular office hours (Monday- Thursday, 9 am – 8 pm; Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.). ResNET voice mail is available 24 hours / 7 days a week. How do I contact ResNET? When students experience difficulties with the network, they should call ResNET (no other office within CCIS) at ext. 6831 (201) 684-6831) and be prepared to leave a detailed message (NAME, RESIDENCE HALL, ROOM, EXTENTION and a BRIEF explanation about the problem). Students can also come by the ResNET office at E113. Occasionally, when the network is experiencing difficulties ResNET may become overloaded with phone calls. It is important for students to understand that staff must try to resolve the problems, as well as contact those who have concerns about the status of the network. This may cause callbacks to be delayed.

CAMPUS MAIL AND RAMAPO EMAIL SERVICES Campus mail is received Monday through Friday at the Office of Residence Life. Mail is not delivered on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and whenever the college is closed. It is then sorted and placed in the students’ campus mailbox by the Mail Clerks. Students are responsible for information placed in their mailbox by the College. Resident students are required to check their Campus mailbox (and their Ramapo College email in-box) at least once each day. All residents will be added to the My Ramapo/Luminis group for their residence hall assignment. Residents may not leave these groups, as pertinent information will be sent to these groups regularly, via Ramapo email. Campus Mailbox Locations Mailboxes for Pine, Linden, Bischoff, and Mackin Hall, The Overlook and Laurel Hall residents are located in the lobby of each residence hall on the first floor. The Village’s mailboxes are located in the Thomases Commons. And mailboxes for resident of the College Park Apartments are in the Lodge. Mailbox Combinations All residents are issued a mailbox combination slip when they check into their assigned residence area. Residents who lose/forget their combinations will be charged $1 for a new copy of the combination slip for their mailbox. Mailing Address Students should use the address format listed below to receive mail. Any deviation from this format will result in delays or misdirected mail. If asked for an apartment/room number, students should give their on-campus mailbox number and NOT their room number. All mail for students is delivered to their campus mailbox, not their room or apartment. Student’s Full Name Ramapo College of New Jersey 501 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Mailbox #) Mahwah, NJ 07430-1608 NOTE: Residents living in the College Park Apartments must use their assigned 3-digit mailbox number; all residents in The Village and traditional style residence halls must use their assigned 4-digit mailbox number. Mail Delivery Mail is NOT delivered when the College is officially closed, including holidays and during inclement weather when the College has been closed by the President. During the summer break, first-class mail is forwarded to your home address for a limited time to residents that have filled out forwarding labels only. Mail is not delivered on the following Federal holidays: New Year’s Day, 1/1 Martin Luther King’s Birthday, 1/20 Washington’s Birthday, 2/17 Memorial Day, 5/26 Independence Day, 7/4

Labor Day, 9/3 Columbus Day, 10/8 Veterans Day, 11/13 Thanksgiving Day, 11/22 Christmas Day, 12/25

First-class mail is forwarded for thirty (30) days after you check-out of your housing assignment. After 30 days, mail will no longer be forwarded and will be returned to sender. Students are responsible for informing correspondents of their new address. Mail that has been forwarded is usually delayed. Bulk-rate mail and magazines cannot be forwarded. Students having problems receiving mail on-campus should notify the Mail Clerk or G/RD in their residence hall/apartment complex. Postage Stamps Students may buy stamps at the Roadrunner Central ticket counter (located on the second floor of the Student Center across from the Bookstore), in the Campus Bookstore located on the second floor of the Student Center, or at the Mahwah Post Office located at 12 East Ramapo Avenue in Mahwah. Some local grocery stores also sell stamps. Receiving Packages All packages received by on-campus residents are delivered to the Office of Residence Life Mailroom C-210. All packages must be picked up from the Residence Life Mailroom. “Digital Doorman” is a computerized system which the College utilizes to both track incoming packages and to notify residents when they do receive a package. If this is the case, the resident will receive an e-mail, indicating that they have a package that needs to be picked up at the main Residence Life mailroom. Students must bring their student ID to C-210 to retrieve packages. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 8 PM.

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Sending Packages and Letters Outgoing mail may be brought to the Office of Residence Life Mailroom C-210. Hours of operation are communicated to all on-campus residents each semester. UPS packages may be dropped in the UPS box located between the C and D wings. Students may also go to the Mahwah Post Office located on East Ramapo Avenue off Franklin Turnpike, FedEx on Route 17, and The UPS Store (formerly Mailboxes, Etc.) on Franklin Turnpike to mail packages.

TELEPHONE SERVICES Residents may bring their own telephone instrument, or request a college issued phone upon check in. Residents and their roommate(s) are responsible for the phone provided and must pay for its repair or replacement if it is damaged or missing. Making Phone Calls On-Campus: From any residence hall room phone, simply dial the four-digit telephone extension for friends and offices on-campus. Off-campus local calls: Dial “9,” then “1,” then the 3-digit area code {even if calling in the (201) area code}, then the seven-digit telephone number. Example: 9-1-201123-4567 All Toll-free numbers are available: Dial “9,” then “1,” then the 3-digit toll free area code, and then dial the seven-digit telephone number. Example: 9-1-800-123-4567 Long Distance Calls: Residents are required to use calling cards, prepaid calling cards or cell phones in order to make long distance calls. NOTE: Students may not make any operator assisted phone calls nor have any calls or services billed to RCNJ Campus phone numbers. Students found making operator assisted phone calls, billing services, and/or other purchases to the College will be held accountable and judicial action will be taken. Students MAY NOT contract with an outside vendor to have additional lines or services installed. Students found violating these restrictions will face loss of their phone privileges, fines plus cost of service, as well as other disciplinary actions. Local Calls* The Office of Residence Life has included the cost for making local phone calls as part of the student housing fee. Residents can make local phone calls any time from their telephone by dialing “9,” then “1,” then the 3-digit area code, then the local telephone number. The following is a list of local area codes and prefixes that you may call without any additional cost:

Area Code (201)

Prefix 236 345 574 701 818 934

248 378 579 733 819 961

251 389 612 739 824 962

Area Code (551)

Prefix 427



Area Code (845)

Prefix 357


Area Code (973)

Prefix 358


252 425 632 760 825 972

258 444 639 762 828 995

264 445 642 778 831

269 447 652 783 847

301 485 661 785 848











312 493 669 786 857

316 512 670 788 882

327 529 675 790 887

331 540 684 800 891

335 560 689 812 925

*Students MAY NOT connect to Internet services using College phone lines, even if the prefix is listed here. ALL students receive free access to the Internet. Access to pay service numbers (area code 900 and exchange 976) has been blocked. Voicemail There is no need to bring an answering machine. The College provides a voicemail system that has several useful features that answering machines do not have. Setting up the voicemail system is easy. Voice-prompts walk students through a voicemail setup tutorial. In order to receive voicemail messages, students must set up their voicemail box. All resident students are required to setup and check their Campus voicemail on a daily basis. Students sharing a telephone extension will need to refer to special multi-user setup instructions provided at time of check-in. Residents should follow these steps to get started: Lift up the handset, dial “7500” and wait for the voice-prompt to enter a security code. For your first-time setup, enter the default security code “0000.” Follow the automated voice-prompt menu options…

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To change a security code, name, and/or greeting dial “31” while in your mailbox, to go to Personal Options. Follow the automated voice-prompt menu options… Dial 32 4 5

To Record a Personal Greeting Change Security Code Record a Name

NOTE: In order to access/retrieve voicemails from all phone lines outside the RCNJ phone system, dial (201) 684-7500. Press the pound “#” key twice and follow the automated voice-prompt menu options… Phone Problems To report a phone or voicemail trouble please: • Telephone: (201) 684-7777 or ext. 7777 • Email: • Via the WEB: A telecommunications staff member will respond to calls M-F 8:30-4:30 during the semester except for holidays and College closings. A time frame for resolution will be provided. Residents must state their NAME, EXTENSION, CONTACT EXTENSION, BUILDING & ROOM NUMBER, and NATURE OF YOUR PROBLEM when leaving a message. Any omitted information will result in a delay of service.

ON CAMPUS SERVICES Dining Services Dining Plan Selection Information The following information has been compiled to assist students in selecting a Dining Plan that is best for them. Questions regarding any of this information can be directed to the Dining Services Office at 201-684-7773. Students assigned to Pine, Linden, Bischoff Hall, Mackin Hall, Laurel, and Overlook Halls are required to select and purchase a Dining Plan for each semester of the academic year. Students assigned to the apartments on campus may also choose a Dining Plan; however, it is not required. Below is a glossary of commonly used terms that may assist students in making their selection. Glossary of Terms Flex Dollars: These are dollars attached to all Dining Plans which may be used to purchase meals over the allotted number for each week, for student catering, guest meals, or for use in any of the retail operations on campus. These dollars are similar to a debit banking account, with the assigned amount of dollars being available at the beginning of each semester and debited as they are used throughout the semester. These dollars must be used by the end of each semester, or they will be forfeited. Late Night Dining: In addition to the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner served, Ramapo College offers a late night dining program from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. All meal plans may use a meal as an option during this time frame. Meal: This represents each time a student enters the student restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The student may enter the facility only once during each meal period, with the exception of the Ultimate plan, which offers unlimited usage. Any additional meals over and above the number stated in the selected Dining Plan will require payment with Flex, Ramapo Dollars or cash. Ramapo Dollars: These are essentially the same as flex dollars, with the difference that they may be purchased separately, without purchasing a Dining Plan and carry over from semester to semester. This plan may be added to at any time throughout the semester and unlike flex dollars, does carry over from the fall to the spring semester. These funds may be used throughout the student’s college career at Ramapo. Ramapo Dollars are not refundable for any reason Ramapo Dollars may be purchased at the Ramapo Dining Office or the Office of Residence Life. Payment is expected at time of purchase. Residence Life will bill in increments of $50 only. Purchases made in Dining Services are paid by cash or check only and may be purchased for any amount of $25 or more. Retail Operation: This refers to facilities which are not specifically geared towards meal plans. The retail operations on campus are the Curtain Call Café, located in the Berrie Center, the Atrium, located in the Scott Student Center, and the Convenience Store, located in the Trustees Pavilion. All three facilities accept cash, Flex and Ramapo Dollars. Student Restaurant: The student restaurants are the facilities that offer all you care to eat dining for students on dining plans, as well as visitors who wish to pay a flat rate at the door. The student restaurants are located in the Trustees Pavilion (Pavilion) and the Scott Student Center (Birch Tree Inn). Week: The week begins on Saturday and ends on Friday. There are four meals served Monday through Friday: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night dining. There are three meals served on Saturday and Sunday: brunch, dinner and late night dining. Meal allotment is reallocated on Saturday for brunch. There are approximately 16 weeks in each semester.

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The Ultimate – $1650 per semester This plan offers students the “ultimate” in flexibility and access. Students on the Ultimate plan have the option of accessing the student restaurants as many times as they would like during the course of the day. A coffee and a bagel on the way to class or a sit down dinner, this option provides it all. The student with this plan has unlimited access to the Birch Tree Inn or the Pavilion for any of the meals served over the course of the week, including late night dining. In addition to the unlimited usage in the student restaurants, the plan includes $50 flex per semester, which can be used for student catering, guest meals in the student restaurants or in any of the retail outlets. This plan does not allow for take out dining. The Super 14 – $1610 per semester For the student who may not make it to breakfast every morning or has a less predictable schedule, the Super 14 offers a little less structure. The student on this plan has a total of any 14 meals a week in the Birch Tree Inn or the Pavilion. This plan includes $100 flex per semester, which can be used for additional meals in the student restaurants, late night dining, student catering, guest meals in the student restaurants or in any of the retail outlets. The Tasty 10 – $1280 per semester The Tasty 10 is for the student on the go. It offers any 10 meals per week at the Birch Tree Inn or the Pavilion, including late night dining. This plan includes $100 flex per semester, which can be used for additional meals in the student restaurants, student catering, guest meals in the student restaurants or in any of the retail outlets. The Sensible 6 – $1325 per semester The student who desires the most in flexibility, who may not take the time to sit down for many leisurely meals during the course of the week, may find the Sensible 6 to be the plan of choice. This plan offers any 6 meals per week at the Birch Tree Inn or the Pavilion, including late night dining. It includes $450 flex per semester which can be used for additional meals in the student restaurants, student catering, guest meals in the student restaurants or in any of the retail outlets.

The Laurel Plan – $400 per semester This plan offers $400 flex per semester which can be used for meals in the student restaurants, late night dining, student catering, guest meals in the student restaurants or in any of the retail outlets. This meal plan is only available to those residents who reside in Laurel Hall.

Dining Facilities Following is a list of the dining facilities on campus. Hours vary by location and time of year. Customers can call Dining Services at extension 7773, log on to the Ramapo College website or see signage at each location for specific hours of operation. Marketplace at the Birch Tree Inn Marketplace at The Birch Tree Inn is an all you care to eat Student Restaurant located in the Scott Student Center. This operation caters primarily to the resident student with a Dining Plan. The menu includes a variety of daily choices designed to suit the needs and tastes of students. Convenience Store The Convenience Store is located in the Trustees Pavilion. The regular inventory includes snacks, beverages, frozen foods, canned food, basic toiletries, laundry supplies and limited household items. This operation accepts cash, Flex and Ramapo Dollars as methods of payment. Please note that we do not offer disposable bags. Re-usable bags are available for purchase or you may bring your own. V-Store The V-Store is located in Thomases Commons in the Village. It is comprised of a variety of Vending machines which includes snack machines, laundry supplies and much more. Curtain Call Café The Curtain Call Café is a coffee house featuring Starbucks Coffee which is located in the Berrie Center, serving a limited menu of muffins, danish, whole fruit and pre-made sandwiches and salads and a selection of specialty coffee and beverages not found elsewhere on campus. This operation accepts cash, Flex and Ramapo Dollars as methods of payment. Pavilion The Pavilion is an all you care to eat Student Restaurant located near Bischoff and Mackin Halls. This operation also caters primarily to the resident student with a Dining Plan. The menu includes a variety of daily choices designed to suit the needs and tastes of students. The Atrium The Atrium is a retail operation located in the Scott Student Center. This operation accepts cash, Flex and Ramapo Dollars as methods of payment. This location is primarily a quick service and convenience item venue.

General Information Changing Dining Plans Students may change their Dining Plan up until the 100% refund date, as published in the academic calendar in the Schedule of Classes. We encourage students to review the Dining Services webpage for information on how to change their meal plan. Questions can be emailed from their Ramapo e-mail account to Dining Rules and Regulations Students must present a valid college I.D. card in order to use their Dining Plan or Ramapo Dollars. Dining Plans are non-transferable and may not be used by anyone other than the owner of the I.D. Students are entitled to unlimited service while in the Student Restaurants, however,

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food, trays or service ware may not be removed from the dining area. If an I.D. card is lost, student must notify Dining Services immediately to ensure that their account is protected until a replacement card can be obtained through Public Safety. As a common courtesy to other users, students are asked to place their food, dishes, utensils, etc., in the provided receptacles when leaving the dining facility. These rules apply to all outside seating areas as well. Meals/College Park Apartments and the Village Students in the apartments may shop at the local grocery stores and cook their own meals in the kitchen facilities provided in their apartment. Although it is not mandatory for apartment residents to purchase a Dining Plan, it is encouraged. Apartment residents may sign up for a Dining Plan by e-mailing from their Ramapo e-mail account or purchase Ramapo Dollars directly from Dining Services. Late Night Dining Late Night Dining allows students to enjoy lighter fare such as pizza, pasta, ice cream, made to order deli sandwiches, quick service foods, fruit and assorted beverages at the Birch Tree Inn from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. Students may access “late night� as part of their Dining Plan or with Flex, Ramapo Dollars or cash. Boxed Meals Students who are ill or disabled and cannot get to one of the dining facilities can also make arrangements for a boxed meal by calling Dining Services at the number listed above. In such cases, a friend or roommate can pick up the meal for them, using the student’s I.D. along with a note of explanation. Advance notice of such a need is appreciated and will better ensure prompt service. Special Diets Dining Services can accommodate most special diets. Vegetarian and Vegan interests are kept in mind as menus are developed. There is a specific process for making special requests for medical, religious, cultural or other reasons. Students with such requests should inquire at the Dining Services Office, located across from the Atrium dining room.

FITNESS CENTERS The Bradley Center houses an elaborate fitness and weight training facility. It is available for use by all students (college ID required). There is also a similar facility in the Lodge. Hours are posted on the college Intranet site.

INSECTS Students are asked to keep in mind that Ramapo College is located in a wooded area with a diverse and plentiful population of insects. However, students who find an excessive number of insects in their room/suite/apartment should contact their RA/CA or hall office. The College employs the practice "IPM", "Integrated Pest Management" in conjunction with the service of a contracted pest control company. This means that before using more aggressive pest control measures, the College exhausts other measures first. For instance, Facilities makes sure that screens are in place on all windows and weather stripping is in place around doorways (especially entrance doors), etc. Students are also expected to take out the trash on a regular basis, report any plumbing leaks and practice commonly accepted "good housekeeping standards". Leaving dirty dishes or foodstuffs in unsealed containers will invite vermin. In some cases monitoring traps are used to identify the pest involved and a determination is then made on how to proceed. Residents will be informed if more aggressive measures are needed.

LAUNDRY FACILITIES Washers and dryers for Pine, Linden, Bischoff, Mackin, the Overlook are located on the first floor. Laurel Hall laundry is located on the second floor. In the College Park Apartments, washers and dryers are located in the laundry room across from Mimosa. Laundry facilities in the village are located in the Thomases Commons. Each Laundry room is open 24-hours a day The College is not responsible for any items left abandoned in the laundry room. Items that have been abandoned for over 24 hours are subject to removal. These items will be donated to a local Charity. Laundry Machine Problems Students should contact the appropriate residence hall office or the Resident/Community Assistant On-Duty if there is a problem with the laundry machines and the vendor will be notified.

VANDALISM Students are asked to immediately report any vandalism, destruction of property, or other inappropriate behavior to their Resident/Community Assistant, hall office, and Public Safety ext. 6666. If graffiti contains prejudicial statements or symbols, students are asked to call Public Safety immediately.

LAMPS/LIGHT BULBS Lamps are not provided in resident rooms/apartments and living room lamps are provided in the Village. Halogen lamps and two models (model numbers E230863 and GX6409) of the 5-light multicolored floor lamps are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments because they pose a fire hazard. Light bulbs are not provided. Residents should be mindful not to exceed the maximum recommend wattage of the fixture.

FACILITIES WORK REQUESTS iService Desk is a web based system that allows users to input a request for routine services via a series of click-and-pick menus and can be found at This page must be viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox and is only accessible on campus. Any questions regarding this site can be referred to the Service Desk at extension 7660. If you require immediate assistance (i.e. no heat, extreme hot or cold temperatures, flooding, gas, electric or water outage) please call our Service Desk at extension 7660 Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM or Public Safety after these hours at extension 6666. We would like to remind everyone that all other routine service requests should be reported to their hall office so the staff may enter necessary repairs into iService Desk at This is for the purposes of tracking, staff-follow up, consistency in the clarity of reporting, and responsibility allocation.

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If utilizing iService Desk, please send only one request per web entry. Include your name, location of the needed work and brief description of your request or problem. Our system will send automatic email notifications to the sender when the request is processed, when the status changes and when the work is complete. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your request or this notice, you may call our Service Desk at extension 7660; please reference the Request or Work Order number provided. Please do not call or email individual supervisors with your requests; this will only slow down our response time. HEATING VENTILATING AIR-CONDITIONING UNITS (HVAC) Please do not block HVAC units with furniture or personal belongings. Students who detect a smell or noise should submit a work order immediately. However, if smoke is visible, they should contact Public Safety immediately. HVAC units are inspected twice a year. FACILITIES EMERGENCIES AND AFTER HOURS EMERGENCIES Any needed repair that affects the health, safety or security of students should be reported immediately. The chart below provides guidelines for determining who to call for emergencies. Examples of emergencies are: clogged/overflowing toilets, broken pipes, any lock problem, no heat, and broken windows in inclement or cold weather or no lighting around stairways. Time of day 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (M-F) Weekends 4:30 PM – 7 PM or after midnight 8 PM – 11 PM

Who to call Facilities, ext. 7660 Public Safety, ext. 6666 Public Safety RA or CA at your hall office

MISCELLANEOUS MAINTENANCE ISSUES: ODORS IN PINE AND LINDEN HALLS From time to time and under certain weather conditions, residents may notice a natural gas odor in Pine and Linden Halls. A pressure relief valve located outside of the boiler house next to Pine Hall causes this odor. The valve is designed to relieve boiler pressure when four or more of the boilers shut down simultaneously. This odor will be of short duration and poses no danger to anyone. There are NO gas lines in the building. However, it is important that students still continue to report all unusual odors of any kind immediately to the Facilities Office 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or to the Public Safety Department after 4:30 p.m. BISCHOFF AND MACKIN BATHROOM FUMES The bathroom floor drains in Bischoff and Mackin may emit a foul odor at some point during the semester. Students who smell this odor coming from the drain should try to solve the problem by pouring a few cups of water down the drain first. DO NOT use Drano or any other liquid plumber solution to unclog a drain. These products damage the plumbing system. If the smell remains, contact the Facilities Office at ext. 7660. PENDING MAINTENANCE REQUESTS Students who have submitted a maintenance request and have received no action or follow-up about it in a reasonable time frame should notify the Resident/Community Assistant, the appropriate hall office, or call the Facilities Service line ext. 7660. Facilities ask that students NOT send duplicate requests through email. Students who call the Service Line and have received the emailed response should have the work order number available when asking questions about the request. Students should keep in mind that the average response time for non-emergency work requests is approximately five (5) days. The average response time for emergencies between 8 AM and 10 PM is less than 45 minutes. PLUMBING Residence Life has provided a plunger for each resident’s bathroom. Please contact the hall or apartment complex office if a plunger is not present at the time you check-in. TOILET OVERFLOW Students can stop an overflowing toilet by shutting off the water valve at the bottom left or right-hand side of the toilet (this feature may not be available on all toilets). To close the valve, turn it counterclockwise, this will prevent water from passing through. Students can also use the plunger provided in each bathroom to loosen any materials or waste that may be clogging the toilet. Call Facilities at ext. 7660 and let them know about the problem if the above steps do not resolve it. An overflowing toilet is considered an emergency repair; if the Facilities Department is unavailable, immediately call Public Safety at ext. 6666. DO NOT use Drano or any other liquid plumber solution to unclog a toilet or drain. These products damage the plumbing system. Inform the Residence Life staff if it becomes a recurring problem. Call Public Safety at ext. 6666 if there is a plumbing emergency.

OFF-CAMPUS LOCAL SHUTTLE SERVICE The College contracts with a bus company to provide a 7-Day Shuttle Service for all Ramapo students, faculty and staff. The shuttle makes numerous stops to local businesses, transportation hubs as well as evening mall trips. Please refer to the monthly schedule available in the Student Center for the service calendar. All riders must have a valid Ramapo College ID, and seating is on a first come-first serve basis. For information, questions and comments you may e-mail: 365-Day NYC Bus Service Bus Ticket and Fare information: Tickets are sold at Roadrunner Central ext: 7933, 2nd floor Scott Student Center. Discount price (one way) $6 students with valid Ramapo ID, $8 faculty, and staff with valid Ramapo ID. Tickets are full price on bus. Tickets are

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valid for all runs from Port Authority bus terminal to Suffern and Suffern to Port Authority. The Shortline bus schedule is online: Prices and service scheduled are subject to change without notice. Local Taxi Services:

Mahwah Taxi (201) 327-9000 Deborah Taxi (845) 300-0332,,

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA) The Student Government Association (SGA) is a student association whose purpose is to serve and represent the student body through effective and responsible leadership on matters relevant to the quality of student life. The Student Government Association functions as a liaison between the student body and faculty, staff, and administration. As the elected voice of the student body, The Student Government Association is committed to improving the lives of all student constituencies. Strong student body support and active participation is necessary for an effective student government. The SGA office is located in the Student Center (SC-223) and can be reached via phone (ext: 7271) or email ( SGA public meetings are held on Wednesday's at 3 PM in the posted location.

IDENTIFICATION CARDS Students must carry Ramapo College identification at all times and must present the ID card to any College official and Residence Life staff upon request. Each guest is required to carry an Overnight Guest Pass at all times and must present the Guest Pass to any College Official upon request. Failure to present identification upon request will result in a fine and judicial action.

PLEDGING A FRATERNITY OR SORORITY First year students are strictly prohibited from pledging a fraternity/ sorority in their first semester. To join a registered (Greek) organization, a student must: Have accumulated 12 credits or more and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better (depending on the student group’s guidelines), OR have accumulated 24 credits or more and a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better (depending on the student group’s guidelines). All residents are encouraged to report violations to their RA’s or the Office of Student Development.

IN-HALL SERVICES LOCKOUTS Residents who are locked out of their room should be prepared to show their ID to the Resident/Community Assistant or Public Safety to verify their identity and to produce their room key/access card when they are given access into their room. Please be very responsible with your keys and access cards. Students who conceal the fact that they have lost their keys or access cards in an attempt to avoid charges jeopardize their safety and security (and the safety and security of their roommate(s). *It is important for students to carry their keys at all times. Repeated lockouts will result in disciplinary action. Lock-Out Procedures If a student is locked out during posted office hours, s/he should contact her/his hall office. At any other time s/he should contact Public Safety. For your convenience, there are campus courtesy phones located near each hall/area office which can be used to contact Public Safety, should a lock-out occur. S/he should wait outside of their hall office area until either the RA/CA On-Duty or Public Safety arrives to assist with the lock-out. Each lock-out will result in a $5.00 charge, which will be applied to the students’ account. Abuse of Lockout Procedure may result in judicial action. After three (3) lock-outs there will be an automatic referral for the student to meet with their respective Residence Hall Director. NOTE: Loaner keys are not available.

LOST ID/ACCESS CARDS All Residents: Students must report a lost ID to their Graduate Residence Director or other Residence Life staff member from their building. That card will be removed from the lock system, so the lost ID cannot be used to open the room door! The student must then go to Public Safety’s Customer Service Center (Rm. C-101) to have a new card issued. NOTE: As of July 1, 2007, the Public Safety Department fee for ID card replacement is cumulative for the student’s entire academic career at Ramapo. Fees, which are subject to revision by RCNJ Administration annually, are as follows: st

1 replacement card - $25 nd 2 replacement card- $50 rd 3 and subsequent - $100 The new ID card will be re-encoded by Residence Life staff for the student’s housing assignment. The Residence Life fee for re-encoding a replacement card is $15. Please note, IDs that are deemed defective or that have required replacement due to normal wear and tear, will not be charged the $15 fee.

LOST KEYS/LOCK CHANGES RCNJ utilizes electronic locks in all of the Residence Halls. In the event that a hard key needs to be issued, the receiving student is responsible for the maintaining possession of that key. Once a student reports lost keys, new locks are ordered and the student will be billed. Therefore, the lock changes fee is not refundable. Ramapo College keys may NOT be duplicated without written consent from the College. Individuals found in possession of an unauthorized duplicate of a Ramapo College key will be fined and will face judicial action. Lost of a housing assignment key may result in a $100.00 fee, charged to the student’s account for material and labor costs for the key replacement.

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PROGRAMMING Programming is a vital part of residential living. The Resident/Community Assistants, through the Office of Residence Life, provide educational and community building programs for residents. Programming not only enhances what is learned in the classroom, but also provides a forum for sharing and learning about other members of the residential community. Residents are encouraged to be active in the program planning process. Students who have an idea or would like to request for a program should bring it to the attention of their Resident/Community Assistant. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to support and participate in Resident/Community Assistant programs.

RESIDENCE LIFE CHARGES Please note that these charges are not to be paid to the Residence Life staff. Charges are placed on students’ accounts and are to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Students are not allowed to use cash at the hall offices for charges. Below is a table of charges that students may incur: Type Lost Room/Apt. Key Re-encode ID Card Access Card Replacements New Bedroom Door Punch Code Lost/Forgot Mailbox Combination Lock-Out (anytime) Residence Hall/Apartment Damages Other Administrative Charges

Amount Charged $100 $15 $15 $15 $1 $5 Case By Case Case By Case

STORAGE There will be limited storage space available in The Overlook. Further information about storage policies will be posted on the residence life intranet page. Residents requiring storage space must contact an outside storage company. Discounts are offered to Ramapo students. Lackland Self Storage 211 Route 17 South Upper Saddle River, NJ (201) 236-8100

Mahwah Storage 43 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ (201) 529-5100

Oakland Self Storage 21 Raritan Road Oakland, NJ (201) 337-8646

Raia Self Storage 100 Micik Lane Mahwah, NJ (201) 512-0400


There are 22 storage lockers located on the 3 Floor of The Overlook residence hall. These lockers are reserved first, for returning International Students. The lockers are used to store belongings that could not be otherwise taken home for the summer, such as books, computers, printers, clothes, etc. Summer Storage Locker spaces located in The Overlook will be provided on a “first come, first serve” basis as there are only a limited number of lockers. A maximum of one (1) locker space will be assigned per person. The application process will begin at the end of April and approval will be given in early May. If all summer storage lockers are not reserved and used, the application process will be open for residents that live far from Ramapo College of NJ and are not able to bring all of their belongings home. States such as Washington, California, Texas, etc would be considered far from Ramapo College of NJ. The final decision will be made by the Overlook Residence Director in conjunction with the Professional Staff and Director of Residence Life. Also note, there will be a charge to store your belongings for the Summer. As of Summer 2010, the charge was $50.00. However, this may change at any time. Please contact the Overlook Office at with any questions.

RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION (RHA) The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student organization, where the purpose is for on-campus residents to become involved in the efforts to improve their residential areas, create and implement programming, and overall have an impact on their residence hall/area experience. Each residence hall/area has their own Residence Hall Councils (RHCs), which is a sub group of RHA. Within RHC, there are several leadership positions that residents can be responsible for, within their residential area. RHC is an excellent means of becoming involved and in gaining a positive experience from one’s on-campus living experience. If a resident is interested in becoming involved within this organization, they should contact their respective hall/area office for further details on how to do so, or can contact RHA directly at

BATHROOM TISSUE Ramapo College has discontinued the complimentary bathroom tissue that had been made available to resident students. Originally, the plumbing systems at the College required the use of a special bathroom tissue. The plumbing systems have since been improved, to better serve our residents. We suggest that suitemates discuss plans to purchase bathroom tissue to be shared within their housing units. operations, Facilities urges students not to congregate on roads and walkways when snow plows are present. In some situations, students may be asked to move their cars to another lot to facilitate plowing.


COOKING IN THE HALLS Pine, Linden, Bischoff, Mackin, Overlook and Laurel Halls are not designed for major cooking in the rooms/common areas; therefore, students are not allowed to bring electrical appliances for cooking. Instead, residents of these areas must purchase a meal plan (See Dining Section). However, all residents may warm up food or cook snacks in the microwave oven that is provided in each living unit. Blenders are permitted. Residents should be extra cautious when cooking to not only prevent fires, but also to prevent inadvertent activation of fire alarm systems. Please be sure to turn on vents if available.

CAMPUS SAFETY The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Public Safety Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to disclose the reported instances of certain kinds of criminal activity on their campuses. In compliance with this Act, the Public Safety Department provides a booklet entitled, Public Safety Department Policies and Practices and Campus Crime Statistics to anyone who requests a copy from the office. This same document is mailed, or otherwise distributed to students and can be viewed and/or downloaded on the Web:

CONSTRUCTION SITES As Ramapo College continues to grow, everyone must be mindful of the safety issues regarding construction areas. To ensure safety, only authorized contractors (and certain College Officials) are permitted beyond or within construction barriers. These barriers are put in place for everyone’s protection. It is extremely important that students do not go beyond the construction barriers (e.g., fences) that surround these very dangerous construction areas. For construction areas where barriers have not been placed, students must still maintain a safe distance. Entering and/or throwing objects into and/or beyond these areas will result in a fine and serious disciplinary action.

PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT The Public Safety Department is located in rooms C-101 and C-102 in the main Academic Building. The Public Safety main office is in room C101 and is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. Their Customer Service area, in Rm. C-101, handles Photo ID Cards and addresses parking permit questions and problems. Questions on parking and permits may also be submitted through Public Safety may be reached for assistance at ext. 7432, or for emergencies, ext. 6666.

Public Safety Escorts The Public Safety Department will provide escort services when sufficient personnel are available to do so. Students should understand however, that given limited Public Safety Department personnel, escorts cannot be used for the purpose of simple social visitation or the completion of academic assignments. Public Safety Escorts will be provided from on-campus locations to a student’s on-campus residence, or automobile. Students should call Public Safety when danger is perceived to themselves, others, property, or if a serious health emergency exists. Suspicious persons and/or situations should always be reported to Public Safety at ext. 6666. In the event that police are needed, the Mahwah Police’s emergency number is 9-911 (college extension) or 911 (non college phone). Routine transportation to such locales as the post office, bank, train station, or grocery store is not provided by Public Safety. Consult the shuttle schedule coordinated by the Office of Student Activities or arrange separate transportation through a local taxi service.

Complaint Form The Ramapo College Public Safety Department and the Student Affairs Division ask for all students’ assistance in dealing with crime and other incidents, such as illegal bias incidents that occur on Campus. Students who know of a crime that has occurred or is occurring should report it immediately. The Complaint Form is available on the Public Safety Department webpage, through the RCNJ website. Students may also request a hardcopy of the complaint form in either the Public Safety office or The Student Affairs Office. ALL INFORMATION IS KEPT CONFIDENTIAL, and results in an investigation being initiated.

ROOM CLEANLINESS If a student’s room is left unclean once it has been vacated, he/she will be charged a room cleaning fee, as well as an excessive garbage fine according to the amount of garbage or mess. Students are required to remove all belongings from their room/suite/apartment and common areas when they checkout. It is their responsibility to take any belongings that they no longer need or want to the dumpster. Students will be charged for garbage left in their room/suite/apartment area and for any other belongings left behind in the room/suite/apartment. In addition, students, and/or entire buildings may be fined for garbage left in the hallways, stairwells, lounges, and lobbies.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT Water/water balloon/shaving cream fights, vulgar or abusive language, physical altercations (fights), failure to comply with a College official, etc., will be documented and may result in disciplinary action and/or removal from the residence halls.

FIRE SAFETY The College has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY in connection with any infractions of the Fire Safety Policies and Procedures! Note: This information is also available on the Environmental Health & Safety website at: I. INTRODUCTION Fire Safety at Ramapo College is in keeping with the Strategic Plan Guiding Principles, Goal #3: Enriching College Life and Community Presence; “The College will promote campus safety and security and lifestyle practices that focus on safety, health ... “

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Toward that end, Fire Safety has always been and continues to be a high priority at Ramapo College. We continue to assess what more can be done to: - Assure a Fire Safe Environment - Raise our Fire Preparedness and Prevention - Renew the Fire Safety Instructions and Fire Evacuation Procedures - Update Available Training and Information The fire safety information contained within and referenced throughout this document is intended to Inform, Educate and Train our students and employees about: - Our Fire Safe Campus Environment - Fire Preparedness and Prevention - Fire Safety Instructions including Fire Evacuation Procedures - Available Training and Information including recommended Web Sites - Remedies for Non Compliance – Discipline, Penalties and Fines All students and employees are required to read this information. Students and employees should discuss this information with their associates. In the event of a fire or emergency, Fire Safety Awareness will help save lives! II. FIRE SAFE ENVIRONMENT Ramapo College is committed to maintaining the most fire safe environment for our students and employees. We do this in a number of ways. A. Resources We work in partnership with our resources on campus, with the emergency responders of Mahwah Township; including Police, Fire, the Director of Emergency Management, and with the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety-State Fire Marshal’s Office. 1. Public Safety responds to all trouble signals, pre-alarms and all fire alarms. 2. The Mahwah Police Department responds to all fire alarms. 3. The Mahwah Fire Department is required to respond to all fire alarms. 4. The College Fire Marshal responds to all fire alarms during his scheduled hours and anytime when his presence is requested during emergencies. 5. All New Jersey State Colleges and Universities are required to report all fires and explosions on Campus to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the State Fire Marshal or his representative, at his discretion, sends a representative to investigate. 6. Professional housing staff members periodically visit each student’s room, not only to inspect for safety related concerns but to connect with students and inquire as to their overall residential experience. 7. The College Fire Marshal periodically visit each building on Campus, not only to inspect for safety related concerns but to connect with students and employees and inquire as to their overall fire safety experience. 8. A representative of the New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office accompanied by the College Fire Marshal conducts an annual unannounced inspection of each building on Campus. All violations are documented and promptly submitted through the appropriate channels for abatement. Generally speaking, almost all violations are abated within the required 30 days. Fortunately fire violations that may present an immediate danger to health and safety are an exceptional event at Ramapo College. However, any violation of that nature is addressed immediately with a primary focus on the health and safety of our students and employees. B. Fire Protection Systems All residence apartments are equipped with fire sprinkler, fire alarm, smoke and fire detection, fire extinguisher and ,where required, carbon monoxide detection systems. In addition, all other buildings on Campus contain the required fire safety systems. Specifically, our systems include smoke detectors, heat sensor technology, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, standpipes and alarm bells. The entire fire detection and suppression system is hard wired. This means that when triggered, the alarm rings at Public Safety and is transmitted, within the prescribed time specified by the fire code, to the Mahwah Township Police Headquarters Dispatch who immediately dispatches the Mahwah Township Police and Fire Departments. In addition to the fire systems mentioned above, the College has a network of fire hydrants, fire department connections and valves that must be available at all times in order to supply or assist in supplying water flow to the fire suppression systems. All fire systems are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the New Jersey Fire Code; one of the strictest fire codes in the United States. The fire alarm systems are monitored 24/7 at our Proprietary Central Station located in Public Safety. Fire protection systems are maintained by a fire systems company under contract with the College and permitted by the Division of Fire Safety. Those systems are inspected annually by a representative of the State Fire Marshal’s Office from the Division of Fire Safety. 1. Smoke Detectors are the first line of fire defense! They are triggered by airborne particles in case of smoke from fire. Smoke detectors save lives by providing early warning and allowing for timely evacuation. 2. Heat Detectors include pre-set temperature thresholds that sense heat from burning substances and activate the fire alarm when the threshold is met; thus activating the fire alarm as the signal to immediately evacuate the building. 3. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are placed primarily as needed in the residence halls. They monitor carbon monoxide levels near devices using fossil fuels (such as laundry room dryers and hot water heaters). Carbon Monoxide detectors also save lives by allowing for early warning and timely evacuation. 4. Sprinklers are another line of defense. Sprinklers also include pre-set temperature thresholds that sense heat from burning substances and burst the sprinkler head’s sensor bubble when the threshold is met. At the onset of water flow through the sprinkler head; the fire alarm signal sounds thus signaling to occupants to immediately evacuate the building. Sprinklers protect property by suppressing a fire quickly. When activated, a single sprinkler head can release up to 50 gallons of water per minute into the room or space that it protects.

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Ramapo College is 100% compliant with the New Jersey Fire Code requiring that all resident facilities/College and University Dorms be protected by fire sprinklers! It is our sincerest hope that the systems we have in place need never be used. Our policies and procedures reflect that desire and are based on our collaborative partnership among College, Mahwah Township, New Jersey State, and Federal Fire Safety Officials. III. FIRE PREPAREDNESS AND PREVENTION INFORMATION Fire preparedness and prevention is everyone’s responsibility. A. The following are some of, but are not limited to, a number of preparedness and prevention measures in place at Ramapo College: 1. In 2004, the College hired a Fire Marshal. Dennis Harrington is available to assist students and employees with any fire safety questions or concerns that may arise. He can be reached at or through Public Safety after regular business hours. 2. The College Fire Marshal in collaboration with the College Administration, Residence Life and Public Safety conducts Four (4) Fire Drills per calendar year in Residence Halls and Apartments/Dorms and Two (2) fire drills in each of the remainder of the buildings on Campus. 3. Public Safety responds each and every time the system notifies them of any type of pre, trouble or full fire alarm. 4. Monthly inspections of fire extinguishers at all locations are conducted by Facilities Personnel. 5. As prescribed by the State of New Jersey Fire Laws (Fire Code), the battery-powered smoke detectors are scheduled to be tested monthly by Facilities Personnel. 6. A contractor, permitted by the NJ Division of Fire Safety, inspects fire suppression and detection systems annually; and on an as needed basis. Any deficiencies found during the inspections and testing of the fire detection, suppression and alarm systems are repaired in accordance with the provisions of the Fire Code. 7. The New Jersey Fire Law requires that a building is immediately evacuated whenever the fire alarm sounds. B. What are your Preparedness and Prevention responsibilities? DO: 1. Report any information regarding intentionally set false alarm to a residence life staff member immediately; or should you wish anonymity, you can communicate to Campus Public Safety through the Silent Witness program. Intentionally set false alarms are prohibited by law! 2. Avoid inadvertently activating the fire alarm by not using products or any other items that are prohibited in the Residence Halls. Refer to the Prohibited Items List in Section VI, f. 3. In the event an unwanted FIRE, smoke condition or odor of smoke or explosion (including fireworks) occurs on Campus, the student or employee shall immediately report such condition to Campus Public Safety at extension 6666 (201.684.6666); Public Safety shall immediately report the incident to the Mahwah Police Dispatch or you may dial 911 (9-911 from Campus telephones) after contacting Public Safety. 4. Contact Facilities at x7660 immediately after a fire extinguisher is used, so that a replacement extinguisher can be installed as quickly as possible. 5. Report any suspected malfunctions of fire safety devices and equipment to a residence hall staff member or to Campus Public Safety at x6666. 6. Know exactly where the nearest exit is located. You should count the number of doors between your setting and the nearest exit so that you can find the exit even if your visibility is impaired by smoke and fire. Always be aware of an alternate exit, in the event that your primary exit is blocked. 7. With your associates, prepare an emergency escape route to use in case of a fire in the building. Know at least two (2) ways out of the building. 8. Have your keys (room and vehicle), Ramapo College ID, any prescription drugs, cell phone and wallet or purse ready to "Grab and Go". 9. Treat every fire alarm as the real thing. Exit the building immediately! 10. Learn STOP, DROP, and ROLL. If your clothing should catch fire, don't run. STOP DROP and ROLL. You should stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, to protect your face and lungs and roll over to smother the flames. 11. Where applicable, check your kitchen to ensure that your stove and oven are off and any electric coffee or teapot is unplugged before you leave the area.

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12. Keep all doorways and windows leading to fire escapes completely clear at all times. A minimum of 36� clearance to exits shall be maintained at all times. 13. Report to Facilities any obstructions or accumulations of rubbish in the hallways, stairwells, or other means of egress. Continuous obstructions should also be reported to the College Fire Marshal. DO NOT: 1. Tamper in any way with any fire suppression, detection and any other fire safety equipment. Fire equipment includes but is not limited to fire: extinguishers pull stations, bells, smoke detectors, and heat detectors, hydrants including attachments, hoses/standpipe cabinets, sprinklers and sprinkler pipes and alarm panels. Tampering with any fire suppression, detection and any other fire safety equipment is prohibited by the Fire Code. Tampering in this context includes, but is not limited to: a. Covering with any products, including food products , clothing, hats, shower caps or materials of any kind. b. Disconnecting or altering the equipment c. Hanging of any item from equipment or from an area that blocks or interferes with equipment d. Bagging the equipment e. Applying anything at all to equipment f. The unintended use of the equipment 2. Deliberately cause a fire alarm, falsely report a fire, set a fire (including campfires) anywhere on campus, possess and use fireworks and other explosive devices, vandalize any fire system or misuse any piece of fire equipment. These are all acts that are violations of the Fire Code and will be referred to the appropriate College officials for adjudication and will result disciplinary action, fines and may result in expulsion from the College. Furthermore, violators may also be subject to prosecution to the full extent of the law. 3. Go in search of your keys, ID, any prescription drugs, cell phone and wallet or purse or any other possessions when the fire alarm rings. Keep these items readily accessible in case of an emergency and fire alarm. 4. Smoke inside any College buildings or vehicles or within 25 feet of any building. 5. Leave cooking unattended. "WATCH WHAT YOU HEAT!" 6. Attempt to put out a fire once it begins to quickly spread. Individuals who attempt to put a fire out should make sure they have a clear path of retreat from the area. In the event that you find yourself in a situation when the use of a fire extinguisher becomes vital to your safety, remember PASS, or Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle and Sweep across the flame. 7. Overload electrical outlets. Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed. Do not repair with electrical tape. 8. Use extension cords for any reason. Use only power strips with circuit- breakers. 9. Place anything over electrical panel/circuit breaker boxes (maintain a minimum 30" clearance around electrical panels and circuit breaker boxes). 10. Place anything over fire detection devices, fire sprinkler heads or lamps. 11. Wrap or hang anything around or from sprinkler piping. 12. Block any exit ways with curtains, netting, or beads; including separations between bedrooms and hallways and entry areas. 13. Suspend any materials from any ceilings. 14. Block exits with furniture or other items. 15. Prevent doors from opening to a 90-degree angle. 16. Prop fire doors open with any object or place an object to prevent fire doors from closing. 17. Hang banners or other decorative materials that are not flame resistant (do not meet the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701). Decorative materials that flame resistant have to be documented and certified by the manufacturer in an approved manner; and are limited to 10% of the aggregate area of walls and ceilings. 18. Run wires across the floor, ceiling or in front of room door.

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19. Wrap fire doors in decorative paper, such as holiday or birthday wrapping paper. Doors to offices, classrooms, apartments, bedrooms, kitchens etc. are fire doors. 20. Leave any item in the hallway outside of a room or area door. 21. Leave cooking food unattended at any time. 22. Leave hair care appliances with heating elements (e.g. flat irons, curling irons) unattended. 23. Use in excess aerosol spray products. Aerosol products are prohibited in Pine and Linden Halls. 24. Hang mirrors from exit doors. C. WATCH WHAT YOU HEAT Unattended cooking incidents are the leading cause of fire alarms and fires on college campuses across the country. Unattended cooking is also one of the leading causes of fire alarms at Ramapo College. For these reasons, a special Fire Prevention for cooking section follows. “Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat” 1. Stand by your pan I Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking food. II If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. III Check the food regularly and use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on. 2. Micro-Manage your Microwave I Follow the cooking direction provided on the packaging. II Avoid over cooking and possible smoke or fire; double check the cooking time that you set. III If the product begins to smoke or catches fire, keep the microwave door closed and unplug or set the circuit breaker to "Off". 3. Keep it clean I Keep anything that can catch fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains—away from your stove top. II Clean up food and grease from burners, stovetops and microwave ovens. 4. For Your Safety I Wear short or close fitting sleeves. II Loose clothing is more likely to catch fire during cooking. D. In Case of a Stove or Oven Fire 1. Call Campus Public Safety x6666 immediately so that the fire department can be notified. You may call 9-911 after calling Public Safety. 2. Turn off the heat. Slide a pan lid over flames to smother a grease or oil fire; and then leave the lid in place until the pan cools. It is not recommended that you try to carry the pan outside. 3. Extinguish grease fires with the fire extinguisher provided or use baking soda. Never use water or flour on grease fires. 4. Keep the oven door shut and turn off the heat to smother an oven or broiler fire. If you are not placed in danger, turn off the breaker for electrical stoves. 5. A fire extinguisher is provided in every kitchen. Make sure that the fire extinguisher remains in the designated location, on the holder in the kitchen area. 6. Remember PASS when operating the fire extinguisher. (Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle and Sweep across the flame) 7. Notify Campus Public Safety at extension 6666 or Facilities at x7660 anytime the extinguisher is used. IV. FIRE SAFETY INFORMATION

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A. If a fire should occur: 1. ACTIVATE the closest fire alarm system; pull stations are usually located next to an exit or stairwell door. Alert others to the danger; but avoid putting yourself in danger. 2. GET OUT of the building and STAY OUT! 3. CLOSE the doors as you leave to stop the spread of the fire. 4. PROCEED to the Assembly Evacuation Area. Residence Life Staff for students and Emergency Coordinators for employees will show you to the location of your Assembly Evacuation Area sign. 5. NOTIFY Campus Public Safety at extension 6666; then you may dial 9-911. You or someone you designate should make the telephone call from a safe location as quickly as possible. Once you have given the dispatcher the information related to the emergency, wait until the dispatcher hangs up before you hang up because the dispatcher may need more information. 6. DO NOT GO BACK into the building or try to save your possessions. Clothes, books and papers can be replaced - YOU CAN’T! B. Fire Evacuation Procedures - When You Can Leave Your Locality 1. Identify, before an emergency, the location of the two exits nearest to your locality. Do not assume your usual exit is closest, safest or available during a fire or other emergency. 2. When the fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately. Feel the exit doors and doorknobs with the back of your hand. If they are not hot, open the doors slightly to check the hallway for flames and/or smoke. If smoke and/or fire are present, crawl low to the floor. If the smoke is heavy, grab a wet towel or similar object and place it over your face (nose and mouth) and take short breaths through your nose. 3. Use the stairwells; DO NOT use the elevators! 4. Warn associates by knocking on doors on your way to the nearest exit. Assist any person in immediate danger to safety, if it can be accomplished without risk to you. 5. Wear climate friendly clothing and flat non-slip feet ware (shoes, boots etc.). 6. Bring with you your vehicle keys, Ramapo College ID, any prescription drugs, cell phone and wallet or purse. If you have to begin to search for these items, do not do so; leave without them. Avoid placing yourself in danger! Reminder, keep a "Grab and Go" bag that should include those items. 7. Close and leave the door unlocked if feasible. This will help to confine the smoke and fire to a smaller area and allow emergency response teams accessibility to conduct search and rescue when necessary. 8. Avoid exiting the building through the front main lobby doors, use the side or rear exits of the building. This should help to avoid any collisions of exiting occupants with entering emergency responders. 9. Proceed to the designated Assembly Evacuation Area for the location that you are exiting. 10. Under normal conditions, you are expected to evacuate from any facility in less than 3 minutes. 11. DO NOT re-enter the building until instructed to do so by Fire, Police, Campus Public Safety or Residence Life Staff.

Visit this site: for College fire survival information C. When You Can Not Leave Your Locality 1. Call Campus Public Safety and then 9-911 and advise the dispatcher of your location; do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to. 2. Close the door to your room; the door can help hold back dangerous heat and smoke. 3. Take a wet towel. Place it over your face (nose and mouth) if the smoke is heavy and catch short breaths through your nose. 4. Stay low where air is fresher. 5. From within your locality, check for smoke around the door cracks. 6. Seal air ducts and any other openings where smoke may enter using wet pieces of cloth.

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7. Stay close to the windows, holding a wet cloth to your face. Do not open the windows except to alert rescue personnel by hanging a white sheet or cloth out the window to signal your location. 8. Exit your locality only if you can safely do so. D. Fire Evacuations: Persons with Disabilities It is very important that the appropriate College personnel at the Office of Specialized Services (OSS) know of any students and employees with disabilities that limit their mobility, whether temporary or permanent. Attempting to carry immobilized persons is discouraged. If an alarm is activated, the following procedures should be followed at all times: 1. Accompanied by a partner, permanently immobilized persons who must rely on crutches, wheelchairs or walkers for transport and who are not on the ground floor of any building should proceed into the stairwell and wait on the landing until additional help can be summoned. 2. Blind but mobile persons should be guided through any rush of traffic and then promptly assisted to the nearest exit. 3. Deaf but mobile persons, who may be unaware of the need to evacuate, should be calmly advised of the situation and guided to the nearest available exit. 4. Temporarily immobilized persons, including people wearing casts and/or using canes or crutches, should be assisted, depending on their maneuverability. 5. They should proceed into the stairwell and wait on the landing until additional help can be summoned. When necessary, use the Emergency Phone to call for assistance and to report the location of person(s) in need of rescue. 6. Emergency phones that automatically connect you to Public Safety are located in the Core rescue areas in the Academic Areas and in the elevator lobbies on each floor in other buildings. Provide the Public Safety Officer with your location (i.e. Core 3, floor 2). You may also call 9-911 and report your location to the Mahwah Police Dispatch; do not hang up until the Public Safety or Police Dispatch Officer tells you to. 7. Persons with disabilities, who are unable to easily communicate, should seek assistance from an associate to convey his or her location to Public Safety, the Mahwah Police or Fire Department. The fire department or other emergency responders should arrive to help complete the evacuation. V. FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING Why is education and training so important? Campus fire safety education and training is vital to helping prevent the loss of life and injury on Campus. Education and training are also components of the recently-passed campus fire safety provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEAO). Colleges and Universities throughout the Unites States are required to report to the Department of Education how much fire safety education they are providing. A. The foremost Fire Safety means for education and training specific to Ramapo College are the following: 1. The Guide to Community Living 2. The Student Handbook 3. The Emergency Response Planning Website 4. Environmental Health & Safety–Fire Safety websites 5. Fire Safety presentations provided by our Ramapo College Fire Marshal. 6. Fire Safety training provided by the Bergen County Fire Academy in coordination with the Ramapo College Fire Marshal B. In addition, all students are required to participate in the Campus Fire Safety training and information available at Tools such as igot2kno will help with campus fire safety programs. C. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA Public Law 110-315) signed into law by President George H. Bush on August 14, 2008 and effective July 1, 2010 requires institutions with on campus student housing facilities to provide the following information to enrolled students and current employees. The following information is specific to Ramapo College. · Fire Safety Comprehensive Version · HEOA Fire Log · HEOA Fire Drills Information · HEOA Fire Safety Systems in On Campus Student Housing · HEOA Open Flame Policy · HEOA Education and Training for Students and Employees · HEOA Evacuation Policy and Procedures for Students and Employees

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· HEOA Reporting Fires · HEOA Plans for Future Improvements in Fire Safety · HEOA Smoking Policy For additional Fire Safety Training Programs the following Information Links are recommended. · Division of Community Affairs-Division of Fire Safety · NFPA · Campus Firewatch · Evacuation What All Should Know · Consumer Product Safety Commissions (Product recalls) · Excellent Fire Safety Information| · Fire Extinguisher Use Explained · Training Site for New Jersey's Division of Fire Safety · United States Fire Administration · Firehouse Magazine · Fire Engineering Magazine · Children's Fire Safety Web site Students and employees should direct any Fire Safety related questions to Dennis Harrington, Ramapo College Fire Marshal at VI. REMEDIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE Fire Safety Education Class Students who fail to comply with the sanctioned Fire Safety Education class may be issued a Suspension of Activity Privileges (see Code of Conduct, Section O: Sanctions) that will remain in place until the class is completed and/or the student may face additional disciplinary actions. The Fire Safety Education class is scheduled to take place twice each semester.

A. STUDENT DISCIPLINE/JUDICIAL AFFAIRS The College expects that students and guests will abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Guide to Community Living, the Student Handbook, the New Jersey Fire Code and other publications. Students and guests who fail to comply with the College’s and/or the New Jersey State Fire Safety regulations will be held accountable, sanctioned and/or arrested and fined. The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for coordinating and adjudicating all College policy violations by students and their guests. 1. SANCTIONS It is important that students and/or guests do not inadvertently set off the fire alarms. The devices are very sensitive. False alarms not only endanger the life and safety of all residents; but also the life and safety of the campus community, the Mahwah Police and Volunteer Fire Department responders and residents of the Mahwah Township community. a. Inadvertently setting off a fire alarm (due to unattended cooking) 1st offense - $150.00 fine & attendance at a fire safety education class 2nd offense - $300.00 fine & Residence Probation & possibly moved to a non-cooking facility 3rd offense – Removal from housing b. Inadvertently setting off a fire alarm (due to non-cooking related issues, i.e. blow drying hair right under the heat sensor, spraying aerosol into air, hot showers) 10 hours community restitution & attendance at a fire safety education class. c. Tampering with fire alarm equipment: 1st offense - $500.00 fine & attendance at a fire safety education class 2nd offense – College Judicial Review Board d. False Alarms Anyone found guilty of a false alarm will be referred to the College's Judicial Affairs Office and also may be subject to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law! e. Fire Alarms and Failure to immediately evacuate from the building including failure to evacuate after warning and/or failure to evacuate at all. A $100.00 fine f. Prohibited Items and Actions When it comes to fire safety, certain items and actions can compromise the safety of all within our community. Therefore, such items and actions are prohibited. If uncertain about a particular item or action, you are encouraged to bring such item(s) to or discuss plans that may compromise fire safety with your Resident Director who may refer you to Dennis Harrington, the College Fire Marshal. He can be contacted at

Prohibited Items List 1. Aerosol Products a. Aerosol Products used in excess may activate the fire alarm system b. Aerosol Products are Prohibited Pine and Linden Halls **

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2. Ammunitions 3. Animals a. Other than Pet Fish in fish tanks not exceeding 10 gallons** b. Other than Service Pets 4. Appliances a. Grills * b. Personal Barbecues c. Hot Plates * d. Microwaves in addition to the College provided Microwaves. Additional microwaves are permitted in College Park Apartments (CPA) only. ** e. Open Coil Types * f. Refrigerators in addition to the College provided Refrigerators or Micro Fridges. ** g. Rice Cookers * h. Skillets * i. Space heaters unless provided by Facilities Office in emergency situations j. Toasters and Toaster Ovens * k. Window Air-Conditioning units not approved by the College l. Appliances with exposed heating elements; see toasters, toaster ovens 5. Candles with live flame. Candles in residence facilities and apartments are PROHIBITED even if they are not used. See Candle Policy Battery operated/flameless candles are permitted 6. Decorations Hanging anything on or from a fire sprinkler heads or fire sprinkler pipes 7. Egress a. Failure to maintain a minimum 36� clearance in the path of egress b. Obstructing and/or locking exit doors c. Propping open fire and smoke doors with wedges and other objects 8. Explosives Of any kind including Fireworks 9. Extension Cords and Multiple Plug Adapters Extension cords and any devices that overload electrical receptacles (more than three appliances per outlet or multiple plug/cube adapters). You need to use power strips with circuit breakers that automatically shut off when overloaded. Please see the picture below for an example of prohibited cube/multiple plug adapters. This is just an example and is not an exhaustive list of all the different cube/multiple plug adapters. 10. Fire Alarms a. Deliberately causing false fire alarms b. Failure to evacuate during a Fire Drill 11. Fire Equipment a. Breaking a sprinkler head b. Covering or disabling smoke detectors or any other fire devices c. Removing smoke detectors or covers d. Tampering with or damaging fire exit lights and/or pull stations e. Tampering with, or damaging fire extinguisher(s) or sprinkler control valves 12. Flames and Open Flame Devices except in labs and other permitted areas or as otherwise approved in the Hot Work Policy. 13. Flammable Liquids a. All flammable liquids including gasoline, thinners, chemicals, unless stored in an approved non-flammable cabinet only in permitted areas. Flammable liquids are prohibited in On Campus student housing facilities! b. Items powered by Flammable Liquids or other fossil fuels; items such as mopeds, motorcycles, golf carts or similar vehicles c. Also see Sterno 14. Fog Machines Any products including dry ice that produce mist, fog, smoke or simulated smoke conditions. 15. Furniture a. Furniture that meets California Tech. Bulletin 133 is acceptable if approved by the College. b. Upholstered furniture, padded, cushioned or beanbag chairs not certified by documentation from the manufacturer as flame retardant. c. Waterbeds ** 16. Immersion Coils 17. Incendiary Devices

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a. Fireworks See Fireworks b. Sparklers 18. Incense a. Paraphernalia and similar items. b. Potpourri burners 19. Lighting a. Dimmers, Ceiling Fans, or any other devices that replace, add to, or interfere with any building fixture. b. Halogen Lamps and Sun Lamps You may have lighting that operates on incandescent light bulbs or fluorescent light bulbs. c. Holiday Lights and/or String Lights, including LED Lights. Battery Operated Lights are permitted. d. Oil Lamps e. Recalled products - Wwo models of the 5-Light Multicolored Floor Lamps, model numbers E230863 and GX6409 are prohibited. - Trinsoinc 15-, 20-, 22-, and 25-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs with the model numbers TS-EN 15W/SP, TS-EN 20W/SP, TS-CFL 22WB or TS-EN 25W/SP printed on the base of the bulb. 20. Mischief a. Physical activities such as hockey, ball throwing/bouncing, skateboarding, frisbee, etc. that take place near fire suppression and alarm systems 21. Parking a. Blocking Fire Department Connections b. In any Designated Fire Zones c. Within 10 feet of a Fire Hydrant 22. Smoking Smoking indoors, outdoors, of roofs, patios, balconies within 25 feet of any building 23. Sterno Used for other than warming foods and in areas that are not protected by a fire sprinkler system. Prohibited in Residence Halls and apartments. 24. Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Inside or outside of residence halls ** 25. Vegetation - All live trees, wreaths, etc. 26. Weapons a. Knives, Rifles, Handguns, Paintball Guns b. Weapons of any kind even though they are presumed to be solely decorative or collectible.

c. Weapons that are props used for stage productions in the Campus Theaters are permitted in those theaters but not in other areas of the Campus. 27. Decorative Materials Hang banners or other decorative materials that are not flame resistant (do not meet the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701). Decorative materials that are flame resistant have to be documented and certified by the manufacturer in an approved manner; and are limited to 10% of the aggregate area of walls and ceilings. * Unless in areas with approved and fire protected kitchens **Indicates items that are exclusive to residence in Residence Halls and Apartments; including those occupied by employees of the College residing in R2/ College Dorms. All other items are prohibited throughout the Campus for students and employees, including their guests, vendors and contractors unless noted otherwise. 2. CONFISCATION POLICY In the course of conducting unannounced Health and Safety Inspections, responding to Incidents by Public Safety and/ or Fire Safety Inspections, Residence Life professional staff members, Public Safety Officers, the College Fire Marshal or the State Fire Inspector can confiscate any prohibited items found. Confiscated items that are illegal are subject to the laws applicable to the illegal item. Ramapo College in cooperation with local, state and federal fire safety officials, reserves the right to amend this listing at any time. STUDENTS SHOULD REVIEW THE LIST AND USE GOOD JUDGMENT ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT ARE PROHIBITED IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS.

The College reserves the right to change anything contained within the prohibited items list. Notice of changes will be provided to residents in their campus mailboxes or via official Ramapo College e-mail. A room, suite, or apartment may be subject to inspection with or without notice at any time. B. EMPLOYEES The College expects that employees and guests will abide by the College’s Policies and Procedures and the New Jersey Fire Code. Any violations of the College’s Policy and Procedures by employees and their guests shall be administered in accordance with the applicable disciplinary policies and procedures in conjunction with the Department of Human Resources and other appropriate person(s).

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CANDLE AND INCENSE POLICY and PROCEDURES Policy: Flameless candles or incense (electric or battery operated) shall be the only acceptable method of lighted candles in all buildings on campus. Open flame candles and incense are not permitted in any campus building except for religious purposes only at the Salameno Spiritual Center. The policy will be enforced by the State of New Jersey Fire Marshal for applicable provisions of the New Jersey State Fire Code and by the College Fire Marshal, Office of Public Safety and Office of Residence Life for applicable provisions of the College’s Policy. A violation of the applicable provisions of the New Jersey State Fire Code will be issued by the State Fire Marshal via “Notice of Violation and Order to Correct” usually within 30 days to make corrections; then by penalties for violations that are not corrected with the time specified. Any violations of the College’s Policy by students will be administered through Judicial Affairs. Violations by faculty and staff shall be administered in accordance with the College’s disciplinary policies and procedures in conjunction with the Department of Human Resources. Exceptions: Events, ceremonies and other functions held outdoors on campus or the Salameno Spiritual Center that include the use of flame lighted candles shall be acceptable provided the following precautions are followed: • Only “dripless” candles are used • Drop protectors/guards must be attached to all hand held candles • Hand held candles shall not be passed from one person to another • The participants shall keep a minimum of three feet distance between one another and thirty feet from College buildings and structures; enough distance to avoid burns to individuals and to avoid accidental fires in College buildings and structures. • Candles will be extinguished before exiting the candlelight service. • Suitable fireproof receptacles for extinguishment and disposal of the candles after the event shall be provided by the event organizer. An example of a suitable receptacle is a five gallon pail half full of water; or sufficient water to extinguish the candles.

EMERGENCY EGRESS DOORS Residents are not permitted to enter or exit through the emergency egress doors and/or fire doors unless there is an emergency or fire alarm. Entering/exiting through the trash room door located in the back of both Bischoff and Mackin Halls is prohibited. Students are only permitted to enter residence halls through front/main entrance where the ID card reader is located. Residents found entering or exiting as described in this section may be fined and may face judicial action.

THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND COUNSELING SERVICES The Center for Health and Counseling Services is comprised of two departments, Student Health Services and Counseling Services. Student Health Services Telephone: (201) 684-7536 Location: Near the South Entrance to Campus

Counseling Services Telephone: (201) 684-7522 Location: D-216

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Summer Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Closed Fridays

Summer Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Closed Fridays

HEALTH SERVICES The primary responsibility of Health Services is to keep students healthy and in class. The staff of Health Services believes that the main focus of their services is to teach students responsible health behaviors, to help provide treatment and symptom relief of their illnesses, and to teach health measures to prevent the spread of disease to others. Health Services provides diagnostic and primary health care for a wide variety of illnesses which include respiratory and ear infections, skin problems, gastrointestinal illness, musculoskeletal problems, anemia and nutritional concerns. In addition, Health Services provides education and prevention services and addresses men’s and women’s reproductive health concerns. Nurse Practitioners, a Certified Medical Office Assistant, and a consulting Physician staff the department. Most services are free of charge; however, some exceptions include, but are not limited to, flu clinic, pregnancy testing or the Well Women’s Clinic and medications. Certain illnesses, such as the common cold or a virus, are best treated with self care measures and do not typically require a medical evaluation by a Health Care Provider. Students seen for an evaluation may be given written documentation of their appointment date and time. If the Health Care Providers deems it medically necessary to instruct the student not to return to class for a specified period of time written verification will be provided. Both Federal and State Law in regards to confidentiality prohibit the release of any additional medical information without written request from the student. Counseling Services Counseling Services addresses the developmental and psychological needs of students through educational, therapeutic, and preventative services. Services are designed to assist students with social, emotional, educational, academic, and psychological issues so that they are able to remain in school and benefit from their educational opportunities to the fullest extent. Students are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices that promote emotional stability and psychological well-being.

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Counseling Services, which is staffed by psychologists, social workers, and trained counselors, provides free and confidential services to students including individual counseling, crisis intervention and psychiatric services. Counseling Services also provides outreach presentations on mental health related topics. Individual Counseling Individual Counseling is typically conducted once per week. Some typical concerns students present with include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, identity and career questions, family of origin issues, substance abuse, eating disorders and other mental health concerns. Emergencies During the business day Counseling Services will make every attempt to meet with a student who identifies as having an urgent need to be seen. Faculty and staff are welcome to make referrals to counseling via the phone or to walk a student to the office. Counseling Services is also staffed with two Emergency On-Call Counselors (EOCC) who live in residence and respond to emergencies after hours and on the weekends. EOCC’s can be accessed by calling Public Safety at (201) 684-6666. Psychiatric Services Students who are currently in treatment at Counseling Services are eligible to utilize our psychiatric services. A part-time psychiatrist is available to provide an assessment for medication, conduct short-term medication monitoring, and provide a referral to the community for long-term medication management.

ASSAULT CONTACT TEAM (ACT) For Students who are victims of a sexual assault or believe they have been assaulted, help is available. Students have many choices regarding the type of assistance they may want. These options fall into four broad categories: Medical Help and Treatment, Counseling and Emotional Support, Legal/Judicial Action, and Housing and Other College-related Accommodations. Although everyone’s situation will be different, the first and most important consideration is the student’s safety. Students should move to a safe place where arrangements for medical services can be made as soon as possible. While on campus, the best thing a student can do is to contact the Assault Contact Team by calling ext. 7222 or, if after regular business hours, by calling Public Safety and asking them to contact the on-call ACT member for you. A member of ACT will: • • • • • • •

Listen to you and provide sensitive, nonjudgmental support Explain the types of medical care necessary after an assault Assist in making arrangements for getting medical care Review legal and/or campus judicial options so that you can make an informed decision about what action to take Assist you in filing a formal report if you should decide to do so Review additional resources and options Provide follow-up assistance if desired

When students contact ACT, a crime report will be filed with Public Safety, but the student’s name will be withheld at their request. By talking with an ACT member, students are not committed to filing a formal report or pressing charges either with college or law enforcement officials. However, the college is required to investigate incidents if it is determined that the incident indicates a serious threat to the safety of the community. In these cases, the name of the victim will not be made public. Students can also go directly to Public Safety, or the Student Affairs Office (where the Associate Vice Presidents for Student Affairs work), to seek assistance and report the crime. If students go to Public Safety, they still have the option to meet with an ACT member first to discuss options. However, once a student files a formal report, strict confidentiality cannot be maintained. The Mahwah Police Department must be notified, but access to the internal college report is limited to only those college administrators who need to know. College records can be subpoenaed for criminal or civil proceedings in the outside courts, although this is relatively rare. If a student wants action to be taken against the perpetrator, they must make a formal report in order for the College to conduct a preliminary investigation and determine interim sanctions. The Mahwah Police Department is automatically called whenever a sexual assault report is filed. Decisions about prosecution through the criminal justice system are made by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. If students do not want to file any charges—either through the school’s judicial system or the criminal justice system—they still have the right to other services for victims. A member of ACT can provide assistance in getting these services. If students discuss the assault with other College personnel (a faculty or staff member, an RA or someone else in Residence Life), that college official must report the crime but the student’s name can be withheld at their request. (Here, as in all cases, students must be aware that if it is determined that the incident indicates a serious threat to the safety of the community, the college can investigate the incident). Students can also request to meet with an ACT member at this time. However, students are strongly encouraged to contact the trained members of the Assault Contact Team for assistance before talking with other members of the College staff. Students may also contact the 24-hour hotline of the Bergen County Rape Crisis Center confidentially for information, support, and victim services. Any questions about the Ramapo College Assault Contact Team or about any aspect of the crime of sexual assault should be directed to the Director of the Women’s Center.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM’S BILL OF RIGHTS Public Law 1994, Chapter 160 Introduction A college or university in a free society must be devoted to the pursuit of truth and knowledge through reason and open communication among its members. Academic communities acknowledge the necessity of being intellectually stimulating where the diversity of ideas is valued. Its rules must be conceived for the purpose of furthering and protecting the rights of all members of the university community in achieving these ends. The boundaries of personal freedom are limited by applicable State and Federal laws and institutional rules and regulations governing interpersonal behavior. In creating a community free from violence, sexual assault, and non-consensual sexual contact respect for the individual and human dignity are of paramount importance. The State of New Jersey recognizes the impact of violence on its victims and the surrounding community can be severe and long lasting. Thus, it has established this Bill of Rights to articulate requirements for policies, procedures and services designed to insure the needs of victims are met and colleges and universities in New Jersey create and maintain communities that support human dignity. Bill of Rights The following Rights shall be accorded to victims of sexual assault that occur: • On the campus of any public or independent institution of higher education in the State of New Jersey; and • where the victim or alleged perpetrator is a student at that institution; and/or • when the victim is a student involved in an off-campus sexual assault. Human Dignity Rights • To be free from any suggestion that victims must report the crimes to be assured of any other right guaranteed under this policy; • to have any allegations of sexual assault treated seriously; the right to be treated with dignity; • to be free from any suggestion that victims are responsible for the commission of crimes against them; • to be free from any pressure from campus personnel to: ‰ Report crimes if the victim does not wish to do so; ‰ report crimes as lesser offenses than the victim perceives the crime to be; ‰ refrain from reporting crimes; ‰ refrain from reporting crimes to avoid unwanted personal publicity. Rights to Resources On and Off Campus • To be notified of existing campus and community-based medical, counseling, mental health, and student services for victims of sexual assault whether or not the crime is formally reported to campus or civil authorities; • to have access to campus counseling under the same terms and conditions as apply to other students in their institution seeking such counseling; • to be informed of and assisted in exercising: ‰ Any rights to confidential or anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, and/or pregnancy; ‰ Any rights that may be provided by law to compel and disclose the results of testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases. Campus Judicial Rights • To be afforded the same access to legal assistance as the accused; • to be afforded the same opportunity to have others present during any campus disciplinary proceeding that is allowed the accused; • to be notified of the outcome of the sexual assault disciplinary proceeding against the accused. Legal Rights • To have any allegation of sexual assault investigated and adjudicated by the appropriate criminal and civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the sexual assault is reported; • to receive full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying the proper authorities; • to receive full, prompt, and victim-sensitive cooperation of campus personnel with regard to obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence, including a medical examination when it is necessary to preserve evidence of the assault. Campus Intervention Rights • To require campus personnel to take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted contact of victims by their alleged assailants; • to be notified of the options for and provide assistance in changing academic and living situations if such changes are reasonably available. Statutory Mandates • Each campus must guarantee this Bill of Rights is implemented. It is the obligation of the individual campus governing board to examine resources dedicated to services required and to make appropriate requests to increase or reallocate resources where necessary to ensure implementation; • Each campus shall make every reasonable effort to ensure every student at that institution receives a copy of this document; • Nothing in this act or in any “Campus Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights” developed in accordance with the provisions of this act, shall be construed to preclude or in any way restrict any public or independent institution of higher education in the State from reporting any suspected crime or offense to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

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STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR INVOLUNTARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY STATEMENT Ramapo College of NJ may place a student on an involuntary leave of absence for reasons of personal or community safety. REASON FOR POLICY The College is committed to protecting its community members from the risk of physical harm, and preserving the integrity of its learning environment. Separation of a student from the College and its facilities may be necessary if there is sufficient evidence that the student is engaging in or is likely to engage in behavior that either poses a danger of harm to self or others, or disrupts the learning environment of others. PURVIEW OF THIS POLICY This policy is meant to be invoked in circumstances when a student is unable or unwilling to request a voluntary medical leave of absence (MLOA) and such a leave may be necessary to protect the safety of that student and/or others, or the integrity of the College’s learning environment. This would include but is not limited to such situations as unresolved, ongoing and serious suicide threats, self-starvation of a lifethreatening nature, psychosis, and serious acts or threats of harm to others. Before an involuntary leave is considered, efforts will be made to encourage the student to take a MLOA, thus preserving, to the extent possible, confidentiality and privacy. The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee) reserves the right to immediately issue an Involuntary Leave of Absence. The student will be notified in writing of this action. While a student is in Involuntary Leave of Absence status, the student is banned from entering the campus for any reason whatsoever without the permission of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee). Should permission be granted by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee), the student shall first report to the Office of Public Safety upon entering and leaving the campus. If a student is found on college property, the student will be arrested for trespassing. PLACING A STUDENT ON INVOLUNTARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE A student may be placed on an involuntary leave of absence from the College and withdrawn from the College on an interim basis by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee) following the commission of one or more of the following act or acts: a. b. c. d. e.

Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior which poses a danger of causing physical harm to self or others, and/or Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior which would cause significant property damage or which would directly and substantially impede the lawful activities of other members of the College, and/or Exhibits behavior that interferes with a student’s ability to function in an academic or residential setting and/or seriously interferes with the educational pursuits or living environment of others, and/or Commits a violation of the College’s Code of Conduct and lacks the capacity to comprehend and participate in the College’s disciplinary process, and/or Commits a violation of the College Code of Conduct and did not understand the wrongfulness of the conduct at the time of the offense

PROCEDURE 1. A student withdrawn on an interim basis will be given an opportunity to appear personally before the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee) within five (5) business days from the effective date of the Involuntary Leave of Absence. This appointment will concern: a. The reliability of the information regarding the student’s behavior, including the matter of his/her identity. b. Whether or not the student's behavior poses a significant danger of causing physical harm to the student or others; and/or interferes with the student's ability to function in an academic or residential setting; and/or substantially impedes the lawful activities of other members of the Ramapo College community as they engage in normal academic, residential living or social activities. The student may be accompanied by an advisor at this appointment. The advisor may consult with and counsel the student but may not participate in the proceedings. 2. If the information which led to the Involuntary Leave of Absence is deemed insufficient to support this procedure’s use, the student will be permitted to return to normal College activities or charged under the College Code of Conduct and Provisions. If, on the other hand, the Associate Vice President (or designee) reasonably believes the student meets the standards set forth above, the Associate Vice President (or designee) will immediately refer the student for a written psychological evaluation by a New Jersey or New York licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychiatric social worker of the student’s own choosing and normally at that student’s expense. The student is advised that the College will furnish the evaluator with all collateral information which pertains to the reasons why an Involuntary Leave of Absence was issued, if such a report exists. These include, but are not limited to, reports from Emergency On-Call Counselor, On-Call Administrator, Public Safety, emergency room visit, disciplinary records, psychological or psychiatric evaluations, and eye witness accounts. The evaluator is provided this information in connection with an assessment that is considered to be a health and safety emergency under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (34 C.F.R. Section 99.31 (a) (10)). The Involuntary Leave of Absence will continue in effect until this evaluation is completed, has been reviewed by the Director for the Center for Health and Counseling Services, and has been forwarded to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs for a final determination regarding the student’s status. 3. A student referred for evaluation will be so informed in writing by the Associate Vice President (or designee) either by hand delivery or certified mail. Both the student and the evaluating professional will be given a copy of this Policy. 4. A written report concerning the student’s evaluation will be prepared by a New Jersey or New York licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychiatric social worker and then reviewed by the Director for the Center for Health and Counseling Services (or designee). At a minimum, this written evaluation prepared by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychiatric social worker of the student’s choosing MUST contain the following: a.

A diagnosis or diagnoses as per DSM-IV-TR (or the most recent edition of this publication) or, alternatively, a statement that no psychological disorder has been found.

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A statement concerning the ability of the student to successfully function in an environment: (1) where students must pay attention in class and not interfere with the rights of others to learn; (2) where students must complete assignments independently, relate to diverse individuals, and carry on personal business without supervision; (3) where students (if assigned to a residence hall) live under only very general supervision and in the company of one or more other students; (4) where students must maintain reasonable standards of personal hygiene; and (5) where the ability to refrain from violating provisions of the student Code of Conduct is essential.


Specific recommendation(s) for continued psychiatric or psychological therapy or counseling; and/or adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. Other suggested limitations on activities (e.g., reduced course load, no alcohol, or non-prescribed drugs, etc.) must also be noted.


If the involuntary withdrawal was precipitated by an actual or threatened act of violence or a threatened or attempted suicide, an assessment of the potential for another such act in the immediate future must be made (see Direct Threat Assessment criteria).


A recommendation concerning an immediate return to College, a delay in return, or a recommendation that the student not return given current circumstances.

5. Following receipt of the evaluation, The Director for the Center for Health and Counseling Services (or designee) will review it, may consult with its writer directly, will meet with the student, and will then make a written recommendation to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee) regarding the student’s continued attendance or withdrawal and any conditions which should apply to that attendance, including the matter of the student’s place of residence. 6. The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee) will meet with the student (along with an advisor if the student so desires) and the Director for the Center for Health and Counseling Services (or designee) to review the recommendations from the Director for the Center for Health and Counseling Services and to personally observe and assess the student’s functioning. After this meeting, the Associate Vice President will prepare a written statement to the student within five (5) business days, indicating one of the following determinations: a. b. c. d. 7.

the student may return to all normal College activities without restrictions; or the matter of the student’s conduct will be referred to the judicial system because the behavior observed is not deemed to have fallen within the parameters of this Policy; or the student may return to the College, but with restrictions applied (e.g., on-campus residence is not permitted, psychotherapy must continue on a regular basis, etc.); or the student may not return to the College at this time.

Students not permitted to resume full activities under this Policy will be eligible for tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan reimbursements as appropriate on a pro-rated basis commencing on the date the Involuntary Leave of Absence was issued. If a student is required to withdraw from some or all classes, a grade of W, administratively assigned, will be reflected on the transcript in those courses from which he/she is required to withdraw. The student will also be advised concerning the date when a petition for reinstatement will be considered along with any conditions for reinstatement.

NOTIFICATION The College reserves the right to notify a student’s designated emergency contact that an Involuntary Leave of Absence has been issued. The student’s designated emergency contact may be asked to make arrangements for safe removal of the student from the college environment. The College may notify a student’s designated emergency contact if the student poses a threat of harm to themselves or others.

BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM Mission: The mission of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to coordinate the support services of Ramapo College in order to assist students who have reportedly displayed troublesome or disturbing behaviors on campus. Purpose: BIT serves as a central network focused on caring prevention and early intervention for students experiencing serious distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors. This process provides the community with a tool and conduit with which to alert relevant campus authorities of their worry and concern for a student. BIT aims to intervene and assist these students in meeting their academic, personal , and professional goals at the College. The reported behaviors might relate to the safety and rights of others; therefore, BIT may mobilize resources in order to minimize the disruption to the College and help prevent violence on campus. The Team will develop strategies for and provide consultation to the community when concerns arise about a students’ well-being or when there is a behavior that is potentially harmful to self and/or others or is disruptive and/or threatening. BIT will regularly assess these situations in the community and recommend actions in accordance with existing college policies. BIT does not serve as a crisis response unit. Emergencies must be reported to the Department of Public Safety at 201.684.6666. Reporting a Student of Concern: Important information relating to the Behavioral Intervention Team and reporting a student of concern is located on the website: Students, faculty, and staff may reach BIT via e-mail at or report a student of concern directly to the Chairperson, Melissa Van Der Wall, Director of Judicial Affairs, Office C-216, 201.684.7869.

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PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES HOUSING SELECTION PROCESS FOR INCOMING AND CONTINUING STUDENTS First Year/Transfer students have specific spaces reserved for them in housing. These students are assigned to available spaces taking into account age, space availability and date of application. Not all incoming students will be able to be placed in campus housing who requests it. Students may be denied housing if space is not available and cannot reasonably be made available. Furthermore, a student or prospective student also may be denied a housing assignment if, in the judgment of the college officials, he/she has visibly demonstrated in the past an inability to care for his/her individual needs including personal hygiene (using either one’s own efforts or by properly supervised personal care attendants who must provide appropriate personal care) or has repeatedly failed health and safety inspections. In addition any resident who has demonstrated that they did not take care of their residence by leaving excessive garbage, incurred damages, or by leaving their residence excessively dirty may be denied continued housing. Excessiveness will be determined by Residence Life and Judicial Affairs staff. In addition, students who live in campus housing must demonstrate, in the judgment of college officials, an ability to carry on their personal affairs without close supervision and an ability to tolerate the normal noise, environment, activity levels and interpersonal interactions typical of college life in a group residence facility. Students who have demonstrated through their actions that they are a threat with regard to their own safety and security or the safety and security of others will not be placed and/or may not remain in campus residence facilities. Students must also understand that, while the college’s dining services vendor can meet most special dietary needs, not all accommodations are reasonable or possible in a group living situation FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS Eligible continuing students may participate in the online housing selection process in the spring term. The process allows students to choose housing based on class status and to select who they want to live with. Residence Life cannot guarantee all residents will receive their first choice of housing. In order to participate in this online process, continuing students must submit a $500 non refundable deposit by the specified deadline. Students will also be asked to complete the online Acuho-I survey (which will be sent to their Ramapo e-mail address. Details of the process are posted on the Web around mid-spring and sent via their Ramapo email account. Students who do not participate in the housing selection process will not be guaranteed housing for the upcoming semester.

VILLAGE RESIDENCY LIMITATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS To reside in a Village apartment, students must meet the following eligibility requirements. Students who are 21 years of age or older, may reside in and/or request to reside in a Village housing assignment. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all apartments in the Village until the residents of the apartment have completed all required procedures for alcohol allowed housing, have participated in TIPS training, and have received written acknowledgement from the Village Office of the alcohol-allowed status. Students who are under 21 years of age, may reside in and/or request to reside in a Village housing assignment if they have earned or will have earned at least junior class status (at least 64 credits), prior to the initial date of occupancy. Students who select the Village housing for the fall semester during the housing selection process and/or students who choose to room change from another housing assignment into a Village housing assignment at any time during the fall semester will be limited to residing in a Village housing assignment for that fall semester and spring semester only. At any time throughout the year, students who are placed into available Village housing assignments by the Office of Residence Life may or may not be required to meet any of these requirements or limitations. The one year residency limitation will not apply to students who room change into the Village within the spring semester. This will be decided by the Office of Residence Life on a case by case basis. Students who are placed into Village housing assignments by the Office of Residence Life will be informed of any applicable housing expectations prior to being placed.

ALCOHOL-ALLOWED HOUSING AGREEMENT Student housing at Ramapo College is primarily alcohol-prohibited, meaning alcoholic beverages are prohibited regardless of the ages of the residents and/or guests. However, the College makes a few exceptions for certain apartments located in the Village and in certain suites located on the seventh and eighth floors of Laurel Hall only. Ramapo College expects students to be positive members of our College Community. Most Ramapo College students are considerate of others and avoid violating College policies. Students are encouraged to be a part of this majority so that alcohol-allowed housing privileges may continue to be offered on our campus. All residents assigned to reside in the housing unit must be 21 years of age or older. A residence may lose its alcohol-allowed status by violating state laws and/or policies set by Ramapo College of New Jersey. If one or more resident(s) assigned to a residence is under 21 years of age at any time, the entire housing assignment is automatically designated alcohol-prohibited—alcoholic beverages are prohibited, regardless of the possession of this agreement. If a new resident, who is younger than 21 years of age, is ever assigned to the housing unit, it is automatically designated alcohol-prohibited. Residents may not assume that a new resident is over 21 or that the housing unit will remain alcohol-allowed or become designated as such when a new resident is assigned to the housing unit. If any resident is not completely certain of the status of their housing unit, it is the responsibility of the resident to ask the Residence Life Professional Staff member in their hall office for a definitive answer via email. New Jersey State laws allow for the purchase, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages for persons over 21, with certain restrictions. Ramapo College residents living in certain housing assignments, which have been designated “alcohol-allowed” by the Office of Residence Life and when all residents assigned to such a housing unit are 21 years of age or older and have satisfactorily completed the TIPS Training class at Ramapo College of New Jersey, they may be permitted to possess and consume alcoholic beverages within that housing unit, in a responsible manner. For information regarding such laws and College alcohol policies, refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. Residents living in “alcohol-allowed” housing assignments will be held judicially responsible for guests who violate Ramapo College alcohol policies. Persons who are under 21 years of age are not permitted to be in the presence of alcoholic beverages in any Campus residence, at any time. Ramapo College policy prohibits anyone who is under 21 years of age from being in the presence of alcoholic beverages, in any location on campus, including alcohol-allowed housing assignments. Residents of alcohol-allowed housing assignments are held responsible for verifying the identity and age of their guests/visitors whenever alcohol may be present. Residents of alcohol-allowed housing assignments may still be held judicially and legally responsible for their guests/visitors, even if false age identification is presented. Guests/visitors who are under 21 years of age are also held responsible for being in the presence of alcohol in residences. Guests who violate Ramapo College policies may be banned from the College. Please note that if guests/visitors of any residence become involved in an accident or become injured or cause injury to others

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due to the consumption of alcohol at an on-campus residence, the host(s) of the residence may face increased disciplinary action from the College and may be held liable in a court of law. Residents are under no obligation to possess alcoholic beverages in any housing assignments at any time. Alcohol-allowed housing is a privilege that residents must treat with the utmost care, maturity, and responsibility. If there is ever a room change in a housing assignment that was originally designated alcohol-allowed, the remaining resident(s) and the new resident(s) of the assignment are required to obtain an updated, approved alcohol-allowed housing agreement to post within their housing unit. This is done by visiting the appropriate residence hall office to obtain a new alcohol-allowed housing agreement, which will be stamped and dated accordingly. Ramapo College prohibits the advertisement of alcohol in any window on campus that is visible to the general public, including all residences. Alcoholic beverage displays of any kind are prohibited from all campus residence windows. All alcoholic beverage containers, including emptied and/or decorative alcoholic beverage containers are prohibited in alcohol-prohibited residences. Alcoholic beverages may not be seen outside of any appropriately designated alcohol-allowed housing assignments, anywhere on campus at any time; alcoholic beverages (including beer cases and alcohol bottles) must be concealed whenever they are being transported outside of appropriately designated residences, while on campus. Kegs of alcoholic beverages and very large quantities of alcohol are prohibited on campus. Public intoxication is also prohibited on campus. Drinking games such as “beer pong” or any game that can be considered to promote excessive consumption of alcohol are prohibited. Whether a game is actively in progress when College Officials arrived on the scene or not, reasonable evidence, such as a board or table setup with a ping pong ball and cups containing alcoholic beverages may be considered to be beer pong, which is a prohibited drinking game. Judicial actions may be taken against the students involved. Students who are found in violation of alcohol policies will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs. Judicial sanctions for alcohol violations include but are not limited to revocation of alcohol-allowed housing privileges, loss of on-campus housing selection privileges (if applicable), significant monetary fines, immediate housing reassignment (if available), immediate loss of housing, and/or additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the hearing officer and under the direction of the Office of Judicial Affairs. Residents who repeat violations of College policy may be administratively removed from housing at any time. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited until after residents receive the Alcohol-Allowed Housing Agreement, which must be stamped “Approved” by Residence Life Staff and posted to the wall in the alcohol-allowed housing assignment by Residence Life Staff. This agreement must be posted to the wall at the immediate entrance of the housing assignment in the clear sleeve provided by the hall office and it must remain there during the entire semester unless alcohol-allowed housing is revoked. In the event that alcohol-allowed housing is revoked, a Public Safety Officer or a Residence Life Staff member may be sent to remove the agreement from the assignment. This agreement must remain clearly visible to all guests/visitors of the housing assignment so they are aware of the housing status. In the event that the agreement has been damaged or inappropriately removed, residents of the alcohol-allowed housing assignment may obtain a duplicate copy with the approval stamp from their hall office for $20, charged to each resident’s student account (in a four person apartment, the total charge will be $80). The residents assigned to the above indicated residence or any alcohol-allowed residence at Ramapo College of New Jersey, agree that their failure to comply with any of the College’s alcohol policies, including any of the rules provided herein, may result in their being removed from the alcohol-allowed residence and into another residence on campus, at the discretion of the Professional Staff members working in the Office of Residence Life. Should you have any questions regarding Alcohol-Allowed Housing, please contact your hall office.

HOUSING DEPOSIT FOR CONTINUING RESIDENTS Continuing students who wish to reserve campus housing for the subsequent academic year will be required to submit a nonrefundable $500 deposit. This deposit must be paid in order for a student to be eligible to participate in the online housing selection process. (The deposit will be used as a credit against a student’s housing charges for the term in which housing is being reserved)

HOUSING CONTRACT Ramapo College students who reside in campus housing are required to comply with the policies and expectations outlined in the Residence Agreement which all residents sign in their Housing Application.

GUARANTEED HOUSING Entering first year students are guaranteed housing during the Fall and Spring semesters as long as they remain full-time students, are in good social and academic standing, satisfy all their financial obligations to the College, and follow published procedures regarding Housing Selection and the Spring Intent process. In addition, residents that reside on campus are required be a full time student, which is equivalent to 12 or more credits. However, seniors in their last semester who need fewer then a full-time load in order to complete degree requirements may request an exemption from the requirement to be full time. These requests must be e-mailed to Other exceptions to this rule may be made by following this procedure. Approvals of such requests will be sent via e-mail. Students with previous judicial history may have their requests denied. Housing is guaranteed only for 8 consecutive semesters. Please be advised of the following stipulation in the Guaranteed Housing Policy: Students who leave college for a term or more, or who decide to move off-campus and then decide to return to the college and live on campus are not guaranteed housing and are only placed on a space available basis. Once you withdraw from housing, you must reapply for any future housing requests as your guaranteed housing status is no longer in effect and you are considered a commuter. All students who withdraw from housing must fill out an Exit Survey. You must also fill out a check-out receipt and fill out forwarding address labels if needed. If you withdraw from housing and decide at a later date that you would like on campus housing, you must resubmit a housing application with the required housing deposit to the Bursar’s Office. Upon receipt of your commuter application, your name will be added to the commuter wait list. Please note: housing is not guaranteed for those on the commuter wait list. Please note that Summer session housing is currently unavailable to Ramapo College graduate students.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Check-in dates for each semester are posted in the prior semester. Request for early arrival - Fall semester: Continuing international students can request to be an early arrival at no charge, as long as their arrival date is after Freshman check in. Arrivals prior to the Freshman check-in date will be charged based on a pro-rated summer housing rate. Request for early arrival - Spring semester: Continuing international students requesting early arrival in the spring, can request to be an early arrival (at no charge) three days prior to spring check-in. Any arrivals prior to those three (3) days will be charged based on a pro-rated winter housing rate. All early arrival requests must be submitted in writing at least three (3) weeks in advance to the Office of Residence Life. The request may be sent via e-mail to the Area/Residence Director in your area.

HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Students requesting disability related Housing accommodations should consult with the Office of Specialized Services as soon as they receive their housing acceptance letter. Ramapo College complies with all laws regarding accessibility when disabilities and needs have been documented through the Office of Specialized Services. New OSS students on Medications If residing on campus please take care of prescription drug arrangements now! Local Pharmacies: 1. Oakland Drugs 373 Ramapo Valley Rd. Oakland, NJ Phone number: 201-337-7300 This pharmacy will deliver prescriptions to Ramapo College Health Services Center. 2.

CVS Route 17 (201-327-0088) and Franklin Turnpike (201-529-5930), Ramsey, NJ Located in nearby shopping center, bus transportation available


Eckerd Pharmacies 60 Franklin Turnpike Waldwick, NJ Phone number: 201-670-1022

Additional Resource L.E.A.R.N. (Learning Enhancement and Resource Network) is a program run by St. Clare's Hospital in conjunction with the Center for Health and Counseling as well as the Office of Specialized Services. Office is located in C208. This project serves residents of Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties. It provides students with psychiatric diagnoses with resources, supports, and information. For more details stop by C208 or call 973625-7045.

GENDER NUETRAL HOUSING Most housing assignments on Campus are made based on same gender. Ramapo College seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited by the traditional gender binary. Gender Neutral Housing allows for same-gender, opposite-gender or othergender identities to live together regardless of biological sex. This provides a living/learning environment where residents can learn about and explore gender identity and expression in a supportive environment. Gender Neutral Housing participants must commit to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming living environment free of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Each resident accepted to live in Gender Neutral Housing must agree to the Gender Neutral Housing Agreement and will have responsibility to develop and uphold standards for the community in congruence with valuing all persons and seeking to learn from their diverse experiences and perspectives. Participants must also agree to take part in the assessment of the Gender Neutral Housing program by participating in occasional surveys. Should you have any questions regarding Gender Neutral Housing, please contact the Women's Center. For more information, please visit the Gender Neutral Housing Website:

ROOM OCCUPANCY Students may occupy their assigned residence hall room on the opening date announced prior to each semester. Failure to occupy a reserved room by the first official day of classes may result in forfeiture of the student’s room assignment. The space may be reassigned to students on the housing waitlist. Any student forfeiting a room assignment will need to reapply if wishing to return to housing. All residence halls/apartments/suites/rooms shall be vacated no later than 24-hours after the student's last final examination or, at maximum, no later than the time designated in the closing letter. Graduating students must follow the special directives issued by the Office of Residence Life regarding checkout, guests and all other matters. Exceptions may be granted to students who have submitted a Check-out Extension Request Form to their Area/Residence Director on or before the appropriate due date and time. Approved or denied requests will be placed in the student’s campus mailbox. Students not officially assigned to a residence space may not live there and must be in compliance with the Guest Policy Guidelines. Ramapo College reserves the right to (a) authorize or deny room and roommate changes, (b) place additional students in a student's assigned room, (c) consolidate vacancies, and (d) re-designate building assignments if it is in the best interest of the overall housing community. Students may be administratively reassigned by the Associate Vice Presidents for Student Affairs (or designee) to maintain the best environment for learning.

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CHECK-IN On the first day of a student’s approved date to move into their housing assignment, students will report to their assigned residence hall area. Upon arrival, they will need to complete check-in/and emergency contact information, Room/Suite/Apartment Condition Inventory, and Check in agreement. A mailbox number and combination, along with a phone extension will also be issued at this time. A resident’s room/suite door and the front entrance door are programmed for access using their student ID card. Residents who do not check-in within 24 hours of the opening of the Residence Halls/Apartment Complexes will lose their housing unless prior arrangements have been made for a late check-in.

CHECK-OUT Students must complete all check-out procedures with their own hall/area. Those who are not returning to their current living space must check-out in their hall/area office. Examples include but are not limited to: study abroad, graduating, and room changes. There will be a separate check-out process orchestrated through your hall/area office. Please see posted office hours for your respective area during finals week. For those students who are returning to their current living space: In order to provide a more convenient way for residents to “check-out” after both the fall and spring semesters, an “express check-out” system has been implemented. Each on-campus resident will receive an “express check-out form” with instructions, via their Ramapo e-mail account within the last couple weeks of the semester. It is the students’ responsibility to complete this form and e-mail it to their hall/area office upon check-out. Forms will only be accepted, via the students’ Ramapo e-mail account. Please note: it is expected that once this form is submitted, that the resident will have vacated their current living space within (1) one hour. Express check-out forms can be submitted via e-mail by one of the following means outlined below: 1. From the residents’ computer 2. From the computer labs on campus Should you have any questions regarding the check-out processes as outlined above, or need further assistance in completing the process itself, please stop by your hall/area office for further assistance. Also, please note that residents who do not check-out properly will be charged an improper check-out fine of $75.00. Further information regarding the check-out processes will be distributed at the closing floor meetings which are conducted a few weeks prior to the close of each semester.

CHECK OUT; ROOM CONFIGURATIONS Upon check-out, it is the residents’ responsibility to ensure that all college issued furniture and/or other related college property are returned to its original location and properly assembled. Within the “Office of Residence Life: Residence Agreement,” it states within #9, “I accept the space assigned to me in the condition found on entering. I agree to maintain such space and return it to the College at the end of my residence in as good condition as when the space was first occupied by me.” It further states within #15, “I shall not dismantle any piece of equipment or furniture, or place, affix, or attach any articles to the floor, walls, ceiling, furniture, windows, doors or fixtures not in accordance with the established guidelines of the College.” Please bear in mind bunking of beds is included in this policy. Failure to comply with these expectations may result in damage billing charges and/or disciplinary action.

CHECK OUT EXTENSIONS Students who are unable to leave at the time designated for check out, must obtain a Check Out Extension Request, which is available at their hall/area office. The Area/Residence Director MUST approve all Check Out Extensions. Checkout extensions are granted only when all other reasonable options have been exhausted. Requests for check-out extensions will not be granted for any non academic related reasons including unavailable/late transportation and off campus employment. Please Plan Ahead. Students who have approved check out extensions are not allowed to have guests during the approved extension period.

HOUSING WITHDRAWAL PROCESS Students who wish to withdraw from housing must do so by visiting their hall office. Students are responsible for completing a Withdrawal Form and an exit survey. The check-out process is not complete until all belongings have been removed from their room/suite/apartment. Failure to check-out properly will result in an improper check-out fee. Upon completion of your check-out, the Graduate/ Residence Director will conduct a damage assessment of the student’s room. The hall/area office will submit the housing withdrawal form to the main Residence Life office after the student has completed the check-out process. Please note: Filling out this form does NOT withdraw the student from classes; course withdrawals must be completed through the Registrar. Residents withdrawing for health related reasons must contact the Health Services Office. Students who have been granted a Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) must follow the withdrawal process outlined in the Guide to Community Living. Residents intending on returning to housing after obtaining clearance to return from an MLOA must complete a Temporary Withdrawal Form (in addition to a Housing Withdrawal form) and submit it to the main Office of Residence Life (C213). Although students are guaranteed housing, we are unable to guarantee housing requests. The students’ age as well as credits (on file at the time of placement) will be taken into consideration. For more information on Medical Leave of Absence, please reference the Student Handbook.

ADMINISTRATIVE RELOCATION POLICY The Associate Vice Presidents for Student Affairs or his/her designee reserves the right to reassign any student to another space for reasons of discipline, safety, health, unresolved conflict, or to achieve maximum space utilization.

ROOM CHANGES During the first week of each semester there will be a room change period that will be posted in the residence halls/apartment complexes. During this time, a resident may request a room change by filling out a Room Change Request Form at their hall/area office. Residents are not permitted to move from or swap their assigned room/suite/apartment until the indicated date and time provided through written approval from their Area / Residence Director. Unauthorized room changes may result in a fine and or judicial action. Due to limited space availability, room changes cannot be guaranteed. The timeline for room change requests may change based on space availability. Room changes also can be made if a major issue exists and all alternative action has been exhausted. Room changes are considered the last possible alternative to solving roommate conflicts. Refer to the chapter on “Community Living in the Residence Halls” for information about roommates.

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Residents do not need to specify a reason for a room change during the open room change period, but anything included may be considered for priority purposes, especially in the cases of limited availability. After the open room change period, requests are not granted unless there are extreme circumstances. Students are not required to remain with roommates who pose a danger to themselves, to others, violate important laws, or significantly disrupt normal College operations. Students should contact a college official as soon as possible if these circumstances occur. Under no circumstances will room changes be granted to accommodate unlawful discrimination. Due to the complexity of processes affected by room changes, once a room change has been approved, cancellations cannot occur and it is required that the resident move on the date and time specified in their written approval. Residents must carefully consider the affects of submitting a room change request prior to submission, and clearly indicate their needs to avoid confusion, or an undesirable situation. If changing buildings/areas where there is a difference in housing costs, it may take up to 7 business days for the change in housing charges to be reflected on the student’s account.

ROOM CLEANLINESS Residents are responsible for cleaning their own suite/room/apartment area. Residents are also required to bring their own cleaning products. The office of Residence Life may no longer provide vacuums for rent.

ROOM CONSOLIDATION The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to reassign any student to another space for reasons of discipline, safety, health, unresolved conflict, or to achieve maximum space utilization. When a resident is left in a double or triple occupancy room without a roommate, for whatever reason, the resident may be required to select a new roommate for his or her room (or one will be selected for the resident), or move in with another resident who has been left in a multi-person room alone. Residents without roommates are not allowed to use their roommate’s furniture/space as someone may move in at any time.

FULL-TIME STATUS Typically, resident students must be full time (at least 12 credit hours) to remain in housing. Exceptions include the following: (1) A resident is a graduating senior in their last semester, (2) a resident is completing the final classes in a minor, or (3) a resident is unable to carry 12 credits for disability related reasons. Such persons must inform the Office of Residence Life in advance via e-mail to to receive approval to live on campus.

ABANDONED ITEMS Personal belongings that are left in a residence hall after the resident has vacated or checked-out will be declared abandoned. The College is not responsible for any abandoned items. These items will be disposed of immediately after check-out by housekeeping services. The College is not responsible for any items left abandoned in the laundry room. Items that have been abandoned for over 24 hours are subject to removal. These items will be donated to the local shelter.

COMMON AREA DAMAGE BILLING POLICY The purpose of common area damage billing is to promote individual responsibility while holding students mutually accountable for the condition of their shared living space. Common areas may include, but are not limited to suites, lounges, kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, stairwells, mailrooms, and elevators. In all cases, it is the intent of the College to have students assume individual responsibility for their own acts and to recoup damage billings from groups, only when those individuals specifically responsible for the damages cannot be determined. Students may be billed for damage, vandalism, stolen furniture or housekeeping charges in a common area when responsible individuals cannot be determined. The group billed may include one of the following: suitemates, a portion of the floor, all the residents of a floor, and some or all residents of the building. The location of the damage and the nature of the circumstances surrounding the damage incident will determine the group billed. When a common area damage situation is discovered, a COMMON AREA DAMAGE ALERT will be posted in the area in which the damage took place-, after the cost of clean up, repair, or replacement has been determined. In addition to this posting, ORL staff will make every effort to inform residents concerning who will be charged for the damage and costs and to receive additional information from them. If the responsible individual(s) cannot be determined, the group will be billed at the end of the semester.

DAMAGES Residents are responsible for any damage they cause on College property or at a College-related event. At check-in, residents receive a Room Condition Inventory (RCI). The RCI contains information about the condition of the campus residence to which the student is assigned. There is an opportunity to dispute what is contained on the RCI, but once signed by the resident, it is assumed to be an accurate assessment of the condition of the residence and its contents. Residents are billed for damages, as they become known, often as a result of a room inspection. Damages are added to the student’s account. It is the student’s responsibility to see that damage bills are paid. (An outstanding balance on an account will result in a student’s inability to gain certain College services, to re-register, to obtain an official transcript, etc.). Malicious or repeated major damages may also result in disciplinary action in addition to charges for repair or replacement. After residents check-out of the residence halls at the end of the term, the Residence Life Staff will make a final inspection of the residence (this is in addition to the check-out done with RA/CA’s) and compare the facility’s condition to the original RCIs. Facilities staff makes the determination of the cost to repair any damage/loss. Depending on the situation, outside contractors may be used or College staff (often on

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overtime) may be assigned to repair damage/loss. Even minor damage to a College residence can result in a large damage bill, e.g., a small mark from an iron on a rug in a room will necessitate complete replacement of the rug at a cost of many hundreds of dollars (bring a portable ironing pad or ironing board!). If more than one student occupies a space in which damage/loss occurs, the students will be held equally liable, unless one or more takes responsibility for the damage/loss. If damage/loss does occur, it is helpful if the residents notify the Resident/Community Assistant or the hall office to ensure that billing is correct and the circumstances surrounding the damage/loss known.

DISCIPLINARY/JUDICIAL SYSTEM The College expects that campus residents and guests will abide by the rules and regulations set forth in this Guide as well as in the Student Handbook and other publications. Failure to comply may result in formal disciplinary charges being filed. For complete information about the College judicial system, see the Code of Conduct Section of this Guide.

COMMUNITY LIVING AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS Living on campus is more than just “renting a room.” All residents are members of a community. Being part of a community involves having responsibilities. Students who see or hear something happening that could be dangerous to others within the community are expected to report it. Resident/Community Assistants are resources for the residents and are trained to confront residents or guests when they conduct themselves inappropriately. Because residents are strongly encouraged to interact with each other on a one-on-one basis, residents should attempt to communicate effectively and harmoniously. For example, if a neighbor is playing his/her music too loud, it is expected that the resident will first ask the neighbor to POLITELY lower the music. If he or she does not comply, please contact a Resident/Community Assistant. If unable to reach a Resident /Community Assistant then contact Public Safety at ext. 6666.

Student Staff Availability Student Staff members (RA / CA / SRA / ARD) are available for office hours availability as well as conduct overnight duty. While each hall may be different, staff will often have a set schedule of when they are in the office each week between the hours of 11 AM and 8 PM. On a rotating basis, one student staff member will be responsible for being on duty over night. This entails additional availability in the office from 8 PM to midnight as well as emergency availability from their room from midnight to 8 AM. Each residence hall/area has a student staff member on duty each night.

INSURANCE CLAIMS AGAINST THE COLLEGE Ramapo College is an agency of the State of New Jersey and, as such, is covered by the New Jersey Tort Claims Act NJSA 59:1-1 et. seq., the New Jersey Contractual Liability Act NJSA 59:13.1 et. seq., and the availability of appropriations. The State of New Jersey does not carry public liability insurance, but the liability of the State and the obligation of the State to be responsible for tort claims against its employees and property are covered under the terms and provisions of the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. Residents are strongly urged to carry renter’s insurance or be added to their parent’s homeowners insurance. The College DOES NOT have insurance that covers students’ belongings. Please view the Residence Life section on the intranet for more details. Ramapo College is represented by the State in legal matters. Tort Claim Forms may be obtained from the Office of Business Services. However, all correspondence is to be addressed as follows: Department of Treasury New Jersey Bureau of Risk Management Mary Roebling Building 20 West State Street Trenton, NJ 08624 Attention: Claims

TRIPLING Due to the exceptionally high demand for campus housing, the College may expand regular capacity by adding beds to existing housing.

ROOMMATE RIGHTS • • • • • • •

The right to read and study in one's room without interference. The right to sleep at reasonable hours without disturbance from noise, guests, roommates, etc. The right to a healthy and clean living environment. The right to free access to one's room. The right to personal privacy and freedom from inappropriate behaviors of others. The right to host guests (as long as you and your guest(s) are not interfering with the rights of others). The right to live in an environment free from illegal drugs and prohibited alcohol use.

One of the most effective ways to deal with a roommate conflict is to discuss what the living issues are. Roommates should have a conversation at the beginning of each term to talk about what each expects from the other roommate. Roommate contracts are a great way to put these discussions in writing and avoid future problems. If problems occur between roommate(s), the Graduate/Residence Director may require the residents of the living area to complete a roommate contract in order to prevent future problems. A roommate contract is an agreement in which the residents of each room, suite, and apartment can define their own rules and practices within their living area and are within the general confines of college rules. At the beginning of each term, the Resident/Community Assistants will

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assist residents on drawing up the contracts. These contracts can be amended at any time with agreements from all parties involved. Please submit agreements to the hall/area office. Contracts are required for all first year resident students. Room changes are considered the last possible alternative to solving roommate conflicts.

ROOMMATE/SUITEMATE CONTRACTS Roommate/Suitemate agreements can be very important tools during a resident’s college experience. Although these agreements are often thought to be useful only for situations requiring conflict resolution, they are very effective in conflict prevention. ALL FIRST YEAR RESIDENTS AT RAMAPO COLLEGE ARE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP A ROOMMATE/SUITEMATE AGREEMENT WITH THEIR RESIDENT ASSISTANT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. Other residents are strongly encouraged to develop agreements and may be required to do so by their Graduate/ Residence Director. The agreement will help each resident to have a more enjoyable experience and will help to alleviate a buildup of concerns that could become very uncomfortable. Each roommate/suitemate is required to sign the agreement, which is designed to protect each resident’s rights and to help provide a comfortable living environment. The following questions and answers attempt to clarify the importance of roommate/suitemate agreements: Why is it important to develop a roommate/suitemate agreement at the very beginning of the year? There are no problems yet; why should my roommate(s)/suitemate(s) and I bother? There may not be any issues right now, however, by developing an agreement from the beginning, roommates/suitemates/apartment-mates will ensure that everyone’s rights are maintained. Won’t this agreement limit my rights? Too often, there is a negative perception about roommate/suitemate agreements. The items developed in the agreement are not meant to be limiting or to prevent students from having fun. The agreement should be viewed as a set of expectations that each roommate/suitemate has of one another, which will help to make everyone’s time living together as productive and fulfilling as possible. Residents will spend a great deal of time with their roommate(s)/suitemates and each roommate should feel as comfortable as possible in their residence area. Is the agreement set in stone? Each roommate/suitemate is expected to abide by all terms outlined in the agreement. However, some concerns may later develop which were not outlined in the original agreement. The agreement can be amended to address any other items which the roommate(s)/suitemates feel are of importance. The roommate(s)/suitemates and the Resident/Community Assistant can sit down and discuss amendments to the agreement. What if someone violates the agreement? If any person in the room/suite violates any term outlined in the agreement, that person will meet with the Resident/Community Assistant and Graduate/ Residence Director to discuss the actions and appropriate sanction. Once again, by having the agreement the rights of everyone in the room/suite are protected. If one or more individuals violate the agreement an administrative room change may be conducted at the discretion of the Area Director. Each room/suite should develop an agreement to prevent disputes, which distract from living a healthy life and detracts from the ability to do academic work both physically and emotionally. When roommates are ready to develop an agreement, the Resident Assistant/Community Assistant can help them discuss which items should be addressed in the agreement.

Personal Hygiene All residents have a right to a healthy and clean living environment. With this in mind, the following is suggested: • • • •

Shower on a regular basis. Keep all dirty or soiled clothing in a laundry basket or hamper until they can be washed. Change bed linens once a week. Change and wash clothing on a regular basis.

Residents who feel that a roommate has a serious hygiene problem and are uncomfortable approaching him/her should consult with their Resident/Community Assistant or Graduate/ Residence Director for advice or help. Students who refuse to comply with reasonable standards of personal hygiene may have their housing privileges revoked.

NOISE AND 24-HOUR COURTESY POLICY A 24-hour noise courtesy policy exists throughout the residence community. Accordingly, residents are not permitted to play their stereo equipment, televisions, etc., to excess at any time. Music and other noises should be kept to a minimum at all times. Residents work, sleep, and study at varying hours of the day and night. It is important to be considerate of others. If a neighbor is making excessive noise, residents should politely approach those who are at the source of the noise to let them know that they are causing a disturbance. Loud music or other noise should not be heard from outside the residence halls. Playing musical instruments is not permitted in the residence halls or apartments. Large exercise equipment (treadmill, Stairmasters, NordicTrack, or any similar equipment) is permitted, as long as it does not disturb other residents in any way. The Office of Residence Life or Judicial Affairs may require residents to remove any equipment if its use has been found to disturb others. Residents are encouraged to utilize the Fitness Centers located in the Lodge and Bradley Center for access to such equipment. Quiet Hours Official “Quiet Hours” are in effect Sunday through Thursday from 11 PM to 8 AM and on Friday and Saturday from 1 AM to 12 noon. During these hours noise should not be heard outside of residents’ bedroom, suite, or apartment. Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary action. QUIET HOURS ARE EXTENDED TO 24-HOURS A DAY DURING FINAL EXAM WEEK AND ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED. VIOLATORS MAY HAVE THEIR HOUSING PRIVILEGES IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED WITH THE IMPOSITION OF AN INTERIM SUSPENSION.

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NOTE: Specific dates of 24-Hour Quiet periods will be posted. Please note that Quiet Hours apply to all public areas in and around the residence halls/apartments including all parking lots.

ROADRUNNER COURTS NOISE ADVISORY Please be advised that resident’s of Laurel, Pine and Linden Hall may encounter events that may have live band music and/ or a DJ in the Roadrunner Courts area, which is the quad area located between Laurel, Pine and Linden Hall and the Basketball Courts. All permitted events that are in the Roadrunner Courts area have been approved by the Office of Events and Conferences. Events that take place in the Roadrunner Courts include but are not limited to Academic Classes, Greek Week, Earth Week and the Save Darfur Events and should comply with normal quiet hours. Should you have any questions regarding reserving the Roadrunner Courts Area, please contact the Office of Events and Conferences.

STEREOS Students may bring stereo equipment into their suite/room/apartment at Ramapo, but they must use them responsibly. It is a good idea to consider purchasing a set of headphones so that the noise from stereos will not disturb other residents. Any students owning or operating a stereo are required to agree to reduce the volume of his/her stereo if it is disturbing others. Speakers may not be placed in windows. If a student does not voluntarily reduce the volume to an acceptable level upon the initial request, judicial action may be taken. In all cases of judicial action concerning the misuse of stereo equipment, a non-compliant resident may be required by the Office of Residence Life or Judicial Affairs to remove the stereo from his/her suite/room/apartment.

SIGNAGE The College spends significant funds on the purchase and upkeep of signs which are displayed throughout campus, including all traffic signs. Some signs are written in Braille so that the visually impaired are assisted in navigating their way around campus. Other signs provide useful information about dangerous areas and areas where entry may be restricted. In addition, Resident/Community Assistants and others may post signs, decorations, flyers, and other informational material for the benefit of all residents. It is very important that these signs and other materials are maintained in the condition in which they were originally posted and not removed or damaged. Residents (and guests) should never remove these signs or postings from their designated locations. Removing any of these items may result in a fine and judicial action. Residents should follow posting policies when advertising student events or other activities. (Refer to the section on the Posting Policy within the residence halls in this Guide and also to the Student Handbook for the posting policy of other campus areas.)

WATER CONSERVATION High efficiency water-saving toilets, low-flow sink aerators, and showerheads have been installed in the residence halls. Please follow these guidelines in order to ensure the proper functioning of these items: • • • •

Use toilet paper conservatively and be as efficient as possible. Residents should not flush their toilet if they perceive a problem. Dispose of all feminine hygiene products in a wastebasket securely wrapped. Never flush foreign objects, feminine hygiene products, food waste, trash, or paper towels down the toilet. Medical syringes and other medical waste must be disposed of according to NJ laws and regulations. See the Director of Health Services for information.

Please note: Students found responsible for clogging the toilet due to not adhering to the above guidelines will be held liable for all costs associated to cleanup and replacement of college property such as carpet, tiles, furniture etc.

BED BUNKING Bunking beds is prohibited.

WINTER WEATHER Snow and ice removal are handled by outside contractors as well as the Facilities Department. FACILITIES DO NOT SHOVEL OUT PRIVATE VEHICLES. There are a limited number of snow shovels that are available in each of the Residence Hall Offices. To obtain a shovel, residents should bring their student ID to their hall office during posted office hours. Students are encouraged to bring their own. During snow/ice removal

HEALTH and SAFETY INSPECTIONS / SCHEDULE A health and safety inspection is a regularly scheduled procedure conducted by Residence Life staff to ensure that the condition of the College’s property remains clean, healthy, and safe. Authorized College personnel can enter student rooms for the purposes of health and safety inspections, repair and maintenance, assessment of damages, inventory of College property, determinations regarding compliance with College policies, or emergencies where imminent danger to life, safety, health, or property is reasonably suspected. Residence Life staff will conduct inspections twice during the fall semester, and once during the spring semester. During the fall semester, one will be conducted approximately mid-semester, and the other will be conducted during our closing procedures. The exact date and time of these inspections will not be posted. Please refer to the schedule below for the dates during which health and safety inspections will take place. Please report any major damages or safety issues to your Resident/Community Assistant as soon as possible. Residents’ rooms/apartments can pass or fail the inspection based on the status of the apartment/suite/room, common area, bathroom, and bedroom. If the entire room/suite/apartment fails inspection, each resident will be fined $50.00 or more, depending on the specific conditions of the living areas. All fines will be billed to the resident’s College account. If a resident fails inspection three times during the year, he/she will be referred to the Director of Campus Judicial Affairs for a hearing, which may lead to additional fines and/or sanctions including removal from housing. It is the resident’s responsibility to remember the time periods of monthly inspections. The following policies apply to Monthly Inspection in the College Park Apartments and The Village: • If the bathroom fails, the entire apartment fails inspection. • If three items fail within the kitchen and living room areas, the entire apartment fails inspection.

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If two items fail within the kitchen and living room, and one item in one of the bedrooms, that particular bedroom will fail inspection. If three items fail in one bedroom, then that bedroom fails inspection.

The following policies apply to Monthly Inspection for Pine, Linden, Bischoff, and Mackin The Overlook and Laurel: • If the bathroom fails, the entire suite/room fails inspection. • If three or more items fail in the bedroom, that bedroom fails inspection. • In Pine Hall, if two things fail in the common living area, the entire suite fails inspection. Health and Safety Inspections Guidelines: It is expected that: • The room/suite/apartment, kitchen, bathroom, living room does not have any prohibited items. See list of prohibited items section and see Residence Life Agreement. There are extensive fines, irrespective of inspection fines, for possessing prohibited items such as extension cords, candles; empty alcohol cans in dry areas, holiday lights and/or string lights, including LED lights, halogen lamps and possessing lounge or unassigned college owned furniture. Please note prohibited items will be confiscated at the time they are found. • Recyclables have been removed and placed in recyclable dumpsters. • All garbage has been removed and wastebaskets have been emptied. • Bathroom has been cleaned by sweeping and mopping the bathroom floor, wiping down the sink, shower and toilet areas. • Kitchen and living room have been cleaned (if applicable) by sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming carpet, washing all dishes and wiping down sink, counter and dining tables. All appliances such as microwaves and refrigerators must be cleaned. • Bedrooms have been cleaned by vacuuming carpet, removing all garbage from all areas, wiping down desk and dresser. Please note that damage charges are also assessed during health and safety inspections. Conditions such as holes in the walls, appliances that appear abused or misused resulting in a repair or replacement, broken windows, damaged blinds, graffiti, nail holes, broken or missing screens and any other damaged items that are in the place of residence may also result in additional replacement/repair charges. This is not an all-inclusive list but a set of guidelines to assist residents in preparing for your health and safety inspection. HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE Please note that inspection weeks are unannounced with the exception of this general schedule. Dates are subject to change. All changes will be posted on the residence life Website and/or communicated via email sent to the Residence Hall Luminis groups. rd




FALL DATES: the Week of October 3 through October 9 and the week of November 14 through November 20 . th th SPRING DATES: the Week of March 12 through the 16 . (All dates subject change based on administrative needs)

RESIDENCE LIFE POSTING POLICY A Residence Life Posting Policy has been set in place to limit littering and maintain the building facilities. Non-compliers may be subject to loss of their posting privileges and other penalties. Repeat offenders may be referred to Judicial Affairs. 1. No more than 12 flyers/posters may be left at the Hall Office at least 3 days prior to the scheduled event. 2. All Flyers/Posters must be approved by the Residence Hall Office and stamped individually by the hall office in order to be posted within the building. The Office of Residence Life strongly discourages profanity or prejudicial content in advertising. It is expected that residents respect the goal of building and maintaining a dynamic community within the halls. Postings that contain subject matter demonstrating lack of thought, common sense or good judgment contradicts the values and goals of that community. Students should consider the impact of their words. While students may have a right to post something, they also have a responsibility as members of the Ramapo community to review the impact before submitting it for posting. 3. Residence Life staff will post the Flyers/Posters within 3 business days on approved bulletin boards and designated areas. Requests to post the day before or the same day of the event will not be granted. 4. Flyers/Posters will be posted for a maximum of two weeks, unless the event takes place in a period of two weeks or more. Residence Life will remove expired postings. On-going college wide events will be posted for a month. In order to have postings remain longer, you must submit a new set of flyers each month (preferably of a different color). External postings including those for services, job listings, items for sale, etc., will be posted as long as there is sufficient space for internal events. 5. Absolutely NO posting will be allowed on windows, window frames, stairwell/stairwell doors, under residents’ doors, front lobby doors, trees, inside elevator doors, or any designated non-posting area. If this occurs, the Residence Life staff will remove the posting. Groups that post in illegal areas or repeatedly fail to follow the posting policies may lose their posting privileges and/or referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs. 6. Area specific policies must be adhered to. Alcohol MAY NOT be advertised in any designated dry residence area. Greek Rush Recruitment postings MAY NOT be advertised in any designated first year area during the Fall semester of each academic year. 7. Alcohol may be advertised, mentioned, or drawn on flyers, but it cannot be the central theme of the posting. STIPULATIONS In the event of “flyer overload” (more flyers or posters than the bulletin board space available), the following set of posting priorities may be applied in date order: 1. Ramapo College of New Jersey student clubs/organizations and/or academic and administrative departments. 2. Individuals affiliated with Ramapo College of New Jersey. 3. Off-campus individuals or organizations Appeals of Denial for Posting Any questions, complaints or appeals should be directed to the Hall Office. Appeals regarding decisions rendered should be made in writing and forwarded to the Director of Residence Life. OTHER POSTING STANDARDS • If a flyer is in a language other than English, it must have English subtitles. A flyer, which is in English, may also have foreign language subtitles.

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Alcohol for events may be advertised, mentioned or drawn on flyers, if the reference is to legal activities that are also in accordance with college policies, but it cannot be the central theme of the flyer, poster, etc. Wording should be directed toward the specific time, date and meeting concerned.

All posters and flyers must carry the sponsoring club/organization’s name prominently.

As a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all programs and services must be accessible. All flyers and posters must bear a contact number or e-mail as well as this statement: "For accessibility-related accommodations, allow 48-hour advance notice. For large-scale events, you may want to give as much as a week's advance notice to arrange for interpreters. Contact the Office of Specialized Services at ext. 7514 for assistance.

Please note that Residence Life staff may post important notices and information pertaining to Residence Life policies and procedures on Residence Hall doors, hallways, lobbies, and anywhere near elevators.

CHARITY DRIVES & Dorm Storming As of December 2010, the practice of going door to door known to some as "Dorm Storming,” is no longer permitted. The offices of Residence Life, Cahill Center, and Student Development have outlined the below policy to ensure that charity collections are handled ethically and professionally. Charity Drives Food//Item drives will be allowed as long as the requirements are followed. Food/Items must be collected at a table that is staffed at all times by the members of the club or organization sponsoring the drive. Tables must be arranged through the Office of Events and Conferences and authorization for the drive must be obtained through the Community Service Center. Space in hall lounges or lobbies need to be reserved through each hall office for the buildings the drive will be conducted in. Advertising for the drive can occur as long as posting policies are adhered to. Only approved advertisements will be allowed to be posted in the Residence

COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION Solicitation is prohibited in the residence halls. This includes door-to-door sales, distribution of flyers, etc. Residents should report suspicious persons to Public Safety immediately.


Maximum # of Persons Permitted in Suite or Apartment (Including residents)

Smoking Permitted

Alcohol Permitted

Pine Hall




Linden Hall




Bischoff Hall




CPA Brown (1 bedroom)




CPA Brown (2 bedroom)




CPA Gray




The Overlook




Outside Areas

Can not create a noise Disturbance

Yes (50 feet from any building or Residence Hall)


Mackin Hall




The Village



Yes, Designated Apartments Only. (when only students and others 21 and over are present)

Laurel Hall



Yes, Designated Suites Only. (when only students and others 21 and over are present)

The above guidelines are in effect at all times. Official quiet hours are in effect Sunday through Thursday from 11 PM to 8 AM, as well as Friday and Saturday from 1 AM to noon. (Quiet hours are extended at the end of each semester per a distributed schedule). A noise violation during quiet hours occurs when noise can be clearly heard outside a suite or apartment. No gathering of individuals in an outside area can create a noise disturbance. A host is defined as any assigned resident of the room/suite/apartment where a gathering is taking place. Any non-student guest involved in a violation will be removed and may be denied future visitation privileges. A host is also held responsible for the actions of their guest(s), including any/all damages caused by a guest. Termination of Gathering, Dispersal of Guests, Confiscation of Alcohol, and Removal of Unregistered Guests The above actions will take place if any one of the following conditions exists:

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Underage consumption/possession of alcohol is taking place. Inappropriate alcohol (kegs and beer balls) is present. Number of persons present exceeds occupancy limits. Charging for entry to the gathering is taking place or has taken place. A noise violation (after first warning) is taking place or has taken place. Disorderly/inappropriate behavior of persons is taking place in and/or outside of apartment/suite/room. Alcohol is transported/possessed/consumed within Pine, Linden, Bischoff, Mackin Halls, the Overlook, College Park Apartments (CPA), or any designated “No Alcohol” living areas. Evidence to suggest excessive drinking game(s). Any law is being violated.

APARTMENT/BUILDING DOORS Apartment doors and stairway doors may not be propped open at any time for reasons of safety and security. Please note that all apartment doors have doorbells so that guests may ring the bell of the residents they are visiting. Judicial action may result if any residents' apartment or residence hall doors are found propped open or vandalized in any way.

Bypassing Entrance Doors Gaining access to any building by bypassing security devices can cause structural damage to the building door and is strictly prohibited, as well as compromising personal safety. Anyone caught bypassing these devices will face disciplinary action and will be charged for any repairs necessary. Bypassing includes: using any item to open entrance doors/activate door sensors, using any item to keep entrance doors from closing, forcibly holding/propping entrance doors open, and any other means of passing through entrance doors without swiping a college ID card. Only front entrance doors may be used to access residence halls.

BARBEQUE POLICY Fires may only be lit on stationary grilles provided by the College. No accelerators (lighter fluid, presoaked charcoal, propane, gasoline etc.) may be stored in residence halls. A maximum of 5 lbs of charcoal is permitted in each apartment or residence hall room. All ash and used charcoal briquettes must be disposed of in metal drums, which are provided at each barbecue area. College policies regarding noise/quiet hours, trash and alcohol must be observed at all times. A member of Public Safety, Residence Life or an On Call Administrator may shut down a barbecue if appropriate. Students who leave charcoal briquettes or barbeques unattended may be prevented from further use of barbeques. Barbeques cannot be attended by an excessive amount of guests. Requests for outdoor events must go through The Office of Events and Conferences.

BICYCLES, ROLLER BLADES AND SKATEBOARDS Students are prohibited from using bikes, roller blades, and skateboards inside the residence halls. BICYCLE RACKS Due to space constraints, bikes may not be stored in Pine, Linden, Bischoff, Mackin the Overlook or Laurel. Students should lock their bikes to the racks provided outside each of these buildings. Those living in the Village or CPA may store bikes in the bedrooms or closets of their residences (but not the common living areas).

LITTERING In the interest of protecting the environment, the disposing of any form of litter other than in designated receptacles, is prohibited.

LOUNGE FURNITURE/PERSONAL FURNITURE Furniture must not impede egress from a room suite or apartment. Residents’ personal furniture must have a label attached stating that it meets CAL133 fire safety guidelines. All lounge furniture must be left in the lounges. If lounge furniture is found in their residence area the residents will be subject to fines and disciplinary action. Residents will be responsible for removing any personal furniture during checkout. Any furniture left behind will be discarded and residents will be charged for removal. OBSTRUCTIONS OF COMMON AREAS In order to avoid potentially dangerous situations, hallways, lobbies, stairwells and common areas must be kept free of obstructions at all times. For example, trash bags, bicycles, furniture, or other items may not be left in places where they might obstruct paths for entrance or egress.

PARKING ON CAMPUS All students intending to operate a vehicle on campus are strongly advised to become familiar with the Motor Vehicle Rules and Regulations, found on the RCNJ Public Safety webpage. An Adobe Reader printable version of the Regulations is available as well. Generally, all students parking a vehicle on campus must have a current and valid parking permit displayed for that vehicle. Go to to apply for the current academic year permit. Note: The parking fee is included with tuition and other fees, but PAYMENT OF THE PARKING FEE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE COMPLIANCE WITH THE PARKING REGULATIONS. YOU MUST APPLY FOR THE PERMIT AT THE ABOVE WEBSITE, RECEIVE IT AND AFFIX IT TO THE PROPER LOCATION ON YOUR VEHICLE (REAR LEFT PASSENGER WINDOW, LOWER RIGHT CORNER). If you do not receive your permit by mail within 10 - 14 BUSINESS days, contact the permit store or email On-campus parking is not permitted for first-year residents. Appeals for extenuating circumstances may be submitted via mail or fax to: Freshman Car Appeals Committee ATT: Dr. Patrick P. Chang, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Ramapo College of New Jersey 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430 Fax: 201-684-7963

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TEMPORARY PERMITS If you are using another vehicle temporarily, YOU MUST OBTAIN A TEMPORARY PARKING PERMIT at the MAIN ENTRANCE Public Safety Booth. All visitors must stop at the Public Safety Information Booth and obtain a Temporary Parking Permit as well. Residents and their guests must comply with Campus Motor Vehicle Regulations or the resident student may have his/her resident parking privileges revoked, and the guest will be banned from the Ramapo College campus.

RESERVED PARKING Parking spaces reserved for those with disabilities are clearly marked. Parking in a FIRE LANE or a Handicapped space without legal authorization may result in a NJ State-assessed fine of at least $200, with additional and/or higher fines and penalties if also ticketed by the Mahwah Township Police. The Mahwah Police Department patrols the campus and enforces traffic and parking laws, especially for emergency and access routes and parking for people with disabilities. Vehicles parked in an unauthorized space may be booted and/or towed at the vehicle operator’s expense. Students are not authorized to park in spaces displaying a reserved sign (i.e., reserved 24 hours, Residence Life Staff, Service Vehicles, etc.) and/or in a Residence Hall area not authorized for the parking permit you have and are subject to summons. All parking regulations are strictly enforced. There are costly fines for infractions. Gate Access/Residence Area Parking All residents needing gate access must go to Public Safety’s Customer Service Center (Rm. C-101) to have their ID card coded for the correct gate access. Cards are NOT coded for gate access automatically. Residents must use their Ramapo College ID to gain entrance to the North side of Campus (Overlook/College Park Apartments). All residents’ vehicles will be issued permits according to their residence location. Freshman residents with special permission to have a car in Pine, Mackin, or Bischoff must park in the D LOT ONLY. VILLAGE residents may park only in the B, C OR D LOTS. LAUREL Residents access the Parking Deck via the Tupelo Road gate to Woods Road. OVERLOOK residents may use the Parking Deck for overflow parking, however, they can only access the Parking Deck via the North side of campus, as Overlook residents’ do NOT receive gate access via Tupelo and Woods Road.

Citation Appeals Process Citations issued to vehicles must be appealed within 20 calendar days of issuance. Failure to file the appeal within 20 calendar days constitutes forfeiture of the right to appeal. Appeals are made online at Appeals ARE NOT CONSIDERED for the following reasons: • Ignorance of the regulation • Stated inability to find a legal parking space • Operation of the vehicle by another person • Stated failure of parking enforcement staff to ticket previously for similar offenses • Inability to pay the fine • Disagreement with RCNJ Motor Vehicle Rules and Regulations In all cases, appellants should provide evidence to support their position, i.e., witness statements, photographs, etc. The Appeals Committee may invalidate citations found to be in error but may not reduce published fines or other sanctions for those reasons listed above. The decisions of the Appeals Committee, comprised of Ramapo College staff, faculty and students are final. Appellants will receive an e-mail notification of the Appeal outcome. Please be patient in the Appeals Process, as it can take up to one month or more during the academic year.

Visitor and Guest Parking Visitors and Guests are to park in B, C or D lots. Resident Students are responsible for ensuring that their guests are parked legally and have obtained the temporary overnight parking pass from the Main Entrance Public Safety Booth. PARKING AT RAMAPO COLLEGE IS AT OPERATOR'S RISK

WALKWAYS Occasionally, emergency vehicles (police, fire, and/or Emergency Medical Service) may need to use walkways to gain closer access to buildings. In addition, some Campus vehicles may need to use them when there is a direct work-related reason to do so, but only when vehicles are operated at slow speeds. Golf carts and other campus vehicles operated at an unsafe speed and/or driven recklessly is a danger for all pedestrians and particularly for students with disabilities. Please be safe and courteous to fellow students and others by using only roadways for vehicular travel, and stopping for Pedestrians at crosswalks. Violators are subject to fines and other disciplinary action. Please be safe and courteous to fellow students and others by using only roadways for vehicular travel, and stopping to Yield to Pedestrians at crosswalks. Driving on the walkways is a direct violation of campus motor vehicle regulations. New Jersey Statutes, and subjects the violators to fines and other disciplinary action. It is a particular danger to students with disabilities.

PETS All pets (with the exception of fish in a tank smaller than 10 gallons) are prohibited. Authorized service or support animals, however, may be present after processing through Specialized Services for residents with documented disabilities, i.e. Seeing-Eye dogs are routinely permitted. College staff living in Campus residences may have certain approved pets.

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REQUESTS BY RESIDENCE HALL STAFF Residents are required to follow the requests of residence hall staff members who are acting in the performance of their duties. Failure to comply with such requests may result in disciplinary action.

ROOM DECORATIONS Room decorations, including posters and pictures, must be limited in order to comply with all fire safety regulations. Items such as Nails, Scotch tape and masking tape should not be used to affix posters and pictures to the wall. These items may cause damage to the walls. This may result in a charge to the occupants of the apartment, suite or room. If you use Fun-Tack it must be completely removed from the walls or you will be charged for its removal. Fun-Tack can not be used in the Overlook or Laurel. Drapes and/or beads that block egress from the room into the hallway are not permitted, as this poses a fire hazard. The blocking of heating units also poses a fire hazard. Room doors (inside and outside) may not be covered with paper or other highly flammable material to excess. Only a small portion of your entrance and bathroom doors may contain papers, flyers, pictures, etc. Wreaths, live trees, wired lights (such as holiday lights and/or string lights, including LED lights), and certain highly flammable furniture items are prohibited items that will be confiscated by Residence Life staff and discarded. Residents must also be careful not to damage walls through use of certain adhesives which may be difficult to remove. Charges for tape residue and damages to the wall from adhesives will be assessed at the time of the resident’s checkout from the room. Residents who are under the age of 21 years old and/or are living in areas where alcohol is prohibited may not display decorative alcohol containers in their rooms, or alcohol paraphernalia. Windows can not be decorated with any type of alcoholic displays. The item will be confiscated and not returned; each of the residents of the room/suite/apartment will be fined and may face judicial action. Walls may not be completely covered. At least 60% of the wall must be free from posters, papers, pictures and any other hangings. No cardboard of any kind may be hung from the walls and/or ceiling.

SCREENS Screens may not be removed from residence hall windows. Throwing anything out of the room/apartment window is prohibited. Entering/exiting through any room/apartment window is also prohibited. A fine and judicial action may result for removing screens from anywhere in the residence halls including rooms/apartments and common areas such as stairwells, lobbies, lounge, etc.

TRASH/GARBAGE Residents of apartment complexes are required to place all garbage in the Dumpster located outside of the apartment complex. Residents of traditional residence halls should place garbage in the designated trash room in the building. Leaving garbage outside of apartment/suite/room doors, in hallways or stairwells will result in a fine to the residents of the entire room/suite/apartment. Garbage found outside of an apartment building will be inspected to determine the individuals responsible. If the responsible individual(s) are not determined, the entire apartment building will be fined. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.

RECYCLING The College, in conjunction with the Office of Residence Life requires recycling in each residence hall. In Pine Hall and the Apartments, each common area is provided with a recycling bin. Linden, Bischoff, Mackin Hall, The Overlook and Laurel have recycling bins in each room. These bins are to be used for recyclable items only. They should be emptied into the recycling bins located outside the residence halls and in the trash rooms in Bischoff and Mackin. Items that must be recycled include: aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper, glass and corrugated cardboard. Residents found in violation of the College’s recycling efforts are likely to receive fines and may face judicial action. Recycling for The Village Mandatory recycling is a major feature of The Village. Recycling containers are provided in each apartment and in the Thomases Commons. The recycling schedule is given to each student at check-in. Recycling containers are also located in sheds located in each Quad of the Village. The schedule is posted in Thomases Commons and available from Residence Life staff. Students who live in the Village make a commitment to comply with community rules. Recycling is required. Specific guidelines are provided to each resident. Residents who fail to comply risk losing their housing in the Village. Such students may be moved to other housing, be fined $25.00 or more, lose their campus housing or receive other penalties depending on the nature and severity of the violation as judged by the Office of Judicial Affairs. TV/Computer Equipment Recycling NJ legislature now requires that all TV and Computer equipment be recycled. Ongoing recycling cannot be accommodated in the Residence Halls and Apartment complexes. However, recycling drops will be set-up at the end of each semester in designated locations within the Residence Halls and Apartment Complexes. As these may change from time to time, please reference the closing materials and any communication from your hall/area office for dates and locations. DO NOT leave any TV or Computer equipment for disposal in the Trash and Recycling areas unless expressly permitted. If needing to dispose of TV or Computer equipment during periods other than Hall-closing periods, please consult with local recycling centers.

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Rules and Regulations ACCESS TO RESIDENCE HALLS Residents who live in Pine, Linden, Bischoff, Mackin, Overlook or Laurel can enter their residence hall by swiping their College ID card or assigned access card through the encoder/card reader located at the entrance to each building. The College tries to keep the buildings safe for residents by restricting access to the residents and their guest(s) only. Therefore, it is extremely important that residents carry their ID at all times. Residents found not carrying their ID receive a fine and possible judicial action. Residents will be issued a physical key or their ID will be encoded for access depending on the area in which they live.

BUSINESS FROM RESIDENTS’ ROOMS Residents are not permitted to carry on any organized business for the purpose of generating funds for personal profit from their room/apartment. They may not use their room phone numbers or data connections for business purposes.

COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION Solicitation is prohibited in the residence halls. This includes door-to-door sales, distribution of flyers, etc. Residents should report suspicious persons to Public Safety immediately.

DRIVING ON CAMPUS The operation of a motor vehicle on Ramapo College is a privilege and all persons who bring a motor vehicle are subject to the rules and regulations of the College and the laws of the State of New Jersey. All residents are required to report any traffic/automobile accidents that occur to the Public Safety Office. The speed limit for driving on campus is posted on all roads and parking lots; please refer to the Motor Vehicle Information, Rules and Regulations published by Public Safety for specific guidelines. Pedestrians always have the right of way; stop so that pedestrians may safely cross streets. At five locations on campus, roadways raised pedestrian crosswalks have been installed. Vehicles approaching those crosswalks must obey the posted 5 mph speed zone while crossing carefully over the crosswalks and stop to allow pedestrian(s) attempting to cross the roadway. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is strictly prohibited under New Jersey law. Driving without a current and valid driver's license is also prohibited under New Jersey law. All cars must have valid registrations and be properly insured as required by law. Ramapo College adheres to all New Jersey State laws; vehicular violations may result in fines, RCNJ judicial action, and/or police involvement. (Refer to the section "Parking On Campus" and see the yearly Public Safety Department publication "Motor Vehicle Information, Rules and Regulations.") The Mahwah Police have the legal authority to arrest drivers on the campus or to issue municipal tickets for parking infractions, especially in handicapped parking spots or in prohibited areas.

GUEST/VISITATION PROCEDURES Guests are allowed in the halls as long as they comply with all Residence Life policies and procedures and do not disturb the normal operation of the building. Visitors must carry valid photo identification on them at all times, as well as their completed approved Guest Agreement form. *Residents will be held accountable in every way for the behavior and/or actions of the guest(s) they are hosting. Guest Procedures (Adult) Residents are permitted to have an adult guest (18 years of age or older) in their room. In order to have a guest(s) the resident (host) must register their guest(s) by completing a Guest Agreement form and submitting it to the respective location indicated below. A guest is defined as anyone who is not assigned to an on-campus student residence room, suite, or apartment. Guests may not be accommodated in any of the residence halls for more than three (3) consecutive nights, per week. Each resident is permitted to register no more than two guests at any given time. The guest must carry a copy of the authorized Guest Agreement at all times while on campus. This Agreement is valid for a maximum of three (3) consecutive days per week (Sunday through Saturday). The college automatically assumes that all residents within a shared housing unit (room/suite/apartment) agree to permit their roommate, suitemate, or apartment-mates to register guests in their shared housing unit, without having to provide prior acknowledgment of those guests. However, residents have the right to opt-out of this automatic Guest Agreement. This can be done by contacting your Resident Assistant / Community Assistant to facilitate a roommate/suitemate/apartment contract. As with any roommate/suitemate/apartment contract, if someone violates the terms of the contract this has to be communicated to the Hall Office as soon as possible in order for the Hall Office to mediate and respond. It is important to note that once a complaint is received with a particular room/suite/apartment, that residence will loose guest privileges until all residents comes together and a contract is developed. Visitation Procedures (Minor) In addition to the above Guest Procedures, the following also pertains: • Persons under 18 years of age are considered minors and are not allowed to stay in the residence halls during the week. Minors are permitted to visit from Friday until Sunday. The visiting minor(s) must remain under the supervision of the host(s) at all times. • Anyone who wishes to have a visitor (or visitors), who is (are) under 18 years of age, must register the visitor with the respective hall office. • Failure to adequately supervise guests who are under 18 years of age will result in either the termination of child visitation privileges, or the termination of student housing privileges for a period of no less than one semester. • All guests, regardless of age, must abide by all Ramapo College local, state, and federal regulations. • Babies and toddlers (children under 3 years of age) whose behavior disturbs the residents may be required to leave the residence hall. • Non-residential persons may not live within Ramapo College Residence Life facilities.

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Guest Agreement Availability and Submission: Please review the below chart for where a Guest Agreement can be obtained and submitted. After the Guest Agreement is submitted you will also receive a copy of a parking pass for your guest.

Traditional Residence Halls (Pine, Linden, Laurel, Mackin, Bischoff and Overlook) Monday-Friday Monday-Friday Saturday-Sunday Saturday-Sunday

11:00am-7:00pm; 8:00pm-10:00pm 10:00pm-5:00am 8:00pm-10:00pm 10:00pm-5:00am

Residence Hall Office Desk Attendant Booth Residence Hall Office Desk Attendant Booth

Apartment Residence Areas (Village and CPA) Monday-Friday Monday-Friday

11:00am-7:00pm; 8:00pm-12:00am 12:00am-5:00am

Saturday-Sunday Saturday-Sunday

8:00pm-12:00am 12:00am-5:00am

Residence Hall Office Desk Attendant Booth (CPA- Go to Overlook Booth) (Village- Go to Laurel Booth) Residence Hall Office Desk Attendant Booth (CPA- Go to Overlook Booth) (Village- Go to Laurel Booth)

No one may use the guest procedure to evade paying proper residence hall charges. Guests may not move from host to host in order to stay on campus for more than three consecutive days per week. Students and guests who are found to be in violation of these procedures may be referred to Judicial Affairs and may be subject to being banned from the residence areas. Individuals such as runaways or others fleeing lawful parental authority are not permitted as guests. NOTE: Depending on the situation, the College reserves the right to change or limit guest procedures. Guest privileges will be revoked if they impede the teaching and learning processes that are at the heart of the College's mission. Guests’ personal behaviors should conform to the wishes of all the residents in the room/suite/apartment. It is the host’s responsibility to report the misconduct of guest(s) to Public Safety or Residence Life staff immediately.

Illegal Entry Entering another resident’s room without that person’s permission is illegal and prohibited. Breaking into or entering any room by means other than the regular method of using one’s student ID swipe-card (including entering one’s own room) is also prohibited. Criminal charges and any damage charges will be pursued for illegal entry of any unauthorized means.

Illegal Residents Illegal residents are persons who visit residents’ rooms for long periods of time or whose visitation violates the Guest Procedures in any way. Unregistered guests are considered “illegal residents.” If Residence Life staff, Public Safety, or other College officials find someone who is living in a campus residence but who is not authorized to be there, the “host” student (or students) may be charged the regular housing charge for the “guest” and the “host” may be charged with conduct violations. Violators may be fined and/or face judicial action. Residents who are aware of a person(s) living on campus without authorization or who is violating the Guest Procedures, should notify their residence hall office staff as soon as possible.

RESIDENCE LIFE POLICY VIOLATION FINES The following is a list of common Residence Life fines. Possession or use of prohibited items (see page 41 of this Guide) will result in fines additional penalties may be imposed as a result of judicial action. Residence Life administrators determine fines and/or judicial actions. Type Removal of screen (not including damages) nd Any 2 Noise Violation Improper Check-in Improper Check-out Failed Health and Safety Inspection (bedroom, suite, bathroom, apt) Unlawful removal of College furniture Relocation of College furniture Using window or emergency exit as exit/entrance Failure to immediately evacuate during a Fire Alarm (this includes failure to evacuate after warning and/or failure to evacuate at all)

Amount Charged $50 $50 $75 $50 (per roommate) $75 $75


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Inadvertently setting off a fire alarm (due to unattended cooking / unattended food in microwave) $150 & Attendance at a Fire Safety st 1 Offense Education Class $300 & May be relocated to nonnd 2 Offense cooking facility rd 3 Offense Removal from Housing Tampering with fire safety equipment (includes touching fire safety equipment and/or covering such equipment with anything, including any clothing item) st 1 Offense $500 or more nd 2 Offense J-Board

ROOFS Students are strictly prohibited from entering onto the roof of any campus building. Violators of this policy will be referred to judicial affairs.

SPORTS IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS Football, wrestling, boxing, hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, Frisbee, Water balloon fights and all other sports activities are prohibited from inside and in the immediate vicinity of all residence halls. There are facilities available that are more appropriate for such activities. Residents may visit the Bradley Sports and Recreation Center to find out more about available sports activities (such as intramurals) in which they may participate, or contact a Resident/Community Assistant regarding programs involving sports/athletic activities.

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG POLICY Ramapo College is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all its members and one that maximizes the academic and social development of its students. The College believes that the health and safety of all its members, and especially the academic and social development of its students, is negatively affected by the use of illegal drugs and the abuse and improper consumption of alcohol. All students have the right to engage in academic and extracurricular activities without interference from others under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. In addition, unlawful and abusive use interferes with the mission of the College in its goals of teaching and learning and through the consequent costs due to crime, property damage, and other risky behaviors. The purpose for this policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs is to define and communicate to all members of the college acceptable and unacceptable behavior with regard to alcohol and other drugs and the sanctions for policy violations. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol can be found within the following online publication “The Public Safety Department Policies and Practices Campus Crime and Fire Statistics.” Webpage: This online publication also includes a description of how to explore free, confidential counseling resources on campus for drug or alcohol abuse. These services are available to students and employees through the Center for Health and Counseling Services, D-216, 201.684.7522, or online; Alcohol Laws As of January 1, 1983, New Jersey state law prohibited the sale, possession, or consumption of alcohol by individuals under 21 years of age. Ramapo College is a public institution governed by Federal, State, and local laws, and by College regulations. The College complies with municipal and other law enforcement authorities in enforcing these laws as stated below: State of New Jersey The purchase and consumption of alcohol is a right extended by the State of New Jersey. The legal age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages in the State of New Jersey is twenty-one. (N.J.S.A. 9:17b-1) A. Possession or Consumption of Alcoholic beverages by persons under legal age (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15) – Any person under the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages who knowingly possesses without legal authority or who knowingly consumes any alcoholic beverage in any school, public conveyance, public place, or place of public assembly, or motor vehicle is guilty of a disorderly persons offense and shall be fined not less than $500. B. Purchase of Alcohol by/for the Underaged (N.J.S.A. 33:1-81) – An underaged person who purchases or attempts to purchase alcohol, or who misstates his/her age, or a person of legal age who purchases alcohol for an underaged person(s) faces a conviction of a disorderly persons offense, which incurs a fine of not less than $500 and loss of license for six months. In addition, underaged persons may be required to participate in a state-sponsored alcohol education program. C. Offering Alcoholic Beverages to Underage Person (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-17) – Anyone who purposely or knowingly offers or serves or makes available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages or entices or encourages that person to drink an alcoholic beverage is a disorderly person. This subsection shall not apply to a parent or guardian of the person under legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages if the parent or guardian is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages or to a religious observance, ceremony or rite. D. Transfer of ID (N.J.S.A. 33:1-81.7) – Someone who is underaged and uses another person’s ID card to obtain alcohol, or someone of legal age who gives his/her ID card to an underaged person so that s/he can obtain alcohol, faces a fine of up to $300 or up to 60 days in jail. E. False ID (N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1 d) – A person who knowingly possesses a document or other writing which falsely purports to be a driver’s license, birth certificate or other document issued by a governmental agency and which could be used as a means of verifying a person’s identity or age or any other personal identifying information is guilty of a crime in the fourth degree.

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Host/Hostess Liability – A host or hostess who serves alcohol to a minor can be held liable for injuries and damages caused by the minor in a motor vehicle accident. Under a 1984 New Jersey Supreme Court decision, Kelly vs. Gwinnell, a host or hostess who serves alcoholic beverages to an adult guest, knowing that the guest is intoxicated and will soon be driving, can also be held liable for injuries inflicted on a third party if that guest is involved in a motor vehicle accident. G. Driving While Intoxicated 1) Operating Motor Vehicles While Under the Influence of Intoxicants (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50) DEFINITION: A person is said to be legally drunk in New Jersey if his/her blood alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08%. PENALTIES: All persons convicted of DWI must pay an insurance surcharge of $1,000 per year for three years. In addition: a. For the first offense, there are additional fines and charges of at least $500 (bringing the total minimum charges for a first offense to $3,500); loss of license for 3-12 months with mandatory installation of an ignition interlock system during and after license suspension; and a requirement to spend 12-48 hours in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. A first-time offender also faces a possible 30-day jail term. b. For a second offense, there are additional fines and charges of at least $720 - $1000; loss of license for 2 years with mandatory installation of an ignition interlock system during and after license suspension; a requirement to perform 30 days of community service and to spend 48 hours in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. Also, there is a possible 90-day jail term. c. For a third offense, additional fines and charges of at least $1,220; loss of license for 10 years with mandatory installation of an ignition interlock system during and after license suspension; and a 180-day jail term. The insurance surcharge for a third-time offender is $1,500 per year for three years. These fines and charges do not include court and legal fees. 2) Driving While License Is Suspended Due to DWI (N.J.S.A. 39.3-40) – If a person is found driving while his/her license is suspended due to a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated, that person upon conviction again shall be fined $500, shall have his license to operate a motor vehicle suspended for an additional period of not less than one year nor more than two years, and may be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 90 days. Second and subsequent convictions for driving during a license suspension carry additional penalties including revocation of motor vehicle registration. 3) Refusal to Take the Breathalyzer Test (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.4a) – Refusal to take the breathalyzer test where there is probable cause for arrest for DWI will result in up to 10 year loss of license, a fine of $300-$1000, and an obligation to satisfy the requirements of an alcohol education or rehabilitation program. A person can also be convicted of DWI without the results of a breathalyzer test. In that case, s/he will suffer all the additional fines and penalties specified for the DWI conviction. (Any of the statutes in the 2C:33 chapter which includes underage possession of alcohol and providing alcohol to a minor carries with it a mandatory loss of drivers license from a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 2 years.) Township of Mahwah A. No person shall consume, or offer to another for consumption, alcoholic beverages in, on, or upon any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, park, or playground or in, on, or upon any land or building owned or occupied by the Township, unless otherwise provided under this section. (3-10.1)a. B. No person shall have in his possession or possess any alcoholic beverage in, on, or upon any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, park, or playground or in, on, or upon any land or building owned or occupied by the Township, unless the alcoholic beverage is in its original sealed container with original unbroken tax stamp or unless otherwise provided under this section. (3-10.1)b. C. No licensee or employee of a licensee shall sell, serve, or deliver, directly or indirectly, any alcoholic beverages to any intoxicated person(s) or persons under the legal age, or permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages on any licensed premises by any of the above-named persons. (6-4.6) D. No licensee shall sell or serve alcoholic beverages to persons under the legal age. (6-5) E. It is unlawful for any person under the legal age who, without legal authority, knowingly possesses or knowingly consumes an alcoholic beverage on private property. (6-8) Alcoholic Beverages at Campus Events This policy applies to all members of the Ramapo College community and to those who rent or otherwise use space here. It details the Policies and Procedures in force when a sponsoring group wishes to sell or serve alcoholic beverages. A.


C. D. E.



If alcohol is to be served and no money is to change hands, only a College Alcohol Permit is required. A copy of the policy must be obtained in the Office of Events and Conferences (D-104). Sponsors must pick up signed permits in the Office of Events and Conferences where event arrangements will be finalized. All events at which alcohol is to be sold or served must be reviewed by the Office of Events and Conferences or, as appropriate, the Major Events Committee. If alcohol is to be sold, or where any transfer of money takes place, the sponsor of the event must secure a Special Permit for Social Affairs from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and a Ramapo College Alcohol Permit. The application for the ABC permit must be submitted at least two weeks before the event to their Trenton office, be accompanied by a fee, and have the signatures of authorized College and local officials. The final permit from the New Jersey Alcohol and Beverage Commission must be submitted to the Manager of Facilities Scheduling/Events and Conferences at least 24 hours before the event. Details about how to apply for this permit are available in the Office of Events and Conferences. Alcohol permits (College and/or N.J. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control) and a copy of this policy must be prominently displayed at the bar where the alcohol is being dispensed/sold. New Jersey State law requires that all advertising, tickets, etc., which contain references to the sale of alcohol include the permit number that will be issued. In cases where students or others under the age of 21 are likely to be present, Public Safety Officers and/or Mahwah Police officers will oversee the process of proofing guests; professional bartenders will sell/serve the alcohol at events for which either permit has been obtained. Bartenders are allowed to serve only those wearing wristbands and may request additional proof of age as they deem necessary. No bartender will serve anyone who appears intoxicated. In cases where all guests at an event will be over the age of 21, the sponsor must agree to carefully monitor the events according to this policy to ensure all those who purchase or consume alcohol are of legal age, and that there is no excessive drinking or public drunkenness. In addition, the sponsor must agree to read and become familiar with any other information provided by the Office of Events and Conferences at the time the permit is obtained relating to the monitoring of events at which alcohol is served or sold. At events where students will be present or where those under the age of 21 are likely to be present, two proofs of identification (Ramapo College picture ID and either a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate) will be required. In addition, students will be

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further identified through a computer print-out containing current students’ names, student identification numbers, and birth dates. Before obtaining wristbands which authorize students to purchase/consume alcohol at the event, students must sign a statement acknowledging that they have read an attached summary of major rules governing events at which alcohol is served or sold. At events for which alcohol permits have been obtained and underage persons are expected, the alcohol service area will be roped off or otherwise demarked from the general event area. Alcohol may not be removed from the roped off area. Ramapo College professional staff, and/or Public Safety Officers and/or police personnel must be present at all events at which alcohol is served or sold. Non-alcoholic beverages must also be served whenever alcohol is served/sold, and must be displayed as openly as the alcohol. Food must be served in adequate amounts when alcoholic beverages are served or sold. Persons attending events at which alcohol is sold or served may not bring any alcohol to the event. The only alcohol to be consumed at a sanctioned event is to be sold/served by those charged with that responsibility. Persons arriving intoxicated from drinking elsewhere will be barred. No student activity fee money may be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages. Deliveries of alcoholic beverages to the campus may not be made by liquor stores or distributors unless specifically authorized by the President or his/her designee. Deliveries to the residence halls are prohibited. Events for which an alcohol permit has been issued may not include any kind of a “drinking contest” or “drinking game”, or feature any inducements to consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Advertisements for events shall not make reference to the amount of alcohol to be available, nor promote alcohol as a prime feature. There can be no price differential for alcoholic beverages depending on the characteristics of the consumer/purchaser (e.g. “Ladies’ Nights”, etc.). Public intoxication/drunkenness is not an acceptable condition for anyone on campus, whether the drinking which led to it took place on or off campus. This includes students, staff, faculty and guests. The identification of such persons at events for which permits have been issued will generally be made by Public Safety Officers or local police officers. A person in this condition may be asked to leave an event. If the person is a student, the student’s family or emergency contact may be called to assist. Non-student guests may have a taxi called (at the intoxicated person’s expense) to take them to their permanent residence. Those who are intoxicated/drunk and whose behavior is disruptive may have charges filed against them for violations of the Code of Conduct (students) and/or the appropriate local or State statutes (students, employees and guests). Persons deemed dangerously intoxicated will be transported to a hospital for a medical evaluation at their own expense.

Alcohol in College Residence Areas (Living Units) 1. Alcohol is not permitted within Pine, Linden, Pamela M. Bischoff Hall (Bischoff Hall), Nancy Mackin Hall (Mackin Hall), The Overlook, The College Park Apartments, and assigned alcohol prohibited living units in Laurel Hall and the Village. No one, regardless of age, is permitted to possess or consume alcohol in these areas. 2. At the time of an alcohol violation, all alcohol and containers will be confiscated and properly disposed of regardless of the age of the occupant or the designation of the living unit as alcohol allowed or prohibited. 3. Alcohol containers and paraphernalia, including but not limited to empty cans, bottles and cartons, are not permitted as room decorations in any alcohol prohibited living unit. Alcohol containers and paraphernalia, including signs, are not permitted as window decorations in any living unit. 4. If a student is of legal drinking age, s/he may transport an alcoholic beverage as long as it is in its original closed container. 5. Kegs, beer balls and multi-quart containers of alcohol are prohibited in the residence areas at all times. Students are not permitted to receive retail deliveries of alcohol. 6. Possession of grain alcohol and/or caffeinated alcohol beverages is prohibited at all times. 7. Consumption of any form of alcohol in an open container, including but not limited to cups, cans, plastic containers or bottles, is prohibited outside a student’s living unit and/or in any outside campus area. 8. Residents holding a gathering in their living unit where an alcohol violation is taking place are considered the hosts. Hosts of a gathering where underage students are served alcohol may be immediately suspended from the residence areas, pending adjudication and a finding in the Office of Judicial Affairs (see section I of the Code of Conduct). Hosts can be held responsible for injury or damage occurring to any person or to property in which the consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor. Hosts will be subject to disciplinary action and may receive harsher sanctions. 9. Presence in any living unit (room, suite or apartment) where an alcohol violation is taking place, even if not actually in possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages, will result in disciplinary action being taken. 10. Games or activities encouraging excessive drinking or the serving of alcohol that leads to the endangerment of an individual’s well being or to clear property damage will not be tolerated. 11. Consumption of alcohol to the point of intoxication, regardless of age, is prohibited. A person in this condition may be asked to leave the campus. If the person is a student, the student’s family or emergency contact may be called to assist. Guests may have a taxi called (at the intoxicated person’s expense) to take them to their permanent residence. Students will be medically transported to the hospital if dangerous intoxication is suspected by staff members. Consequent hospital expenses are the student’s responsibility. 12. Alcohol allowed housing privileges will be immediately revoked for any living unit found in violation of the Alcohol in College Residence Areas (Living Units) policy. Final status of the living unit will be determined following a disciplinary proceeding in the Office of Judicial Affairs. To help students understand what is and what is not permitted under the Alcohol in College Residence Halls Policy, the following examples are given as guidelines. This is not an exhaustive list and only provides examples. Persons under the age of twenty-one MAY NOT: ¾ Be in possession of or in the presence of alcohol in any living unit. ¾ Permit persons to bring in or consume alcohol in their living unit. ¾ Carry opened or unopened alcoholic beverage containers any place on campus. ¾ Provide alcohol to any persons on campus. ¾ Possess alcohol displays made up of empty alcoholic beverage containers. Persons twenty-one and older MAY NOT: ¾ Consume alcohol outside of a living unit (lobby, hallways, stairwells, grounds, etc.) ¾ Consume alcohol, as a guest, in an alcohol allowed living unit when a legal age resident is not present.

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Provide alcohol to others under the age of twenty-one. Charge in any way for alcohol consumption by others. Possess kegs, beer balls or paraphernalia that promotes large consumption of alcohol. Permit underage persons to possess or be in the presence of alcohol in their living unit. Possess alcohol or alcohol displays within Pine, Linden, Bischoff Hall, Mackin Hall, The Overlook, assigned alcohol prohibited living units in Laurel Hall, or any other designated alcohol prohibited living units.

Persons twenty-one and older MAY: ¾ Consume alcohol in their living unit when the living unit is designated as alcohol allowed. ¾ Consume alcohol in another alcohol allowed living unit if a host is twenty-one or older and is present. ¾ Carry unopened alcoholic beverage containers on campus (must be packaged and out of plain view.) ¾ Provide alcohol in their alcohol allowed living unit to others aged twenty-one or older and within the guidelines of the social gathering policy. ¾ Possess alcohol displays made up of alcoholic beverage containers if all residents are over the age of twenty-one (window decorations are prohibited in ALL living units). Please note: Persons who are present, within college housing, where alcohol is being consumed by those over or under the age of 21 will be presumed to have been drinking or in possession of alcohol if Public Safety Officers, On-Call Administrators, Resident Assistants or Community Assistants are called to the scene. This is because it is not possible to distinguish who is actually consuming or possessing alcohol on an individual basis where a number of persons are present and without the use of specialized testing equipment used to determine blood alcohol content. Furthermore, staff members are not qualified to operate such equipment. Recommended Sanctions for Alcohol Violations 1st violation – not less than a $200 fine, attendance at Checkpoint (an alcohol education program) or completion of Innerview (an online alcohol education program) and possible Parental Notification (refer to Parental Notification policy). nd

2 violation – not less than a $400 fine, Parental Notification, attendance at Checkpoint, Residence Probation and possible Suspension of Activities Privileges. rd

3 violation – not less than a $800 fine, 10 Community Restitution hours, Parental Notification, referral to Counseling Services for a Substance Abuse Assessment and possible outside treatment, Disciplinary Probation, Suspension of Activities Privileges, Loss of Campus Housing and possible Suspension from the College. th

4 violation – Suspension from the College and Parental Notification. If a student’s consumption of alcohol resulted in serious danger to her/himself or others, the student may be referred to Counseling Services for a mandatory individual assessment. Distribution and/or the sale of alcohol to underage persons will be viewed as an aggravating factor in sanctioning. Other factors to be considered in deciding sanctions shall include present demeanor and past disciplinary record of the student, the nature of the offense, and severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from it as perceived by the victim and/or appropriate College officials. Repeated or aggravated violations of any provisions of this policy may result in expulsion, suspension, or in the imposition of such lesser sanctions as may be appropriate. Drug Policy Violations of College rules and/or Federal, State, or local statutes related to the possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs/substances are treated as very serious matters. Students found responsible through the College judicial system of possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs/substances on campus or at College-related events can expect serious consequences including loss of privileges, suspension, or expulsion from the College. In certain cases, students’ receipt of financial aid will be negatively affected as called for by law. College officials may inform local or other law enforcement authorities about suspected or known drug violations. Drug Laws Ramapo College cooperates with municipal and other law enforcement authorities in enforcing these laws as stated below: State of New Jersey • Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network, (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3) provides penalties for a person found to have acted as an organizer, supervisor, manager or financier of a scheme distributing any Schedule I or II drug. •

Maintaining or Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Production Facility, (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4) provides that such conduct is a first degree crime punishable by imprisonment and fines.

Manufacturing, Distributing, or Dispensing ( N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5) provides that such conduct results in imprisonment and fines.

Distribution, Manufacture or Possession with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.1) provides that such conduct is a third degree crime punishable by imprisonment and fines.

Using a Juvenile in a Drug Distribution Scheme (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-6) provides that such conduct is a second degree crime punishable by imprisonment and fines.

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Drug-Free School Zones (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7) provides that any person who distributes, dispenses, or possesses with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of school property is guilty of a crime of the third degree.

Distribution to Persons Under Eighteen or Pregnant Females (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-8) provides that such conduct carries a penalty of fines and imprisonment.

Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-9) provides that such a situation is a first degree crime, same as murder, but no intent need be shown, only that death resulted as a result of the use of a drug supplied by the defendant.

Possession, Use, Being Under the Influence, or Failure to Make Lawful Disposition (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10) provides that such conduct carries penalties of imprisonment and fines.

Imitation Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS),( N.J.S.A. 2C:35-11) provides that dispensing or distributing a substance falsely purported to be a CDS is a third degree crime, and can carry a fine up to $200,000. Paraphernalia Drug paraphernalia is defined as “ ...all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used or intended for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled dangerous substance... including... roach clips... bongs... pipes...”

Use or Possession with Intent to Use, Narcotic Paraphernalia,( N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2) provides that such conduct carries a disorderly persons offense.

Distribute, Dispense, Possess with Intent to, Narcotics Paraphernalia (N.J.S.A. 2C:36-3) provides that such conduct is a fourth degree crime.

Advertise to Promote Sale of Narcotics Paraphernalia,( N.J.S.A. 2C:36-4) provides that such conduct is a fourth degree crime.

Delivering Paraphernalia to Person Under Eighteen Years(N.J.S.A. 2C:36-5) provides that such conduct constitutes a third degree crime.

Possession or Distribution of Hypodermic Syringe (N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6) provides that such conduct constitutes a disorderly persons offense.

Driving While Intoxicated (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50) provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating … narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drugs is subject to the same penalties stated in G above, including loss of license, as for a driver who is intoxicated through use of alcohol.

Driving While License is Suspended Due to DWI (N.J.S.A. 39:3-40). If a person is found driving while his/her license is suspended due to a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated, that person upon conviction again shall be fined $500, shall have his license to operate a motor vehicle suspended for an additional period of not less than one year nor more than two years, and may be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 90 days. Second and subsequent convictions for driving during a license suspension carry additional penalties including revocation of motor vehicle registration.

Federal Laws The Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. 841) makes it a federal crime: (a) to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance; or (b) to create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense a counterfeit substance. Classification of Controlled Substances The U.S. Code establishes, and authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to revise as needed, classifications of controlled substances. The drugs are each classified in five “schedules,” Schedule I being comprised essentially of “street drugs” and Schedule V being comprised of drugs with a “low potential for abuse” when compared with drugs in Schedules I-IV. Examples of Schedule I drugs are; heroin, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and designer labeled bath salts. Cocaine and codeine are Schedule II drugs. Amphetamines and anabolic steroids are Schedule III drugs, while Barbital is a Schedule IV drug. An example of a Schedule V drug would be a prescription medication with not more than 200 mg. of codeine per 100 grams. Penalties for Violations of Federal Drug Laws Under US federal law, a first offense of illegal possession of a controlled substance can be punished by jail terms of up to twenty years and minimum fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Federal possession and trafficking convictions can also lead to the forfeiture of property (e.g. your car), the denial of federal benefits such as student loans and grants, and a criminal record which may prevent an individual from entering certain career fields. Suspension of Eligibility for Federal Student Aid Section 484(r) of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act provides that a student's eligibility for federal student aid be suspended if that student is convicted under federal or state law of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance (not including alcohol or tobacco). The suspension of eligibility ranges from as much as one year to an indefinite period of time, depending upon the number and type of convictions. A student may regain eligibility early if the conviction is overturned or if he or she completes a drug rehabilitation program that meets certain statutory and regulatory requirements.

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Recommended Sanctions for Drug Policy Violations Drug Possession/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia st

1 violation - not less than $300 fine, 20 Community Restitution hours, Parental Notification, formal drug assessment through Counseling Services, possible Suspension of Activities Privileges, possible Loss of Campus Housing and possible Suspension from the College nd

2 violation – Parental Notification, Suspension from the College or possible Expulsion. Distribution of Drugs (Without Intent of Financial Gain) st

1 violation - Parental Notification, Suspension from the College or possible Expulsion nd

2 violation - Parental Notification and Expulsion. Distribution of Drugs (With Intent of Financial Gain) st

1 violation – Parental Notification and Expulsion. Factors to be considered in deciding sanctions shall include present demeanor and past disciplinary record of the student, the nature of the offense, and severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from it as perceived by the victim and/or appropriate College officials. Repeated or aggravated violations of any provisions of this policy may result in expulsion, suspension, or in the imposition of such lesser sanctions as may be appropriate. Parental Notification for Student Violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy A 1998 amendment to The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 authorizes higher education institutions to inform a parent or legal guardian of any student under age 21, who has been found in violation of any federal, state or local law or any rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances. 1

The Office of Judicial Affairs will notify parents/guardians of students under 21 years of age when a student is found responsible for (1) a violation of the drug policy, (2) a second violation of the alcohol policy, and (3) on the first violation of the alcohol policy when one or more of the following occurs: • The student demonstrates a reckless disregard for his or her personal safety or the safety of others; 2 • Medical attention to any person, including the student, is required as a result of the student’s alcohol related behavior ; • There is significant property damage; • The student operates a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol; • The incident involves another serious violation of the Code of Conduct or New Jersey Law.

GOOD SAMARITAN POLICY Objective: To save lives and acknowledge that student health and welfare are essential. Philosophy Statement: We take pride in the partnership that exists between students and the officials who respond to emergency situations. The health and safety of our students as it relates to critical incidents regarding alcohol use, misuse, and abuse are of paramount concern; especially when the individual is in need of timely medical assistance. Students must never hesitate to contact authorities when they suspect they themselves, another student, or a non-student is in need of urgent medical care stemming from intoxication because they are concerned that the incident may lead to disciplinary actions for themselves or others. Emergency, 911. Department of Public Safety, 201.684.6666. Some Examples: • A student is apprehensive to call for help because s/he has consumed enough alcohol (or other drugs) to be considered to be in an intoxicated state in violation of laws and/or campus rules. • A student is reluctant to call for help for another student who is unconscious, unresponsive, or violently vomiting due to intoxication. • A student is hosting a social gathering where alcohol was available. An attendee at the gathering is intoxicated and in need of medical attention. • A student is attending a social gathering where alcohol was available. A person is intoxicated and in need of medical attention. • An intoxicated student has been “put to bed” by a peer fearing that calling for help will involve disciplinary actions and/or parental notification. Protocol: • The Good Samaritan Policy applies to students who seek medical attention for themselves or students seeking help for another intoxicated individual. • The Good Samaritan Policy will apply should the responding officials deem it necessary or unnecessary for the individual to be transported to the hospital. Medical attention also includes an assessment by first-responders.


Please Note: Parental notification will only take place after all possible appeal processes have upheld the finding of responsibility for the offense. 2 In a situation where a student’s health or safety is/was seriously endangered every attempt will be made to notify the parent/guardian immediately.

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Other violations of the Code of Conduct documented, including but not limited to: the threat of harm to self/others, damage to College property, violations of the College Hazing Policy or sexual victimization may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for review and possible judicial action or referrals to the Center for Health and Counseling Services. In other words, other Code of Conduct violations associated with the incident may NOT be granted amnesty. Information concerning those who receive medical attention and/or are transported to the hospital will be recorded by the responding College officials as is always the case. In other words, there will never be an incident that transpires “off the record.” The Good Samaritan Policy exists so that students will do the right thing and seek medical attention for themselves or others without the fear of judicial outcomes. The incident does not become recorded on the student’s official disciplinary record in the Office of Judicial Affairs. A record will exist in the Office of Judicial Affairs that the incident transpired, but is not normally reportable to outside employers, agencies, or noted on a transcript. The record exists to track the student’s behavior should there by another incident of a similar nature. Please note: some background checks for local, State, and/or Federal levels of employment require the full disclosure and release of all student records. College officials will use the protocols in place for emergency contacts should a student be hospitalized or if it is deemed by officials to be a dangerous or potentially dangerous condition or circumstance. In other words, the student’s emergency contact person will most likely be called. The student may be issued an Interim Suspension from the College at the time of the incident and be required to appear before the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee) before s/he is reinstated as a student at the College. Interim Suspensions, in and of themselves, are not part of a student’s disciplinary record. The College reserves the right to review each occurrence and make determinations on a case by case basis.

Full Amnesty: Violations of the Code of Conduct that fall under this policy will not be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for formal action. The student(s) involved will be asked to meet with the Director of Judicial Affairs to discuss the incident and the Code of Conduct. The Director may make recommendations to the student(s) that include education and/or intervention through the Center for Health and Counseling Services. In cases where the student is hospitalized, an alcohol assessment with the Center for Health and Counseling Services will be strongly encouraged and the student may expect a counselor to follow up with her/him depending on the results of the assessment. Provisions: This policy is in place to provide help and support for the health of our College students in isolated situations. It does not excuse or protect those who repeatedly violate College policy. In most cases, the Good Samaritan Policy will be applied once - either to the intoxicated student, those that have served alcohol, or those attending social gatherings. In other words, repeat offenders may have their cases referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for a formal disciplinary review. Whether or not a case qualifies for amnesty is the decision of the Director of Judicial Affairs (or designee) after a full review has been conducted. Responding officials will use standard protocols for documenting information and collecting identification. All students are expected to comply and provide identification. Students should not assume amnesty at the time of the incident. Provisions: This policy is in place to provide help and support for the health of our College students in isolated situations. It does not excuse or protect those who repeatedly violate College policy. In most cases, the Good Samaritan Policy will be applied once - either to the intoxicated student, those that have served alcohol, or those attending social gatherings. In other words, repeat offenders may have their cases referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for a formal disciplinary review. Whether or not a case qualifies for amnesty is the decision of the Director of Judicial Affairs (or designee) after a full review has been conducted. Responding officials will use standard protocols for documenting information and collecting identification. All students are expected to comply and provide identification. Students should not assume amnesty at the time of the incident.

CODE OF CONDUCT 2011-2012 To protect the rights of all community members and visitors, the College has established a Code of Conduct that outlines standards of behavior and means for sanctioning those who do not abide by these standards. The Code of Conduct covers the behavior of all students and their 3 guests and applies to acts committed on the Ramapo College campus, at College-sponsored events and activities both on and off campus, and other actions as defined in Section F. The disciplinary regulations that follow are designed to provide broad guidelines. They are not meant to define in exhaustive terms all behaviors that are prohibited. In all cases, the College has the right and the duty to protect the well-being of community members. When violations of the Code of Conduct are also violations of Federal, State, or local law, the College, through its employees or representatives, may file a complaint in the appropriate forum. Similarly, the College itself may press internal disciplinary charges. The College reserves the right to take action against students based on off-campus conduct as provided in Section F. This Code of Conduct will not be applied to abridge a student’s exercise of free speech or expression which is protected by the Constitution of the State of New Jersey or the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Code of Conduct may be amended. If a change is made, students will be notified through means deemed appropriate. A copy of the latest Code of Conduct with revisions is available at the following websites: Student Life – Office of Judicial Affairs - On-Campus Living –

Anyone who is not assigned to your residence room/suite or apartment and enters (or remains in) your residence after 10:00 p.m. on any night is considered a guest. Residents and commuters will be held accountable for the behavior and/or actions of the guest(s) they are hosting.


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A. The Role of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee(s) has the responsibility for overseeing processes related to the implementation of the Code. Academic misconduct charges are generally considered by members of the staff of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. In a situation where a student’s health or safety is/was very seriously endangered, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee(s) will make every attempt to notify the parent/guardian as soon as possible. B. Filing Complaints Complaints against students may be made by any student, employee, or guest of the College who believes the Code of Conduct has been violated. A complaint must be made in writing to the Department of Public Safety within a reasonable amount of time after the occurrence. (This will normally be construed to mean within 30 calendar days, unless unusual circumstances exist or it is an alleged crime that the college must report under The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.) The complainant should include as much detail concerning the alleged violation as possible and include specific reference to the part of the Code the complainant feels was violated. Forms on which complaints may be filed are available in the Department of Public Safety. The use of a form to file a complaint is not required, but is requested. Students are formally charged with alleged violations only after appropriate members of the Student Affairs staff have reviewed the complaint and witness statements (if available). Forms used to file a complaint or statement in the Department of Public Safety or elsewhere may be used by the Office of Judicial Affairs in the adjudication of a Residence Life or College Discipline Conference or in a College Judicial Review Board hearing. This information may become part of the general case file and may be viewed by those against whom complaints have been filed as part of their due process rights. Complaints may also be filed via the Department of Public Safety’s website: These complaints are reviewed by College officials prior to being referred to relevant offices for possible action. C. Complaints Against Student Groups Recognized or registered student groups, organizations and teams may be charged with violations of the Code of Conduct. A student group, organization or team and its officers or captains may be held collectively and/or individually responsible when violations of the Code of Conduct occur by those associated with the group or organization whose actions have received the consent of the groups’ or organization's leaders, officers, or spokespersons. The president or identifiable spokesperson of the group who is charged with violations of the Code of Conduct will be sent a “Notice of Judicial Proceeding” that will indicate the adjudication option that will be employed in their case. The person receiving this notice must be a registered student. D. Responsibilities of Officers or Other Leaders of Student Organizations The officers or leaders or any identifiable spokesperson for a student group or organization may be directed by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee to take appropriate action designed to prevent or end violations of the Code of Conduct by the group or organization, or by any persons associated with the group or organization who can reasonably be said to be acting on the groups’ or organization's behalf. Failure to make reasonable efforts to comply with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs' or designee's directive shall be considered a violation of “failure to comply with the directions of College officials, including campus Public Safety Officers, or Officers of the law, acting in performance of their duties (Code H.17).” E. Accountability of Students to Civil Authorities Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and to the College for acts that violate the law and the Code of Conduct. Disciplinary action at the College may normally continue while criminal proceedings are pending and will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced. The College reserves the right to reach its own determination on violations of the Code of Conduct unaffected by the outcome of any civil or criminal action. F. Actions for Serious Crimes on Campus or Off Campus If the College is made aware a student has been arrested, indicted, or found guilty of a crime, or when the College is notified of a student’s offcampus conduct (including electronic communication) that, in the College’s judgment, is sufficiently severe or pervasive that the student poses a material threat to the public safety or to ongoing operations of the campus, the College reserves the right to take administrative actions to protect the community and may, therefore, require that person to withdraw from the College and/or campus housing through regular disciplinary processes or the Interim Suspension process. The procedures for hearings regarding regular disciplinary matters or Interim Suspensions (found in sections J-N of the Code of Conduct which is published in the Student Handbook) will then be followed. G. College Actions Against Non-Students The College’s judicial process does not have jurisdiction when a complaint is filed against a person who is not a student. Persons who are not students but who violate Federal, State, or local laws or College regulations may be subject to arrest, immediately banned from campus and/or may have their campus visitation privileges revoked. College officials may file charges with the police against guests or other visitors who violate laws while on campus. Non-students who are banned from campus or have their College visitation privileges revoked have the right to appeal that determination by writing to the official who issued the ban letter. Campus hosts will be held responsible for their guests' behavior. Hosts may be charged with a violation(s) of the Code of Conduct that was committed by their guest(s). H. Prohibited Conduct 1a. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm. 1b. Intentionally or recklessly causing reasonable apprehension of physical harm. 1c. Intentionally or recklessly causing threats to do physical harm. 2a. Intentionally or recklessly engaging in harassment, intimidation or bullying, including physical acts, speech, writing, voicemail, e-mail, electronic communication or communication through a third party, which is sufficiently severe, pervasive and objectively offensive so as to substantially disrupt school operations or substantially undermine another student’s ability to participate in or to receive the benefits, services or opportunities offered by the College and that: (i.) involves intimidation or threats to another person’s safety, rights of personal privacy and property, academic pursuits, College employment, or participation in activities sponsored by the College or organizations or groups related to the College; or (ii.) a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or (iii.) creates an intimidating or hostile environment by substantially interfering with a student’s education, or by materially impairing the academic pursuits, employment or participation of any person or group in the College community, or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student or other member of the College community; or (iv.) as a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or other person or damaging the person’s property or placing her/him in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to her/his person or to any member of that person’s family or household, or of damage to her/his property.

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3b. 3c.

Discriminatory harassment, intimidation or bullying; a student will be found responsible for discriminatory harassment, intimidation or bullying who engages in conduct described as “harassment, intimidation or bullying� which the student directs at a specific group or individual, based upon race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, familial status, disability, nationality, sex, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, NJSA 10:5-4, which conduct substantially interferes with work, educational performance or equal access to the College’s resources and opportunities. Unauthorized use of any weapon or realistic model of a weapon. (The definition of weapon includes those items described as such in the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice as well as any similar instrument that has no legitimate or obvious purpose related to the College's educational program, e.g., dart guns, paintball guns, BB guns, bows and arrows, any instrument that can discharge a projectile, hunting knives, carpet knives, razor knives, and knives with blades longer than two inches, except knives related to the preparation or consumption of food or that can be legitimately described as a pocket or pen knife.) Unauthorized possession of any weapon or realistic model of a weapon. Unauthorized storage of any weapon or realistic model of a weapon.


Unauthorized discharge of any weapon.


3e. Hunting or fishing anywhere on the College campus. 4. Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report or warning concerning: a) the threat of fire b) the presence of a bomb or of an explosion c) any other emergency condition 5.

Intentionally or recklessly and substantially, disrupting normal College or College-sponsored activities including, but not limited to: a) presentations by invited speakers b) studying c) teaching d) research e) College administration, including institutional governance operations f) the activities of fire, police, or other emergency services


Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction or actions required by a college office for reasons of health and safety or college policies imposed in accordance with this Code and the Guide to Community Living.


Unauthorized distribution or possession for purposes of distribution of any controlled substance, illegal drug, or commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia. Use or possession of any controlled substance, illegal drug, or commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia.

8. 9.

Violation of Federal, State, local or campus drug or alcohol laws, regulations or rules.


Intentionally or recklessly misusing fire equipment or other safety equipment, including fire alarm, fire detection, and fire suppression devices.

10b. Failure or refusal to vacate a building or to follow instructions during a fire alarm. 10c.

Causing fire alarm activation due to negligent cooking, use of aerosol cans, or violating other fire other safety regulations listed in the Guide to Community Living.


Intentionally furnishing false information to the College, a College official, or officer of the law, verbally or in writing.

12a. Forgery of any College document or instrument of identification. 12b. Unauthorized alteration of any College document or instrument of identification. 12c.

Unauthorized use of any College document or instrument of identification.

13. All forms of academic dishonesty including cheating (including using unacknowledged electronic sources), fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism. (Students charged with a violation of this section of the Code of Conduct are subject to the procedures outlined in the Academic Integrity policy which is published in the Student Handbook and in the College Catalog.) 14. Intentionally and substantially interfering with rights of privacy or the freedom of expression of others. 15a. Theft of property or services. 15b. Attempted theft of property or services. 15c.

Acting as an accessory in the theft of property or services.


Knowing possession of stolen property.


Permitting another individual to stay overnight in a living unit without proper registration.

16. 17.

Intentionally or recklessly destroying or damaging or threatening to destroy or damage the property of others. Failure to comply with the directions of College officials, including campus Public Safety Officers, or Officers of the law, acting in performance of their duties.


Violation of published Federal, State, or local laws or of College regulations or policies. (Such regulations or policies may include Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, or Hostile Environment; residence hall agreements as well as those regulations relating to entry and use of College facilities, use of College owned or controlled equipment, campus demonstrations, misuse of identification cards, motor vehicle regulations, etc.) 19a. Unauthorized presence in College premises. 19b. Unauthorized use of College facilities or equipment.

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19c. Unauthorized presence in, surveillance of, or use of another's property or assigned College residence. 20.

Unauthorized use or possession of fireworks, other incendiaries, or explosive devices.


Failure or refusal to produce a College identification card upon demand by a Public Safety Officer or other official of the College acting in his/her official capacity, or Officer of the law. Littering, vandalism of College or private property (on-campus), or placing graffiti on walls, doors, or other College or privately owned property. Hazing, including organizing, engaging in, facilitating, or promoting any conduct which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury. (The consent of those hazed will not be accepted as a defense.) Hazing and aggravated hazing are also crimes punishable under the provisions of Title 2C of the Statutes of the State of New Jersey. Failure to comply with any of the standards or requirements outlined in the Pledge's Bill of Rights (developed by the Attorney General of the State of N.J. pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A: 324 et. seq.) will be considered a violation of this section of the Code of Conduct. Subsequent changes in hazing laws are automatically included in the Code of Conduct upon their adoption. Computer misuse, including but not limited to, hardware theft or fraud, duplicating copy-protected software, unauthorized use, subverting restrictions, and plagiarizing class programs, cyber-harassment, and invasion of privacy through electronic or digital means. (Specific rules governing the use of computers and computer labs on campus are developed and distributed by the Information Technology Services. Violations of those rules including the Policy for Responsible Use of Electronic Communications will be construed as violations of this section of the Code of Conduct.) Electronic invasion of privacy, including photographing, filming, videotaping, recording, or otherwise reproducing in any manner, or disclosing the image of another person whose intimate parts are exposed or who is engaged in an act of sexual penetration or sexual contact, without that person’s consent under circumstances in which a reasonable person would not expect to be observed (See NJ State Law – N.J.S.A. 2A: 58D-1). Sexual Misconduct, including, but not limited to, engaging in or attempting to engage in the following offenses which are reported annually as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Public Safety Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act4: Forcible Rape: The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth). This offense includes the forcible rape of both males and females.

22. 23.




Forcible Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. Sexual Assault with an Object: The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. An object or instrument is anything used by the offender other than the offender’s genitalia. Examples are a finger, bottle, hand gun, stick, etc. Forcible Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or, not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity. Forcible fondling includes “indecent liberties” and “child molesting.” Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.



Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent (which in New Jersey is 18). If force was used or threatened, or the victim was incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth, or temporary or permanent mental impairment, the offense should be classified as forcible rape, not statutory. Sexual harassment; a student will be found responsible for sexual harassment who engages in conduct described above as “harassment, intimidation or bullying” which the student directs at a specific individual based on sex, or which would not have occurred but for the individual’s gender, or gender identification, which conduct is unwelcome and substantially interferes with work, educational performance or equal access to the College’s resources and opportunities. Sexual harassment is a violation of the College Policy, New Jersey state law, as well as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended in 1991). Under certain circumstances, sexual harassment may include attempted sexual misconduct as described in Code H.25 above. Violation of New Jersey Gambling Law (NJS 2C-37-1 through 9) on College premises or at College events held off campus.


Causing intentional or reckless harm or other physical injury to campus wildlife including the purposeful destruction of these creatures' natural habitats. 28b. Possessing an animal or pet without authorization. 29. Violations of the Code of Professional Responsibility and the State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace when these policies apply to students who are also college employees or of the Student Guide to On-Campus Employment when it references certain dismissals for “cause.” 30. After a verbal or written warning, continued violation of H. 1-28. above or of any published College policy. I. Adjudication of Cases Students/Organizations who are charged with violations of the Code of Conduct will be sent a “Notice of Judicial Proceeding” that will indicate which of the following adjudication options will be employed in their case: 1.


Residence Life and College Disciplinary Conferences: If the alleged violation is one for which the student could not be suspended or expelled from the College, the case will likely be heard (although it is not mandatory) in a Residence Life or a College Disciplinary

All definitions under Code 25 are based on The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting (2005)

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Conference normally conducted by a professional staff member in Residence Life, Office of Judicial Affairs, or a designee. The charged student will be required to attend a scheduled conference with the presiding administrator and will have the opportunity to discuss the alleged violation. Charged students have the option of taking responsibility for the alleged violation prior to the conference by signing the “Notice of Judicial Proceeding” and returning it to the Office of Judicial Affairs. Students who choose to accept responsibility (by signing and submitting the form) will not attend the scheduled conference. The presiding administrator will assess the disciplinary sanction and send this result to the student. Further information regarding Disciplinary Conferences is outlined in Section J. 2.

College Judicial Review Board Hearings: If the alleged violation is one for which the student could be suspended or expelled from the College, the case must be heard by the College Judicial Review Board. Specific information regarding College Judicial Review Board Hearings is outlined in Sections J, K, and L. 3. No Contact Order: The Office of Judicial Affairs may mandate that no contact occur between students or groups of students. By copy of this order, students are not permitted to contact each other via verbal, written, or through a third party person. Students seeking court issued restraining orders, or protections off campus should contact a police agency. Any student found to be violating a No Contact Order restriction will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for violation of the Code of Conduct. The Department of Public Safety will forward all relevant materials to the Office of Judicial Affairs where the reports will be reviewed to determine further disciplinary action (if any). J. Rights in All Disciplinary Proceedings For any disciplinary action for which sanctions may be imposed, the student/organization shall have the following procedural protections: 1.

Written notice of the charges that is dated at least three (3) business days prior to any scheduled Residence Life or College Disciplinary Conference and seven (7) business days prior to any scheduled College Judicial Review Board Hearing. A student may relinquish his or her right to the notification period by signing and executing a waiver with the Office of Judicial Affairs. A written notice of the charges will be sent to the student’s on-campus residential mailbox and home address for commuter students. Additionally, an electronic reminder is sent to the student’s Ramapo College e-mail address alerting her/him to the upcoming delivery of such a notice. It is the responsibility of the student to access their mail and electronic mail on a daily basis.


Reasonable access to the case file prior to and during the proceeding, provided that all reviews of files must take place in the Office of Judicial Affairs (C-216). All case materials shall be retained in the Office of Judicial Affairs.


The burden of proof shall be upon the complainant, who must establish that the person charged is responsible for the conduct violation "more likely than not" based on the credible evidence. This "preponderance of the evidence" standard is a lower one than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard employed in criminal prosecutions within the court system.


The right to remain silent and not present evidence against her/himself.


Opportunities to both question those who provide information at the proceeding and respond to any information being presented against her/him. Formal rules of evidence shall not be applicable pursuant to the Code of Conduct. The Board Advisor/Hearing Officer shall give effect to the rules of confidentiality and privilege, but shall otherwise admit all information for consideration that reasonable persons would accept as having material value. Unduly repetitious or irrelevant information may be excluded.


Any member of the College community may, upon showing relevance and necessity, request witnesses to appear at a proceeding. Character witnesses are not permissible in campus disciplinary proceedings. It is the responsibility of the complainant and the charged student to notify the Office of Judicial Affairs, by fax, electronic mail, or in writing of the persons they wish called as witnesses at least three (3) business days before the proceeding. The Office of Judicial Affairs will notify students who are identified as witnesses that their appearance is required. It is generally expected that witnesses will appear in person to give testimony. Under rare circumstances, a signed, dated, and notarized statement of a witness who is unable to appear or who has been excused may be introduced at a proceeding. The decision as to whether such a document or any other alternative means of testimony may be used lies solely with the Board Advisor/Hearing Officer. Students who refuse to appear as witnesses for either the complainant or the charged student may be charged with “failure to comply with the directions of College officials, including campus Public Safety officers, or officers of the law, acting in performance of their duties (Code H.17).” Witnesses will be excluded from the proceeding during the testimony of other witnesses. All parties to the case, witnesses, and the public shall be excluded during any deliberations determining responsibility or sanctions.


Students charged with alleged violations, complainants, and witnesses may be accompanied by an advisor who may be an attorney. Advisors may provide counsel to the student, but may not speak on their behalf nor appear in lieu of the student. A student who wishes to have an attorney as an advisor must inform the Office of Judicial Affairs, in writing by fax, electronic mail, or by telephone at least three (3) business days before the scheduled proceeding. When informed that an attorney will be present at the proceeding, the College may consult with the New Jersey State Attorney General's Office for advice on whether legal counsel for the College should also be present.


Proceedings will be open to the public, except when, in the judgment of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee, this would result in the disruption of normal College activities or cause physical or serious emotional harm to the complainant, witnesses, or the student charged.


In accordance with current guidelines established in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and implemented by Ramapo College, the record of most disciplinary proceeding’s findings is not open to the public. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the N.J. Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights, and/or 34 CFR 668.47(a)(12)(vi) does permit the disclosure of campus judicial system findings to victims of "sex offenses" (including nonforcible ones) or "crimes of violence". In addition, FERPA now permits, once all appeals are exhausted, the final results of campus disciplinary proceedings for crimes of violence and forcible and non-forcible sex offenses to be disclosed on campus (upon request), including the name of the accused held responsible and the nature of the offense. Parents or guardians may be notified in certain cases involving violations of campus drug or alcohol regulations once all appeals have been heard or when the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs deems the matter a health or safety emergency (see the College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policies for more information). Complainants in other kinds of cases will be notified about case adjudication and sanctions imposed if, in the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs' or her/his designee's opinion, such disclosure is necessary to protect the safety of the complainant or of other members of the College community. If FERPA or other pertinent regulations change, the complainant and the student charged will be so notified before a proceeding is held. Note: Since the College does not have campus police officers, certain records of actions taken by outside police authorities are normally public information and are not subject to laws governing the privacy of College records.

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10. In cases where a student charged does not appear after proper notice and has no justifiable reason for non-appearance, the finding will be an "uncontested admission of violation" and an appropriate sanction will be imposed. Please see Section S for information on appeals. 11. Hearings will not be postponed unless under unusual circumstances set forth in the "Justifiable Excuse" policy for non-appearance. The policy is available in the Office of Judicial Affairs. The process is designed to be educational in nature and support the student speaking for herself/himself; therefore, only the responding student may make a request to postpone a hearing. Requests by third parties, including counsel, will not be considered. 12. Where loss of housing, suspension, or expulsion are possible sanctions, proceedings will be tape-recorded. Other proceedings may be recorded at the discretion of the College. These recordings are solely for the purpose of providing assistance to the Hearing Officer/members of the College Judicial Review Board or to the appeals officer in their deliberations. These recordings remain the property of the College and constitute an official record of the proceeding. 13. Final decisions and a listing of any sanctions imposed will be noted by the Board Advisor/Hearing Officer who will be responsible for ensuring such information is conveyed in writing to the charged student and to all others as deemed necessary or appropriate. The finding will be mailed to the charged student no later than ten (10) business days following the date of the hearing. Notification of others with a need or right to know under the law will only take place after all possible appeal processes have upheld the finding. 14. Records of findings and sanctions are retained as indicated on the Hearing Results Form. 15. A student, with pending charges, who withdraws from the College will not be permitted to enroll in future coursework until their case has been adjudicated in the Office of Judicial Affairs. Until the case is resolved, the student may be banned from the campus and a registration (and/or transcript) hold placed on the student’s account. The disciplinary case is placed in a “pending return” category with no finding of responsibility within the campus judicial process. K. College Judicial Review Board Structure The College Judicial Review Board shall be comprised of five members, two of whom shall be matriculated students, and the other three of whom shall be members of the faculty or professional staff. A quorum consists of any three members of the Board. Decisions are made by majority vote. A tie vote will result in a finding of “not responsible.” College Judicial Review Boards will be impaneled on a case-by-case basis from a list of volunteers who have agreed to the principles and procedures outlined in the Code of Conduct and in the College Judicial Review Board Manual. Each College Judicial Review Board hearing will be guided by a Board Advisor, who is normally an employee of the Office of Judicial Affairs. The Board Advisor may comment on questions of procedure and admissibility of information presented and shall not be excluded from hearings or Board deliberations except that s/he shall not vote. The Board Advisor shall exercise control over the manner in which the hearing is conducted to avoid unnecessarily lengthy hearings and to prevent the harassment or intimidation of witnesses. The Board Advisor may make accommodations for the safety and well-being of the complainant, accused, and witnesses by providing separate facilities for testimonies, using a telephone, videophone, videotape, audio tape, written statement, or other means on a case by case basis. These accommodations are made at the sole judgment of the Board Advisor. Anyone who disrupts a hearing or who fails to adhere to hearing guidelines may be excluded from the proceedings. The Board Advisor will ensure the Board follows the procedures outlined in the Code of Conduct and in the College Judicial Review Board Manual. L. College Judicial Review Board Hearing Format At the time, date, and place scheduled, the hearing shall be conducted under the guidance of the Board Advisor. All proceedings before the College Judicial Review Board shall be recorded and shall adhere to the following format: 1.

The Board Advisor shall convene the hearing and introduce all the parties involved in the proceeding, and the students’ advisors, if any.


The Board Advisor will not apply the technical rules of evidence followed in criminal or civil proceedings nor entertain technical legal motions. Technical legal rules pertaining to the wording of questions, hearsay, and opinions will not be formally applied. Reasonable rules of relevancy will guide the Board Advisor in deciding on the admissibility of information. Reasonable limits may be imposed on the number of witnesses and the amount of cumulative evidence that may be introduced.


Any objections to the due process requirements shall be entered on record and the Board Advisor shall make any necessary rulings regarding the validity of such objections.


The alleged violation or violations upon which the complaint has been based shall be read by the Board Advisor. The charged student will be asked to enter a plea to each alleged violation. (In a case where a charged student pleads “responsible” for all charged violations, there will be no formal hearing on the charges. The charged student, the complainant and/or the victim will be allowed to make brief statements of explanation to the Board if they so wish. The Board will then determine a sanction.)


The complainant shall provide her/his narrative of the events describing the alleged violation (s).


The charged student shall then provide her/his narrative (if not electing to remain silent).


The charged student shall have the opportunity to ask questions of the complainant followed by questions from the Board.


The complainant shall have the opportunity to ask questions of the charged student, followed by questions from the Board.


The complainant shall be given the opportunity to call witnesses.

10. The charged student shall be given the opportunity to question each witness of the complainant after s/he testifies, followed by questions from the Board. 11. The charged student shall be given the opportunity to call witnesses. 12. The complainant shall be given the opportunity to question each witness of the charged student after s/he testifies, followed by questions from the Board. 13. The Board Advisor may adjourn the hearing for a brief period of time so that concise closing statements can be prepared.

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14. The charged student shall present her/his closing statement followed by the complainant. 15. The hearing shall be concluded and the members of the College Judicial Review Board shall deliberate in private until the final decision is reached and recorded. Note: A determination that a violation has occurred shall be followed by a deliberation concerning the appropriate sanction to be imposed. The past disciplinary record of the charged student shall not be supplied to the Board by the Board Advisor prior to this point. Other information from either party to the hearing, including a written victim impact statement if appropriate, or from the Board Advisor which is relevant to the choice of sanction may also be introduced at this point, including information concerning penalties assessed against other students for similar offenses. No information directly related to the case in question may be introduced for the first time at this point in the proceeding unless the charged student has been informed and allowed to review and comment on the material. M. Procedures for Interim Suspension from Campus or Residence Areas Only 1.

A student may be suspended from the campus as a whole or from residence areas for an interim period not less than 48 hours, pending disciplinary proceedings; such interim suspension to become effective immediately without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the continued presence of the student on the College campus may pose a substantial threat to herself/ himself, others in the College, or to the stability and/or continuance of normal College functions as a result of a violation of the Code of Conduct or Federal, State, or local laws.


The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, the Residence Life Staff, and the Director of Judicial Affairs (or designee) are generally authorized to impose Interim Suspensions. Under unusual circumstances, the Residence Life staff may authorize that an Interim Suspension be issued by a Tour Commander in the Department of Public Safety. (See also procedures for immediate suspension from individual classes in Section N of the Student Handbook.)


If a student who is suspended on an interim basis wishes to return to the campus, s/he is required to make an appointment to appear personally before the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee within five (5) business days from the effective date of the suspension. The purpose of this Interim Suspension appointment is to determine the following: a.

The reliability of the information concerning the student's conduct, including the matter of his/her identity.


Whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances may reasonably indicate that the continued presence of the student on the College campus pose a substantial threat to herself/himself, others in the College, or to the stability and/or continuance of normal College functions.

A disciplinary proceeding will be scheduled at another time to hear the substantive issues involved. This follows the Interim Suspension appointment with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee and employs the procedures outlined earlier. An Interim Suspension, in and of itself, does not become part of a student's permanent disciplinary record. N. Interim Suspension from Class If an instructor judges the behavior of a student interferes with her/his ability to conduct a class, the instructor may suspend the student for the remainder of that class session. The instructor may call the Department of Public Safety to escort the student out of class in the event the student refuses to leave. At the time of this Interim Suspension, the instructor will inform the student that a mediation conference among the student, instructor, and School's Dean will be scheduled before the next class session. If the problem is resolved in this mediation conference, the student will return to class. It is the student's responsibility to make up the work missed. If the mediation conference does not result in a mutually acceptable solution, the instructor will file a formal charge against the student with the Office of Judicial Affairs for violation of the Code of Conduct within two (2) business days of the conclusion of the mediation conference. (If no charge is filed, the student may return to class.) The student will remain suspended from class pending the outcome of the hearing on this charge. If the student is found not to have violated the Code of Conduct, s/he will return to class and the student must make arrangements for missed work to be made up. If the student is found to have violated the Code of Conduct, sanctions will be imposed in accordance with the Code of Conduct. If the student does not return to the class (as a sanction or by choice), a Withdrawal (W) will be administratively assigned for the course on the student’s transcript. NOTE: If an instructor judges the behavior of a student poses a danger to her/himself or others, the instructor should seek assistance from the Department of Public Safety. In such a case, an Interim Suspension from that class alone of the College will be served on the student by the appropriate College official. No mediation conference will be scheduled if this is the case. O. Sanctions The following sanctions singly or in combination may be imposed for violations of; Section H: Prohibited Conduct. All result in written notification being placed in the student's disciplinary file in the Office of Judicial Affairs. A student who fails to complete the terms of a campus judicial sanction by the given deadline may have her/his registration for a subsequent semester postponed or terminated until all terms of the sanction have been completed. Students who fail to comply with a sanction may be charged with “violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction or actions required by a college office for reasons of health and safety or college policies imposed in accordance with this Code and the Guide to Community Living (Code H.6).� 1.

Official Warning: A written statement indicating a violation of the Code of Conduct has occurred and warning that a subsequent violation will likely be treated more severely.


Restitution Requirement: The student may be required to provide the College with financial restitution for the restoration or replacement of property that was damaged, defaced, lost, or stolen. Students seeking a financial award from other students for damages or compensation for stolen/damaged items should seek further assistance from the Mahwah Municipal Court. The student conduct process does not have jurisdiction in this area.


Residence Probation: A defined period of time whereby a student living in College residence facilities is given an opportunity to modify his/her behavior or risk losing the privilege of living on campus. Any subsequent violation of the Code of Conduct, while in this status, will likely result in suspension of residence privileges


Suspension of Activity Privileges: The student cannot be a member of a recognized or registered student organization, participate in organizations' regularly scheduled activities, serve as a representative of the College, or participate in intramural, club, or

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intercollegiate sports. Notification of this sanction/status will be sent to appropriate College officials so they will know who may not participate in activities sponsored by their offices. 5.

Disciplinary Probation: A defined period of time whereby any registered student is given an opportunity to modify her/his behavior or risk losing student status. Any subsequent violation of the Code of Conduct, while in this status, will likely result in suspension or expulsion from the College.


Loss of Campus Housing Selection Privilege: Students assigned this sanction may only enter the selection process as an “individual.” Students are not permitted to join a “group” or be pulled into a group. Students must follow the necessary procedures outlined within the housing selection materials in order to secure housing as an individual.


Suspension of Residence Privileges: The student’s privilege to live on campus and visit the Residence Areas of the campus is suspended for a defined period of time. The student is not entitled to any refund of campus housing and/or meal plan fees once the standard refund periods have expired.


College Suspension: Beginning on the date the suspension takes effect, the student may not attend classes or submit any further work for their courses. In addition, the student may not be present on the campus nor at a College-sponsored event for any reason whatsoever for a specified period of time. The student is not entitled to a refund or any tuition or fees after the scheduled refund dates.


Expulsion: Beginning on the date the expulsion takes effect, the student may never again register for classes, may never attend classes, or submit any further work for the courses in which they are currently registered. In addition, the student may never be present on the campus nor at a College-sponsored event for any reason whatsoever. The student is not entitled to any refund or any tuition or fees after the published refund dates. (See Registrar and Transcript Notations, Section R).

10. Other Sanctions: Other sanctions may be imposed in addition to, or instead of those described in #1 through #9 above. For example, students may have residence area visitations or campus driving or parking privileges limited or revoked. Essay or research projects may be assigned. Students may have community restitution projects assigned. Students who are found responsible for Code of Conduct violations which involve alcohol/drug use and/or abuse, or who otherwise engage in behavior associated with alcohol/drug use and/or abuse, may be required to attend educational programs intended to inform them about alcohol/drug use and/or abuse. Student may have their alcohol allowed privileges for their living unit temporarily or permanently revoked. There will be no refund of tuition, room, or board charges after the published deadlines if withdrawal from courses and/or campus residence is affected because of violations of the Code of Conduct. Students should be aware that conviction in criminal court for certain controlled substance offenses including drug possession and/or sale may have them declared ineligible for Federal financial aid for a period of time. Factors to be considered in deciding sanctions shall include present demeanor and past disciplinary record of the student, the nature of the offense, and severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from it as perceived by the victim and/or appropriate College officials. The (ab)use of alcohol shall be considered an aggravating rather than a mitigating factor. Violations of the Code of Conduct proving to have been motivated by illegal bias will result in the imposition of more severe sanctions. Victims may submit written statements to the Office of Judicial Affairs detailing the effect the offense has had upon them and their ability to function as students. Repeated or aggravated violations of any provisions of this Code may result in expulsion, suspension, or the imposition of such lesser sanctions as may be appropriate. Sanctions for group or organization misconduct may include revocation or denial of recognition or registration, de-funding, or the imposition of other appropriate sanctions. Sanctions imposed as the result of a College Judicial Review Board or a College Disciplinary/Residence Life Conference may be put into hiatus (i.e., not put into effect) for a predetermined period of time by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee. The original sanction(s) may be re-imposed immediately upon a further finding of responsibility in a subsequent campus judicial proceeding at any level. The file of a person involved in disciplinary actions may be retained as a record for an indefinite period unless a time-defined limit is indicated on the Hearing Results Form. Students or former students may have their privilege to use an e-mail account issued through the College revoked for a specified period of time. Specifically, students who have been expelled or suspended from the College, may their e-mail account terminated immediately (or directly after all appeal procedures have been exhausted). Failure to comply with the directions of College officials, Public Safety officers, or officers of the law may result in up to a $100 fine + 20 hours of community restitution. Repeat offenses may result in more severe penalties. The following list illustrates some common failure to comply situations, but is not intended to be an exhaustive list: Refusal or failure to follow directions given by College officials during a fire alarm evacuation Failure to cooperate with directions of a Public Safety officer during a traffic stop Failure to produce identification or providing false information Disregarding College officials giving directions during an event/program Preventing College officials and/or Public Safety officers from performing the essential functions of their job by using profane language or being disorderly. P. Conduct Code Violations’ Effect upon Graduation A student found responsible for violations of the Code of Conduct, which could have led to expulsion or suspension had s/he remained a registered student at the College and who has otherwise satisfied the College's published requirements for graduation, may have the awarding of her/his degree postponed to a future date or permanently withheld. A student whose graduation is postponed or permanently withheld may also be refused a copy of her/his official transcript and cannot have it sent to others during the period of her/his sanction. In cases where graduation is delayed due to pending charges, cases normally will be adjudicated within as short a period of time. A graduating student found responsible

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for violations of the Code of Conduct, which result in the imposition of a fine or restitution of money or goods valued in excess of $100.00, may be refused an official copy of her/his transcript and cannot have it sent to others while these charges remain on her/his college account. Q. Registration Holds For Disciplinary Reasons A student who fails to complete the terms of a judicial sanction by the given deadline may have her/his registration for a subsequent semester postponed or terminated until all terms of the sanction have been completed. R. Registrar and Transcript Notations Academic: When academic action is taken, it is noted on the student’s official College transcript, this may range from an Academic Warning to an Academic Dismissal. Judicial: When judicial action is taken, resulting in a College Expulsion, it is noted on the student’s official College transcript. Students will have a transcript hold placed on their account and will be unable to request transcripts during the appeals process. Once the appeals process has concluded, the Registrar will record the appropriate transcript notation. Students who have been issued a College Suspension or Expulsion will have a registration hold place on their account by the Office of Judicial Affairs. Except as specifically provided by laws referenced in Section J.9 above, under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, the outcomes of College judicial and academic actions against a student are privileged and confidential to the extent that disclosure of such records would reveal the identity of the student. S. Appeals Only disciplinary determinations by a College Judicial Review Board, or a decision in a Disciplinary Conference which suspends campus housing privileges may be appealed to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs by the student charged. A sanction for group or organization misconduct which revokes or denies recognition or registration may also be appealed to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs by the organization’s president or identifiable spokesperson. Appeals are not heard in person; instead all requests for appeal must be submitted in writing to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Office within five (5) business days from the date on the letter notifying the person charged of the original decision. Failure to appeal within the allotted time will render the original decision final. Appeals shall be decided upon the record of the original proceeding and upon the written appeal letter. If the Associate Vice President finds grounds for a modification or reversal, then s/he may dismiss the case, change the sanction, or remand the case to the original or another College Judicial Review Board for review or rehearing. If the disciplinary determination was reached by an "Admission of Violation" the only acceptable grounds for appeal will be #1 below. Appeals shall be approved only on one or more of the following grounds: 1. If the sanctions are found to be significantly disproportionate to the offense. 2. If specified procedural error or errors in the interpretation of College regulations were so substantial as to effectively deny the person charged a fair hearing. 3. If new and significant evidence becomes available which could not have been discovered by a properly diligent person before or during the original hearing. 4. If the decision is held to be arbitrary and capricious. The imposition of sanctions is normally deferred during the appeal process although sanctions may go into effect immediately if the Associate Vice President deems it necessary. The decision of the Associate Vice President is final. There is no further appeal within the College.

COLLEGE HAZING POLICY Students who are members of or are interested in becoming members of fraternities or sororities at Ramapo College are required to read and agree to abide by the Pledge’s Bill or Rights. Their signatures indicate acceptance of this responsibility. Hazing includes organizing, engaging in, facilitating, or promoting any conduct that places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury (the consent of those hazed will not be accepted as a defense). Hazing and aggravated hazing are also crimes punishable under the provisions of Title 2C of the Statutes of the State of New Jersey. Failure to comply with any of the standards or requirements outlined in the Pledge’s Bill of Rights (developed by the Attorney General of the State of NJ pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A: 3-24 et. Seq.) will be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct. Subsequent changes in hazing laws are automatically included in the Code upon their adoption. According to New Jersey law an individual is guilty of hazing if, “in connection with the initiation of applicants to or members of a student or fraternal organization, he knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, facilitates or engages in any conduct, other than competitive athletic events, which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury.” Additionally, “a person is guilty of aggravated hazing, a crime of the fourth degree, if he/she commits an act prohibited… which results in serious bodily injury to another person.” Ramapo College defines hazing as: "Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol during pledge activities; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the campus; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law." Examples of Hazing: Depending upon circumstances, these activities have at one time or another been construed as hazing by the courts and/or institutions of higher education. Such actions are often required or implied as conditions of inclusion or exclusion from a group, formal or informal. Thus, hazing may be perpetrated by individual(s), group(s), or part(s) of a group. Below are examples of hazing.


Requiring any form of exercise or physical activity (such as crunches, push-ups, running, lunges, carrying heavy items, standing for long periods of time).

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Requiring the ingestion of any substance i.e., spoiled food, drink, concoctions, water, hot sauce


Prolonged exposure to the elements


Physical assault/harassment i.e., branding, blindfolding or hand-tying, beating


Requiring dietary intake in any way i.e., food restrictions, limitations, designating diet, healthy or otherwise


Conducting activities that do not allow adequate time for study or sleep


Requiring prescribed greetings or recitation as part of pledge activities/pledge program in academic areas


Deprivation of or interference with the maintenance of a normal schedule of bodily cleanliness


Expecting certain items to always be in one’s possession that have no significance to the organization (as stated by the governing body) or that are physically burdensome or potentially dangerous i.e., pledge book, rock, bricks, pumpkin, stuffed animal etc.


Engaging in unauthorized activities which involve compelling an individual or group of individuals to remain at a certain location or transporting anyone anywhere, within or outside the township of Mahwah i.e., road trips, treasure and scavenger hunts, kidnapping, sneaks, drop-offs, etc.


Forcing members to perform individual acts or acts as a group which are crude, degrading and meant to embarrass and/or humiliate, i.e., acting like an animal, simulating sexual acts


Assigning or endorsing pranks such as borrowing or stealing items, painting property and objects of others, or harassing other individuals or groups


Non-physical harassment including yelling and screaming or calling individuals demeaning names


Requiring any personal servitude to another individual or group such as running errands, cleaning, making food runs, cooking, performing someone else’s academic work, requiring a pledge to be a designated driver* even if not involved in the activity * this in no way should impede designated driver programs within chapters


Questioning under pressure including using line-ups or drills


Simulating or requiring activity of a sexual nature, or threatening to do so


Expecting illegal activity or threatening to require illegal activity


Psychological games used to intimidate pledges, isolating pledges and/or abandoning or falsely imprisoning pledges

Hazing is hazing regardless of consent. Agreeing to any of the aforementioned activities or any other unauthorized activity does not make it acceptable. Organizations may not employ practices that are contrary to governing body policy. Activities banned by governing bodies are also considered banned by Ramapo College of New Jersey. Where organization and college policies differ, the College policies will prevail. Please note: This list by no means covers all activities and actions that can be considered hazing. Should you have questions or desire clarification on any of these items, please contact the Office of Center for Student Involvement, Student Center Room 200, or call 201-684-7593.

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Guide to Community Living 2011-2012  

Guide to Community Living 2011-2012

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