Residence Policies

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Residence Policies

Our residence life policies are designed to meet the needs of every resident to the best of our ability, while ensuring the health and welfare of the entire residence community.Our student conduct policies emphasize acting honestly, respectfully, and charitably. To this end, our residence life policies seek to encourage appropriate and respectful treatment of fellow students, to maintain a campus free of alcohol and drugs, and to uphold an atmosphere of mutual respect. All residence life policies are enforced with a system of fines and warnings, specific to each residence building. When necessary, additional disciplinary action may be taken to ensure the safety and welfare of all residents.

Residence Policies

Resident Responsibilities

As a member of the Residential Community, all residents and their guests at Bryn Athyn College are expected to adhere to the policies outlined in the Resident Student and Student Handbooks which are enforced through disciplinary action. Our goal is to provide each resident with a high quality living-learning environment that promotes an environment of academic success, spiritual and personal wellness, safety, and social engagement within the halls.

As a member of our residence life community, each resident is expected to:

      1. Consider the needs of others as well as her/his own needs. Living in close proximity to other residents necessitates that each resident respects the rights of others to study, sleep, and be safe and secure.
      2. Communicate with staff and other residents and to ask for help when needed. If a resident needs assistance, the residence staff and other professionals are eager to assist, whether it is with an academic problem or a personal situation. Other may not always be able to tell, however, when a resident needs help. Ask for help. Effective communication is an important personal and community responsibility.
      3. Demonstrate a commitment to community. We encourage all residents to get involved to ensure that they benefit as much as possible from living on campus. Attending required residence meetings and taking part in regular cleaning is expected of all residents as members of the campus community. We expect residents to get to know the other residents others on their floor and in their residence hall, and to take part in residence life social activities.
      4. Promote safety and security. All residents can help to ensure their own safety as well as the safety and security of others by: locking their rooms, closing doors that are propped open, not propping outside doors, avoiding walking alone at night, and reporting any suspicious persons to campus security. Each student shares the responsibility for maintaining a safe and secure campus.
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Alcohol and Controlled Substances

In compliance with the requirements of the 1989 amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), Bryn Athyn College developed and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. In line with federal and state law, the college prohibits possession, use, sale, or distribution of any alcohol or unauthorized illegal drugs. Furthermore:

  • Students of any age may not possess, transport, use, sell, distribute or consume alcoholic beverages or unauthorized illegal drugs either on campus and/or during any off-campus college-sponsored college activity.
  • Students may not be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or unauthorized illegal drugs either on campus and/or during any off-campus college-sponsored event or activity.
  • Students may not cause or contribute to a disturbance on campus and/or during any off-campus college sponsored activity, whether or not they are under the influence of alcohol or unauthorized illegal drugs.

A student found in violation of any provision of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include but not be limited to the following: disciplinary warning, probation, suspension or expulsion; mandated evaluation and treatment, compliance with a contract and/or required random drug testing. In addition, a student may be subject to criminal prosecution under applicable federal, state, and local laws. The minimum fine for alcohol related offenses is $50.00. The exact amount of the fine varies in accordance with the severity of the offense and is determined by the Director of Residence Life and Dean of Students.

Access to a Resident's Room

Residents should be aware that Residence Life staff, maintenance/custodial, and college administration may enter residents’ rooms for any reason, including for purposes of inspection, maintenance, and/or consultation, and to ensure compliance with student conduct policies as well as the health and safety of the resident.


As part of the College’s commitment to the formation of personal responsibility, Residence Life has the expectation that residents have a shared responsibility for our facilities and spaces. As one resident stated, “We all live together and share the same environment, just like a home. Our home gets dirty and messy just because we live in it. It’s nobody’s fault, yet it’s everyone’s responsibility to care for our home.” The Department of Residence Life reserves the right to charge the entire community if common areas are not kept clean, including, but not limited to hallways, stairwells, lounges, and common bathrooms.


For the first trimester, all first-year residents under the age of 20 must be in their residence hall by 12:00 midnight on weekdays and 2:00 am on weekends. First-year residents may request extended curfew in the case of a particular event that ends after curfew, but extended curfew is a privilege and is up to the discretion of Residence Life staff. All other residents, including new and first year residents over the age of 20, may set their own hours, and are expected to use good judgment in doing so.

Visiting Hours

Students of the opposite sex and anyone with whom the resident is romantically involved are permitted to visit in the public areas during hours of operation. Public areas include lobbies, lounges (Community Center, Childs Hall, and Grant Hall). Guests of the opposite gender are not permitted in living rooms and kitchens (suites and cottages) outside visiting hours posted in the Handbook. Additionally, they are not permitted in resident rooms or hallways leading to resident rooms. If a resident wishes to have an immediate family member of the opposite sex visit their room, a guest form must be filled out with the Resident Assistant or Manager on call.

Additional Policies

Additional policies including prohibited items, overnight guests/extended overnight guests, and break housing can be found in their entirety in Bryn Athyn College’s Resident Student Handbook. It is the student’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with policies outlined in the Resident Student and Student Handbooks before moving to campus.

Housing Security Deposit

All residents are required to submit a security deposit of $250.00 prior to the first time they move into on-campus housing facilities. This deposit is used to cover any damage incurred to a resident’s room during their stay on campus or any other residence hall expenses the student is responsible for such as the condition of their room upon move-out. If no damage or other charges are applied to this deposit when a student no longer intends to live on campus (upon graduation, withdrawal, or change of resident status), this deposit will be refunded in full to the student. If charges have been applied, the remaining amount (if any) will be refunded to the student.