Other College Policies

Residency and College House Guidelines

All regularly enrolled first- and second-year students, except approved commuting students* who live at home or with a legal guardian within a 50-mile radius, are required to live in their College House during their first year at the College, either in their College House, a College House annex building or in an approved Theme House during their second year at the College, and in College approved housing for the remainder of their time at the College. Exceptions must seek approval in advance by the Housing Committee.  Each spring, a room selection process will be held for upper class students.


Students who will live with an adult family member or guardian in a permanent residence within 75 miles of the College and drive to campus to attend classes. Registration is required with the Housing Office. Commuting students will participate in all College testing programs, abide by the F&M pledge, and have access to campus facilities. 

The College has established basic expectations that require each student to assume maximum responsibility for the environment in which he or she lives. All students are expected to abide by the Student Code and act in such a manner that the rights, safety and comfort of others are not disturbed. Behavior inconsistent with these values could lead to administrative action.  Such cases may also result in civil action and/or action by the Office of the Dean of the College or designee.

Students are also expected to establish and observe College House rules.

College policies are in effect whenever college approved housing is occupied. It is the responsibility of each student and his or her guests to be aware of the regulations and to adhere to them, as well as to policies outlined in the Room and Food Service Contract and in other sections of this Manual, including the alcohol policy.

General Regulations

Students residing in college housing are entitled to the expectation that they will be able to study in their rooms, enjoy the company and conversation of their friends, experience the privacy and opportunity for uninterrupted sleep that a demanding schedule requires, and, in general, benefit from a style of life more independent than they experienced before entering college. No one has greater responsibility for providing this atmosphere for study, rest, friendship and civility than the residents themselves.

Canvassing and Commercial Enterprises

For the protection of residents, canvassing, soliciting and commercial enterprises are prohibited unless approved in advance by the Director of College Programs. In order to obtain approval, individuals should contact the Director of College Programs. Unapproved items will be removed from halls and responsible individuals and/or groups may face disciplinary action.

The Director of College Programs must also approve club fundraising projects and personal profit-making enterprises. Such sales, for limited periods of time only, are restricted to tables in lower level of the College Center, except by special advance approval.

Cooking and Appliances

Air conditioners, hot plates, microwave ovens, electric heaters and heavy appliances, such as large refrigerators, are not permitted in college housing. Microfridges (small 2.1 cu. ft. refrigerators with attached microwaves) or compact, energy efficient refrigerators are available to students through a rental arrangement with a local firm. They may not be used in the Theme Houses due to voltage restrictions.


A student who becomes locked out of his/her College-owned residential facilities, should contact the Department of Public Safety for an unlock assist.  The first unlock assist a student requests is free of charge.  All subsequent lockout assistance is billed at $10 per occurrence.


No student may keep a pet(s) in college-approved housing. This includes all reptiles, all mammals and any other animals that live outside of water; the only exception is fish. Aquariums must be 20 gallons or smaller. Pets also are not allowed in the Steinman College Center or any food service areas at any time. The City of Lancaster Health Code prohibits animals in areas where food is served, and a City of Lancaster ordinance requires dogs to be leashed in public places. Licensing laws are strictly enforced. Copies of the City’s “Dog Law” are on file at the Department of Public Safety.