Residence Hall Governance

Policy Number: 
Reason for Policy: 

This policy outlines matters relating to residence halls and residence hall governance within the University.

Entities Affected by this Policy: 

Individuals living in residence halls; those working with residence halls or residence hall residents.

Responsible Office: 

For questions about this policy, please contact the office of University Housing at 541.346.4277

Enactment & Revision History: 

30 September 2017 - Revisions approved by the university president and renumbered

03 September 2015 -Technical revisions enacted by the University Secretary

01 July 2014 - Became a University of Oregon Policy by operation of law

Former Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 571 Division 22, Sections 0005-0015



A. Policies and Procedures


The following policies and procedures embody the recommendations of a resident student/staff task force assembled in Spring, 1971. The task force's purpose was to examine and propose alternatives to the existing University of Oregon Student Conduct System as it applies to the residence hall students. This system has been in practice since Fall, 1971.


B. Preface


1) The laws of the state and nation and the ordinances and regulations of the University and local government are applicable throughout the campus, including University residence halls. Residence Hall residents as well as all other members of the student body, faculty, and staff are held accountable to these laws, ordinances, and regulations. Accordingly, law enforcement officials may be called in case of law violations involving residence hall residents.


(2) The safety of individuals, protection of state property, and maintenance of standards involving public health and sanitation are the responsibility of the Director of University Housing. The Director of University Housing reserves the right to evict students from the residence halls when violation of the above standards occurs. If interpretation of the extent of the Director of University Housing's responsibility is in question, the Vice-President for Student Life shall resolve the issue of jurisdiction.


Judicial procedures for violations of the code of student conduct shall follow those outlined in policy III.01.01, Code of Student Conduct.


C. Residence Hall Governance Structure

(a) The Residence Hall Association (RHA), the voice of the residents, relays ideas and feedback as a way of communication with University Housing; advocates for residence hall students; stimulates an environment of growth, learning, and development in the residence hall through programming and submits recommendations and ideas regarding policy to University Housing.


All University of Oregon students who reside in the university residence halls shall be members of RHA.


(b) The Residence Hall Association Council (RHA Council) is composed of the student chairperson, student vice-chairperson/secretary, treasurer, student advocate, National Communications Coordinator (NCC), the Assistant Director of Residence Life (RHA Advisor), one residence life professional staff member (Advisor), and a resident assistant for each of the residence halls. In addition, each residence hall will appoint or elect two student representatives to the RHA Council.


(c) The authority of the RHA Council is delegated through the Director of Housing, and operates within the parameters as outlined in the RHA Constitution, By-Laws and Addendum.

  • Volume III: Administration of Student Affairs
  • Chapter 2: Housing and residence life
Original Source: 
Oregon Administrative Rule