Frequently Referenced Policies

P.01 Alcohol

The fundamental purpose of this University community is a dedication to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Alcohol abuse and the resulting consequences have a significant negative impact on campus life and mar individual clarity of thought, verbal and perceptual acuity, and mental alertness. Members and guests of the community are expected to take responsibility for their drinking behavior and for the consequences of alcohol consumption. The University is obligated to outline behavioral expectations of students, staff, faculty, and off-campus guests who (by permit or otherwise) use alcohol on University properties, or in conjunction with events sponsored by University departments, schools or programs. The well-being of individuals of the University community is paramount. The priority is to ensure that students receive prompt medical attention for any health or safety emergency (alcohol or drug intoxication, physical violence, etc.) and to ensure there are no impediments to reporting incidents. If an individual is so intoxicated or drugged that they are unable to be awakened or care for themselves, letting that person “sleep it off” is not a reasonable alternative to getting them necessary medical help.

The University affirms its support for programs now on campus leading to a wider understanding of the use of alcohol. UC Irvine encourages further educational efforts designed for members of the University community who seek to make informed choices where alcohol is involved. The University of California, Irvine and Student Housing comply with the laws of the State of California. Important parts of those are summarized below:

No person may sell, furnish, or give any alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21, and no person under the age of 21 may purchase alcoholic beverages.
California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, Section 25658
It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages on any street or highway or in any public place or in any place open to public view.
California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, Section 25662

Student Housing further specifies:

  1. Eligible Age

    All residents and their guests must be 21 years of age to possess, transport, store or consume alcohol. Storage of alcohol in a room where a minor resides is prohibited in the residence halls and houses.

  2. Private Use

    Students who are 21 or older may consume alcohol within the privacy of their own room or apartment. In Arroyo Vista and the Residence Halls, all individuals present where there are open alcohol containers must be at least 21 years of age, and room doors must be closed. In Campus Village, all residents and guests who are 21 or older may consume alcohol in their own residence in the presence of a minor. Any residents who are under 21 and their guests may not consume alcohol. In all cases, all those present must adhere to housing policies governing noise and other common courtesies. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in any public areas within Undergraduate Housing, including the Campus Village graduate area.

  3. Alcohol Permits

    No alcohol permits will be issued to UCI students for events that occur in undergraduate housing facilities, including the Campus Village graduate area.

  4. Open Containers

    No one, regardless of age, may have an open container of alcohol (e.g., can, bottle, cup) in a public area (including grounds, parking lots and patios/balconies) at any time. A public place is anywhere other than a residence hall room, house bedroom, or apartment.

  5. Common Sources of Alcohol

    Kegs (including those which are empty or untapped), bulk sources of alcohol, distribution, methods of mass consumption, and games that facilitate the drinking of alcohol are also not permitted in Undergraduate Housing, including the Campus Village graduate area, regardless of the resident’s age. Alcohol may not be manufactured or produced in any of the residential complexes.

  6. Disposal of Alcohol

    Staff members will require residents to dispose of alcoholic beverages if the possession of the beverages is a violation of State law or University and Housing policies.

  7. Group Activities

    Group events or activities that include alcohol use are not permitted in any public areas within UCI Undergraduate Housing communities, including the Campus Village graduate area.

  8. Behavior While Under the Influence

    Students are responsible for their behavior and that of their guests at all times. The inability to exercise care for university property or property of others, one’s own safety or the safety of others due in whole or part to alcohol consumption is considered a violation of policy.

P.16 Fire Safety

All residents are required to evacuate during every fire alarm (drill or actual alarm). Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm is a violation of Housing and University policy. Every person who violates any provision of the Health and Safety Code section 13190.4, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. For more information on the Health and Safety Code,go to look up Health and Safety Code 13190.4.

It is against University regulations, and federal and State laws, to tamper with any of the following items:

  • sprinklers
  • heat detectors
  • smoke alarms/detectors
  • elevators
  • door/hardware/closing mechanisms
  • fire alarm systems
  • fire hoses
  • fire extinguishers
  • pull stations
  • fire doors

Tampering includes, but is not limited to:

  • removing batteries of any alarm system
  • disconnecting wiring of any alarm system
  • muffling the sound of any alarm system
  • removing hardware from fire doors to prevent proper latching/closing
  • propping fire doors open with a wedge
  • blocking access to fire panels

Any person initiating a false fire alarm or violating any provision of the State Fire Codes is subject to damage charges, civil prosecution and serious disciplinary action. Residents who cause a fire (even if the cause is unintentional) and /or disregard kitchen safety will be held financially responsible for repair or damages. If it is not possible to determine who is responsible for this violation, all associated fees may be divided equally among the residents of the hall/apartment/house.

NOTE: It is imperative that you notify your community Housing Office and complete a work order any time you feel your fire equipment/alarms are not functioning properly.

Residents are encouraged to decorate their living environment with attention to fire safety. It is important to note the following safety precautions:

It is important to note the following safety precautions:

  • Incense, candles, open flames and fog machines are not permitted in any on campus residence. Exceptions can be requested for special circumstances through your community Housing Office.
  • No materials (cloth, paper, etc.) shall be placed over light bulbs for any reason.
  • All lighting (including halogen lamps) in housing facilities must be UL-approved. Use of halogen lamps is discouraged based upon the potential fire hazard however, halogen lamps brought must have the safety screen installed.
  • Flammable/explosive liquids cannot be stored in any on-campus housing community.
  • No items may touch, obstruct, or be hung from sprinkler heads.
  • Hallways and fire exits may not be blocked in any manner.
  • All extension cords and power strips used in the residence halls must be the LCDI type (Leakage Current Detection and Interruption).
  • Power strips may not be connected to one another, for example daisy-chaining

To ensure that rooms meet all the safety requirements, EH&S will conduct room inspections at least once a year--rooms with automatic sprinkler maybe inspected quarterly.

Campus Village does quarterly inspections of all apartments to ensure cleaniness and compliance with safety requirements.

P.20 Guest Visitation

Occasionally, residents may wish to have a family member or friend visit or stay with them overnight. Overnight guest visitation is restricted to no more than one person at a time for three days within a two-week period. Each resident is responsible for the behavior of their guests while on campus and in the housing communities. The host must be a resident and must receive the permission of his/her roommate(s)/apartment-mates prior to inviting guests. Resident hosts are expected to be with their guests at all times.

Guests may not sleep in public (common) areas. In Campus Village, the apartment is a residence; the living room is not considered a public or common area. Guests must have identification on them at all times. Any situation involving disruptive behavior or frequent guests will be considered a policy violation and will be addressed by a staff member. Guests who cause a disruption or violate policies are the responsibility of their host. Housing has the right to restrict specific guests if they have been disruptive or have violated Housing or University policies. All residents are expected to respect the rights of people with whom they live.

P.26 Noise and Quiet Hours

Anytime individuals live together in a community, a reasonable level of noise is expected. However, common noise should not impede the ability of others to function effectively. Quiet hours have been established to support the creation of an environment conducive to sleep and study. Regardless of stated quiet hours, the right to quiet supersedes the privilege to make noise. With appropriate approval from the office, and advance notice to the residential community, events may be scheduled that will result in a higher than normal noise level in the community. The staff will give careful consideration to any exception requests and will only grant approval occasionally.

Any resident may request that any other resident or group of residents cease any activity that is interfering with their ability to study, rest, or quietly enjoy the community, unless it is a pre-approved and pre-publicized event. We encourage residents to first address noise issues with each other before requesting staff assistance. Music, musical instruments, television, video games, loud talking, sports equipment, bass, sub woofers, or events that can be heard in another resident’s room or apartment can be considered too loud regardless of the time of day. Residents are asked not to direct stereo speakers or other amplification devices facing out of open windows.

Quiet Hours in Arroyo Vista, Campus Village, Mesa Court and Middle Earth

Sunday through Thursday 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday Midnight to 10:00 a.m.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the 10th week of classes continuing through the end of finals. 24 Hours

While these are the minimum quiet hours, each community may extend quiet hours to support residents’ studies.

P.34 Smoking

Smoking of any kind is not permitted within all Student Housing communities. In accordance with the UC Tobacco-Free policy, the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes, vapes, and hookas are prohibited on campus and in Student Housing. Marijuana, including marijuana for medical use, is specifically prohibited. There are no designated smoking areas. Detailed information about the UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment Policy is available at

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Undergraduate Housing Policies

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