Credit: Elena Zhukova. Copyright: Regents of the University of California


As members of the Kresge Community, we all agree to play a role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant learning environment. Unlike other colleges at UC Santa Cruz, all Kresge student residents live in apartments. As a result, Kresge students are required to establish a standard of domestic responsibility both within their apartments and the Kresge community. This standard dictates that residents clean their apartments, negotiate the various domestic rules within their residence, and ensure that their apartment does not disturb others within the community.

Essentially, there are four concepts that all Kresge residents should utilize as a member of the community. It is important to note that these concepts are consistent with the rules and policies of the University of California, Santa Cruz. An explicit account of these University policies can be found by clicking on this link.

1. Negotiation, Compromise and Cooperation. It is expected that all student residents will learn to negotiate and compromise with each other when differences of opinion arise within the community. As with all rules and regulations, there often exists room for interpretation that is not easily mandated by codes of conduct. In these circumstances, residents will be required to seek common ground in settling their differences. Most importantly, residents must work in cooperation with staff (both student and professional) to settle any and all residential issues. Whether it is during a policy enforcement situation or a roommate dispute, residents will dramatically improve their chances of a favorable resolution when they cooperate with Kresge College staff. Mutual respect between all members of the community (staff, faculty, and students) is a tenet of our college.

2. Noise and Other Disturbances. All Kresge College residences, classrooms and offices are placed within close proximity to each other. As a result, all community members must be mindful of the noise they create, especially during certain hours. Noise (music, computer games, televisions, and loud conversations) should not be heard outside of apartments. If at any time you or your apartment create excessive noise, you can expect to hear from a staff member. The rights of the student to read, write and study override all other requests to make noise both inside and outside of apartments. On weekdays (Sunday night through Thursday night) Quiet Hours begin at 10 pm. On weekends (Friday & Saturday nights), they begin at midnight. 

3. Apartment Living Agreements. All apartments must file an Apartment Living Agreement (ALA) with the Residential Life Office. At the beginning of the year, Residential Advisors (RAs) will distribute ALA forms to each apartment and assist in their completion. These forms have two important purposes: First, they help the apartment discuss and agree upon important domestic issues. Second, they allow the staff to know what decisions have been made by each apartment. If during the course of the year, an apartment’s residents change because of a move or withdrawal, the apartment is responsible for amending the ALA and refiling it with the Residential Life Office within two weeks of changes. Again, RAs will assist residents with completion of their amended ALA. It is a goal of the college that apartments’ are a welcoming place to all.

4. Alcohol, Marijauna, and Other Drugs. It is the explicit mandate of the University of California, Santa Cruz that all students follow all federal, state and local laws regarding the possession, use, manufacture and distribution of alcohol and other drugs. This mandate includes, but is not limited to, providing alcohol to minors, possession of marijauna and/or illegal drugs and paraphernalia, minors in possession of alcohol, misuse of prescribed medications and possession of common source alcohol (beer cases and kegs, large bottles of hard alcohol)*. Students found responsible for violating these policies are subject to judicial sanctions, loss of future housing, and immediate cancellation of housing contracts. Residents of legal drinking age should be aware of where and under what circumstances alcohol is allowed on campus. If you have any questions, please contact your Residential Advisor (RA) or Coordinator of Residential Education (CRE).

*Additionally, the University does not recognize the privileges associated with a medical marijuana card.