RSC Residence Life General Info

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Russell Sage College is committed to the values and benefits of residential living in the college experience. Both the individual student and school community are enriched by the growth and development that emerge from this distinctive aspect of the Sage environment. Because of this strong commitment, the college residence policy requires that full-time students who do not live with parents or spouses live in campus residence halls. Exceptions to this policy (based on age, finances or family circumstances) are considered on an individual basis and must be approved in writing by the Director of Residence Life.

Part-time students (i.e. students carrying fewer than 12 credits each semester) also have the option of living on campus. If you are a part-time student interested in living on campus, please submit a written request to the Director of Residence Life.

The undergraduate residence policy supports the Residence Life philosophy. Both provide for a living situation that complements the educational task of the College and encourages positive approaches to community responsibility and personal relations.

Residence Hall Policies


Residence Contract

Resident students are required to submit a signed residence contract each year they live on campus. The current residence contract can be downloaded by clicking here.


Damages to College Property

Students are held personally responsible for the condition and furnishings of their own room and jointly responsible for public areas. A resident is also responsible for the loss, theft or damage of college and/or personal property by the resident or guest(s).


  1. All students in a residence unit will be considered responsible for the furnishings in a public area.
  2. Each student room is furnished with a bed, dresser, desk and chair. Students are responsible for furnishing their own pillow, linens, and curtains. Curtains must be fire-retardant.
  3. The College furnishes student rooms. The students may bring in only small items of furniture. College furniture may not be removed from the room. The resident will be assessed replacement costs for any missing or damaged furniture.
  4. Furniture may not be removed from the public areas of any residence hall.
  5. Waterbeds and homemade lofts are not permitted.
  6. Painting or stenciling of rooms is strictly prohibited and subject to a maintenance fee.
  7. Laundry machines in the Troy campus residence halls do not require coins or cash.


  1. All appliances must carry the Underwriter's Laboratory approval, UL, stamped on the article.
  2. These appliances may be used in student rooms:
    • Hair dryer
    • Coffee pot (no exposed coils)
    • Heating pad
    • Fan
    • Personal computer and printer
    • Microwave (not to exceed 750 watts)
    • Refrigerator (not to exceed 4 cubic feet)
    • Hot pot
    • Television
  3. Irons may be used only in kitchens and lounges.
  4. The following appliances are prohibited in the residence halls:
    • Electric blanket
    • Hot plate
    • Air conditioner
    • Appliances with exposed coils
    • Toaster oven/toaster
    • Microwaves that operate over 750 watts
    • Candles/incense or paraphernalia
    • Refrigerator(s) over 4 cubic feet
    • Halogen lamps
    • Portable heater
    • Tapestries
    • 5 bulb multi-colored standing lamps
    • Extension cords (Only surge protectors are permitted within the residence halls)
    • No more than 10% of a residence hall room wall may be covered with posters or flyers.

Keys and Locks

Each resident student is issued one room key and one front door key when she checks in. The College strongly advises each student to lock her room whenever she leaves and when she is sleeping. If a student loses her keys or they are stolen, a lock change will occur at a cost to the student.

Opening and Closing of Residence Halls

Opening and closing dates and times for room occupancy are specified in the college calendar and must be observed. Residents must vacate their rooms during vacation periods when the residence halls are officially closed.

When the residence halls are closing, information will be distributed to residents regarding appropriate closing procedures. Failure to follow these procedures will result in charges for improper checkout.

At the end of each term, the student is expected to vacate her room within 24 hours of her exam or at the final closing deadline, whichever comes first.


Out of consideration for people with allergies, because of possible health hazards, and in consideration of state and local health standards, only fish kept in an unheated bowl or aquarium are permitted. This policy includes "residing" as well as "visiting" pets.

Quiet and Courtesy Hours

Creation of an environment conducive to study is a primary objective in the residence halls. This requires that each resident show consideration for others by keeping the noise level low and contained within the space of his/her room so that students who are studying will not be disturbed. Quiet hours are standard as follows: weeknights 11 pm-8am; weekends 1:00am-9am. Courtesy hours (students are required to be considerate of the needs of others and govern the noise level of their stereo, gatherings, and personal activities) exist at all times. Strict quiet hours, known as study hours, (24-hour quiet hours) will be in effect during Reading Days and examination periods.

Room Entry/Inspection

The College respects a student's right to privacy, but when the interests of the college community require, or when any safety, repair, or maintenance necessitates, the college reserves the right to inspect any college room.