Residential Life Policies

Students will learn about Residential Life during orientation, but should familiarize themselves with the information listed below.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974)

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) establishes standards concerning the privacy of student education records and the rights of students to inspect and review their education records. As enrolled students in a post-secondary institution, Tisch Summer High School Program students are entitled to the protection afforded them under FERPA, and the right of access to their educational record belongs to the student no matter the legal age or status as a minor.

Students may elect to electronically sign a Consent to Disclosure of Student Information form, available via their accept/decline option or here, to permit the release of information to their parents or guardians about the student while in the Tisch Summer High School Program.  Please be advised, however, that FERPA allows the Tisch Summer High School Program  to notify the parents or guardians of a student when there is a significant threat to a student’s health and safety or if a student has violated a University or Tisch Summer High School Program rule/policy or a public law concerning alcohol or another controlled substance.  The decision whether to notify parents or guardians in such situations will be made according to the professional judgment of appropriate staff and does not require the prior consent of the student.  Students may or may not be consulted in the notification process.

Residential Life

Campus housing has a dedicated team of professional and student staff to ensure student’s safety, sense of community, and administrative operations. Program assistants (PAs) will live on the floor with students. PAs  will accompany students on all scheduled residential life activities that take them beyond the immediate Washington Square Park area. Students are required to adhere to all Residential Policies. Violations can result in dismissal from the residence hall and from the Tisch Summer HS program. Students are randomly assigned to a roommate by the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services.

Check-in and Check-out

Students are required to check-in to the residence hall on July 8, 2018 between 8am-1pm on check-in day only. Students cannot check-in before or after this date. Students must check-in no later than 1pm as there are mandatory orientations scheduled for check-in day. The residence hall will not accept any packages for students prior to the check-in day and only after July 9th when the student has officially checked into the residence hall. On the last Friday of the program, there is a final event scheduled.  Students must check-out by 12 Noon on the check-out day, August 4, 2018. Students cannot check-out after this date and the residence hall will not hold onto packages for students after August 4th.


Students have a residential hall curfew of 11pm Sunday through Thursday and 12am Friday and Saturday. By 1:00 a.m., students are expected to be in their rooms and must maintain quiet hours. Program Assistants (PAs) will monitor the residence hall at these times. No exceptions or requests to extend curfew will be accepted unless the student is on a curricula-mandated event. It’s important for students to be well rested during their four weeks of rigorous training. Students will turn in their Student IDs at the end of each night to the staff at the residence hall and retrieve them in the morning the next day. (If you are 18  or will turn 18 at the time of this program, as a participant in the Tisch Summer High School program, you will continue to be subject to all curfew regulations.)

Down Time

Students will be in class between 9 and 5pm, and, depending on their curriculum, may have evening/weekend labs, activities or homework.  Sundays are reserved as Quiet Days at the residence hall for study. During any down-time, students are encouraged to get their laundry done, keep in touch with family, attend scheduled residential life activities within and outside of the residence hall, and relax.  Students have the opportunity to experience life in New York City. New York University, however, does not have an enclosed campus. Students are advised to stay within close proximity of the main Washington Square campus or Downtown Brooklyn campus, which is patrolled and serviced by the NYU Public Safety officers. Students who choose to leave the campus area at any time understand that the farther they are from the main campus area, the more difficult it is for University and Residential Life staff to assist them should they need assistance. Students and their parents/guardians should discuss and decide upon appropriate boundaries and guidelines for travel off campus while attending Tisch Summer High School.

Controlled Substances 

There is a zero tolerance policy with regards to cigarettes, alcohol, unprescribed Schedule II – V substances, and Schedule I substances (federally illegal).  Any student caught using, abusing, or in possession of the above items can be asked to leave the program immediately without refund of tuition or fees. Students who are 18 during the time of the program are under the same constraints.

Overnight Leave

Students are not allowed to be away overnight or on weekends except for extenuating circumstances or emergencies. In such cases, students are required to notify the Tisch High School program administrator and residence hall staff of any leave by submitting an Overnight Form. The form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian on record for the student. Forms must be submitted 48 hours before the requested leave in order to receive proper approval from NYU and Tisch staff.

Visitor/Guest Policy

Simply put, students are not allowed to have guests in their residence halls under any circumstances. Visitors are not permitted passed residence hall security and must meet residential students in the building lobby. This is an intensive, collegiate experience for students and they should not have any outside distractions. Students should make plans to have extended visits with family and friends outside of the four week program.

No students will be allowed to sleep over in other student rooms.

Noise Policy

Residential students are expected to keep sound to reasonable levels and to comply with requests to reduce sound levels. Use of amplifiers or similar equipment is prohibited. Musical instruments may be played only in designated practice areas. Residents are also responsible for complying with New York City ordinances that include additional restrictions on noise after 11:00 p.m. on weeknights and 1:00 a.m. on weekends.

Fire Safety

Students will receive specific information about fire safety and evacuation procedures at the start of the program. Students should familiarize themselves with all fire safety procedures. Residential students who fail to comply fully with fire safety procedures, such as those who fail to abide by building emergency evacuation procedures or who otherwise violate rules and regulations related to fire safety, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Students are also expected to maintain adequate standards of cleanliness to avoid fire hazards, and must not obstruct sidewalks, entrances, passages, air conditioning vents, fire escapes, elevators, lobbies, stairways, corridors or halls with personal property. The following items are prohibited in the residence halls and will be confiscated:

  • Flammable decorations
  • Natural or artificial evergreens
  • Electric heaters, air conditioners, hot plate burners
  • Halogen lighting equipment
  • Candles, incense, outdoor grills, or any other type of open flame or open coil device
  • Explosives, fireworks, firearms, or ammunition
  • Any other object found to block easy egress from a resident’s room as deemed by University staff.

Furniture Policy

No outside furniture is allowed in the residence hall. All rooms are furnished appropriately for students with a desk, dresser, and bed.

Residence Hall Violations

  • Throwing and/or causing objects or any substance to be directed from, into, or onto residence hall windows, doors, terraces, ledges, roofs or other areas. This is considered a serious offense and will likely result in dismissal from the program without refund.
  • Tampering with or vandalizing devices and furnishings, such as window screens, cranks, stops, locks, door closing devices or furnishings in a residence hall.
  • Installing an unauthorized lock on a bedroom, bathroom, closet, or suite door.
  • Inadequately securing one’s room and/or failure to lock room doors.
  • Unauthorized access or use of restricted areas in or about a residence hall, including but not limited to roofs, ledges, terraces, basements, storage areas, mail rooms, or emergency exits.
  • Moving into another room or switching rooms with another student.
  • Keeping or caring for pets in the residence hall.
  • Conducting business for profit or soliciting or recruiting for memberships, subscriptions, polls, or use of commercial services.
  • Exhibiting or affixing any unauthorized sign, advertisement, notice or other lettering, flags or banners, that are inscribed, painted or affixed to any part of the outside of a building or the inside of the building which may be viewed outside of one’s room.
  • Attaching or hanging any projections (radio or television antennas, dishes, awnings, etc.) to the outside walls or windows of a residence hall.
  • Filming in or into any area of a residence hall without authorization.
  • Gambling in the residence hall.
  • Students will also receive the full list of violations on move-in day. A full list of violations is included in the Residential Life Student Conduct and Policy Process information online.

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