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Zahm House
EST 1937

Standards

Preamble

Zahm House is a constitutive yet distinctive Notre Dame residential community that aims to embody the mission, identity, and ethos of the University. Our House Standards aim to create the living conditions by which we can actualize and grow such a community—they are a means, not an end. Our House Standards presuppose the University Standards of Conduct and the Housing Policies in du Lac: A Guide to Student Life, as well as common sense and conscientiousness on our part, so the enumerated standards are not exhaustive.

Foundations

We strive to be the most inclusive and welcoming Notre Dame residential community. We do not tolerate discrimination or hate-speech based on ability, age, class, color, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

We ought to respect, care for, and love ourselves and others. In an exceptional and particular way, we must respect, care for, and love our brother Zahmbies. Although we may not be friends with all Zahm men, they are always our brothers, no matter where or with whom we are: We are our brothers' keepers. Zahm House will set the bar for brotherhood/sisterhood among ND residential communities.

Standards


Alcohol Related:


A. Indiana State Law
  • Underage consumption, possession, and transportation of alcohol are illegal, as is the possession of false identification that misrepresents one’s age.
  • Providing alcohol to those underage is illegal.

B. Highlights of du Lac

  • Alcohol must be transported in closed containers and in suitable packaging, and the amount must be in keeping with responsible and moderate consumption.
  • Prohibited:
    • Alcohol in public areas;
    • Kegs and hard liquor (N.B.: Both will be confiscated by the staff.);
    • Intoxication (N.B.: All instances of severe intoxication will be referred to the Office of Community Standards. Second and subsequent non-severe, in-House incidents of intoxication also will be referred to the Office of Community Standards);
    • Abusive drinking (N.B.: Among others, the following behaviors may violate responsible and moderate drinking: drinking games, shots, "shotgunning," instruments of alcohol abuse, drinking directly from containers intended for multiple servings, and consuming alcohol while using prescription or over-the-counter medication where such use is contraindicated.);
    • Advertising alcohol in windows and other locations;
    • Bars in rooms.

C. House

  • The House staff does not explicitly or implicitly approve of or condone underage drinking, nor abusive drinking by those over 21 years of age. Staff members may never provide underage students with alcohol or allow underage students to drink in their presence at any time. Students who violate Indiana State Law and du Lac’s alcohol policies are fully responsible and accountable for their actions; that is, the House staff is not liable. This standard is official and definitive. Anything that an individual staff member may say or do that contradicts this standard has no value or force. Students should discuss any perceived or blatant incongruences by individual staff members with the Rector.

Appliances:

Do not use the following electrical appliances in private rooms: air conditioners, broilers, rotisseries, ceiling fans, skillets, rice cookers, dimmer switches, hot plates, microwaves, tabletop grills, toaster ovens, breadmakers, and other similar high-wattage appliances.

Bedroom Set-Ups:

You may not have more than three beds in any room (i.e., five-man set-ups).

Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment, Hate Speech, and Hazing:

Bullying, discrimination, harassment, hate speech, and hazing are not tolerated in Zahm House. All instances of such and similar behavior will be referred to the Office of Community Standards.

Bicycles:

Do not park or store bicycles inside the House.

Candles, Incense, and Open Flames:

You may not keep candles and incense in your room or have any type of open flames inside the House.

Communal Areas:

Keep the bathrooms, basement common rooms, chapel, House office, kitchen, laundry room, lounges, and study rooms/areas clean.

Decorations:

If you wish to display items in your room, please use masking tape so as not to damage walls and other surfaces. Do not use nails, screws, thumbtacks, or other items that can damage surfaces. Keep all decorations in good taste.

Drugs:

If you distribute, possess, or use illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, you will be referred to the Office of Community Standards. Drug policy violations ordinarily result in a temporary dismissal from the University.

Elevator:

Close the elevator gate and door after exiting.

Fire Alarms and Equipment:

Do not tamper with fire safety and protection equipment. In the event of a fire alarm, all residents should gather in the back parking lot immediately.

Furniture:

Do not remove furniture from public areas.

Hallways:

Keep the hallways clear of garbage, clutter, and debris. Do not partake in hallway sports.

Keys:

For safety reasons, see the Rector if you lose room or mailbox keys.

Maintenance:

Notify one of the Assistant Rectors of maintenance issues. In the event of a facilities' emergency, promptly inform a staff member.

Noise:

Keep noise at a reasonable level between 8 pm – 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Outside of these days and times, you should keep noise to a minimum, especially between midnight and 10 am.

Overnight Guests:

Notify the Rector of non-Notre Dame male guests who you invite to stay overnight via an email—include emergency contacts for the guests. You must seek permission from the Rector to host overnight your brothers or male cousins between the ages of 16-18. No one else between the ages of 16-18 are allowed to stay overnight; no one under 16 is permitted whatsoever.

Parietals:

You are welcome to host female guests in your rooms between 9 am – midnight on Sundays through Thursdays and between 9 am – 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. (N.B.: All parietals' violations will be reviewed by the Rector. Students found responsible for violating this standard may be referred to the Office of Community Standards.

Respect:

Treat everyone with respect. (N.B.: If you fail to follow a directive from House staff that aims to protect life, health, or safety, or that is necessary for the good order and proper functioning of the University community, you will be referred to the Office of Community Standards.)

Roof:

Keep off the roof.

Sexual Activity:

Given Notre Dame is a Catholic university, students who engage in sexual activity in Zahm House are subject to referral to the Office of Community Standards.

Smoking:

Smoke at least 25 feet away from any building on-campus.

Social Gatherings:

You must register social gatherings, which may take place on Fridays and Saturdays, with the Rector via an email when the number of guests are 3 times greater than your room occupancy. You must remove all trash accumulated from social gatherings and deposit it in the dumpster behind St. Edward's Hall.

Sprinkler Pipes:

Do not hang anything from the sprinkler pipes in the House.

24-Hour Space:

The basement of Zahm is our 24-hour space (i.e., visitors are welcome at any time). Lounges on all other floors (e.g., Connor Murphy Lounge) are not 24-hour spaces. As the 24-hour space is a social area open to all, please keep your behavior appropriate to create a welcoming environment.

Vandalism:

Vandalism of Zahm's building or property is not tolerated, which includes "paneling" of room doors. If you vandalize, you will be responsible for restitution.

Window and Screens:

Do not throw any object from the windows, face speakers outside, or yell. Do not remove window screens. You are liable for the cost of repairing and replacing damaged and missing room screens for which you are responsible.

Vomit:

You are responsible for cleaning-up your vomit and the vomit of your guests.

Growth, Restorative Justice, and Reconciliation

When you do not live up to the House Standards, you will be held accountable. You will not be disciplined, per se, but rather you will be offered ways to grow, to change behavior, to mend the harm or hurt that that you may have caused, and to reconcile yourself with the community.

When attending to in-House situations under his purview, the Rector will meet with students to discern with them the most appropriate way to address growth, behavioral change, harm or hurt, and reconciliation. Since students have a right to privacy and to their reputations, conferences will normally solely include the Rector and the students involved; however, students may choose to have any or all Resident Assistants or Assistant Rectors partake in the discernment process. The Rector aims to ensure that the process is transparent, fair, and equitable.

The following are sample ways of addressing actions that fall short of the House Standards:

  • A ban from House events, interhall sports, or hosting or attending social gatherings;
  • Community, House, or University service;
  • Counseling or alcohol and drug assessment or education;
  • An educational project;
  • A formal reprimand;
  • Removal from a position of leadership in the House, or prohibition from seeking a position in the House;
  • Restitution;
  • Self-reflection and evaluation; and/or
  • Students call their parents or guardians in the presence of the Rector to inform them of their behavior.