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Hornet Commons Policies & Procedures


We love pets (cats, *dogs, & *fish only) at Hornet Commons! We also accommodate Service and Emotional Support Animals. For pets, we charge a $300 non-refundable pet privilege fee and a $30 monthly pet fee. No more than one (1) pet is permitted per resident and no more than two (2) animals are permitted in an apartment. There are no fees associated with service and emotional support animals but supporting documentation is required before animals can be approved. All pets and special needs animals must be registered via our Pet Screening Portal.

  • Dogs have a weight limit of 50lbs and the following breeds are restricted: Pit Bull Terriers/Staffordshire Terrier, Presa Canario, Rottweilers, Akitas, Doberman Pinschers, Alaskan Malamutes, Chows, Wolf-hybrids, German Shepherds.
  • Fish do not have to be registered. Residents cannot have fish tanks over 10 gallons.

Alcohol Policies

Students under 21 are prohibited from transporting, possessing, or consuming alcoholic beverages in the residence halls. students under the age of 21 in the presence of alcohol will be found in violation of the alcohol policy unless it is in the presence of a roommate or suitemate that is of legal drinking age and the student under 21 is not drinking.

Students age 21 and over can consume alcohol in their room/suite with the door closed so long as they are not in the presence of anyone under 21 years of age, unless it is a roommate or suitemate that is not consuming alcohol.

The following rules apply for possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages:

  • A student over 21 is prohibited to host and serve alcohol to a person under 21 years of age. It is a violation of state law to provide alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed as part of a large group or party where the main purpose appears to be drinking alcohol.
  • Transport of alcoholic beverages by persons over 21 to and from their room is permitted only under the following restrictions: alcoholic beverages must be in the original containers, remain sealed by the manufacturer and in an opaque container such as a paper bag.
  • Kegs, pony kegs, multiple cases of alcohol, and other bulk quantities of alcohol beverages that are excessive under the circumstances for personal use are prohibited. No more than 76 ounces or a six-pack of beer is permitted in any apartment. This quantity is limited to the entire apartment.

Drinking games or simulated drinking games are prohibited. This includes beer pong, water pong (or another beverage), flip cups, quarters, and other variants. Items used for drinking games or other activities that encourage the excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol are not allowed (beer pong tables, beer bongs, funnels, etc.)

  • The manufacture of any type of alcoholic beverages by any method is prohibited.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages in the residence halls is prohibited.
  • Public intoxication is prohibited.
  • Inability to care for oneself while under the influence is a violation of the alcohol policy.
  • Possession/use of alcohol in any public area in or around the residence halls or any public area of the University is prohibited.
  • Alcohol (opened or unopened) found in connection with residence hall policy violations will be disposed of.
  • Collection or display of alcohol containers is not permitted in student rooms, suites or apartments.
  • Any damage occurring because of alcohol use (including that due to vomit) will be the responsibility of the resident.
  • At the time of the incident, individuals responsible are expected to clean up any mess. If they are incapacitated or otherwise unable to do so, residents.

Sanctions for Alcohol Violations

1st offense:

  • Written Warning
  • 1:1 CHOICES meeting and online assessment
  • Potential Educational Sanction

2nd offense:

  • Housing Probation
  • Alcohol Assessment 1:1 with CAPS
  • Potential Educational Sanction
  • Restitution Charge

3rd offense:

  • Housing Probation extended
  • Alcohol Assessment 1:1 with CAPS
  • Potential Educational Sanction
  • Possible relocation and considered persona non grata (PNG) in the hall(s) the resident was removed from (unwelcome and not allowed to be present) OR
  • Possible removal from housing and considered PNG in all residence halls (unwelcome and not allowed to be present)
  • Restitution Charge

4th offense:

  • Referral to the Director of Affiliated Housing
  • Removal from Housing and considered persona non grata (PNG) in all residence halls (unwelcome and not allowed to be present)
  • Alcohol/Drug Assessment 1:1 with CAPS
  • Restitution Charge

Minimum Disciplinary Sanctions for Alcohol Violations

Sanctions for all alcohol violations may include Parental/Guardian Notification. Depending on the severity of the violation, sanctioning levels and guidelines can be more aggressive. Educational sanctions are at the discretion of the hearing officer. Those being removed from housing will continue to be held to the terms and conditions of their housing contract.

Amplified Sound

Any outside sound which interferes with others right to study or sleep is prohibited. Outside music/noise must be kept to levels that do not interfere with these rights. Directing or playing stereo speakers outside a residence hall window is prohibited. Heavy bass from subwoofers is disruptive to the community and therefore is prohibited.


Bicycles may not be operated in the residence halls or in any of the public areas of the halls at any time. Bicycles may not be chained to trees, railings, and light poles, left in lounges or public areas, or stored anywhere that would hamper the exit of residents during an emergency. Housing staff will remove any bicycles found in the aforementioned areas, including removal of any locking devices, at the owner’s expense. Bicycles are subject to the same driving laws as motor vehicles and Sacramento State Police Department may issue citations for improper and unsafe riding.

Hornet Commons will consider bicycles left in the complex abandoned after 30 days past the end of the spring semester. Bicycles will be inventoried by a Hornet Commons staff member, any chain or locking mechanism will be removed, and then residents will have up to 30 days to claim their bicycles. (See “Abandoned Items”)

Business Enterprises

Residents may not carry on any organized business for remunerative purposes from their room.


Cameras with recording devices are located throughout the community. Tampering with, removal of, or misuse of any part of the camera system is prohibited.

Candles and Incense

Candles, wick lamps, incense, or any decorations with potential open flames (whether lit or unlit) are prohibited in apartments and common areas. Candle warmers, oil burners, etc. are also prohibited in the residence halls. Candles without wicks can only be used for decoration.


Chalking is prohibited on the complex grounds and on all buildings.

Cleanliness for Rooms, Suite and Common Areas

All residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their individual bedrooms, their common area, and bathrooms. Failure to maintain cleanliness may result in the assessment of a cleaning fee. In the case of an insect or rodent infestation due to resident neglect, resident(s) may be charged for pest control service (see “Pests,” and “Health and Safety Inspections”).

Computer Lab

A computer lab is provided in Hornet Commons. The lab is intended for the sole use of students who reside in Hornet Commons. Removal of lab furniture, or disconnecting, tampering, or misuse of the computer lab or equipment is prohibited.

Cruelty to Animals

Under California Penal Code §§ 286.5; 596 - 600.5, cruelty to animals in any form is an offense punishable by imprisonment, fine, or both. Cruelty directed toward animals if witnessed, should be immediately reported to a Hornet Commons staff member or Sacramento State Police Department at 278-6000.


Any damage to rooms or personal property caused by a resident or their guest(s) is the responsibility of the resident. This includes damage made by room modifications. If the damage cannot be directed to a specific resident, the damage expenses will be prorated among the residents of the apartment and may be prorated to the floor/building. Hornet Commons staff expect that residents purchase renters insurance to protect personal items if they are not covered by family insurance. Hornet Commons is not responsible for personal property that is lost, stolen, or damaged in the housing complex.

Dart Boards

Hard-tip darts and dart boards are not allowed on property because of the potential for bodily harm and physical damage to rooms.

Decorations Policy

Residents must always adhere to the following decorating guidelines, for both their own rooms and common areas:

  • Utilize 3M command adhesive brand products, at your own risk, when hanging any items (such products are removable and may not damage walls). Please follow instructions when using these products.
  • Before checking out, residents should contact the office for instructions on how to safely remove 3M command adhesive brand products. Damage charges may apply.
  • Do not add attachments of any type to residence hall light fixtures, including paint, tissue paper, crepe paper, tinfoil, or any other material.
  • Do not suspend, attach, or drape any materials from the ceiling, whether flammable or nonflammable.
  • Do not hinder the use of, or restrict access to, hallways, doorways, stairs, corridors, or firerelated equipment when placing any form of decorations.
  • Do not draw, paint, write, or otherwise mark on any residence hall wall.
  • Do not hang any form of decoration on the outside of apartment and room doors. Only RAs may hang door decorations (name tags) on residents’ doors to assist in community building.
  • “Gift wrapping” doors (suite and room doors) is strictly prohibited.

Residents seeking temporary exemptions to this policy (birthday, anniversary, special occasions, community building, etc.) may request temporary exemption from the Graduate Student Assistant of Residence Life.

Decorations - Seasonal, Holiday, Religious

Christmas Trees. Only ARTIFICIAL holiday trees are approved for residence hall use. The use of electric decorative holiday lights is restricted to “miniature Italian lights” that are either “U.L” (Underwriter’s Laboratory) or “F.M.” (Factual Mutual) approved.

Candles: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc. Candles are not permitted in residence halls due to fire hazard (see “Candles/Incense”). Residents may observe the traditions associated with these celebrations by using electric candles.

Other Holidays and/or religious ceremonies. Residents are encouraged to observe holidays that are meaningful to them provided the associated practices or ceremonies do not violate established policies or create a safety concern for other residents and property.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

Hornet Commons recognizes the negative impact discrimination, harassment, or retaliation described in Office of Human Resources. Once notified of an alleged violation of this policy Hornet Commons will immediately refer the incident to the Office of Equal Opportunity for further investigation. Interim measures may be handed down including removal from housing while the incident is being investigated. Executive Order 1097 defines Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation as the following:

  • Discrimination means Adverse Action taken against a Student by the CSU, a CSU employee, or another Student because of a Protected Status. Adverse Action means an action that has a substantial and material adverse effect on the Complainant's ability to participate in a University program or activity free from Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation. Minor or trivial actions or conduct not reasonably likely to do more than anger or upset a Complainant does not constitute an Adverse Action.
  • Harassment means unwelcome conduct, based on the Complainant’s Protected Status, that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting her/his ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University.
  • Retaliation means Adverse Action taken against a Student because the Student has or is believed to have:
  1. Exercised rights under this Executive Order;
  2. Reported or opposed conduct which was reasonable and in good faith believed to be in violation of this Executive Order;
  3. Assisted or participated in a policy-related investigation/proceeding regardless of whether the Complaint was substantiated; or,
  4. Assisted someone in reporting or opposing a violation of this Executive Order, or assisted someone in reporting or opposing Retaliation under this Executive Order.

Retaliation may occur whether or not there is a power or authority differential between the individuals involved.

Violating Executive Order 1097 can have implications relating to enrollment at the University as well as violating the terms of the Hornet Commons Lease Agreement.

Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia

Except as lawfully prescribed, drugs are prohibited. Medical marijuana cards are not recognized at Hornet Commons. The following are prohibited in the community, on University property and at University sponsored events:

  • Use, possession and/or distribution of drugs or controlled substances
  • Use of marijuana in any form
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Drug paraphernalia includes any item fashioned for the purpose of facilitating drug use (pipes, bongs, etc.)
  • Possession or use of items that conceal or disguise drug use

Furthermore, Hornet Commons staff may investigate for a possible drug policy violation based on reasonable evidence. Evidence of drug use can include, but is not limited to, smell, smoke, seeds, residue, presence of odor, fans, towels near or under doors, open windows, attempts to mask scents, residue, bongs, pipes, clips, plant cultivation, etc.

Drug Violation Sanctions (possession/use)

1st offense:

  • Housing Probation
  • Weed it Out Class (marijuana related violations)
  • Potential Educational Sanction
  • Restitution Charge

2nd offense:

  • Housing Probation extended
  • 1:1 Drug Assessment with CAPS
  • Potential Educational Sanction
  • Possible relocation and considered persona non grata (PNG) in the hall(s) the resident was removed from (unwelcome and not allowed to be present) OR
  • Possible removal from housing and considered PNG in all residence halls (unwelcome and not allowed to be present) Restitution Charge

3rd offense:

  • Referral to the Director of Affiliated Housing
  • Removal from Housing and considered persona non grata (PNG) in all residence halls (unwelcome and not allowed to be present)
  • 1:1 Drug Assessment with CAPS
  • Potential Educational Sanction
  • Restitution Charge

Drug Violations (sales, distribution, or covert use on another)

  • Referral to University Student Conduct Officer
  • Removal from Housing and considered persona non grata (PNG) in all residence halls (unwelcome and not allowed to be present)

Minimum Disciplinary Sanctions for Drug violations

Sanctions for all Drug violations may include Guardian/Guarantor Notification. Depending on the severity of the violation, sanctioning levels and guidelines can be more aggressive. Educational sanctions are at the discretion of the hearing officer. Those being removed from housing will continue to be held to the terms and conditions of their housing contract.

Evacuation Drills

Evacuation drills will be held periodically. Whenever an alarm sounds, all Hornet Commons occupants are required to evacuate the building immediately. It is a resident’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with evacuation routes and protocols. Emergency procedure protocols are posted in each resident’s room. Residents who do not evacuate during a fire drill or alarm will be subject to disciplinary action.

Exterior Doors

As per University policy, the exterior doors to Hornet Commons must be securely closed at all times. Under no circumstances should exterior doors be propped open; doing so poses a large threat to community security. Residents should never admit persons into their building unless they know for certain that they are a resident or member of the University staff.

Failure to Comply

Failing to comply with a reasonable request by a Greystar staff member is a violation of our policy. This type of violation also includes failure to comply with the sanctions imposed under a student conduct proceeding.

Fire Alarm and Emergency Systems and Equipment

Residents are strictly prohibited from tampering with any equipment related to emergency systems and the fire alarm system (pull stations, extinguishers, hoses, smoke detectors, sprinklers, emergency exit door alarms, exit signs). Tampering with, removal of, covering, or misuse of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, smoke detectors (including the removal of batteries), emergency evacuation instructions, or unauthorized use of any fire equipment, or door, is a violation of Penal Code 148.4, University, and Housing regulations.

Sprinklers associated with residence hall fire safety systems may not be tampered with, including hanging decorations or other objects from them. If a sprinkler is set off accidentally or intentionally, the individual(s) involved will be responsible for all costs associated with clean up and damage and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Penal Code 148.4 makes it a misdemeanor to trigger a false fire alarm, make a false report of a fire, or tamper with/destroy fire equipment. Residents found in violation of this regulation will be subject to disciplinary action and may be issued a Notice to Appear citation by Sac State Police Department. Notice to Appear may require a court appearance and could result in a fine or up to one year in jail.

Firearms, Explosives, and Weapons Policy

At no time are firearms, explosives, or other dangerous weapons permitted on the California State University, Sacramento campus, including such weaponry stored in a vehicle on University property. Prohibited weapons include but are not limited to: firearms (pistols and rifles), BB guns, pellet/pump guns, paint pellet weapons, slingshots, tear gas, “Tasers” (or other electroshock weapons), stun guns, archery equipment, martial arts devices, knives (foldable blades 3 inches or less in length and standard kitchen knives are allowed), swords and explosives. Such weapons are subject to confiscation and will be turned over to the Sacramento State Police Department. It is also, prohibited to utilize other items, implements, or instruments not categorized as weapons, aggressively or for violent purposes. Please note the improper discharge of a chemical agent including but not limited to, pepper spray, mace, fire extinguisher, or other aerosols is prohibited. Any acts of this kind should be reported. Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary action, including revocation of Lease Agreement or more severe penalties.

Toy Weapons, Explosives or Firearms: Toy weapons, explosives, or firearms can be mistaken for the real thing by law enforcement and situations involving the use of toy replicas can look like serious threats to the safety of those involved as well as bystanders. In consideration of the welfare of the entire residence hall community, all such realistic toy weapons are strictly prohibited.


Fireworks are not permitted in the buildings or in the complex at any time. Storing or discharging firecrackers, rockets, cherry bombs, or any other incendiary device in or around the complex is prohibited. Any resident involved in the use or possession of fireworks is subject to the University conduct process and potentially revocation of their Lease Agreement.

Flammable Materials

Highly flammable materials such as hookah coals, chemicals, automobile fluids, gasoline, camping stove fuel and starter fluids are not permitted in the residence halls. In addition, residents must keep their rooms clear of clutter that poses a fire danger such as large quantities of paper, rags, or trash.


All resident rooms and common areas in Hornet Commons facilities are furnished. All furnishings, including beds, must remain assembled and in their designated room at all times. Residents may not lend or swap furniture with other residents or remove furnishings from the property. Common area furniture and equipment may not be removed from the common space (i.e. lounges, lobbies, conference rooms, study lounges, etc.).

All Hornet Commons-owned furniture must remain indoors. Removal of any furniture outside of the halls will be considered theft.

Any unauthorized modifications to room furnishings must be removed within 24 hours of discovery.

Waterbeds and other water-filled furniture are prohibited in all buildings.


Gambling for money is prohibited in Hornet Commons and at the University. Under California Penal Code Section 330, any percentage game played with cards, dice, or any device, for money or other representative of value, is a misdemeanor.

Guest Policy


  • A “resident” is defined as a student leased at Hornet Commons.
  • A “resident host” is a resident who has invited a guest to their room or building.
  • A “guest” is defined as an individual who has been personally invited by a resident host to enter the resident host’s room or hall and who remains there, subject to the provisions of this procedure, for an indeterminate time at the resident host’s discretion. General solicitation of members of the public through an advertisement, posting or any other format in any medium is not considered a “personal invitation” under this procedure.

Guests (student and non-student) are expected to act appropriately in accordance with residence hall and University Policy. Failure to abide by the following guidelines may lead to loss of visitation rights and violation of the Lease Agreement.

Student residents may have guests in their rooms beginning on move-in day of each semester and thereafter.

Circumstances in Hornet Commons or on campus, such as construction, maintenance, health-related concerns, or emergency situations, may require staff to suspend or cancel this policy, or to put special or temporary rules in place that impact the privileges granted under this procedure.

Resident Host/Guest Policies

  • All guests must be accompanied by their resident host at all times.
  • Guests should not be left alone or unattended in a resident’s room or suite.
  • Resident hosts are responsible for the behavior of their guest(s) at all times.
  • It is a privilege, not a right, to be a guest and to have guests at Hornet Commons.
  • Damage and/or policy violations resulting from the behavior of guests is the responsibility of the guest as well as the host/hostess.
  • Guests unaccompanied by their resident host who are found in violation of policy or are creating a disturbance in the community will be asked to leave the apartment/community.
  • Guests who are found in violation of policy or are creating a disturbance in the community will be asked to leave the hall/area.
  • Guests are subject to the same laws, rules and policies as the student resident that is hosting them.
  • Roommate Consent: all roommates must consent to having guests in the room.
  • Roommate agreements always supersede a resident’s right to host guests; issues or concerns should be worked out between roommates.
  • Guests can stay a maximum of four (4) consecutive nights and no more than a total of six (6) in any given semester, with the consent of roommate(s); all guests staying beyond a set time will be in violation of their Lease Agreement as this is considered cohabitation.

Guests Under 18 Years of Age

Guests who are under 18 years of age must be a student resident’s sibling, or otherwise have a legally recognized relationship with the hosting student in order to be an overnight guest. A student resident wishing to host a guest who is under 18 years of age must submit a letter along with a photo of the guest from the parent/guardian of the minor individual at least two business days in advance of the visitation to the office. The letter must authorize the minor’s visit and must include contact information for the parent/guardian and authorize University and Greystar officials to communicate with the parent/guardian on the matter of the minor in question. Failure to satisfy this provision, or if Hornet Commons is unable to confirm the authorization for the visit, prohibits any student resident from having an overnight guest who is under 18 years of age.

Health and Safety Inspections

Housing staff will conduct bedroom, bathroom, and common area inspections to ensure the safety and sanitation of each room. Inspections will be announced ahead of time and will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the scheduled days. It is not necessary for residents to be present during the inspection. Residents in rooms or common areas designated “unacceptable” after the inspection will have 48 hours to clean the space. Failure to clean the space may result in cleaning charges. If a Code of Conduct or Hornet Commons policy violation is found during the inspection, it may result in a conduct referral.

Illegal Room Entry

Entering a resident’s room without the express permission and presence of the resident who resides in that room is prohibited. Inappropriate room entry includes but is not limited to borrowing another resident’s key to access their room, forcing a door open, or entering a room though a window or bathroom. Greystar staff may receive approval from management to enter a resident’s room for any expressed concern or policy violation.

Improper Check Out

In the event a resident does not properly check out of their room as requested, staff will inventory, pack and store the resident’s belongings based on our Abandoned Items policy. Residents who abandon their room or apartment will incur charges if there is damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear. Residents may also be charged for not properly returning room/apartment keys or access fobs. If items are left behind, the resident may be charged for abandoned items; please refer to our Abandoned Items policy.

Keys, Fobs

Upon checking into Hornet Commons, each resident is issued keys (includes access key) for their building, apartment, room, and mailbox. These keys remain the property of Hornet Commons. Keys may not be duplicated, modified, or loaned to another person. For security purposes, staff must be notified immediately about lost or stolen keys. Unauthorized use or possession of keys is prohibited. Residents failing to return keys during checkout will be charged for their replacement. Residents should be in possession of their keys and Student ID at all times.


Littering in or around the community is prohibited. Littering includes throwing, dumping, or depositing trash or refuse in places other than provided trash containers.

Residents found in violation of the littering policy may be assigned a disciplinary fine.

Noxious Odor

A noxious odor is ANY aroma of such intensity that it becomes apparent and/or offensive to others. Any odor can become noxious or offensive when it is too strong. Some examples are cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke; incense; perfume; air freshening spray; large amounts of dirty laundry and marijuana smell (See Drug Policy). Furthermore, because incense is a fire hazard as well as a source of potentially noxious odor, it is always prohibited in the residence halls (see “Candles / Incense Policy”).


Painting is strictly prohibited. Residents may not apply paint to rooms or public space.

Parental and Guardian Notification

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows public colleges and universities to inform parents/guardians of alcohol and drug offenses committed by students who are under 21 years of age. In line with FERPA, Hornet Commons will make emergency notifications to Parent/Guardian for second offense alcohol and drug violations or one-time egregious violations. The notice will not include specific details about the incident or the circumstances of the violation.

Parents/guardians interested in specific information concerning the outcome of their student’s conduct record are encouraged to discuss the incident with their student.

If questions remain, parents/guardians may contact Hornet Commons.

Personal Property

Hornet Commons does not assume liability for a resident’s personal belongings and has no insurance to cover personal or property damage of resident. Therefore, Hornet Commons mandates that the resident obtain additional coverage, such as a renter’s insurance policy.

Residents should take the following precautions concerning the protection of their property in the residence halls:

  • When leaving a room, always lock the door and take the room key. If a room key is lost, residents should contact staff immediately regarding steps to take for obtaining a replacement.
  • Report lost electronic access cards/fobs immediately.
  • Report any broken or faulty locks to staff immediately.
  • Never prop doors open.
  • Avoid bringing large amounts of cash or valuables to property.
  • Keep cash and valuables secure.
  • Close and lock windows when rooms are unoccupied, especially first-floor rooms.
  • Keep an inventory of property and when appropriate, keep a list of serial numbers and manufacturers. Residents should consider engraving their name or Sac State ID number onto the equipment or contacting Sacramento State Police Department to engrave personal property.
  • Report any unfamiliar persons or individuals immediately to staff. Residents should never admit anyone into the buildings who they do not know for certain is a resident or a member of the staff. Never make assumptions about strangers’ identities or credentials.
  • If residents feel they are a victim of a crime, report immediately to the Sacramento State Police Department at (916) 278-6000. Also inform staff.


A student whose property introduces bed bug, roach or pest infestation may be financially liable for all or part of the cost of mitigating measures. The infested property will need to be removed. (See “Cleanliness— Room/Suite,” and “Health and Safety Inspections”).

Hornet Commons Policy Changes

Hornet Commons reserves the right to change any of the policies at any time and will notify residents of any such changes via communications through their email, and/or building postings.

Political Canvassing

Political Canvassing is not permitted on property unless approved by management.

Posting, Advertising, and Distribution of Materials

All materials for posting, advertising, or distribution within the complex must comply with Hornet Commons guidelines.

Materials for posting by outside entities must be verified, stamped and disseminated by Hornet

Commons staff and posted on designated spaces. Materials not meeting these guidelines or materials that are considered obscene or encourage drug or alcohol use will not be posted and will be removed.

Materials should be single-sided and not exceed 11 inches by 17 inches in size. Exceptions may be approved by Hornet Commons. Priority of posting materials will be based on the following order: Hornet Commons, Hornet Commons, Residence Hall Association (RHA), Student and Academic Departments, officially recognized organizations and clubs within Student Organization and Leadership (SO&L) and off campus agencies.

All postings must clearly identify the sponsoring organization, Sac State affiliation and contact email or phone number. All flyers pertaining to Greek letter organizations must have prior stamped approval from SO&L.

Postings will be removed two weeks from the date of posting with the exception of long-term programs sponsored by or through Hornet Commons or University Housing Services. All posted materials will be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event.

Distribution of materials through mailboxes is restricted


Pranking or playing a practical joke on another person can lead to injury, inappropriate behavior, or acts of retaliation that can be detrimental to the residence hall community.

3D Printers

3D printers are only allowed if approved by Hornet Commons. This approval will be done on a case-bycase basis. All students wishing to have a 3D printer in their residence hall room must submit a request to Hornet Commons via email ( In the request, the student must provide the following information about their 3D printer:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Filament type
  • Any other relevant information

Quiet and Courtesy Hours

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are in effect nightly from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. inside and outside all buildings. During these hours, no loud or disruptive activities, loud talking, or other disturbing noise that may be heard outside the room or in the areas surrounding the buildings are permitted.

Courtesy Hours

Courtesy hours are always in effect everywhere in the complex—seven (7) days a week, twenty-four (24) hours a day, inside and outside buildings. Residents are expected to acknowledge and respect the rights and needs of others. Community members have the right and are encouraged to appropriately confront noise at any time.

Hornet Commons reserves the right to relocate or remove students after continued violation of the Quiet and Courtesy Hours Policy.

Beginning one week prior to final exams (Sunday through Saturday), all halls will observe extended quiet hours beginning at 7 p.m. During finals week (Sunday through closing) all halls will observe 24-hour quiethours with courtesy hours scheduled between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. This extends to the areas outside the residence halls including the pool/quad areas and basketball/tennis courts.

Recreational Facilities

Recreational facilities are intended for the sole use of students who reside in the complex. Recreational facilities include – volleyball court, basketball court, fitness center, and pool. Use of the pool is at residents’ own risk; there is no life guard on duty. Diving, pushing, or throwing individuals into the pool is prohibited at all times. Residents are responsible for their guests. Pool, Basketball and Volleyball courts hours are from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. The pool may not be reserved for private events.

Recycling In the Residence Halls

The California State University System (CSU) and Sacramento State are committed to integrating sustainability into teaching, service, research and facilities management—in other words, to weave “green practices” into every facet of the University. Thus, Hornet Commons staff encourages residents to make environmentally-conscious decisions while in living in the residence halls, and to reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever they can.

What can residents recycle at Hornet Commons?

Paper and Cardboard

All clean, dry paper and cardboard (no pizza boxes) may be recycled, including:

  • White paper, colored paper and newsprint
  • Window and clasp envelopes
  • Glossy magazines and catalogs
  • Phonebooks and paperback books
  • Gift wrap and carbonless forms
  • Cardboard

Why Recycle Paper?

Paper recycling is the process of remanufacturing old paper products and turning them into new, reusable paper products. Recycling old paper products uses 60% less energy than manufacturing new materials. Most paper can be recycled up to 8 times to create new products.

Americans throw away enough writing and office paper annually to build a 12-foot high wall that stretches from New York City to Los Angeles. One ton of paper from recycled pulp saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7,999 gallons of water, 4.2 kilowatt hours of energy (enough to heat your home for half a year), 390 gallons of oil, and prevents 60 pounds of air pollutants. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.

Paper makes up over 40% of our waste streams, making it the material that people throw away most. That means for every 100 pounds of trash we throw away, about 40 pounds of it is paper. If every individual recycled one newspaper every day, 41,000 trees could be saved.

Bottles and Cans

Please empty and rinse bottles and containers before recycling. The following types of bottles, cans, and containers may be recycled:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Steel cans (from soup, tuna, etc)
  • Glass bottles and jars of all colors (please remove the caps/lids)
  • #1 PETE plastic bottles (from water, sodas, etc.) #2 HDPE plastic bottles (from shampoo, detergent, etc.)

Why Recycle Bottles and Cans?

Producing a soda can from aluminum uses 95% less energy than manufacturing a can from its raw material (bauxite) and produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.

Recycled soda bottles (plastics #1) can be made into carpeting, fleece clothing, tote bags, picnic tables and traffic cones.

At current steel recycling rates, the U.S. saves enough energy to provide 18 million homes with electricity. Aluminum and steel have high scrap metal recycling value, so the more that individuals recycle, the more energy and money are saved.

Glass can be recycled repeatedly and never loses its quality or quantity. Americans use more than 100 million steel cans and more than 200 million aluminum beverage cans every day, enough to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial airliner fleet every three months.

Reduce your use of Bottles and Cans

Many local coffee shops offer a discount for bringing your own coffee mug. Get a reusable water bottle— most people don’t know that tap water must meet more stringent standards than bottled water.

How to Recycle Bottles, Cans, Plastic Bags, Paper and Cardboard in the Residence Halls

The residence halls participate in the campus co-mingling recycling program. Each resident room is provided with one blue plastic recycling container. Residents should collect all food-free paper products and cardboard and place those items in the blue recycling container along with all of their aluminum, glass, and plastic containers. Once the blue recycling container is full, residents should bring it outside and dump it into the large white recycling bin in the back of their hall next to the garbage dumpster. In the American River Courtyard, recyclable trash should be dumped in the appropriate garbage chute (with the exception of non-broken down cardboard). In the American River Courtyard, clean cardboard that is not broken down should be taken to the 1st floor trash chute area for recycling. Cardboard that is not broken down and “stuffed” into the trash chute will plug the chute making it unusable. Staff will have to lock the chute until the plug can be removed.

It is important that all paper and cardboard products have no food debris on them. Containers must also be rinsed to remove any food or beverages left in or on the containers, otherwise all the items in the recycling dumpster and will be thrown into our local landfill.


What is e-waste (or e-scrap)?

E-waste is a commonly used term for electronic products at the end of their “useful life.” Unwanted electronic products such as computers, printers, TVs, VCRs and stereos make up one of the fastest growing segments of our nation’s waste stream.

Why Should e-waste be eRecycled?

Many Californians are unaware that it is illegal to throw most unwanted electronics in the trash. The hazardous materials contained in these items, such as lead, can be harmful to the environment and human health if improperly disposed. E-waste also contains valuable resources that should be recovered— in other words, eRecycled.

Room Capacity Policy

For fire safety, the following room capacity guidelines have been set for your room: No apartment may have more than 10 occupants, including assigned residents, in the space at any given time.

Roommate Mediation

Roommates that are having difficulties communicating or getting along with each other will be advised to schedule a roommate mediation with their RA. Elevated roommate concerns will be addressed by the RA first and then the GSA.

Smoke and Tobacco Products

Sacramento State is considered a Smoke and Tobacco Free campus. Smoking, the use or sale of tobacco products, and the use of designated smoking areas are prohibited on all California State University properties.

Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings within Hornet Commons. Smoking is defined as inhaling,

exhaling, burning or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other smoking apparatus. Electronic cigarette use or vaping is also prohibited on campus. Hookahs, either fully or partially assembled, are prohibited in student rooms. Heating of hookah coals is prohibited within Hornet Commons.

Social Media and Electronic Communication

Any conduct taken via social media, online communities, or through electronic communications (text, pictures, and videos) that violates any Hornet Commons policy or University policy will be considered a violation of policy. In addition, residents should be aware that materials sent electronically or posted on social media may be used as evidence during the student conduct process for policy violations occurring in the halls.


Door to door solicitation, both commercial and noncommercial, is strictly prohibited. Sliding ads/fliers under doors or using door hangers is strictly prohibited.

Sports or sport-like activities are prohibited in the buildings (including, but not limited to: baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, bicycle riding, skateboarding, rollerblading, running, Frisbee-tossing, scooter riding, etc.). Additionally, toy guns (see “Firearms and Weapons”), water guns and water balloons are not permitted inside the apartment/building. Continued violations or non-compliance with requests to cease the aforementioned activities may result in the confiscation of sports or related equipment, or other disciplinary action.

The Student Conduct Process

Hornet Commons Student Conduct Process

As indicated in the code of conduct, “Any conduct which violates University and housing policies or regulations may subject a student to disciplinary action.” All conduct cases are handled by the University Student Conduct Officer or their designee and follow the procedures outlined in Executive Order 1098.

The Director of Affiliated Housing oversees the Hornet Commons conduct process. However, there are additional staff members that serve as Hornet Commons Conduct Officers for the community and informal conduct meeting process.

These individuals include:

  • Residence Life Manager (RLM)
  • Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs)

All violations of University Policy and/or Hornet Commons Policy will generally be handled by Hornet Commons. Incidents involving repeated violations or potential dismissal or expulsion from the University are forwarded to the University Student Conduct Officer.

Below is a description of the Hornet Commons Student Conduct process for students living in the community.

  1. If a student allegedly violates University or Hornet Commons policy, an Incident Report is written based on information gathered during the incident and submitted within 24 hours of the incident occurring. A Residence Life Manager (RLM) or Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) will then be assigned to the incident. Based on the information in the incident report, the RLM/GSA will decide either to take no further action, or to require the student(s) involved to meet with a Hornet Commons Conduct Officer for an informal conduct meeting.
  2. If an informal conduct meeting is necessary, the student will be notified about the date, time, and location of their conduct meeting. This notification will be through the student’s Sac State email. It is the student’s responsibility to check their campus email and be present at the meeting.
  3. Failure to attend a scheduled conduct meeting or to reschedule in advance, as outlined in the notification letter, may result in a decision being made in the student’s absence, or may result in a hold being placed on the student’s account.
  4. At the meeting with the Hornet Commons Conduct Officer, the student will have the opportunity to hear a summary of the incident and the alleged violations, as well as discuss their behavior in regard to the incident.
  5. After all information has been presented, the Hornet Commons Conduct Officer will assess whether there is a preponderance of evidence to determine if a student did or did not violate Hornet Commons Policy. Preponderance means majority. The standard is met if the alleged violation is more likely to be true than not true. The standard is satisfied if there is greater than fifty percent chance that the alleged violation is true. If the student is found responsible for violating Hornet Commons Policy, appropriate sanction(s) will be assigned.

The sanctioning process typically involves two forms of sanctions. The first are inactive sanctions that include warnings, probation, etc. These sanctions are listed below. Other potential sanctions include educational sanctions. The UHS Conduct Officer will describe these sanctions and the expectations for these sanctions in person and in the outcome letter.

  • The student may appeal the decision (see Appeals Process below).
  • All conduct cases are confidential, and case files are kept on record for seven years.

Hornet Commons Sanctions

When a Hornet Conduct Officer assigns a sanction, it indicates the student has been found responsible for violating Hornet Commons policy. Such sanctions are designed to help the student understand how their behavior impacted others in the residence halls. Besides the sanctions listed below, other sanctions could be assigned including, but not limited to, the following: loss of privilege, fines, student holds, completion of an educational module and/or project, along with other educational sanctions.

Failure to complete required sanctions may result in additional sanctioning including a hold being placed on the student’s account.

Housing Written Warning

Written notice that resident was found responsible for violating Hornet Commons policy.

Housing Probation

Resident is no longer in good standing. Further violations may result in relocation or removal or other loss of privileges.

Housing Relocation

Relocation of resident to another apartment or building.

Housing Removal

Removal from housing for a specific period of time or permanently.

Appeals Process

The student may appeal the decision of their informal hearing by submitting an appeal from their campus email account to the Residence Life Manager or Director of Affiliated Housing within five (5) working days of receiving their hearing outcome letter. Appeal decisions and sanctions handed down by the Director of Affiliated Housing are final.

Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus). Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence [1].

  • Sexual Misconduct: All sexual activity between members of the CSU community must be based on affirmative consent. Engaging in any sexual activity without first obtaining affirmative consent to the specific activity is sexual misconduct, whether or not the conduct violates any civil or criminal law.
  • Sexual activity includes, but is not limited to, kissing, touching intimate body parts, fondling, intercourse, penetration of any body part, and oral sex. It also includes any unwelcome physical sexual acts, such as unwelcome sexual touching, sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, and dating violence. When it is based on gender, domestic violence and stalking also constitute sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication). Men as well as women can be victims of these forms of sexual misconduct. Sexual activity with a minor is never consensual when the Complainant is under 18 years old, because the minor is considered incapable of giving legal consent due to age.
    1. Sexual Assault is a form of sexual misconduct and is an attempt, coupled with the ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another because of that person’s gender or sex.
    2. Sexual Battery is a form of sexual misconduct and is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another because of that person’s gender or sex as well as touching an intimate part of another person against that person’s will and for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.

      Rape is a form of sexual misconduct and is non-consensual sexual intercourse that may also involve the use of threat of force, violence, or immediate and unlawful bodily injury or threats of future retaliation and duress. Any sexual penetration, however slight, is sufficient to constitute rape. Sexual acts including intercourse are considered non-consensual when a person is incapable of giving consent because s/he is incapacitated from alcohol and/or drugs, is under 18 years old, or if a mental disorder or developmental or physical disability renders a person incapable of giving consent. The Respondent’s relationship to the person (such as family member, spouse, friend, acquaintance or stranger) is irrelevant. (See complete definition of affirmative consent below.)
    3. Acquaintance Rape is a form of sexual misconduct committed by an individual known to the victim. This includes a person the victim may have just met; i.e., at a party, introduced through a friend, or on a social networking website. (See above for definition of Rape.)
  • Sexual Discrimination means an adverse action taken against an individual because of gender or sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and sexual misconduct) as prohibited by Title IX; Title IV; VAWA/Campus SaVE Act; California Education Code § 66250 et seq.; and/or California Government Code § 11135. See also Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Cal. Govt. Code § 12940 et seq.), and other applicable laws. Both men and women can be victims of Sex Discrimination.
  • Sexual Harassment is unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other conduct of a sexual nature where:
    1. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a student’s academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the University; or
    2. Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the student, and is in fact considered by the student, as limiting the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University; or
    3. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by a University employee is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a term or condition of employment, or an employment decision or action; or
    4. Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the University employee or third party, and is in fact considered by the University employee or third party, as intimidating, hostile or offensive.

Sexual Harassment could include being forced to engage in unwanted sexual contact as a condition of membership in a student organization; being subjected to video exploitation or a campaign of sexually explicit graffiti; or frequently being exposed to unwanted images of a sexual nature in a classroom that are unrelated to the coursework.

Sexual Harassment also includes acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on Gender or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

This policy covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. While romantic, sexual, intimate, personal or social relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct, including Dating or Domestic Violence, or Stalking, subject to this policy.

The University is required to designate a Title IX Coordinator to monitor and oversee overall Title IX compliance.

  • Our campus Title IX Coordinator is available to explain and discuss:
  • The University’s process for addressing discrimination or harassment complaints, including how confidentiality is handled;
  • Your right to file a criminal complaint (sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, or stalking);
  • Available support resources, both on and off campus; and other related matters.

Campus Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Contact Information:

Other Campus Resources

Sacramento State’s Violence and Sexual Assault Support Services
Laura Swartzen

University Police
Public Service Building
Dispatch- (916) 278-6000
Emergency- (916) 278-6900 or dial 911 from any campus phone

Additional information about the Title IX Coordinator’s office and available resources may be found at The Title IX Sac State website

Members of the campus community must be familiar with the following documents:
CSU Executive Order 1095- provides information about campus updates on sexual harassment and violence.

Includes three important attachments:

  • Full notice on Non Discrimination including additional definitions;
  • Educational Statement containing Myths and Facts about sexual violence; and
  • Statement of Rights and Options for Victims of Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking

CSU Executive Order 1096 - policy for allegations by employees or third parties of discrimination, harassment or retaliation [2]

CSU Executive Order 1097 - policy for allegations by students of discrimination, harassment or retaliation[3]

CSU Executive Order 1098 - policy for student conduct and disciplinary action

  • The following definitions may be found in CSU Executive Order 1095
  • This includes discrimination or harassment based on any protected category, including sex.
  • This includes discrimination or harassment based on any protected category, including sex.


Residents are responsible for the regular and proper disposal of personal trash. Trash Chutes are found on each floor of the buildings. Personal garbage should not be placed inside or outside any public areas, on roofs, or in parking lots. Residents will be charged if trash is left in an inappropriate location (see “Health and Safety Inspections,” “Littering”).


Vandalism to any Hornet Commons building, machinery, property, or signage (including bulletin boards, fliers, posters and signs) is prohibited. Violations of this policy will result in individual or shared billing and/or disciplinary action.

Windows and Window Screens

Climbing in or out of windows is prohibited.

In order to protect individuals who may be walking outside the hall, no object of any kind may be thrown, dropped, pushed out of, placed outside of and/or allowed to fall from any residence hall window.

Residents may not remove window screens and will be billed for any damage. Labor charges to reinstall window screens will be applied.

Due to fire safety considerations and the possibility of significant damage to residence hall room or suite windows, residents are prohibited from posting or hanging material on either side of residence hall windows. Only University-provided blinds may be used in resident rooms. Drawing, painting, or writing on windows is prohibited. Residents must consult the Residence Life Manager with questions on permissible activity.

Wired and Wireless Computer Access

Residents are not permitted to operate a personal wired or wireless router or any device that interferes with the community wired or wireless infrastructure. Such signals compete and conflict with strength of Hornet Commons wireless signal.

Wireless access points are located throughout the building and apartments. Tampering or removal of any wireless access point is prohibited.