In general, students are expected to behave in a considerate and responsible manner, which respects the rights of the University and of any other person who may be affected by their actions. All University Villages tenants are expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code. The Lewis and Clark Village Office reserves the right to develop other rules and regulations as necessary for the safety, care and cleanliness of the premises and for the security, comfort and convenience of all occupants.
In addition to the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life has outlined the following policies for residents living in and visiting Lewis and Clark Village.
Alcohol & Drugs
For rooms in which one roommate is 21 or older while the other roommate is not of legal drinking age, the resident who is of legal drinking age may not consume alcohol in his/her room. Rooms where both or all roommates are of legal drinking age may consume alcohol inside their room and must keep their behavior from being disruptive. No guests under the age of 21 may be present in the room while the of-age roommate/guests are consuming alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol is not allowed in any public areas of the building or in rooms occupied by underage residents. Most alcohol situations are brought to attention because of disruptive behavior. This behavior is addressed through student conduct and may require attendance of Behavioral Health Options (Options). The cost of the Options program is the responsibility of the student.
Alcohol violations carry with them the prospect of a Minor in Possession (MIP) and other criminal charges, and more severe consequences are dependent on the behavior displayed at the time of documentation.
Decorations & Apartment Displays
- Drip all the faucets in your apartment - both hot and cold. Leave the faucets dripping until the "FREEZE ALERT" signs are removed.
- Turn your heat on to a minimum of 65 degrees.
- Open your closet and cabinet doors to expose plumbing fixtures so that these spaces will be heated.
- If you are going to be away for an extended time period during the winter months, please alert the office. Be sure that your windows are closed and do not turn off your heat. Instead, leave the thermostat on 60 degrees. These precautions are essential in order to avoid substantial damage to your apartment from broken pipes. If you negligently fail to take these precautions, you may be held liable not only for the damage in your own apartment, but also for any damage to your neighbor's apartment.
The University recognizes the right of privacy of all residents living in Lewis and Clark Village, but reserves the right to inspect its property at any time for necessary reasons. For health, safety, or emergency reasons it is sometimes necessary for a University staff member to enter a resident's apartment when he or she is not present. Every effort will be made to have an occupant of the apartment present when an inspection is made.
Each semester, health and safety inspections of apartments will be made by the Village Assistant staff to check for cleanliness and safety and to be sure that health standards are being maintained. Written notification will be made at least 24 hours before these health and safety inspections take place.
Vehicle & Parking Regulations
- The parking lots in Lewis and Clark Village are designated scramble parking. All parking lots are restricted to Lewis and Clark Village residents only. Lewis and Clark Village parking decals are FREE and are limited to one (1) registered, licensed, and operable vehicle per apartment. All vehicles will require a Lewis and Clark Village parking decal to park in any Lewis and Clark Village parking lots. Vehicles inoperable for longer than two weeks must be removed.
- Lewis and Clark Village only allows personal vehicles and does not allow any recreational vehicle, including but not limited to campers and motorhomes, to park in Lewis and Clark Village lots. Lewis and Clark Village also does not allow boats, trailers, or buses.
- Abandoned vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
- Driving on the lawn is strictly prohibited in all areas of Lewis and Clark Village and carries an automatic $25.00 fine plus any costs for replacing damaged sprinkler heads and grass. Also Prohibited: 1) parking in the yellow-painted curb areas, 2) extension cords for head bolt heaters, and 3) parking so that vehicle bumpers extend over sidewalks, which makes snow removal difficult.
- Utility vehicles may not be parked at Lewis and Clark Village.
- Maintenance on cars should be kept to a minimum (e.g., no cars on jacks, changing of oil, or draining cooling systems for extended periods of time).
- Visitor parking will be limited to the Park-N-Ride on the north side of the A building.
- All two-wheeled vehicles must be parked in a designated parking space and are not allowed on sidewalks, landscaped areas, or porches/patios. Parking 2 two-wheeled vehicles in one space is permitted.
Windows & Window Screens
Candles & Incense
Prevention can save your life and the lives of others. Explore your community and familiarize yourself with all exits. Keep exits and access areas clear of all debris and storage. This includes:
- Keeping sidewalks, porches, common hallways, and outside landings clear of all items including trash, furniture, toys, appliances, car parts, and exercise equipment. Failure to do so will result in a cleaning/removal fee that will be charged to the offending apartment resident(s).
- Not using balconies, porches, fences, sidewalks, or any common area as a laundry drying area.
- Not chaining bikes, motorcycles, or trailers to gas piping, stair rails, electrical conduit, or plumbing pipes. Keeping barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from all buildings, landings, or porches.
- Barbecue grills (propane or briquette) are not permitted on the second and third floor balconies due to fire hazards. Permanent grills have been installed on the grounds for your convenience.
- Test your smoke detector(s) once a month. Notify maintenance if you have any problems with it.
- No halogen lamps, candles, or incense is permitted.
Fireworks & Combustibles
Hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks, & Skywalkers
If you have one of these devices, please remove it permanently from UM property. Please know that you will not be able to have it in campus housing, and if it is found, you will be asked to remove it from UM property or face disciplinary action.
Keys & Lockouts
Loss, Theft, & Insurance
Residents should immediately report any missing property to their Village Assistant, and provide a complete description of the items and their value, where they were located, when the items were last seen, and if any person is suspected of the theft. Any theft should also be reported to the UM Police Department.
As stated in your housing contract, UM is not responsible for any personal losses due to theft, fire, water damage, or any other incidences specifically mentioned in the agreement. For this reason we strongly urge you to obtain renter's insurance coverage for your personal belongings. If you own an automobile or bicycle, make sure that you have adequate coverage against loss, vandalism, etc.
Noise & Quiet Hours
All residents must keep all noise to a low level so as not to disturb or bother neighbors. Missoula City Ordinance requires lowering of noise level at 10:00pm. If you do have a noise complaint concerning a neighbor, we recommend getting to know your neighbors as soon as possible. That way if there is a problem you can approach them as a friend, not as a stranger. When the problem arises, go talk to them and try to reach an agreement. If the noise problem is extremely disruptive or is after normal business hours, contact the VA on duty at (406) 544-8724. Contact the Lewis and Clark Village Office via e-mail about the problem.
Fish, in 10-gallon tanks or less, are the only pet allowed in the Residence Halls, University Villages, and Lewis and Clark Village. All other animals, except certified Service Animals, of any kind are strictly prohibited in the Residence Halls and apartments. This includes pets belonging to guests. Pets will not be permitted to "visit" or be on the premises for any reason.
If pets are found on the premises, violators can lose their entire damage deposit and be evicted through the Student Conduct Code process. Any damages, including the replacement of carpet, will be billed to the student's account.
Exceptions will be made for individuals requiring a service or companion animal. This request must go through the Disability Services for Students Office located in the Lommasson Center in room 154. This request must be submitted and approved prior to the animal being in the residence hall or apartment.
Telephone & Email
Tobacco Free UM
In accordance with the University of Montana’s tobacco free campus policy, students may also not smoke or use tobacco products outside the residence halls or apartments on campus property. Tobacco use is allowable at the following locations: sidewalks along Beckwith, Arthur, 5th and 6th Streets west of Maurice, Maurice north of 6th Street, Kim Williams Trail, and all properties outside of those borders and beyond boundaries of any property of the University of Montana. E-cigarettes and vape/vapor/vaporizer pens can be used on campus, just not within the student’s room or apartment.
In an emergency dial (406) 243-4000. For non-emergency situations dial the UM Police Department at (406) 243-6131.
Anything that seems unusual or "out of place" could be criminal activity. Every resident has a responsibility to report any suspicious behavior, working as a partner with the police. Not every stranger who enters your property is a criminal, but criminals do take advantage of activity in apartment communities by pretending to be legitimately involved in sales, repairs, and service. If you see any solicitors in your community or suspect that any service or repair person is involved in illegal activity, please contact either the Lewis and Clark Village Office and/or the UM Police Department.
Never attempt to apprehend a person committing a crime or to investigate suspicious activity. Leave any confrontations or investigations to the police.
Do not allow strangers into your apartment. UM cannot restrict access of door to door solicitors to the apartment community. You may post a no soliciting notice on your door. If you are bothered by solicitors, please contact the UM Police Department.
Violent & Sexual Offenders
The Residence Life Office must also be notified when a student or student's dependent residing in University residence halls or apartments is designated as a violent or sexual offender within 24 hours following such designation by a county, state, or federal court. The University reserves the right to review the student tenant's or student tenant dependent's offender status and the potential risk to the community due to the tenant's or tenant dependent's residence in the University residence halls or apartments. After such review, the University may deny occupancy to a tenant or a tenant's dependent based on either offender's designation status. A student's failure to provide this required notification may also result in the student's unauthorized occupancy of University premises or other University of Montana Student Conduct Code violations, subjecting the student to Student Conduct Code disciplinary proceedings.
Weapons & Fire Arms
Non-Lethal Weapons – Possession/Use
Pepper spray/mace/bear spray is permitted as a tool for safety and should only be deployed in the case of an emergency. If used in an offensive manner and not in self-defense, it is considered a non-lethal weapon subject to this policy. Offensive use of pepper spray could also come with criminal charges in the State of Montana.