Frequently Asked Questions Below are the questions we have been asked on a regular basis by current and past residents regarding USU Housing Policy. If you do not find the question you have listed below, please contact the FASA Staff for clarification.
Q. Are we allowed to drive on the sidewalk? A. Driving on the sidewalks is prohibited. If you are moving in or out of your apartment, you may request a sidewalk permit from the FASA office. These red permits must be visibly posted on your windshield and are only valid for one day. If you have a permit, please observe a speed limit of 5 MPH or less. Additional guidelines on the permit must be followed. There is a $75 fine for non-compliance.
Q. Are candles allowed? What else
should we avoid? A. White wick candles are allowed for decoration only.
Incense, burned wick candles, candle warmers, Scentsys, halogen bulbs or lamps
that use halogen bulbs, fireworks, and exposed coil appliances are prohibited.
Other fire safety information:
Smoke detectors cannot be tampered with. If the batteries are low (the detector is beeping periodically), contact maintenance at www.fixit.housing.usu.edu. You may call 770-0699 after business hours and on weekends. If you discharge your fire extinguisher for any reason, please inform your Resident Assistant. Do not hang any items from your fire extinguisher. Take the time to learn how to use it! There is a $75 fine for tampering with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Any other fire safety violations may result in a written warning and $25 fine.
Q. Can we use our stairwell as a storage space? A. The stairwells (upper and lower) cannot be used for storage including bikes, strollers, or wagons. The stairwells must be clear in case of fire. Items stored in the stairwells will be tagged by your RA and confiscated by Housing Staff if not removed by the resident within 48 hours. These items will be considered abandoned property and will be disposed of as specified in the Resident handbook.
Q. Can I run a business from my home? A. On-campus housing cannot be used for commercial endeavors. Do not advertise your apartment phone number, University email account, or University address to promote your business. You cannot use your apartment to store or produce merchandise. Residents may participate in daycare or baby-sitting as long as they comply with city and state regulations.
Q. Can we have guests stay the night in our home? A. Guests staying beyond 3 days need to be approved by the Area Coordinator in writing. Please register guests on the FASA Website and purchase a visitor parking pass at the FASA office. Visitor parking passes are $1 per day during the week. Complimentary parking passes are available at the FASA office for Saturdays and Sundays.
Q. When are quiet hours? A. Residents should minimize noise including music, television, vacuuming, etc. during the following hours:
Q. Are pets allowed? A. Pets are not allowed with the exception of fish in aquariums of 20 gallons or less. All support animals must be approved by the USU Disability Resource Center. There is an immediate $50 fine for non-compliance. Please note that your guests cannot bring their pets in your apartment. If a guest brings a pet on campus, it must remain outside the apartment, be properly supervised, on a leash, and cleaned up after. Housing holds you responsible for your guests actions.
Q. Are there rules for supervision of children? A. Parents of children are financially responsible for any damages to Housing Property or personal property of other residents. Parents are encouraged to supervise their young children while outside the apartment.
Q. What are the rules regarding the use of our balcony? A. Regardless of your apartment location (1st floor or 2nd floor) please do not hang any items over your balcony. Please do not put any planting pots or décor on the balcony edge as these items can fall and injure residents.
Q. May we use our grill and propane tanks? A. Charcoal and gas grills are allowed on campus. Both types of grills must be supervised at all times when in use. Grills must be used 10 feet away from buildings to prevent smoke from entering apartments. Only propane tanks of 5 lbs. or less may be stored on campus. Larger propane tanks may be used temporarily (up to 5 hours) but must be stored off campus.
Q. Is alcohol allowed? A. Utah State University is a Dry Campus. No alcohol is allowed in On-Campus Housing (even if you are over 21).
Q. Are firearms allowed in the apartment? A. It is Housing’s policy that firearms and weapons (including ammunition) cannot be kept in your apartments unless you are legally authorized to carry them. They can be stored at the police station on campus. If you have a concealed weapons permit, please show your RA so they can verify the permit.
Q. Can we cover the furnace closet? A. The door to the furnace closet must at all times be able to be reached for inspection, maintenance, or removal of enclosed equipment without having furniture in place that would require effort of more than one person to move without disabling or removing items from the furniture.
Q. May we install an air conditioner? A. Window screens CANNOT be moved or altered to install an air conditioner. Mounted air conditioners must be placed inside the apartment (not outside the window) and cannot be attached to the wall or window ledge. Housing recommends the use of WHITE insulation boards with LETTERING FACING INTO THE APARTMENT to block the rest of your window after you have installed your air conditioner. These boards are available at hardware stores. Residents can rent standing air conditioners from Family Leasing (435-797-0281) for $150 for the summer.
Q. How do we register our bikes? What happens if we don’t? A. The USU police department requires that all bikes on campus be registered. Visit the FASA office to fill out a registration form and to obtain a sticker for your bike frame. If you live in West Stadium Villa, you may visit your RA to register your bike. Please note that unregistered bikes will be tagged by your RA and confiscated by the police after 7 days. If confiscated bikes are claimed within 30 days, a $10 storage fee will apply. After 30 days, confiscated bikes will be donated or recycled.
Q. How can we dispose of items we no longer need? A. You are responsible for properly disposing of any unwanted items. FASA does not have a donation box so please take any usable items to a donation center in town. Items may NOT be left in the Laundromat and large, unusable items may NOT be put inside the dumpsters or in front of the dumpsters. These items may be left NEXT to the dumpster on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY. Residential Facilities will pick these items up on Monday mornings. Improperly disposing of unwanted items may result in a $299 littering fine.
Q. What can we store on our porch/ outdoor area? A. Cardboard, wood, paper, and garbage cannot be stored in any porch/patio/outdoor area. Storage on porches/patios must be contained within the porch/patio space and should be limited to patio furniture, grills, bikes, skateboards, and items in plastic or metal totes/bins with tight fitting lids. (No more than a total of 2 containers may be stored on the porches at any time. Wood, paper and clothes MUST be contained in a metal container with a tight fitting lid. A plastic tote or bin with no lid can be used as a toy box for children’s outside toys.) Residents must also keep their porch/patio/outdoor areas clear of debris and trash that may be blown in by the wind. You must always maintain a 36 inch-wide clear pathway in front of all doors and porch/patio gates in case of fire or emergencies.