Study Space Food and Drink Policy
The RUSM campus has a variety of spaces designed to allow for areas for eating/food and nonfood to meet the needs of students, colleagues, and the faculty. The food and drink policy is designed to outline areas for consumption and holding of food and drink in study spaces. It is designed to prevent or reduce the destruction of campus facilities by rodents and other pests; and to maintain a safe, healthy and clean environment for patrons of the spaces including. This policy a plies to all members of the RUSM community, RUSM colleagues, contractors and their employees and visitors.
The policy is also available on the Student Resources page of the student portal. Incoming first semester students will be informed of the Study Space Policy at New Student Orientation. Continuing students will be advised of any changes to the policy at their respective Continuing Student Orientations.
- Study Spaces are spaces identified within in the Dominica Campus Study Space policy as areas for studying.
- The Student Center is that area of the campus which houses Student Affairs, CTL, the Library, food court, multi-purpose rooms, other offices and study rooms.
- The Ann Ross Library Study Spaces includes spaces with in the building inclusive of the carols, rooms with tables, and computer labs.
- Food is any solid or liquid matter which is taken by mouth to satisfy someone’s hunger. Examples of food include (but not limited to) ice cream, cookies, cake, sandwich, burger, bread, biscuits, fries, chicken, rice, soup, fruits, shakes and yogurt.
- Drinks are defined as any liquid matter which is taken by mouth to satisfy one’s thirst. Examples include (but are not limited to) water, coffee, energy drinks, tea, juice and sodas, and exclude alcoholic beverages.
- Spill-proof cups/bottles are defined as cups, mugs, or bottles (vessels) for which the liquid within will not escape when turned upside down or lying on its side.
- Faculty/ Staff Offices are defined as workstations assigned and regularly occupied by colleagues employed by RUSM.
- Areas identified as study areas allowing food include: classrooms, Jenner, St. James, Annex, Large Learning Lab, Student Center 1st floor open study space.
- Areas identified as nonfood study space include: the Ann Ross Library Study Spaces and Student Center (first floor Multi-Purpose rooms, reception lobby, second and third floors of the Student Center).
- At no time will food be allowed to be visible or be consumed in the above identified nonfood areas. The exception to this being drinks as defined below.
- Drinks within a closed spill-proof container are allowed to be out and consumed in nonfood study areas.
- Food that is not within view (i.e. in an individual’s bag) must be in a closed container that will not spill.
- The individual who is in possession of food or drinks are responsible for cleaning up any spilled drinks or food as well as proper disposal of food/ drink containers.
Members and designated representatives of campus Security, Student Affairs, RUSM Administration, Student Government Association, or other appointed persons will enforce the policy. Students, staff, or faculty are required to produce their RUSM identification card at the time of the violation.
Students found to have food out, consuming food or drinks that are not within a spill-proof cup/bottle in nonfood study space will be in violation of the policy and ramifications may include requiring the student to remove food or drink to a location not prohibited by this policy. Students who refuse to abide by this or with repeat violations may be referred to the conduct administrator. Failure to produce a student ID upon request or displaying non-professional behavior when confronted with the violation may result in further disciplinary action.