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Register for Lights Off the Heights!

Registration Deadline is December 2nd!

 
Decorate your house or apartment, and win awesome gift cards! To register, email lightsofftheheights@gmail.com with your apartment location and roommates' names. Registration deadline is Friday, December 2, 2016. If you are going home for Thanksgiving, be sure to pack up some extra decorations and bring them back to your apartment! The first place house also receives a trophy! For more info, click here.
Former Lights Off the Heights Participants

Lock Up Your Apartment

Lock up Before you Leave!

 
Please take a few minutes to secure your house or apartment before you leave for Thanksgiving break. Please also be mindful of how your social media presence may impact your safety. Many off-campus apartments go unoccupied during this week and become more susceptible to theft. Take a few minutes to read our safety notice and take the proper measures to lock up your apartment.
Blast From the Past: Safety Notice from 21 Years Ago
  • Secure your apartment when you leave, making sure that all doors and windows are shut and locked. If windows or doors are not securing properly, contact your landlord immediately to have them repaired.
  • If you have air conditioning units installed in a window, remove the unit and secure that window, especially where there is access to a fire escape. If they cannot be removed, make sure they are securely fastened.
  • If possible, activate tracking options on all electronic devises, or simply take all valuables home with you. 
  • Report all suspicious activity by calling your local police department or 911.
  • If you do come across an intruder, make noise, put lights on, yell for help, try to get a description of the intruder, and go to a safe place to call the police. 
  • Click here to read the safety message from the Boston Police Department.
  • Click here to read the off-campus security message from Boston College.

Winter is Coming!

Don't be Left in the Cold

 
In units that are heated by the landlord, heat must be on from September 15th through June 15th. The temperature in the unit must not be less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and 64 degrees Fahrenheit between 11:01 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. There is a maximum allowable temperature of 78 degrees. (Code 23. 105 C.M.R. 410.201). Tenants with complaints should report them to the landlord, preferably in writing. If the landlord fails to make the repairs after a reasonable time or if a problem needs immediate attention to eliminate a health risk, the tenant should report the violation to the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) at 617-635-5300. Some common code violations include: insufficient heat or hot water, windows that are not weather-tight, and sidewalks or means of egress that have not been shoveled.
Start Preparing for Winter
Who is responsible for snow removal? According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (410.452):  "The owner shall maintain all means of egress at all times in a safe, operable condition and shall keep all exterior stairways, fire escapes, egress balconies and bridges free of snow and ice, provided, however, in those instances where a dwelling has an independent means of egress, not shared with other occupants, and a written letting agreement so states, the occupant is responsible for maintaining free of snow and ice, the means of egress under his or her exclusive use and control."

Essential this means that if you live in a multi unit apartment complex or home with shared access to a means of egress, then the landlord/owner is responsible for snow removal.  If you rent an entire home or have an independent means of egress (a means of egress that only you or your unit uses) then the tenant is responsible for the snow removal.

Reporting Violations of Code of Conduct

How to Report:

 
Just a reminder that if you would like to report a violation of of the Code of Conduct - including bias-motivated offenses, vandalism, assault, etc - please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of the Residential Life staff who can assist you. If it is an emergency, please dial the BCPD Emergency number at 617-552-4444. If it is not an emergency, you may also report these violations directly to BCPD (617-552-4440) or to the Office of the Dean of Students (617-552-3470). If you wish to use an online form, the Office of the Dean of Students has a form available on their website or by clicking here.  

Resident Assistant Applications

Resident Assistant applications are available until January 8, 2017. If you are interested in applying for an RA position, you can fill out an online application here and learn more about the position here.
Start Preparing for Winter

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