Dec 08, 2019  
2017–2018 Student Handbook 
2017–2018 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED]

Living on Campus (NY & CA)

The opportunity to live on campus in New York or California adds a unique dimension to your college experience at the CIA. The Residence Life staff wants you to have a good academic experience and continue to grow as a person. Our objective is to make your stay in the residence hall a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Moving away from home and living with roommates in a community residence requires you to take increased responsibility for your actions. The CIA’s residence program is designed to help make your transition to such a lifestyle a smooth one. How well you adjust depends mainly on you. Residence hall living can provide you with an unequaled experience of living and working with others and a greater understanding of human relationships. You have the responsibility to make your residence hall a worthwhile place to live. Courtesy and respect for your roommates and neighbors will help meet this objective.

Living on Campus

Residence Life Staff

The Residence Life staff will help the CIA feel like home for you. Staff members are responsible for promoting positive community life in the halls. Each staff member has a wide range of skills and responsibilities, including individual counseling, program development, staff advisement, and administrative duties. You should get to know the residence life staff on your campus or hall as they are valuable and willing resources if you need help.

Each CIA-controled housing residence, both on and off campus, is staffed by resident assistants (RAs), a full-time student who has been hired for his/her leadership skills and willingness to help other students. Resident assistants’ names and duty schedules are posted at various locations in each residence hall. You’re encouraged to consult with your RA about any questions, or personal problems. He or she can provide you with information and assistance with most problems that may arise in your residence hall.

New York

Residential buildings have an assigned residence director (RD) or area coordinator (AC) to assist you. The RD and AC are full-time professional staff of the CIA. The offices are located at the entrance of each hall and their office hours are posted outside the office. Residence directors and area coordinators work a rotating schedule, also posted outside the office. Please check the schedule for their duty hours. There is a staff member on duty for consultation each night of the week, including weekends and holidays.

Please feel free to stop by the Residence Life Office (Student Commons, room 221) regarding any concerns you might have about life on campus.

Information regarding Residence Life can be found on the college’s website at and information regarding off-campus housing is available at


CIA at Greystone residence life staff is directed by the residence hall director and housing coordinator, with supervision responsibility for all residence halls. The residence hall director and housing coordinator is a full-time staff member.

Please feel free to stop by the residence hall director and housing coordinator’s office near the Education Office regarding any concerns you might have about life on campus.

Information regarding Residence Life can be found on the college’s website at and information regarding off-campus housing is available at

Residence Hall License Agreement

On-campus housing is a privilege. When you’re a new student in any of the CIA’s full-time degree programs, you must submit a completed application and signed Residence Hall License Agreement prior to your entry date. Visit to apply for housing. Specific room requests cannot be guaranteed.

The signed Residence Hall License Agreement constitutes a binding lease for two full semesters (normally 30 weeks). Residents who wish to be released from this commitment must apply for a release from the Residence Life Office for alternative housing and must meet departmental requirements. 

Residents who wish to be released from this contractual Agreement at the end of a full semester will not be held responsible for the next semester providing they submit their request for release to the Residence Life Office at least thirty (30) days prior to the end of the semester. Students who officially or unofficially leave the CIA through leave of absence, suspension, withdrawal, or termination, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, will be held to the residence hall fee refund formula as listed in the Withdrawal Policy under Student Accounts. Students moving into campus housing in the middle of a semester will be charged a pro-rated housing fee for that partial semester, and will not receive a refund if they move out of campus housing prior to the completion of that semester.

If you are not enrolled in class, you must vacate your room within 24 hours after attending your last class unless granted permission to remain longer by the associate vice president and dean of student affairs or his or her designee.

Room Cost

As a new or returning student, you’ll be pre-billed at the rate of a double-occupancy room, regardless of your request or actual room assignment. If you’re assigned to a room with a rent greater or less than the double rate, you’ll receive an adjustment to your student account after arrival. Pre-billing at the double rate does not constitute a guaranteed assignment to a double room.

In New York, students beginning the junior year are pre-billed at the rate of a single room in the lodges. Again, the billing will be adjusted after arrival and does not guarantee assignment to a single room.

Room Assignments

All students must complete a housing application. Students who fail to complete an application will not be assigned a room. An application must be completed by incoming freshmen, as well as each time a room is vacated with plans to return to any campus location, specifically for students who are:

  1. returning from externship
  2. returning to campus from a leave or withdrawal
  3. incoming bachelor’s students starting junior year
  4. requiring and/or returning to campus housing for a semester away for a concentration
  5. moving on campus from off campus


In New York, four traditional campus residence halls, six lodges, and 20 apartment-style townhouses provide housing for more than 1,700 students on campus. In California, three traditional campus residence halls provide housing for more than 175 students on campus. In addition to the buildings on the California campus, the CIA rents houses and apartments in the community for student housing provided in a CIA-controlled environment.

There is an assortment of single- and double-occupancy accommodations available. During peak occupancy, the CIA reserves the right to create triple-occupancy rooms. Students with the highest class seniority generally receive priority for both room and building assignment. Students with established financial need may request assignment to a less-expensive room. However, the college reserves the right to make all assignments and re-assignments as it deems necessary and appropriate. Accommodations are available on campus for married students, provided both are students and they are legally married.

All residential students will receive their housing assignments via their CIA-issued e-mail address, approximately two weeks before their expected move-in date. Your housing assignment will outline specific times to move into your room. Room keys will be available at the residence hall to which you’re assigned.

Revocation of Housing Privileges

Your continued residency in CIA-controlled housing is contingent upon maintaining successful relationships with other campus residents and staff. Group living requires respect and consideration for the health, safety, and personal well-being of your fellow residents. This includes the cleanliness of the communal kitchen. If you fail to comply with applicable rules or regulations, follow instructions of CIA staff members, or maintain a compatible living environment with roommates, you may have your privilege to reside on campus revoked.

Alternate Living Option—NY

If an alcohol/substance-free environment is a top priority, you may elect to live in Hudson Hall. This option provides students with a living area which is designated alcohol/substance-free. If you are interested in this accommodation, please call the Residence Life Office at 845-451-1260.

Housing Accommodations Policy and Procedures

In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, students with documented disabilities may request special housing accommodations within the context of current housing policies. For the procedures to request housing accommodations, please contact the disability support specialist:

New York at the Learning Commons in the Hilton Library or call 845-451-1288.
California at the Learning Strategies Center or call 707-967-2406.

Gender-Inclusive Housing Accommodations

The CIA will make every effort to afford current residential students the option to live on campus with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. Residential students may select to share a room with someone of a different gender through the room change process outlined under Room Changes. Gender-inclusive housing is offered when two students enter willingly into a roommate situation.

Upon request, Residence Life will make every effort to assign first-semester or transfer students who identify as a gender different than their sex at birth to a single-occupancy room for a maximum of 15 weeks. This timeframe gives students the ability to acclimate to the CIA, build relationships, and identify a potential roommate. After this time frame students will need to move to a double-occupancy room with their mutually requested roommate. The CIA has a limited number of single-occupancy rooms available. If a single-occupancy room is not available, the requesting student may need to be flexible with the planned start date.

Romantic couples of any orientation are strongly discouraged from living together as it could take up to six weeks to grant a room change if the relationship status changes.

In order to participate in gender-inclusive housing, the following guidelines must be met:

1.    Both students will mutually agree to live with each other.

2.    Both students will be vacating their room on the same date for instances such as, but not limited to: externship, semester-away courses, or graduation. Students who adjust their exit date will need to find a new roommate or will be assigned a roommate based on their biological sex. This is especially critical during peak occupancy periods.

Room Changes

You may at some point wish to request a room change. Priority for approval is based on date of request, seniority, mutual requests of roommates, and/or space availability. You must submit your room change application to the professional Residence Life staff member of your building. You’ll receive a written response and instructions concerning the request via email. If you fail to complete an approved room change, or make an unauthorized room change, you’re subject to a $100 fine and/or loss of room assignment.

A common reason for requesting a room change is conflict with your current roommate or discomfort in a new environment. It takes time for you to develop roommate compatibility and familiarity with a new home. Therefore, room change requests will not be accepted during the first six weeks on campus. Also, room change requests won’t be honored if you’re scheduled to complete your time at the CIA within six weeks.

Room change approvals will be considered for the following reasons:

  1. Severe roommate conflict
  2. Class schedule conflict
  3. Financial or medical need
  4. Fourth-semester students who were not accommodated with their prior choice of roommate upon return from externship.

In Hudson Hall on the New York campus, students under the age of 21 are permitted to request a room change within Hudson Hall, but may not move out of Hudson Hall prior to externship.

Roommate Consolidation

If your roommate moves out—off campus or to another room—a space will likely be available in your room. If the college is unable to assign another person to fill the open space, it may be necessary to consolidate to accommodate overall campus housing requests and student housing needs. Students who do not have roommates may be required to consolidate or pay a fee associated with having a single room, depending on the housing needs of the college. To avoid paying a higher rate for your room, you may move into another occupied room with a free space or find another residential student to move into your room.

All students who are in single rooms and have not requested a single room will be given an opportunity within a specified time period to find a roommate and consolidate on their own.

In the event you do not find a roommate on your own, Residence Life staff will pair you with another student without a roommate. If a student refuses to move, the single-room rate will be charged to his or her student account and disciplinary action may be taken.

The housing contract allows Residence Life to consolidate students into rooms to:

  1. ensure residents pay for the room and living arrangements to which they agreed,
  2. provide for the safety and security of all individuals living on campus, and
  3. be more “green” by saving electricity, water, heating, and air conditioning costs.

Residence Life staff is available to answer questions and assist you with the consolidation process.

Room Condition Agreement

Upon assignment or reassignment to a room, you will be required to complete an inventory of the room condition and furnishings with a resident assistant (RA) in your residence hall. You’re responsible for the condition of your room and furnishings from the time you check in through the time you vacate the room, check out, and return your key. You’ll be required to reimburse the CIA for all damages and/or losses to the room or furnishings above normal wear and tear. The Room Condition Agreement will be used as the inventory and as the basis for comparison and charges at checkout.

Malicious damage and vandalism may result in the immediate loss of campus housing. You may not make alterations to your room or furnishings; remove furniture from any room, including lounges and hallways; exchange furniture from one room for furniture in another; remove screens from windows in the residence halls or remove restrictor arms on windows where applicable, as fines will be assessed; use windows as room entrances or exits, except in the case of an emergency; tape, glue, or attach anything to a residence hall window; place anything on exterior window ledges; or place anything between the windows and the screens. Again, you’re responsible for the actions of your guests, and you may share responsibility with your roommate for damages.

Your Roommate

Learning to live closely with a new roommate can be a rewarding and broadening experience for you and can lead to a long-lasting friendship. It can also be a difficult task. In building a healthy relationship with your roommate, good communication is essential. Open and honest discussion and active listening will help resolve those little conflicts that invariably occur. Respect for your roommate’s personal property, privacy, and study/sleep needs will also help foster a successful relationship. Remember, you are a roommate, too. In exceptionally difficult situations, an RA or RD can act as a mediator.

Room Furnishings

The following furnishings are provided at each campus:

New York Each room is equipped with a desk, bookcase, desk lamp, desk chair, chest of drawers, wardrobe or closet, bed frame, and mattress (34 inches by 80 inches) for each resident. Most residence hall rooms measure approximately 12 feet by 20 feet although rooms in the lodges and townhouses are of varying dimensions.
California  Each room at the Vineyard Lodge I and II and the Guest House is equipped with a desk, desk lamp, desk chair, nightstand and lamp, dresser, bed, and mattress. In addition, rooms in the Guest House include a small microwave and refrigerator. The Vineyard Lodge I has both queen-size beds and twin beds, Vineyard Lodge II has twin beds, and the Guest House has long twin beds.

You’re expected to provide bed linens, blankets, pillows, towels, personal toiletries, soaps, and cleaning supplies. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning. Bumper stickers, permanent fixtures, or posters are not allowed on residence hall doors facing the hallway. Please refer to Residence Hall Fire Safety regarding items that may or may not be permitted in your room.

Resident Responsibility

Responsibility for Personal Property: The CIA doesn’t assume any legal obligation to pay for the on-campus loss of, or damage to, personal property belonging to you or your guests. You’re encouraged to carry insurance to cover such losses. You should take steps to secure your property, including but not limited to: locking your door, promptly retrieving your laundry, labeling items stored in a refrigerator, registering your bicycle with the Residence Life Office, and reporting damage or theft to Campus Safety. Students are encouraged to purchase renters insurance from National Student Services, INC.

Responsibility for Communal Property: You’re expected to help ensure that communal property (hallways, bathrooms, stairwells, elevators, lounges, study rooms, utility rooms, lobbies, kitchens, laundry rooms) is not abused. In areas where the CIA determines a majority of the residents are tolerating undue abuse of college property and those responsible cannot be identified, all residents of that area will be held responsible for the resulting repair costs and/or fines.

Personal Use Agreement: You must agree that you’ll use the room assigned to you, and won’t transfer or assign the room to another person. The space may not be sublet. Further, you must agree that your room will be used for personal living, sleeping, and studying and that no commercial operations will be conducted there.

Checkout Procedure

You’re required to check out of your room in person with a Residence Life staff member. Checkout procedures include, but are not limited to, scheduling an appointment in advance, honoring the time of your appointment, completing an on-site inspection of the room, returning all residence hall keys (room key, suite key, locker key), and signing the Room Condition Agreement accepting responsibility for any damages and/or charges. You must properly clean your room and remove all personal items, trash, and/or recyclables before the on-site room inspection. New York students are expected to check out by 9 a.m. for residence hall closings during spring (April—CA and NY bachelor’s students only), summer (August), or winter (December) breaks. At other times of the year, New York students must check out by 10 a.m. on the day after you graduate, complete your last class before externship, or stop attending assigned classes. California students must check out between 9 a.m. and noon on the day after you graduate, complete your last class before externship, or stop attending assigned classes.

Fines for not following checkout procedures include:

Fine Reason
$25 per half hour past scheduled checkout appointment
$25 per half hour past check-out or closing time
$50 failure to schedule an appointment or complete checkout procedure
$50 per lock change
$50 for keys not returned
$25–$200 damage or cleaning fee (including trash removal)

Services and Facilities—NY

Each residence hall has a lounge equipped with a large-screen television, lounge furniture, and tables and chairs for games, studying, or small group meetings. Please treat these common areas—and the rights of all others using the lounges—with respect and care.

Each residence hall has a laundry room with washers and dryers for your use. The machines are coinless, and there is no charge to residential students to use them. Since the cost of operating the machines is built into the housing fee, students living off campus are prohibited from using the washers and dryers in the residence halls. You should not leave your laundry unattended, as the college assumes no responsibility for any personal items missing from the laundry facilities.

Kitchens in Pick/Herndon, Angell, Rosenthal, and Hudson Halls are available for student use to prepare personal meals or to practice culinary arts skills. Typically they are open from 9 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, except when special events are in progress. Hours of operation are posted and are subject to change. The kitchens are equipped with appliances. You are responsible for supplying your own ingredients, utensils, and other small equipment that may be needed. You must clean up the kitchen area after you use it. You also must clearly label all personal food items that you store in the kitchen refrigerators. Unlabeled food, or food items that appear to be improperly stored or are becoming rancid, are subject to disposal without notice by Residence Life staff. Residents of lodges and townhouses have common kitchens subject to the same rules of use and cleanup. The lodge kitchens close at midnight. Kitchen privileges, or the privilege to visit or reside in college housing, may be revoked if the college determines that a student has abused his or her kitchen privileges.

Computer labs are located within the residence hall lounges. Students have access to library holdings at the CIA, as well as employment listings and Internet access from these areas. The college provides wireless Internet access in the residence halls. At orientation, Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will tell you how to purchase the wireless chip, and will assist you with installation as needed. Any repairs to equipment in the computer labs need to be communicated to the residence director of that hall.

Services and Facilities—CA

Each residence hall has a lounge equipped with lounge furniture and tables and chairs for games, studying, or small group meetings. In addition, the Vineyard Lodges each have a large-screen television. Vineyard Lodge II has an exercise room on the second floor. Please treat these common areas—and the rights of all others using the lounges—with respect and care.

Each residence hall has a laundry room with washers and dryers for your use. You should not leave your laundry unattended, as the college assumes no responsibility for any personal items missing from the laundry facilities.

Kitchens in Vineyard Lodge I and II are available for students to use to prepare personal meals or practice skills. Each kitchen is equipped with large appliances and limited small appliances. You are responsible for supplying your own pots, pans, ingredients, utensils, plates, glasses, and other small equipment that may be needed. You must clean up the kitchen area after each use. Clean means all dishes washed, dried, and put away; all counters cleared and cleaned; and all cooking surfaces scrubbed and grease-free. You also must clearly label all personal food items that you store in the kitchen refrigerators. Unlabeled food, or food items that appear to be improperly stored or are becoming rancid, are subject to disposal without notice by Residence Life staff. Kitchen privileges, or the privilege to visit, or reside in, college housing may be revoked if the college determines that a student has abused his or her kitchen privileges. The Vineyard Lodge I and II kitchens are open from 6 a.m.–11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 a.m.–midnight. Friday and Saturday on the condition that they are properly maintained. Residence Life staff holds regular sanitation inspections to ensure cleanliness standards are upheld by the residents. Each kitchen is monitored with video camera surveillance by the Office of Safety and Security.

Telephones and Television Services

Campus Safety, the Student Affairs Office, and the Residence Life Office handle emergency calls for students; however, they’re not equipped to handle non-emergency calls, or to take messages for students. In New York, there is a blue calling-card phone for long-distance calls located in each residence hall.

High definition cable TV service is provided in each room. You may want to buy cables and/or splitters as there is only one jack per room. You’ll need to bring a high definition cable-ready television to take advantage of this service.


During the spring (CA and NY bachelor’s students), summer and winter breaks, the residence halls and CIA-controlled housing will be closed and you’ll be expected to vacate your room. The halls will be locked and secured, and you won’t be allowed to remain in, or return to, your room until the official reopening time. Notices will be posted in advance to let you know the dates and times. Bachelor’s students must vacate their rooms during spring break (April).

Every effort will be made to protect personal property, but the CIA cannot be responsible for loss or damage. You can leave your belongings in your room during vacation time, but you’re encouraged to take home all items of value. Please do the following before you leave for vacation:

  1. Close and lock windows
  2. In New York only, leave heater/air conditioner on low; in summer, leave the dehumidifier on, if your room is equipped with one
  3. Unplug electrical appliances and defrost refrigerators
  4. Clean room and remove trash and recycling
  5. Turn off all lights
  6. Report any leaking faucets or toilets
  7. Take valuables with you
  8. Lock the door
  9. Follow any other instructions from Residence Life staff

Once you have left for vacation, Residence Life and Campus Safety staff members will inspect your room. Failure to complete the items listed above may result in the assessment of fines beginning at $50.

Housekeeping and Maintenance Requests

You’re expected to regularly clean your own room and the bathroom within your room, suite, or townhouse. You’re also expected to empty your own trash into the Dumpster and recycle bins located outside the building. Sanitation and healthy living conditions are important in a campus community. To aid in this task, resident assistants have cleaning supplies that you can borrow in exchange for your student ID card if you run out of your own supply. Supplies include cleanser, disinfectant, garbage bags, vacuum cleaners, and cleaning equipment. If you don’t remove trash or keep your room in satisfactory condition, you’ll be subject to disciplinary action, including fines and/or loss of campus housing.

Each residence hall has assigned housekeeping staff responsible for the cleaning and appearance of common areas within the building. Your cooperation in keeping the hallways and stairwells clean and free of trash or recyclables is expected.

Facilities management staff members are available to repair any physical deficiencies in student rooms or hallways. Please don’t attempt to repair any damaged items. To request repairs:

New York click on Student Maintenance Request Form under Quick Links on the CIA Main Menu or contact the Residence Life Office, Student Commons, room 221, from 7 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, at 845-451-1260. For any emergency repairs needed after regular business hours, contact Campus Safety at 845-451-1268.
California  please contact your RA or the residence hall director. For any emergency repairs after regular business hours, contact Campus Safety at 707-548-2478 for the officer on duty.

Entering Policy

The CIA and its representatives have the right to enter your room at all reasonable hours for the purpose of examining the room or making repairs or alterations necessary for safety and maintenance.

When it’s necessary for staff members to enter your room, they’ll knock twice and announce themselves, wait a reasonable amount of time, and proceed into the room. The door will be closed while the work is being done. Staff members are not expected to open drawers, suitcases, trunks, etc. When performing routine fire safety and sanitation inspections, staff members will open any refrigerators belonging to residents who are under 21 years of age. Refrigerators found in any room where staff are already responding to suspected violations of the campus Alcohol Policy may also be opened.

When facilities management personnel perform work in your room, they will leave a note. The mechanic or housekeeper will make every effort to respond to requested maintenance before 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., no facilities management personnel will enter student rooms unless a serious emergency arises.

Room Search Procedures

In cases including, but not limited to, the possession of unauthorized CIA property, the use or possession of illegal drugs (or of prescriptions drugs not authorized), fireworks, combustibles, firearms, or any other illegal items are suspected for any reason, the Campus Safety Department will be notified, and an administrative search warrant may be requested by the Campus Safety Department from one of the deans in the Student Affairs Department. Room searches can be conducted without the presence of the resident(s) of the room. In such cases, when possible, a student representative (Resident Assistant) will be present as a witness to observe the search. Any locked boxes or safes found that cannot be opened at the time of the search will be secured by Campus Safety until they are opened and inspected by a member of Campus Safety.

Courtesy Hours/Quiet Hours

Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours every day to provide for the study, sleep, and privacy needs of all residents. If you create excessive noise or disturbance (including excessive stereo volume), you’re subject to disciplinary action, including the loss of housing. Showing respect and consideration for neighbors is everyone’s responsibility. You shouldn’t bring large musical instruments (e.g., drums, keyboards, amplified guitars, etc.) which may disturb other residents. Playing sports or participating in loud or noisy activities in residence hall corridors, common areas, or courtyards is prohibited. The volume of car radios/stereos on campus also needs to be low so that classes and residents are not disturbed.

Quiet hours have been established at night to promote an environment conducive to academic pursuits. Please respect these hours:

  • 10 p.m.–8 a.m., Sunday–Thursday
  • Midnight–10 a.m., Friday and Saturday


Occasional overnight guests are permitted with written permission from the Residence Life Office, your residence director, or Campus Safety. You must be present on campus when you have guests. Visitors are expected to follow all campus regulations. You are responsible for the conduct of your guests as well as for any damages to CIA property caused by your guests. Your guest must carry an official form of identification at all times and be prepared to produce it at the request of any college official. A guest is defined as, but is not limited to, a person a student permits into a building and/or a person involved in an activity in a student’s room. Guests must be 18 years of age or older. Guests may be 16 or 17 years of age if they are members of a student’s immediate family. Proof of relationship is required, and three days notice must be provided to your Residence Director prior to approval. You may have a registered overnight guest in your room twice per semester, each time for a maximum three-day visit. You must submit written permission from your roommate when registering guests. Overnight guests must be registered 24 hours in advance of their stay. Students’ guests who have not received advanced permission to stay overnight must vacate the room and campus by 1 a.m., Monday–Friday and by 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. Excessive stays by daytime guests may be subject to the approval and permission of residence life staff. Guests are not permitted to remain in the host’s room when the host is not present.


Pets are not permitted in the residence halls (including the lodges and townhouses). The only exception is fish—students may have one fish as long as it is kept in a fish bowl (aquarium tanks are not allowed), and there is no filter or heater attached to the bowl. You will be fined $25 for violating this provision and will be required to remove the pet. Subsequent offenses may jeopardize your privilege to live on campus. In addition, no animals may be left in vehicles on campus. Visitors and guests with pets are not permitted in the residence halls at any time.

Lock Your Door to Prevent Theft

For your protection, you’re encouraged to keep your doors locked at all times. To prevent theft, lock your door and take your keys when leaving your room, even when going to the laundry room.

Room keys are issued on arrival day and, at a later date, are to be returned to the Residence Life staff member who assists you in properly checking out of your room. All keys remain the property of the CIA. It’s against the law to duplicate a CIA key. External doors are always kept locked. Only students with valid IDs and escorted guests can enter via the electronic card access system. Do not hold doors open for anyone you do not know.

If you get locked out of your room, you can request assistance from residence life or safety/security staff. You may be assessed a $15 charge for this service. You should report a lost key immediately to Residence Life in New York or Campus Safety and Security in California to obtain a replacement key. If you lose your key, or do not return your key upon checkout, a $50 fee (NY) or $25 fee (CA) will be assessed. In New York, if you lose your room key more than once, you will be charged for a lock change.

In California, if your keycard demagnetizes, please contact the Office of Safety and Security. They will provide you with a new keycard in exchange for your old keycard. There is no charge for this service. Keycards should be kept away from laptops, MP3 players, cellular phones, and other electronic devices or magnets to minimize the risk of demagnetization.

Residence Hall Fire Safety

The following rules and regulations have been established to protect students’ lives. Residence Life staff members will regularly conduct room inspections to help keep living conditions healthy and safe. In addition, an annual fire safety inspection will be conducted by state or local fire prevention officials. Your cooperation is appreciated and is a condition for continued residence. These regulations are subject to revision to comply with state and local law. Please see Campus Fire Safety for additional fire safety information.

Bicycles: You may keep a bicycle in your room as long as it doesn’t block egress or access. Bike racks are available outside residence halls.

Clear Passage from Room: Items may not block or limit access to the door, window, or heating unit. A 36-inch passage must be maintained through the room.

Combustibles: You’re not permitted to have combustible items including, but not limited to, curtains, wooden structures, room dividers, excessive wall coverings (including posters), fabric suspended from walls or ceilings, holiday decorations (including Christmas trees, wreaths, door coverings), or lamp shades or lanterns made from plastic, cloth, paper, or wood.

Personal Electrical Equipment: Cooking appliances, halogen desk lamps, lava lamps, electric blankets, and portable heaters are strictly prohibited in individual student rooms. Cooking appliances are permitted in the lodges (only if stored in a locker and used in the kitchens) and in townhouse kitchens. If you possess any of these appliances, your items will be confiscated and you may receive demerits and/or a fine. The CIA reserves the right to remove unauthorized or dangerous appliances. Electrical items permitted in your room include televisions, radios, stereo equipment, fans, small coffee makers (with automatic shut-off), personal computers, desk lamps (except halogen), razors, irons (with automatic shut-off), hairdryers, hair curlers, toothbrushes, and clocks. You are permitted one microwave oven per room, provided it is no larger than 1.0 cubic foot and its power output is less than 1,000 watts. One 3.5-cubic-foot refrigerator or two refrigerators no larger than 2.0 cubic feet each are permitted in each single or double room. An electric water cooler is permitted (one per room).

Any appliance or item may be removed at the discretion of the Residence Life, Facilities Management, or Safety staffs.

Electrical Overload: You’re not permitted to engage more than two electrical cords per outlet. Power strips may not be interconnected. In Hudson Hall, the outlet for the dehumidifier—if your room is equipped with one—may not be used for any other purpose.

Extension Cords: The use of extension cords is strictly prohibited. Only UL-approved power strips, not exceeding six feet in length and with over-current protection, are permitted. Note: if the power strip has surge suppression, it must also have over-current protection. (It will have a reset button).

Fire Doors: Stairwell, hallway, and room doors are fire rated for your protection and must remain closed to be effective. When closed, these doors can slow the progress of fire and smoke and allow more time for a safe evacuation. Do not block or tie open the doors, and never place articles in the doorway that would keep the door from closing completely.

Fire Hazards: Open flames and other potentially hazerdous ignition sources are prohibited including, but not limited to, candles, open flames, heated vaporizers, wax warmers, essential oil diffusers, and incense.

Furnishings: All furniture and furnishings are provided by the CIA, and may not be moved or rearranged to restrict egress without the express permission of the Residence Life staff member. Wardrobes in Hudson Hall must remain flush against the wall at least 18 inches from the sprinkler head. Any request for the use of personal furniture or mattresses must be submitted to, and approved by, Residence Life. Personal mattresses must be fire resistant with a label indicating it meets federal standard 16 CFR Part 1633 and California Technical Bulletin 129. Foam mattresses are prohibited. Water beds and other pieces of water-filled furniture are not permitted due to problems of water damage and weight. In New York, wardrobes in Hudson Hall may not protrude into the room or be used as a room divider.

Halogen Light Bulbs: Because they burn at an extremely high temperature, lamps that use halogen light bulbs are strictly prohibited.

Heaters/Air Conditioners/Dehumidifiers: You’re not permitted to store any items on top of these units.

Height of Storage: Material must be kept at least 18 inches below the level of the sprinkler heads throughout the room.

Hoverboards: Due to the associated fire risk, hoverboards (self-balancing boards) are not permitted in the residence halls.

Maximum Occupancy/Visitation: No more than 10 people, including residents, may be present in your room (12 in a suite in the lodges and eight in a townhouse) at any time due to fire code regulations and the possibility of creating a noise problem.

Plastics: Most plastic containers and milk crates are not permitted due to the possibility of toxic fumes. Only Underwriter’s Laboratories-approved plastic crates are permitted. Plastic items may be subject to removal at the discretion of CIA staff.

Sanitation: Excessive accumulation of bottles, boxes, trash, and debris is not permitted. You must maintain general sanitary conditions and clean and disinfect your bathroom regularly. Failure to maintain a clean room may result in fines up to $200.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all residence hall rooms and common areas. Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking gazebos. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Smoking in your room may result in fines up to $200 and loss of housing privileges.

Sprinkler Heads or Smoke Detectors: Tampering with any building fire safety equipment is prohibited. This includes obstructing sprinkler heads or smoke detectors with clothing, laundry, room decorations, or any other such items.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Residence Halls

The following contact should be made when any emergency takes place in the residence halls:

New York Emergency: ext. 1111 from any campus phone or 845-451-1111 from any off-campus/cell phone
California Emergency: ext. 2313 from any campus phone or 707-548-2478 from any off-campus/cell phone


The following procedures should be followed in the event of an emergency:

  • If you see smoke or fire, and the building’s fire alarm has not sounded, use the closest fire alarm pull box to activate the alarm as you exit. Fire alarm pull boxes are located in exit paths in hallways and lobbies. Call the campus emergency number above once safely out of the building.
  • If the building fire alarm activates, evacuate the building immediately via the nearest safe exit. Close doors and windows as you leave if it is safe to do so.
  • Fire alarms will produce visual strobe light and sound an audible pulsating horn.
  • Don’t open the door if the door handle is hot. Instead stay in your room, and seal the bottom of your door with wet towels. Call for help by calling the emergency number above, or by signaling from your window. Do not jump. The fire department will rescue you.
  • If the door handle is not hot, open the door cautiously. Check the hallway for smoke or fire before leaving your room.
  • Take your room key with you in case the hallway becomes impassable. Stay low in smoke; crawl if necessary.
  • If it is safe to do so, help notify and evacuate others by yelling “fire alarm” and knocking on doors as you move towards the exit.
  • A quick, orderly evacuation is the priority. Remain calm and encourage others to remain calm.
  • Once you are outside, move to your assigned safe meeting place so you can be accounted for. Notify the residence life staff member if you know of any absences. Stay out of the roadways. Be patient, and stay quiet in case there are announcements.
  • Alarm silencing is not an automatic signal to return to the building. Wait until a fire department member, campus safety officer, or residence life staff tells you it is safe to re-enter.
  • Remember, when the alarm sounds, get out fast and stay alive!

Building-specific evacuation routes are available at the Safety & Security page of CIA Main Menu.

Off-Campus Housing

The college also maintains an off-campus housing listing with search features provided by Please visit for more information. The CIA offers this listing only as an informational service to incoming students and therefore cannot be responsible for rental conditions or negotiations with landlords.

An Off-campus housing fire safety checklist is available at the Safety & Security page of CIA Main Menu.