Residence Community Living Standards

3. Rules That Affect you in Residence

Residence policies and procedures are set guidelines for students that live in residence on Seneca College’s campus. These are detailed in the Student Residence Agreement, the residence website, and the RCLS. Seneca College policies and procedures are related to an individual’s status as a student of Seneca College and their behaviour on campus, which includes residence. Therefore, as a residence student your actions in residence can also affect your academic status.

Municipal, Provincial and Federal laws and by-laws are related to you being a citizen in the city, province and country. The standards outlined by Residence Management and Seneca College are informed by these laws.

Normally the Residence policies and procedures and Seneca College’s policies and procedures act independently of one another.However, Residence shares all reports alleging RCLS violations with Seneca College. In situations that create a concern for the safety and security of students in residence and on campus, all important information will be shared between appropriate residence and Seneca College officials. In serious cases, allegation(s) may be investigated by both the Residence and Seneca College and the student will be subject to the sanctions under both sets of policies and procedures.

For more information about residence and Seneca College policies and procedures please refer to the following websites: and


Scope & Application

The RCLS applies to all residents and their guests. They are in effect:

(a) on residence property, including in all residence buildings and the grounds of the residence;

(b) at off-campus events sponsored by residence or a recognized student leadership group in residence;

(c) when the conduct of a resident has a substantial link to Seneca College, direct implications for the proper functioning of residence; the well-being of residents; the educational mission of Seneca College; or the interests or reputation of residence and/or Seneca College. This includes any behaviour observed or carried out through an online medium, by using text, audio, video or images, including but not limited to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.



The RCLS is intended to be clear to all readers. If you have a question, consult a residence staff member, as they have the authority to interpret the standards. The RCLS attempts to identify a range of behaviours that constitute Offenses. Residence reserves theright, in extraordinary circumstances, to identify and sanction conduct that may not be specifically described, but which clearly does not support the stated objectives of the Residence Community Living Standards or Seneca College polices.


Protection of Privacy

Residence respects the privacy and personal information of residence students and will comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act regarding the gathering, retention, safeguarding and disposal of personal information. All concerning behaviours and allegations of offenses documented in Residence Reports will be made available to the Resident, Campus Security and the Office of the Director of College Services, upon request. All Residence reports, files and records, both paper-based and electronic, will be kept for a minimum of seven (7) years after the termination of the Student Residence Agreement.