SUUSI Community Expectations

In order for every participant to have a rewarding SUUSI experience, we affirm our commitment to an environment free of all forms of harassment and violence, as well as discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. In our large and open community, all participants must respect each individual’s rights and privacy.

To ensure safety and promote a positive SUUSI experience for all, please observe the following community expectations:

Do ensure that your children are supervised by a responsible adult at all times, including at night.

Do be mindful of others. Avoid loud conversation or other excessive noise, as there are always others trying to sleep.

Do make sure your pets are left at home. The campus has no accommodations for animals. Service animals are welcome, of course, and may be properly cared for in their owner’s living space.

Do respect and obey the rules in effect on the Western Carolina campus.

Do remember that we are guests of the university, and we are sharing it with others for the week. Treat university staff with kindness and compassion, understanding that each of us is an ambassador for SUUSI and for Unitarian Universalism.

Do use bicycles only where permitted and where their use does not endanger the safety or comfort of others. Bicycles are not allowed inside university buildings. Helmets must be worn at all times while biking. Skates, scooters, and skateboards are prohibited on campus streets and sidewalks. Devices needed for accessibility are allowed everywhere.

Do set a good example. SUUSI expects all participants to conduct themselves respectfully, showing concern for SUUSI-goers and non-SUUSI-goers alike.

Do take care of each other. Notice situations where others could use assistance, and do what you can to help.

Do be alert to issues that may require Core Staff involvement. Help keep our beloved community safe.

Don’t use candles or other open flames (including burning incense) inside any building. Turn off appliances when you leave. Fire is a serious concern in dorms.

Don’t smoke or use electronic smoking or vaping devices indoors or within 50 feet of building entrances and air intake vents. Don’t smoke on the balconies of Blue Ridge and Balsam.

Don’t break alcohol, drug, or other state or local laws. By North Carolina law, consuming alcohol is prohibited in public areas. This includes anywhere outside or inside buildings accessible to the public. It is allowed in dorm buildings (but not the Teen dorm) and at SUUSI events where alcohol is available such as Serendipity or adult beverage workshops. WCU regulations ban alcohol from all academic buildings.