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Off-Campus Students

Dual Membership
Coexisting in a College Town (Video)

Off-Campus Conduct Guidelines/Expectations

Off- Campus Apartments/Housing
Find Off-Campus Housing
Mandatory Housing Statement
Off-Campus Student Resources

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As an off campus student in the local area, you are a member of both the Rowan community and the surrounding community of the Borough of Glassboro. Students within these communities are responsible to each community to whom they belong.

Rowan University expects its students to represent the University well, by positively contributing to their community and abiding local, state and federal laws. The community of Glassboro serves as a partner with Rowan to foster and maintain a community which serves both its students and residential community members alike.

Rowan values its relationship with the surrounding community and actively works to maintain the quality of life of its students that reside in the neighborhoods. Rowan University will discipline students for Student Code of Conduct violations committed off-campus, when the Dean of Students or designee determines that the conduct has an impact on the educational mission or interests of the University and/or the safety and welfare of the University community.


Coexisting in a College Town

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Rowan University is located within a suburban environment adjacent to various residential neighborhoods. Guidelines for off-campus conduct have been established in order to define standards of behavior that should be demonstrated by Rowan University students and student organizations when off-campus.

The following guidelines are consistent with the educational role of the University, the rights and needs of all residents, Glassboro ordinances, standards of common courtesy, and are directed toward encouraging and maintaining positive neighbor relationships and the development of responsible citizenship.

The Off-Campus Conduct Guidelines address the following areas:
A. Upkeep and Maintenance of Premises
B. Traffic Safety and Parking
C. Neighborhood Relations
D. Responsibilities of Dual Membership

A. Upkeep and Maintenance of Premises:
Students, registered student organizations, and affiliated groups are expected to maintain a safe and clean environment for the health and well being of themselves, their members, guests, and neighbors. Specifically, students should:

  • Make sure that their residences and property are maintained in accordance with all fire, health, zoning and, building and safety codes.
  • Make sure that their lawn and landscaping are maintained on a regular basis in accordance with lease or occupancy agreement.
  • Dispose of litter, trash and garbage on a regular basis and in accordance with all building and safety codes.

B. Traffic Safety and Parking:
Students, registered student organizations, and affiliated groups should:

  • Comply with the laws and regulations of their municipality and the State of New Jersey and hold their invited guests and all others who are present at their residence or on their property to the same standards of conduct.
  • Obey traffic safety and parking requirements and have consideration for others by not parking in or blocking neighbors’ driveways, public alleys and sidewalks, all of which are violations of the law.
  • Proactively educate all household members, guests and visitors about neighborhood parking restrictions and encourage safe, responsible driving.
  • Advise household members, guests and visitors to arrive and depart quietly and to avoid disrupting neighbors.

C. Neighborhood Relations:
Students, registered student organizations, and affiliated groups are expected to follow good neighbor policies and foster positive community relations, including:

  • Fostering and maintaining good community relations and cooperating with neighbors and authorities.
  • Being responsible for their conduct and that of their visitors and guests by actively encouraging guests to adhere to the same standard.
  • Being respectful of and to local community members.
  • Respecting the rights of others and following all existing laws and ordinances.
  • Being proactive to prevent damage to others’ property.
  • Being responsible for damage to others’ properties caused by household members.
  • Being responsible for making reasonable efforts to resolve neighborhood problems involving the student or household members in a timely fashion.
  • Using amplified sound only in accordance with the law, including the Borough of Glassboro Noise Ordinance.

D. The Responsibilities of Dual Membership:
Students are members of both the University and local communities. Accordingly, students are responsible to all the communities of which they are a part. Students should discharge their joint responsibilities in a mature, lawful and appropriate manner.

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Off-Campus Living Guide

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Click cover to view off-campus living brochure

Getting to Campus

Those driving to campus should register their vehicle with Public Safety by getting a campus parking permit. Off-campus and commuter students should also be aware of location in which they are able to park. Commuter students are not permitted to park on campus overnight. Overnight is defined as between 2am-6am. Students are also encouraged to abide by local ordinances pertaining to parking in the area.

To avoid fines/tickets read parking signs in the area before parking.
Register your vehicle  

Those biking to campus should register their bike with public safety to help protect against bike theft. Students should always secure their bike with a lock and attach them to bike racks in various locations throughout campus.
Register your Bike

Rowan Emergency Alert System
Stay informed about emergencies occurring on campus by signing up for the Rowan Emergency Alert system. You can also receive school closing notification via text.
Sign up for Rowan Emergency Alert

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The Neighborhood
As a member of the Glassboro and Rowan community, it is important to get to know the area in which you reside. Rowan has a long relationship with the Glassboro community and we encourage students to become connected to both the Rowan and Glassboro community. The Borough of Glassboro is a suburban area, consisting of residential homes and small businesses. Community members range from seniors, adults, youth, children and students.

Local Ordinances to Know
Students are expected to adhere to local laws as well as university policy. At a minimum, students should be aware of the following portions of the Borough of Glassboro Municipal Code which govern individual, group, and residential property within Glassboro.

Disorderly houses- Borough Ordinance 354-18
“No person shall keep or maintain a disorderly house or a house of ill fame or allow or permit any house, shop, store or other building owned by or occupied by him or her to be used as a disorderly house or house of ill fame or to be frequented by disorderly persons….”
Common definition of “disorderly house” -  A place where individuals reside or which they frequent for purposes that pose a threat to public health, morals, convenience, or safety, and that may create a public nuisance.

Creation of loud and unreasonable noise- Borough Ordinance 354-22

A. “The making, creation or permitting of any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in the Borough of Glassboro is hereby prohibited.”
B.“The making, creating or permitting of any loud and unnecessary noise of such character, intensity and duration as to be detrimental to the life, health and welfare of any individual or which, either steadily or intermittently, annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, peace or safety of any individual is hereby prohibited.”

Licensing and Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages – Article I.
150-1 Purposes of provisions
“This article is for the purpose of regulating the sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the Borough of Glassboro, in the County of Gloucester, in accordance with the provisions of the act of the Legislature entitled "An Act Concerning Alcoholic Beverages," being Chapter 436 of the Laws of 1933, its supplements and amendments, Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 33:1-1 et seq. and in accordance with the rules and regulations issued or to be promulgated by the State Commissioner of Alcoholic Beverage Control applicable thereto.”
1 50-4 Licenses required
" It shall be unlawful to sell or distribute alcoholic beverages in the Borough of Glassboro, in the County of Gloucester, without a license previously applied for and granted pursuant to the provisions of said Act.”

[Sale/supplying of Alcohol]

150-19 Violations and penalties for certain other infractions.
"Any person who shall possess, sell, distribute or transport any alcoholic beverage in violation of this article, or who shall import, own, possess, keep or store in said Borough of Glassboro alcoholic beverages with intent to sell, distribute or transport alcoholic beverages in violation of the provisions of this article, or who shall own, possess, keep or store in said Borough of Glassboro any implement or paraphernalia for the sale, distribution, transportation or warehousing of alcoholic beverages with intent to use the same in the sale, distribution, warehousing or transportation of alcoholic beverages in violation of this article or to aid or abet another in the sale, distribution, warehousing or transportation of alcoholic beverages in violation of this article, shall be subject, upon conviction, to a fine or not less than $200 and not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days or community service for not more than 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.”

Possession or Consumption by Underage Persons on Private Property.
150-29 Underage drinking. “It shall be unlawful for any person under the legal age who, without legal authority, knowingly possesses or knowingly consumes an alcoholic beverage on private property.”
150-30Violations and penalties. “Any person violating the provisions of this article shall, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:48-1, as amended, be punished by a fine of $250 for a first offense and $350 for any subsequent offense.”

Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public and quasi-public places. (354-5)   

A. “It shall be unlawful for any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or to possess any alcoholic beverage in an open container with intent to consume the same on any sidewalk, street, avenue, highway, public parking lot or other public place, or in any motor vehicle not on private property, within the Borough of Glassboro at any time."
B. “It shall be unlawful for any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or to possess any alcoholic beverage in an open container with intent to consume the same on any parking lot, yard or other open area which is open to the public or to which the public is invited at any time.”

Violations and penalties; disposition of fees. 354-27
“Each and every person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit and pay a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or by serving a period of 90 days of community service, or both, in the discretion of the court.”

Litter, trash, debris at exterior - Borough Ordinance 379-5
Exterior. Every rental facility shall be clean and free from garbage, litter, and rubbish and hazards to safety. Lawns, hedges and bushes shall be kept trimmed and shall not be permitted to become overgrown and unsightly. Fences shall be kept in good repair. Trash cans and recycling containers shall be restricted from being stored or kept in front yards and shall otherwise be stored in a safe location.

Parking on lawn or k-turn - Borough Ordinance 445.54.1(A)
Unlawful to park.  It shall be unlawful. It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicles, commercial vehicles or recreational vehicles on property.

  • Other than an area designated as a driveway or parking area.
  • Other than an approved area for parking as required for rental properties in Chapter 379.
  • Other than an area which has been approved by the Borough of Glassboro through its Zoning Board and/or Planning Board by official action of said body which is consistent with the Master Plan and Land Use Ordinances of the Borough of Glassboro.
  • Within areas designated for active k-turns
  • Within an area utilized as a means of access to a parking area.
  • Within any right-of-way

Trash and recyclables co-mingled - Borough Ordinance 408-15
It shall be the responsibility of the resident or occupant to properly segregate the uncollected solid waste for proper disposal or recycling.  Allowing such un-separated solid waste and recyclables to accumulate will be considered a violation of this article and the local sanitary code.

Glassboro Code Book

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Upcoming Events in Glassboro
Get connected to your community by checking out some of the activities and events happening in Glassboro this semester.
Events in Glassboro

Gloucester County Emergency Alert
Stay in the loop by knowing when there is an emergency in your area. Sign up for the Gloucester County Emergency Alert system to receive text message notifications.
Gloucester County Emergency Alert

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Find off-campus housing
Rowan University is partners with, a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions for post-secondary students. This service is FREE for all students to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus or finding a roommate. Students need not register to search listings.

  • Students can click here to view rental listings for the Glassboro area.
  • Students can click here to register to post a FREE sublet ad or roommates needed profile.
  • Landlords can click here to post listings online or call 1-866-766-0767 (toll free) to speak with Customer Service Staff.

Rowan University and the Off-Campus Housing Service does not endorse any landlord, management company, or individual who lists with the Places4Students. Instead, we provide a location for the University community to seek out available off-campus housing in the Rowan area.
Neither Rowan University nor the Off-Campus Housing Service guarantees in any manner the service or quality of service offered by listed landlord, management companies, or individuals. Students, parents, and other members of the University and Glassboro community are under no obligation to utilize the Off-Campus Housing Service or to rent from companies or individuals listed with the Off-Campus Housing Service.

Mandatory Housing Policy
Undergraduates under age 21 with fewer than 58 credits are required to live in University housing, unless they will be commuting from a parent or guardian’s home within 40 miles of the Rowan campus. Students who plan to commute must file for commuter status by submitting a notarized Statement of Student Residence form.

Students who violate the on-campus residence requirements will be required to move into a residence hall and pay full room rent for the semester in which the violation occurs. Students who refuse to move onto the campus will be suspended from the University.

Students who wish to commute from the residence of their parents or legal guardians must live within a 40-mile radius of the institution and furnish a notarized statement of student residence confirming this.
*Attention CGCE Students:
The mandatory housing policy does not apply to CGCE Extension students.

Off-Campus Student Resources
The Glassboro area and surrounding communities near Rowan have many different housing options for students interested in living off-campus. Students may find housing within a traditional apartment complex or rental house properties. By choosing to reside off-campus it is expected that students will adhere to local, federal and university laws and policies. The following information is to help you become more informed as you navigate the rental process.

The Truth in Renting Pamphlet
A guide to your rights and responsibilities of tenancy in New Jersey, tenants are required to receive this document if residing in an apartment complex. Those who reside in houses may still use the material, however your landlord is not required to distribute it to you. Before signing a lease understand what is required of you as a tenant.
Truth in Renting 10th ed.

NJ Tenant Rights
Not sure what rights you have as a tenant? Find out here.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
Promote a safe neighborhood in your apartment community; ask your current and/or potential landlord if they are a member of Glassboro's Crime Free-Multi- Housing Program. Look for the program sign posted on participating properties. Learn more about the program

Things to Consider When Renting

  1. Budget: Determine a budget and stick to it. Consider monthly costs as well as initial cost. Remember to include the deposit in your budget.
  2. Location: How convenient is the location to campus? Location can also affect your budget in terms of commuting cost.
  3. Amenities/Utilities: Know what amenities you are looking for, and whether they are included in the property. You should also clarify what utilities are covered by the landlord and which you are expected to cover. They may be different when renting a house versus an apartment.
  4. Parking: If parking is a priority for you, make sure that you find a location with sufficient parking. Is there a fee for parking? What are the local regulations regarding parking hours? Check with neighbors and landlords about what is expected.
  5. Roommates: Talk to your roommates about expectations of each other. This can help minimize conflict later. A lease is a contract; therefore it’s much harder to change roommates when conflicts arise.

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Share a Concern
Do you have an ongoing issue or concern in your community? Let us know, we want to hear from you. The Office of Community Standards & Commuter Services is here to help manage neighborhood relations. Email concerns to

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