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Rules for Participants

Housing & Dining

  • Appliances and Cooking: Participants are not allowed to cook in the residences. Participants are prohibited from having appliances and cooking equipment such as hot plates, microwaves, refrigerators, and toasters.
  • Bedrooms: Whenever a visitor is present in a bedroom (including residents from the same house), the door to that bedroom must be open far enough that residential staff can observe the interior of the room from the hall. Participants are discouraged from having gatherings in their rooms; they should instead make use of common areas of the residences to meet with friends and to socialize. Participants must sleep in their own rooms and in their own beds.
  • Cleaning: Participants are responsible for keeping their bedrooms clean, and are expected to clean up after themselves in all of the common areas of their residence, both inside and out. Participants are expected to help maintain the cleanliness of common spaces by cleaning up trash in the common areas, even if they did not leave it there.
  • Curfew and Lights Out: Each residence will have a house curfew of 9:30 pm and a lights out time of 11:00 pm. This means that participants must be in their own residence by 9:30 pm, and in their own beds, with the lights out, by 11:00 pm. These times will be one hour later on Friday and Saturday evenings. Curfew and lights out may be moved earlier for individuals or residences with behavioral issues. Lights out is lifted at 6:00 am, and sign-out privileges resume at 7:00 am.
  • Dining Hall: Participants are expected to behave with maturity and responsibility when in the Stanford University Dining Halls. They must return their trays, clean up after themselves, and treat the dining room staff and other participants with respect. Throwing food is not allowed.
  • Pets: Animals and pets of any kind, including aquatic, are prohibited.
  • Residential Furniture: Participants are not allowed to rearrange furniture in the residences without permission from Pre-Collegiate Institutes summer staff. Any furniture that is moved must be returned to its original state by the end of the session. Participants who do not comply will be identified and charged labor fees for returning furniture to its original location.


  • Crosswalks: Participants must use designated crosswalks when crossing any street on Stanford campus or in any other location they visit while enrolled in the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes. Crossing the street illegally (or “jay-walking”) is prohibited. Cross only when safe to do so.
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco: Participants shall not use, possess, or distribute alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, with the exception of prescription and over-the-counter medications approved for use by the participant’s parent or guardian. All prescription medications must be in their original, labeled packaging. Participation in an incident involving alcohol, drugs, or tobacco is cause for immediate dismissal, including possible arrest and/or criminal prosecution, even if the participant did not consume or intend to consume these substances.
  • Safety Equipment and Fire Hazards: By law, participants must not tamper with any safety equipment, including, but not limited to, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors. There is a significant fine for tampering with this equipment. Additionally, fire hazards such as candles, incense, halogen lights, matches, lighters, torches, barbecue grills, propane cylinders, charcoal, starter fluid, fireworks, explosive devices, and open flames are prohibited in or around the residences.
  • Lanyards: Participants will be given program lanyards to carry their room key and ID card, and they are expected to wear their lanyards around their necks at all times. Swinging or twirling of lanyards is not allowed because this behavior may lead to injury.
  • Personal Transportation: Use of bikes, inline skates, motorized vehicles, roller skates, scooters, skateboards, or other forms of personal transportation are not allowed.
  • Pranks: Participants are not allowed to instigate or participate in pranks targeted toward other program participants, staff, or participants of other programs, as well as any other University employee or visitor.
  • Sign-out Procedures: Participants must obtain permission to leave their residence, and all off-campus excursions require supervision by residential staff. Supervision is also required to visit certain campus locations, such as the Stanford Shopping Center and The Dish. Participants are not allowed to visit residences of other on-campus programs or other Pre-Collegiate Institutes clusters that are not their own. Sign-out sheets will be used in each residence to record name, cell phone number and destination, time out and time in, and the name of the staff member granting permission. Sign-out procedures will be explained during the orientation. Violation of sign-out procedures may be cause for dismissal from the program. Sign-out privileges may be revoked at the discretion of residential staff.
  • Visitors: Participants are not allowed to entertain personal visitors inside program residences. This includes visitors who are non-program participants as well as participants from other clusters.
  • Weapons: Weapons and ammunition of any kind are prohibited on campus by law, including knives, firearms, paintball guns, and other dangerous items, such as laser pointers.


  • Attendance: Participants are required to arrive on the first day of the session and stay with the program until the last day of the session. Participants are expected to take part in all scheduled activities (classes, guest lectures, activities, meals, meetings, outings, etc.). Only in special circumstances, and with the approval of a Pre-Collegiate Institutes summer staff member, may a participant miss a scheduled activity. Requests are typically on granted for religious reasons, health reasons, or a family illness or death.
  • Cell Phones, Laptops, and Tablets: Participants are allowed to have electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, and tablets, but they should not use these devices during class time or at any other time that requires their attention to be directed toward program activities (both academic and recreational). The program encourages all participants to engage fully in activities and to socialize with others in the program; therefore, excessive use of electronic devices for social networking, emailing, talking on the phone or playing games is not allowed.
  • Dress: Participants are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a learning environment and not disruptive to others. Participants are prohibited from wearing items that display offensive logos, symbols, or language, inappropriate sexual content, or slurs or symbols of hate, prejudice, intolerance or discrimination.
  • Entrepreneurial Activity: Participants are not allowed to sell goods or services during the program, nor are they allowed to gamble (including online gambling). Gambling games that are played without real money are acceptable.
  • Public Displays of Affection: Participants are not allowed to publicly display affection in a way that makes other participants or staff members uncomfortable or imposes on their personal space.