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Behavioral Expectations & Regulations

Due to potential fire and safety concerns, all hover boards are prohibited from use, possession, or storage in all college residence halls effective immediately.

Living on campus is a privilege.  It provides you with the ability to build relationships with faculty, staff, and classmates, take advantage of leadership opportunities and participate in many events and activities, and affords you many conveniences by living where you study.  In addition, the responsibilities of living on-campus are great and these responsibilities are expectations of residential students in good standing.  TCNJ provides many services to its  residential students and good citizenship as defined below is expected.

Please note that you may be held responsible for being present during a policy violation based on a preponderance of evidence. You may also be held accountable for your guests’ behaviors and policy violations occurring in your room or the common areas of your apartment, suite or townhouse.  Residential Education staff and/or campus partners may deny a resident or guest’s entry to a hall based on the health and safety of the individual or potential harm to the community.  In addition, Residential Education reserves the right to ask questions pertaining to the health and safety of an individual.

Students living in residence are held to two standards, those identified in the Student Conduct Code and those identified by the Department of  Residential Education’s behavioral expectations for residential  students, listed below.  If a student is found in violation of one or more of these expectations for the first time, Residential Education staff may choose to have a brief educational conversation (EC) or structured Residential Education Conference (REC) with the student rather than referring the case through the student conduct process.  Should a student fail to participate in the REC process or complete the outcomes resulting from their meeting, and/or persistently engage in similar behavior after being addressed, their case may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution Services.

Air Conditioners (window and portable units)

Individual air conditioners are not permitted in any residence facility. Due to the occupancy numbers of each building, allowing such appliances could overwhelm the electrical capacity and create a danger for all.

Appliances

Appliances with exposed heating elements are not permitted to be in the on-campus residence halls. These devices include but are not limited to: broiler or toaster ovens, heating devices, hot plates, toasters, drip coffee makers, and space heaters (in emergencies, space heaters may be issued by the ResEd staff). The use of appliances with enclosed heating elements for cooking purposes such as rice cookers, crock pots, and foreman-type grills are only permitted in the common areas (public kitchens and lounges). If found plugged into an outlet in your room, it will be assumed to be in use. There is an exception for pod-style brewing systems (e.g. Keurig) which may be used within a private room.  It is strongly recommended that all heat-producing items have an automatic shut-off device (e.g. irons, curling irons, etc.). All cooking must be done in the designated kitchen area. Personal microwave ovens, ranging between .4 and .9 cubic feet, are permitted in all residence halls except the Townhouses, College Houses, and Apartments where one is already provided.

One personal refrigerator per room, not to exceed 3.5 cubic feet, is permitted in all residence halls. The Off Campus Houses, Phelps, Hausdoerffer, and Townhouse residents are not permitted to possess refrigerators as one is already provided in their living area. Personal refrigerators are not to be kept in closets or bathrooms.

The College Owned Houses are equipped with full kitchens, therefore, cooking and the use of appliances with exposed and unexposed heating elements is permitted in the kitchen area. Residents may not utilize personal refrigerators, as one is provided. Major appliances not already supplied by the Trenton State Corp., such as portable dishwashers, washers and dryers, are not permitted in the homes or apartments.

No charcoal or gas grills are allowed on campus.

Bunk-beds/Lofts

Bunk-beds are not permitted in New Residence Hall, Eickhoff Hall, or the Townhouses. Bunkable beds are provided in all other halls. Lofts and other bed lifting mechanisms are not permitted in any hall.

Common Area Cleanliness & Damage

The common areas (bathrooms, elevators, hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms, lobby, lounges) are for everyone’s use and should be left in the condition in which they were found. Residents will be held accountable for excessive cleaning charges. Bodily fluids spills may require specialized cleaning by building services, contact a staff member. Damage assessments for vandalism and missing property, including excessive cleaning fees due to damages, are a shared responsibility of the respective residents (apartment, floor, hall, room, townhouse).

Exterior Doors

Leaving exit doors propped open or unlocked, or entering or exiting the residence hall through clearly marked exit doors which will only open during fire alarms, is a safety hazard. College Owned Home residents and Townhouse residents are expected to properly secure their entry doors at all times. The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the propping open of all egress doors, to include alarmed emergency egress doors.

Fire Safety

Leaving fire doors propped open is a safety hazard. All fire doors are to remain closed at all times and under no circumstances may be propped open. The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the propping of all fire doors.

Upon hearing a fire alarm, all residents/occupants are required to immediately evacuate the building, and shall not re-enter the building until authorized by the Campus Police or a residence life staff member. Upon detection of a fire, immediately exit your residence and activate the nearest pull alarm station.  Upon hearing an individual smoke detector alarm, residents must immediately notify the hall office and evacuate the building. During an alarm, all rooms must be entered to ensure the safety of the building and all residents. This search does not include opening of closets or drawers. In situations in which the fire safety of a building is in question, authorized individuals of The College’s Department of Administrative and Environmental Services shall have the right to impose additional restrictions and policies changes as necessary to ensure the safety of all building occupants. Such restrictions or policy changes may be in addition to, but may not conflict with or detract from, the provisions established by the state of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, as enforced by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety.

In strict adherence to the State of New Jersey’s Uniform Fire Code, The College strictly prohibits the following: Tampering or misuse of all fire safety equipment (which includes, but is not limited to, fire extinguishers; pull alarm stations; sprinkler heads; smoke detectors; heat sensors; exit lights; elevator phones, fire doors and call boxes); blocking doorways; hanging articles from windows; hanging objects on/from fire safety equipment or ceiling; initiating bomb scares; and initiating false alarms. Additionally, tapestries, posters and other wall coverings are not permitted to exceed 10 percent of the surface area of the walls and ceilings.

Due to the extreme potential for fire hazard, candles (even for  decorative purposes), incense, halogen lamps,  fireworks, smoke/fog machines or other flame-producing devices, and personal furniture containing or constructed of urethane are strictly prohibited from all residences.

All fire safety violations are considered very serious and may result in removal from residence.

Guest Policy

Residents are welcome to have guests, however, each residential host assumes responsibly for their guests’ behavior and actions during their visit.  All guests in the building after 8 p.m. must be registered with the hall night desk. Any non- resident is in the building prior to 8 p.m., must register at 8 p.m. when the night desk begins operation. Each guest will be required to provide a picture ID.  Overnight guests are permitted for a maximum of three consecutive nights with the written approval of all roommate(s)/suitemates/apartment and floormates.

Solicitation

Solicitation is not allowed on campus unless approved through the Campus Activities. Door-to-door solicitation is strictly prohibited in the residence halls.

Hallway Games

Because of the potential damage to the building and danger to residents, hallway games are not permitted. This includes but is not limited to throwing balls and frisbees, hockey, running, wrestling, roller blades, scooters, bikes, and water fights.

Halogen Lamps

The use of halogen lamps within all residence halls is not permitted.

Key Policy

It is a resident’s responsibility to carry their room and building access key at all times and not to lend their keys to others. In an attempt to reinforce the responsibility of carrying a room key, residents who repeatedly sign out a spare key will be held accountable. After three requests for spare keys in one semester, a disciplinary hearing may be held and possible sanctions given. Further requests may result in additional sanctions. Students who either lose keys or have them stolen will be issued a spare key, and they will not be held accountable through the disciplinary system, but will be charged $50 for a lock change. The fee for a lock change in the College Owned Houses is more expensive. It is a direct cost of having a locksmith make all the necessary core changes and key cuts. If a spare key is not returned within seventy-two hours, a lock change will be administratively activated at the resident’s expense.

Multi-plug Adapters & Extension Cords

Effective June 1, 2001, The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the use of all non-fused multi-plug adapters from Residence Halls. Power-strips with a breaker or fuse are required for all applications. Light-weight, thin wire (16-18 gauge) extension cords are prohibited from use. Heavy-duty extension cords or decorative string lights may only be used while an individual is present in the room.  Connecting multiple extension cords and/or surge protectors together is prohibited.

Pet and Pet Accessory Policy

Fish, turtles, hamsters, mice, gerbils, iguanas, lizards, and hermit crabs are permitted in the on-campus residence halls, but must be agreed-upon by all those sharing the room, house, and/or apartment and documented on the Shared Living Agreement.  ALL animals must be confined to a glass tank that is no larger than ten gallons; wire cages are not permitted as they have been deemed unsanitary and easily escapable.  Heat lamps are not permitted due to fire safety concerns, but heated rocks are an acceptable alternative.  Animals may not be removed from their tanks at any time except for cleaning.  Animals which are specifically banned include:  cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, snakes, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, spiders, snakes and birds.

Posting Policy

All posters, fliers, and mailbox stuffers must be approved for posting and distribution by the Dean of Students Office, located on the second floor of the student center. Posting must comply with the posting guidelines as published in The College of New Jersey Student Handbook and Student Organization and Advisors Guide. Approvals are done on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Quiet Hours & Noise

To ensure an environment conducive to sleep and study, individuals are responsible for monitoring their personal noise level. Noise is considered a problem when it is deemed disruptive to others. Quiet hours are in effect from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from midnight to 8 a.m., Friday and Saturday. During quiet hours, all noise must be confined to student rooms at a level that cannot be heard outside the room when the door is closed. Quiet hours are in effect twenty-four hours-a-day during reading periods and finals week at the end of each semester.

All remaining hours of the day are considered courtesy hours. During courtesy hours, all noise must be kept to a level which is respectful to other residents in the building and residents are asked to comply with reasonable requests from their peers. If residence life staff deem appropriate, students can be documented for violating the noise policy during courtesy hours. Amplified music or bands are not allowed and all groups using common areas and/or lounges need to abide by quiet hours.

Room Furnishings

At no time are students permitted to stack their furniture or remove college furniture from their rooms or common living areas. All personal furniture brought into the residence hall must be made of fire retardant materials. Please refer to the appliances and fire safety sections for additional information regarding room furnishings.

Student ID Cards

Your student ID card serves many purposes. In addition to verifying your status as a TCNJ student, the card hosts your meal account, serves as collateral for borrowing items from the hall office and provides access into buildings. Students are expected to carry their ID at all times; lending your ID card to someone else or failing to present it when requested by a college official is a violation of college regulations. You may report lost or stolen IDs to the On-Line Card Office at http://www.tcnj.edu/idcard or The Office of Student Accounts at 609.771.3145 (24 hours a day). A nominal replacement fee will be charged.

Throwing Objects Out Windows

Throwing objects out of windows is dangerous to individuals, their property, and the surrounding areas. It is also prohibited to remove screens, enter or exit a building through a window and/or  to suspend objects outside of a window. Firefighters interpret objects hanging outside a window as a signal for an emergency. This is considered a serious violation and may result in removal from residence.


The following are Residential Education and Housing’s behavioral expectations for residential students:

GR1. Violations of the Annual Residence Hall & Dining Services Contract.

GR2. Failure to complete or abide by the agreed upon expectations outlined in your living agreement

Roommate, suitemate, community/house contract or floor common area agreement.

GR3. Failure to possess or present College identification or lending one’s ID card to another person

GR4. Participating in an unauthorized room change

GR5. Violation of the key policy:

  • Lending keys
  • Not reporting a lost or stolen key
  • Excessive check out of spare key (3 times or more)
  • Not returning a spare key in the time allotted

If a key is reported lost or stolen, a spare key will be issued and a lock change will automatically be scheduled at the student’s expense ($50—rates may be different depending on the building).   Residents may not refuse a lock change; those who try will be charged for the locksmith’s visit and another lock change will be automatically scheduled.

If a spare key is not returned on time, a lock change will be administratively activated at the resident’s expense.

Residents will be referred to a Residential Education staff member after three or more requests for a spare key. Further requests after the conversation may result in additional actions.

Keep your keys on you, don’t share them with others, and be careful not to lose them.  If you do, report to your area office immediately.  If you lose your ID, deactivate it on card services’ website immediately also found here: http://cardservices.pages.tcnj.edu/card-services/lost-card/

GR6. Failure to cooperate with front desk operations:

  • Failure to register guests at the front desk after 8:00 PM.
  • Failure to show appropriate identification when entering the residence halls after 8pm.

After 8pm students must show ID to verify residency with the night desk.  All guests, including students from other buildings, entering after 8pm must be registered with the desk. If a non-resident is in the building prior to 8pm, the host must come to the desk and register when the desk opens at 8pm.

GR7. Failure to comply with the Guest Policy:

We welcome residents to have friends over, however hosts are responsible for their guests’ behavior and actions.

Each guest will be required to provide a picture ID. A TCNJ ID or most forms of picture ID are acceptable (i.e. current driver’s license, state and military IDs, college and/or school identification card). One ID is required for each guest. Hall desks operate from 8pm until 2am (unless otherwise noted) daily.  Overnight guests are permitted for a maximum of 3 nights in a 7 day period. For security reasons  students may not lend their keys to anyone. Since overnight guests potentially infringe upon the rights of others’ living space, a residential host must receive permission from his or her roommates/suitemates/floor mates prior to inviting overnight guests. Any of these individuals has the right to allow or deny the invitation to a guest prior to his or her arrival.  Overnight guest privileges must be agreed upon through the “Shared Living Space Agreement” and in each case specifically.

GR8. Violation of Quiet Hours or Courtesy Hours or noise which is deemed disruptive to others

To ensure an environment conducive to sleep and study, individuals are responsible for monitoring their personal noise level. Quiet hours are in effect from 11PM to 8AM, Sunday through Thursday, and from midnight to 8AM, Friday and Saturday. During quiet hours, all noise must be confined to student rooms at a level that cannot be heard outside the room when the door is closed. Quiet hours are in effect twenty-four hours a day during reading periods and finals week at the end of each semester. All remaining hours of the day are considered courtesy hours. During courtesy hours, all noise must be kept to a level which is respectful to other residents in the suite/apt./building and residents are asked to comply with reasonable requests from their peers.

Students and guests can be documented for violating the noise policy during courtesy hours if deemed appropriate by a Residential Education and Housing staff member. Amplified music or bands are not allowed without departmental approval and all groups using common areas and/or lounges need to abide by quiet hours.

GR9.  No Hall Games

Do not ride a bike, throw balls, Frisbees, or anything else, water fight, hockey, roller blade, scooter, run, wrestle, or engage in any other activity or sport that could be deemed inappropriate for indoor use.

GR10. Consuming alcohol while in the presence of persons not 21 or older.

GR11. Underage residents may not be in the presence of alcohol containers or have empty alcohol or paraphernalia.

Alcohol paraphernalia is defined as alcohol containers of all kinds, posters, promotional items and items used to facilitate drinking such as wine glasses, shot glasses, accessories for drinking games or rapid and/or excessive consumption, regardless of liquid.

GR12. Misuse of College furniture, including stacking furniture or moving it from common areas to student rooms

Students are not permitted to remove college furniture from their bedrooms or common living areas. All personal furniture brought into the residence hall must be made of fire retardant materials. Residents are not allowed to bring their own bed and/or mattress.  For questions, see your Residence Director.

GR13. Violation of Common Area Cleanliness and Damage

The common areas (bathrooms, elevators, hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms, lobby, and lounges) are for everyone’s use and should be left in a clean condition. Residents will be held accountable for excessive cleaning charges.  Unless responsible parties can be identified, damage assessments for vandalism and missing property (including excessive cleaning fees due to damages) are a shared responsibility of the residents of the building, apartment, floor, hall, room or townhouse where the incident occurred.  Residents are  responsible for taking their room trash out to their area’s common receptacle.  

GR14. Hosting an event that violates the Student Conduct Code or a  Residential Education & Housing policy or other College policy.

GR15. AMNESTY (from alcohol or other drugs) with medical assistance sought from local or campus authorities.

a. Excessive intoxication (from alcohol or other drugs) with medical assistance sought from local or campus authorities.

b. Possession/Consumption of alcohol (underage) or drugs (any age) but sought medical assistance for self or other.

c. Hosting the underage consumption of alcohol or use of drugs (any age) but sought medical assistance for self or other.

GR16. Violation of the Smoking Policy

In accordance with N.J.S.A 26:3D-55 et seq. which is known as the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act and as adopted in N.J.A.C. 8:6   Smoke-Free Air Regulations, smoking of any tobacco product or use of any electronic smoking devices in any indoor public place or workplace is prohibited. Additionally, smoking is prohibited at an exterior area if smoking in the exterior area results in migration, seepage, or re-circulation of smoke to an indoor public place or a workplace at which smoking is prohibited.

The New Jersey Indoor Air Quality Standard (N.J.A.C. 12:100-13) does not allow any air contaminates to enter buildings and/or building systems.

Therefore, The College of New Jersey prohibits smoking of any tobacco product or use of any electronic smoking devices in all residential buildings.

The College of New Jersey also prohibits smoking a minimum of 10 feet from building entrances, openings, or air intakes.  This distance may be greater if indicated by additional no smoking signage or if requested by The College’s administration.

Anyone found smoking inside any facility or within designated no smoking areas outside a building are subject to a $250 fine from the health department for the first offense, and may be charged by law enforcement under any other applicable law, including N.J.S.A 2C:33-13.  Students are also subject to action through The College of New Jersey’s student conduct process.

Smokers are required to properly dispose of their smoking instruments using provided smoking receptacles located on the exterior of campus buildings.

GR17. Violation of fire safety regulations:

  • Setting or attempting to set fire to, or creating a fire on property owned or operated by the TCNJ without a permit.
  • Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency.
  • Unauthorized or improper handling of or tampering with any fire, safety,  or emergency equipment or fixtures (which includes, but is not limited to, fire extinguishers; pull alarm stations; sprinkler heads; smoke detectors; heat sensors; exit lights; elevator phones, fire doors and call boxes).
  • Blocking doorways; hanging articles from outside windows; hanging objects on/from fire safety equipment or ceiling.
  • Possession of a candle (even for decorative purposes), incense, or any other open flame inside a College facility or wooded area without express permission from the Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services.
  • Smoking inside any College building and/or within 10 feet of a doorway to any College building.
  • Removing screens, entering or exiting a building through a window, and/or throwing or suspending objects out windows.
  • Leaving exit, fire, and/or smoke doors propped open or unlocked, or entering or exiting the buildings through emergency exit doors.
  • Presence on the roofs of College buildings, fire escapes, ledges, service elevators, balconies, and other areas that are designated closed or prohibited.
  • Riding of bicycles or skateboards, the throwing, kicking, or bouncing of objects, the use of roller skates or blades, the use of water guns, and any other activity that causes risk to property or personal safety inside a College facility, including residence halls.
  • Presence of any motorized vehicle or machine (e.g. scooter, “hoverboard”, Segway, etc) in buildings with the exception of motorized vehicles used by, or in aid to, persons with disabilities.
  • Failure to evacuate a residence hall when fire alarm sounds.
  • Fireworks, smoke/fog machines or other flame-producing devices, and personal furniture containing or constructed of urethane are strictly prohibited from all residences.
  • Tapestries, posters and other wall coverings are not permitted to exceed 10 percent of the surface area of the walls and ceilings.
  • All fire safety violations are considered very serious and may result in removal from residence.

GR18. Improper use of an exit door

  • Propping open doors
  • Entering or exiting a designated emergency door in a non-emergency setting

The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the propping of all fire doors.

All fire doors are to remain closed at all times and under no circumstances may be propped open. Upon hearing a fire alarm, all residents/occupants are required to immediately evacuate the building, and shall not re-enter the building until authorized by the Campus Police or a Residential Education and Housing staff member. Upon detection of a fire, activate the nearest pull alarm station and immediately exit your residence.

During an alarm, all rooms may be entered to ensure the safety of the building and all residents.  In situations in which the fire safety of a building is in question, authorized individuals of The College’s Department of Administrative and Environmental Services shall have the right to impose additional restrictions and policy changes as necessary to ensure the safety of all building occupants. Such restrictions or policy changes may be in addition to, but may not conflict with or detract from, the provisions established by the state of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, as enforced by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety.

Leaving exit doors propped open or unlocked, or entering /exiting the  residence hall through clearly marked emergency exit doors is a safety hazard. Townhouse and College House residents are expected to properly secure their front door at all times. Individuals found tampering with door closure and or locking mechanisms may be subject to disciplinary action.

GR19. Possession or use of an unauthorized electronic device:

An air conditioner:  Individual air conditioners are not permitted in any residence facility (including but not limited to window or portable air  conditioners). The electrical circuitry in the buildings is insufficient to provide the necessary wattage required to run an air conditioner.

Microwave ovens are not permitted when one has been provided by Residential Education & Housing.

A personal refrigerator is not permitted when one has been provided by Residential Education & Housing, and cannot be kept in closets or bathrooms.

Microwave ovens over 0.9 cubic feet and refrigerators over 3.5 cubic feet are not permitted.  Microwaves and refrigerators smaller than the maximum size are only allowed in buildings where not already provided and are limited to one per room.

A multi-pronged adapter:  The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the use of all non-fused multi-plug adapters from  Residence Halls; all multi-plug adapters must have breaker, fuse, or surge protectors.  Light-weight, thin wire (16-18 gauge) extension cords are prohibited from use.  Heavy-duty extension cords or decorative string lights may only be used while an individual is present in the room.  Additionally, “daisy-chaining” or “piggybacking” (connecting multiple extension cords and/or surge protectors together) is prohibited.  Each extension cord and surge protector must be plugged directly into a wall outlet, and not into another extension cord or surge protector.

The use of halogen lamps is not permitted.

Appliances with exposed heating elements are not permitted to be in the on-campus residence halls. These devices include but are not limited to: toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, broilers, drip coffee makers, and space heaters (in emergencies, space heaters may be issued by Residential Education and Housing staff). The use of appliances with enclosed heating elements for cooking purposes such as rice cookers, crock pots, foreman-type grills, and similar items are only permitted in the common areas (kitchens and lounges). If found plugged into an outlet in your room, it will be assumed to be in use. There is an exception for pod-style brewing systems (e.g. Keurig) which may be used within a private room.  It is strongly recommended that all heat-producing items have an automatic shut-off device (e.g. irons, curling irons, etc.).  In properties equipped with full kitchens, cooking and the use of existing appliances is permitted in the kitchen area only.

Major appliances not already supplied, such as portable dishwashers, washers and dryers, are not permitted.  No charcoal or gas grills are allowed at any campus property.

GR20 . Possession of a non-TCNJ bunk bed or loft

Bunk-beds are permitted in double rooms where the furniture allows.  Some rooms, particularly those in Eickhoff Hall, may contain non-bunkable beds.  Please check with Facilities or your Community Advisor to determine if your bed is bunkable.  Beds can be bunked by submitting a work order with Facilities.  Lofts and other bed lifting mechanisms are not permitted in any residence hall.

GR21. Unauthorized solicitation in residence

Soliciting (include, but not limited to collecting money, recruiting, selling items, etc.) within a residence hall by any person for any purpose not approved by a Residential Education and Housing professional staff member is  prohibited.  Please seek permission from the Residence Director.

GR22. Violation of the College posting policy

All posters, fliers, and mailbox stuffers must first be approved for posting and distribution by the office of the dean of students, located on the second floor of the Brower Student Center.  Secondly, all posters, fliers, and mailbox stuffers must then be approved by the Residence Director.

GR23. Possession of an unauthorized pet or pet accessory

Fish, turtles, hamsters, mice, gerbils, iguanas, lizards, and hermit crabs are permitted in the on-campus residence halls, but must be agreed-upon by all those sharing the room, house, and/or apartment and documented on the Shared Living Agreement.  ALL animals must be confined to a glass tank that is no larger than ten gallons; wire cages are not permitted as they have been deemed unsanitary and easily escapable.  Heat lamps are not permitted due to fire safety concerns, but heated rocks are an acceptable alternative.  Animals may not be removed from their tanks at any time except for cleaning.  Animals which are specifically banned include:  cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, snakes, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, spiders, snakes and birds.

 GR24.  Other Guide to Residence Living Violations.

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