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Contracts & Living Conditions

These contracts are designed to open lines of communication between roommates, suitemates, apartmentmates, housemates, and floormates. The contract asks students sharing a common space to discuss expectations and guidelines for living together. Some of the topics are: guests, smoking, telephones, use of other’s property, and cleaning standards. It is very important when living with others to reach an understanding of what is important to you and to determine your limits.

Ideally, you will complete and discuss these contracts within the first few weeks of school. Hall staff are available to assist you with this process. Students may be held accountable for these documented agreements.

Residence and Dining Service Contract

The Annual Residence Hall and Dining Service Contract, signed by every resident student, is a formal contract for room and board services. It is a binding contract which can only be broken under special circumstances with approval by the Department of Residential Education and Housing. One of the conditions of the agreement for on-campus residence is participation in a meal plan. Students are advised to print and keep their copy of the agreement for the duration of the academic year.

Entering Student Rooms

Article E in the Annual Residence Hall and Dining Service Contract states, “The College reserves the right to inspect student rooms and furnishings in order to maintain health, safety and maintenance standards.” This enables college personnel to implement routine maintenance requests from residents. Under special conditions a member of the residence hall staff may ask a resident to go through his or her own possessions to ascertain compliance with such standards.

Guest Policy and Overnight Guest Agreement

Guests are limited to those that live in TCNJ-operated residence halls. Guests must be signed in at the front desk during times that the front desk is up and operational (generally, daily 8pm until midnight or 2am). Any residential student who is in quarantine or isolation may not have guests or be a guest and will be expected to abide by the health and safety expectations listed during their move to quarantine or isolation. Residential students will be permitted 2 move in helpers during move in and move out times. Please refer to opening and move out communications for additional information. Overnight guests are permitted for a maximum of three consecutive nights with the written approval of all roommate(s)/suitemates/apartment and floormates.

Room Re-assignments

As noted in the Annual Residence Hall and Dining Service Contract, when a vacancy exists in a double room, The College has the right to assign the remaining resident a new roommate or reassign the remaining resident to an existing vacancy in a comparable space elsewhere.