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.
Annual Residence and Dining Service Contract
The Annual Residence Hall and Dining Service Agreement, signed by every resident student, is a formal contract for room and board services. It is a binding yearly 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.
Overnight Guest Agreement
Students who are assigned college housing accommodations have the privilege to invite guests to stay in their room for a maximum of three consecutive nights. Since overnight guests potentially infringe upon the rights of other’s living space, a residential host must receive written permission from his/her roommates/suitemates/floormates 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.
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.