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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.

Overnight Guest Agreement

Due to COVID19, the College is restricting all guests, including peers from other rooms in your building. This is in accordance with health and safety guidelines and recommendations from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Once conditions improve enough to permit guests without causing unnecessary risk to our residents and staff, we may communicate new guest policies to residential students.

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.