We are committed to providing all students on-campus housing accommodations that are safe and inclusive. Our office is proud to offer Open Housing, also known as gender neutral/inclusive housing. All multi-occupancy spaces, with the exception of those that are part of a single sex floor or wing, may be occupied by students who prefer open housing accommodations.
Living with students of the opposite sex is a choice and not all students may be comfortable with such arrangements. No student will be assigned to such a space unless they specifically express interest. We also encourage students interested in open housing to discuss their preference with other individuals in their support network, including parents/guardians.
In response to COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of all students, our standard room change process will be suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. Emergency situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Assistant Director of Residence Life to determine if an exception should be made.
In order to live on-campus, a student must have a signed (electronic or written) housing contract. The housing contract is legally and financially binding. Once signed, the contract commits a student to living on-campus for an entire academic year, according to the Terms & Conditions of Residency.
Contract terminations initiated by residents, regardless of the reason, are not automatic and require that you adhere to the petition processes described below, or find another eligible student to assume your contract via the contract reassignment process.
Reasons for requesting a termination of your housing contract usually include one of the following:
- University withdrawal or leave of absence
- Graduating at the end of the Autumn or Winter quarters
- Studying abroad
- Medical/psychological (need-based)
- Financial (need-based)
Students requesting to terminate their housing contract due to discontinuing enrollment (withdrawal/leave of absence), graduating at the end of the Autumn or Winter quarters, or studying abroad are required to submit appropriate departure materials to Housing & Residence Life prior to moving out. These materials may be obtained by emailing our office.
Students requesting to terminate their housing contract due to medical/psychological/financial need are required to schedule a meeting with the Senior Associate Director of Occupancy & Administration to discuss their circumstances. During this meeting, a determination will be made on the viability of success in the housing contract petition process and the student will be advised of next steps. Students should be prepared to provide additional documentation to support their request and may also be referred to other campus offices as part of the petition process.
More details about break housing will be published after the start of the Autumn Quarter.
Study Abroad & Leave of Absence
Students who will be leaving to study abroad will be contacted by our office in the quarter prior to their departure to communicate check-out procedures. Our office will reach out a second time during the quarter students are abroad to provide more information on how to secure on-campus housing after returning from their study abroad program. Only those students studying abroad who have submitted a housing contract for the quarter after their program are permitted to store belongings on-campus during the time they are abroad.
During the course of their enrollment, a student may find the need to take a voluntary leave of absence. These decisions generally surround personal situations that require a student to take some time away from campus before resuming their studies. In either case, the student will not be permitted to remain in on-campus housing during their period of leave and must make arrangements to move out of their residence hall within 5 business days of the start of their leave of absence. Our office will communicate departure information via email with students when we are made aware of a change in the student’s enrollment status. Room and meal plan charges will be pro-rated to reflect the amount of time the student was living on-campus. These adjustments will occur after the student has moved out and only once they have submitted all necessary departure materials and our office has confirmed their departure.
Students wishing to return to on-campus housing after a leave of absence should email our office to request a housing contract. Assignments are generally made over break periods (summer, winter, spring) for the following quarter. Our office will make an assignment for these students only after receiving confirmation that they have been approved to resume studies by the College.
While our office makes a concerted effort to consider a student’s housing preferences during the assignment process, we cannot guarantee a student’s return to their former House, Hall, or to a specific room or room type. All of these preferences are influenced by space availability and overall demand for housing.
Graduating Students & Convocation Workers
All residence halls close on the Friday of finals week during the Spring Quarter. Only students graduating at the end of the Spring Quarter or those working to support Convocation, and have received advance approval from our office, are permitted to remain in on-campus housing until 12 PM of the day after Convocation. We encourage students to make their departure and travel plans in advance, as move-out extensions are not possible.
Graduating students and Convocation student worker staff remaining in the residence halls are subject to the following guidelines:
- Make arrangements to remove any previously stored items from hall storage prior to finals week, as these items will be inaccessible once returning students begin placing items into storage rooms for the following academic year
- Students working to support Convocation who are returning to on-campus housing the following academic year should place items into storage rooms during finals week, as once rooms become full, no additional items will be accepted for storage
- Students may not store items in their room for other students
- Students must continue to tap their student ID at residence hall entrances and front desks until they move out
- No more than 4 guests, who are not immediate family, are permitted to visit at one time. All guests must be met in the lobby by their student host, who remains responsible for them during the duration of their visit. Overnight guests, regardless of relationship to student, are not permitted
- Parties are not permitted
In the event that Housing & Residence Life is notified that a student has had a change to their graduation plans and will no longer be graduating, they will be required to move out of the residence halls by 3 PM on the Friday of finals week.