Residential Life & Housing Rules
Note: TBR is scheduled to institute a set of system-wide rules applicable to housing and residential life in November, 2014. These rules will replace the rules indicated here. Changes will be made accordingly.
A residence hall is a densely populated community composed of students with many different interests, habits, and tastes. The University is committed to the concept that residence halls should provide an atmosphere conducive to both living and learning, where, in a spirit of cooperation and consideration for others, students may live, study, and relax together.
Full-time students enrolled at the University for the fall or spring semester shall be eligible to reside in the residence halls during their period of enrollment. Part-time students shall be eligible to reside in residence halls on a space-available basis only. Students who drop below full time during the academic year should not assume that they will be released from the obligations of the license agreement.
Residence Hall Agreement Terms and Conditions
The term of a residence hall agreement is for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters).
Period of Agreement
- The student who enrolls in the University for the fall semester and who signs a housing agreement agrees to reside in on-campus housing for both the fall semester and the spring semester provided he/she enrolls in the University during both semesters.
- Agreements entered into any time after the actual opening of the fall semester or spring semester continue in effect until the close of the academic year under the same conditions.
- Please refer to the license agreement for applicable policies regarding deposits,
cancellations, and refunds. Prospective students should request a copy of the license
agreement from Housing and Residential Life.
The University reserves the right to make all assignments and to make any assignment changes or transfers considered necessary. Assignments are made by date of application without discrimination by reason of race, age, religion, or national origin. In the event accommodations assigned are destroyed by fire, flood, etc., and the University does not furnish other accommodations, the agreement shall terminate and the fees will be refunded on a prorated basis. Special living-learning programs may include specific additional criteria for participation/assignment.
Students may move into assigned living space by reporting to check-in locations during the dates and times specified in their agreements. Unless previous arrangements have been made, anyone who fails to check in during the specified dates and times will forfeit his/her original room assignment. Students who fail to check in to their buildings and who also fail to enroll in classes by the late registration deadline will forfeit their prepayments, and their license agreements will be voided. An enrolled student who fails to check in to the building but who has not been granted an approved license agreement release will remain subject to the financial obligation incurred by signing the license agreement.
Each student must check out in person with the area coordinator or designated representative at the end of each semester and turn in the room key. His/her room must be clean, and all personal property must be stored or removed. Housing and Residential Life assumes no responsibility for property left in rooms after check-out and/or hall closing, and will dispose of any items found in rooms after the occupant has checked out. Where applicable, additional charges for cleaning the room or removing abandoned items may be assessed to the occupant’s student account.
Responsibility for Personal Property
The University does not assume any legal obligation to pay for the loss or damage to items of personal property of residents which occurs in its buildings or on its grounds. Students or their parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses.
Aid in Maintenance
Students shall assist and cooperate with the University in the care and maintenance of the premises and shall report promptly to their residence hall staff any breakage, damage, or need for repair of the resident’s room, facilities, or equipment therein. Students shall not adjust or tamper with any mechanical equipment.
Removal of Personal Property
In the event a student resident (1) withdraws from classes at the University, (2) has his/her license agreement terminated, or (3) is otherwise relocated (from building to building, from room to room, from side to side, or within the designated area assigned), the University shall have the right to remove the student resident’s personal property and store the belongings. Notice will be given to the student resident and shall be deemed appropriate when delivered by hand or sent to the student’s University address (campus box or e-mail) and/or permanent address (postal). This notice will take effect three (3) days after any hand delivery or six (6) days after the date of mailing. Packing and storage shall be at the expense of the student resident, and the University shall not be responsible for any personal property that is lost, stolen, or damaged during packing or storage. Stored items may be held up to sixty (60) days before disposal.
Residents are responsible for their rooms and room furnishings. All residents will complete a room inventory when they establish occupancy. Damages occurring during their period of occupancy beyond normal wear will be assessed to the individual(s) responsible as will unusual cleaning charges. Furnishings must not be removed from the room or public areas without the authorization of the area coordinator. Pictures and other materials may be posted on walls within student rooms using a nondefacing adhesive. No nails or screws may be driven into any wall. The resident(s) responsible will bear the cost of repair or replacement for damaged or misplaced furnishings. Cost for damages or loss occurring in the public areas of a building will be shared equally by all residents responsible for that area of the building when the damage or loss cannot be attributed to specific individuals. A minimum damage charge of $1.00 per occurrence will be assessed to each resident.