As a member of the residential community, your housekeeping habits directly influence the living environment of those around you. For better or for worse, your reputation as messy or tidy can affect your relationships with roommates and suitemates. You are socially and financially responsible for the condition of your space and how it impacts others. Campus living is an education unto itself and an opportunity to learn valuable skills in housekeeping, cooperation and self-awareness.
You are responsible for keeping your room clean. Failure to maintain a reasonable level of cleanliness can cause undue wear and tear on your room and furnishings, foster pest infestations, spread germs and illness, and may project an atmosphere that feels disrespectful or unwelcoming to others.
Corridor style halls contain community bathrooms that are cleaned daily by custodial staff. These halls include Edens North, Mathes Hall, Nash Hall, Ridgeway Alpha, Delta, Kappa, Omega and Sigma are corridor-style halls with community bathrooms. Toilet paper is provided in every hall and available at your front desk.
Suite Bathrooms for Eight Students or More
If you live in a suite designed for eight or more students, your bathroom will be cleaned weekly by custodial staff. Suites for eight or more students are located in Fairhaven, Ridgeway Beta and Gamma. You will be notified of the bathroom cleaning schedule at the start of the year, as you must remove all of your personal items as instructed or the bathroom cannot be cleaned. Toilet paper is provided in every hall and available at your front desk. Please note that all suite bathrooms undergo a comprehensive cleaning and maintenance protocol each quarter; you will receive notification by email.
Suite Bathrooms for Seven Students or Less
If you live in a suite designed for seven students or less, you and your suitemates are responsible for cleaning the bathroom yourselves. These buildings include Birnam Wood, Buchanan Towers, Buchanan Towers East, Edens Hall, Fairhaven Complex, Higginson Hall, Highland Hall, Ridgeway Beta and Gamma. Toilet paper is provided in every hall and available at your front desk. Please note that all suite bathrooms undergo a comprehensive cleaning and maintenance protocol each quarter; you will receive notification by email.
A handful of rooms on campus contain private bathrooms and they are located in Edens North, Nash Hall, Ridgeway Alpha, Kappa and Omega. If you have a private bathroom in your room, you are responsible for cleaning it. Toilet paper is provided in every hall and available at your front desk.
Common Areas in Your Suite
Suites with extra common areas (kitchen, living room, balcony, etc.) are primarily located in Birnam Wood, Buchanan Towers, Buchanan Towers East and Fairhaven Complex. If your room is part of a suite with common areas, you are responsible for cleaning all of the common areas within the suite.
Cleaning Supplies & Equipment
You are responsible for providing your own cleaning supplies and equipment. Toxic products such as bleach, ammonia, drain cleaner and pesticides are prohibited. Be aware and respectful of suitemates who are sensitive to certain household cleaners or heavily-scented products. Broom, vacuum and toilet paper are provided at your community's front desk. See our Pinterest page for cleaning tips and resources.
Trash & Recycling
You are responsible for neatly disposing of your trash and recyclables in your community's collection area. Your room comes with a recycling bin and trash can, and trash bags are available at your community's front desk.
You are responsible for submitting a maintenance request whenever something in your room, suite or apartment needs to be fixed or replaced. Typical reasons for filing a maintenance request include a flickering or burned-out light bulb, dripping faucet, clogged toilet, slow drain, or insect infestation. Please note that most maintenance requests are resolved quickly and at no cost the student.
University personnel are authorized to enter your room or apartment for the purpose of facilities inspection, maintenance requests, student health and safety, or other official University business. If the condition of your room, suite or bathroom is determined to be unacceptable, you will be notified and given a deadline by which you must clean and pass a follow-up inspection. If you fail the follow-up inspection, you will be charged for cleaning by custodial staff.
The Vacancy Standard
If there is a vacancy in your room, suite or apartment you must remain ready to receive a new roommate or suitemate by keeping the vacant portion empty and the occupied portion of the room/suite clean, presentable and welcoming. (A dirty room, bathroom or apartment does not feel friendly or welcoming to a new suitemate!) When leaving for intersession, you are advised to leave your portion of the room/suite clean and presentable in case your current roommate unexpectedly moves out. If the room/suite is not clean and presentable, you may be notified (if time allows) and given a chance to clean before a new roommate arrives. Otherwise, you may be charged the super-single rate from the date the vacancy occurred.
Consequences for Not Doing Your Part
In order to maintain a clean and healthy living environment, students are expected to communicate, cooperate and share responsibility for cleaning within their room and suite. Failure to do your part may be considered disruptive behavior, which can ultimately result in conduct action.
The Housing Agreement requires residents to follow proper checkout procedure when moving out at any time for any reason. Typical reasons for moving out include graduation, moving off campus, or transferring rooms within the housing system. See Housing Fees & Refunds for complete information about contract breakage fee, housing deposit refund, and more.
Students desiring to change rooms within the housing system must initiate a request with their Resident Director no sooner than the third week of the quarter. Transfer requests may take several weeks to fulfill depending upon current occupancy. Unauthorized room transfers may result in improper checkout fee or key charges.
Anything you leave behind will be considered abandoned property, removed at your expense, retained for 30 days, and then destroyed or donated to a bona fide charity.