Residential Facilities



Health and Safety Inspections

Other Residential Areas

Room/Building Condition and Damage

Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms and furnishings. It is an expectation of each resident that they will maintain a basic level of cleanliness in their individual living spaces, and in the common areas of their suites and/or residence buildings. If a student's room (or bathroom) is found to be excessively dirty; or the condition of the room threatens the health or safety of other residents in the room, suite or building; said student may be subject to disciplinary action, fines, and/or may have his/her housing privileges revoked on a temporary or permanent basis.

A Room Condition Report (RCR) will be filed at the start of the semester to verify the condition of the room and furnishings. When a student moves out of a room, the RCR will be reviewed and fines will be levied as appropriate for repairs, replacement of furnishings, or cleaning required beyond the normal "wear and tear".

The condition of a building's common areas (including kitchens, lounges, study rooms, bathrooms, halls and corridors) is the responsibility of the residents of that building. When damage occurs in a common area, if no individual(s) can be determined to be directly responsible, the residents of that building will be held equally responsible for any financial obligations resulting from the damage.

As a general guideline, the following are some sample costs associated with various damage assessments for Academic Year 2014-2015 (for AY 2015-16, it is anticipated that some of these costs may increase):

  • Failure to formally check-out of the residence hall: $25.00
  • Failure to adequately broom-clean room before vacating: $25.00 - $300.00, depending upon condition of the room/bathroom
  • Failure to remove cinder blocks and/or personal items from room before vacating: $50.00 per block/item
  • Missing or broken window screen: $150.00 most residences; $200.00 in suite-style buildings
  • Pulled fire alarm: $150.00 building charge (shared by residents) + $25.00 per person fine (charged only when perpetrator cannot be identified)

After rooms have been vacated (usually at the end of the academic year) members of the Residential Life staff inspect each room, and document any damages to the room and to the public areas in each building; students' damage deposits are then debited accordingly. The amounts charged to students for damages most usually include the costs associated with materials, labor, and administrative fees. Students may expect to receive the statements about the charges assessed against their damage deposits within 4 – 6 weeks after the end of the academic year (or after they leave the College). The college assumes no responsibility for personal items left in a room after a student has vacated that room; and abandoned property will be disposed of.

Students who wish to appeal a damage assessment must do so in writing, identifying the charge(s) in question, and outlining the basis of their appeal. Appeals should be sent to the Coordinator of Housing Operations, c/o Office of Student Affairs, 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466. In order to be considered, appeals of damage assessments must be received by July 1, 2016 (or by March 1, 2016, if the student leaves the college mid-year).