Terms and Conditions for On Campus, Off Campus, and Intensive Learning Term Living

PART 1. Terms and Conditions for On Campus Living

PART 2.  Terms and Conditions for Off campus Living

PART 3.  Terms and Conditions for Intensive Learning Term Living

 

PART 1. Terms and Conditions for On Campus Living

Campus Residency Requirements:

As a residential college, Roanoke students are required to live on campus, space permitting, during their full four years as a student, unless they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. have lived in the Roanoke Valley area (within 30 miles of campus) for at least six months preceding the date of first enrollment;
  2. are married;
  3. live with parents, grandparents, or siblings who live in the Roanoke Valley area;
  4. are 23 years old (before the beginning of the term they desire to live off campus);
  5. are a military veteran;
  6. are enrolled part-time (students who claim off campus status due to part-time enrollment and who return to full-time status during the current or a subsequent semester, will be charged the current room and board rate);
  7. have received and accepted prior approval by the Residence Life & Housing Office and are currently living off-campus.

Part-time students may reside on campus, under certain circumstances, if space permits.  Students who drop to part-time status during a term are not permitted to live on campus without approval from the Residence Life & Housing Office. 

The College reserves the right to deny campus housing to any student for just cause, as determined by the Residence Life and Housing staff.

Housing Regulations:

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar and comply with all regulations as contained in the Roanoke College Student Handbook.  Particular note is made of the following:
  2. Individual rooms must be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.
  3. Smoking is not permitted in Roanoke College residence halls or Greek houses.
  4. Students are expected to respect the rights and property of other members of the College community, and to engage in behavior that is consistent with the mission of the institution.
  5. A charge of $35 per day may be assessed for those students staying in the halls after closing, or returning before opening without permission from the Residence Life & Housing staff.
  6. Residence hall rooms are rented only for those periods of time when the College is in regular session except for International students and students residing in Afton and Elizabeth Halls. Summer school housing is only provided for times when summer school is in session.  Students may not stay in the residence halls during fall, Thanksgiving, winter, or spring breaks; the time period between hall closing at the end of the spring term and the start of summer term; the time period between hall closing at the end of summer term and the start of fall term; the time period between hall closing at the end of the spring term and the start of the intensive learning term; and the time period between hall closing at the end of the intensive learning term and the start of summer session without the approval of the Residence Life & Housing Office. Student's belongings must be removed from all residence hall rooms at the end of each spring term, each intensive learning term, and at the end of the second summer session, as applicable.  At the end of each term resident students must leave 24 hours after their last exam. 
  7. Authorized College officials may enter and/or search residents' rooms at any time for the purpose of conducting College business or in the event of an emergency. To ensure compliance with College policies, the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life & Housing policies, and fire safety guidelines, room inspections by College personnel are made regularly and may be made at any time, with or without notice. Residents need not be present during room entry, inspections, or searches. Unauthorized or illegal items found during an entry, inspection, or search may be confiscated. Additionally, law enforcement agencies are notified of criminal offenses that are discovered during room entry, inspections, or searches.
  8. All residents are issued a room key and an exterior door key or access card.  A $35 fee per key or access card will be charged for keys/access cards that are lost or not returned.  All keys/access cards remain the property of the College and are not to be duplicated, loaned, or given away.  Lost or stolen keys/access cards are to be reported immediately to the Residence Life & Housing office.
  9. The College assumes no obligation to pay for the loss of, or damage to, personal property in College residence halls unless the loss or damage is due to the negligence of College personnel.  Students should check their insurance coverage to determine whether or not their personal belongings are covered under their current homeowner's/renter's policy.
  10. The occupants of each residence hall room are responsible for all activities taking place in their room, whether they are present or not.  They are also responsible for any items found in the room.
  11. Students may not change rooms during the two weeks of the fall semester.  All room changes must be approved in advance by the Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing. Unauthorized room changes may result in a fine of up to $50.  Roanoke College reserves the right to make changes in room assignments at any time during the year.
  12. When a situation arises that there is only one occupant in a double room, the College may move individuals together at any time in order to make better use of the spaces available.
  13. The housing agreement is terminated when an individual:
  • withdraws officially from the College during the academic year;
  • graduates;
  • does not re-enroll for the subsequent term;
  • is granted an exemption by the Residence Life & Housing Office;
  • is expelled from housing for good reason, in the judgment of College officials;
  • is suspended or expelled from the College;
  • fails to comply with any of the requirements herein.

Students must vacate their living areas within 48 hours of termination of the housing agreement.  All personal belongings must be removed.  Personal belongings not retrieved within 10 days of termination of the housing agreement will become the property of the College and will be disposed of as College officials deem appropriate. 

Meal Plan:

With the exception of Elizabeth Hall residents, residents are required to purchase a meal plan. First year students are required to purchase a 19 meals per week plan.  Upperclass students may choose either a 14 or 19 meals per week plan.  Residents of Afton Hall and the apartments in New Hall may choose a 9, 14, or 19 meals per week plan.

Elizabeth Campus Residency Requirements:

Residents of the Roanoke College Elizabeth campus are required to provide their own transportation to and from main campus. 

Greek Housing Requirements:

The administration of Roanoke College believes that fraternities and sororities, when adhering to their stated principles, are an invaluable asset to the College community.  In an effort to promote Fraternity/Sorority Life, the College offers the privilege of designated housing for fraternities and sororities as long as the organization operates under prescribed national and institutional standards.  The standards below are the mutual expectations of the College and the Fraternity/Sorority. 

I.              FRATERNITY/SORORITY HOUSING OCCUPANCY EXPECTATIONS 

  • The room charge will be the same as for other residence halls with like space.
  • The Greek Residence Manager (GRM) is responsible for coordinating the room assignment process:
    • Chapter meeting:  A mandatory meeting is required to discuss the room selection process by February 1st.
    • Room rosters:  Determine which rooms students will be living.  The roster is due in the Office of Residence Life & Housing by February 15th.
    • Room assignment priority: Individual chapters will determine room assignment priority. 
  • Each chapter must maintain full occupancy for the academic term to avoid financial penalty.  The chapter will be assessed a penalty for each bed that falls below full occupancy equivalent to $1,500 per bed, per semester.
  • Each chapter president or their designated representative (must be an officer and not a Greek Resident Manager) must be identified and live in the chapter house/hall for the entire academic year.  
  • When Fraternity and Sorority Room Selection rosters are submitted for the next academic year, any space not filled by the chapter may be made available during the official Room Selection Process. The official Room Selection Process concludes when the last wait listed student is offered a space in campus housing. Vacancies not selected during the regular Room Selection Process will be the responsibility of the chapter.
  • Members of the organization will not be allowed to participate in the Off Campus Room Selection process until a full and complete roster is submitted.
    • Members wishing to be released off-campus may not be included on the roster submitted to Residence Life & Housing.
  • Vacancy charges will be assessed each semester after the semester census date (approximately two weeks after the first day of classes in fall and spring).
  • New vacancies that occur later than the semester census date may be assessed to the chapter on a prorated basis based on the date the vacancies occur. Organizations will have two weeks from the date of the vacancy to fill the space before charges are assessed.

II.             FACILITIES AND SERVICES

  • Services shall be the same for all residential students.  The College shall provide custodial service for the basic upkeep of the building.  These services include, but are not limited to: sweeping and mopping of floors, cleaning of bathrooms and carpet care in public spaces.
  • The College will provide furniture and computer outlets for individual rooms and basic cable service for the building's lounge area.
  • The fraternity/sorority is responsible for providing furniture for common areas and chapter rooms.  The furniture must be approved by a Residence Life & Housing professional staff member (i.e. Assistant Director, Associate Director, or Director of Residence Life & Housing).
    • The fraternity/sorority may request the College provide common room furniture.  A chapter vote must be held in which a simple majority is obtained, and meeting minutes documenting this vote must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life & Housing.  The fraternity/sorority will be financially responsible for damages outside normal wear and tear of any furniture purchased by the College.
    • At the time of normal furniture replacement a subsequent chapter vote, in which simple majority is obtained, will be required and meeting minutes documenting this vote must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
  • Each resident will receive a key to his/her individual room and, if applicable an exterior door key for access privileges.
  • Individual rooms must be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.  Material that is sexist, racist, or otherwise offensive may not be displayed on the exterior of room doors or in common areas. Occupants of a room not meeting this standard will be given a designated period of time to correct the situation.  Disciplinary action may be taken if the situation is not corrected.
  • Residents are responsible for the damage, loss, or theft of their College issued furniture.  Residents may bring in additional furniture, with the exception of personal mattresses, but the College does not offer storage of any room furniture.  Any student missing furniture when they checkout may accumulate fines.
  • Smoking is prohibited in public areas or individual residence rooms of the fraternity/sorority areas.
  • No alcohol will be permitted in sorority housing per sorority national policies.  Alcohol will not be permitted in fraternity housing, if the (inter)national policies prohibit it.
  • In compliance with fire code regulations, permanent storage areas are not available.  During the academic term, students must store items in their rooms.
  • Residents are prohibited from being on the roof and in the attic.
  • The following area will be controlled by the fraternity/sorority:
    • Chapter room - The organization will ensure that all activities that occur in the room are in accordance with (inter)national organization and College policies. 
    • All other common living area space is available for use by all occupants of the designated area.

III.            SUMMER STORAGE

  • Personal belongings may not be stored in spaces considered common areas over the summer.  Roanoke College assumes no responsibility for theft or damage to items left during the summer. Failure to remove one's belongings at the end of the term of occupancy shall constitute an abandonment of that property. Roanoke College, at its discretion, may dispose of such property and bill such costs accordingly.
  • Personal belongings may be stored over the summer in the locations listed directly below.  In the event a student chooses to store belongings in approved areas, Roanoke College assumes no responsibility for theft or damage to items left in the chapter space during the summer.  Personal belonging stored must follow summer storage guidelines.  Personal belongings that are not stored properly will be considered abandoned and the College will dispose of them as appropriate.  The following are considered approved areas for summer storage:
    • Fraternity/Sorority's chapter room
      • Belongings stored must meet all fire code regulations
  • If the student withdraws from the fall term or does not return to Roanoke College, the student will have 48 hours after the designated date to remove their belongings.  If the belongings are not removed within 48 hours of the designated date, the belongings will be considered abandoned and the College may dispose of them as appropriate. 

IV.            HOUSEKEEPING & MAINTENANCE

  • Housekeeping, Buildings & Grounds, and Residence Life & Housing personnel will conduct regular inspections of all student living areas to ensure that they are being properly cleaned and maintained. 
  • The members of the organization are responsible for keeping the building in an acceptable condition.  The fraternity/sorority Living Area Standards include: 
    • All trash in common living areas is to be disposed of properly.  If a trashcan becomes full then it is to be emptied in the dumpster.  No trash, such as cans, bottles, boxes, paper, etc. is to be found on the floors, windowsills, etc. of common areas or on the grounds outside the building.
    • Spilled liquids and excess dirt on floors are to be mopped and/or swept.
    • All stains on walls should be cleaned.
    • Nothing is to be attached to doors that will damage them.  Doors may not be written on.
    • Dishes and messes associated with cooking are the responsibility of the residents and members.
  • If College officials determine that the standard has not been met, i.e., more than routine cleaning is required to bring the area up to standard:
    • The organization will be notified and given a designated period of time to correct the situation, with the exception of end of the year closing.
    • If the situation is not corrected within the stated time, then the organization will be billed for extra clean up.   Additionally, the organization may be fined or lose social privileges if there is a persistent or severe problem.
  • All damages to College property and housekeeping charges will be billed as follows:
    • Damage and housekeeping charges within individual rooms will be billed to the residents assigned to that room.
    • Damage and housekeeping charges in common areas (bathrooms, TV lounges, study lounges, stairwells, hallways, surrounding grounds, etc.) and damage and housekeeping charges within designated fraternity/sorority areas (chapter room and formal lounge) will be billed to the fraternity/sorority.
    • The fraternity/sorority is responsible for maintaining and repairing fraternity/sorority property.
  • All bills for damages and/or housekeeping issued by the College are due after receipt of the bill at a date determined by the Residence Life & Housing staff.  This date may not exceed fifteen (15) business days.  The fraternity/sorority and/or individual residents may not register room parties, fraternity/sorority social events, or other fraternity/sorority events on campus or within the house if a bill is outstanding after the determined date.
    • If the chapter is unable to pay the bill in full by the determined date, a payment plan may be made.
    • The payment plan may not extend beyond the end of either the fall or spring academic term, unless approved by relevant staff/personnel.
    • Failure to make a payment may result in the fraternity/sorority and/or individual residents losing privileges.
  • If the College determines that a non-affiliate student is responsible for damage or vandalism to the building or grounds, then the College will assume responsibility for billing and collecting from this student.

V.             RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents of the fraternity/sorority area shall have the same rights and responsibilities as other Roanoke College students as outlined in the Student Handbook.  All policies and regulations set forth by the College and Residence Life & Housing are applicable to residents living in the designated chapter space.  In addition to College and Residence Life & Housing policies, residents will honor the expectations and responsibilities as set forth by the individual fraternity/sorority and their (inter)national headquarters. If a conflict exists between policies, the College's policies supersede those set forth by individual fraternity/sorority and their (inter)national headquarters unless the Director of Residence Life & Housing determines otherwise.  It is expected that federal, state, and local laws will be respected by the residents and members.

VI.            END OF YEAR CLOSING

  • Charges for end of year damage and closing will be assessed as follows:
    • Damage and housekeeping charges within individual rooms will be billed to the residents assigned to that room.
    • Damage and housekeeping charges in common areas (TV lounges, study lounges, stairwells, hallways, surrounding grounds) and damage and housekeeping charges within designated fraternity/sorority areas (chapter room and formal lounge) will be billed to the fraternity/sorority.
  • It is recommended that each the fraternity/sorority store chapter belongings, such as furniture, composites, electronic equipment, etc. in the designated chapter room.  Each fraternity/sorority is responsible for storing its property if it does not wish such property to be used.  If the fraternity/sorority chooses not to store its furniture, it does so at its own risk.  Roanoke College will not be responsible for fraternity/sorority property unless such property is damaged or stolen as a result of negligence by College employees.
  • During the period between graduation and the start of Fall term, the designated living area will be used by the College as needed.

VII            PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENTS

  • Physical improvements, other than those deemed routine repairs by the College such as: premium cable TV, chapter letters, non-standard painting, etc. are the financial responsibility of the fraternity/sorority and must be approved in advance by a Residence Life & Housing professional staff member and any other relevant staff/personnel.
  • The College will make normal repairs and paint as needed.

VIII.          RENEWAL OF UNDERSTANDING

  • The Fraternity/Sorority Designated Housing Agreement will be renewed annually during the spring term, so long as the fraternity/sorority can fulfill the occupancy requirements as stated in Section I requirements and both parties wish to continue the arrangement

IX.            TERMINATION OF UNDERSTANDING

  • If, for any reason, these facilities and arrangements prove unsatisfactory to either the fraternity/sorority or the College and satisfactory arrangements cannot be made, either party may give notice in writing that it is terminating the understanding at the end of the current academic year.  At the end of the current academic year, the College will begin using the space as it deems necessary.

PART 2.  Terms and Conditions for Off Campus Living

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to locate and secure off campus housing and to provide his/her own transportation to and from campus. 
  2. Once the off campus selection process has concluded and the student has agreed to the terms and conditions for off campus living, if that student wishes to return to campus for the same academic year, he/she must submit a waiting list request. The request will be considered if and when all resident students have chosen or been assigned a room.  The College does not guarantee on campus housing for those students who have chosen the off campus option in the housing selection process or a subsequent appeal.  
  3. It is the responsibility of the student to determine how his/her financial aid may be affected by off campus residency. 
  4. The College may take disciplinary action against students whose off campus behavior impedes or disrupts the College/community relationship, and/or undermines or threatens the welfare of the College or members of the College community.

Good Neighbor Guidelines:

Students living in off campus houses or apartments can impact, whether positively or negatively, "town-gown" relations. We want that impact to be positive; therefore the College encourages all students to be good citizens of their neighborhood. Good citizenship involves being considerate and helpful neighbors to permanent residents and students who live nearby.  In addition, it involves being knowledgeable of and abiding by applicable laws and city ordinances. The College has established specific "good neighbor" guidelines to help students understand and fulfill this important obligation. 

These guidelines will help foster good neighborhood relations for current and future students living in Salem and Roanoke neighborhoods.

  1. Get to know your neighbors. Introduce yourself to them when you first move in or early in the school year. Give them your phone number.
  2. Encourage your neighbors to call you first if there are problems at your house such as loud music, litter, etc.  Be respectful and responsive to their concerns.
  3. Offer to help your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or infirm, with such things as shoveling snow, raking leaves, or running an errand for them.  Good deeds cultivate goodwill.
  4. Keep your yard neat and picked-up.  Mow your grass often, or if the landlord is responsible make sure he or she gets it done.
  5. Don't allow pets to run at large.
  6. Let your neighbors know in advance if you are planning a large social gathering or party at your house.
  7. Have plenty of trashcans for disposal of litter such as cups, cans, or bottles. Place a trashcan on the front porch or at the sidewalk so guests can discard their litter as they leave. Post signs by the front and back doors about placing litter in trashcans.
  8. Establish a reasonable ending time to your event and have everyone leave at that time. Remember your neighbors may have to work or get up early the next morning. (On campus parties must end by 2 a.m.)
  9. Keep the number of guests to a manageable level. Large crowds can become unruly and hard to monitor and control.
  10. Become familiar with the state and local laws regarding alcohol consumption.
  11. Have responsible and sober individuals available to interact with police or neighbors if they come to your home because of problems.   All tenants of the house or apartment are responsible for behavior that occurs on the premises.  Cooperate with the requests of the police or neighbors.
  12. Inform guests about not trespassing on neighbors' lawns and not going to the bathroom outside.  Make sure that guests park their vehicles properly.
  13. The morning after a party, check for and remove any litter in the immediate area of your house and neighboring yards and street.
  14. Be familiar with the City of Salem Noise Ordinance.  For events where amplified music is played outside, amplified music permits are required.  Permits can be obtained at the Salem Police Department.

Summary of Selected Laws and Ordinances:

  1. Public Intoxication- It is against state law and city ordinance to be intoxicated in public. Violators can be given a summons or arrested.
  2. Underage Consumption- The legal drinking age in Virginia is 21 years of age. People furnishing alcohol to underage persons are in violation of the law. Violators can be given a summons or arrested.
  3. ABC & Keg Registration Laws- When a keg of beer is purchased it must be dispensed according to the guidelines on the ABC label affixed to the keg at the time of purchase. The beer must be dispensed at the place indicated on the label.  It is against the law to charge at the door or sell beer or other alcoholic beverages without an ABC permit.
  4. City of Salem Noise Ordinance- This ordinance prohibits loud noise from stereos, music, etc. that can be heard from 50 feet or more outside a building, structure or vehicle.
  5. City of Salem Ordinance 58-34 - This ordinance prohibits urination or defecation in public places or areas where others are present unless it is in a restroom.
  6. City of Salem Ordinances 70-1 through 70-52 - Residents need to be familiar with and abide by the ordinances regulating refuse, litter and garbage collection. Mobile garbage toters shall be available for collection at the curb no earlier than 3:00 pm on the day prior to collection and shall be removed by 7:00 am on the day following collection.

PART 3.  Terms and Conditions for Intensive Learning Term Living

Campus Residency Requirements:

Students are not required to live on campus during the Intensive Learning (IL) term.  However, if a student has lived on campus for a full academic year and has deposited and selected housing for the subsequent fall, or if a student has lived on campus for 2 full academic years, on campus housing is available at no extra cost (first IL term only - if a student enrolls in a subsequent IL term course, applicable room and board rates will apply.)

Housing Regulations:

It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar and comply with all regulations as contained in the Roanoke College Student Handbook.  Particular note is made of the following:

  1. Individual rooms must be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.
  2. Smoking is not permitted in Roanoke College residence halls of Greek houses.  Smoking includes, but is not limited to, vaping, hookah, e-cigarettes.  
  3. Students are expected to respect the rights and property of other members of the College community, and to engage in behavior that is consistent with the mission of the institution.
  4. A charge of $35 per day may be assessed for those students staying in the halls after closing, or returning before opening without permission from the Residence Life & Housing staff.
  5. Rooms in residence halls, with the exception of Afton, Chalmers, and Elizabeth Halls, and the apartments in New Hall are rented only for those periods of time when the College is in regular session.  With the exception of Afton, Chalmers, and Elizabeth Halls, and the apartments in New Hall students may not stay in the residence halls during the time period between hall closing at the end of the spring term and the start of the IL term. Students' belongings must be removed from all residence hall rooms at the end of the IL term.   At the end of the IL term resident students must vacate 24 hours after their last exam. 
  6. Authorized College officials may enter and/or search residents' rooms at any time for the purpose of conducting College business or in the event of an emergency. To ensure compliance with College policies, the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life & Housing policies, and fire safety guidelines, room inspections by College personnel are made regularly and may be made at any time, with or without notice. Residents need not be present during room entry, inspections, or searches. Unauthorized or illegal items found during an entry, inspection, or search may be confiscated. Additionally, law enforcement agencies are notified of criminal offenses that are discovered during room entry, inspections, or searches.
  7. All residents are issued a room key and an exterior door key or access card.   A $35 fee per key or access card will be charged for keys/ access cards that are lost or not returned.  All keys/access cards remain the property of the College and are not to be duplicated, loaned, or given away.  Lost or stolen keys/access cards are to be reported immediately to the Residence Life and Housing office.
  8. The College assumes no obligation to pay for the loss of, or damage to, personal property in College residence halls unless the loss or damage is due to the negligence of College personnel.  Students should check their insurance coverage to determine whether or not their personal belongings are covered under their current homeowner's/renter's policy.
  9. The occupants of each residence hall room are responsible for all activities taking place in their room, whether they are present or not.  They are also responsible for any items found in the room.
  10. During the IL term students will reside in the room in which they lived during the prior spring term.  Room changes are not available prior to and during the IL term.  Unauthorized room changes may result in a fine of up to $50.  Roanoke College reserves the right to make changes in IL term room assignments in order to accommodate necessary maintenance of residence halls or summer conference schedules.
  11. The housing agreement is terminated when an individual:
  • withdraws officially from the College during the academic year;
  • graduates;
  • does not re-enroll for the subsequent term;
  • is granted an exemption by the Residence Life & Housing Office;
  • is expelled from housing for good reason, in the judgment of College officials;
  • is suspended or expelled from the College;
  • fails to comply with any of the requirements herein.

Students must vacate their living areas within 48 hours of termination of the housing agreement.  All personal belongings must be removed.  Personal belongings not retrieved within 10 days of termination of the housing agreement will become the property of the College and will be disposed of as College officials deem appropriate.