Purdue University Residences Residence Hall Contract

2020-2021 Academic Year

  1. Term. Subject to the terms of this contract, the University agrees to provide housing and a meal plan to the Student for the 2020-2021 Academic Year beginning at 8:00 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2020, and ending with the last day on which final examinations are held for the academic year, with the exception of the Thanksgiving vacation, Winter Break between semesters, spring vacation, any other stated University vacation, or in the event an emergency is declared by the University. During Winter Break, students who wish to stay may remain in their current room for an additional charge. Pre-registration is required for anyone staying over Winter Break. During all other vacations, room service only will be available at no additional charge, but students may be asked to move to consolidated spaces during these periods. Only two meals are served on Sunday. Students in Hilltop Apartments or Hawkins Hall who select a meal plan will not be able to change to a room-only option during the term of this contract. The Student agrees to make payment of the assessed rates to the University for the assigned room and selected meal plan for the term of this Residence Hall Contract [“RHC”] according to the University’s payment plan, administered by the Bursar’s Office. Bills will be issued on the schedule determined by the Bursar’s Office and will be payable ten (10) days after the bill is issued. Assessed rates for beginning students will vary according to the specific room assignment within the ranges shown on the accompanying “rate chart” which is incorporated herein. In the event that a student signs this RHC after the beginning of the academic year, the Student will be charged the Daily Rate (the total amount due under this contract) ÷ (the number of days between the Starting Date and the Final Date) from the date the RHC is executed by the Student.

    If the Student is a recipient of financial aid, including Guaranteed Student Loans, up to one semester’s housing payments plus any past due amounts will be deducted from the available financial aid funds and credited to the Student’s housing bill at the beginning of each semester. This procedure will be followed for all students. A loss or reduction in the Student’s financial aid award is not a reason for cancellation of this Residence Hall Contract [“RHC”].

    ONCE THE STUDENT SIGNS AND RETURNS THIS CONTRACT, THE STUDENT WILL BE EXPECTED TO FULFILL ALL CONDITIONS STATED IN THE CONTRACT FOR THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF THE CONTRACT.
  2. Early Occupancy and Late Check Out. Students may be able to occupy their rooms any time after 9:00 a.m., Monday, August 17, 2020. An additional per day charge will be assessed over and above the stated rate for the academic year for early occupancy and/or late check out. Meals during early arrival will be available beginning Monday, August 17, 2020 at an additional cost. Meal plans are optional to residents of Hawkins Hall and Hilltop Apartments. University Residences reserves the right to use student room space during early arrival week for Boiler Gold Rush or other University housing needs. Students should check to be sure their room will be available before planning to arrive early if they are not registered for Boiler Gold Rush.
  3. Room Assignment. University Residences reserves the rights of room assignment and of reassignment for the benefit of the individual student or the group. University Residences endeavors to assign students to rooms based upon the housing preference of the individual Student. However, a specific housing assignment based upon the Student’s preference is not guaranteed or implied. University Residence’s inability to honor housing preferences or preliminary room assignments shall not constitute a breach of this contract. University Residences reserves the right to change room assignments for any reason deemed appropriate. While University Residences will consider all roommate requests, they are not guaranteed and are dependent on space availability. It is possible that roommate requests may be assigned together, but in a triple, quad or apartment. Students who are assigned to temporary overflow accommodations at the beginning of the contract term agree to move when a room becomes available and accept the rate appropriate to the new assignment. Assignment to temporary overflow accommodations does not constitute a breach of this contract. In the event of a national or regional emergency, University Residences reserves the right to reassign a Student and to increase the occupancy of rooms.
  4. Improper Check Out. Student agrees that a fee of $50.00 will be assessed by University Residences for failure to properly check out of the assigned room at the end of the contract term.
  5. Use of Room. The Student agrees that the room assigned shall be used solely as a personal residence related to the Student’s enrollment at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus and, in no event, shall the Student conduct any commercial activity. The Student agrees to keep the assigned room sanitary and safe at all times. The Student agrees to pay a reasonable cleaning fee if the Student fails to clean the assigned room after reasonable notice of the need to do so from University Residences. If the Student’s housing assignment includes a roommate or roommates, the Student agrees to refrain from behavior that makes the room inhospitable to the roommate or roommates. The assigned room shall be occupied only by students to whom the room is assigned. Occupancy for more than three (3) consecutive nights more than once per semester by any other person, shall constitute a breach of this contract. Furniture shall not be removed from the assigned room without prior approval. University Residences reserves the right to enter the Student’s room for routine maintenance and for emergency purposes consistent with the Student’s constitutional right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. The Student agrees to be responsible for all damage to University property in the Student’s room. Additionally, the Student agrees that University Residences may assess a general breakage charge for damage to common areas in cases where the identity of the responsible individual is not known. The Student agrees that a general breakage fee may be assessed to a floor, unit, wing or the entire housing unit to which the Student is assigned.
  6. Loss or Damage to Property. The University shall have no responsibility for the theft, destruction, or loss of property belonging to or in the custody of the Student, from any cause whatsoever, whether such losses occur anywhere in University Residences or in baggage handling related to shipment. Students are encouraged to carry their own renter’s or personal property insurance.
  7. General Provisions.
    1. A Student must be affiliated with the University as an enrolled student at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus to be eligible to live in University Residences. The execution and performance of the provisions of this contract by the University are conditioned upon the Student’s fulfilling and maintaining the admission requirements, registration requirements, and financial requirements of Purdue University and University Residences.
    2. The Student agrees that compliance with the terms of this Residence Hall Contract and all of the rules and regulations (as may be in force from time to time) of Purdue University, including those of University Residences, and of the University Residences student organizations (including payment each semester of dues established by the student organizations), is a condition of this contract. Violation of any term of this RHC or any rule or regulation of Purdue University and/or University Residences shall entitle the University, at its sole option and without notice, to cancel this contract. An election by the University not to exercise this option under this section shall not preclude or waive the exercise of that option in the event of continuing or subsequent violations.
    3. The Student agrees to accept responsibility for the actions of the Student and for the actions of their guests.
    4. Students are prohibited from consuming, transporting, and distributing alcohol; possessing or being in the presence of alcohol; or exhibiting disruptive behavior influenced by the use of alcohol.
    5. Smoking is not permitted anywhere within University Residences.
    6. University Residences’ Student Conduct Policies STRICTLY PROHIBITS illegal drugs ( https://www.housing.purdue.edu/ResidentialLife/urguidelines). The Student's violation of University Residences' policy regarding illegal drugs may result in cancellation of this RHC.
    7. University Residences’ Student Conduct Policies STRICTLY PROHIBITS weapons ( https://www.housing.purdue.edu/ResidentialLife/urguidelines). The Student's violation of University Residences' policy regarding weapons may result in cancellation of this RHC.
    8. The University reserves the right not to enter into and/or to terminate a RHC for anyone who, in the sole discretion and judgment of University Residences, represents a threat to the health or safety of University students, employees, or others in the University Residences' community.
    9. The University reserves the right, in its sole discretion and judgment, to determine that past behavior including but not limited to criminal activity is such that the interests of the University, University Students and employees and the University Residences' community, would best be served by the termination of a RHC. It is the policy of University Residences that convicted sexual offenders shall not reside in University Residences. If the University becomes aware that a student has a record of criminal conviction(s) or other actions that could pose a risk to person or property and/or could be injurious or disruptive to the University Residences' community environment, the University may not accept or may cancel the RHC.
    10. The Student agrees not to sell, sublease, or assign this RHC to any one.
    11. The Student agrees to pay charges assessed under this RHC as provided in the Term, Early Occupancy and Late Check Out, Improper Check Out, Use of Room, Meal Plan, Voluntary Cancellation and Non-Voluntary Cancellation Fees sections.
    12. The University reserves the right to cancel this RHC due to the inability or refusal of the Student to adjust to the concept and requirements of living in a student residence environment.
    13. While living in University Residences, all students are responsible for their own care including maintaining personal hygiene as well as management of medical and mental health conditions or illnesses. Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations from University Residences should contact the Disability Resource Center Office at (765) 494-1247 or at drc@purdue.edu. Disability-related personal needs are the responsibility of individual students. Students are expected to use the various resources available to provide care for themselves. Students who demonstrate the inability or refusal to care for themselves and/or who cause harm to themselves or others may be asked to adhere to an action plan or have their RHC terminated.
  8. Meal Plan. Participation in a meal plan is a condition of this RHC for students living in traditional residence halls. Participation in a meal plan is optional for students assigned to Hawkins Hall and Hilltop Apartments. Meal plans are not offered to residents of Purdue Village Family and Single Graduate Housing. Meals will begin with the breakfast meal on Friday, August 21, 2020. Purdue Dining & Culinary agrees to provide the meal plan selected by the Student, and Student agrees to make payment for the meal plan selected by the Student. Students can choose from the 8-, 13-, Flex Unlimited 250, or Flex Unlimited 500 traditional meal plans. 8 or 13 meal swipes will be loaded each week for the 8- and 13- meal plans to use in any Purdue Dining & Culinary location that accepts meal swipes. Meal swipes on the 8- and 13- meal plans must be used during the week in which they are valid or they will expire. Meal swipes in the Flex Unlimited Plans may be used without limit in the All-You-Care-To-Eat locations; in addition, swipes may be used up to 8 times per week in any of the PURDUE DINING QUICKLY (PDQ) swipe locations. PDQ meal swipes on unlimited meal plans must be used during the week in which they are valid or they will expire. Both the Flex Unlimited 250 and 500 meal plans include 8 guest meal swipes per semester that expire at the end of the contract. The Flex Unlimited 500 meal swipe plan includes $250 Dining Dollars per semester while the Flex Unlimited 250 meal swipe plan includes $125 Dining Dollars per semester. The 13-meal plan includes $225 Dining Dollars per semester, and the 8-meal plan has no Dining Dollars. Unused Dining Dollars will carry over from fall to spring semester and will expire when the meal contract ends. Students may choose to increase the number of meal swipes within the traditional 8- , 13- or Unlimited meal plans any time during the semester. Students can reduce the number of meal swipes prior to the first day of the semester's contract meal service. Purdue Dining & Culinary cannot provide for special diets or provide allowances or refunds for such considerations.
  9. Voluntary Cancellation by the Student. The Student may voluntarily cancel this RHC until the last day of fall semester finals for the spring semester, upon paying the Voluntary Cancellation Fee. Cancellation for any reason other than 1) withdrawal from the University, 2) being dropped by the University, or 3) cancellation by the University pursuant to Paragraph 7 of this RHC shall be considered voluntary. The Voluntary Cancellation Fee shall be calculated as follows:
    • The Daily Rate = (the total amount due under this contract) ÷ (the number of days between the Starting Date and the Final Date)
    • Voluntary Contract Cancellation Amount = [(the Daily Rate) x (the number of days between the Starting Date and the cancellation date)] + [(.75) x (the Daily Rate) x (the number of days between the cancellation date and the Final Date)]
    • Voluntary Cancellation Fee = (Voluntary Contract Cancellation Amount) – (the amount previously paid by the Student under this contract)
    If the amount previously paid by the Student under this contract exceeds the Voluntary Contract Cancellation Amount, the University will refund the excess to the Student.
  10. Non-Voluntary Cancellation of Contract. If the Student cancels this RHC because the Student withdraws from the University, ceases to be an enrolled student for other reasons, including graduation or completion of the student’s academic program, or is dropped by the University, the Student will be charged a $500.00 service charge. If cancellation under this Paragraph 10 occurs at the end of the first semester, the $500.00 service charge will be waived if check out is completed immediately after the close of the final examination period.

    If the Student cancels this RHC under this Paragraph 10, and if the Student subsequently re-enrolls at the University within 330 days following the Starting Date, the Student will be deemed to have voluntarily cancelled this RHC pursuant to Paragraph 9. At the time of re-enrollment, the Student shall therefore pay the Voluntary Cancellation Fee calculated under Paragraph 9, less any Non-Voluntary Cancellation Fee which the Student shall have paid under this Paragraph 10.

    If the University cancels this RHC pursuant to Paragraph 7 of this RHC, the Student shall be charged the Voluntary Cancellation Fee as calculated in Paragraph 9 of this RHC except the cancellation date may be set as a term of the conduct decision.
  11. Hold. The Student hereby agrees that for so long as there are any sums due the University and related to this RHC, the University, at its sole option, may hold the Student’s academic records. For purposes of this RHC, the term “hold” shall mean that the University may lawfully refuse to surrender transcripts of the Student’s grades, courses, and diploma and may refuse to permit the Student to enroll or register at the University for any academic term. This section shall not be construed as a waiver by the University of its right to maintain any legal action against the Student in a court of competent jurisdiction. In the event the University files such legal action, the Student shall be liable for the University’s attorneys’ fees and any judgment entered shall be without relief from valuation and appraisement laws.
  12. Rates Subject to Change. Rates are subject to change by the Board of Trustees of Purdue University at the beginning of any semester or session. The Student shall either reject such new rates in writing within ten (10) days after notice thereof has been forwarded to the Student or be conclusively deemed to have accepted such rate increase.
  13. Late Arrival. Unless a Student requests an extension of the arrival period in writing from University Residences, University Residences is not obligated to hold a space reservation past 12:00 noon on the first day of classes. If the Student fails to check in prior to 12:00 noon of the first day of classes, and appears subsequently, assignment elsewhere will be made if space is available.
  14. Abandonment. University Residences may determine in its sole discretion that the Student has abandoned the assigned room if 1) the Student, in University Residences' reasonable judgment, appears to have moved out; or 2) either the RHC Term has expired or the Student has not been in the room for five (5) consecutive days while any amount owed under this RHC is due and unpaid. If the Student has abandoned the Student's room, then University Residences may remove and dispose of the Student's personal property.
  15. Governing Law. This Agreement is to be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana. If any of the terms or conditions hereof conflict with such law, then such terms or conditions shall be deemed inoperative and null and void insofar as they may be in conflict therewith and shall be deemed modified and amended to conform to such law. Venue for any action hereunder shall be Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and the Student hereby consents to service of process from such courts.
  16. Severability. The invalidity of any provision of this RHC or of its application to any person or circumstance as determined by any governmental agency or court, shall in no way affect the validity of any other provision hereof and all the terms of this RHC shall be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  17. Headings. The headings preceding each paragraph herein are inserted merely as a matter of convenience, and shall not be deemed to be a part of the RHC terms.