Student Housing Agreement (2013-2014)

All students signed their housing contract prior to room selection. The following is the text of that agreement.

The undersigned individual (hereinafter Student), hereby agrees to lease and occupy an assigned space in a Cornell College (hereinafter College) residence hall or other College-owned or College-leased residential building (hereinafter Hall) for the 2013-2014 academic year. The College hereby agrees to lease and permit said occupancy, according to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.


An enrollment deposit (hereinafter Deposit) was paid when the Student was admitted and decided to attend Cornell. The College retains the Deposit until graduation or until the Student officially withdraws from the College. At the time of graduation or withdrawal during the academic year, the Deposit, less any amount owed to the College, is refunded to the Student. If the Student plans to finish the academic year but chooses not to return the following fall, the Student may not participate in any room selection activities and must notify the Dean of Students Office by the first Wednesday of Block 8, or the Deposit will be forfeited.

Dates of Occupancy

Terms of this agreement begin on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, for new first-year and transfer students and Saturday, August 31, 2013, for returning students. Terms of this agreement end at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014, for all non-graduating students and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, 2014, for all graduating students. All Halls will be vacated for winter break beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 and ending at 7 a.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2014. For spring break and holidays when the Halls remain open for occupancy, the College reserves the right to require any Student who stays in the Halls during that period to register for break housing, though no additional charge will be assessed to the Student.


Each spring, the Board of Trustees approves the annual rate for a space in a multiple occupancy room. If the Student occupies a designated single room or super single room, a premium rate is charged in addition to the standard room rate. Single rooms and super single rooms are not available to new students (except in cases where the Student has provided appropriate medical documentation).

Meal Plan

Each Student living in the Halls is required to have a resident student meal contract with Cornell's dining service vendor.


The College shall accept no responsibility for the damage, theft, or loss of money, valuables, or other personal belongings of the Student. The College encourages students to obtain appropriate insurance coverage through their family's homeowner's policy or a separate renter's policy.

Right of Entry

College representatives may enter Halls and student rooms at any time for the purposes of

  1. making necessary or agreed-upon repairs;
  2. supplying necessary or agreed-upon services;
  3. investigating health or safety concerns;
  4. ensuring compliance with evacuation procedures during a fire alarm;
  5. responding to a disruption (e.g. to silence a loud alarm clock or stereo when no one is in the room); or
  6. enforcing College policy when there is specific reason to suspect a violation.


The Student shall not assign this Agreement or any interest under it, or sublet the premises or any part thereof, or permit the use or occupancy of the premises or any part thereof by anyone other than the Student. Short-term guests are permitted in accordance with the Residence Hall Policies.


The College reserves the right to make changes in room assignments and to assign the Student to any room at any time. The College reserves the right to assign new roommates or consolidate partially empty rooms at any time. A Student who selected a room and/or roommate through room selection is not permitted to request a room change until the 5th Block.  A Student assigned a room and/or roommate by the Residence Life Office is not permitted to request a room change until the completion of 1st Block.  The Student may appeal for an exception to this policy by submitting a request to the Residence Life Office for review.


The College reserves the right to terminate this Agreement without refund because of improper conduct. A Student who withdraws or graduates from the College or takes a leave of absence is not permitted to live in College-owned housing. If the Student withdraws or graduates from the College, this agreement will be terminated and eligibility for any refund will be determined by the College refund policy. The Student shall vacate the Halls by the date and time as agreed upon with or as directed by a College official, generally within 48 hours of separation from the College. A student who graduates during the middle of a semester may seek permission from the Director of Residence Life to remain in housing for the balance of that semester; if permission is granted, full room and board charges would remain in effect. A Student who is enrolled but not actively taking a for-credit course (as defined by the Office of the Registrar) during a particular block may be removed from housing without refund because of improper conduct.


The Student is held accountable for property damage in the assigned room and/or in the public areas of the assigned Hall. The Student may be charged for repair or replacement costs due to the removal or destruction of property in the assigned Hall.

The Student agrees to comply with this Agreement's terms and conditions as well as those outlined in College publications related to policy, procedure and student conduct. These publications may be amended from time to time and include, but are not limited to, the Cornell College Catalogue, The Compass and the Residence Life Handbook.