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ROOFS, WINDOWS, AND FIRE ESCAPESIn the interest of safety and well-being, students are not permitted on the roof or fire escape of any College building, except in the case of a fire or other emergency. Residents may not remove screens from windows or sit on window ledges. Except in cases of a fire or life safety emergency, it is prohibited to use any window as an entrance or egress from a residence hall. Violations may result in a $100 fine and/or other disciplinary action.
Also, it is prohibited to hang any item (such as flag, banner, satellite dish, and/or air conditioner) from any window without the permission of Residence Education. Violations may result in a fine of $100 and/or removal from housing.
Students who make an unauthorized room change will face disciplinary action and/or a $100 fine. The first step is to speak with your RA or Area Director. A room freeze is in effect for the first two weeks of each semester. Those who change rooms at the end of the first semester must complete all procedures, including moving possessions, before they leave for break.
ROOM SEARCH POLICYThe College reserves the right to enter and search a student’s room, suite, apartment, or any residential
space or area in College housing and their contents without notice for any of the following reasons:
• To determine occupancy.
• To inspect for health and safety reasons.
• For maintenance and repairs.
• To uphold community standards (including discipline and other College policies).
• Where the occupant or owner of the contents consents.
• In cases of emergency as determined by College staff.
• If a directive is issued by the Dean of Student Affairs or designee, after sufficient information is presented to give rise to a belief that a search will disclose a violation of College policy or state or federal law that has, is, or will take place; or that a danger to the health or safety of the occupant(s) or other members of the Babson College community exists; and/or in furtherance of law enforcement activities.
The College may conduct health and safety inspections of campus housing during school breaks and from time to time throughout the year. This serves as notification that such inspections may occur. Each student living in campus housing expressly acknowledges this right. Except where there is an emergency, immediate concerns about a student’s well-being, to minimize damage to campus housing, or in connection with law enforcement activities, the College will use reasonable efforts to notify occupants of entry in advance by campus mail, email or telephone. When entrance is made for any of the above reasons, the College reserves the right to conduct a plain-view search and to remove any item(s) not in conformity with College policy or local, state, or federal law.
A College search authorization shall be issued when sufficient information is presented to give rise to a belief that a search will disclose a violation of College policy or state or federal law has taken place or will take place;
or that a danger to the health or safety of the occupant(s) or other members of the Babson community exists.
Any item(s) seized in a search shall be turned over to the Dean of Student Affairs or his or her designee. Items that are determined to be in violation of college policy, local, state, or federal law will not be returned to the student. If possession of item(s) violates a local, state, or federal law, the item(s) seized will be turned over to the department of public safety or the appropriate government authorities. Records documenting item(s) seized and chain of custody will be maintained.
Babson College exists within a larger community that has its own laws and standards of behavior, and the College confers no exemption from those laws and standards. All Babson College students are subject to the legitimate exercise of government authority. This policy does not prohibit the department of public safety from exercising its lawful authority.
CONSOLIDATIONAt any point Housing Operations may enter a period of consolidation of students to ensure consistent and fair housing utilization. It is not always an option for a student to stay in his or her original room; rather, a consolidated student may be re-assigned or required to relocate.
OCCUPANCY RESTRICTIONSOnly those students who have a current housing contract are permitted to reside in College housing. If anyone is found in College housing illegally, he or she, along with the resident(s) who have permitted them to stay in their room/suite/apartment will be subject to conduct proceedings up to and including fines, removal from housing, and payment of the full cost of the space.
ROOM DECORATINGStudents are not permitted to wallpaper or paint their rooms. Hanging pictures and posters is permitted, but students are liable for damage from nails, hooks, and adhesive.
RESIDENCE HALL CLEANINGThe College provides a clean and comfortable living environment. As members of the Babson community, students are expected to treat all College property and the property of other parties with respect. Housekeeping services are provided for public areas, but residents maintain individual rooms and suites.
Residents living in Pietz, McCullough, Bryant studios, Keith, Canfield, and Mandell Family Hall will have their suite bathroom cleaned once a week at a designated date and time, as posted outside of the suite bathroom door. Residents will be responsible for preparing the bathroom to be cleaned. A checklist is located outside the suite bathroom door informing residents of what they should do each week prior to Facilities staff coming in to clean (i.e. make sure items are off the floor, take items off the shower, etc.). Residents who do not prepare the bathroom will not have it cleaned that week and may be fined for additional cleaning if needed. In addition, bathrooms will be cleaned by Facilities at the beginning of the semester, during winter break, and at the end of the academic year. Facilities reserves the right to inspect all bathrooms. If bathroom conditions are found to be unacceptable, Facilities will clean them and bill the occupants. The cost of extra cleaning will be $100 (divided among all residents) for residents living in Pietz, McCullough, Bryant studios, and Mandell Family Hall. The cost of extra cleaning will be $250 (divided among all residents) for residents living in Keith and Canfield.
Lounges and corridors (no kitchens) in Keith and Canfield will be cleaned weekly.
Per the Housing License and Meal Plan Agreement, residents of Woodland Hill 9 and Woodland Hill 10 will be responsible for the cleaning of their bathroom spaces. Paper products, cleaning materials, and environmentally friendly chemicals will be available through the RA.
TRASH AND RECYCLINGStudents are responsible for removing and emptying their own trash and recycling from their residence hall room. Trash rooms or designated trash areas are provided for student use. Larger bins for both trash and recycling are located in these areas. All items in the trash rooms or designated trash areas will be disposed of.
As part of the College’s ongoing sustainability efforts, an extensive recycling program is maintained. Single stream recycling containers are provided in each residence hall room. In addition to single stream recycling, the College recycles clothing, furniture, books, batteries, electronics, and other items. Arrangements can be made with Facilities Management and Planning to collect these items. Student organizations also exist on campus to help promote recycling and sustainability.
ROOM OCCUPANCY- ARRIVAL AND DEPARTUREResidence halls open and close on the dates posted on the academic calendar. Students are not permitted to arrive early. Students are expected to pick up their room key at identified check-in. Students are expected to vacate their rooms by the scheduled date and time, and leave them in clean condition, with debris placed in proper receptacles. When making travel arrangements for the end of the semester, remember that rooms must be vacated 24 hours following a student’s last final exam, or by the posted closing time, whichever comes first. It is each student’s responsibility to find alternative housing for the times the residence halls are closed. Students must check out with a RA or complete an express check-out.
Failure to complete a proper checkout with a staff member may result in a $200 improper checkout fine and a $100 charge for a lock change. In addition, the student is responsible for the costs of removing belongings left in rooms. All such charges will be added to the student’s account. If a student chooses to complete an express check out they waive their rights to contest to any room charges.
ROOM SELECTION FOR THE FOLLOWING YEARHousing selection is conducted each spring semester to determine assignments for the following academic year.
At the beginning of the second semester, you will be notified about the room selection process. Students who want to live on campus the following year must complete and submit the Returning Student Housing Application by the stated deadline to be eligible to select a room. Missing any selection-related deadline will result in your placement on the housing waiting list.
STORAGEThere is no storage space on campus for personal student belongings. The College assumes no liability and students must take all personal property with them when moving out of the residence hall. Items abandoned by students will be disposed of. Also, there is no storage on campus for special interest groups.
VANDALISM AND DAMAGE POLICYAll buildings/rooms/apartments/suites will be inspected by Facilities Management and Planning prior a student's arrival. Students will only be allowed to check into rooms/suites deemed by Facilities Management and Planning to be in move in condition and with all College furniture present. Within 72 hours of your arrival, residents have the obligation to conduct a thorough room/suite inspection and report any concerns (condition of the room/suite, furniture, maintenance needs, repairs needed) to Facilities Management and Planning via the Work Order System. Additionally, submitting a Work Order within 72 hours of your move-in date makes you eligible for the damage appeals process at the conclusion of your stay. If a Work Order is not submitted, it is understood that the room was in move in condition upon your arrival and all furniture was present. The condition of rooms and suites is the residents’ collective responsibility.
All rooms/apartments/suites will again be inspected after your departure. Any damages found in the room, intentional or accidental, beyond normal wear and tear and/or missing furniture, will be the responsibility of the resident/suitemates along with the corresponding damage charges.
Public areas/common rooms (halls, stairways, lounges, laundry rooms, lobbies, bathrooms, kitchens, etc.) are the collective responsibility of residents of that hall, floor, room, or suite. Babson College makes every attempt to attribute damage and vandalism charges to the individual(s) responsible, but when those responsible cannot be found, all members of a suite, room, floor or building may be charged equally for damages. It is our hope that affected residents will cooperate to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.