3.1 The Student will not be eligible to occupy any residence unit until the University receives (1) a properly completed housing application, (2) notification from the University’s Business Office that the Housing deposit and any outstanding charges on the Student’s account have been paid. The agreement on the housing application denotes that the student has read and agrees to adhere to this Residence Hall Agreement. (Refer to section 18.0 regarding parental consent).
3.2 The student agrees that the duration of this agreement is for one full Academic Year, as defined by the University, or portion thereof, including vacation/holiday periods. Students are not entitled to occupy the residence unit during holiday/vacation periods (as defined by the University in its annual calendar), without requesting and receiving special permission. The University reserves the right to deny such requests, or if granted, the student may be required to (1) temporarily assume occupancy of any other unit than that last assigned or (2) vacate the assigned unit entirely, during all or part of the holiday/vacation periods.
3.3 Unless otherwise approved in writing by an authorized representative of the Residential Life Staff, the Student will not be entitled to occupy a residence unit before the official opening date or after the official closing date of the Residence Halls, which dates will be published or announced through official University communications.
3.4 Graduating seniors may be entitled to occupancy after the official closing date in accordance with a schedule to be established by the Residential Life Office and announced by May 1.
3.5 Any approved extended occupancy for the benefit of the Student shall not be construed to mean the right to occupy the originally assigned residence unit. The University reserves the right at all times to assign the Student to a residence unit other than the one originally or previously assigned or occupied (See Section 13.4).
3.6 The Student planning to occupy a residence unit later than seventy-two (72) hours after the official opening date of the residence halls must notify an authorized staff member of the Office of Residential Life at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the official opening date or incur any or all of the following: (1) the loss of the license to occupy any residence unit; (2) the forfeiture of the room application fee; (3) additional financial penalties or cancellation fees which may be imposed by the University.
3.7 The Student is expected to comply with all published rules and announcements regarding “check in” and “check out” procedures which are incorporated by reference and herein made a part of this Agreement. In the event a Student fails to comply with such procedures including, but not limited to the timely occupancy and vacating of the residence unit, the pick up and surrender of all keys and the proper inventory accounting of all University property, the Student may be subject to financial penalties which may be imposed by the University.
3.8 For the purposes of this Agreement, occupancy by the Student shall be defined as the issuance to or the possession of a room key by the Student who has been duly assigned a residence unit. Actual physical occupation of a residence unit by the Student or placement of the Student’s possessions in a particular unit will not necessarily constitute occupancy by the Student in a manner authorized by the University. Nothing in this provision 3.8 shall be construed to prohibit the University from charging fees for any unauthorized occupancy of a residence unit or to permit a student to physically occupy a residence unit without incurring fees set forth in this Agreement.