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2018-2019 Undergraduate Terms and Conditions of Housing

Abandoned Property General Provisions Releases
Access Guests Room Changes
Additional Provisions Insurance Room Rent
Assignment and Subletting License Period Safety
Commercial Enterprise Limited License Sales, Solicitation, Peddling
Criminal Conviction/Protective Order Maintenance and Repairs Smoking
Damages Moving In Student Conduct
Eligibility Moving Out Winter Recess
Failure to Vacate Prohibited Possessions  
Furnishings Refunds  

Your acceptance of the Housing Application and Agreement means that you agree to and accept the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. This agreement constitutes a limited license granted by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia ("University") as Licensor, to the enrolled student as Licensee, for the use of University property as a personal residence during the academic year. The University and Licensee are together known as the "Parties." The Parties understand and agree that, although licensing fees are hereinafter defined as "rent," it is not their intention to create a landlord-tenant relationship; that their intention is to provide the student with a license for the use of the accommodations subject to the specific terms and conditions set out herein.
     
  2. This License allows you and your invited guests to use the space assigned (the "Premises"). Only you and your guests (who must be escorted at all times) may use common areas, including hallways, lounges, laundry rooms, etc., and you and any guests must do so in accordance with University rules and regulations governing such areas. The University maintains residential property to further its academic mission. Other uses must be secondary to that purpose.
     
  3. General Provisions: The University reserves the right, in its sole discretion and at any time, to:
    1. Alter, change, or cancel a housing assignment; designate any or all student housing as available for expanded occupancy up to three students per bedroom; assign first-year students to upperclass housing facilities at the rate applicable to the assigned residence; change any room assignment or rate.
    2. Enter residences for work orders, routine maintenance, inspections, repairs, emergencies, or housekeeping duties at any time.
    3. Control the residences in the event of an emergency.
    4. Reassign students as needed.
    5. Assign graduate and undergraduate students to the same room/suite/apartment.
    6. Terminate or suspend this License for violation of these terms and conditions or for violation of University regulations pertaining to health or safety, as determined by the University in its sole discretion.
  4. License Period: The license period is for the entire academic year unless otherwise terminated or suspended under the terms and conditions of this License. Agreements entered into after the beginning of the Fall semester continue in effect until the close of the academic year.
     
  5. Eligibility: You must be enrolled full-time in a degree granting undergraduate program at the University of Virginia. Graduate students or part-time undergraduate students who wish to request an exception must submit a petition in writing to Housing & Residence Life.
     
  6. Moving In: You must abide by the published move-in schedule for arrival. Requests for early arrivals will be limited by building readiness, and there may be a charge assessed for early move-in. If you plan to arrive after your scheduled move-in date, you must inform Housing & Residence Life in writing. If you enroll at the University but fail to move in to your assigned residence, you are still responsible for the full academic year room rent.
     
  7. Moving Out:
    1. End of the academic year: You must abide by the published move-out schedule for vacating your assignment. Requests for late stays in Housing will be limited by building availability, and there may be a charge assessed for late move-out.
    2. Mid-year: If you withdraw or terminate your enrollment during the academic year, or have your enrollment terminated by the University, you must notify Housing & Residence Life of your departure, in writing, vacate your assignment, and return the keys (if applicable) within 48 hours.

    If your room and suite/apartment are not left in an acceptable state of cleanliness when you move out, you will be charged for the cost of additional housekeeping service. You also will be billed for damages or missing items as described under "Damages" below.

  8. Failure to Vacate: If a student fails to vacate upon termination of this License for any reason, the University may exercise any or all of the following options: (a) remove the student and student's possessions from the Premises; (b) change the door locks and bill the student; (c) bill the student for all damages suffered by the University as a result of failure to vacate; for example, payment of attorney fees and expenses. In-house counsel fees will be assessed at the prevailing hourly rates charged by outside counsel.
     
  9. Winter Recess: The first-year residence areas are closed during the winter recess (see Academic Calendar). You must leave your room in good order not more than twenty-four (24) hours after your last scheduled final exam or noon the day after the last exams as published in the Academic Calendar. You may NOT occupy or enter the closed residence houses until the scheduled Opening for spring semester. Upperclass housing remains open during winter recess. See the Winter Break & J-Term page on the Housing & Residence Life website for specific dates and information.
     
  10. Releases: You are responsible for the full academic year room rent once you accept the Housing Agreement. You may petition Housing & Residence Life for release for extraordinary circumstances. Financial charges may still apply.
     
  11. Assignment and Subletting: You may not assign this License or sublet the Premises or any part thereof. The facility is to be used only as your primary residence.
     
  12. Room Rent: Housing rent charges are paid by the semester. They are billed to your student account each semester along with tuition and fees.
     
  13. Refunds: Housing rent charges are not refundable unless you terminate enrollment at the University. If you terminate enrollment within the first five (5) days of the semester, a full refund will be issued. After that date, any approved refund will be pro-rated beginning with the date that your room is verified to be vacant and keys (if applicable) are received by Housing & Residence Life. No refunds will be issued after the beginning of the seventh week of the semester.
     
  14. Room Changes: Requests for room changes will be considered on an individual basis and may be granted in the sole discretion of the University. For first-year students, the Area Coordinator for your residence area approves and facilitates room changes. Upperclass residents may complete room assignment changes online, during the timeframes listed in the Room Changes Policy.
     
  15. Safety: You are personally responsible for abiding by the safety policies and guidelines pertaining to residential facilities and other University property. It is prohibited to keep any item, including room decorations, that may pose a fire hazard in a residence hall. See the Safety,Fire Prevention, and Decoration Policies sections of the website for details.
     
  16. Prohibited Possessions: To ensure the safety of all residents, certain items are prohibited within all on-Grounds residential areas; it is your responsibility to review and remain aware of the list of prohibited items.
     
  17. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in or within 25 feet of all on-Grounds housing facilities.
     
  18. Furnishings: The University will choose and provide furnishings for each facility. The University will not provide additional storage space during the academic year or summer. All University-owned furniture must remain in its assigned space.
     
  19. Maintenance and Repairs: The University will perform all normal interior and exterior maintenance and repairs as necessary. You must report all needs for repairs to the Facilities Management Service Desk by using the Work Order Management System or by phoning 434-924-3053. You are not permitted to make your own repairs. Residents are required to check battery-operated smoke detectors monthly.
     
  20. Damages: You are responsible for any damage or defacement that may occur to the Premises (including restitution costs), except for normal wear and tear. If the University cannot determine responsibility for damage or defacement in common areas (bathrooms, lounges, hallways, etc.), the University will distribute the charge equally to all residents of the suite/apartment, floor, or building. For more information see the Damages Policy.
     
  21. Abandoned Property: Abandoned property found anywhere in the residence halls (including common areas) will be held in storage for 120 days. After 120 days items will be sold through UVA Surplus Property, donated to charitable organizations, or disposed of in the trash.
     
  22. Insurance: The University does not assume any obligation or liability for loss or damage to items of personal property which may occur in its buildings or on its grounds, before, during or after the terms of this License. This includes but is not limited to damage, loss, fire, water damage, theft, flooding, etc. Students are urged to purchase renter's insurance for protection against loss or property damage.
     
  23. Access: Keys and ID cards are property of the University and are non-transferable. It is against Virginia law to have duplicate keys made. You must report lost keys promptly to Housing & Residence Life to arrange replacement. You will be billed for key replacement, including changing all affected lock cores. You must promptly report a lost ID card to the ID office and you will be assessed a charge for its replacement. When you are away from the Premises you must lock your door and keep your keys and/or ID card with you. If University staff enter your residence, they will lock all doors on exit.
     
  24. Guests: Visitations must be negotiated with respect for rights and responsibilities of roommates, suitemates, and/or apartment mates (cumulatively known as "Roommates"). You must have your Roommates' consent to invite a guest into your room or any shared living space. The presence of the guest must not pose an unreasonable burden or unreasonable infringement on the privacy and privileges of the Roommates. Guests must be with their host at all times. You may not give keys or access cards to guests or anyone else. Overnight guests may not remain longer than three consecutive nights. You are responsible for the behavior of your guests and their compliance with all University policies.
     
  25. Commercial Enterprise: You may not conduct any activity for business or financial gain from a residential facility or any University property.
     
  26. Sales, Solicitation, and Peddling: Sales, solicitation, and peddling are prohibited within University residential areas.
     
  27. Student Conduct: Students at the University of Virginia are subject to all Federal, State, and local laws, as well as the University's Standards of Conduct, academic, financial, and non-academic rules and regulations. The specific University policies and regulations are listed in the University of Virginia Record. This License prohibits violations of those laws and regulations.
     
  28. Criminal Conviction or Protective Order: If you are arrested and/or convicted of any felony or any crime requiring your registration on the Sex Offender or Crimes Against Minors Registry (SOR), or if you become subject to a protective order at any time during the Term of this License, you are required within seventy-two (72) hours of the arrest and/or conviction or entry of the protective order, to notify Housing & Residence Life in writing. Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to cancel this License if, in the sole judgment of the University, you or your invited guest may pose a threat of substantial harm to persons or to University property or if the University determines that this License was granted on the basis of inaccurate or incomplete information.
     
  29. Additional Provisions: This License is subject to all relevant University policies, which may be amended or updated from time to time in the sole discretion of the University. The University retains the unilateral right to terminate this License for the breach of any Term or Condition of this License. Failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any of the Terms or Conditions herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any rights or remedies of either party, and shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default in any of the Terms or Conditions herein. The University does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures, or practices against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a veteran. If you have a disability or otherwise need special accommodations, please notify the Student Disability Access Center.
     

Questions regarding housing at the University or these Terms and Conditions can be sent by email to housing@virginia.edu,or phone 434-924-3736.