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Housing Policies

 

Housing Policies

The housing policies for the 2012/2013 academic year are under review. Once we have finalized the language, an online copy of the Housing Contract will be posted here.

We are introducing two changes to housing policy this year. Please read the sections below for an explanation of each change.

Contract Breakage Fee

The housing contract will now include a fee for students terminating their contract after participating in housing selection. The breakage clause will go into effect as soon as a student signs their housing contract, and the amount will increase over the summer.

This breakage fee has been introduced for several reasons:
By encouraging students to plan ahead, we hope to ensure a smoother housing process for both returning and first year students.
Every year, students decide to move off campus at the eleventh hour. When this happens, the remaining roommate is typically left holding the short end of the stick, meaning they are responsible for finding a new roommate in order to avoid a private fee. Introducing the tiered breakage fee will encourage students to terminate their contract sooner rather than later, meaning those residents left behind will have earlier notice to find a new roommate and avoid the private fee.
The breakage fee will close a loophole that currently allows residents to help their friend(s) reserve a space using their lottery points and then apply to move off campus a short while later, effectively cheating other residents out of the room. These instances have been rare, but the contract breakage fee will further restrict them.

 Fee Schedule

 

Apr 15th, 2012 - May 31st, 2012:  $125.00 
June 1st, 2012 - July 31st, 2012:  $250.00 
Aug 1st, 2012 - Sep 7th, 2012:  $375.00 

If the housing contract is terminated after Census Day on September 7th, a breakage fee no longer applies, but the housing fee for the semester will no longer be refunded.
If exigent circumstances apply, the student may submit a written appeal to the Director of Residence Life at doanehousing@doane.edu. Appeals to waive the breakage fee will be considered on an individual basis.

Students Who Don't Participate in Housing Selection

Doane's population on campus has grown steadily in recent years. Due to this growth, some of our policies, especially those addressing housing selection, have become less flexible than in the past. In order to be as fair as possible to the student body, the College must ensure that each policy applies consistently across the board.

The population growth has necessitated a change in how we handle returning students who do not participate in Housing Selection. Previously, we have allowed these students to sign up for housing after the final selection meeting, sometimes as late as early August. Unfortunately, we will no longer have the space in our residence halls to accommodate students who don't participate in housing selection.

If, as a returning student, you neglect to participate in housing for housing this fall, you will be waitlisted until Doane Housing has placed all incoming students in housing. This change will create greater stability in housing assignments and ensure incoming students receive fair treatment in the placement process.

Please be advised: This policy change does not represent a loophole for avoiding the off campus application process. Students who do not participate in housing selection will be assigned housing by the College as soon as space is available in late August or early September.

 

If you have any questions about these policy changes, please contact us at doanehousing@doane.edu.