Terms & Conditions
Welcome to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) housing community. This document is part of the resident’s housing contract; it provides the terms and conditions for our community and defines the resident’s responsibility as a member of the community. By signing the housing contract and residing in RIT housing, the resident agrees to abide by the housing contract, this document, and all federal, state, and local laws, (available in RIT’s library, library.rit.edu) and university policy (available in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities handbook).
Any resident found in violation of the Terms and Conditions of Housing or whose negligence causes damages to the facilities or harm to other members of the community may be subject to a student conduct hearing, Housing Selection privileges revoked, and/or additional fees. In addition, RIT Housing Operations may terminate the resident’s housing contract with appropriate notice.
These terms supersede any and all prior Terms and Conditions of Housing. With advance notice, RIT Housing Operations can modify the Terms and Conditions of Housing during the term of this agreement.
The housing contract and the Terms and Conditions of Housing do not constitute a lease. They confer a limited and revocable license to occupy RIT housing. This license can be revoked by RIT Housing Operations as provided in these Terms and Conditions of Housing.
A student is eligible for an RIT housing assignment if he/she meets one of the following criteria:
enrolled in 12 credit hours or more (undergraduate), 9 credit hours or more (graduate), or full-time equivalent at RIT
registered as a cooperative (co-op) student
registered in a field-study instruction program
part of a special RIT sponsored program approved by RIT Housing Operations
In addition, the resident must prevent and/or resolve holds placed on his/her student account during the contract period. The resident must maintain eligibility throughout the contract period.
RIT reserves the right to deny eligibility to a resident within its sole and exclusive discretion, for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to disciplinary violations.
1.02 Students Under 18 Years of Age
1.03 Family Contract
A family contract allows for a spouse, domestic partner, or dependent of an eligible resident to live in an RIT apartment. Additional rent charges may apply (see section 5.04).
1.04 Contract Periods
1.05 Contract Cancellation
See cancellation dates and related fees in this section and in sections 5.07, 5.08, and 5.12.
Cancellation Due Dates and Fees Fall (2181)
- No fee if you cancel by May 01, 2018
- $300 fee if you cancel from May 02 – May 31, 2018
- $500 if you cancel from June 01 – July 31, 2018
- $700 if you cancel from August 01 – 27, 2018
If a student cancels due to one of the reasons listed here, there will be no cancellation fee applied.
- Active military service: A resident called to active military service
- Academic suspension: Verified in writing from the academic department or the Registrar’s Office
- Leave of Absence:
- Co-op / Resident Teaching/ Study Abroad: Changes in co-op or program status verified in writing by the
- Co-op Office or academic department
- Marriage: Certified by a marriage certificate
- Graduation: Verified in writing from academic department
1.06 Residency Requirement
1.08 Residence Hall Closing Fall to Spring Semester Break and Intersession
On Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., the residence halls close for the break. Once closed on December 19 there will be no access to the residence halls prior to Monday, January 7, 2019. Residence Life staff will check all rooms during this break.
If you are NOT RETURNING to RIT for spring semester, remove all of your items from your residence hall room and return your key no later than December 19th at 10:00 a.m.
If you ARE RETURNING to RIT for spring semester classes, take with you just the items you are going to need for break and keep your room key.
Alternate housing is available at the RIT Inn & Conference Center for residence hall residents who are continuing on to spring semester classes who must stay through the break. Residents should contact RIT Housing Operations no later than five business days prior to the break for information regarding alternate housing.
1.09 Semester Break and Intersession for Students in Apartments, University Commons, Global Village, RIT Inn, and Greek Circle
If you ARE RETURNING to RIT for spring semester classes, you may stay in your housing during the break at no additional charge as this housing will remain open.
RIT Housing Operations shall have the sole and exclusive discretion to determine all room, apartment, and suite assignments and reserves the right to assign to under-occupied units, change room, apartment, and suite assignments and/or re-assign these spaces.
RIT Housing Operations reserves the right within its sole and exclusive discretion, to consolidate residents and assignments and to assign a new resident into a room, apartment, or suite which falls below required occupancy at any time during the term of this housing contract. Residents may not refuse the addition of a resident assigned by RIT Housing Operations. Refusing the addition of a resident assigned by RIT Housing Operations shall be a material breach of this housing contract.
2.01 Required Occupancy Levels
- Single Room 1 person
- Double Room 2 people
- Triple Room 3 people
- Quad Room 4 people
- Double Room 2 people
- 1 Bedroom Lower 1 or 2 people
- 1 Bedroom Upper 1 or 2 people
- 2 Bedroom 4 people
- 2 Bedroom Townhouse 4 people
- 3 Bedroom Townhouse 4 people
- 1 Bedroom 1 or 2 people
- 2 Bedroom 4 people
- 1 Bedroom 1 or 2 people
- 2 Bedroom Townhouse 3 people
- 3 Bedroom Townhouse 4 people
- 4 Single Rooms 1 person per room
- Studio 1 person
- 4 Bedroom Suite with Kitchen 4 people
- 5 Bedroom Suite without Kitchen 6 people
- 5 Bedroom Suite with Kitchen 6 people
2.02 Assignment Criteria
RIT Housing Operations does not permit co-habitation (living with a student of a different assigned birth sex) in the residence hall rooms, with the exception of rooms in the gender-inclusive area.
2.04 Assignment Changes at the Resident’s Request
The Center for Residence Life and RIT Housing Operations regulate the number of assignment changes that are allowed during any term. Residents may not swap rooms, suites, or apartments without the prior approval of Residence Life or RIT Housing Operations staff. Additional rent and lock change charges may result if a resident makes an unauthorized move. For more information, contact your Residence Life Area Office or RIT Housing Operations.
2.05 Assignment Changes for Renovations, Refresh, and Repair
RIT Housing Operations reserves the right, within its sole and exclusive discretion, to re-assign a resident within RIT housing or to non-RIT temporary housing for reasons including, but not limited to renovations, refreshing, or repairing a room, apartment, suite, or nearby premises. If RIT Housing Operations initiates renovations, a refresh, or repairs, every effort will be made to minimize the inconvenience to the resident(s) and, whenever possible, advance notice will be given to the resident(s) as to the time and nature of the work to be done. Resident(s) shall not withhold payment of housing charges due to an assignment change for this reason.
2.06 Space Vacancy
RIT Housing Operations is not responsible for notifying residents of vacancies. Residents must keep the unassigned spaces vacant and available for new roommates at all times or be subject to additional charges (see section 5.17). A resident of RIT housing may not relocate to a vacancy in a different room, suite, or apartment without the prior approval from the Center of Residence Life and RIT Housing Operations. Additional rent and lock change charges may result if a resident makes an unauthorized move.
2.07 Roommate Additions to University Commons Suites
If a vacancy occurs in a University Commons suite, the current residents of the suite can complete a roommate add within 7 days of the vacancy occurring. If a roommate add is not completed within 7 days, RIT Housing Operations can assign a student to the space.
2.08 Roommate Additions to RIT Apartments
It is the responsibility of the resident(s) on contract in an RIT apartment to secure a new roommate(s) for a vacancy in the apartment. Each roommate addition must be completed within 7 days of the vacancy occurring. If a roommate add is not completed within 7 days, and there is a demand for housing, RIT Housing Operations will assign a student to the space (see section 5.17).
Exception: 1 bedroom apartments in Colony Manor, Perkins Green, Racquet Club and Riverknoll
2.09 Mid-Year Assignments
When assigned to a vacancy during the academic year, the resident’s contract is for the remainder of the academic year. RIT Housing Operations will assign students to vacant spaces based on the contract dates using the criteria in section 2.02. RIT Housing Operations will notify the current occupants that a resident has been assigned to the vacant space(s) when possible. Residents cannot deny a newly assigned resident access; residents are expected to create a welcoming environment for a new roommate.
2.10 Summer Assignments
A summer housing contract must be submitted via the RIT Housing Operations portal myhousing.rit.edu. Summer housing is available in select areas of the residence halls, apartments, Global Village suites, and University Commons suites. RIT Housing Operations reserves the right, within its sole and exclusive discretion, to limit the number and type of housing options available during the summer term. Residents who will occupy the apartment/suites for the subsequent academic year will be given priority. Summer housing is not available at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. Roommate adds are not permitted summer term.
RIT Housing Operations reserves the right, within its sole and exclusive discretion, to have students move from their summer to fall assignment prior to the end of the summer term and to have students without a fall assignment move prior to the end of the summer term.
3.01 Scheduled Move-In Dates
3.02 Key Pick-Up
3.03 No-Show Dates and Fee
RIT housing will not be guaranteed if the assigned resident does not pick up and sign out a housing key from RIT Housing Operations by the following dates for the start of each term. In addition for fall semester, if the resident has an RIT housing assignment and is a registered student and fails to sign out a housing key by the specified date for the fall semester, a no-show penalty for $700 will be placed on the resident’s student account (see section 5.08).
- Fall (2181) August 27, 2018
- Spring (2185) January 14, 2019
- Summer (2188) May 16, 2019
3.04 Documentation of Room/Apartment/Suite Condition at Check-In
Upon moving into an assigned space, Housing Operations has deemed that the space is acceptable and ready for move-in. Resident should submit a maintenance request at http://www.rit.edu/fa/housing/content/submit-maintenance-request if an item needs to be addressed.
3.05 Early Arrival
4 Checking Out of Housing
At the end of the resident’s contract period (see section 1.04) or on the resident’s move-out date, the resident must follow the proper check-out procedures below when vacating RIT housing. This process must be followed each time a resident vacates RIT housing.
- Remove all personal items from the room, apartment, or suite; belongings not removed will be considered abandoned and will be discarded at the resident’s expense (see section 5.11 and section 15.01).
- Return the space to move-in condition.
- Apartment residents: Prepare the space as outlined in the cleaning instructions document found at http://www.rit.edu/fa/housing/resources-guides
- Return key(s) in a completed key return envelope to the RIT Housing Operations office located in Grace Watson Hall.
- Keys can be returned 24/7 via the drop box outside the Housing Operations office in Grace Watson Hall. Failure to return keys upon move out will result in an improper checkout charge of $100. Keys that are mailed back after the move-out date will not be accepted.
- RIT Housing Operations will inspect the room, apartment, or suite upon the resident vacating. The condition of the room, apartment, or suite, including all furnishings and fixtures, and any damage which is determined by RIT Housing Operations to have occurred during the resident’s occupancy will be documented by RIT Housing Operations. Additional fees may be assessed for damage and/or failure to follow this procedure (see sections 5.09, 5.10, and 5.11).
5.01 Student Accounts
RIT Housing Operations, in conjunction with Student Financial Services, posts rents, fees, and adjustments to the students’ accounts.
5.02 Appeal of Housing Charges
An appeal of any charge placed on your student account by RIT Housing Operations must be initiated in writing to RIT Housing Operations within 60 days of the transaction date on the resident’s student account.
5.04 Family Rent Rate
The family rent rate is billed each term and is equal to the term academic year rent rate multiplied by the required occupancy for the assigned unit.
5.05 Academic Year Billing
RIT rent charges are posted on a term basis. All rent and rent adjustment billing, as well as associated fees, will be posted to residents’ student accounts.
5.06 Summer Billing
All summer term RIT housing is charged as a lump sum on his/her student account based on the number of weeks the student states on their summer term housing contract. Charges are calculated based on the current summer term weekly rate. An adjustment, if necessary, will be made after the resident returns his/her key. See current rates at RIT Housing Operations or via our web site at http://housing.rit.edu.
5.07 Cancellation Fees for Fall Semester
- No fee if you cancel by May 01, 2018
- $300 fee if you cancel from May 02 – May 31, 2018
- $500 if you cancel from June 01 – July 31, 2018
- $700 if you cancel from August 01 – 27, 2018
See section 1.05 for more information.
5.08 No-Show for Fall Semester
RIT will charge a $700 no-show fee to students who are registered and have an RIT housing assignment who fail to sign out housing keys by August 27, 2018 (see section 3.03).
5.09 Failure to Move-Out on Scheduled Move-Out Day Rent
RIT will charge a resident $50 per day for each day beyond the contract termination date (move-out date) that he/she fails to vacate.
5.10 Lock Change and Lost Key Charges
5.11 Damage Charges
RIT will charge a resident a fee equal to the cost to repair or rectify any damage to RIT housing, other than normal wear and tear to the resident responsible for the damage. To the extent the responsible resident cannot be determined, all co-residents will be jointly and severally liable.
RIT will charge a resident a fee equal to the removal cost of abandoned property to the owner of the abandoned property. To the extent that the responsible resident cannot be determined, all co-residents on contract during the academic year will be charged for removal of abandoned items.
Charges assessed and totaled after the expiration of a resident’s housing contract constitute a debt payable by the resident immediately.
5.12 Termination Fee - Applies for Full Academic Year Including Breaks and Intersession
5.13 Prorated Rent Adjustment
RIT will adjust the rent amount for a resident terminating his/her housing contract and vacating housing as allowed for reasons listed in section 7.01. Adjustments will be based on a per day basis through the day the resident’s key(s) and key return envelope are returned to RIT Housing Operations.
After the fourth week no adjustment is given unless required under applicable law for students receiving Title IV funds. For further information, contact the Student Financial Services office.
5.14 Partial Rent Adjustment
RIT will adjust the rent amount for a resident terminating his/her housing contract and vacating housing for reasons other than those allowed in section 7.01. Adjustments, as outlined below, are based on the date that the resident’s key(s) and key return envelope are returned to RIT Housing Operations.
First week of classes (85% refund)
Fall | August 27 – September 2, 2018
Spring | January 14 – 20, 2019
Second week of classes (65% refund)
Fall | September 3 –9, 2018
Spring | January 21 – 27, 2019
Third week of classes (50% refund)
Fall | September 10 – 16, 2018
Spring | January 28 – February 3, 2019
Fourth week of classes (35% refund)
Fall | September 17 – 23, 2018
Spring | February 4 – 10, 2019
5.15 Rent Adjustments for Roommate Addition
5.16 Students on Co-Op/Study Abroad Rent
A resident whose co-op is located 45 miles or more from Rochester and requires the resident to relocate (not a co-op completed virtually) during fall semester may maintain his/her RIT housing contract and assignment. This option is also offered to students who go on study abroad. This option is not offered to students whose co-op is to be completed virtually or locally (within 45 miles of RIT). This option is not offered spring semester or summer term. Rent will be reduced for the term(s) that the resident is on co-op/study abroad to one-half the term’s rent of the type of housing the resident is assigned to. Resident will not have key or card access to housing during the term(s) he/she is on co-op or study abroad. Resident is not allowed back into the housing held until the official move in date of the term he/she is returning. Resident must notify RIT Housing Operations in writing at email@example.com to participate in this special option no later than two weeks prior to the start of the term that he/she is registered for co-op or study abroad.
5.17 Alternate Occupancy Rates — One Bedroom Apartments
5.18 Break Between Semesters Rent
Housing rent rates for each semester only cover periods when RIT is officially in session. Residents who maintain their RIT housing contract for the entire contract period (August 27, 2018 – May 12, 2019) will not be assessed additional charges during term break between fall and spring semesters.
A resident who remains in housing (has possession of housing key and items in housing) during the fall to spring term break period but does not return for spring semester classes will be charged $50 per day for each day of the break until the date the resident’s key(s) and the key return envelope are received by RIT Housing Operations.
5.19 Extended Stay Fee
5.20 Restitution Fees
RIT will charge each resident on contract in a room, apartment, or suite $100 in the event evidence is found that any building system (e.g., wireless devices, safety equipment, lock, elevator, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, telephone equipment, TV cable, computer cable or pathway, plumbing/electrical system, etc.) was tampered with or altered. A second violation will result in removal from RIT housing.
RIT will charge any resident found responsible of causing an avoidable fire alarm or falsely activating an alarm up to $200 for restitution.
Resident(s) who cause an avoidable fire alarm (burned food, candles and incense, etc.) and then intentionally leave the area to avoid meeting with the Fire Department and emergency personnel may be subject to appearance tickets issued by the Town of Henrietta Fire Marshal’s office.
5.21 Internet Credit for Riverknoll Residents
5.22 Reserved Parking Credit for RIT Inn Residents
RIT Inn residents may be eligible for a credit, not to exceed the cost of a reserved parking pass per semester. Housing Operations will verify the purchase of a reserved parking pass at the end of each semester, credit will then be issued on students accounts. No checks will be issued.
5.23 Air Conditioner Fee
Resident owned air conditioners are only permitted if installed by RIT Housing Operations’ staff. By requesting that an air conditioner unit be installed, the resident(s) must complete an Air Conditioner Request Form. By completing the request form, the student(s) agrees to pay a non-refundable charge of $125 per season, per air conditioner unit for installation, removal and utility expenses. This charge will be divided equally among the residents who have signed the air conditioner request form. Charges will be placed on each resident’s student account once the air conditioner unit is installed and inspected by RIT Housing Operations’ staff. All air conditioners are not allowed to exceed
The installation and inspection of the air conditioner unit must be completed by RIT Housing Operations’ staff. Once completed, a sticker will be placed in the window of the apartment notifying RIT Housing Operations that this air conditioner unit has been installed and inspected properly. Air conditioner units will be removed by RIT Housing Operations if the Air Conditioner Request Form has not been completed or if the unit was not installed by Housing Operations staff. The typical season for use of air conditioners is late April to mid-October. The non-refundable charge of $125 per season, per air conditioner unit applies to any air conditioner approved for installation between April and October regardless of the actual number of months the resident(s) uses the unit.
5.24 Special Cleaning Fee Due to Animal
6.01 General Terms and Conditions
By signing up for a Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Meal Plan, the account holder agrees to abide by all policies, rules, regulations, and procedures of RIT Dining Services. The terms and conditions of RIT meal plans begins when the account holder’s meal plan is opened by RIT Dining Services and ends when canceled by either RIT Dining Services or the account holder, at the end of the semester. If the account holder signs up for a RIT Meal Plan for summer classes, the account will be closed at the end of summer semester.
RIT Dining meal plans, meal exchanges, Dining Dollars, and Tiger Bucks are placed on your RIT ID card. Dining accounts are non-transferable and an RIT ID card will be confiscated if used by an unauthorized individual. Each customer is responsible for safeguarding his/her RIT ID card.
Should a card become lost, either accidentally or by theft, RIT and RIT Dining Services assume no responsibility for unauthorized purchases from the account prior to notifying RIT Dining Services of the loss. To report a lost/stolen card, account holders should contact RIT Dining Services at 585-475-2228 or in-person at the Dining Services Office located in the Student Alumni Union (SAU), room A520 Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m. RIT Public Safety may also be notified 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 585-475-2853. Upon notification of a lost/stolen card, RIT Dining Services or RIT Public Safety will deactivate the card, preventing its future use. Account holders are responsible for any usage on the card up until the time it was reported lost/stolen. Cards must be replaced to maintain access and service and a replacement card may be obtained at the Registrar’s Office. Replacement cards will be made in accordance with current policies regarding card replacement and the card holder will be responsible for any replacement fees.
6.02 RIT Dining Dictionary
Commuter: Any student who is not living in RIT Residence Halls, RIT INN, or Greek Housing. These include those living in Global Village, Riverknoll, University Commons, off campus apartments, their own homes, or etc. Commuters are eligible for the commuter or required meal plans options.
Dining Dollars: A nontaxable electronic form of payment used to purchase perishable and nonperishable food and beverage items in RIT Dining Services locations and vending machines. Must use RIT ID card to purchase goods with Dining Dollars.
Gracie’s Meal: Valid for one (1) meal at Gracie’s, located in Grace Watson Hall. This meal is only included in the Tiger plans. Gracie’s is our all you care to eat facility.
Greek Meal Plan: Meal plans available to full Greek members living in their established approved Greek Housing.
Required Meal Plan: Meal plans that are required for all students living in the Residence Halls, or RIT Greek Housing. Choices for meal plans can be found here.
Meal Exchange: Valued at $8.25, Meal Exchanges are options included in the Tiger Meal Plans. Meal Exchanges are used to allow students to eat at other retail dining locations on campus other than Grace Watson. If your meal exceeds $8.25, the difference may be paid with Dining Dollars, Tiger Bucks, cash, or credit card.
Meal Plan: A meal plan is a prepaid account for your on-campus meals. At the start of the term, you pay for a predetermined plan to cover your meals throughout the semester/academic year. To purchase a meal, you swipe your RIT ID card and the meal or meal cost is deducted from your meal plan account. All residential students are required to have a meal plan (see Required Meal Plan).
NETNutrition: A resource guide to food choices and nutritional information at RIT. Allows diners to view menu options and allergen information. This information can be found in the RIT mobile app under Dining or by clicking here.
Optional Meal Plan: Meal plans available to any student who is not living in RIT Residence Halls, the RIT INN, or RIT Greek Housing.
Rollover Dollars: Dining dollars that have not been spent by the end of the fall semester. If returning for the spring semester, these funds will remain on the RIT ID card in addition to any additional meal plan and Tiger Bucks funds.
Tiger Bucks: A taxable electronic form of payment. Tiger Bucks may be used on or off campus at approved vendors. Tiger Bucks may also be used to purchase items other than food or beverages on campus or at the RIT Bookstore. A RIT ID must be used to purchase goods with Tiger Bucks.
6.03 Business Practices
Under this Agreement your rights and privileges are non-transferable; they belong exclusively to you, and may not be assigned to anyone else on a temporary or permanent basis.
Dining Services reserves the rights to collect payment through your RIT Student Account for charges that may include but is not limited to: bad checks, disputed credit card charges, or non-credited checks.
For your convenience, you may purchase, view and manage your Dining Services account online. You may purchase Tiger Bucks and Dining Dollars by using a credit card, e-check, or directing Dining Services to charge the purchase to your RIT Student Account. You can log into your account using your official RIT username and password. Do NOT reveal your password to anyone. Neither Dining Services nor RIT is responsible for any unauthorized charges to your Student Account.
Official information regarding your RIT ID card and Dining Services accounts are sent via email to your official university email account. RIT Dining Services reserves the right to contact all Dining Services meal plan and card holders by mail, e-mail, or other electronic means regarding official information concerning RIT Dining Plans and associated programs. To ensure receipt of these emails you may need to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book. In addition, if you forward your RIT email to another email address, you may not receive this official information. You may not opt out of receipt of this official information. If the notification emails are blocked, it is the customer’s responsibility to be aware of official Dining Services information.
Meal plans follow the official university calendar. The first meal of each semester is lunch/brunch the day before classes begin. The last meal is dinner on the last day of exams, unless otherwise posted. Summer term starts with breakfast on the first day of classes. Please note, for fall semester, all meal plans are activated for use for dinner on the first day of freshman move in; the Tuesday before classes begin.
The meal plan week begins with the opening of business on Sunday and ends with the close of business on Saturday. Unused weekly meals are not refundable and non-transferable and cannot be used during university break periods. The dining dollar portion of a meal plan ends with the last meal of each semester; however, upon notification RIT Dining Services will activate the following semester’s dining dollar account early so it may be used during university break periods in select dining service areas and vending machines. The meal portion of a meal plan cannot be used during university break periods. Please note for fall semester all meal plans are activated for use for dinner on the first day of freshman move in; the Tuesday before classes begin.
Students may sign up for a Meal Plan or Dining Dollars Plan at mydining.rit.edu. Account holders will have that semester’s dining dollar selection deposited into his/her account. RIT Dining Services agrees to roll-over the unused balance until the end of the academic year as follows:
100% of the unused portion of the Dining Dollars balance attached to the meal plan, and 100% of Dining Dollars voluntarily deposited, will be rolled over to the spring semester at the end of fall semester. Any unused balance at the end of spring semester is forfeited. Any unused balance at the end of summer semester is forfeited.
Terms of this agreement are subject to change upon the sole discretion of RIT Dining Services with or without prior notice. All changes will be posted in the RIT Dining Services office and on our website.
6.04 Meal Plans
Required Meal Plans
Dining Services meal plan participation is required for all students assigned to RIT residence halls, including Greek Circle and the RIT Inn & Conference Center. If no meal plan is chosen by the student, any student needing a required meal plan will be issued and charged for the Tiger 10. However, the meal plan may be changed during the first week of classes until the close of business on that Friday at 4:30 p.m (please see Changes to Meal Plan section).
Upon signing an RIT housing contract, a student’s dining account is opened and the account holder is immediately responsible for all meals/Dining Dollars used and posted against his/her account. Greek houses in residence halls and Greek free-standing with supplemental kitchens must participate in either a Greek meal plan option or any other RIT dining meal plan if they are a Greek member. RIT Dining Services will deduct meal(s) or food item purchases from the meal plan. An account holder will not be required to pay New York State sales tax on a meal plan or Dining dollars purchase. Some non-food items are exempt from all discounting and require the collection of sales tax. The purchase of all non-food items, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products with any portion of your meals, meal exchanges or Dining Dollars account is strictly prohibited.
Commuter Meal Plans
A Commuter Meal Plan can be added at any time in the semester. Students may sign up for a Dining Dollars plan at mydining.rit.edu. Account holders will have that semester’s dining dollar selection deposited into his/her account. Dining Dollar balances cannot be transferred to a Tiger Bucks account. Tiger Bucks is a separate taxable declining balance program used to purchase food and non-food items at various retail outlets on and off campus.
Changes to Meal Plans
Commuters (a student in an on/off campus apartment) who do not require a meal plan, may choose to purchase a meal plan at any time. Changes to meal plans may only be made during the first week of each academic semester (fall and spring) until 4:30 p.m. on the Friday of the first week. Changes to meal plans must be made online at mydining.rit.edu. A customer may upgrade his/her meal plan at no additional fees outside of the difference of the meal plan cost (e.g. changing from Tiger 10 to Tiger 14 meal plan).
Tiger Bucks is another form of tender at RIT. It is subject to New York State tax laws and University Guidelines and Regulations. Tiger Bucks may be used to purchase food and non-food items (e.g. books, stationary, toiletries, and art supplies) at approved on and off campus vendors.
There is no limit to the amount of Tiger Bucks you may add to your account or spend in a day; however, as a precaution, there is a limit of $20 Dining Dollars/Tiger Bucks that may be spent in vending machines each day.
You may use Tiger Bucks to add Dining Dollars to a customer account. RIT Dining Services reserves the right to contact a customer and/or take action because of unusual activity on a customer account.
Tiger Bucks may not be used to purchase goods or services for resale and may not be converted to, traded, or exchanged to any other form of tender with the exception of purchasing Dining Dollars. Please note you cannot purchase Tiger Bucks with Dining Dollars.
Tiger Bucks carries over from semester to semester and remains active over university breaks and recesses. Except with respect to the funds described in the refunds section (please see Refunds for additional details), Tiger Bucks may not be converted to cash. Vendor refunds or merchandise returns made from Tiger Bucks purchases must be refunded in Tiger Bucks.
6.05 Deposits and Balance Verification
Visa and MasterCard deposits may be made anytime online at eservices.rit.edu. Cash, debit, check, and Visa/MasterCard deposits may be made in-person at Student Financial Services, located in the University Services Center (USC), Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students may verify an account balance anytime online at eservices.rit.edu or with RIT Dining Services, a cashier at any dining location, the RIT Inn, and Student Financial Services. Student accounts cannot be billed and must be paid in advance with cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.
Meal Plan/Dining Dollars Refunds
Required Meal Plans (Freshman, Upperclassman, Greek, RIT Inn)
Unused meals/Dining Dollars cannot be refunded unless a student is officially released from the residence halls, Greek Circle, or the RIT Inn either through 1) withdrawal from the University (graduation does not constitute withdrawal) or 2) academic or disciplinary dismissal. Rollover Dining Dollars are not refunded from the previous semester and will be released to the University if the student leaves.
Dining Dollar Meal Plans (commuter, on/off campus apartments) and voluntarily deposits
A refund of unused Dining Dollars (meal plan funds or voluntarily deposited dollars) is only available if the account holder 1) withdraws from the University (graduation does not constitute withdrawal); or 2) incurs an academic or disciplinary dismissal. The account holder may receive a partial refund on his/her meal plan in accordance with the refund schedule (see below) minus sales tax placed on the used portion of the meal plan.
Week 1 100% of the unused meal/dining dollars charges are refunded.
Week 2 90% of the unused meal/dining dollars charges are refunded.
Weeks 3 - 5 75% of the unused meal/dining dollars charges are refunded.
Weeks 6 - 8 50% of the unused meal/dining dollars charges are refunded.
Weeks 9 - 16 0% of the unused meal/dining dollars charges are refunded.
Refunds will be applied to the account at Student Financial Services. Any unused Dining Dollars balance at the end of the spring semester is forfeited.
Tiger Bucks Refund
When you officially leave the University or by authorization of RIT Dining Services, unused Tiger Bucks may be refunded to you. You must request a refund by notifying RIT Dining Services anytime within three years of leaving the University.
If you officially leave the University without requesting a refund of your unused Tiger Bucks, Dining Services will maintain your unused Tiger Bucks balance for three years. There is no expiration date, however, unused balances are remitted to New York State after three years in accordance with Article 13 of the NYS Abandoned Property Law.
If you cancel a meal plan and remain at the University, a charge will be imposed based on the refund schedule above.
7.01 Allowable Terminations
- Active military service: A resident called to active military service
- Academic suspension: Verified in writing from the academic department or the Registrar’s Office
- Involuntary Leave of Absence: Verified by the Student Behavior Consultant Team
- Co-op / Resident Teaching/ Study Abroad: Changes in co-op or program status verified in writing by the Co-op Office or academic department
- Marriage: Certified by a marriage certificate
- Graduation: Verified in writing from academic department
7.02 Termination On or After the Scheduled Move-In Date
Termination on or after the scheduled move-in date for reasons other than those listed in section 7.01 will result in a termination fee (see section 5.12). Any resident terminating his/her housing contract is expected to check out (see section 4) of housing within 48 hours of submitting official paperwork as required below or receipt of notice of suspension.
RIT shall not be liable for any personal conflicts among residents or with the guests or invitees of any one co-resident. Therefore, a conflict between residents does not constitute grounds for the termination of housing contracts.
7.03 Termination by First Year Freshmen with Residency Requirement
Freshmen who have not been officially released from their housing contract, are registered students (full or part-time) and check out of the residence halls before the end of the academic year will continue to be charged rent for the remainder of the academic year.
Freshmen who have been officially released from their housing contract, are registered students (full or part-time), and move to non-RIT housing (including parent’s/guardians’ homes) will be held to the refund schedule and assessed a contract termination fee (see sections 5.12 and 5.14).
7.04 How to Terminate
A resident can terminate a housing contract during the academic year by removing all his/her items from RIT housing and returning his/her housing key(s) by the specified vacate date for the term he/she is leaving. A termination fee may apply (see section 5.12).
8.01 Termination for Failure to Comply with Terms & Conditions of Housing
RIT Housing Operations may terminate a resident’s housing contract, with appropriate notice, for failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions of Housing.
8.02 Termination for Uncomfortable or Hostile Environment
Creating an uncomfortable or hostile environment for a new roommate is prohibited. If the behavior of a resident, resident’s dependent or spouse becomes a nuisance to the community or neighbors in the sole and exclusive judgment of RIT, RIT Housing Operations may result in removal from RIT housing and termination of the resident’s housing contract.
8.03 Termination for Fraudulent Action
Any type of fraudulent action by a resident related to information, processes, and official documents required by RIT Housing Operations is prohibited and may result in removal from RIT housing and termination of the resident’s housing contract.
8.04 Termination for Financial Hold
A resident with a financial hold on their student account may be removed from RIT housing.
8.05 Termination for Harboring Ineligible Residents
Harboring ineligible students/non-students is prohibited and may result in removal from RIT housing and additional charges for rent. Individuals not on contract for the room, apartment, or suite are prohibited from occupying the space.
8.06 Termination for Violation of RIT’s Student Code of Conduct
If a resident is found to be responsible under RIT’s Student Code of Conduct, RIT Housing Operations may terminate the housing contract prior to expiration of the term. The foregoing also applies to all members of the resident’s non-RIT family residing in the apartment. In exceptional circumstances involving dangerous behavior or the potential for it to occur, a resident may be asked to leave RIT housing in consultation with the Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services. RIT Housing Operations may terminate a housing contract prior to its expiration and remove a resident from his/her room in the event the resident’s behavior is or has the serious potential to become a danger to himself/herself or others.
The reasons for terminating a resident’s contract for endangering behavior must be set forth in writing and approved by the Director of the Center for Residence Life and the Director of RIT Housing Operations in consultation with Student Affairs. Once approved, the resident may be required to leave RIT housing immediately and, if necessary, may be removed by RIT Public Safety, even though he/she may appeal the decision subsequent to leaving. A resident whose contract has been terminated for endangering behavior has 10 business days after termination to appeal the decision in accordance with the appeal provisions contained in the RIT Student Conduct Process.
Upon notification of an interim suspension or other action that might require a temporary move as required by Student Affairs/Student Conduct, RIT Housing Operations reserves the right to add the cost of temporary housing to the resident’s term rent.
Utilities are provided by RIT. Residents are requested to conserve energy when possible by keeping windows and doors closed and lights turned off when not in use. Water service is provided by RIT.
The monthly charge for Philo and DirecTV service (Maximum of one service outlet per apartment) is provided by RIT.
9.03 Internet Service
All RIT housing has wireless access, with the exception of Riverknoll. Additionally, Ethernet jacks are provided by RIT throughout RIT housing, except in the Riverknoll apartment complex.
If a resident lives in Riverknoll and subscribes to high speed internet access service, the resident may be eligible for a credit (see section 5.21) towards the cost of this service. This service must be accessible by all apartment residents.
All RIT housing keys, which include residence hall, RIT Inn, University Commons, Global Village, apartment, Greek Free Standing, and Colony Manor and Perkins Green mailbox keys, are the property of RIT Housing Operations and must be returned to RIT Housing Operations along with a key return envelope on the contract end date or the resident’s move-out date, whichever comes first. Retaining keys beyond the move-out date does not extend the housing contract. Failure to return keys by the move-out date will result in additional charges (see section 5.10). Any unauthorized possession, duplication, distribution, use, or swapping of room keys, exterior door keys, mailbox keys, RIT keys, or master keys is prohibited. Residents must carry their keys at all times and lock their doors when they leave their rooms, apartments, or suites. Residents moving from one RIT housing to another must pick up their new housing keys and return the key(s) for the housing they have vacated within 48 hours of the move or a lock change will be completed and charged to the residents’ student accounts. Failure to pick up and sign for RIT housing keys does not release residents from their rent responsibilities.
In the event that a housing key is lost or stolen, the resident must report it to RIT Housing Operations and a lock change will be completed. Key replacements and/or lock changes resulting from a lost or stolen key will result in additional charges (see section 5.10).
Altering any lock in RIT housing or installing additional locks without permission from RIT Housing Operations is prohibited.
Defacing a key is prohibited.
9.05 Air Conditioned Apartments/Suites
Air conditioners in apartments, University Commons, Global Village, and Greek houses are turned off in October and turned back on in the spring. Per manufacturer recommendations, to avoid damage to the unit, these types of air conditioners should not be operated when the ambient temperature drops below 52 degrees Fahrenheit. While operating air conditioners, please keep room/apartment/suite windows closed to avoid damage to the air conditioning unit (see section 5.11).
9.06 Non-Air Conditioned Apartments/Residence Hall Rooms
Residents in apartments that do not have air conditioning may request to have a personal air conditioner they purchased installed in the apartment by completing an air conditioning request form available at either RIT Housing Operations office and online at http://housing.rit.edu. If approved, additional fees will be charged (see section 5.23). All air conditioners will be scheduled for removal during the month of October. Residents may not install personal air conditioners without approval from RIT Housing Operations. Personal air conditioners are not allowed in residence hall rooms.
9.08 Pets and Service Animals
- Making sure the animal is house broken.
- Taking the animal away from housing, parking lots, and commonly used walkways to relieve itself and cleaning up after the animal.
- Keeping the animal under control at all times while on campus.
- Keeping the animal clean, well groomed and free of pests.
- Keeping the animal’s living space clean.
- Ensuring the health, safety, and humane treatment of animal.
- Not leaving animal unattended or in the care of someone else for more than 24 hours.
- Any damage caused by the animal to either persons or property.
9.11 Pest Control
9.12 Care of Ceilings
Residents are strictly prohibited from affixing any object, allowing any objects, water, or any other liquids to come in contact with, or painting any ceiling areas.
9.13 Windows, Screens, and Balconies
Window screens must remain permanently in place to fulfill their purpose and to avoid loss. A fee will be incurred for screens that need to be replaced or reinstalled due to resident misuse (see section 5.11). No material (cardboard, foil, etc.) can be placed in windows for fire safety reasons. Residents may not throw things out of their windows or off balconies. Nothing may be hung, attached, or stored on any balcony. No resident may hang laundry or shake rugs from a window or off a balcony. Tampering with windows is prohibited. No sign, signal, advertisement, flag, banner, or illumination of any kind shall be placed on or out any window or other part of the premises without the written approval of RIT Housing Operations.
Residents may not disassemble or remove any existing furniture or fixtures from their assigned housing. Only lofts purchased by RIT are allowed in residence halls. Only commercially manufactured lofts are allowed in apartments. No oversized or heavy furniture is permitted in any RIT housing. Water beds are strictly prohibited. No structural changes to rooms, apartments, suites, or public areas are allowed, including the attachment of furniture to walls, floors, or wall coverings of any type. No furniture may be removed from public areas. Wall shelves are not allowed in RIT housing. The use of temporary or permanent hot tubs is prohibited in RIT housing or about the premises.
9.15 Entry for General Maintenance
RIT, its agents, or representatives may enter any room, apartment, or suite to prepare a room/space for a new resident, to check the condition of the space and its furnishings, or to make necessary repairs to a space or equipment therein, including ISP and cable TV connections at any time, with or without notice. No permission to enter the room, apartment, or suite is required from the residents.
9.16 Entry to Prospective Residents or Buyers
RIT, its agents, or employees reserve the right to enter, upon a scheduled appointment, any room, apartment, or suite for the purpose of displaying the same to prospective residents or buyers. No such appointment shall be necessary if this contract has been declared in default or if the resident abandoned the room, apartment, or suite.
9.17 RIT Inn Pool
RIT Inn residents may only swim in the indoor/outdoor pool when a lifeguard is on duty. RIT Inn residents and their guests are required to follow all of the posted policies related to the pool, sauna, and whirlpool.
9.19 Grills and Picnic Areas
9.20 Bicycle Racks
Bicycle racks are available within all RIT housing areas/complexes for student use. RIT Housing Operations is not responsible for lost, stolen and/or damaged bicycles. See section 15.01 for removal of abandoned/lost/improperly stored bicycles.
10.01 Commercial Business
Residents shall not use RIT housing, Ethernet, mailbox, or any part of RIT premises for any commercial business or purpose. RIT housing is for residential use only.
11.01 Community Expectations for All RIT Housing
11.02 Visitation/Overnight Guests
- Consent for a guest’s visit must be granted by all room, suite, or apartment residents.
- Hosts must strictly respect the privacy and right to normal use of the room, apartment, or suite by roommates.
- Guests must be accompanied by their host at all times. Hosts are prohibited from providing their guests with keys or use of their University ID to access rooms, residence halls and/or apartments.
- A guest(s) visit may not exceed three (3) consecutive nights, and may not total more than six (6) nights per calendar month except by special written permission from the resident’s Residence Life Area office.
- If a resident’s guest is a minor, the student should seek written permission from the Residence Life Assistant or Associate Director in their residential area prior to the guest arriving.
- Guest(s) may not move in his/her belongings.
- Guest(s) may not sleep in any public areas.
- The resident, as host, assumes full responsibility for their guest’s behavior. It is the responsibility of the host to ensure their guests are following all published RIT policies including the RIT Standards of Conduct and Housing Operations Terms & Conditions of RIT Housing.
- Hosts may be held responsible for the behavior of their guests through the RIT Student Conduct Process.
- If a guest is not affiliated with RIT, they are required to obtain a parking permit for their vehicle in-person with the RIT Parking & Transportation Services office located in Grace Watson Hall. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. The RIT resident may also attain a permit for their guest at the parking office prior to the visit.
- If a guest utilizes a service animal, the guest must advise Disability Support Services in advance of their visit. The office is located in the Student Alumni Union – Room 1150, and is open 8:00 am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Their phone number is 585-475-2023; email is SADisabilityServicesOffice@rit.edu.
- Whenever a resident has a concern about the presence of a guest in the room it is recommended that s/he approach the room/suitemate that the guest is visiting to express their concerns and to seek to resolve the issues.
- If Residence Life or Housing Operations receive a complaint that the presence of a guest is unreasonably interfering with the academic or personal well-being of residents or that room/suitemates are unable to agree on the time, date, frequency, and duration of each other’s guests, Residence Life staff may restrict the presence of guests in that room/suite/apartment until such time that the room/suitemates are able to come to a mutually satisfactory agreement about visitation.
- As deemed appropriate, such matters will be addressed through informal discussions among room/suitemates or with the assistance of Residence Life staff members. Should such efforts fail, Residence Life staff shall have the authority to establish reasonable parameters for visitation and all residents of that room/suite/apartment will be expected to adhere to those terms. Failure to abide by those terms will result in the matter being referred to Student Conduct.
All private parties/gatherings must be contained inside of one room, apartment, or suite. A party/gathering in a residence hall or RIT Inn room is limited to 12 guests inclusive of residents. A party/gathering in a Global Village suite is limited to 14 guests inclusive of residents. A party/gathering in any other apartment or suite unit is limited to 25 guests inclusive of residents. A party/gathering in a Greek Free Standing house is limited to 100 guests inclusive of residents.
Private outdoor lawn, block, or building parties/gatherings are strictly prohibited.
All privately sponsored parties/gatherings must be by direct personal invitation only. General “come all” posters, flyers, or mass electronic communication invitations are not permitted.
Residents who sponsor parties/gatherings are responsible for all aspects of the party/gathering including, but not limited to, behavior of participants and guests, limiting attendance, proper age verification of guests, paying for all damages, and ensuring that all of RIT’s policies and regulations are maintained.
Residents who host private parties/gatherings where alcohol is served or consumed assume full responsibility and liability for compliance RIT policies and procedures and all applicable federal and New York State laws.
Noise from apartment/suite parties/gatherings must be minimized. Music and noise that disturbs residents of adjacent apartments/suites or sound directed out windows is prohibited. Residents must take immediate action in response to any complaints received as a result of a party.
If necessary, residents should enlist the assistance of RIT Public Safety.
No resident or guest may charge any individual an entrance fee (commonly known as a “cover charge” or “donation”) to gain access to a party/gathering.
11.04 Sports Play
11.05 Quiet Hours
Violation of established RIT housing quiet hours is prohibited. There are mandatory quiet hours for RIT housing each evening that are to be observed throughout the academic year; they are 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Any community may choose to vote on and enforce stricter quiet hours. Twenty-four hour courtesy hours are always in effect. During exam weeks all areas observe 24-hour mandatory quiet hours.
Solicitation or canvassing of any kind by a resident or others, without the prior consent of RIT Housing Operations and the Center for Residence Life, will not be permitted in, or about the premises. Any money-making form of business operated from RIT housing is prohibited. Proselytizing (religious solicitation) is prohibited.
Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and/or vapor cigarettes is prohibited in RIT housing. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside (see section c16.0 Tobacco - Restricted University Policy). Any resident who violates this policy will face a student conduct hearing or termination of his/her housing contract and, in addition, will be charged the cost of the special cleaning process to convert the room, apartment, or suite back to a non–smoking space.
12.01 Unauthorized Entry and Door Propping
Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys/swipe cards to any university premises or unauthorized entry to or use of university premises is prohibited. Door propping and lock/latch tampering which breaches facility security and the safety of occupants is prohibited.
RIT strongly recommends that a resident’s possessions be covered by an adequate insurance policy. RIT is not liable for any damage to the resident’s property anywhere on the premises, (e.g., damage to clothes in laundry machines, water leaks, fire, flood, food loss, etc.) or the loss or theft of property either in the resident’s room, apartment, suite, or outside his/her housing. RIT requires residents to keep their doors locked at all times to prevent theft. RIT is not liable for any damage to the resident’s property by another resident or any third party. All personal valuables should be identified and labeled. Further information is available from RIT Housing Operations or the resident’s family insurance agent.
13.01 Entry for Monthly Inspections
RIT Housing Operations staff will enter all apartments/suites on a monthly basis for the purpose of inspecting fire alarm systems, including, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers, and CO detectors (where applicable). These inspections are required by the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC). Residents are not required to be home at the time of the inspection. RIT Housing Operations will leave a notice in the housing if no one is home at the time of inspection.
13.02 Entry for Prospective Resident
RIT Housing Operations, reserves the right to show the apartment to a potential resident. Every effort will be made to notify you in advance.
13.03 Entry for Emergency Reasons
RIT Housing Operations, RIT Public Safety, and Center for Residence Life reserve the right to enter into RIT housing for emergency reasons without prior notification. RIT, its agents, or representatives will lock the housing upon leaving it. RIT may enter to search the resident’s housing only with the resident’s permission, a warrant, or authorization from the Vice President of Student Affairs or Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration.
13.04 Tampering, Altering, or Changing Building Systems
Tampering with, altering, or changing any building system (e.g., wireless devices, safety equipment, lock, elevator, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, telephone equipment, TV cable, computer cable or pathway, plumbing/electrical system, etc.) is prohibited. Strobe lights, smoke detectors, sprinklers, etc. cannot be obstructed by any material or object.
Tampering with any emergency equipment is prohibited and the responsible resident may face Student Conduct charges, restitution charges, and/or termination of his/her housing contract (see section 5.21).
13.05 Colony Manor Basements
The Town of Henrietta and RIT’s terms and conditions strictly prohibit the use of Colony Manor basements for sleeping quarters and/or for storage of beds, mattresses, bed frames, futons, or hide-a-beds. Storage of items within the utility area of the basement (delineated by a painted red line on the floor) is strictly prohibited. Due to the safety risk involved, RIT shall have the right to make random inspections of all Colony Manor basements.
13.06 Use of Living Room/Common Space as a Bedroom
Residents may not utilize the common area or living room area of an apartment/ suite as a bedroom.
13.07 Bedding and Mattress Guidelines
Decorative lighting sets and rope lights must be LED and bear UL listing tags and are only allowed in moderation. Lighting sets are prohibited in corridors and around room doorways. Lighting may not be in contact with draperies, paper, or combustible decorations, may not be hung from ceilings, and cannot be attached using tacks or nails. Torchier or any style lamp(s) that use a halogen bulb 300 watts or more is prohibited. Torchier style lamps that use a compact fluorescent or incandescent bulb are permitted.
13.09 Wall Hanging and Apartment Decorations
Posters, and other combustible decorations cannot exceed 10% of the aggregate area of the walls. Hangings must be placed directly against a wall and should not interrupt the operation of the smoke detector. Nothing can be attached in any way to or on the ceiling, or to fire sprinkler heads where that equipment is provided. Items may not cover outlets, emergency switches, or safety equipment.
Fabric materials, such as banners, flags and tapestries are prohibited.
13.10 Additional Items and Actions Prohibited in RIT Housing
Items and actions prohibited in RIT housing include, but are not limited to:
- Possession or use of candles or other open flame devices
- Incense and potpourri
- Free-standing walls or dividers
- Setting materials on fire and possession or use of flammable or highly combustible material
- Fog machines and similar devices
- Portable space heaters (unless provided by RIT Housing Operations)
- Kerosene heaters and exterior fireplaces (chimineas, patio fire pits, etc.)
- Extension cords and multi-plug adapters. Residents may use a UL-listed plug strip that has a circuit breaker. No more than one strip can be used per outlet. The strip should not pose a safety hazard.
- Flammable liquids, propane tank, fireworks, explosive devices, canned or compressed gases, poisons, highly combustible substances, chemicals, etc.
- Possession or use of gasoline/electric powered vehicles, engines, or power tools regardless of their stateor dismantlement.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals.
- With the exception of cell phones, electronic equipment capable of transmitting radio waves of any frequency(e.g., shortwave, citizen, or amateur bands) are not permitted without written permission from Jeremy Babcock, Executive Director of Housing Facilities (email@example.com). External aerials, masts, satellite dishes, etc. cannot be mounted on any permanent structure.
- Falsely reporting a fire, bomb threat, serious injury, or any emergency situation.
13.11 Emergency Switch
Bedrooms at University Commons and Global Village are furnished with a switch which, when activated, will sound an alarm indicating an emergency within that particular bedroom/suite.
13.12 Security Cameras
Security cameras are located throughout the first floor, building entrances, and laundry rooms of several RIT residence halls, Global Village, apartment areas, and suites. Information recovered from these cameras can be used to investigate possible violations of law and/or RIT housing or other university policies.
Nothing can be hung, attached, or stored on balconies (this includes the RIT Inn & Conference Center, and Colony Manor).
13.14 Safety Guidelines for Holiday Decorating in Your Apartment/Suite/Room
- No candles (open flame) or incense permitted.
- Decorations must be made of fire-resistant or non-combustible materials.
- All twinkle lights and rope lighting must be LED.
- Use power strips instead of extension cords and make sure they are positioned so they do not cause a safety hazard. Never place them under a rug or throw mat.
- Decorations shall not be placed on or around any fire detection device (heat sensor, smoke detectors, sprinklers) or on the fire extinguisher cabinets or fire alarm pull boxes.
- Real trees are only permitted in your apartment/suite/room with approval. Approval to purchase a tree can be given by Craig Hauschild, Grounds Mechanic for Housing Operations. Please contact Craig prior to the purchase of a tree at (585) 475-4655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once a tree has been approved, the following safety guidelines must be met.
- Tree MUST NOT be over 6 feet tall and should be fresh, watered frequently, and kept away from heat.
- Trees must be taken to FMS Grounds Building (Bldg. 99) to be sprayed with a fire-retardant material. Sprayed trees will be marked/tagged by FMS.
- All trees and holiday decorations must be removed prior to Wednesday, December 20th in an apartment/suite/room being vacated for the holiday break. For apartments/suites/rooms that will be occupied over the holiday break, trees may remain up until January 1, 2018.
14.01 Federal, State, and Local Laws
All federal, state, and local laws of the Town of Henrietta are also in effect on the RIT campus. Violations of these laws are also violations of RIT policies and can result in arrest by outside law enforcement, or in a student conduct hearing by RIT. Failure to comply with any authorized personnel will result in a student conduct hearing by RIT. RIT expects each resident to assume the responsibility to protect his or her own individual rights as well as rights of others. Any person violating any individual’s rights will face appropriate action (see section 8.03).
14.02 Alcohol and Drug Regulations
Residents and guests of RIT housing shall abide by RIT’s policies, procedures, and regulations, and local, state, and federal laws regarding alcohol and drug use. Behavior which is dangerous to oneself or others and/or disturbs the learning and living environment in RIT housing resulting from the use, sale, service, or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs is prohibited. Such behavior will result in RIT Public Safety intervention and campus disciplinary action. Violations of the New York State drug laws are prohibited. This includes the use, sale, or possession of any illegal drug, plant, narcotic, or controlled substance. Personal use of prescribed drugs is allowed. The making of alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, or liquor is prohibited. Drug and alcohol paraphernalia (beer funnels, beer pong tables, bars, bongs, pipes, etc.) is not allowed in RIT housing.
Residents violating the RIT Student Alcohol and Drug Policy will be subject to the campus student conduct process as defined in RIT Policy D18.0, and to the student conduct actions and sanctions described in this policy. All guests or visitors to the campus must also comply with the provisions of this policy or risk removal from the campus and possible future restriction from campus property.
Residence Halls, Global Village, Greek Circle
The consumption, possession, or evidence of alcoholic beverages, including empty alcohol containers, is prohibited in all RIT residence halls (including Greek houses and house basements), Global Village, and Greek Circle regardless of the resident’s age or circumstances. Alcohol may not be illegally used, possessed, manufactured, or exchanged on RIT owned or operated property or at RIT sponsored events. No alcohol may be sold or exchanged for money on RIT property or at RIT sponsored events without a New York State liquor license. The RITZ Sports Zone and the Global Village restaurant will continue to be licensed premises and will be permitted to serve alcohol to individuals who are at least 21 years of age.
RIT Inn and Apartments/University Commons Suites
If the resident is age 21 or older and resides at the RIT Inn or in an RIT apartment/suite he/she may possess and consume alcohol in his/her room, apartment, or suite. No alcohol is permitted in common or public areas. Bulk containers of alcohol (kegs, beer balls, or other containers of alcohol that exceed a quart or one-liter) are prohibited in all RIT housing. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted outdoors, on a balcony, or in common or public entrances, hallways or stairways. RIT reserves the right to revoke alcohol privileges for any area of campus at any time.