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Residence Hall Room Contract and Housing Assignments

Full-time undergraduate students are guaranteed housing and are expected to live on-campus, or commute from their permanent address, registered with the College, that is within 50 miles of the College and is also where the student's parents or legal guardians reside. The College reserves the right to offer off-campus housing to a select number of eligible students. Students who are approved for a change to commuter status and are found living in an off-campus property may face student conduct action and will be billed for housing and a residential meal plan.

Moravian College requires each resident, and the resident's parent or guardian if under the age of 18 at the time of arrival, to acknowledge a Residence Hall Room Contract. By acknowledging the Residence Hall Room Contract, the resident agrees to abide by terms listed in the Contract, as well as the Student Handbook and all other College publications. Residents who fail to abide by regulations may be referred to the Office of Student Development, which may result in removal from housing and/or the College.

Housing assignments are for the full academic year, except for students graduating mid-year, spending time abroad or at a College-approved program off campus, changing to part-time status, withdrawing, or experiencing extenuating circumstances as approved by the Office of Housing. Resident students who withdraw from the College or drop to part-time status during the course of a term will forfeit any remaining room charges for that term. Board refunds will be granted in accordance with the refund policy. Resident students who are removed from housing by conduct action receive no refund, except for a prorated meal plan refund, unless required by federal, state, or other regulation.

Incoming first-year and transfer students are assigned to housing in the weeks prior to their arrival. Returning students may choose their housing assignment for the coming academic year during the housing selection process.

Fraternities and sororities retain chapter houses if no concerns persist during the previous academic year. Fraternities and sororities are expected to fill their respective houses in the timeline set forth by the Office of Greek Life. Continued use of any fraternity or sorority house by the organization is dependent on full occupancy of the unit as well as the discretion of the College.

The College reserves the right to change room assignments after the upperclass housing selection process.

Group Living Expectations for Resident Students

Moravian College expects each member of the College community, whether living on campus, off campus, or commuting, to be aware of and to follow all policies, regulations, and expectations consistent with the Student Code of Conduct. Simply stated, members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that shows respect for personal and property rights of all other community members. Residents are responsible for their visitors' behavior and all parties are expected to follow College policy.

While institutional policies are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and College Policies sections of this handbook, the additional Residence Life & Housing policies and procedures which appear below pertain to all residential areas and are to be followed by residents and their visitors. Students who violate these policies, or who host visitors who violate these policies, may be referred to Student Development.

Regulations for the possession or consumption of alcohol in College residential areas are outlined in the College's Alcohol policy. Students will also be held accountable to the policies outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Animals, other than non-carnivorous fish, are not permitted. Feeding of stray or wild animals is discouraged.

Students who need a service or assistance animal in residence are required to provide advance documentation to the Accessibility Services Center, who will determine if the accommodation should be met. The Office of Housing will work with an approved student on identifying arrangements for bringing the animal into the residential area.

Students found in possession of an unapproved animal may be referred to Student Development.

Resident students are permitted to begin occupying their room the day prior to the first day of classes each semester or special session and until 24 hours after their last academic commitment. Exceptions to the policy will be determined by the Office of Housing. Residents who return to residence early or fail to vacate by the published closing date without approval may be referred to Student Development.

Residents may request to remain in residence prior to break openings and after break closings. Upon review, residents may be permitted to remain on-campus. In some instances, residents may be required to relocate. A daily residency charge may be assessed for unauthorized occupancy during break periods.

Information about cleaning and trash removal can be found on the FMPC web site here.

All members of the community and their visitors are expected to respect the physical facilities. Repairs necessitated by normal wear and tear will be undertaken without charge. Repairs necessary because of inappropriate behavior or improper use of facilities will be billed to those responsible. Students and their visitors are responsible for abiding by the Respect for Property policy. Students who are found in violation may be referred to Student Development.

If there is clear indication that a residence was entered by force and the occupants could not have prevented the damage or loss, repair charges will not be assessed. Charges will not be assessed for damage or loss that occurs during break periods, when students are not in residence. However, students who remain in residence over a break period are responsible for any damage or cleaning issues that may occur in their community during that time.

Damage charges will be assessed by one of two methods:

Residence Damage: Residence Life staff members complete inspections of residential areas prior to hall openings. Residents should receive an electronic copy of a Room Condition and Furniture Inventory (RCI) indicating the condition of their housing assignment prior to occupancy. Residents are responsible for reviewing their RCI and submitting timely work requests for any additional facilities concerns. Residents are also responsible for reporting any damages not noted in the RCI within the first week of classes to the Office of Housing. After that time period, students become responsible for the condition of their assigned space.

Residents are expected to return the housing assignment to the condition received, with the exception of normal wear and tear. Residents will be held responsible for all costs of returning their housing assignment to its original condition. Abuse of the residence may result in a referral to Student Development.

Residents may complete the Closing Damage Form at the end of the academic year to accept or refute any damages. Charges for damage and cleaning issues, including excess trash removal, will be added directly to the student's account. Questions about damage and cleaning issues should be directed to the Office of Housing within two weeks upon notifications of charge(s).

Community Damage: FMPC, Campus Police, and Student Life make every effort to identify those responsible for damage and cleaning issues. Residents are expected to cooperate with staff in identifying those responsible for damage in the halls. When those responsible for damage cannot be identified, charges will be divided and assessed to all residents of the respective community. Information regarding damage in fraternity and sorority houses is available in the Greek Life section of the Student Handbook.

The College encourages the personalization of interior residential areas provided the changes do not damage surfaces or furnishings or present hazards to the safety or security of other residents.

The following guidelines pertain to decorations and personalization:

  • Residences are not permitted to be painted.
  • Pictures and posters may be attached to wall surfaces if hung in a way that will not result in damage when the item is removed. Transparent tape, duct tape, tacks, and nails cause damage to wall surfaces.
  • Items should not be hung or attached to the ceiling and/or exposed pipe.
  • Items should not be hung from, around or near safety equipment (smoke detectors, sprinklers, etc.).
  • Cardboard boxes, tapestries, and other flammable items should not cover large portions of walls or be hung from ceilings.
  • Individuals are not permitted to tamper with, remove, or replace light bulbs in College provided light fixtures.
  • Airflow from air conditioning and heating vents must not be restricted. Equipment can overheat if there is insufficient space (less than 2 feet) for air movement. Vents are not to be blocked and units must be accessible for periodic maintenance.

All personal items must be removed at the end of an academic year or when the resident moves out of their residence. Items left in rooms or common areas will be deemed abandoned and will be discarded. The resident will be assessed any disposal charges.

Residential areas except various overflow houses are accessed using a student ID card. Loss of the student ID card must be reported immediately to Campus Police so that a lost card can be deactivated and a new one issued.

Individuals should not provide an ID card to someone who is not the owner or leave an ID Card unattended in a public place accessible for other individuals to use to access a residence hall.

A basic set of furnishings is provided to each resident. Students may bring additional furnishings and decorations, provided there is adequate space available, items fall within the guidelines for room personalization, and damage to College property does not consequently result. Additional furnishings must be removed at the end of the academic year or upon departure from the room assignment.

Furniture within most of the residential areas can be lofted or bunked. Personally designed or constructed lofts are not permitted. Residents seeking to loft or bunk their beds should submit a work request.

College-owned furniture should remain in its designated location throughout the academic year and is not to be removed from individual rooms or common areas. Residents can submit a work request for the removal of their desk hutches, desk chairs, and/or bed ladders. Requests for other items to be removed will be denied. Any item awaiting removal must remain in the resident's room until it is picked up by FMPC.

Microfridges are provided in each room of Bernhardt-Wilhelm, Clewell, Jo Smith, Main, Nitschmann, Rau-Hassler, and Spangenberg. Where microfridges are provided by the College, additional personal mini-fridges and microwaves are not permitted.

Personal air conditioners are only permitted in approved fraternity, sorority, and overflow houses where electrical outlets have been designated. Personal air conditioners are not permitted in any other residence hall. Residents should submit a work request to ensure that the unit is installed properly and meets Moravian College standards. All units must meet the following requirements:

  • Standard size window cooling-only unit; a heating and cooling unit is not permitted
  • Must not exceed 120 Volts
  • 6000 BTU or less for bedroom installation OR 8000 BTU or less for living room installation
  • Must come with an adjustable side panel kit, in order to fit the various size windows
  • Must have all functioning parts.

Furniture (other than outdoor furniture) may not be taken outdoors. If this occurs, residents will be instructed by the Office of Housing to return items to their assigned location. Furniture may also be discarded by FMPC with appropriate billing to residents for labor, haulage, and replacement.

Room keys and front door keys (for applicable units) are issued to residents when they move into the unit. The loss of a key must be reported to the Office of Housing as soon as possible.

  • For lost key(s), the responsible resident is charged $50 per lock change needed plus $5 for each key needed in addition to the customary two that are provided with a new lock.
  • If keys are not returned when a resident checks out of their housing assignment, a $150 improper checkout fee, along with the cost of the lock change(s), will be assessed to their student account.

The Office of Housing issues replacement keys. Lost keys can be reported to the office during business hours. At all other times, lost keys should be reported to Campus Police. Charges are assessed each time a lock change becomes necessary and will be added to the individual student's account.

Possession or use of any key by anyone other than the person to whom it has been issued is not permitted and may result in referral to Student Development.

Residents who lock themselves out of their rooms should request assistance from a Residence Life staff member within their community, or, during duty hours, the Residence Life staff member on duty for the community. Multiple lockouts by the same resident may result in a referral to the Office of Student Development.

If Residence Life staff is not available to assist, Campus Police should be called. Campus Police may not respond to a lockout call during the time in which Residence Life staff are on duty (8:00 p.m.-midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays).

Based on housing occupancy, the College reserves the right to change the capacity of a housing assignment.

Room buyout: Eligible residents may be offered an application to buyout a vacancy(s). If the application for a designated space is approved, the resident agrees to a room rate 1.5 times (double room) or 1.33 times (triple room) the room charge.

Spaces bought out will not be available for room changes for the remainder of that semester. Residents who forgo the opportunity to buy out a space may be assigned a roommate during the semester.

Temporary Capacity Increases: Eligible residents may be assigned to a temporary double or triple assignment. Those residing in the temporary housing assignment will receive a monetary credit at the end of the semester for each week they were in the temporary double or triple assignment. Credits are based on the occupancy of the housing assignment.

As space becomes available, residents in a temporary assignment will be offered the opportunity to move to a permanent assignment. If permanent assignment is offered and declined during the fall semester, the resident will receive a credit for the duration of the semester. Residents offered a permanent assignment who decline and remain in their temporary assignment for the spring semester will not receive a room credit.

The following are not permitted:

  • Candles or other open-flame devices, lit or unlit.
  • Cardboard boxes, tapestries and other flammable items should not cover walls or be hung from ceilings.
  • Dangerous materials such as firearms, fireworks, portable fire pits, chemicals, explosives, or potentially lethal weapons including martial arts materials.
  • Dartboards.
  • Grills inside buildings, on porches or within 25 feet of any building. Grills must be stored in locations that are safe and out of the way of pedestrian traffic.
  • Halogen lamps or lights.
  • Hookahs may not be used inside campus buildings or within 45 feet of any campus building entrance.
  • Horseshoe pits other than those provided by the College.
  • Hoverboards.
  • Incense and incense burners.
  • Lava lamps.
  • Mini-refrigerators, microwaves, instant pots, toasters and/or toaster ovens in the following residence halls: Bernhardt-Wilhelm, Clewell, Jo Smith, Main, Nitschmann, Rau-Hassler, and Spangenberg.
  • Pets, other than non-carnivorous fish and approved animals providing service or assistance. Feeding stray or wild animals is discouraged.
  • Portable wading or swimming pools, including hot tubs.
  • Refrigerators exceeding 3 cubic feet.
  • Room air conditioners, except in approved fraternity, sorority, and overflow properties where electrical outlets have been designated.
  • Space heaters and other heat-producing appliances such as hotplates, immersion coils, and frying pans.
  • Water beds.
  • Weights and other exercise equipment that may damage floor surfaces.

The College reserves the right to restrict or curtail the use of additional items as circumstances and safety issues warrant.

A minimum quiet-hour policy has been established for all residential areas. These hours are Sundays through Thursdays, beginning at 10:00 p.m. and concluding at 8:00 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at midnight and concluding at 10:00 a.m. Each residential community may establish a more restrictive set of quiet hours. During final exams, 24-hour quiet hours are in effect. During quiet hour periods, noise generated within a room or in the hallway is to be kept at such a level that adjacent rooms are not affected by it. Requests to lower the volume of an existing noise source are to be acted on immediately and with courtesy.

During periods other than quiet hours, noise is to be kept at a reasonable level. Residents are always expected to be responsive to requests for quiet from other community members.

Residents share responsibility for reasonable conduct and for letting others know when they are infringing on the right to a quiet living environment. Concerns may result in referral to the Office of Student Development.

Requests for repairs may be submitted online or directed to a Residence Life staff member. Repairs resulting from normal wear and tear will be addressed without charge. Repairs resulting from damage will be billed in an amount reflecting material and labor costs. Repairs requiring immediate service for safety reasons should be reported as soon as possible. Repairs must be conducted by FMPC. Occupants are prohibited from making repairs without proper authorization.

Emergency maintenance is defined as a concern compromising the health and safety of residents (ex. broken glass, door that does not lock, electrical problems that may lead to fire, excess bodily fluid or excrement) and/or is impacting the structural integrity of the facility (ex. busted water pipe, overflowing water, fire).

Report emergency maintenance concerns between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, directly to FMPC. On the weekends and between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, emergency repairs may be reported to Campus Police. Regardless of when you make the report, speak with someone directly to report the concern and do not just leave a voicemail message and/or submit an online work order. On the weekends and after hours, an on-call FMPC technician will triage the emergency maintenance concern. 

Repairs and maintenance in individual rooms will not be scheduled before 10:00 a.m, except in emergency situations. All entries into student rooms by FMPC personnel will be documented by a note left on the room door indicating the reason, time, and person(s) entering the room.

Residents with roommate conflicts are encouraged to seek assistance from a member of the Residence Life staff before requesting a room change. If the conflict cannot be resolved, requests for room changes during the academic year may be granted after the first two weeks of the semester.

Residents seeking a room change should contact the Office of Housing. If a student moves without authorization, sanctions and/or fees may be incurred, as outlined in the Residence Hall Room Contract.

Those who live in a room with a vacancy should be aware that an assignment to the vacant space may be made at any time during the academic year and does not need the agreement of the current resident.

The Office of Housing reserves the right to change a room assignment at any point during the academic year when that change is deemed to be in the best interest of the College or the residents concerned.

Most resident students will share their space with one or more roommates. To ensure privacy and respect for one another, first-year students complete the Hound to Hound roommate contract with their roommate at the start of the academic year; upperclass students are strongly encouraged to complete the Hound to Hound roommate contract. This contract provides guidelines for roommates to follow throughout the year, including visitation guidelines. It is expected that residents will respect their roommates' rights by following the roommate contract. It is important to realize that roommate relations may change during the course of the year and that the option for renegotiating the original contract always exists.

Residence Life staff members are available to help residents facilitate roommate contracts, and to mediate issues that may arise during the year. Residents are encouraged to seek assistance from a member of the Residence Life staff before requesting a room change.

Solicitation for external organizations is not permitted in residential areas. Any external organization soliciting or attempting to conduct business in the residence halls should be reported to a Residence Life staff member or Campus Police.

Students and internal organizations seeking solicitation in residential areas should refer to the institutional policy for Fundraising & Sales.

Personal items may not be stored in residential areas over the summer. Items remaining after hall closing will be deemed to have been abandoned and may be disposed of with appropriate billing for labor.

On-campus housing is offered during the summer months (i.e. May through August). Summer residents are assigned housing in accordance with scheduled work within and around residential areas.

Summer housing is limited to Moravian College students who:

  • are enrolled in a May term or summer session course at Moravian College and/or other LVAIC institutions, with housing limited to the weeks that the course is in session;
  • have been selected for a summer SOAR project, with housing limited to the weeks that the project is underway;
  • have been hired by a campus office for summer employment and demonstrate an inability to commute from home, with housing limited to the weeks of employment;
  • are enrolled in a non-credit internship that has been approved by the Center for Career & Civic Engagement, with housing limited to the weeks of employment.

Residents may host visitors. A visitor is defined as any individual who is not assigned to a particular residential space, including Moravian students who live in other residential locations on campus. To respect the privacy of other residents, including roommates, visitors are expected to vacate all residential areas between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays and ending at 2:00 a.m. on Mondays, 24-hour visitation is permitted, provided the express consent of the residents in that direct residential area (e.g. roommate, suitemates, housemates) has been received in advance. Non-student visitors are not permitted to remain on campus for more than two days (or 48 consecutive hours) in a seven day period.

Residents sharing a direct residential area (e.g. room, suite, house) have the option of decreasing, but not extending, stated visitation hours. Abuse of the policy will result in restricting the visitor from the community for a period of time. The host may also be referred to Student Development.

The maximum number of people allowed in a residential area at a time is double the standard capacity plus one. This means that an individual bedroom with a standard capacity of two students can have no more than 5 people present at a time. When applying this rule to a residential area that has multiple bedrooms (e.g. townhouse, suite, house), the maximum number of people allowed for the area (including common areas) will be determined by adding the maximum number of people allowed for each individual bedroom. For example, a suite with two doubles and a single may have a maximum of 13 people at a time (5+5+3). It is important to note that the standard capacity used in this calculation remains the same even if a room's capacity has been temporarily increased.

Visitation is an integral component of the roommate contract, as well as the community contract. It is expected that residents respect their roommates' rights by not violating the roommate contract or abusing the visitation privilege.

Community restrooms in the residential areas are designated as male, female, or gender inclusive. Residents and their visitors should use the appropriate facility.

Residents are required to be present with their visitors at all times while in residential areas. If a visitor is found without their host, the host may be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct. If the visitor has a vehicle on campus, the vehicle must be registered with Campus Police.

Visitation on campus is a privilege, not a right. Thus, the College reserves the right to revoke the privilege if it is abused. Enforcement of the visitation policy is the responsibility of all residents of a unit.