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How are Damage Charges Assessed?

Residence Life staff assess damages to student rooms using the ICE (INTENTIONAL, CARELESS, or EXCESSIVE) principle. Damages identified using the ICE principle are intentional damage or vandalism, damage caused by careless use, or excessive wear and tear.

Please keep in mind that Move Out room inspections look for damages that are beyond normal wear and tear. Housing fees incorporate the cost of repair and upkeep for normal wear and tear from living in the space. Damage billing charges only apply to damages that is deemed INTENTIONAL, CARELESS, or EXCESSIVE.

What does "Good Condition" mean?

Leaving a room in "good condition" means that you have:

  • returned all furniture to its original configuration. This means leaving the room organized in the way you found it (in August). For example, if you move your dresser into the closet during the year, please remove it from the closet and put it back in the room where you found it.
  • beds are unbunked and in the "low" position;
  • all original furnishings are empty, clean, and in the room;
  • the carpet is clean and vacuumed.
  • leave your room clean and neat. Take all trash or unwanted possessions to the right place (dumpster, or donation box, etc.)
  • close and lock all your doors and windows. Be sure to raise your blinds.

Click here to download a list of Checkout Housekeeping items.