Student Handbook - Housing & Life Safety
Housing and Life Safety
Students living in College-owned facilities are expected to comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Union College Residence Hall Contract, on the Union College Residential Life website, the Student Handbook, and the Academic Register. The Residence Hall Contract is binding for one academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms), excluding vacation periods. All students are required to live on campus during the course of their undergraduate years, if space is available. Failure to check into halls, reside in the assigned room, or pay room charges will not release students from their financial liability to the College. Exceptions may be made for students graduating at the end of a term or entering residence for the winter and/or spring terms. Students who have signed a contract and participate in a Union College International Program or study away are still bound to the stipulations of the residence contract when they return from their program, but are not financially responsible for the housing portion of their bill during the term away.
All students, except those assigned to rooms previously designated for single occupancy, should expect a roommate. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to re-assign and consolidate students when deemed necessary. In such cases, students without roommates will be contacted by the Office of Residential Life and will be required to relocate within one week.
The College takes no responsibility for losses due to fire, theft, water damage, or any other causes. Students are advised to obtain renter’s insurance to supplement family insurance coverage. The risk of having personal property in a Union College residence hall is borne entirely by the student. Students are advised to keep their rooms locked at all times.
When a student violates any of the housing policies, a Housing Policy Violation may be levied with a fine and/or disciplinary sanctions. Students will be notified of these charges in writing. This notice may be delivered by a Resident Advisor or a Residence Director, placed under a student’s door if they are not home, deposited in their room during health and safety inspections, or delivered via their campus mailbox or email. All students have the opportunity to address the situation with a Residential Life professional staff member.