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Housing Policies and Procedures

This page provides a description of policies and procedures related to housing, including detripling, consolidation, break housing, extended stay, and the housing priority process.

On Campus Housing Policy

The College provides housing accommodations on campus for full time students who are between the ages of 17 and 23 at the start of the Residence Hall License.  Requests for age exceptions may be submitted in writing to the Assistant Dean of Students.

Break Housing Policy

To stay on-campus during a College break (Thanksgiving, Easter, Spring Break), you must submit an application on ResLife Online. Applications will be reviewed by ResLife and you will be informed if you are approved or denied. You may not stay during winter break.

Fees and Fee Waivers

On the form, you will be asked why you are requesting to stay and, if approved, you will be charged a fee based on the length of the break. This charge helps defray the costs of having you on campus during times outside your contract.

If you are a student teacher or in-season athlete (requested to stay by your coach), you will not be charged a fee but will have to fill out a "Request for Housing During College Breaks" form.

If your home address on record is more than 225 miles from Fisher, you can request the fee be waived. Additionally, if you feel you have extenuating circumstances, you may also request the fee waived. Such requests can be made on the application.

Student Responsibilities

You are responsible for understanding that:

  • If currently on disciplinary probation, or if placed on probation between signing the agreement and the break, you will not be allowed to be in the residence halls during the break.
  • During the break you may not have guests (anyone not approved to stay for break), regardless of if they are Fisher students.
  • Food service is not provided during breaks.
  • You are expected to follow all College policies and if you violate any policy, including the guest policy for breaks, the violation will be documented and you will be asked to leave campus without a refund.
  • An email will be sent either confirming or denying your request to stay on-campus; it is your responsibility to check your Fisher email.
  • You may be billed for the break ($20 per night for the duration of the break period).
  • You must move out of your residence hall no later than 24 hours after your last final exam at the end of each semester.
  • During vacation periods, Facilities Services may find it necessary to enter rooms to make repairs.

Consolidation Policy

The College reserves the right to consolidate students at all times when their roommate vacates. Consolidation is at the discretion of the Office of Residential Life. Students may be consolidated if their rooms are not at full occupancy and there are vacancies in the same building in which they live.

Before move in, the Office of Residential Life will consolidate students based on (1) students housing selection numbers or (2) date of deposit. After move in, the Office of Residential Life will consult with students, when the consolidation is not emergency in nature, to consolidate students through the steps outlined below:

Students who are required to consolidate may:

  • Find someone in the same situation to relocate in their room.
  • Relocate to someone else’s room in the same situation.
  • Be assigned by the Office of Residential Life to a new room or have a new roommate assigned based on (1) students housing selection numbers or (2) date of deposit.

Detriple Process

When a student assigned to a rebate triple (not a standard triple), they will be offered the opportunity to detriple should a standard space become available. The opportunity to detriple will be offered in deposit date order (earlier deposits first) to students residing on the floor first, then to other students in the building. If no one from the building takes the space, the space will be available to other students who are assigned to rebate triples in other halls.

If students decline to detriple to a standard space in their building, they will not receive the triple rebate, since they are choosing to stay in the rebate triple. Students with questions about the detripling process should contact their residence director.

Residence Hall Posting Process

In order to support the advertising of various programs and events on campus, The Office of Residence Life has a policy for solicitation and postings in the residence halls as well as an approval process to review posting requests. This process exists to promote College organizations and departments, and support the living environment and experience for students in the residence halls.

Postings will only be approved for College activities that are sponsored by the Office of Residential Life or approved by the Office Student Engagement and Inclusion. Postings will be displayed in designated public areas in the residence halls, including walls, bulletin boards, and doors. Postings will not be distributed to student rooms or mounted on student room doors.

College organizations and departments may submit posting requests using the Residence Hall Posting Request Form.

Residence Hall Room Inspections

The College will inspect all residence halls, including assigned student rooms, a minimum of twice per academic year. At least one of these inspections will be conducted by the College's fire and life safety officer in conjunction with the New York state appointed fire protection specialist in accordance with New York state law. The purpose of residence hall inspections is to ensure that all residential spaces are free of items and issues which pose a risk to the health and/or safety of the community.

Correspondence Regarding Inspections

The College is not required to notify students in advance of any room inspection, however, whenever possible and/or practical, the Office of Residential Life, the College’s fire and life safety officer and/or another designated campus official will announce the approximate date(s) and time(s) that inspections will occur.  Additionally, inspections will occur with or without students’ presence, per the Residence Hall License [pdf].

Correspondence Regarding Violations

When a violation(s) is found during any inspection, all students assigned to the location in question can expect to receive information, via their College email, with the date of the inspection and the violation(s) found. In addition, the correspondence will include either, or both, of the following:

  • The student will be given a date by which the violation(s) must be corrected and by which the room will be re-inspected by a Residential Life staff member or another designated College official.
  • The student will be given a date, time and location to appear for a student conduct hearing to discuss the violation(s).

Process for Addressing Violations

Any area found to have a violation will be re-inspected by a Residential Life staff member or another designated College official. If the violation(s) is corrected it will be noted as such by Residential Life staff and/or the College official.  If it is not corrected at the time of re-inspection, and/or if any additional violations are found, the Residential Life staff member or other College official will document the non-compliance and new violation(s) and the student(s) will be subject to the student conduct process.  

In addition, should a violation which was previously discovered as part of a Health, Safety & Fire Inspection in the current or any previous academic year be re-discovered at any time in a residence hall room, the student may be subject to the student conduct process.