You will need to read the official Housing Agreement before you come to Hamilton. The agreement will be available to you once you have submitted your housing preference questionnaire. This agreement outlines the rules, regulations, and policies you are required to live by as a responsible member of the Hamilton residential community. It is important for you to take a moment to read this document thoroughly. This agreement explains important items that you are expected to know, such as liability, property damage, dates of occupancy, room changes and meal plan participation. A copy of this agreement is below.
As a full-time enrolled student at Hamilton College, I understand that I am expected to reside in College housing and participate in the meal plan. I understand and agree that I am responsible for all rules and regulations as outlined in the Hamilton Student Handbook and hereby understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions as set forth in the Residential Life Policies and Procedures section of the handbook.
All first-year and sophomore students participate on the full 21 meal plan. All junior and senior students have the option to participate on the 14 or 21 meal plan. Griffin Road, Farmhouse, Saunders and Keehn, Major, McIntosh, Minor, Milbank faculty apartment residents have the option of participating on the 7 (any 7) meal plan. Rogers Estate and Woollcott Co-op residents must participate on the full 21 meal plan. All students living in College housing and participating on the 7 meal plan will be charged a $137.50 facility charge per semester. This charge covers the cost of maintaining the cooking facilities in the residence halls.
I agree to adhere to the dates of occupancy indicated on the college calendar in the Hamilton Student Handbook. I understand that my room assignment is binding for the entire academic year, unless I am granted a leave of absence.
As a member of the college community, I am responsible for all college-owned items in my assigned space and agree to accept financial responsibility for room condition and damaged or missing items. I agree to follow appropriate check-in procedures when I move into my room and check-out procedures when I vacate my room. When damage occurs within my individual residence and the responsible party is unknown, costs will be prorated among all building, suite or apartment residents. When general campus damage occurs and the responsible party is unknown, costs will be prorated among all students.
I agree to encourage and support a positive residential community that is conducive to the development of all residents. Furthermore, if I am selected or assigned to a residence hall with a specialty component such as quiet study and/or substance-free, I agree to uphold the guidelines established for that environment. I understand that all Hamilton College residence halls are smoke-free.
I agree to return my room key to the Office of Residential Life immediately after vacating my room. If I fail to do so, I realize I am financially responsible for the cost of the new lock and key(s) @ $25.00 per key.
I understand that room changes are granted on a case-by-case basis after consulting with both my Resident Advisor and meeting with an Administrator in the Office of Residential Life.
I understand that this housing contract is for a space, not a particular room or apartment and that the College reserves the right to fill any vacancies in my room if deemed necessary. In the event a vacancy should occur, I agree to accept any roommate assigned by the College. In keeping with the principles of fairness and guidelines for equitable community living, I am expected to welcome and accept new roommates. If it is determined that I have been difficult with a new roommate or create a hostile environment for a new roommate, disciplinary action and/or reassignment to another space on campus may occur.
I realize that Hamilton College is not responsible for personal property lost, stolen or damaged. To help recover the cost, I understand that it is my responsibility to obtain insurance coverage for my personal property. Furthermore, I will abide by safety regulations in order to ensure a reasonably safe environment for other students within my residence hall.