Student Housing 2019-2020 Contract

Friends. Recreation. Involvement. Success. Learning. Community.

Please read this contract carefully and completely.

University Housing

The Office of Residence Life’s goal is to provide a safe and pleasant environment for all our on-campus students. We strive to provide opportunities for residents to develop connections with fellow community members. Rockhurst University feels strongly about the on-campus living experience and believes it gives students an opportunity for continued leadership and learning.

Residential Living Requirements

Rockhurst University has a residency requirement that requires all full-time students to live with their parents or on campus unless they meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • Students classified as juniors who have completed 60 hours post high school with at least a “C” average or who have lived on campus for four semesters
  • Students who are age 23 or older
  • Students who have completed active, full-time military service
  • Students who have a spouse or dependents living with them

Residency includes participating in a full meal plan (either the 5-day or 7-day plus flex options) offered by the University food service for both fall and spring semesters if the student resides in one of the traditional halls. THV, Kateri, OCH, and Rock Row residents have the option to choose any meal plan.

There are five types of residential facilities located on campus, including traditional residence halls, Townhouse Village (THV), On-Campus Houses (OCH)  and Rock Row (Rockhurst Row Houses) and Kateri Community (International Learning Community). Each provides a different form of group living. Traditionally, all incoming freshmen are housed in Corcoran, McGee and Xavier-Loyola (X-L) halls. THV, OCH, Rock Row and Kateri Community are reserved for upper-class students.

The Office of Residence Life will honor student preferences for housing assignments to the extent that, in the exercise of its discretion, doing so is reasonably practical. If space in the preferred location is not available, the Office of Residence Life will assign the student to an alternative residence. The student will be responsible for the prevailing rate of his or her assigned space.

Freshman and sophomore students must submit either a Residency Exemption form or a Housing Contract.  Freshman and Sophomore students who do not return either form will be assigned to University Housing until the University receives confirmation that the student is living with a parent or otherwise exempt.  Students will be subject to a prorated housing and meal plan if confirmation is received after the start of the academic year.  There is no Housing refund after the 4th week of classes for any given term.

Vaccination Requirements

As a student who will be residing in any on-campus residential facility, you must comply with the current immunization practices as recommended by the American College Health Association and the Center for Disease Control. Students must submit vaccination information online at rockhurst.edu/health-information-services and click Vaccinations & TB Screening.

The Required Vaccinations include:

  • Documentation of two MMR’s (measles, mumps, rubella) or a serum screening titer verifying immunity to Rubella
  • Documentation of the meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccination OR a signed waiver (which we will provide) stating that you have received the educational information and have decided not to have the vaccination
  • All students must be screened for Tuberculosis (TB). All identified at-risk students must be tested. All positive tests must be treated.

The Recommended Vaccinations include:

  • Tetanus booster within 10 years of admission (strongly recommended for all adults)
  • Varicella vaccination (if there is no childhood history of chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis B vaccination (all incoming college students)

The University reserves the right to change or modify its vaccination requirements.  Failure to comply with vaccination requirements may result in immediate eviction from any University housing.

Terms and Conditions

Occupancy

The student agrees that occupancy covered by this agreement includes the academic year that begins with the semester indicated on the Housing Contract and ends with the last day of the spring semester or when the student graduates or leaves campus to study abroad, whichever is earlier.

Room and Board Charges

The student agrees to make payment as shown below. The University reserves the right to change these rates without notice. All residents living in McGee, Corcoran and Xavier-Loyola must purchase either the 5-day or 7-day plus flex meal plans at the beginning of each semester. THV, OCH, Kateri and Rock Row residents may choose any of the board plans or the three meal plan options, but not required.  It is recommended that Kateri residents have a meal plan. 

Room Rates (per person)

Renovated Halls

Single (Upperclass Only)

Double

 

Private Room (UpperClass Only) 

 

McGee, Corcoran

$4,560/Sem

$3,120/Sem

$4,265/Sem

 

Traditional Hall

Single (Upperclass Only)

Double

Private Room (Upper Class Only)

Xavier-Loyola

$4,125/Sem

$2,765/Sem

$3,775/Sem

 

 

 

1 bedroom/2-person

2 bedroom/4-person

3 bedroom/6-person

2 bedroom/6-person

Townhouse Village

9-month contract

11.5 month contract

 

$4,295/Sem- Renovated

$10,020/Year

$4,155/Sem-Renovated

$9,695/Year

$4,155/Sem-Renovated

$9,695/Year

$3,550/Sem-Renovated

$8,289/Year

On-Campus Houses

 

$3,765/Sem   9-month contract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rockhurst Row Houses

 

 

$4,225/Sem  9-month contract

 

 

 

 

 

Kateri Community 

Single $4,225/Sem   9-month contract

Double $3,825/Sem  9-month contract

     

All rates are per person.

  • Single rooms include a bathroom and are based on first come first serve. Freshman may not apply for a single.
  • Private rooms are a double occupancy room assigned to a single person. Private rooms are limited and based on population needs. Freshman may not apply for a private room. 
  • Freshmen are normally assigned to McGee, Corcoran or Xavier-Loyola.
  • Transfers are normally assigned to McGee, Corcoran or Xavier-Loyola.

Townhouse Village, On-Campus House, the Rockhurst Row Houses and Kateri Community Addenda

Residents in the THV, OCH, Rock Row and Kateri Community sign an additional group application/contract which takes effect the date their group is awarded one of these locations.  Residents who choose to cancel their contract after this date will automatically be charged a $500 cancellation fee. Students moving from one of these locations to a residence hall will also be charged a $500 cancellation fee. 

Semester Board Rates

Students living in the Residence Halls may choose between an All Access 5-Day Meal Plan (Mon – Fri) or the All access 7-Day Meal Plan (Sun –Sat) options. All plans allow for unlimited entry into the all-you care to eat Thomas Moore Dining Hall. Flex points may be carried over from the fall to the spring semester but must be used by the end of the spring semester.

Meal Plan

All Access + $150 Flex

All Access + $200 Flex

All Access + $250 Flex

All Access + $300 Flex

All Access + $350 Flex

7 –Day Meal Plan (Sat-Sun)

$2,055/Sem

$2,105/Sem

$2,155/Sem

$2,205/Sem

$2,255/Sem

5-Day Meal Plan (Mon-Fri)

$1,725Sem

$1,775Sem

$1,825/Sem

$1,875/Sem

$1,925/Sem

THV Residents:  May choose the 7-day meal plan or the 5-day meal plan with flex dollars or may choose the 120 Blocks + $450 flex dollars.

Kateri Community: No meal plan required but recommended.  Kateri residents may choice any meal plan.  

Students living in an OCH, Rock Row and Commuter Students may choose one of the above plans or one of the special plans below:

120 Blocks + $450 Flex Dollars - Enjoy up to 120 meals at our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall plus $450 flex dollars to be used at any on campus dining location, snake vending or concessions. $1385/semester

60 Blocks + $500 Flex Dollars – Enjoy up to 60 meals at our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall plus $500 flex dollars to be used at any on campus dining location, snack vending or concessions. $980/semester

30 Blocks + $250 Flex Dollars- Enjoy up to 30 meals at our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall plus $250 flex dollars to be used at any on campus dining location, snack vending or concessions.
$495/semester

Payments

All room and board payments are made to the Business Office except the $200 enrollment deposit required to process your housing contract, which is submitted to the Office of Admissions. The University reserves the right to deny students permission to take semester examinations and/or to withhold semester grades and transcripts if the student does not pay room and board or room damage charges in full, according to the payment schedule in the current Rockhurst University catalog.

Financial Aid and Housing

If a student receives a housing grant or scholarship that includes housing, it is for a double occupancy residence hall room; if a student applies for and/or receives housing other than a double occupancy residence hall room, then he or she will be responsible for the difference. Rockhurst housing grants and scholarships that include housing support cannot be applied toward Research Housing or other off-campus housing options.

Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy

Students who cancel their contract before the completion of the contract year will be subject to a cancellation fee. For Townhouse Village (THV), On-Campus Houses (OCH),  Rockhurst Row Houses (Rock Row), and Kateri Community (KC) a cancellation fee is applicable the day a student is awarded a THV, OCH, Rock Row and Kateri Community contract.  Residents who choose to cancel their contract after this date will automatically be charged a $500 cancellation fee if moving off-campus OR if transferring into a residence hall.

For Residence Hall students, should the student cancel the contract prior to the fall semester move-in date, the student will forfeit the $200 deposit. After the fall move-in date, students who cancel will be charged a $500 cancellation fee.

Appeals based on extenuating circumstances must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean of Students. The Associate Dean’s decision on the appeal is final.

Refund Schedule

The housing refund schedule matches the University’s academic refund schedule. No refunds will be made after the fourth week of classes. Please consult the course catalog for the full refund schedule.

Board Plan Refund

Refunds for the current semester’s meal plan (less a $150 service charge) will be offered when a student meets one of the following conditions: enrollment withdrawal, change from residence hall assignment to THV, OCH, Rock Row, Kateri Community or complete withdrawal from the residence life system. The meal refund schedule matches the university’s academic refund schedule.  No refunds will be made after the fourth week of classes. No meal plan changes can take place after the first week of school. Please consult the course catalog for the full refund schedules.

Termination of the Contract

The University may terminate this lease when a student leaves the University at any time prior to the expiration of these terms, or for the violation of any Residence Life policy, violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or University policy, or any violation of applicable city ordinance, state or federal law by providing the student notice of the termination twenty-four (24) hours prior to the effective time of the termination.

Likewise, if the University becomes aware that a student has a record of criminal conviction(s) or other actions indicating behavior that could pose a risk to person or property and/or could be injurious or disruptive to others residing in student housing, the University may not accept or may terminate this agreement. No room and/or board refunds will be made to a student whose occupancy is terminated.

Room Changes

Students will be able to change residential assignments during the specified room change period. Students changing assignments without approval from the Office of Residence Life will be billed a $150 improper room change fee.

Additionally, the University reserves the right to change the housing assignment and require the student to move to different accommodations when the University deems such a reassignment is necessary.

Damage Billing

When you check into the room, you should note all observed damages or markings, even the most minor items, on the room check-in form. Any damages incurred after check-in (including marks on the outside of the room door, stickers and tape residue on the walls or mirrors, marks on the walls, drawers with broken hinges or chains, broken mini blind cords, etc.) are assessed by the building staff, verified by the Office of Residence Life and charged to your student account. You must pay these charges in the Business Office to avoid having transcript requests withheld or registration blocked.

Remember that you are responsible for your room and its condition when you check out, so treat it with care. Students are required to check out of the residence hall following proper procedures and deadlines. At the end of each semester, you must check out immediately after your last final. Failure to check out results in additional charges/fines.

Common Area Damages: Damages to common areas (hallways, lounges, bathrooms, stairwell, exterior of room doors, etc.) will be charged to all residents of a particular wing, floor or hall unless it can be determined specifically who is responsible. The Resident Director documents all community damages for billing purposes. Damages are posted to the resident’s account when the student completes the check-out process from the residence life system for the academic year. If a resident changes rooms during the year, any appropriate room damages will follow the student.

Early Arrivals

Students who have approval for early arrival will receive information outlining the move-in process. Students with early move in privileges who do not attend required early move in orientation activities or who allow non-approved students to move in will be fined and will be charged a daily rate.

Students who do not have approval will NOT be allowed to move any items or stay in any Rockhurst residential facility.

Late Arrivals

Students who will be arriving after the first day of classes will need to contact the Office of Residence Life. If you have not contacted the Office of Residence Life by that time, the University reserves the right to move you to another assignment if necessary and such alternative assignment shall not relieve you of your obligations under this contract.

Check-In/Out Policy

Students moving in or out of their campus residence are required to check in and check out with a Residence Life staff member. This includes room change moves. Failure to check in and out properly or in the required time frame will result in the assessment of a $100 improper check out fee. Failure to return your room key at the time of check out will result in a lock change fine of $100.

Damage charges assessed to a student account should be paid to the Business Office within 10 days of the notification of the amount. All financial commitments (including all 30-day past due billings) must be rectified with the Business Office prior to the release of semester grades and transcripts.

A contract release is granted to students graduating from the University or transferring to another institution of higher education. The Business Office will issue any refund checks after all student accounts have been reconciled.

Abandoned Property

Students must remove all personal property from the Rockhurst University residence halls at the time of check out. Any personal property that remains in the residence halls following the last day of official occupancy is considered abandoned. In cases where a housing contract is terminated early for any reason, any personal property that remains in the resident’s room 10 days after an official notification of contract termination is considered abandoned.

Abandoned property will be removed from the residence hall. The student’s account will be billed for all reasonable costs incurred for removal of the abandoned property. Abandoned property will be stored, at the convenience of the University, for a period of 30 days before final disposition. Students will be charged a reasonable daily rate for storage of the abandoned property.

The University will make a reasonable attempt to contact a student via written letter to his or her permanent address and via email to his or her Rockhurst email address to schedule a time for the student to pick up any abandoned property. If a student has not contacted the University within the 30-day period, the University will dispose of the abandoned property.

The University assumes no responsibility for items that are abandoned.

Furnishing

Room furniture assigned to students at the beginning of their occupancy (indicated on condition card) is not to be removed for any reason from the resident’s room, townhouse or house. Students must furnish linens, blankets, drapes, towels and other personal items.

Lofts

Lofted beds are provided free of charge in all residence halls. Access to the door and windows of the room must be kept free from loft structures; if not, a fine will be assessed to the resident’s student account. Rockhurst is not responsible for injury to person or property resulting from unauthorized construction or use of lofts.

Entry of Premises

It is the University’s intention to ensure privacy in students’ premises. The University reserves the right to enter student premises at any time for the purposes of inspecting the premises to determine whether a condition exists that may present a risk to the health or safety of the occupants or others in the student residential community. Additionally, the University reserves the right to enter student premises when an authorized agent of the University has reasonable belief, including but not limited to the following: an occupant of the room may be physically harmed or endangered, the University’s property is damaged, a law or University policy is being violated, or maintenance and/or repair is necessary. If practical, the University will not enter a student’s room unless accompanied by the student or a second authorized representative of the University.

Condition of Premises

The accepted limits of behavior in the residence halls, THV, OCH, Kateri and Rock Row are recognition of the rights and property of others and adherence to the civil law, published Residence Life policies, University regulations and the Student Code of Conduct (found online and in the Student Handbook). These include but are not limited to the following: an individual or group of individuals may not interfere with the right of residents to the use of their premises for study or sleep; residents may not sublet their room or use their room or building facilities for commercial purposes nor may they structurally modify their room or the building. Unoccupied space is reserved for use by the University. The University does not provide cleaning services for student rooms. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the room in safe and sanitary condition. Consistent with that responsibility, flammable liquids (e.g. gasoline), housing of pets, and the use of sunlamps, hot plates, toasters, extension cords without a surge protector, candles, incense and other similar devices are not permitted in the residential facilities. Hotplates and toasters are allowed in the kitchens of the THV, OCH, Rock Row and Kateri.

Loss

All students are responsible for protecting their personal property and for ensuring that property is securely maintained. All students who live on campus should understand that the University is not responsible or liable for the loss, theft or damage of property maintained by the student while living on campus. Students may wish to obtain renter’s insurance for the protection of their belongings.

In the event that the accommodations assigned to the student are destroyed or otherwise made unavailable and the University does not furnish other accommodations in the same or another residence hall, the agreement shall terminate and all rights and liabilities of the parties hereto shall cease and the right of the University to any of the payment previously made by the student shall be pro- rated on the basis of the period for which accommodations were made available to the student.

Keys

Each resident is issued one key to his or her room, THV, OCH and Rock Row. In the event that a key is lost, the student must report the loss to the Hall Director immediately. A fee ($100 minimum) to replace the lock will be charged to the resident due to safety and security reasons. Should a student request a lock change for any reason (e.g. theft, loss, etc.) the student’s account will be charged. It is against the law for keys to be duplicated for any reason. Possession of an unauthorized room key may result in a fine and/or a referral to the University Discipline System. Should a student be found in possession of any other University key other than his or her assigned room key, the student will be subject to any sanctions determined by the Hearing Board or Officer.

Break Housing

In the interest of security, staffing and energy conservation, residence hall facilities except THV, OCH and Rock Row will close during winter and spring breaks. If you stay past the closing time a daily rate will be charged and/or a monetary fine assessed to your student account. Room payments do not cover such periods. No food service is available.

Students desiring to stay over breaks in which the university is open must register with the Office of Residence life, Detailed information for fall, thanksgiving and Easter break, will be sent to all residents prior to the beginning of each break period. Failure to register to remain over a break period by the stated deadline may result in a surcharge added to the cost of the break housing charge, or denial due to lack of space or staffing. Food service is limited.

Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors who do not live in the Greater Kansas City area are allowed to stay until noon on the day after graduation. Seniors who wish to stay must get approval from the Office of Residence Life by the last day of regular classes.

Keep this contract for your records.  Please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at 816-501-4663 if you have any questions. 

At Rockhurst University, we believe community is:

Purposeful — a place where faculty and students share academic goals and work together to strengthen teaching and learning on the campus.

Open — a place where freedom of expression of beliefs is uncompromisingly protected and where civility is role modeled and powerfully affirmed.

Just — a place where the value and integrity of each person is honored and respected.

Disciplined — a place where individuals accept their obligations to the group and where well-defined governance procedures guide behavior for the common good.

Caring — a place where the wellbeing of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.

Celebrative — a place in which the Jesuit heritage of Rockhurst University is remembered, diversity is valued, and where rituals affirming both tradition and change are widely shared.

Office of Residence Life

816-501-4663