Residence Hall Policies

Assistance Animal Policy

Assistance Animal Policy Statement:

In accordance with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Wentworth Institute of Technology provides students with disabilities a reasonable accommodation to have an assistance animal live with them in an on campus student room. 

Definitions:

An assistance animal includes a “service animal” and an “emotional support or therapy animal.”  A service animal is “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.”  

An emotional support or therapy animal is one that is necessary for the person with a disability to use and enjoy the room and there is an identifiable relationship or nexus between the disability and the assistance the animal provides.  An emotional support or therapy animal may be any animal and does not have to be specifically trained to perform a task.

Documentation:

A request for an accommodation to have an assistance animal must be made through the housing accommodation process at least one semester before placement/housing is to start, except in emergency situations.  The Center for Wellness and Disability Services staff will require documentation from a medical or mental health professional verifying the student’s disability and the specific manner in which the assistance animal alleviates identified symptoms and/or effects of the disability in the use and enjoyment of the student room.

All assistance animals must be free from disease and have a valid vaccination/immunization record and license documentation (where applicable) which must be presented at the time of request.  In some cases, a health clearance for the assistance animal from a veterinarian may be required.

Students will sign an agreement with the Office of Housing and Residence Life covering a number of areas potentially impacted by the presence of the assistance animal including but not limited to: the control/restraint of the animal, the effects the assistance animal may have on other occupants of the room/ suite, care of the assistance animal while student is away from the room, noise limitations, emergency contacts and services for the care of the animal and waste disposal.

Limitations On Use:

The Institute is not required to allow an emotional support or therapy animal anywhere on campus other than Institute housing that is occupied by the person with the disability.

The Institute will not allow assistance animals in housing which pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other students and/or staff, would pose an undue financial and administrative burden if allowed or would fundamentally alter the nature of the Institute’s operations.  Assistance animals must be controlled (caged, leased or otherwise restrained) at all times when in common areas of Institute housing and when making entry and egress from the room and residence hall.  

Student Responsibilities:

The owner of the Service Animal is personally responsible for:

  • Feeding and otherwise caring for the animal,
  • Ensuring that the animal is not disruptive to any other occupants or visitors of the room, common space or residence hall(including but not limited to: noise, hygiene and actions towards others),
  • Ensuring that the animal does not damage the room, common space or residence hall in any way.
  • Properly disposing of the animal’s waste.
  • Maintaining the animal’s health and providing current licenses, immunizations/vaccinations.
  • Reporting immediately to Residence Life or Public Safety in case of emergency any injury to self or others caused by the animal.
  • Costs/and or damages associated with any harm to property or injury caused by the assistance animal.

 Requests:

Student requests for accommodation and/or questions pertaining to this policy should be directed to the Center for Wellness and Disability Services.  The Center for Wellness and Disability Services can be reached by phone at 617-989-4390 or e-mail at counseling@wit.edu

Checking Out of the Residence Halls

During examination week, students must leave within 24 hours of their last final or by 4:00 p.m. on the day after the official final exam period ends. Each student must check out with a member of the Housing and Residential Life staff and complete their on-line Room Condition Form. Students who fail to hand in their keys will be charged a lost key fee and students who do not checkout in the proper manner will be charged an improper check-out fee. For additional Closing information please see Closing Procedures.

Cooking

Microwave ovens are permitted in the residence halls. Open coils, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, and electric hot pots and any appliance with an open heating element are prohibited. The Residential Life staff will confiscate items with open heating elements. Students living in areas equipped with kitchens should pay particular care when cooking to avoid any possible fires.

Doors

Except for door tags, all doors (bedroom, suite, apartment, studio, etc.) must be kept free of any writing, stickers, papers or other things that could create damage. Memo boards may be attached to doors as long as it does not mark the door and is removed before vacating.

Evacuation/Fire Alarms

In the event of an emergency, fire alarm or at the request of a Wentworth official, all students must leave the building and not re-enter until authorized by a Boston Fire Department or Wentworth official. Failure to leave the building during a fire alarm may result in disciplinary action.  Emergency instructions can be found on the interior of your residence hall room door.

Emergency exits should be used only in case of emergency building evacuation.  The use of emergency exits in non-emergency situations will result in disciplinary action.

Failure to Comply with Administrative Action

Members of the Institute and Housing and Residential Life staff are charged with maintaining environments conducive to living and learning. Staff members may take immediate action in response to a given situation. The instructions of a staff member acting in the fulfillment of his or her duties are to be followed. Failure to comply with these instructions is a serious breach of the Personal Conduct section of Wentworth's Student Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Safety Violations

Any item that produces flames or has an open heating element (i.e. candles, incense, halogen lamps, charcoal, lighter fluid, gasoline/kerosene and their containers) are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated, incurring an automatic $25.00 fine.

Only electrical appliances and equipment that have the mark of an approved testing laboratory (i.e.UL, FM) may be used.  All ceiling hangings, oversized wall hangings and any overloaded electrical sockets are also considered fire hazards and students will be given a short time to remedy these violations.  All students in a room share in the violations unless an individual student takes responsibility for the violation.

Under no circumstances may students perform any electrical wiring or welding within their room/suite/apartment. If a student has an electrical concern, he/she must contact their Resident Director, their Resident Assistant, or Office of Housing and Residential Life to submit a work order.

Gender Neutral Housing Policy

Gender neutral housing is defined as a housing option in which two or more Wentworth upperclass students share a multiple occupancy bedroom, apartment, or suite, in mutual agreement, regardless of the students’ sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression.  This type of housing is offered to give students the option to reside with another person who has a different sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression in order to provide a welcoming living environment with a compatible roommate or suitemate.  Wentworth students do not have to express their reasons for wanting to live in gender neutral housing.

For the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 semesters, Gender neutral housing will be piloted for upperclass students. 

During the gender neutral housing selection process for upperclass students, those interested in this housing option must fill the apartment in which they are applying.

Should all apartments that have the gender neutral designation be filled at the time that the group is eligible to select, the group will need to divide up and select from the single gender inventory. 

If a roommate cancels their housing or moves out of the room for any reason, the remaining roommates may identify a new roommate to fill the vacancy. The Office of Housing & Residential Life will define the time allocated to find a new roommate. This window of time will vary depending on time of year and the number of students waiting for an assignment. Typically, a resident will be allowed a minimum of 24 hours, but not more than one week to identify another eligible roommate. If another roommate(s) is not identified within the time period, Housing & Residential Life reserves the right to assign a student to the vacancy or to consolidate/relocate the remaining resident(s) to another vacancy - please see the Gender Neutral Housing Agreement.  At no time can specific room types be guaranteed.

Wentworth discourages students who are in a romantic relationship from living together in a residence hall housing unit, although we do not question a student’s motives for wanting to live in a gender neutral housing option.

It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with parents or family members about the decision to live in a gender neutral housing environment. The Office of Housing & Residential Life encourages this conversation between parents or family members and students about the housing choice so that they can be in support of the student’s decision.

Students interested must complete the Gender Neutral Housing Agreement prior to selection.

Guest Policy

Wentworth affords its students the opportunity to have guests on campus and the privilege to entertain guests in a room or suite, as long as the room/suitemates' right to access, privacy, and to study and sleep free from disturbance is respected.

Wentworth defines guests as non-Wentworth students.  In the residential setting, any students who are not current residents of the room/suite/apartment they are visiting are considered guests.  While Wentworth students with a valid Wentworth identification card do not have to sign in as guests, all external guests (non-students, alumni, family members) must sign in as guests. Each host student is responsible for the conduct of his or her guest and the consequences of that conduct.  Guests are expected to comply with all residence hall regulations and Wentworth policies.

Expectations include but are not limited to:

  1. The hosting student must accompany the guest at all times.
  2. Students bringing guests to Institute sponsored events will be held responsible for the actions of any guests.
  3. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guest in all areas of campus including but not limited to academic, administrative, and residential buildings.
  4. Guests must have a valid picture identification with birthdate on them when on Wentworth property and present that identification to a Wentworth official when asked.

Additional Residential Restrictions include:

  1. Guests must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Guests must comply with all rules and restrictions in the Student Code of Conduct and Residential Conduct.
  3. No guest may stay overnight in the public areas of any of the residence halls or in academic or administrative buildings.
  4. Students must have the prior approval of all roommates/suitemates in order to host a guest.
  5. A resident student may have two day guests in his/her residence area (non-overnight).
  6. A resident student may only have one overnight guest four nights per month.
  7. Guests in a residence hall after 6:00 pm must be signed in with the desk attendants/security guards.  Guests who arrive prior to 6:00 p.m. must return with their host ot the desk attendant area to show a valid picture identification with birthdate and be signed in.  Guests must sign out of the residence hall by 6:00 a.m.
  8. Guests may not bring alcohol into the residence halls. Any guest found bringing alcohol into the building will be asked to leave campus immediately. No internal guest may bring alcohol into a residence hall room/suite/apartment in which they do not reside.
  9. Guests are allowed only between the designated opening and closing dates as stated on the on-line housing agreement.
  10. Guests are subject to all the above rules and restrictions and host students are responsible for their guest's actions.  Students enrolled at other institutions will be referred to their home institutions for disciplinary actions.

Room Occupancy

Due to Massachusetts State Housing Code restrictions on maximum occupancy within a limited living space, the number of guests any student can have at any time are limited to two per resident.

Hall Sports

Due to possible injury to a bystander or damage to the facilities, hall sports of any kind are not permitted. The use of roller blades, bikes, skateboards, and scooters is also prohibited within the residence halls.  Students responsible for violating this policy may face disciplinary action.

Housing Agreements

Each student is required complete the on-line housing agreement prior to room selection. Housing agreements are binding for a full academic year. Students will not be released from this agreement unless they are leaving for co-op, study abroad, or transferring.  Students who sign a housing agreement are not eligible to be released from the Residency Requirement during the year of that agreement.  (Please see Housing Agreements Release section in the Residential Procedures section for more details.)

Each student should read the housing agreement carefully and ask questions if anything is not clear. Each student must complete the on-line Room Condition Form for the room in which they live. Guidelines and policies outlined here are to ensure that both the Institute administrators and resident students are aware of their responsibilities.

Transfer students and first year students complete an on-line housing two-semester (Fall and Spring) housing agreement prior to housing selection  and are entered into a room assignment process by the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Students will not be released from this full-year agreement unless the housing system is "over occupancy" and then only at the discretion of the Director of Housing and Residential Life or their designee.  Students who withdraw from housing without such a release may lose their deposits and could also be obliged to pay a full year's room charges. Any violation of the housing agreement will be dealt with by the residential life staff. Depending upon the severity of a violation, a student's residency may be reviewed immediately. 

Click here for the proper procedures for withdrawing from housing, requesting deposit refunds, and becoming exempt from the Residency Requirement.  

Intentional Destruction of College Property Policy

The Institute will not tolerate the intentional destruction of property and any intentional or unintentional theft, damage or destruction of property is a violation of the Personal Conduct section of the Student Code of Conduct. A student should assume that an incident that is determined to be intentional destruction, such as, but not limited to, graffiti, tagging, or tampering with elevators, may result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including housing suspension. 

Residential Lockout Policy

It is the responsibility of the student to have their Wentworth ID and their keys on their person when they leave their room or residence hall.  If a student is locked out, they should call the Office of Housing and Residence Life (617-989-4160) during business hours or the Department of Public Safety (617-989-4400) during non-business hours and on the weekends.  Housing and Residence Life staff will be responsible for doing all lockouts of residential rooms or apartments.

The lockout will be handled as soon as it is possible.  While it is the intention of the Housing and Residence Life staff to do the lockout as timely as possible, lockouts are not considered an emergency and it may take up to one hour for the lockout service to occur.

If a student is experiencing an emergency, they should contact the Department of Public Safety Emergency number at 617-989-4444.

Noise Policy

Quiet hours are considered important for study in all residential areas. Residents should refrain from noise that interferes with the Institute community. It is an individual's responsibility to inform others when noise becomes disruptive; however, should the disruptive conduct continue, a member of the Housing and Residential Life staff should be contacted for appropriate action.

Residence halls should be reasonably quiet at all times. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; and midnight to 9 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day during mid term and final exam weeks.

Stereos in particular are considered privileged items and should be used for personal enjoyment. They are to be used within the confines of one's room at a volume that does not infringe on the rights of others within the community.

Pets

Students are not permitted to have pets, other than fish, in their rooms. Fish must be contained in an aquariums which are 10 gallons or smaller. 

Propped Doors

Students are prohibited from propping exterior and room doors or entering through propped doors. 

Proper Use of Facilities

Students are prohibited from using WIT residential facilities or resources for commercial activity such as creating products or services for sale.

Residency Requirement

The Wentworth Institute of Technology requires all first-year and second-year students enrolled for twelve (12) or more semester credit hours or coop to reside in Wentworth residence halls and participate in a meal plan. This requirement is applicable for all registered semesters (classes/coop) until the attainment of junior academic standing (as determined by the Student Service Center) or receipt of an exemption from the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Students residing in housing or have signed a housing agreement are not eligible to be exempt from the residency requirement for the period of that housing agreement.

Exemptions to this requirement must be requested in writing to the Director of the Office of Housing and Residential Life (or designee) using the “Request for Exemption from Residency Requirement” form and appropriate documentation. Exemptions to this policy may be granted under certain conditions. These exemptions are:

  • Student is residing in the principal residence with a parent or legal guardian. Student must supply letter from parent/legal guardian stating that student is living with them for the academic year for which the exemption is applied for;
  • Student is 20 years of age or older by the first day of the fall semester for the academic year the exemption is applied for;
  • Student is married. A copy of the marriage certificate must be submitted as documentation;
  • Student has dependent child(ren) living with them. A copy of the birth certificate must be submitted as documentation.
  • Student is entering with transfer student status;
  • Student is an international student. (For incoming students)
  • Can demonstrate other acceptable extenuating circumstances and provide appropriate documentation for review.

Entering students will request an exemption through the submission of their Enrollment Form to the Admissions Office.

Currently enrolled first and second year students can request an exemption by submitting the  Residency Exemption Form.  This form will be submitted to the Director of Housing and Residential Life for consideration.  

Any student not granted exemption under this policy who fails to reside in Institute housing may be required to pay all room and board charges for the semester(s) in which the student failed to reside in Institute housing as required under this policy. Click here to see the proper procedures for Withdrawing from Housing, Requesting Housing Deposit Refunds, and becoming exempt from the Residency Requirement.

Right of Entry

The Institute reserves the right to inspect any room. In addition, the Residential Life staff have the right to enter the premises at any time for any reasonable cause to take those precautions that they find necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants or other persons therein and to enforce Institute policy. Members of the physical plant staff and Public Safety officers routinely enter rooms in the performance of their duties or at times of safety or emergency.

The Residential Life staff shall have the right to conduct health and safety inspections of all student rooms at any time. The staff shall have the right to enter the premises at a reasonable hour in the day or evening, to make such requests for repairs, additions, or alterations as deemed necessary. Notification of inspection time and date need not be posted.

Right to Search

When Wentworth officials have reason to suspect that a violation of Institute policy is occurring, they reserve the right to investigate the situation and confiscate evidence of such violations. In addition, they may search a student's person, motor vehicle, and room, including refrigerators, closets, desks, and large bags or boxes. Material evidence, such as alcoholic beverages and containers, drug paraphernalia, suspicious odors, disruptive behavior, or behavior which is suspect, will generally be considered grounds for such a search. Confiscated evidence will then be used in disciplinary proceedings. It also should be noted that federal, commonwealth, and local officials may exercise their legitimate authority to conduct searches on campus without the consent of the Institute.

Room Change Policy

The Office of Housing and Residential Life recognizes that not all people are compatible and, at times, a room change may be the only solution. Students contemplating a room change should first discuss the situation with their roommates and then, if needed, seek the assistance of their Resident Assistant. Additionally, the entire Housing and Residential Life staff is available to assist residents with any roommate conflict.

Every resident student signs an agreement to occupy a specific room in a specific building. That student is financially responsible for his or her assigned space for the duration of the agreement. A room change is an amendment to this agreement. All room changes must be initiated with either the Resident Assistant or Resident Director of the student's assigned living area. A change of room requires the written approval of the Resident Director. Unauthorized room changes may result in disciplinary action. During the first two weeks of the semester, no student-initiated room changes are allowed. After the first two weeks of the semester, residents may change their rooms, providing space is available. To initiate such a change, these students must see their Resident Director. Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to change room assignments at its discretion.

Room Configuration

All bedroom, common area and kitchen furniture provided by the Institute must remain in the room intact and must not be modified or re-configured.  A clear path to doors must be maintained at all times. 

Sanitation

Residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their respective rooms/suites/apartments, which are subject to inspection for health and safety reasons. Food items kept in rooms must be stored in closed containers to avoid attracting and harboring pests and to avoid contamination of food. Carpeted floors should be vacuumed weekly and whenever there is dirt, dust, crumbs, etc. visible. Hard surface floors should be swept and mopped weekly and again whenever the need is apparent. Cleaning of the kitchens and bathrooms within these units should be done weekly. Residents are expected to work out an equitable schedule among them to maintain these standards. Residents must bag and tie all trash on a regular basis and dispose in designated locations per building. Students that fail to maintain the cleanliness of their rooms will be subject to cover the cost of having the living area professionally cleaned as well as face disciplinary action. 

Walls and Ceilings

Nothing is allowed to be placed on or suspended from the ceilings. Approved wall decorations are allowed but must be attached in such a way as to not mark or damage the surfaces. Putties and non-damaging adhesive strips are available in most office and school supply stores. Duct tape should never be used to attach anything to a painted surface. Emergency lights and smoke detectors must be kept uncovered and cleared of obstruction.

Storage

Wentworth Institute of Technology does not provide storage for student belongings in Wentworth residential buildings. 

The Office of Housing and Residential Life will coordinate with students for short term storage of items between the spring and summer semesters, as well as the summer and fall semesters.   

The Office of Housing and Residential Life will provide any interested student with a list of local storage companies in order to arrange for storage of their belongings.  Please note Wentworth Institute of Technology does not partner with or endorse any third party organization for storage of student belongings.  

Unauthorized Occupancy

Students are prohibited from occupying a residential space at Wentworth without an assignment from the Office of Housing and Residential Life.  If a student has a housing assignment, they cannot trade places with another person, or assign themselves to another room, regardless of whether the other person lives on or off campus.  Violators will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs.  

Residents are prohibited from subletting, transferring, assigning, or sharing a room with anyone who is not assigned to that room by the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

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