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Housing and Residential Education: Conduct, Policies, and Procedures

Wentworth Housing & Residential Education strives to offer students a rich living and learning experience. To foster this environment, students are responsible for their individual actions, the actions of their guests, and in a collective sense for the actions of each member of the residential community. An atmosphere conducive to academic growth and social awareness requires everyone’s cooperation. The starting point for this communal success is individual adherence to University policies as well as federal, state, and local laws. All students are held responsible for knowing, understanding, and complying with the policies that govern the University and the residence halls.   

These policies and procedures outlined below are subject to change during the academic year and it is the student’s responsibility to know the current policies and regulations. 

The University reserves the right to temporarily suspend a student from residence halls who behaves in a manner that is viewed to be a risk to the community or themselves until an administrative review can be conducted. The student is solely responsible for finding housing accommodations during this time.  

Additionally, Wentworth Housing & Residential Education, Public Safety and other University staff reserve the right to revoke a visitor's access to a residence area if the guest disturbs or creates any difficulties for other residents. 

Any violation of conduct, policies, or procedures may be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process. 

Housing & Residential Education policies last updated on August 15, 2022

Housing & Residential Education Policies

  • Assistance Animals

    Wentworth Institute of Technology recognizes the importance of Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals (“ESAs”) to individuals with disabilities. The University is committed to allowing people with disabilities the use of a Service Animal or ESA on campus to facilitate their full participation in and equal access to the University’s programs and activities. At the same time, the University has an obligation to be attentive to the health and safety of all individuals within its community.

    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. This includes a service animal and an approved emotional support animal. Specific rules and regulations may apply to emotional support animals, including the care of the animal.

    Student requests for an accommodation and/or questions pertaining to assistance animals should be directed to the Accessibility Services. Accessibility Services can be reached by phone at (617) 989-4545. No emotional support animal may residence on campus without approval by Student Accessibility Services. 

  • Cleanliness and Trash Removal

    Residential students are required to maintain cleanliness, reasonable sanitation and safety standards in all university spaces, including their respective rooms/suites/apartments. To ensure the health and cleanliness of the residential community, we require the following: 

    • Residential students are responsible for leaving their assigned residential space in the move-in condition upon check out. This includes the removal of all trash, recyclables, and personal belongings. (To avoid damage or cleaning fees, please see review the Damage Assessment Policy.) 
    • Food items kept in residential spaces must be stored in closed containers and/or in cabinets provided to avoid attracting and harboring pests, and to avoid contamination of food. 
    • Residential students are responsible for providing their own brooms, vacuum cleaners, dust pans, detergents, etc. for the proper cleaning and maintenance of their spaces: 
      • Carpeted floors should be vacuumed regularly 
      • Hard surface floors should be swept and mopped regularly, and whenever the need is apparent (liquids are spilled, food fell to floor, etc.) 
    • Residential students are responsible for the cleaning of the kitchens, common areas, and bathrooms in assigned residential spaces: 
    • The University’s custodial vendor conducts frequent cleaning of in-suite/in-apartment bathroom areas. A schedule of this cleaning will be provided at the beginning of each semester. 
    • Waste materials, including empty bottles, cans and trash, should be removed regularly and disposed of or recycled in designated areas within each residence hall (trash rooms, recycling rooms, dumpsters, etc.).  
      • Large amounts of waste are not to be disposed of in common use receptacles. Receptacles in common areas are used for individual waste items (empty coffee cup, empty takeout container, etc.)  

    Residential students are expected to create an equitable schedule among their suitemates/roommates to maintain these standards.  

    All residential spaces are subject to inspection for health and safety reasons. Residential students that fail to maintain the cleanliness of their rooms will be requested to address health and safety violations, and/or are subject to a cleaning fee of having the assigned residential area professionally cleaned and/or may be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process. 

  • Common Room Usage

    Residential common spaces (lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, game rooms, etc.) are available for students to use throughout the residential communities. University-provided furniture or items must not be removed from their assigned location, including suite/bedroom furniture and common room furniture. Provided furniture must remain intact and must not be modified.  

    The unauthorized possession (moving of common space furniture into a bedroom/suite) of university owned furniture may result in a referral to the Student Code of Conduct process.

  • Cooking Safety

    Cooking is limited to designated residential spaces with kitchens (555, 610, and 525 Huntington Avenue, Edwards Hall, Rodgers Hall, and the Louis Prang and Vancouver Apartments). Students who choose to cook in their assigned residential spaces should do so safely and should always know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher and fire alarm pull station. Additionally, students should never leave appliances unattended, and should ensure the cooking space is free of any flammable or combustible materials.  

    Residential students in Evans Way, Tudbury Hall, or Baker Hall may not cook in their residence hall assignment, except in the case of safely using a microwave. Open coils, hot plates, toasters, and toaster ovens are prohibited in these areas. Students should familiarize themselves with Prohibited Items Policy.

  • Damages Assessment and Damage Billing Process

    Housing and Residential Education provides students with a residential assignment that has been cleaned and reviewed for damages prior to occupancy.   

    Residential students and their roommates/suitemates are individually and collectively responsible for the cleanliness of their space and all items in their assigned residential space. Within the first two weeks of each semester, students are responsible for completing a Room Condition Report form to accurately record the condition of their assigned residential space. Students are responsible for reporting damages or items needing repair through the Work Order process. Students may be assessed a fee appropriate for the replacement or repair costs of items not reported in this form, including residential keys.  

     At the conclusion of an academic semester, Housing and Residential Education staff (Community Directors, Community Advisors, etc.) review and inspect all residential spaces for damages and assesses damage charges to students living within the area affected where damage is found.   

     Students are responsible not only for their assigned residential space (bedrooms and suites/apartments, where applicable) but also for their residential community. If damages or trash are found in common areas within a residential community (i.e., hallway, public bathroom, lounge, etc.), all students assigned to the community will be assessed a fee. If a specific student or students are responsible for the damage and want to take responsibility, the student(s) may contact their residential community director.   

     Students who are found responsible for damaging University property within their rooms, suites, halls, buildings, or communities will be assessed for damage charges and may be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process. Disciplinary sanctions may include any individual or combination of the following: restitution and/or fees, housing probation, temporary or permanent removal from housing, or expulsion from the University.  

    Unless a specific individual or individuals take responsibility for damages to a room, suite, apartment, or other residential area, each student assigned to that room, suite, apartment, or area will be charged for the damage based on the repair or replacement cost as determined by Housing and Residential Education and Physical Plant. The assessed amount will be placed on the student account and reflected on their e-bill.   

     If a specific student is responsible for the damage and wants to take responsibility, the student should complete the damage responsibility form.  

    Appeals Process


    All students found responsible and billed for housing damages have the right to appeal these damage charges. Students who complete an express checkout at the end of the semester waive their right to appeal damages assessed at the end of a semester.  

    The original damage notification letter will include information about how to appeal a damage charge.  All appeals must be submitted by the due date indicated on the original damage notification email. Appeals are reviewed by the Director of Housing and Residential Education (or their designee). Appeal decisions are final and are not eligible for additional review.  

    Please note that, as with any outstanding balance, failure to pay a damage charge by the date due can result in late fees being assessed and a hold being placed on the student account.  

  • Disciplinary Dismissal from Residence Halls

    Residential students found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct may lose their residence privileges as a result of a disciplinary sanction(s). These sanctions include and are not limited to University Expulsion, University Suspension, Permanent Residence Hall Suspension and Temporary Residence Hall Suspension.  

    The student is solely responsible for finding housing accommodations during this time. Additionally, students may not receive refunds for room and meal plan charges. 

  • Door Personalization

    All doors (bedroom, suite, apartment etc.) must be kept free of anything that could create damage (holes, paint, indentations, etc). Residential students should use 3M command strips or blue painter’s tape. Anything attached to the door must be removed before moving out of the space. 

    In addition, any items (posters, flyers, flags, signs, etc.) in violation of University policies will be investigated through the Student Code of Conduct process. 

  • Eligibility

    By agreeing to the terms outlined in the housing agreement, the student acknowledges they must be enrolled as an active, full-time Wentworth Institute of Technology student in classes or approved co-op to be eligible to live in Wentworth owned and/or operated residence halls. A full-time academic course load for undergraduate students is twelve (12) semester credit hours; and nine (9) semester credit hours for graduate students. All exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Director of Housing & Residential Education (or designee).

    If a student is not registered for classes or approved co-op by the add/drop deadline, the Director Housing & Residential Education (or designee) will be notified. The student’s housing assignment will be administratively cancelled, and if moved in, the student will be required to move out of their residence hall assignment within 24 hours. Students will be responsible for housing and meal plan charges in accordance with refund schedule.

    If during an academic semester a student falls below the full-time academic course load requirement or will not successfully complete their co-op, the Director of Housing & Residential Education (or designee) will be notified, and the student will be required to move out of their residence hall assignment within 24 hours. Students will be responsible for housing and meal plan charges in accordance with refund schedule.

    If a student is pursuing an internship or participating in an academic program, they may request housing with the approval of the Director of Housing & Residential Education (or designee). 

  • Fire Safety and Evacuation

    Fire Alarms and Evacuations

    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 of any kind 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 be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process.

    Residential Building Evacuation Locations are:  

    • Apartments@525 – Evans Way Park  
    • Baker Hall – 610 Area Quad  
    • Evans Way – Evans Way Park  
    • Tudbury Hall –  Evans Way Park  
    • Louis Prang and Vancouver Apts. –  Evans Way Park  
    • 555 Huntington Avenue – Evans Way Park  
    • 610 Huntington Avenue – 610 Area Quad 

    All residence halls are equipped with smoke and/or heat detectors, and sprinkler systems. Residential students may not tamper, cover, hang items from, or otherwise disturb smoke and heat detectors, and sprinkler systems.  

    Fire and Electrical Safety

    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, they must contact their Community Advisor, Community Director or Housing and Residential Education to submit a work order.

  • Furnishings and Configuration

    Wentworth Institute of Technology agrees to provide furnishings for each residential area. Bedroom furnishings include bed frame; mattress; desk; chair; dresser/wardrobe.  

    Suite/apartment style residence halls also include kitchen table; chairs; lounge seating; refrigerator; and range. These items are intended to be shared by the occupants of the assigned space. 

    Residential students may not remove University provided furniture or items from their assigned location, including common room furniture. Provided furniture must remain intact and must not be modified. For safety reasons, a clear path to doors and windows must always be maintained.  

    Students are not permitted to adjust bed heights. Requests may be made to Physical Plant for bed height adjustments and are not guaranteed.  

    At the end of the housing agreement period, the room/suite/apartment should be in the same condition as it was upon move-in. Students will be assessed a fee for any damage or missing/misplaced furniture in accordance with residential damage policies. Please see Damage Assessment Policy for additional information. 

    For fire safety purposes, any small furniture brought into the residence hall must comply with California flammability standards (California Fire Code 117 or higher). No oversized furniture, external mattresses, external bed frames, or flammable material such as beanbag chairs, will be permitted in the residence halls. 

  • Gender Inclusive Housing

    Gender inclusive housing is defined as a housing option in which two or more Wentworth students share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, apartment, or suite, in mutual agreement, regardless of the students’ sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression.    

    The intent of gender inclusive housing is to give students the option to reside with another person of a different sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression in order to provide a welcoming living environment. The purpose of this option is to encourage students of all gender identities and gender expressions to find more compatible living situations that allows for the comfortable development of identity within the Wentworth community.  

    Wentworth discourages students who are in a romantic relationship from living together in a residential housing unit. Further, we recommend students to communicate with parents or family members about the decision to live in a gender inclusive housing environment. Housing & Residential Education encourages this conversation between parents or family members and students about the housing choice so that they can be informed of the student’s decision. 

    During the completion of the Housing Agreement, students will see application questions that include a roommate questionnaire. Here, students will be able to indicate their interest in living in gender inclusive housing. 

    During a size-restricted housing selection process for continuing students, those interested in gender inclusive housing may freely form roommate groups of any genders and may select from inventory matching their group size.  

    During a non-size restricted housing selection process, or for a student wishing to receive a residential assignment outside of a housing selection process, Housing & Residential Education will make attempts to locate a vacancy in a gender-inclusive housing assignment.  

    If a residential student within a gender inclusive housing assignment cancels their housing or moves out of the room for any reason, Housing & Residential Education may assign another student, of any gender, in the gender inclusive housing assignment. Residential students residing in the space may also share names of students they wish to join them in the housing assignment, however, Housing & Residential Education cannot guarantee these requests can be accommodated.  

  • Hall Sports and Recreational Activity

    Hall sports and recreational activities of any kind are not permitted within residence halls. Hall sports may, but is not limited to, the use of frisbees, footballs, basketballs, rollerblades, bikes, skateboards, hoverboards, scooters, etc. These activities are prohibited within the residence halls due to the possible injury to a bystander or damage to facilities.  

    Students responsible for violating this policy will be referred to the Student Code of Conduct Process. 

  • Health and Safety Inspections

    Health and safety is an important aspect of living in residential communities. Wentworth Housing & Residential Education manages many components in ensuring students are healthy and safe when living on campus, which includes coordinating Health and Safety Inspections.  

    Housing & Residential Education conducts these Health and Safety Inspection room/apartment/suite walkthroughs each semester. These unannounced visual inspections are conducted by Community Advisors and are to ensure that residential students are living in a healthy and safe environment that is in alignment with Wentworth policies. If a prohibited item(s) is identified, the item(s) will be confiscated and disposed of.   

    If violations are discovered, students wishing to claim individual responsibility for violations should contact their community’s supervisor within 48 hours of the inspection. If this is not done, all members of the room/apartment/suite in which the violation occurred will be held responsible.   

    • A residential space may be revisited if a violation is found to ensure the violation was remedied  
    • Candles and other items deemed a fire hazard will not be returned to the students and will be disposed of. Students will be charged a $25 Health and Safety Violation fine if prohibited items are found.  

     Students should familiarize themselves with the list of prohibited items.

  • Housing Agreements

    Each residential student is required to complete a housing agreement on their myHousing portal to live in university housing. Prior to receiving a housing assignment and moving in, the housing agreement must be completed. 

    The housing agreement is a legal and binding agreement, with financial obligations, and each student should read the document carefully before agreeing to the terms. The housing agreement shares the terms and conditions of living on campus including and not limited to occupancy dates, eligibility, refund schedules, keys & access, and other important information regarding living in university housing. Guidelines and policies outlined in the agreement are to ensure that both the University administrators and residential students are aware of their responsibilities. 

    Release from the housing agreement is limited and subject to a review by the University on a case-by-case basis. Refunds, if applicable, (including down-payment refunds) are determined based on the room and meal plan refund schedule outlined in the agreement.  

    Any violation of the housing agreement will be reviewed by Housing & Residential Education, and violations may be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process. Violations of the agreement may result in loss of privileges to reside in university housing.  

  • Housing Withdrawal and Agreement Cancellation Policy

    Students wishing to cancel their housing assignment and housing agreement should complete a housing cancellation form on the Self-Service Portal.

    Upon submission of a housing cancellation form, Housing & Residential Education will review and provide additional information, including move out information. If a student is withdrawing for the semester, they are typically provided no more than 24 hours to vacate their residential assignment after a housing cancellation is approved. In most cases, students are charged a daily rate up until the date of move out. 

    First-year and second-year students are not eligible to complete a housing cancellation form, per the residency requirement (please review the Residency Requirement Policy). Students wishing to be exempt from the residency requirement should complete the Residency Exemption Form on the Self-Service Portal.

    Requests to cancel a housing assignment are reviewed by the Associate Director of Housing Operations, or their designee. Based upon the details and submission date of the housing cancellation, students may be charged a housing agreement release fee, may forfeit their down payment, or may not receive a refund for room and board charges. Students should review the refund schedule located in the signed housing agreement.  

    In limited circumstances, to support the student’s academic progress at the university, students may cancel their housing assignment without penalty. These reasons may include: 

    • Participating in a registered co-op experience outside of the Greater Boston area 
    • Study Abroad
    • Graduation
    • Leave of Absence
    • Medical Leave of Absence

    In limited circumstances, Housing & Residential Education will issue an administrative housing cancellation. Reasons for an administrative housing cancellation may include: 

    • Loss of privileges living on campus through an administrative process or student conduct process 
    • Academic Dismissal 
    • Voluntary Withdrawal 
    • Leave of Absence 
    • Medical Leave of Absence 
    • Contact with student cannot be made, and student has not moved in 

    In all circumstances, the Associate Director of Housing Operations, or designee, will determine eligibility for room, meal plan, and housing down-payment refunds, if applicable.  

  • Intentional Destruction of University Property

    Wentworth 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.

  • Legal Liability and Student Insurance Options

    Wentworth Institute of Technology is not legally liable for damages or loss of property, nor for failure or interruption of utilities, nor for interruption of services due to weather or acts of nature.  

    Students at Wentworth are strongly encouraged to provide their own personal property loss insurance. It is recommended that parents and families review their current homeowner's insurance to see if the loss of their students' property is covered under their existing policy. If not, it is strongly encouraged that a rider is added to cover students' property while they are living in the residence hall.  

    Students and families are encouraged to research possible options for personal property loss insurance. National Student Services, Inc is a popular option for our students. 

  • Medical Housing Accommodations

    Accessibility Services provides support that allows students with disabilities to fully participate and live in the community. Wentworth subscribes to the policies set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which mandate equal opportunity in education programs and activities for students with disabilities.   

    Students with physical, medical, psychiatric, and learning disabilities are eligible to utilize Accessibility Services to arrange for reasonable accommodations and seek ongoing support at any point in their Wentworth career. Students interested in receiving housing or meal plan accommodations must follow the accommodation and documentation processes and deadlines described on the Accessibility Services website and/or in communication regarding housing selection processes. These processes and deadlines include the submission of required medical information prior to the communicated housing accommodation request deadlines. Accommodations requested and approved after the priority deadline are subject to available housing inventory.  

    Student requests for accommodations and/or questions pertaining to accommodations should be directed to Accessibility Services. Accessibility Services can be reached by phone at (617) 989-4545 or via email at accessibilityservices@wit.edu

  • Personal Safety and Community Security

    Residential students should be aware of their surroundings and observe all safety expectations and tips while in the residence halls:  

    • Residential students must keep their room/suites locked at all times. 

    • Door propping is prohibited; this includes but is not limited to, using existing locks to prop room/apartment/suite doors or using tape to prevent lock from latching. Propped doors allow unauthorized people to enter a space that may endanger the safety of the student and the community. Students should close all doors that they see are propped. 

    • Do not open or hold doors to people who are not assigned to the residence hall into the community, ‘piggy backing’ is prohibited. Be aware of people who may be entering the community behind you. 

    • Residential students must always carry their Wentworth Identification Card and residence all room key(s) (if applicable).  

    Students must contact Wentworth Public Safety (617.989.4444) in case of an emergency. 

  • Pet Policy

    Residential students are not permitted to have animals in the residence halls, with the exception of fish (in no larger than a 10-gallon tank), service animals and approved emotional support animals. Students are responsible for the care of these animals at all times, including during university holidays and breaks.  

    Residential students who would like to have an emotional support animal in their assigned residential space must obtain an approved accommodation by the University prior to the animal’s arrival. Please refer to the Accessibility Services (accessibilityservices@wit.edu; 617-989-4545) to request an accommodation. See here for the Assistance Animals policy. 

    Unapproved animals in the residence halls must be removed from the community immediately, including animals of students awaiting for their accommodation process to conclude. Students with unauthorized animals will be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process.  

  • Prohibited Items

    Prohibited items include: 

    • Alcohol and Drugs:
      • Alcohol in Evans Way, Tudbury Hall, and Baker Hall
      • Certain alcohol is permitted in other residential areas, in accordance with the Responsible Use of Alcohol policy
    • Alcohol Paraphernalia (funnels, ice luge, etc.)
    • Cannabis and Cannabis paraphernalia (i.e. bong, etc.)
    • Illegal drugs, narcotics, controlled substances, or prescription drugs without a prescription
    • Appliances: 
      • Air Conditioners 
      • Electrical equipment not UL-listed or FM approved
      • Extension cords are prohibited. Students should use a UL-listed, multiple-outlet power strips instead
      • If living in Evans Way, Tudbury Hall, or Baker Hall: electric hot pots/hot plates including but not limited to: air fryers, rice cookers, slow cookers, coffee makers (except Keurig), George Foreman grills, toasters and toaster ovens are not permitted.
      • Electric blankets
      • Grills of any kind
      • Hazardous Appliances (toaster ovens, electric heaters, or appliances with open heating coils) 
      • Hot plates
      • Refrigerators larger than 4.0 cubic feet  
      • Space heaters
    • Decorative Items: 
      • Candles and Incense (lit or unlit)
      • Construction signs/street signs/barrels/cones/etc. 
      • Empty alcohol bottles and shot glasses 
      • Fish tanks larger than 10 gallons
      • Halogen, lava, neon lamps/signage or other high-intensity lamps
      • Non-LED string lights
      • Large trees or large plants
    • Flammable gases such as gasoline/kerosene tanks/lighter fluid 
    • Fixed wall mounts (for television, projector, etc.)
    • Furniture: 
      • External mattresses
      • Large furniture items such as futons, couches, armchairs, inflatable items, etc. 
      • Flammable items such as bean bag chairs
      • Ping pong, Pool, or Foosball tables
    • Pets other than fish 
    • Safes or locked boxes larger than 1.8 cubic feet
    • Weapons: 
      • Ammunition
      • Explosives (including fireworks)
      • Guns/Rifles
      • Knives
      • Paintball equipment 
      • Pepper Spray
      • Swords (including decorative swords)
      • Toy guns or squirt guns 
      • Inactive Weapons (decorative items, shell casings, etc.)
    • Additional items outlined in the Student Code of Conduct or other University policies

    If a residential student is found in possession of a prohibited item, they are subject to referral to the Student Code of Conduct process, possible assessment of health and safety violation fines, and/or possible confiscation of prohibited items. Possession of a prohibited item may include any prohibited item that is found in your room, suite or apartment.

    Housing and Residential Education and/or Wentworth Public Safety may confiscate prohibited item(s). If Housing and Residential Education confiscates a prohibited item, residents may pick up by the item at the conclusion of the academic semester from the community director's office where the item was confiscated. Residential students must email the Community Director to schedule a time to pick up their item(s). Residents may only pick up the item for the purpose of removing the item from the residence hall.

    Residents are responsible for any charges related to the confiscation of items, including, but not limited to, storage or transportation. All confiscated items that have been confiscated by Housing and Residential Education staff that are not picked up and/or taken home by the end of the academic semester may be disposed of. Residents who have prohibited items confiscated by WIT Public Safety should contact Public Safety for information about their items.

  • Propped Doors

    The propping of any exterior door to a residential community is strictly prohibited. Propping exterior doors compromises the safety and security of the residential community. Propping an exterior door allows for unwanted visitors to enter the residential communities. 

    Emergency exit doors are only to be used in the event of an emergency and are never to be propped open.     

    See “Personal Safety and Community Security” policy. 

  • Quiet Hours

    Quiet hours are considered important for study in all residential areas. Students should refrain from noise that interferes with the residential and campus community. Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 12 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday and Saturday, and quiet hours are in effect during all final exam weeks. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day and refer to the time outside of the listed Quiet Hours in which all students are expected to be cognizant of the noise they create, and how it can negatively contribute to the communal living environment. 

    Residential students are expected to honor reasonable requests by any student or staff member when asked that noise level be satisfactorily turned down or turned off.  Students should refrain from noise that interferes with the University 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 & Residential Education staff should be contacted for appropriate action. Students responsible for violating this policy will be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process. 

  • Religious Accommodations Policy

    Wentworth Institute of Technology welcomes students of all cultures, faiths, beliefs and backgrounds. Wentworth provides options for students to practice while residing on campus that include: 

    • Students have access to the Prayer & Meditation Room in Beatty Hall to practice their faith.  The Prayer & Meditation Room is a space open to anyone looking for a quiet space to connect spiritually. Meditation cushions, prayer rugs, and a foot sink for ablution are available for use.
    • Housing & Residential Education is available to help facilitate conversations among roommates and suitemates to allow for open communication of religious practices.
    • Students may request reasonable accommodations in the residence halls by submitting the request along with a spiritual advisor’s recommendations to Housing & Residential Education. A committee of university staff will review the request.
    • Students who observe Shabbat may request a physical key to the exterior entrance to their residential community and their suite door to be used during this observance. Students may request the key in advance of Shabbat by emailing Housing & Residential Education.
  • Residence Hall Closing and Move Out Procedures

    Residence halls close at the end of each academic semester, and accordingly, all residential students must vacate their assigned residence spaces in accordance with the shared instructions and guidelines. Unless otherwise communicated, residential students must depart from the residence hall 24 hours after their last final examination, or no later than 4:00pm following the official final day of final examinations. Residential students participating in a co-op semester must also vacate no later than 4:00pm following the official final day of final examinations (unless otherwise communicated). 

    Residential students have the opportunity to check out with a member from the Housing & Residential Education team (e.g. Community Advisor, Community Director, Main Housing Office, etc.) during days and times noted in closing communication or have the opportunity to complete an express checkout.  

    In preparing to depart residence halls, all residential students must: 

    • Take all valuables home when the residential areas are closed.  
    • Clean all surfaces including floors and counters. 
    • Lock all windows and pull-down shades.  
    • Unplug electrical cords from outlets (except for refrigerator).  
    • Remove perishable items from the assignment, including from the refrigerator.  
    • Remove all trash/recycling and dispose of it in nearest dumpster/trash room. 
    • Take plants and fish home for safe keeping. During winter break, the heat in the residence halls will be turned down when the residence halls are closed.  
    • Turn off lights and lock bedroom door.  
    • Return assigned keys (bed, mail, etc.), and check out. 

    If a student is returning to the same residential assignment in the subsequent academic semester (e.g. fall to spring), they must follow additional guidance shared in communication to ensure that the residential assignment is in proper order for a break period.  

    If a student is not returning to the same residential assignment in the subsequent academic semester, they must pack and remove all belongings from the assignment, including from common rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms, unless otherwise directed. Students must ensure the residential assignment is in the same condition as it was upon move in. Students should familiarize themselves with the Damage Assessment and Billing Policy. Students utilizing express checkout waive their right to appeal damage charges.  

  • Residency Requirement

    Wentworth Institute of Technology requires all first-year and second-year students to reside in Wentworth residence halls and select a meal plan.

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

    Approved requests for residency exemptions are valid throughout the duration of the student's tenure at Wentworth. Students do not need to re-apply for a residency exemption.

    Incoming first-year students requesting an exemption to the residency requirement should contact the Office of Admissions

    Rising second-year students requesting an exemption to the residency requirement should see below:

    • Exemptions to this requirement must be requested using the Residency Requirement Exemption form. The form must include appropriate documentation, and must be submitted prior to a student signing the housing agreement. 
      • Exemptions to this policy may be granted under certain conditions, which include:
        • Student will be living with parent/guardian in their principal residence. Only for those within 10 miles of campus;
        • Student is 23 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 and/or has dependent children. A copy of the marriage certificate or birth certificate must be submitted as documentation.
        • Can demonstrate other acceptable extenuating circumstances, such as a medical need or religious need, and may be asked to provide appropriate documentation for review.

    Exemption requests are due prior to housing selection for the following academic year. Students should refer to communication regarding housing selection to learn about the specific date for deadline. 

    A Residency Exemption Request Review Committee, comprised of university staff including the Director of Housing and Residential Education (or their designee) review requests for rising second-year residency exemptions. The decision is final and is not subject to appeal. 

    Any student not granted exemption under this policy who fails to reside in University housing may be required to pay all room and board charges for the semester(s) in which the student failed to reside in University housing as required under this policy.

  • Residential Guest Policy

    Residential students may have guests within their residential community, room or suite. All roommate/suitemate’s right to access, privacy, study and sleep are free from disturbance and must be adhered to and respected. Guests are defined as anyone who is not a Wentworth residential student including students of different residential communities. 

     

    Expectations include but are not limited to the following: 

    • The hosting student is responsible for registering their guest(s) prior to the guest arrival using the Visitor Registration Form.  
      • Guests must be registered regardless of time spent in residence halls 
      • Guests must be registered each time they visit the residence halls 
    • The hosting student must always accompany their guest and shall assume responsibility for all actions taken by their guest while they are visiting Wentworth property. 
    • Students bringing guests to University-sponsored events will be held responsible for the actions of their guest(s). 
    • Students are responsible for their guests’ behavior in all areas of campus including but not limited to academic, administrative, and residential buildings. 
    • Guests must have a valid identification in their possession when on Wentworth property and present that identification to a Wentworth official when asked. 

     

    Additional Residential Restrictions: 

    • Guests must be 18 years of age or older. 
    • Guests must comply with all rules and restrictions in the Student Code of Conduct. 
    • No guest may stay overnight in the public areas of any residence hall or in academic or administrative buildings. 
    • Residential students must have the prior approval of all roommates/suitemates in order to host a guest. 
    • A residential student may have up to two guests in the residential community.  
    • Residential students may only host an overnight guest for up to four nights in a month.  
    • Any guest in a residence hall after 6:00 pm must be signed in with the desk attendants. Guests who arrive prior to 6:00 pm must return with their host to the desk attendant area to show a proper form of photo identification and be signed in.  
    • Proper forms of identification can include: 
      • Passport  
      • State ID card 
      • Military ID card 
      • Driver’s license 
    • Regardless of age, no guest is permitted to bring alcohol onto campus. 
    • Guests are only permitted in the residence halls during contracted times as stated in the housing agreement. 
      • When the institution is closed to residential students (i.e. Winter Break, spring-to-summer break), no guests are permitted in the residence halls.  
    • Guests are subject to all the above rules and restrictions and host students are responsible for their guests' actions. Students enrolled at other institutions will be referred to their enrolled institutions for disciplinary action. 
  • Residential Lockout Policy

    Residential students are responsible for having their Wentworth ID and their keys on their person when they leave their apartment/suite/residence hall. If, for any reason, a student is locked out of their residence hall room, they should first contact their roommate/suitemate to allow them access, if that person is unavailable, they may seek assistance from a Wentworth staff member. 

    Please see the table below for the appropriate staff member to contact. 

    Monday-Friday 

    8:30AM-4:30PM 

     Housing Office 

    617-989-4160 

    525 Huntington Ave.  

    Monday-Friday 

    4:30-8:00PM 

    Public Safety 

    617-989-4400 

    Monday-Sunday 

    8:00PM-8:00AM (overnight) 

    Community Advisor on Duty 

    Posted in each community 

    Saturday-Sunday 

    8:00AM-8:00PM 

    Community Advisor on Duty  

    Posted in each community  

     

    A staff member will record each lockout. Each resident is permitted one “excused” lockout per semester and will be assessed a fee for subsequent lockouts. The second lockout is $10 and subsequent lockouts are $25 each. Lockout fees will be added to the residential student's account. 

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

  • Responsible Use of Alcohol in Residential Living Area Policy

    The Responsible Use of Alcohol policy allows residential students of legal drinking age to attain Responsible User status and possess a limited amount of beer or wine in their living space. Hard alcohol is not permitted anywhere on campus.

    The Responsible Use of Alcohol policy applies to students who are 21 years or older and reside in the Apartments@525, 555 Huntington Avenue, 610 Huntington Avenue, and Louis Prang and Vancouver apartments.

    • Students under the age of 21 cannot consume alcohol no matter where they reside on campus.
    • No alcohol is allowed in Baker Hall, Evans Way Hall or Tudbury Hall at any time.

    In suites/apartments, the students who are 21 years or older and meet the responsible user criteria are permitted to have only one of the following:

    • Six (6) 12 oz. beers
    • Six (6) prepackaged/premeasured 12 oz. beverages such as “Mikes Hard Lemonade”
    • One (1) 1.5-liter bottle of wine

    Additional Restrictions:

    • Any alcohol that a Responsible User student possesses must be stored in the student’s bedroom.
    • To be able to possess and store alcohol in a bedroom, all residents of that bedroom must be 21 years or older.

    To be eligible under this policy:

    • 66% of the residents of the suite or apartment must be at least 21 years of age.
    • Each resident of the suite 21 years or older must review and complete the Responsible Use of Alcohol education module, available on  Brightspace
      • Each resident of the suite 21 years or older must earn a score of 80% or higher on the Responsible Use of Alcohol Module
        • If you do not see the course or do not have access, email Housing@wit.edu.

    Once all the students who live in suites meet the Responsible Use of Alcohol policy criteria and have successfully completed the Responsible Use of Alcohol module with a score of 80% or better, they will receive a Responsible Use of Alcohol certificate, valid for the academic semester they are in.

    • The Responsible User Certificate will have the names of only the Responsible Users residing in a suite/apartment and must be posted on the inside of the suite/apartment door at all times.
    • Violations of the alcohol policy that occur in a suite or apartment where there are Responsible Users, all Responsible User certificates will be confiscated and the Responsible Users in that suite will immediately lose that status.
    • IMPORTANT: Students who are found responsible for providing alcohol to minors may be placed on Institute Probation.
    • If a new resident who is not 21 years or older moves into a Responsible User suite or apartment and the suite falls below the 66% 21-year or older eligibility criteria, the Responsible Use of Alcohol certificate will be rescinded.
  • Right of Entry

    The University reserves the right for designees including but not limited to Housing & Residential Education staff, Public Safety staff, and Physical Plant staff to enter and inspect any residential space. Housing & Residential Education staff have the right to enter a room at any time, to take precautions that they find necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants/community members, and to enforce University policy. Members of the Physical Plant staff may enter without prior notice for the purpose of conducting non-emergency or emergency inspections and repairs. Public Safety staff may also enter rooms when there is a probable cause of policy violation or eminent danger to the student(s).  

    Illegal substances or items may be confiscated.  

    Entry may occur without prior notice when deemed necessary. 

  • Right to Search

    The University reserves the right to search any room when it reasonably believes that a violation of University policy is occurring to investigate the situation and confiscate items that indicate such violations. Suspicious odors and disruptive behavior will be considered grounds for a search. In addition, Wentworth reserves the right to search a student’s person, motor vehicle and room, including but not limited to refrigerators, closets, safes, desks, and large bags or boxes. Students are required to open any items that may be locked or otherwise secured. Failure to open locked items may result in their confiscation until such time that their content can be verified. Prohibited items noted in the Student Code of Conduct (e.g. alcoholic beverages and containers, drug paraphernalia, fire safety items, weapons) will be confiscated and used in University student code of conduct proceedings and criminal 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 University.

  • Room Change Requests

    Housing and Residential Education 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 Community Advisor and/or Community Director. Additionally, the Housing and Residential Education 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 their assigned space for the duration of the agreement. A room change is an amendment to this agreement. All room changes must be authorized in writing by Housing and Residential Education staff. Unauthorized room changes are a violation of the Unauthorized Occupancy policy, and may result in disciplinary action or fees.

    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, provided space is available. To initiate such a change, these students must see their Community Director.

    Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to change room assignments at its discretion.

    Students that are currently living on-campus and would like to change rooms should complete the Room Change Request Form. A member of the Housing & Residential Education staff will respond to requests via Wentworth email.

  • Room Personalization

    Wentworth Housing & Residential Education recognizes the desire and importance of personalizing and decorating residential spaces. Adherence to the following guidelines allows residential students to freely decorate and personalize their residential space while minimizing any potential damage and ensuring overall safety and well-being of the residential community.  

    Residential students are welcome to hang appropriate wall decorations if non-damaging adhesives are used. For fire safety purposes, no decoration (tapestry, posters, ceiling lights, etc.) is to be adhered to the ceiling of any room.  Emergency lights, smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler heads, and air vents are to remain clear from any obstruction. See Walls and Ceilings policy for a more comprehensive list of approved and not approved adhesives.   

    Live decorations such as trees, wreaths and large plants are not permitted as they can lead to extensive damage in the case of a fire and attract pests/insects. 

    The use of alcohol and drug paraphernalia (including empty alcohol bottles) is not allowed for decorative purposes. Any alcohol or drug paraphernalia used for decorative purposes will be confiscated from the student in possession and may be referred to the Student Code of Conduct process.  

    Decorations and personalization that modify the physical structure of a space such as painting, wallpaper, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry work is prohibited. Further, decorations and personalization may not violate University policies.  

    At the end of the housing agreement period, the room/suite/apartment should be in the same condition as it was upon move-in. Students will be assessed a fee for any damage or missing/misplaced furniture in accordance with residential damage policies. This includes removing all decorations that a residential student brings into their residential space.  

    Housing & Residential Education staff reserves the right to remove any personalization and decorations that violate University policy and/or that jeopardize the safety and wellbeing of the residential community. Residents will be responsible for any damage incurred in the removal of such decorations and personalization. 

    For fire safety purposes, any small furniture brought into the residence hall must comply with California flammability standards (California Fire Code 117 or higher).    No oversized furniture, external mattresses, external bed frames, or flammable material such as beanbag chairs, will be permitted in the residence halls. All items brought into the residence halls must be removed upon moving out. This includes all permitted furniture pieces and decorations. See the Room Configuration Policy for more information. 

  • Sales and Solicitation

    Students are prohibited from using Wentworth residential facilities or resources for commercial activity such as solicitating business or creating products or services for sale. Residential rooms/suites/apartments are not permitted to be sublet or rented through services such as Airbnb. 

  • Storage Policy

    Space permitting, Housing & Residential Education provides opportunities for students to request limited short-term storage during breaks. Storage is not guaranteed. 

    Typically, to be eligible for storage, the criteria below must be met:  

    • Must be an active Wentworth Institute of Technology student
    • Must have an active housing assignment for the semester in which they will be returning to Wentworth as a residential student
    • Experiencing a hardship in which storage is necessary (far distance from permanent address, international students, etc.) 

    Once approved for storage, it is the responsibility of the student to be aware of all storage policies. While these are subject to change, the below represents typical storage policies:  

    • Complete a Semester Transition Storage Inventory Form and turn this form into Housing & Residential Education prior to storing items and departing campus.   
    • Label all belongings with proper labels provided by Housing & Residential Education. 
    • Access to storage will only be available during limited hours published by Housing & Residential Education.   
    • All items must be stored in boxes, bins, or totes that fit in the assigned storage space.   
    • Items prohibited from storage are large furniture pieces, appliances, bicycles, or items deemed too large for storage by Housing & Residential Education.  
    • Under no circumstances are food, liquids, flammable, or other hazardous fire materials allowed to be put into storage.  

    Students are responsible for the transportation of their items to and from their assigned storage space. Moving bins are not guaranteed and Housing & Residential Education staff as well as Physical Plant staff will not be available to assist with the moving of student belongings. Storage is only available for the length of one semester (i.e., spring to fall storage).  

    Students will be required to remove their items from storage within the first full week of classes, and any items left behind will be disposed of.  

    Wentworth Institute of Technology accepts no responsibility of liability for theft, loss, or damage to any student belongings placed in storage.   

    Housing & Residential Education will provide a list of local storage companies to arrange for the 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

    Residential students are prohibited from occupying a residential space without an official housing assignment from Housing & Residential Education. Residential students cannot re-assign themselves (swap, trade spaces, or move to a vacant room) without written permission from Housing & Residential Education. 

    Residential students are prohibited from subletting, transferring, assigning, short term renting or sharing a room with anyone who is not assigned. 

    Students found in violation of this policy will be referred to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. 

  • Vacancies

    Housing & Residential Education reserves the right to place students in any vacant room assignment at any time in the semester. Residential students are prohibited from attempting to prevent occupancy of a vacant space and must not dissuade a prospective roommate from moving in.  

    Students may not assign themselves to or otherwise live, store items, or access any residential assignment not assigned to them. This includes student who may have a vacancy within their direct bedroom -- students must keep that vacancy clean and clear. Students found to be occupying a space (physically, or with personal items) may be subject to disciplinary action and/or may be assessed cleaning fees.

    When time permits, Housing & Residential Education will provide advance notice to current residents of a space. Updated roommate and suitemate information is available to view on the myHousing portal system. 

  • Walls and Ceilings

    Ceilings must remain clear. Tapestries, posters, flags, etc. cannot be adhered to the ceiling. Emergency lights, smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler heads, and air vents, must always remain clear of obstruction.  

    No more than 25% of a single wall space may be covered.

    All wall decorations must be hung by using non-damaging materials such as painters tape and 3M hooks. Duct tape, clear packaging tape, tacks, nails, and screws are not permitted as they may lead to damage fees.

    Painting of walls, murals, and applying wallpaper are prohibited. Installing wall-mounted items (i.e. television mount) are also prohibited. 

    String lights are prohibited. LED lights are permitted; however, they cause significant damage to the walls and the use of these adhesives will lead to damage fees. (It is recommended students use 3M removable hooks when hanging the LED lights.) 

  • Windows

    Window screens must remain in all windows and should not be removed. Students are prohibited from climbing outdoor fixtures around or adjacent to the residence halls.

    Decorations or personal items may not be hung outside a window. Items are prohibited from being placed on outdoor windowsills, ledges, or rooftops.

    No one may use a window to enter or exit any residential area, unless to exit in the event of an emergency. 

    Wentworth reserves the right to remove any signage or materials from a residence hall window or areas visible to the public at any time for any reason.