Damage and Vandalism

Affected Parties

Undergrads in Residence

Policy Statement

Damage or Loss of Personal and College Property

  • The College does not assume responsibility or carry insurance for the loss of personal property within any of its residences due to vandalism, theft, fire, wind, flood, accidents, or other catastrophes.
  • Residents of College housing are expected to provide adequate insurance coverage for all personal property.
  • Residents assume any and all liability for damage or claims that result from their own negligence, as well as any negligence of visitors or guests.
  • Residents are liable for any damage and/or loss to a room, its furnishings, or any other part of the residence hall or its environs.
  • Sports and recreational activities that may cause damage to property as well as disruption or injury to others are not permitted.
  • Misuse, abuse, theft or damage to personal property by one resident or group of residents to another is not permitted. 


Students are encouraged to report any information regarding specific acts of vandalism to their Assistant Director or to Residential Operations or Safety & Security.

  • Residents who are found responsible for damage will be liable for any damage and/or loss to a residential facility or its furnishings and may face disciplinary action through the Residential Life judicial process.
  • Whenever possible, repair or replacement costs will be assessed to the individual(s) responsible; when this is not possible, costs will be prorated among the residents of a cluster, building, floor or wing, room, suite or apartment. Costs prorated among the residents is referred to as “Common Damage.” Common damage charges are not part of the Residential Life Judicial Process. Students who wish to appeal common damage charges should discuss their concerns with their Assistant Director or Residential Operations.

Effective Date

July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility