Kitchens and Food Preparation

Effective Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of Residential Life

Affected Parties

Undergrads in Residence

Policy Statement

Locker Keys

Kitchen locker keys are available to residence hall occupants, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning on the first day of classes each term.

  • Not all kitchen areas are equipped with lockable cabinets. In these locations, students are expected to bring cooking items to the kitchen at the time of their use, and to expect that any items left in the cabinet may be used by others.
  • Only one kitchen locker key will be issued to a student.
  • Kitchen locker keys must be returned to the Undergraduate Housing Office or to one of the remote key return sites located in the Hopkins Center, the River, Choates, and the East Wheelock Cluster or the Department of Safety and Security.
  • Failure to return the kitchen key in accordance with end-of-term closing procedures will result in a $20 replacement charge.

Food Preparation

All students residing in College residences are required to participate in the College dining program. Kitchens located in residential facilities are intended for the use of residents for casual dining purposes. These facilities are offered to enhance the community living experience and are designed for floor events, occasional meals for an individual or group, baking cookies, special events and the occasional snack. These kitchen areas are not intended for a student to use on a daily basis to meet their nutritional requirements.

For reasons of health, sanitation and fire safety, food may be cooked only in the kitchens of College owned or operated residential facilities.

  • Students who use cooking facilities must clean up after themselves.
  • All food must be kept in closed containers, and garbage must be disposed of immediately.
  • Students who violate health and sanitation standards may be liable for any resulting cleaning or pest control costs and may be subject to fines and/or disciplinary action.