A damage bill is a charge that is applied to your student account after moving out
of your space on campus, if damage to the room is found once the space has been assessed
by Residential Programs staff members. Damage charges can be applied to your student
account at any time if a Residential Programs staff member determines that you damaged
Damage vs. Wear & Tear
Wear and tear is the normal process by which an item loses its original condition
over time. This is outside of the control of an individual student and an expected
part of the use of a space. Damage on the other hand is caused by the misuse or neglect
of the space by a student. An example for comparison would be a dresser drawer sticking
in the track due to normal use and age (wear and tear), versus the front of a dresser
drawer being detached because someone pulled hard on the handle causing it to become
Why we do damage billing?
We assess damage charges because future students who will be moving into your space
deserve to live in a clean and safe environment. If you leave your space in worse
condition than when you moved in, it costs money to restore it to its original condition.
Costs for damage billing are determined by the Director of Residential Operations
and Residential Financial Services. Prices are determined using a few factors including
costs of labor and materials. Examples of general costs for damage billing are:
Bed Frame Replacement- $320
Wall repairs (i.e. removing nails and plastering walls)- $125
Excessive Cleaning(per room)- $125
How are damage bills are determined?
Damage bills are determined by Residential Programs professional staff members. This
means that your Resident Assistant CANNOT determine if something is a damage bill
or not. Your space is assessed after you move out by a professional staff member who
checks records that you signed when you moved in detailing the condition of your space
prior to your move in. If when you leave your space there are new damages that were
not originally cited before you moved in, you are responsible for the damage and will
be billed to restore the space to an acceptable condition.
What about damages in shared areas?
In the event that two or more persons occupy the same apartment/room/suite and it
cannot be ascertained which student is responsible for the damage, the charge will
be assessed against residents equally. It is the student’s responsibility to keep
the facilities and furnishings of the University in good condition for use by future
Timeline for Charges on bills
Charges on your student account are applied within 30 days after you vacate your space.
If you are charged for a damage bill there is an appeals process that you can choose
to participate in. The details of this process will be emailed to you when you are
informed that you have been assessed a charge for damages.
Examples of common damages