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Residence License Agreement Academic Year 2022-2023
THE LICENSE, titled the “Residence License and Dining Services Agreement Academic Year 2022-2023” (commonly known as the Housing Contract or Housing License or Residence License Agreement) is a legally binding agreement which all residents must sign electronically. This license becomes a legally binding contract with either the University or Provident Group-Montclair Properties L.L.C. (in the event the student is assigned to on-campus housing owned by Provident Group-Montclair Properties, L.L.C. or other on-campus housing of the University made available to Provident Group Properties L.L.C.) within five (5) business days after the date students are sent notification by the University of their housing assignment. This License financially obligates the student to pay for the full term (fall and spring semesters) of the Housing License Agreement. The authentication procedures for the Web information System, RMS, serve as the electronic signature for students. Electronic submission of application information does not guarantee confirmation of a housing assignment. Students are only released from their Housing Contract and the financial obligation to pay if they apply for a release from this contract and it is granted by the University. Signing an off-campus lease or signing up for a fully online course schedule will not release you from your Housing License. If a student chooses to move off campus, he/she will not be guaranteed housing for the following year but may apply for wait-list status.
GENERAL HOUSING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- The Residence License and Dining Service Agreement is for the entire 2022-2023 academic year. The Residence License and Dining Services Agreement cannot be transferred to any other academic year. No refunds will be issued or a cancellation of housing permitted unless: 1) the student is a returning student and notifies the University in writing that they wish to cancel this License within five (5) days following the date notice is sent by the University of their room assignment; or 2) the student is a first year freshman or transfer student and he/she notifies the University in writing that they wish to cancel this License within five (5) days following the date notice is sent by the University of their room
- No student under the age of 17 will be permitted to live in the residence facilities unless permission is granted by the Executive Director of Residence Life or their designee.
- Residence accommodations are available only to fully matriculated students enrolled in a degree granting program at the University. Priority is given to undergraduate students registered for and maintaining 12 or more credits per semester, and graduate students registered for and maintaining 9 or more credits per semester. Exceptions to this must be made in writing via email to the Office of Residence Life and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University is unable to provide family housing accommodations.
- After the 100% Add/Drop period, students with less than nine (9) credits will have their academic progress reviewed to determine their eligibility to remain in housing. Montclair State University reserves the right after the review to terminate a student’s housing agreement. In the event a student is directed to vacate housing they must do so within 24 hours of notification. The University shall determine, in its sole discretion, whether to release the student from the obligation to pay the amounts due under the Residence License Agreement.
- If a student in housing does fall below full-time status this does not automatically release a student from their housing agreement.
- Students living in the residence halls are required to maintain one of the main residential meal plans. Residents of The Village at Little Falls and Hawk Crossings are not required but are encouraged to enroll in any of the meal plans offered. Red Hawk Dollars are accepted at all on-campus dining and vending locations. (Please see Part II for the Dining Service Agreement).
- Students requesting housing must pay a housing application fee in the amount of $300.00 and complete the on-line bed selection or application process. If a student is assigned to housing, the entire fee will be credited to the student’s University account. If a student is not assigned to University housing, or cancels within 5 days after notice is sent by the University to the student regarding his/her room assignment, $175 of the housing application fee will be returned to the student. After the 5-day period, if a student is released from the Residence License, the entire fee is forfeited.
- Students who fail to enroll after acceptance to the University will forfeit the full $300.00 housing application fee.
- Failure to occupy an assigned space after agreeing to the Residence License does not relieve the student of the responsibility to fulfill the terms of this Agreement. Similarly, a student who accepts keys to the assigned space shall be deemed as an acceptance of all terms of this Residence License, and a failure to accept, or improperly complete the Residence License by electronic signature, shall not relieve the student from responsibility for all the terms and conditions and payment obligations of this License Agreement.
- No commercial activity may be conducted in or from any University residential facility. In addition, babysitting is not permitted in any University residence facility.
- Students are not able to rent or sublet their space on campus to any person. Students who violate this may be adjudicated through the student conduct system.
- Any resident who becomes ineligible for housing and is directed to vacate his/her assigned space may not remain in a University residence facility as an overnight guest of another resident.
- All residential facilities at Montclair State University are completely non-smoking. No one (including guests of the resident) may smoke in any room, suite, lounge, hallway, or apartment. The New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 was amended in 2010 banning electronic smoking devices. Therefore, the use of any electronic smoking device also is prohibited. Any violation of the no-smoking policy may be adjudicated through the student conduct system.
- The resident and the University shall faithfully observe and comply with all applicable provisions of the University’s Student Code of Conduct and any amendments thereto. In addition, each resident agrees to abide by and remain current with: (1) all policies and procedures contained in the Resident Handbook, and (2) applicable individual building policies.
- Students who are 25 years and older are housed in the Village Apartment complex.
- Residents are not permitted to have pets of any type within the residence halls with the exception of non-predatory fish in a five (5) gallon or less fish tank per resident. The only other animals permitted within the residence halls are service/support animals in accordance with ADA guidelines. All students requesting these animals must review the University requirements with the Disability Resource Center and the University’s policy on service/support animals. The student must register with the Disability Resource Center and receive approval for support animals prior to the animal arriving on campus. The University assumes no liability for this animal, and it is the sole responsibility of the student requesting its presence on campus. Please see the University’s Policy on Service and Emotional Support Animals for additional details which can be found on the Disability Resource Center’s website.
- Montclair State University students who require a healthcare professional to administer a medical treatment (examples: wound care, intravenous infusion, respiratory treatment) while living in the Residence Hall must notify the University Health Center and Disability Resource Center at least five (5) business days prior to the commencement of the treatment. Students are encouraged to discuss any treatments with their roommate(s) to prevent disruptions and encourage communication. In the event it is deemed by the Disability Resource Center, in consultation with the University Health Center, that the service cannot be reasonably accommodated in the residence hall, the student and provider must make appropriate off campus arrangements.
TERMINATION BY THE UNIVERSITY
- The University may terminate this agreement and take possession of the assigned space for, but not limited to the following: 1) violation of any University rule or regulation and/or Federal and State laws; 2) reasons pertaining to health, safety and welfare of any student, guest or member of the University community; 3) violation by a resident that infringes upon the rights of others; 4) а student’s non-payment.
- The University may take possession of the room/apartment 24 hours after the resident has been notified that his or her Residence License and Dining Agreement has been terminated. The possessions left on the premises by a resident after the deadline shall be deemed abandoned. Any cost incurred in the removal of abandoned property will be billed to the resident.
- If a resident is removed from housing as a result of student conduct action taken by the University, the resident may appeal the decision in accordance with the procedures delineated in the University’s Student Code of Conduct.A final termination notice will not be issued until the resident has completed the appeal process, unless the University, in its sole reasonable discretion, determines that permitting the resident to remain in the facility constitutes a danger to individuals and/or the University community.
- Dismissal from housing as a result of an administrative decision of the Executive Director of Residence Life, or the designee, will be considered final and not subject to appeal by the resident.
- Upon reasonable notice to a student, Montclair State University reserves the right to request a student to vacate housing due to public health emergency needs, including but not limited to COVID-19, and the Housing Agreement shall not be deemed terminated by Montclair State. In the event a Housing Agreement is terminated by Montclair State University, students may be provided a prorated refund or credit based on then current policies.
- In the event that the University is directed to close its residence hall by order of the Health Department, Executive order of the Governor or other government officials the University will give students a time frame in which they must vacate their room and remove their belongings. Students may utilize a moving company to assist with move-out with approval from the Office of Residence Life. The University assumes no liability if a student chooses this option. If a student does not claim their belongings within 10 business days their property will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of.
- Room and roommate assignments are made without regard to race, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or national origin. Complaints of unequal treatment may be referred to the Executive Director of Residence Life or the Associate Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life/ Dean of Students.
- The University reserves the right to refuse housing to any individual whose presence may not be in the best interest of the community. Residents are expected to consistently demonstrate a willingness and ability to maintain reasonable roommate and community relationships. Failure to do so may result in the termination of this Residence License Agreement.
- No room changes are permitted during the first two full weeks after classes begin, as well as during the room freeze period at the end of each semester. Room changes require written approval from the Office of Residence Life. An unauthorized room change is cause for conduct action and/or termination of this Residence License Agreement.
- The University reserves all rights in connection with the assignment, re-assignment, or over-assignment of any room, or the termination of its occupancy. The University also reserves the right, in its sole discretion to reassign a resident to another room, apartment, or leased off campus site in order to perform renovations, repairs, or to address health and safety issues, and/or when the University deems it to be in the best interest of the resident or the University. If a residence hall under construction or renovation at the time this contract is entered into is not available for occupancy, the University will give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to reassignment. In the event of an emergency, a resident may be moved without prior notice. Reassignment of students by the University to a new assignment, leased off campus site or triple occupancy room due to a residence hall under construction or renovation that is not available for occupancy shall not permit students to cancel their Residence License Agreement or require the University to grant a release. In this event, the student will not be refunded or compensated while work is being done to the current living space.
- Students requiring special accommodations must submit supporting documentation to the Disability Resource Center, the office will review and forward recommendations for room assignment to the Office of Residence Life. All disability records are strictly confidential. All accommodation requests must be made by the deadlines outlined by the Office of Residence Life. Accommodation requests submitted after the posted dates will be considered on a space available basis.
- Board plans include meals over Thanksgiving weekend and spring recess; limited menu options and dining venues will be available during these times. Board plans do not include meals over the winter break, starting the day after the last day of Fall Semester through the day after the last day of Winter Session (December 22, 2022 through January 14, 2023). A separate winter break meal plan may be purchased from Dining Services by students who require meals on campus during this time period; limited menu options and venues will be available during winter break.
- The campus has established procedures for redress for student residents in the event of loss of services such as but not limited to, heat, light and hot water or other environmental factors in residence halls for extended periods that are within the control of the campus.
- The procedures include a provision for housing students elsewhere if the conditions that cause loss of heat, light or sanitary conditions or create other unsafe conditions cannot be rectified within a reasonable period. There will be no adjustment in rates (increase or refund) during the relocation period.
- If housing the students elsewhere on campus is not possible, then the campus shall house the students in alternate housing off campus at no additional cost to the students. There will be no refund of on campus housing fees during this period as housing is being provided as per this license agreement.
- The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to change assignments in order to provide for maximum occupancy and utilization of space. Residents living in rooms/suites/apartments that are not fully occupied (under-assigned rooms) will be subject to room consolidation. Consolidation exists to bring equity between residents. Residents in those rooms may be contacted to choose from the following options: (1) have another resident(s) move in their room to fill all spaces; (2) move to another space to fill a room; or, if permitted, (3a) retain the triple room as a double at the prorated cost of a double space for the remainder of the semester; or (3b) retain the double room as a single at 1-1/2 times the cost of the double room rate, for the remainder of the semester.
- The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to change assignments in order to provide for maximum occupancy and utilization of space in a University leased facility, and to accommodate students who are assigned to housing under construction or renovation that is not available for occupancy.
- Residents may not occupy residence hall rooms when the residential facilities are closed, unless authorized by the Executive Director of Residence Life or their designee. Opening and closing dates for the residence facilities are listed at the end of this document and can be found on the Office of Residence Life website.
- Residents must check-in before noon of the second day of classes or their assigned space may be reassigned to another student unless prior arrangements have been made with the Office of Residence Life. Students who do not check in to their assigned space and who do not obtain a Release, remain liable for the room and board charges for the entire academic year.
- Residents are not permitted to check-in prior to the official opening date of the residence facilities. Residents whose presence on campus is required by a specific department or organization to assist with the opening of the University may be granted permission to arrive early. Requests for early check-in must be made in advance and submitted in writing by the appropriate department or organization and are subject to approval by the Office of Residence Life. There may be a nominal fee associated with early move in requests.
- Each resident must complete and sign the room/suite/apartment inventory form provided by the Office of Residence Life upon check-in. This form lists pre-existing physical conditions of each assigned room and is the basis for the assessment of damages and/or loss attributable to the resident at the termination of occupancy. Failure to complete, sign and return the room/apartment inventory form will result in the resident’s assumption of financial responsibility for any damages evident in the room/suite/apartment at the time of termination of occupancy.
- Move-in/move-out dates may vary from contract dates and are based on room availability and on-campus conditions.
- Students may move in only on the authorized check-in date or receive written approval from the Office of Residence Life for an exception.
- Rooms, suites, or apartments are not considered vacated until all personal possessions are removed, the key is returned, and the inventory form is completed and signed by a Residence Life staff member. In addition, residents are responsible for the removal of all garbage from their rooms/suites/apartments. Failure to adhere to this directive will result in charges being assessed for improper check-out, lock changes and/or damage.
- When checking out of their assigned spaces at the end of the fall or spring semester, the condition of the room, suite/or apartment must be left in the condition it was at the time the student moved in. All residents must use the Express Check-Out envelope to place keys in and deposit the sealed envelope into the designated drop box. Any discrepancies between the Room Condition Reports with the condition of the room upon check out will be evaluated by the Community Director and or the Assistant Director of Facilities or their designee and the appropriate damage charges will be applied to the student’s account. Any damage billing may be appealed in writing to the Assistant Director for Facilities in the Office of Residence Life, or to the Director of Facilities and Administration at The Heights, within fifteen (15) days of the billing date. All appeals received after fifteen (15) days of billing are considered late and may not be evaluated, in which case, charges will stand.
- Residents who are not enrolling at the University and, therefore, not continuing in housing for the following academic term (i.e., Fall, Spring and/or Summer), are required to vacate their assigned space no later than 24 hours following their last exam. In cases where there are less than 24 hours between the last exam and the official closing date/time of the facilities, residents must vacate by the date/time stipulated in the official closing notice distributed to all residents.
- Residents interested in summer housing must complete a Summer Residence Application and abide by the instructions provided. The University reserves the right to remove residents and/or charge for occupancy beyond the closing deadline.
- Residents granted a Release by the University from their Residence License Agreement during the academic year will be given 24 hours to vacate their room, suite, or apartment. Failure to do so will result in the student being charged for the room until the resident properly checks out and returns their key(s). Failure to return the room key after three business days of official notice of release will result in the resident being charged for a lock change and an improper check out. Residents who are granted a Release during the Fall semester, who are not continuing in housing for the following academic term (i.e., Spring and/or Summer), are required to vacate their assigned room, suite, or apartment no later than 24 hours after their last examination. In cases where there are less than 24 hours between the last examination and the official date/time of the facilities, residents must vacate by the date/time stipulated in the official closing notice distributed to all residents.
- After a Release is granted by the University, the resident becomes ineligible to remain in their assigned room, suite, or apartment during the break period since the term of the License Agreement ends on the official closing date of the semester.
- Damage assessment is done by the Community Director, and or the Assistant Director of Facilities or their designee during an inspection of the room or apartment after check-out. These charges are based on the existing condition of the room or apartment at check-out compared to the condition reported at check-in, as well as information provided by the Resident Assistants.
- Roommates/suites/apartment-mates share responsibility for damages occurring in their room/suite/apartment. If the individual(s) responsible for the damages cannot be identified, the roommates/suitemates/apartment-mates will share the cost of the repairs/replacements.
- Building residents share the responsibility for damages to common areas. If there are damages that cannot be attributed to a specific individual, the cost of repairs or replacements will be assessed and shared among specific rooms, suites, floors, wings, or all residents of the building/complex.
BILLING AND REFUNDS
- For billing and refund purposes, occupancy is defined as failure to notify the University within the five (5) days following the date that notice is sent by the University to the student of his/her room assignment, and the University’s denial of a Release if requested by a student.
- Residents who are granted a Release by the University are authorized to withdraw from housing and must follow proper check-out procedures; otherwise, they will continue to be billed for occupancy on a nightly basis until they have officially completed the check-out process.
- Residents removed from University housing for student conduct reasons are not eligible for refunds and will remain liable for the balance of the amount due under this License for the remainder of the academic year. The resident respondent or complainant’s withdrawal from the University does not terminate the disciplinary proceeding except when the University representative determines that it is appropriate under the circumstances for campus security, and reaches a resolution with the respondent, which includes withdrawal of the disciplinary charges. Any student(s) who withdraws from the University in an attempt to circumvent the conduct process will still be held accountable to established policies, if the alleged student is found responsible based on process guidelines. In such incidents, depending on the outcome of the process, the student would be subject to forfeiture of any tuition, fees, etc.
- All room and board charges must be paid, or deferments arranged, before a resident is issued a room key and his/her ID-Card is validated for meals. In addition, residents whose registration is canceled for failure to satisfy their financial obligations to the University may no longer reside in University housing and must check out within 24 hours of cancellation. Cancellation of registration will not relieve a student from payment of housing costs.
- Room and board rates do not include winter break or summer sessions nor spring recess. There will be no increase in room rent in the event of the semester being lengthened in order to meet academic requirements. In the case of unforeseen events that might increase or decrease the number of meal days per semester, board charges will be adjusted proportionately. Board charges include fall and spring meals as noted on the schedule of Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates listed at the end of this document.
- The University may charge a fee for winter break housing. The fee will be prorated to assist with the continued operation of the building during those times. This fee will cover operations including but not limited to desk coverage, residential staff and utilities.
- Housing during Thanksgiving weekend, winter break and spring recess: prior to each recess, staff will determine who will need housing and meals to ensure staff coverage. Board plans will include meals over Thanksgiving weekend and spring recess; limited menu options and dining venues will be available during these times. Board plans do not include meals over the winter break which starts the day after the last day of Fall Semester through the day after the last day of Winter Session (December 22, 2022-January 14, 2023). A separate winter break meal plan may be purchased from Dining Services by students who require meals on campus during this time period. Board charges include meals as noted on the schedule of Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates listed at the end of this document.
- Residents who voluntarily take a leave of absence, withdraw from the University, or are not registered for classes will be required to leave University housing, and may receive a prorated refund of room changes if the student applies for and is granted a Release by the University. Please note that under no circumstances will a refund be granted after the eighth week of classes.
- Residents who change rooms without written approval from the office of Residence Life may only receive a prorated billing adjustment, if applicable, as of the approved effective date. Proration will not be backdated.
- The Residence License and Dining Agreement is for the entire academic year. No refunds of room charges will be made unless the student applies for, and the University grants a Release.
- Residents who do not enroll for an academic term and complete the Leave of Absence or Withdrawal process, graduate, or are accepted and enroll in study abroad, forfeit their room assignment and remain liable for payments due under this Residence License unless a Release is granted by the University.
- Residents who attempt to circumvent the cancellation process by withdrawing from all classes and then re-register for classes will have the room charges reinstated on their student account.
HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY
- We expect that all members of Montclair State University—residents, staff, visitors, and guests—act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All residential students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within University housing and Montclair State may request or require a resident to leave housing if their continued presence in housing poses a health or safety risk to others. Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted and amended by Montclair State University as it relates to public health crises, for example COVID-19, including but not limited to this set forth in the attached Addendum.
- Although residents have the right to personal privacy, authorized representatives of the University have the right to enter any space at any time to inspect facilities for health, safety, maintenance and/or for damages to the space or its equipment. Residents will have their rooms inspected monthly. Residents may plan to be present for health and safety inspections. Requests for room repairs constitute consent for room entry and as such, University Facilities, and Capstone Management will perform requested repairs.
- The removal of window screens is prohibited.
- Throwing objects from windows, balconies or roofs will result in severe penalties including possible dismissal from the University and financial responsibility for any damage incurred. If an individual or responsible person(s) are not found, the community, floor or entire building will be held responsible.
- Residents may not disconnect or disable smoke detectors in their room, suite and/or apartment. It is the responsibility of the resident(s) to inform the Residence Life staff when a smoke detector is malfunctioning.
- Tampering with sprinkler heads is prohibited. Residents may not hang or suspend any object from the sprinkler heads.
- The use of fire alarms, fire detection devices, or fire extinguishers, except in case of a fire, jeopardizes the safety of the residents and constitutes a serious offense. Therefore, interfering with the proper functioning of a fire alarm system and/or tampering with or removing fire hoses, extinguishers, smoke/heat detectors and safety apparatus are grounds for disciplinary action, removal from university housing and/or arrest. In addition, any resident who abuses such equipment or devices will be subject to fines and/or prosecution, and will be liable for property damage, clean-up costs as well as costs necessary to restore the equipment and the area to a state of preparedness.
- All residents and guests must vacate the building promptly whenever a fire alarm sounds. All residents must remain outside until instructed to return by a University Police officer. Residence Life staff member(s) will be present at the scene. Failure to evacuate promptly or re-entry without permission will result in disciplinary actions, including removal from University housing.
- Fire and safety regulations strictly prohibit the use or storage of any explosives, fireworks, flammable liquids, firearms, ammunition, and combustible engines of any kind, regardless of their state of dismantlement.
- The use of potted or cut live Christmas trees and wreaths or any flammable decoration is also prohibited by order of the New Jersey State Fire Marshal.
- Fire safety regulations strictly prohibit candles, lava lamps, halogen lamps and/or halogen bulbs, extension cords and octopus’ outlets (multi –plug adapters), or any other devices, which may be deemed unsafe by University officials. Should these items be found in the Residence Halls they may be confiscated and disposed of immediately.
- The use of surge protectors is allowed and encouraged, in place of extension cords and octopus outlets (multi-plug adapters). All such surge protectors shall bear an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) listing, with an internally installed ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
- To ensure compliance with New Jersey’s Fire Code, representatives of the Department of Fire Safety will perform monthly inspections of each resident room, independent from the Office of Residence Life’s health and safety inspections. Citations will be issued for any violation to the Fire Code, this contract, and/or to the Resident Student Handbook in effect at the time of the inspection.
- The University provides fire retardant blinds and or curtains for each room. Therefore, other window treatments are not allowed.
- Students are not allowed to disassemble any University furniture. Students requesting bunk beds and to raise or lower a bed must complete a work order to have University facilities staff complete this request.
- The University and its Office of Residence Life, and Provident Group-Montclair Properties, LLC will not assume any responsibility for any persons or student property from any cause, nor will they assume responsibility for any injury or damages, personal or property, while the student is a resident.
- Residents are strongly encouraged to carry personal insurance if their family’s home insurance policy does not cover their property while it is located at the University.
MISSING RESIDENT STUDENT NOTIFICATION
In compliance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 2008, the purpose of this policy is to provide the procedures for reporting, investigating and making emergency notifications for any resident student of Montclair State University believed to be missing.
A person is presumed missing when their absence is inconsistent with their established patterns of behavior and the deviation cannot be readily explained. Before presuming that a person is missing, reasonable measures should be taken to determine that the person is not at their off-campus place of residence and that no one familiar with the person has seen or heard from the person for an unusual period of time or is aware of where they may be.
Any member of the University community, including both employees and students, who is concerned that a member of the University community is missing should contact University Police, 973-655-5222, as soon as they have determined that the individual is missing as defined above.
Identifying an Emergency Contact Person
- Resident Student: A resident student is any student residing in a University operated residential facility under a University housing agreement. All resident students are required to designate an emergency contact person through the University’s computer-based NEST (NETWORK ENGAGEMENT AND STUDENT/STAFF TRANSACTIONS) system prior to check in at their residence hall. If a student moves to another University residence facility the student is required to verify the emergency notification information upon admittance to that hall.
- Non-Resident Students: All enrolled students at the University, regardless of living circumstances, are encouraged to designate an emergency contact person through their NEST account.
- Every student (resident and non-resident) has their own NEST account and may enter or change, under personal information/update addresses and phone numbers, as well as provide or update a designated emergency contact person under personal information /update emergency contact information.
Reporting and Investigating Missing Persons
The Montclair State University Police Department will investigate, following established police protocol, all cases of missing persons that are brought to their attention. The University Police Department will serve as the lead investigating agency unless superseded by a Prosecutor’s Office or State of New Jersey of Federal agency with appropriate jurisdiction.
Information Designated Contact Person
The Montclair State University Police Department will inform the listed contact person of a missing resident student within 24 hours of receiving a missing person report.
PART II: STUDENT DINING SERVICES AGREEMENT
The following regulations govern residence hall students’ use of the dining halls and constitute an agreement between the University and the Student.
TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT
- Students living in traditional residence halls are required to maintain a Residential Hall Meal Plan. Residential students that have earned 29 credit hours or less must select one of the two (2) Rocky’s Unlimited Meal Plans. Resident students living in traditional residence halls that have earned 30 or more credit hours may choose from a wider selection of meal plan options. Residents of The Village at Little Falls and Hawk Crossings are not required but encouraged to enroll in any of the meal plans offered. All students are also encouraged to participate in the Red Hawk Dollar campus debit card program.
- This Dining Services Agreement is binding for both fall and spring semesters, unless it is otherwise canceled by the University due to termination of housing agreement, an academic withdrawal or approved medical leave from the university. Unless otherwise provided as a reasonable accommodation related to approved medical leave, no credit is granted if any of these changes occur after the 8th week from the start of the semester. A cancellation request must be communicated electronically to the Dining Services Office within 24 hours of the decision. Students with meal plans in the Fall Semester are automatically assigned the same meal plan in the Spring Semester; students may initiate changes in accordance with the change policies outlined in section E below. Flex dollars carry over automatically from the fall to spring semester if the student continues to be enrolled at Montclair State University during the Spring Semester. All Flex dollar balances expire at the end of the Spring Semester. Blocks and meals do not carry over to the next semester. View the dining services website.
- Students are expected to abide by the University’s Student Code of Conduct policies while patronizing any of the dining areas.
- The meal plan for any student who is deregistered will be terminated. The University defines deregistered as when the University withdraws a student from his or her classes resulting in the student not being enrolled for the term. The University deregisters a student from his or her classes for such reasons as failure to pay their account, expulsion, academic dismissal, etc.
- If a meal plan is canceled after week eight (8) of the semester, there will be no prorated refund granted.
FEES AND PAYMENT
- The University reserves the right to adjust the meal fee or plan structure before or during the Agreement period by action of its Board of Trustees. Payment of meal fees must be made in accordance with University deadline dates indicated with the billing statement for each semester.
- The board charges include meals as noted on the schedule of opening and closing dates of the residence facilities for the 2022–2023 academic year. These dates can be found at the end of this Housing and Dining License Agreement. In the case of unforeseen events that might increase or decrease the number of meal days per semester, board charges will be adjusted proportionately.
TERMINATION AND REFUNDS
- When the Office of Residence Life officially terminates the Residence License Agreement and the student remains enrolled at the University, the student is required to contact the University Dining Services Office via online that they wish to cancel, continue, or modify their meal plan. Make changes to your meal plan.
- There are no charges for meal plans provided that the Residence License Agreement is officially terminated by the Office of Residence Life prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. The semester begins on the day the residence halls officially open which is before actual classes begin.
- From the first day of a semester, the assessed charges for traditional meal plans will be 1/16 of the semester rate multiplied by the applicable number of weeks up to and including the date of termination. For all other plans, the assessed charges shall be the greater of the actual number of meals or funds expended or 1/16 of the semester rate multiplied by the applicable number of weeks up to and including the date of termination.
- The University, without notice, may adjust Dining Service “hours of operation” and dining locations.
- Board plans include meals over Thanksgiving weekend and spring recess; limited menu options and dining venues are available during these times.
- Board plans do not include meals over the winter break, which starts the day after the last day of Fall Semester through the day after the last day of Winter Session (December 22, 2022-January 14, 2023). A separate winter break meal plan may be purchased from Dining Services by students who require meals on campus during this time. Limited menu options and dining venues will be available during winter break.
- Only valid University ID-Cards may be used for entrance to the dining halls. ID Cards are the property of Montclair State University; and may not be altered or transferred to anyone other than the student identified by name and face on the ID Card.ID Card misuse may result in confiscation and possible judicial action.
- Trays, dishes, silverware, and food may not be removed from the dining halls. Diners must return their dishes and utensils to the designated collection areas in the dining halls.For those students enrolled in a meal plan, you may also take advantage of the University’s “Green to Go” program. Under this program, a student can purchase a meal to go from our residential dining hall. The “meal to go” will be packaged using a special “reusable” food container. When used, the student’s meal plan will be deducted one (1) swipe, each time a meal is taken. Additionally, if the reusable containers are not returned before the end of a semester, the student will be billed for the container via the student’s account. Students will also have a “grab and go” option if they prefer that over dining-in.
- If any problems arise when using a valid meal card at the dining hall(s), please visit the Dining Services Office located in the Student Center or reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHANGE IN MEAL PLAN
- Any student who requests a change to their meal plan must submit a request to the Meal Plan Office, via the on-line app accessible by visiting the University’s Dining website, under the Meal Plans tab “Change Your Meal Plan”. Submissions must be received no later than the second Thursday after each semester begins. Changes may be granted only for exceptional reasons after this deadline. There is a $25.00 meal plan change fee imposed after the second Friday of each new semester.
- All meal plans are accompanied with Flex Dollars. Blocks or meals cannot be converted to Flex Dollars. The Flex Dollar portion of a meal plan can be replenished with an upfront payment. View the dining services website for more information.
PART III: COVID-19 HOUSING AGREEMENT ADDENDUM
Montclair State University aims to deliver its mission as a public research institution while protecting the health and safety of our students and minimizing the potential spread of disease within our community. As a resident of Montclair State’s residence halls, the novel coronavirus or anything that evolves from it (COVID-19) will impact the student housing experience in response to public health-informed decisions. The below policies and guidelines are incorporated by reference into the Montclair State Residence License and Dining Services Agreement (“Housing Agreement”) and Residence Life Standard Policies and Procedures, and are applicable to all residential students, and commuter students or employees who purchase a meal plan. As always, we will endeavor to update you with timely information about specific health and safety guidance.
- Health and Safety. We expect that all members of Montclair State—residents, staff, visitors, and guests—act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within University housing and Montclair State may require a resident to leave housing if their continued presence in housing poses a health or safety risk to others. Residential students are required to comply with all health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations, all health, and safety guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control, and all policies and procedures adopted or amended by Montclair State University as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19.
- Screening/Masks. To prevent infection to others, students must self-screen myself daily for symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19 and report exposure to COVID-19to the University Health Center. Students must use any technology offered by the University to assist with self-screening, submit to COVID-19 testing if requested by the University in the interest of public health, and to cooperate with contact tracing to protect the public health of others. Students must adhere to any mask policies as adopted and amended from time to time by the University.
- Quarantine / Isolation / Separation. Any student traveling outside of New Jersey must comply with any CDC, U.S., and New Jersey’s travel restrictions. At any time, the University may request or require a resident to leave housing when that resident’s continued presence poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students are required to comply with requests from Montclair State to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency and failure to do so is a violation of the Housing Agreement and Residence Life Handbook and may subject a student to emergency removal from their assigned space and discipline under the Student Code of Conduct. Not all residential rooms or halls are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation, for example, and in those situations where a student is recommended to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed and if available. Removal from housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of the Housing Agreement by Montclair State.
- Density Reduction. Residential students may be required to comply with any efforts needed on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency to reduce residential density, including, but not limited to, the relocation of all or some persons to alternative housing. Relocation does not constitute a termination of the Housing Agreement by the University. In the event Montclair State must relocate students as part of a density reduction strategy due to public health concerns for an extended period of time and alternative housing is not available, it shall not constitute termination of the Housing Agreement by the University.
- Dining Services. Dining service, including where and how it will be offered, is subject to the discretion of the University and may be modified to address public health concerns. Due to health and safety guidance adopted by Montclair State University, Dining Services may eliminate or reduce the occupancy of dining halls, prohibit, or limit the amount of time students spend in dining halls, or make other operational adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns. Any modifications of dining services by the University shall not entitle a meal plan purchaser to a refund, credit, or other adjustment from the University.
- Cleaning. Montclair State will continue to implement and modify cleaning protocols by University Facilities in the interest of minimizing the spread of disease. Students must comply with appropriate cleaning protocols communicated by Montclair State within their assigned residential spaces to prevent COVID-19 within residence halls. Students living in University apartments and suites will be required to clean their unit’s common areas, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens themselves. The University will not clean the interior of any unit, and students will be responsible for purchasing cleaning supplies and maintaining clean units.
- Testing/Vaccines. Students residing in residence halls may be required to submit to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and cooperate with contact tracing. The results of any testing shall be kept confidential but may be shared with public health authorities in accordance with applicable laws. All students residing in University housing are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical exemption by the University.
- Guests/Visitors/Common Areas. Visitors and guests are prohibited in Residence Halls except as otherwise permitted and determined appropriate by the University in accordance with its safety protocols, and in the interest of the public health. Common areas in Residence Halls may also be restricted or prohibited for use at any time by the University when appropriate for the protection of the public health.
- Room Changes. Roommate assignments will remain unchanged during the entire academic year for consistency and the safety of all residents. Exceptions may be granted under exceptional circumstances.
- Notwithstanding the foregoing, upon reasonable notice to a student, Montclair State may elect to terminate the Housing Agreement. In the event a Housing Agreement is terminated by Montclair State, the student will be provided a prorated refund or credit based on then current policies.
- Mitigation and Acceptance of Risks.By signing the Residence Dining and License Agreement, students voluntarily assume the risk of being exposed to or infected by COVID-19, the risk that such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, distress, permanent disability and death, and that Montclair State University is immune from liability to the extent permitted by the NJ Tort Claims Act, N.J.S.A. 59:1-1, et. seq.
OPENING AND CLOSING DATES FOR RESIDENCE FACILITIES
|August 28, 2022||Residence Facilities Open – Students Check-In
(First Meal Served: Lunch)
Please consult your email for your authorized check-in date and time
|December 20, 2022||End of Fall Semester|
|January 15, 2023||Residence Facilities Open – Students Check-In
(First Meal Served: Dinner)
|May 12, 2023||Residence Facilities Close
(Last Meal Served: Lunch)
PLEASE KEEP THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR YOUR RECORDS
Students may move in only on the authorized check-in date or receive written approval from the Office of Residence Life for an exception.
Submitting payment of the housing application fee and being offered a housing assignment by the University enters the student into a legally binding contract with the University and financially obligates the student to pay for the full term of the Housing License Agreement.
Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution