Room Condition and Damages

Room Condition

You are responsible for the proper care of your own room and its equipment. As a health and safety consideration, cans or bottles should not be stored in a residence hall room, closet, under a bed, etc. If conditions are determined by ResLife to be unsafe or present a health hazard, you will be required to remove these materials. Your room should remain in good order at all times; you have the responsibility to maintain a reasonable standard of cleanliness in your room.

If your room has drywall walls, you should only use painter's tape on these walls. Painter's tape or masking tape can be used on non-drywall walls. At no time should duct tape be used anywhere. Additionally, nails, screws, etc. should never be used. Due to the damage made to walls and doors, metal and plastic tipped darts are prohibited.

If your room has its own or a shared bathroom (Dorsey, Founders, Haffey, Murray, Ward, and Keough), it may be inspected for cleanliness by Facilities Services during the winter break. Cleaning charges could result if your bathroom is deemed to be unsanitary. Any questions or concerns about cleaning or maintenance issues should be directed to the residence director.

Room Inspections & Room Condition Form (RCF)

Before you move into your room, Residential Life staff will inspect the room to document any damage or condition issues. When you move into your room, you will need to complete the Room Condition Form (RCF) on ResLife Online. The RCF gives you an opportunity to document the condition of your room at the time of move-in.  You will have an opportunity to review the inspection previously completed by Residential Life staff, make your own comments/notes and upload pictures of any items in your room.

The RCF is due within 5 days of moving in. If you do not submit the form, your ability to contest damage/cleaning charges at the end of the year will be significantly limited, as we will not have a record of the initial condition of your room. 

Room Damages

Common Area Damages

When damages to common areas of the building occur, the residence director will work with everyone in the building to determine, if possible, who is responsible for the damage. The cost of damages to any common/public area of a hall will be assessed and divided among the residents of the floor or building when the individual(s) responsible for the damage cannot be identified. You will be notified of any charges and the date to appeal damage charges through your Fisher email address after the close of the semester.

Damage Billing

Fisher reserves the right to assess all students residing in a building or all students on a floor for damages, repair, and labor costs resulting from misuse, mischief, or vandalism to common areas and the furniture therein. Appropriate billing is done through the Office of Residential Life in consultation with other offices such as Facilities Services.

Once an assessment has been made of individual room and/or common area charges, the billing process will be initiated. Billing occurs at the end of each semester or when special circumstances warrant. In the event that you leave Fisher, the billing process will begin once your room inspection is completed.

If repairs/replacements of Fisher property are necessary due to vandalism, accident, or the like, and if you are identified as responsible (either through the Student Conduct Process or admission), you will be charged for repairs and replacements when work is done by Fisher staff and/or outside vendors.