Spalding University believes that the opportunities for learning from others, for developing social and interpersonal skills and for personal growth are greatly enhanced by on-campus residency. All full time undergraduate students under the age of 21 or with less than 89 credit hours are required to live in the residence halls or with a local parent/legal guardian. Students in the Adult Accelerated Program, Graduate students and students 21 year of age or older are exempted from this policy; however, they may reside in student housing if they request to do so. Exemptions may be made in special cases (i.e., student has a medical need, financial need, spouse, or dependent in their care) but must have prior approval from the Appeal Committee. If a student does not live with a parent/legal guardian or in the halls and has not applied for an exemption, the student may be subject to judicial sanctioning from the University and/or housing fines.
All students living on campus are required to pay a $100 nonrefundable housing application fee each year before a housing assignment can be made. After the end of the first full week of the semester, the Housing Contract is binding and all residence hall fees are non-refundable for either voluntary or involuntary withdrawals. Students are financially obligated for the entire academic year, with the exception of students who have completed their academic requirements and are eligible to graduate or who are participating in a Spalding study abroad program. If a student voluntarily elects to vacate his/her room early, the full amount will still be charged. Early termination of the housing contract may result in a $500 early termination fee.
Failure to properly complete a checkout many result in an improper checkout fee of $100. In addition, students who stay beyond the required check out time will be charged $50 per half hour after the required check out time has passed. For example, if the check-out time is 6pm and you stay until 7pm you will be charged $100. Failure to return keys will result in the student paying to replace each key. Damages will be assessed at time of checkout and fines will be determined the following week.
Sometimes, conflicts cannot be resolved and personalities do not mesh as well as expected. Students will not be released from their housing requirement in the case of a roommate conflict, but a room transfer process does exist. Students are not permitted to switch rooms during Session 1. If a student decides they would benefit from a room switch, they should follow these steps:
Specific details about room changes:
During University breaks (Winter Break and Summer Break), all students must find alternative housing, but may leave their belongings behind. If students need to remain on campus, they may apply for an exemption and pay $20 per night to remain on campus. Students must also request to remain on campus during Session 7 and will be consolidated to one floor of Morrison Hall. Before leaving for any break, students must:
During the fourth or fifth week of every session, Res Life staff will enter each resident’s room to ensure cleanliness and adherence to policy/fire code. Inspection days will not be announced in advance. Inspections operate under Plain View Policy and RAs will not open drawers, closets, or cabinets unless they have reasonable evidence that a policy violation or health concern has taken place. If RAs provide items to be corrected, all changes must be made within one week or a $25 fee will be charged to the resident’s student account.