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Contract Terms & Conditions

Important information

Please read carefully through the following terms and conditions for Point Park University housing and food service.


1) Eligibility  During the period of this contract the student must be enrolled at Point Park University on a full-time academic basis and current with respect to all of the student's financial obligations to the University.  A student who is in arrears on any debts may not be permitted to participate in room selection and/or could have an existing contract terminated.
2) Non-Transferable This contract is between the named student and Point Park University.  It may not be transferred to another individual.
3) Single Contract   This contract is for housing and food service together and not one or the other.  The student may not occupy the residence hall facilities of Point Park University without participating in the food service plan, unless the student has received prior written consent of Point Park University.  A student requesting exemption from the meal plan for medical reasons must provide documentation from his/her physician.  The University's consent will be based upon the decision of Student Health Services. 
4) Commitment  

This contract commits the student to housing FOR BOTH THE FALL AND SPRING TERMS.  Students will be released from the second semester portion of the contract for the following reasons only: 

  • academic dismissal from the University;
  • complete withdrawal from the University;
  • study abroad, or
  • graduation

Students leaving the residence halls for reasons other than stipulated will be assessed a 10% penalty on the room portion of the contract and the non-refundable $250 room deposit.

5) Housing Accommodations No person under the age of 16 or over the age of 25 is permitted to reside in University owned or operated housing during the academic year.  No person under the age of 16 is permitted to reside in University owned or operated housing during the summer residency period.  The University does NOT currently provide housing accommodations for married couples or persons with children.
6) Payment of Fees  All charges for housing and food service plus tuition for the term must be paid in full by the date designated by the Office of Student Accounts.
7) Deposits At the time this contract is returned by the student to Point Park University, the student must make a one-time $400 deposit; $150 liability deposit and a $250 room deposit.  The liability deposit will be refunded when the student successfully terminates from the residence hall facilities, less amounts deducted for damage, if any.
8) Guarantee This contract does not guarantee a space in the residence halls.  Residential space is allocated based upon availability
9) Cancellation  The $150 liability deposit is all that is refunded if the student voluntarily cancels this contract.  The $250 room deposit is forfeited unless cancelled by the pre-established deadline date published by the University.  If the student involuntarily cancels this contract, both deposits will be refunded.
10) Refund Schedule

Any student who voluntarily vacates the residence halls after moving in and prior to the end of the semester will be subject to the following refund schedule:

a)  First calendar week:       90%
b)  Second calendar week:   75%
c)  Third calendar week:      50%
d)  Fourth calendar week:    No Refund

11) Other Rules, Regulations and Policies The student acknowledges having read and understood this contract before submitting it and having read or having had an opportunity to read the published rules, regulations and policies regarding residence life and food service at Point Park University.  THE STUDENT AGRESS TO ABIDE BY ANY AND ALL SUCH RULES, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES AND ANY AND ALL CHANGES THERETO.  There is no refund for resident students who are dismissed from the residence halls due to violations of the student code of conduct or the residence halls rules and regulations.

 Campus Life

1) Access

The student shall have full access to the assigned residence hall facilities during periods when the University is in session, as set forth in Point Park University's published calendar.  When the University is not in session the food service facilities may be closed; however, upon prior notice to the Assistant Dean of Campus Life the student may contract, during these periods, on a per diem basis for housing and food service at rates as published by Point Park University. *(Both and not one or the other.)

2) Room Assignments It is understood that any request will receive consideration based upon available space and the date of receipt of a completed application, which includes the completed housing and food service contract and all applicable deposits.  Subject to the availability of space, the University will make every effort to assign accommodations according to student preference, but the University will not guarantee assignment to a particular building, type of accommodation, specific roommate, or single room.  Transfer from one room to another will be considered based upon space available, date and time of request, and the necessity of the transfer.  All transfers must have the approval of the Campus Life Office.  The University reserves the right to deny applications, to change or cancel assignments in the interest order, health, safety, or discipline with the appropriate written notice.  Termination of contract for cause will also result in the forfeiture of all housing deposits and room charges.
3) Prohibitions

The student agrees not to use, possess or permit others to use, possess, for any purposes, the following items within the residence halls of Point Park University, to include, but not limited to:

  • Drugs or substances listed as controlled under local, state or federal laws and regulations;
  • Alcoholic Beverages (including beer and wine) if under 21 years of age;
  • Firearms including weapons, explosives, toxic chemicals, candles, lanterns, flame lamps, or other flame or spark emitting articles;
  • Fireworks of any kind;
  • Microwaves, hot plates, cooking utensils, electric coffee pots or other appliances;
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets
The student also agrees not to use any of Point Park University's firefighting and other safety equipment except in genuine emergencies and for the purpose intended for such equipment.  
 4) Inspection   Routine room inspections can be made by the University to determine compliance with Point Park University rules and regulations.  University personnel may enter a room at any time in case of emergency, health and safety inspections or issues, or whenever a violation of the residence life rules and regulations of the University requires such entry.  Whenever a room is entered without the knowledge or consent of the student, a "Notice of Entry" will be placed in the room.
5) Personal Property Loss  Point Park University shall assume NO responsibility for the theft, destruction, or loss of money, valuables, or other property belonging to, or in the custody of the student for any case whatsoever whether such losses occur in student rooms, public areas, elsewhere in the hall or in baggage being shipped or stored.  The student is strongly encouraged to carry personal property insurance (i.e. renters insurance).
6) Damage to Common Areas  Charges for damage incurred in common areas of the residence hall facilities, including corridors, stairways, washrooms, toilets, elevators, lounges, and others will be levied equally against all residents on the floor where the damage occurs, or if common areas, against all students in a particular residence hall, unless the responsibility for such damage is clearly determined.
7) Termination and Forfeiture

Within 72 hours of the following conditions or events, the student will terminate from the residence hall facilities and forfeit residence life and food service rights:

  • Notice of non-payment of housing and food service charges including tuition and fees as promised by the student in other agreements or promissory notes to Point Park University
  • Notice of dismissal for academic or other reasons;
  • Notice of dismissal from residence by the Director of Judicial Affairs, of any university rules, regulations or policies, or any provision of this contract.
8) Vacating Residence Halls The student agrees to vacate the residence halls facilities upon voluntary withdrawal from school, at the end of the term, and upon graduation, in accordance with Point Park University's published vacating procedures, and within 24 hours of the final day of the contract.  Failure to return room key and residence hall ID card within 24 hours after the completion of this contract will result in a penalty fine.
9) Conduct The student agrees to occupy the residence hall facilities in accordance will all rules, regulations and policies and in a manner considerate of the rights of other students and agrees to refrain from loud and raucous behavior, loud stereo, radio, and TV volume, and from otherwise disturbing other residents.

Food Service

1) Guarantees Meals ARE NOT guaranteed when food service facilities are closed.
2) Meals Missed Credit IS NOT given for meals missed.

Contract Termination

If this contract is terminated for any reason and if housing and food service charges and ALL OTHER UNIVERSITY CHARGES have been paid by the student, the unused portion of the meal charges will be refunded to the student, less a charge equivalent to seven (7) days of meals to cover the overhead associated with the food service portion of this contract.  OTHERWISE, ANY UNUSED FOOD SERVICE FUNDS WILL BE APPLIED TO PAY OTHER CHARGES OWED THE UNIVERSITY BY THE STUDENT.