Residence Life & Housing

Whitworth Housing Contract 2016 - 2017

Occupancy Rates
Double Room $3,013 per term
Triple/Quad Room $2,858 per term
Boppell Room $3,309 per term
Single Room $3,600 per term
Theme House $3,092 per term

Conditions of Contract

I. Community Values and Behavioral Expectations
Whitworth University strives to be a residential community and, as such, has prescribed for itself a number of behavioral parameters prohibiting illegal drugs, alcohol, non-marital sex and disruptive/destructive behavior. These parameters apply to all members of the Whitworth community and their guests while they are on campus. (See Student Handbook for detail of all policies and violation consequences.) Whitworth does not discriminate in its educational programs, hiring practices, or housing policies on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, or physical disability.

II. Reservation of Rooms
Student housing contracts are for the full academic year. A student who occupies a room in University housing will be held responsible for that room and stipulated charges until the end of the academic year unless the Housing Office expressly releases the student from the contract.

  • Students who cancel their fall/spring room reservation on or after June 1 will be charged $250, with the exception of all incoming students new to Whitworth. Students in the room where one occupant has cancelled before the 10th day of classes of the term may lose the room to someone on the building’s waiting list and be assigned to another residence hall.
  • Students who cancel their spring room reservation after the fall term begins will be charged $250. Exceptions may be made for students who are attending a Whitworth-related study abroad program or students who transfer, go on hiatus, or withdraw from the University. Exceptions will not be made for students who continue at Whitworth but simply choose to move off campus mid-year.
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III. Occupancy (Please refer to the Whitworth Housing Policies section of the Student Handbook for complete details)

  • Students are required to live on campus for at least two years after their high school graduation. All other students are subject to established selection priority rules and to the availability of space.
  • Students are only allowed access to their room assignment and/or meal plan while they are actively enrolled in at least one credit at Whitworth in a course that is taking places on campus during that specific term. Students not actively enrolled in a class meeting on Whitworth’s campus are not allowed access to their room assignment and/or meal plan and must make other arrangements. I.e., Students not enrolled in an on-campus Jan-Term class cannot stay in their room nor access their meal plans during Jan Term and must live and eat off campus.
  • The Housing Office reserves the right to reassign individuals to different rooms or residence halls at any time during any term and the right to use space in any residence hall that is not paid accommodation space. Even if space is available in other rooms, a resident who refuses any roommate will be billed the single room rate listed above.
  • All quad rooms, including Boppell and Stewart Hall suites, must remain at 100% occupancy. If a resident moves out and a new roommate isn’t found by the remaining occupants, these residents may either move out, or together pay for the space left vacant at the rate listed above.
  • Room changes may only be applied for through the Resident Director after actual occupancy and after the 10th academic day of each semester. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a $75.00 fine, the possibility of the student having to move back into his/her original room (at the discretion of the Resident Director), and can potentially result in the student being charged for two (2) room spaces simultaneously.
  • Students living in rooms that have a private or semi-private bathroom (e.g. Duvall, Boppell, theme houses, and other residence halls with apartments) are required to regularly clean their bathrooms. Standards for cleaning are found at Students who do not adequately maintain their bathrooms regularly throughout the semester as determined by university staff may be issued a charge of at least $40.00.

IV. Damages and Losses

  • The student is responsible for all damages and losses, beyond normal wear and tear, which occur to or in the room in which the student is assigned. All such damages and losses will be charged to the student on the basis of an estimate of labor and materials cost.
  • The Dorm Damage Deposit Account was created from the student’s confirmation fee. It is held until the end of the student's final semester at Whitworth or whenever the student moves out of Whitworth-owned housing. At that time, a request from the student may be made to have the remaining amount credited to his/her account after he/she has graduated or moved off campus.
  • All or portions of the Dorm Damage Deposit may be used to replace missing furniture or items, or repair any damages found in the room after the student has vacated. It may also be used for residence hall vandalism or damage that cannot be assessed to an individual. Resident students may be held corporately responsible for damages and losses, which occur in the lounges, hallways, and other common areas of their residence facility. Charges that are higher than the available deposit amount will be charged to the student’s business office account in addition to the deposit account.
  • The student is responsible for all keys, which are assigned at the time of checking into his/her room. The charge to replace a key is $50.00 and must be paid in full at the time a new key is issued.
  • Personal-Property Insurance: The university does not carry insurance to cover, and in no way accepts responsibility for, personal articles and possessions. Whitworth strongly encourages students to purchase personal-property insurance. Click here for more information about personal-property insurance.

V. Vacation Closings
Two (2) times per academic year all students will be required to leave the residence halls.

  • Winter Break will begin at  10:00 a.m. on  December 17, 2016 and end at  1:00 p.m. on  January 2, 2017.

  • Spring Break will begin at  10:00 a.m. on  March 25, 2017 and end at  1:00 p.m. on  April 2, 2017.
There will be a $10.00 charge for every 15 minutes after closing that a student remains in the residence hall and a $20 charge for re-entry into a closed residence hall to retrieve an item. Students are not allowed to be in the residence halls early without permission from the Housing Office. Moving in early to the residence halls will result in at least a $100.00 charge plus a $75.00 per night charge. If you require access into the residence halls during the breaks, contact the Housing Office. Being in the residence halls before they are open without permission from the Housing Office will result in a $100.00 charge.

VI. Fall Check-in
All returning students may check into their rooms on  September 5, 2016 between  10:00 a.m. and  2:00 p.m. Halls open at  9:00 a.m. on  September 3, 2016, only for those students who are new to Whitworth. Students are not allowed to move in early to the residence halls without permission from the Housing Office. Moving in early to the residence halls will result in at least a $100.00 charge plus a $75.00 per night charge. If you require to move belongings into the residence halls before the designated check-in time, contact the Housing Office. Moving belongings into the residence halls before check-in without permission from the Housing Office will result in a $100.00 charge. With permission from the Housing Office, belongings may be moved in early, but some charges may apply.

VII. Checkout

  • The residence halls close at  10:00 a.m. on  May 20, 2017. Again, there is a $10.00 charge for 15 minutes after closing that a student remains in the residence hall. Whether at the end of the academic year or at some other time during the year, all students moving off campus or to another room are expected to check out with a resident assistant. Failure to comply will result in an improper checkout fee of $50.00.
  • The student is responsible for leaving the room in a clean and orderly fashion at checkout. The student will be charged for any cleaning, any replacement of missing furnishings, or any repairs, which are necessary after checkout.

VIII. Contract Termination
This contract is for housing for the term(s) indicated above and the board indicated below. Whitworth reserves the right to cancel this contract at any time. Whitworth reserves the right to cancel this contract if a student is below full-time credit hours. If the student moves out of housing before the end of the contract period, the Housing Office has the right to forfeit the student’s entire Dorm Damage Deposit Account and a percentage of the room fee as described below. If the student is a returning resident, he/she may also be subject to the $250 charge listed in Section II.
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Date of Contract Termination, Room Refund and Meal Plan Refund
First (1st) week of semester 100%
Second (2nd) week of semester 90%
Third (3rd) week of semester 80%
Fourth (4th) week of semester 60%
Fifth (5th) week of semester 40%
Sixth (6th) week of semester 25%
Seventh (7th) week of semester 25%
Eighth (8th) week to end of semester 0%
Flex Dollars and Block Meals are subject to full charge depending on usage above the published overage for length of stay at the university. Flex Dollars are charged at actual amount while Block Meals are calculated at a rate of $8.00 per Block Meal.

IX. Meal Plan Requirements
All students living on campus must have a meal plan each term. If you are living on campus and do not sign up for a meal plan, you will automatically be billed for the Unlimited A meal plan. Meal plans may be changed/canceled through and up to the 10th class day of each term only at The fall meal plan ends in the middle of Jan term; the spring meal plan begins in the middle of Jan term.

Fall & Spring Meal Plan Choices (meal plan descriptions are located at


Fall & Spring Meal Plan Choices
$ 2,572 per semester

$ 2,401 per semester

$ 1,701 per semester

IX. Agreement to Contract
By clicking “Agree” below, I, having reviewed and understood this Contract, agree to comply with the terms and conditions as set forth herein.