Damage to Rooms and Living Areas

When you enrolled at Alma, you paid a security deposit. This deposit is used by the Business Office of the college as a source from which funds can be recovered if you withdraw or graduate without settling all your debts with the college. Debts will accrue from charges made to students during their enrollment for the following reasons:

  1. Damage to one’s room or its furnishings
  2. Damage to common areas of the residence hall (hallways, bathrooms, lounges, etc.) where specific responsibility for the damage cannot be pinpointed.
  3. Failure to check-out from one’s room
  4. Fines from parking tickets
  5. Library fines
  6. Stone Recreation Center equipment fines
  7. Fines related to rooms or common areas being left in disrepair or needing cleaning.

If the common areas of a residence hall are found to be damaged, in disrepair, or not left in a condition that would be considered cleanly, and specific responsibility for the damage cannot be assessed, the following will occur:

  1. Total cost of damage or cleaning will be calculated.
  2. Cost of damage or cleaning will be assessed to all building residents. The cost will be split evenly among the current residents of the building.
  3. If within a month of the damage or cleaning assessment it is determined that an individual or several individuals are responsible for the damage or cleaning, then the damage or cleaning costs will be reassessed/reassigned to the responsible individuals.
  4. Any information about damages and who is responsible for damage should be directed to the hall director of the building or to the Student Life Office.

Whenever such charges are made, they must be paid before you register for the following term. If all of your accounts with the college are in good order (i.e., when all debts are paid), the Security Deposit will be refunded within six weeks after you graduate or go through the official withdrawal process.

All Alma College students have access to submit work orders for their living spaces to have damages repaired to furniture in their rooms and residence halls that occur from regular use over time.


Last updated 1/12/2018