Housing Policy

Community Policies

Student agrees to observe and be bound by all the policies, rules, and regulations of Dunwoody College of Technology ("DCT"), including those stipulated in the Student Code of Conduct (“Code”) within the Student Handbook (“Handbook”), Terms and Conditions within the agreement as well as any other publications by and available through DCT including all rules or modifications of rules that shall be subsequently made. Additionally, as members of a private student housing complex, there are concurrent polices that are enforced by the student housing complex, hereby known as UP Rules, University Partners (“UP”) Resident Handbook. Student acknowledges that they have access to, and understand the existing rules and regulations referred to in this section.

License Agreement Break Fee  

Student is responsible for the payment of a license break fee in an amount equal to the remainder of the current month plus two additional months if the student’s occupancy in housing is terminated for any of the following reasons:

  1. Student withdraws and/or student status is terminated for any reason from DCT.
  2. Student fails to pay when due any amount to be paid under this agreement or their enrollment agreement with DCT.
  3. Any violation of this license agreement, DCT’s Code of Conduct, or UP Resident Handbook that results in an early termination of occupancy
  4. Unacceptable results, in DCT’s sole judgment, of a criminal record and/or background check on the student

Student acknowledges that the license break fee represents liquidated damages that will be suffered by DCT due to the early termination of this agreement and such damages are difficult to ascertain. The license break fee shall not reduce the student’s liability for damages casued to the unit or personal property. Payment of the license break fee shall not affect the student’s liability to pay any other charges, bills, or costs incurred during the occupancy or as a result of any early termination.  

Authorized Room and/or Building Access

DCT reserves the right for its employees and agents, or the owners of the Complex and their agents or employees, to access and inspect any Licensed Space at any time and without notice as needed (24 hours per day, 7 days a week) for any health, safety, or security reasons; or to ensure compliance of the DCT’s Code or Handbook, or UP’s resident handbook; or to inspect or perform maintenance work. The personal property of the Student may be search at the discretion of DCT for the purposes of safety and security.

DCT shall have the right, but not the obligation, to conduct random health and safety inspections in all rooms within a licensed space. Any prohibited items found during the inspections will be immediately disabled, confiscated, and/or disposed of without compensation.  “Prohibited items” are listed below, in DCT’s Code and Handbook and in UP’s Resident Handbook.  Student acknowledges and agrees to confiscation and disposal of such prohibited items without compensation. Administrative /disciplinary action may result from health and safety violation. The Minneapolis Police will be contacted for items or activities found that pose a substantial threat to person, property, or are prohibited by DCT or UP, which include, but are not limited to, illegal drugs, weapons, explosives, etc.

Occupancy and Use of Licensed Space

Student agrees that they will not allow another person(s) to occupy the licensed space, sublet the licensed space, or assign this Agreement to another person(s). This Agreement cannot be extended into a future licensed period.

As a general rule, Licensed Space swaps and changes requested by Student will be considered in a timely manner. Changes can be made only under special circumstances, if alternative space desired is determined to be vacant, and if approved by DCT employees. DCT will oversee the room swap and change processes for all Students and Licensed Spaces. Unauthorized moves, unauthorized use, possession, duplication/transfer of room keys, or access devices may result in disciplinary action, a return to the original room, and/or termination of this contract and eviction from the Complex. Inasmuch as possible, Student will be given 48 hours’ notice prior to receiving a new roommate, expect in cases where immediate relocation is deemed necessary by DCT employees.

Student acknowledges and understands that DCT shall have the right at any time to transfer or administratively move Student to another space and that occupancy of the new housing assignment shall be subject to all Terms and Conditions herein, with the exception that the financial charged assessed will be adjusted where appropriate.

If Student poses a threat of harm to the safety of themselves or any member of the Complex, then Student must receive a ‘clearance form’ from both a medical professional, or designee, and the Dean of Students, or designee, prior to returning to the Complex and Licensed Space. Immediate or eventual return to the Complex is at the sole discretion of DCT employees.

Is student’s behavior or actions disturb the peace of the Complex or Licensed Space, or require excessive or continuing intervention from the Housing Conduct Officer, and/or DCT employees, and/or UP staff, Student may receive sanctions from the Code. If found in violation of the Code, Student may be removed from the Licensed Space and Complex, in addition to other appropriate sanctions.

The use of the Complex and the Licensed Space are limited to residential student housing use, and are not to be used for any business or commercial use. This includes conducting any online business. Student agrees to follow the “Information Technology Policies” as found in the Handbook. Student organization fundraising activities may be authorized following standard student organization fundraising guidelines. Non student organization fundraising is not allowed in Complex or Licensed Space.

Visitation Policy

Visitors include non-residents of a room or unit, including, but not limited to, other DCT students as well as individuals not enrolled in DCT, including parents and siblings. Visitors must be over eighteen years of age. Student will be held responsible for the behavior of their visitors and for their visitors’ adherence to DCT Code and Handbook and UP’s Residential Handbook and federal and/or local law.  Visitors are allowed from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 7:00 am until 11:59 pm on Friday and Saturday.  

Student may not have overnight visitors for more than eight (8) nights per month. Overnight visitors may stay for no more than four (4) consecutive nights in any two week period. Visitation is limited to no more than two overnight visitors per licensed space and not per resident. Prior notification to DCT employees must be made in advance and in writing at least 48 hours before overnight visitor arrives. Student must also have approval from all roommates present at time of overnight visitor and not violate their agreed upon Roommate Contract agreement on overnight visitors.

Room Care and Condition

Student is responsible for the care and condition of their licensed space and any common areas. A licensed space become s excessively unsanitary so as to create health hazards will be ordered to be cleaned by Student or by a professional cleaning personnel, if necessary. In the event, Student fails to adequately clean as ordered or fails to complete within timeframe established by DCT employees, then DCT reserves the right to complete the cleaning and charge Student for all associated costs. Student may be also subject to administrative/disciplinary action.  As mentioned in above, ‘Visitation Policy’, Student is responsible for all of their guest’s behavior which includes cleanliness.

Student is responsible for damage beyond normal wear and tear to the Licensed Space or the Complex. Student is responsible for maintaining the condition of their Licensed Space and submitting maintenance requests to UP if there are maintenance concerns. If Student litters, deface, or damages common areas, Licensed Space, or any other area of the Complex, then Student will be charged for the cost associated with any repair, cleaning, or replacement and any administrative fees associated with the repair, cleaning, or replacement. Student may also be subject to administrative and /or disciplinary actions for damages caused. For damages in shared spaces within the Licensed space, charges may be billed equally amongst all registered residents in that space unless a Student claims responsibility.

Student acknowledges, by entering into this Agreement, that they have access to UP’s Residential handbook and the following sections; ‘Your apartment home’, Your Community, and Maintenance’. These sections highlight the Student’s rights and responsibilities for keys, maintenance, trash, decorating walls, HVAC issues, and general room care and condition.

Personal Property of the Student

DCT will not in any event or at any time be responsible for any damage to personal property of the Student or of any other person by reason of fire or other casualty, or for any damage or theft or other loss of such personal property. DCT strongly recommends that the Student maintain fire, casualty, theft, and personal loss insurance (renters’ insurance) covering their personal property which is located in or about the Licensed Space or Complex. DCT will not hold personal property left behind by the Student after they move out for any length of time and reserves the right to discard or donate them to charity without notification if alternate arrangements have not been agreed upon in writing with DCT employees.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited: water beds, television antennae placed outside of the Licensed Space, any chemical, liquid, or solid identified as hazardous, candles with or without a wick, incense, dart boards, halogen lamps, sun lamps, space heaters without a safety feature, weight lifting equipment, live holiday decorations, and inflatable pools. Student has access to bicycle racks and is not permitted to store or maintain bicycles in Licensed Space. See weapons “Explosives/Weapons” and “Drugs and Alcohol”, below for additional prohibited items. Pets, of any kind, are not allowed in the Licensed Space, see “Emotional Support Animals” for more details.

Explosives/Weapons

Weapons are not permitted. Objects with potential to cause bodily harm to a person are not allowed in the Licensed Space, Complex, or Complex parking lot. Such objects include, but are not limited to: ammunition, fireworks, explosives, firearms, BB/Pellet guns, shotguns, stun guns or tasers, knives, bows and arrows, water guns, paint ball guns, carious martial arts weapons, decorative weapons and objects deemed threatening in nature by DCT employees.

Drugs and Alcohol

DCT prohibits the possession, use, sale, manufacture, or distribution of illegal drugs, narcotics, and alcohol on school property or as part of any school activity, regardless of location or age of resident. This includes being under the influence of alcohol. The possession of drug and alcohol paraphernalia is also prohibited. This includes items that are used or could be used in connection with drinking games, or rapid, mass, or otherwise dangerous consumption of drugs and/or alcohol. This section also relates to medical marijuana. Marijuana is a classified as an illegal drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.  In addition, the possession, use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of prescription drugs by a student to whom the medication was not prescribed is prohibited. DCT reserves the right to confiscate, retain, and dispose or/destroy any and all drug and/or alcohol related items regardless of value or ownership. DCT reserves the right to call local authorities such as the Minneapolis Police Department, if DCT deems necessary to report illegal activity. The Complex is tobacco free with designated tobacco use areas outside of facility.

Subletting

Student may not assign, sublet, or transfer anyone, including but not limited to other DCT students, this Agreement or any of its rights and obligations.  A Student who violates this section will be liable for all expenses incurred by DCT for removal of any third party and may by charge for the full length of the Agreement, even if Student has vacated the Licensed Space.

Cohabitation

Cohabitation is not allowed in the Complex. Cohabitation is defined as a person using the Licensed Space as if that person were living in the room but not actually being assigned as a resident of that Licensed Space or room.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

Sexual Harassment and sexual assault are not tolerated. Student acknowledges, by entering into this Agreement, that they have read and have access to DCT Code and Handbook which contains a comprehensive sexual harassment and sexual assault policy; and Student has completed mandatory online Title IX training prior to the start of the academic year.

Emotional Support Animals in the Complex

Student requesting an emotional support animal must notify the Associate Dean of Students for the approval process. As mentioned in “Prohibited Items”, pets are not allowed.