TERMINATION OF HOUSING CONTRACT LEASE AGREEMENT
Students wishing to terminate a housing contract must be aware of the deadlines and rules instituted for such termination.
Reason for Policy/Purpose
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding the termination of the Housing Contract Lease Agreement.
Who Needs to Know This Policy
All students of The University of Southern Mississippi community living on campus.
Website Address for this Policy
(A) Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Deadlines
Students who apply after the contract release date of June 15 at 5:00 p.m. for fall and December 31 at 5:00 p.m. for spring have two business days from the time the assignment notification is sent to the University email address to cancel online in order to be released from the housing contract lease agreement.
June 15 RELEASE Cancellation Deadline: Fall 2015 New and Continuing Applicants
September 2 BUYOUT Cancellation and APPEAL Deadline: Fall 2015 Enrolled Students
October 15 RELEASE Cancellation Deadline: Fall Residents Checked Out by October 15, 2015, but Enrolled for Spring 2016
December 31 RELEASE Cancellation Deadline: Spring 2016 New Applicants
February 2 BUYOUT APPEAL Deadline: Spring 2016 New Applicants and Continuing Residents
(B) STUDENT RIGHT TO CANCEL
*Notification of student’s appeal hearing will be sent to their University email address.
Proration ends with the designated buyout/appeal deadline unless the student officially withdraws from the University or is released due to special circumstances as approved by the Department of Residence Life.
(C) University Right to Cancel
The University reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to University housing or to cancel the contract lease agreement during the academic year for the student’s failure to meet University and/or Residence Life requirements, policies or regulations, or in the event of felony conviction by civil authorities, or for posing a threat to the health, safety and welfare for the signee or others in the University community. The University has determined that convicted sex offenders, whether required to register or not, pose a significant, clear and present danger to residents living in University housing. Therefore, convicted sex offenders are not permitted to live in University housing.
Cancellation of the contract for the above reasons may result in the removal of the resident within one to three days notice, except where the University determines that the continued residency of the student would pose a danger to the health or welfare of the residential community. In this case, the student may be removed immediately without a refund of prepaid rent. In the event the accommodations assigned to the student are destroyed or otherwise made unavailable and the University does not furnish accommodations, the contract shall terminate; all rights and liabilities of the parties hereto shall cease; and rental payments previously made shall be refunded on a prorated basis as of the date accommodations become unavailable.
The Director of Student Housing Administration is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
03/15/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.
09/03/2015: minor editing related to dates