Chapter 5. University-Owned Residences

Subchapter 5–100. General Provisions

Sec. 5–101. Purpose

University-owned residences are provided and operated by The University of Texas at Austin with the welfare of students as the primary goal. The University provides a variety of living accommodations for students and endeavors to maintain a high quality of life within residences through the development of counseling, educational, and social programs within the residence units.

Sec. 5–102. Application

Student residents and their guests are subject to the applicable provisions of this chapter and to the provisions set forth in Sec. 11–401, Sec. 11–403, and Sec. 11–404 of the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities.

Sec. 5–103. Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning, the following definitions apply. 

  1. “Guest” means an individual who has been personally invited by a University Apartments Resident to enter into the resident’s apartment; remaining there, for a period of time at the University Apartments resident’s discretion.
  2. “Residence” means a University-owned family housing unit, a University-owned residence hall or cooperative, or any other subsidiary facility.
  3. “Student” means a person who has applied for or entered into a residence contract with the University or who occupies a room or dwelling in a residence. 
  4. “University” means The University of Texas at Austin.
  5. "Executive director" means the executive director of the Department of Housing and Food Service at The University of Texas at Austin.
  6. "Vice president" means the vice president for student affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Sec. 5–104. Eligibility
  1. To be eligible for residence in University residence halls or University Apartments, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least twelve semester hours during each long-session semester; graduate and law students must be enrolled for at least nine semester hours or six dissertation hours each long-session semester. Exceptions for undergraduate students must be approved by the dean of the student’s college or school and the executive director. The graduate dean and the executive director must approve exceptions for graduate students. The executive director will review the contract status of residents who drop below the minimum hours requirement to determine the necessity of contract cancellation.
  2. To be eligible as a student resident in the University Apartments, (1) you must be a graduate student at the University; or (2) you must be an undergraduate student with at least thirty semester hours of credit and in good standing with the University. Registered sex offenders are not permitted to live in University-owned housing, which includes the University Apartments. Subject to applicable law and University rules and policy, student residents may allow guests to reside in their assigned apartments. A student resident’s invitation to a guest may be revoked at his or her discretion and be withdrawn by the student resident without the need to express any reason or basis for the revocation. Having guests is a privilege, not a right, granted to the student residents and, should circumstances warrant, may be limited or revoked by the Associate Director of the University Apartments. In no event shall a guest acquire any rights or privileges in the student resident’s apartment or otherwise have any claim to reside or remain in the student resident’s apartment beyond the time actually permitted by the hosting student resident. Long-term guests, which include any person staying beyond seventy-two (72) consecutive hours, must be registered with the University Apartment’s Office. Long-term guests’ names will be entered on the contract. Guests who are under 18 years of age must be a hosting student resident’s child, sibling, or otherwise have a legally recognized relationship with the hosting student resident in order to reside in the apartment on a long-term basis (beyond 72 consecutive hours). Any changes in occupancy must be reported to the University Apartment’s Office within three (3) business days of the change. The following restrictions apply: one bedroom, maximum of three (3) occupants; two bedrooms, maximum of five (5) occupants; three bedrooms, maximum of seven (7) occupants. These limits will be strictly enforced.  
  3. Should residents violate any of the conditions of the contract, the executive director may, in the future, refuse to contract any premises to those residents.

Subchapter 5–200. Administration of Housing

Sec. 5–201. Responsibilities of Supervisory Officials

The executive director is responsible to the vice president for discipline, counseling, and the quality of life in residences, and the fiscal and physical management of residences.

Sec. 5–202. Rule Making in Residences
  1. The occupants of each student residence may make reasonable rules governing life in that residence.
  2. Residence rules may not conflict with the Institutional Rules, Handbook of Operating Procedure, Regent's Rules and Regulations, local, state or federal law, and will take effect when they are approved by the executive director and vice president. Such rules will be publicized to all residents immediately upon taking effect.

Subchapter 5–300. Residence Hall Contracts

Sec. 5–301. Terms of Contract
  1. Charges for housing and meals begin and end on the official dates of the contract period.
  2. The effective dates and terms and conditions of the contract are provided with each contract.
  3. Students who are under contract may not terminate the contract except as provided in the contract and in Subchapter 5–400.
  4. Expenses incurred in collecting the total amounts due under a contract, including collection fees up to a maximum of 33 1/3% of the amount due, attorney’s fees, and other costs, including court costs, will be the responsibility of the obligor. 
Sec. 5–302. Enforcement of Contracts
  1. The executive director, or the executive director’s delegate, enforces residence contracts.
  2. The vice president is the final level of appeal in contract disputes.
Sec. 5–303. Student Responsibility
  1. Each student will meet all obligations for housing and meals and will observe all conditions of the contract. The student has the option to pay for housing and meals:
    1. in full;
    2. in half payments due once each semester;
    3. in six payments due three times each semester; or
    4. for spring only, in three payments.
  2. Students who do not comply with the terms of the housing and meals contract may be subject to University disciplinary action as provided in Chapter 11 of the Institutional Rules.

Subchapter 5–400. Termination of Contracts

Sec. 5–401. Graduation

Except as provided under Sec. 5–405, students who leave the University at the end of the fall semester because of graduation will not be liable for room rent or meals charges beyond the end of the semester, provided notification of graduation is filed by the official cancellation date for the spring semester. Students will be billed for any damages to the premises and any other applicable charges. Students who cancel after the official cancellation date will be charged $300 for liquidated damages. Cancellations received after the residence halls open for the spring will be handled as withdrawals during the spring semester. Students who are released from a contract because of graduation will again become liable for the contract if they fail to graduate from the University during the original contract period.

Sec. 5–402. Voluntary Withdrawal from the University

Except as provided under Sec. 5–405,

  1. Students who voluntarily withdraw from the University during a contract period are normally required to pay liquidated damages of $300 in addition to standard room and meals charges through the date of checkout. Students who withdraw from the University at the end of the fall semester will be billed through the end of the fall semester, provided notice of cancellation is received by the official cancellation date for the spring semester. Students who cancel after the official cancellation date will be charged $300 for liquidated damages. Cancellations received after the residence halls open for the spring will be handled as withdrawals during the spring semester. Students must normally move within twenty-four hours after withdrawing from the University.
  2. Students who are released from a contract because of voluntary withdrawal from the University will again become liable for the contract if they re-enroll in the University during the original contract period.
Sec. 5–403. Required Withdrawal from the University

Except as provided under Sec. 5–405, students who are required by the university to withdraw from the university are not liable for paying room rent or meals charges beyond the date of moving, but they will pay all charges that accrue under the contract through the checkout date plus $300 in liquidated damages, any charges for damage to the premises, and any other applicable charges. The University will refund any prepaid room or meals balance less any charges for damages to the premises or any other applicable charges. The University reserves the right to suspend a student from the residence halls for failure to abide by the terms and conditions of the contract. Students who fail to register as regularly enrolled students will be required to move as outlined in Sec. 5–402(a).

Sec. 5–404. Withdrawal from University-Owned Residences during the Contract Period

Except as provided under Sec. 5–405, students granted permission to move within the contract period are required to pay liquidated damages of $300 in addition to standard room and meals charges through the date of checkout.

Sec. 5–405. University Apartments Contracts
  1. All contract actions require sixty days’ notice. If a student resident unexpectedly must cancel his or her contract before it expires, there is no penalty if the student gives sixty days’ or more notice. If a student resident gives thirty-one to fifty-nine days’ notice, he or she will pay a penalty of 50 percent of one month’s rent. If the student resident gives one to thirty days’ notice, he or she will pay a penalty of 85 percent of one month’s rent.
  2. A student resident who fails to maintain eligibility requirements must notify the Department of Housing and Food Service in writing within three days and pay rent for a minimum of thirty days or the number of days the apartment is occupied, whichever is greater, beyond the vacancy notice date. In addition, the student resident will be required to pay 85 percent of the resident’s monthly rent as liquidated damages. The deposit is refunded, less any charges for damages.
  3. A student resident suspended by the University, which includes enforced scholastic withdrawal, or required to move due to a change of family status or eligibility, must file a written vacancy notice no later than the third day after such a change. Documentation is required. The student resident must move within fifteen days of suspension or change in status, or by the last day of the semester, whichever comes first, and pay rent for a minimum of fifteen days or through the end of the semester. The deposit is refunded, less a $50 processing fee and any other money owed for damages, electricity, or other charges.
  4. A student resident will be released if all on-campus degree requirements are completed and confirmed in writing by the dean of the college, or if the student resident graduates from the University. The student resident must file a vacancy notice sixty (60) days prior to vacancy. Failure to move out by the end of the month of graduation results in a charge of 85 percent of one month’s rent plus $25 per day for each day following the month of graduation or completion of degree requirements, to a maximum of $500.