Housing and Residential Life
2020-2021 Addendum for Housing Contracts
Revised Addendum to 2020-2021 WSU Pullman Housing and Dining Financial Contract
By electronically signing and submitting this Addendum to the 2020-2021 WSU Pullman Housing and Dining Financial Contract, I confirm that I have read, understand and agree to the terms of the housing and dining contract - which includes the Housing and Dining Financial Contract, the Housing and Dining Payment Schedule, and the Housing and Dining Policies, as now stated or as may be amended throughout the term of this contract.
In consideration for the University providing me a license for the use of a residence hall space yet to be assigned by the University—which COVID-19 induced safety precautions have significantly decreased the availability of—and in consideration of the increased COVID-19 cleaning and safety precautions put in place by the University, I agree to the following amendments to the WSU Pullman Housing and Dining Financial Contract.
- In the event that COVID-19 necessitates changes in university academic operations and university residence halls remain open, I understand that I cannot cancel or terminate my WSU Pullman Housing and Dining Financial Contract. This policy remains true even if COVID-19 related concerns or other force majeure cancel, shorten, convert to on-line, or otherwise alter any or all WSU Pullman based classes. However, if a public health order requires the University to vacate residence halls due to COVID-19, the University will implement a refund or credit policy commensurate with the order(s). In addition, I understand that if I am required to live in approved university housing according to the Undergraduate housing requirement, commonly known as the First-year Live-in Requirement (FLIR), and I cancel or terminate my contract without living in approved university housing for 2 semesters, without meeting an exception in the WSU Pullman Housing and Dining Contract (e.g. withdrawing from the university), or without receiving a waiver of FLIR, that I will be charged the equivalent of the lowest residence hall room rate, along with the Dining Base Cost and Residential Dining Account (RDA) Level 1, from the contract start date through the end of the contract term regardless of whether I actually reside in a residence hall or utilize my housing and dining plan.
- I understand that the Director of Housing and Residence Life or designee may terminate my residence and dining service privileges if I violate WSU policy and regulations or refuse to comply with a valid federal, state, local, or University health or safety-related directive. This includes, without limitation, COVID-19 related health or safety directives, proclamations, or orders issued by the governor, Washington State Department of Health, the Whitman County Director of Public Health, or a Residence Life, Housing Services, or Dining Services staff member. For the purposes of illustration and not limitation, such directives could include: limiting or eliminating guests or visitors to your residence hall or dining center; agreeing to submit to bio security checks such as temperature checks; wearing protective equipment such as masks; and being directed to isolate or quarantine due to heightened COVID-19 risk factors such as recent travel from areas with high-rates of community transmission of COVID-19, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and known exposure to another individual with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 (note, students traveling from areas with high-rates of community transmission of COVID-19 may be asked to remain at their permanent residence (i.e. not university a university residence hall) and/or be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to attending any in-person campus or community activities). The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation and these directives may change at any time. I further understand that if the Director of Housing and Residence Life or designee terminated my privileges and I am required to live in approved university housing according to FLIR, the charges noted in paragraph 1 above will still apply. In addition, the failure to comply with lawful directions of university officials acting in performance of their duties and/or the law is a violation of the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students and may result in a referral for disciplinary action under these standards.
- I understand that Housing Services reserves the right to reassign individuals to different areas, rooms, residences, and dining centers, at any time (and the right to use unassigned space in the residence halls). This includes the right to reassign an individual based on COVID-19 related concerns, including suspected or confirmed cases, quarantining and isolation orders or guidance, or other official health guidance.
- I understand that COVID-19, is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. There is no current vaccine for COVID-19. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. Additionally, individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for a period of time, or may never become symptomatic at all. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease. I further understand that minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Although WSU is taking appropriate steps in accordance with established guidelines, the risk of contracting COVID-19 cannot be eliminated. By returning to WSU Pullman and residing in University housing, I understand that this risk continues to exist and voluntarily choose to do so.