Individuals are financially responsible for any damages, vandalism, missing items, or unsatisfactory conditions in their room, suite, or common areas. Sports and recreational activities that may cause damage to property as well as disruption or injury to others are not permitted in any area within the residence halls or brownstones.

Knowingly and/or recklessly damaging, destroying, defacing, and/or tampering with University, public, or private property of another person, is prohibited.

Whenever possible, repair or replacement costs will be assessed to the individual(s) responsible; when this is not possible, costs will be shared by the smallest identifiable group of the residents within a building, floor, room, or suite. (Examples of vandalism that may result in shared costs distributed within a community include, but are not limited to, bulletin boards ripped off walls, ceiling tile damage, paint in stairwell landings or in a floor lounge, etc.)

Students are encouraged to report any information regarding specific acts of vandalism to a member of the Residential Life staff.

Residents will be charged for costs including, but not limited to:

  • Replacing or repairing furnishings, appliances, or fixtures that have been altered or removed without express written approval of Columbia Housing. This includes items removed from personal rooms, suite common areas, floor and building lounges, and other residence hall spaces or Brownstones.
  • Returning furnishings, appliances, or fixtures to their proper locations.
  • Additional cleaning of individual and/or common area appliances, rugs, floors, or furnishings after check-out.
  • Taking corrective action when residents do not maintain satisfactory housekeeping, sanitation, and safety standards.
  • Repairing and restoring beyond normal wear and tear.
  • Replacing or restoring fire equipment or other safety devices.
  • Removing abandoned bulk items such as furniture and other non-Columbia issued furnishings.

The charge for repair, restoration, or corrective action will equal the costs of material and labor. The charge for items lost, stolen, or destroyed will equal the cost of replacement. The minimum common area damage charge is $10 per resident.

When cost of damage significantly exceeds the rates listed here, Housing reserves the right to hold you accountable for the full cost of damage.

Damage Rates

Supplemental Cleaning

$140 per person



Bed Frame


Room Furniture

$450 per item

Suite Furniture

$450 per item

Disassembled Units


Sheetrock Damage (wall)

$300 per wall

Plaster Damage (wall)

$400 per wall

Repainting (wall)

$300 per wall

Locks (non-electronic)


Locks (electronic)


Carpeting (8' x 10')


Broken Window


Broken Door




Broken Jacks


Wireless Access Point (AP) **

$2,000 per AP

Reinstallation of Window Stops$100
Ceiling Tile (Per Tile)$50
Exit Sign (Per Sign)$150
Light Covers$40
Smoke Detectors$75

** Please note that when a wireless access point (AP) is damaged or missing, it will be the financial responsibility of the smallest identifiable group. The replacement cost is $2,000.00 per AP.