Termination by the University

Students are required to abide by the Columbia Community Health Compact. Failure to follow the guidelines in the compact may impact the resident’s ability to reside on-campus and will permit the University to terminate their Occupancy Agreement immediately.


Columbia Housing may terminate the Occupancy Agreement and repossess the assigned space for any of the reasons listed below.

  • If the privilege of residing in Columbia Housing residence halls is withdrawn by any duly constituted University disciplinary authority for violation of University rules and regulations.
  • If the space is found to be occupied by anyone other than the authorized resident.
  • If a resident otherwise violates any provision within their Occupancy Agreement or in the Guide to Living.
  • If the resident ceases to meet the eligibility requirements of Eligibility and Occupancy or takes a leave of absence, graduates, or withdraws for any reason.
  • If the University finds such action appropriate for reasons of health, safety, or emergency.
  • If the resident fails to follow the Columbia Community Health Compact.

If Columbia Housing terminates the Occupancy Agreement, the resident will continue to be charged for occupancy until the date on which Check-Out is complete. 

If Columbia Housing terminates the Occupancy Agreement, the student agrees to vacate the space, follow the Check-Out procedures and comply with other Columbia Housing instructions and requests related to Check-Out. If a student fails to comply with such procedures, instructions, and requests, Columbia Housing may repossess the space and take related action, including removing any property remaining in the space, changing the locks and prohibiting the student from entering the building in which the assigned space is located, all to the extent permitted by law. The resident will be responsible for any costs incurred by Columbia Housing in taking any of these measures.