Cleanliness standards

Residence students are expected to maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness in all living spaces, shared or personal. The Department of Residences will conduct regular inspections of all student living areas in residence to ensure all areas are kept clean and tidy to avoid damages and health issues that may arise from a lack of proper cleaning or hygiene.

Inspections will be conducted approximately five (5) times throughout the academic year. The Residence Facilities Team will notify students by email to their Brock account the week prior to inspections. The dates will also be published in advance on the website in under Important Dates to Note.

Issues of cleanliness can be documented at any time including, but not limited to: fire extinguisher checks, preventive maintenance and maintenance calls, Winter Break shutdown, or any time a Brock staff member identifies an issue when they are in a unit or bedroom. For those students living in townhouse residences, cleanliness expectations are outlined in the townhouse manual available online. All students living in a townhouse will also receive a hard copy of the manual at check in. Cleanliness standards are also outlined online and on inspection forms for reference.

All residents share equal responsibility for the cleanliness of common areas. Roommate conflicts will not be considered as excuses for cleanliness issues. All areas will be assessed and given a ranking from 1 (health concern) to 10 (excellent). Any ranking of 5 or below will be considered a failure. A ranking of 6 will be considered a marginal pass and conditions must improve prior to the next inspection. Areas that remain at a level 6 will receive a 5 on the second ranking.

Students receiving a failure may expect the following consequences:

Students who fail their first inspection will be subject to a $50-unit administration fee to be shared among all occupants of the townhouse, plus a $10-bedroom fee assessed to only the occupants of bedrooms that fail. The unit will be re-inspected approximately seven to 10 days later. Units that fail again will be cleaned by University custodial staff, who will be accompanied by Department of Residences staff member, at the students’ expense. In addition, students will receive one disciplinary point, and will be given a warning about cleanliness standards.

Students who fail their second inspection will be subject to a $50-unit administration fee to be shared among all occupants of the townhouse, plus a $10-bedroom fee assessed to only the occupants of bedrooms that fail. The unit will be re-inspected approximately seven to 10 days later. Units that fail again will be subject to a $50-re-inspection fee and will be cleaned by university custodial staff, who will be accompanied by Department of Residences staff member, at the students’ expense. In addition, students will receive one disciplinary point, and will be placed on probation.

Students who fail their third inspection will be subject to a $100-unit administration fee to be shared among all occupants of the townhouse, plus a $10-bedroom fee assessed to only the occupants of bedrooms that fail. In addition, students will receive two disciplinary points: one for violation of the cleanliness standards and one for failure to comply with staff due to the repeated violation. They will also be suspended from residence for an amount of time not to exceed one week.

Students who fail their fourth inspection will be subject to a $150-unit administration fee to be shared among all occupants of the townhouse, plus a $10-bedroom fee assessed only to the occupants of bedrooms that fail. In addition, students will receive three disciplinary points: one for violation of the cleanliness standards and two for failure to comply with staff due to the repeated violation. They will be evicted from residence for the remainder of the year.

Please note: Student bedrooms in both townhouse and traditional residences are also required to maintain a minimum standard of cleanliness. Bedroom inspection failures will be subject to a $10-administration fee and subsequent re-inspections. Students who are unable to maintain minimum cleanliness standards in their bedrooms will be subject to disciplinary and educational sanctions.