As citizens of residential communities, all residents share collective responsibility for the care and stewardship of residential spaces and are expected to be forthcoming when issues arise related to damage of Institute property. Residents are responsible for reporting any observed damage or broken items in their rooms, suites, floors, or common areas in the Atlas work order system within one week of moving in or as soon as possible after the damage occurs.

Individuals will be held financially responsible for any damages, vandalism, missing items, or unsatisfactory conditions that they cause in their room, suite, floor, or common areas. Whenever it cannot be determined that a particular individual caused the damage, repair or replacement costs will be divided equally and billed to the resident(s) of the room, suite, floor, or common area as applicable.

Normal wear and tear occurs naturally over time and is expected in the residence halls.  While the table below is not an exhaustive list, it is provided to give examples of the difference between normal wear and tear and damage for which residents are responsible to reimburse the Institute:
  Normal Wear & Tear: 

  Excessive Damage: 

  A few chips, smudges, dents, scrapes, or cracks in the walls Gaping holes in walls from abuse, accidents, or neglect. Dozens of nail holes which need patching and repainting. Faded paint Unapproved painting Carpet faded or worn thin from walking Holes, stains, or burns in carpet. Food stains, urine stains, and leaky fish tanks. Dirty or faded window shades or curtains Torn, stained, or missing window shades or curtains Doors sticking from humidity Doors broken, or ripped off hinges Warped cabinet doors that won’t close Cabinet doors broken or ripped off hinges.  Excessively dirty cabinets and interiors requiring additional cleaning. Cracked window pane from faulty foundation or building settling Broken windows from action of the resident or guests Loose grouting and bathroom tiles Missing or cracked bathroom tiles Rusty shower rod or worn finish on plumbing fixtures Missing or bent shower rod or plumbing fixtures Worn gaskets on refrigerator doors Broken refrigerator shelf or dented front panels Smelly garbage disposal Damaged disposal due to metal, glass, or stones being placed inside