This page delivers a quick primer to explain the Community Damage process. For a full description, please refer to the student handbook (pdf).
This page offers an overview and not a revision or replacement for any other materials.
Community Damages are a common way for Universities to assess responsibility for damages to the communities where the damage and vandalism takes place. Institutions that do not assess Community Damages or Common Area Fines must pass on the thousands of dollars of damage that occurs without individual responsibility onto all residents in the form of surcharges and rate hikes.
Fortunately, vandalism and damage are often claimed by individuals who come forward or are reported by others in the community and fines do not need to be assessed.
In the event that vandalism damage is not claimed, a notice called an "Intent to Bill" will be posted in the common areas and typically slid under doors. At this time, any information that members of the community have about the incident should be brought forward, as well as any appeals should be filed with the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
After the appeal deadline has expired, the charges will be divided equally among the residents. This may be the first time that someone other than the resident (specifically the person to whom the bills are mailed) is notified of the vandalism incident. While the Residence Hall Coordinator can often be helpful in clarifying a situation, it is important that each resident understands their responsibility in the process when they receive notification.