Contract Release Requests
Each student who lives on campus must sign a Housing/Dining Contract. When the contract is signed and returned to Virginia Tech, it becomes a legally binding agreement between the student and the university.
The contract will be terminated if the student completes requirements for graduation, or for any other reason is not enrolled in the university. If the student subsequently returns during the contract period, the contract will be reactivated upon re-enrollment. The university reserves the right to terminate the contract in the interest of order, health, maximum utilization of facilities, or disaster after due notice to the student.
Release from the contract for other reasons can be made upon the recommendation of the contract review committee. A request for contract cancellation does not automatically break the contract. The committee will consider the circumstances with regard to the impact upon both the student and the university.
To Initiate the Review Process
1. Requests for release must be made in writing (e-mail, fax, or letter) to
Housing and Residence Life
Attn: Chairman, Contract Review
Suite 144 New Hall West (0428)
Blacksburg VA 24061
2. You must provide information supporting the request to be released from the Housing/Dining Contract. The committee reviews cases with a focus on unforeseen circumstances that preclude the student's continuation in the residence halls. The reason for cancellation is reviewed for effect on the student and is compared to the off-campus solution. Requests which may be addressed by a room or hall change are seldom approved. Any requests based on medical need/disability must be reviewed by Services for Students with Disabilties, who serve in an ex officio capacity to the committee, prior to any review by the housing office.
3. A hearing will be scheduled with the contract review committee to examine the request (a pre-hearing conference with the chairperson is available upon request).
4. You will be verbally notified of the decision after the hearing. Written notification (e-mail) will be sent within four business days.
5. Appeal forms will be issued if your request is denied. Completed appeal forms must be submitted to Housing and Residence Life within one week of the hearing. Appeals will be reviewed by the assistant director for services. Interviews will be held at the discretion of the hearing officer.
6. If the request is approved, you will receive a letter. You are required to follow room check-out procedures by the date specified. A status change form will be sent to Student Accounts for billing purposes. A copy also will be sent to you after the room has been vacated.
During the Contract Review Hearing
- Prior to the hearing, any supporting materials not provided with the initial contract review request letter, should be delivered to the chairperson of the contract review committee.
- You will be called into the hearing room. Other persons (including but not limited to parents) are not allowed into the hearing except to offer support of specific items to be presented. Third parties will not be permitted to disrupt or to delay the proceedings through irrelevant or inappropriate presentations.
- The student comments on the written request and provides the committee with any additional information.
- The committee members interview the student.
- The student may make a final comment to the committee.
- The student is dismissed from the hearing room and the committee deliberates.
- The student is recalled to the hearing room and informed of the committee's decision.
- If the request is denied, instructions on the appeal process are given. If granted, instructions for moving out are provided.