Resources and Policies

Resources and Policies



  • Even if you do not lock your door, your roommate might

  • When completing work orders or conducting routine maintenance in student rooms, the Facilities team will ALWAYS lock student doors.

  • Many student doors lock automatically


  • First lockout: Free of charge

  • Second lockout: $5 charge to your student account and an email check-in from your Area Coordinator

  • Third lockout: $10 and a 10-minute meeting with your Area Coordinator

  • Subsequent lockouts: $10 charge to your student account

* Each student’s number of lockouts will be tracked by the Res Life team and will be cleared at the beginning of each semester.


MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

  • Contact your Area Coordinator via phone, or stop by their office or apartment


SUN - THUR: 7:30 - 10PM  & FRI - SAT: 8:30 - 11PM

  • Contact your Res Staff member working Community Engagement for assistance with lockouts

ALL OTHER TIMES (and when your Area Coordinator is unavailable): CONTACT CAMPUS POLICE AT (781) 283-2121

  • Please note that Campus Police will charge $10 per lockout (charged to your student account)


  • Lost Key Replacement Fee: $10

  • Lock Core Change Fee: $30 (plus $10 for each new key)

    • The need for a core change will be determined by your Area Coordinator and will depend on the circumstances surrounding the loss of your key.

Housing Accommodations

How to Make a Request:

1. Make an appointment to meet or speak with someone from the Office of Accessibility and Disability Resources or email Entering first year and transfer students will want to make first contact by filling out the Accessibility and Disability Resources Information Form on the portal.

2. Complete the appropriate request form for the type of accommodation being requested. Any time during the year, individuals may fill out a request form to initiate a request for accommodations.

Student Housing Accommodation Request Form

Healthcare Documentation for Housing Accommodation Request

Student Service Animal and Emotional Support /Assistance Animal Policy

  • We encourage students to begin packing before exam period. Students may store belongings in their current hall only.  

  • Please note that all storage in the residence halls is at your own risk. Only students returning to residence halls for the following semester may store belongings. Graduating seniors and students going on leave or exchange may not store their belongings on campus.  

  • Do not use residence hall storage for any item that you may need before the halls open in the fall.  Access to storage areas will not be available until that then. You will not be allowed to drop-off items into your room during the summer due to the preparation of the halls.   

  • Storage labels will be generated by the Office of Residential Life. Your Area Coordinator or Resident Director will inform you of the procedure for distribution of labels.

  • You must move your own belongings into the storage areas.

​Label Distribution and Use:

  • Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors returning to residence for the fall semester will receive storage labels which must be attached to all stored items.
  • Students within a 300-mile radius of the college will receive no storage labels.
  • Students residing within a 300-600 mile radius and who live in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania will receive 2 storage labels.
  • All other rising sophomores, juniors and seniors will receive 4 storage labels.
  • The label should indicate your name, class, extension, and residence hall for fall term.
  • The space restrictions will not allow for students to share labels.  The above number of labels will determine the maximum number of boxes allowed per student in the storage rooms on campus.

Storage Item Specifications: 

Each student is allowed to store one item per label, within the following limits:

  • 1 refrigerator (2.5 cub. ft.) cleaned & defrosted, for one label. Taller are 2 labels

  • 1 suitcase for one label

  • 1 plastic, heavy-duty bag for one label

  • 1 boxed bicycle must have 2 labels attached

  • 1 plastic bin 22" 16" 16"

Storage Regulations:

  • Absolutely NO rugs, furniture, bookcases, loose items, unboxed bikes, or oversized boxes of any kind may be stored. Such items will be removed and discarded. You may not leave anything outside the storage area. Items left improperly will be discarded, and a $50 fine per item will be charged.

  • You must be able to lift your own boxes without assistance to any shelf in the storage room. Please be aware of the weight of your boxes.

  • Please note that items may be rearranged to maximize space and your items may not be exactly where you left them when you return in the fall.

  • When you are ready to store your belongings, be sure your storage items clearly display the label with your name and fall residence hall.

Decorations Policy

The safety of College employees, faculty, students and visitors is paramount. It is crucial that the college facilities are maintained in a condition that will allow for quick and safe evacuation in the event of an emergency. This policy will outline the state and local regulatory requirements designed to provide good fire prevention practices as well as maintaining safe egress (exit) routes.

View the College’s complete policy on Decorations in the residence halls


Fire Safety

At Wellesley College we all have responsibility for fire and life safety.  An important part of each person’s responsibility is being familiar with your surroundings and following these guidelines to ensure the safe and timely evacuation of all building occupants during a man-made or natural emergency:

  • Locate the two exit pathways from your space.  Count the number of doors between your room and the exits. This can assist you during an emergency evacuation.
  • Know where the fire alarm pull stations on your floor are so they may be activated in the event of a potential life-threatening emergency.
  • Do not block fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment – maintain these areas for quick and easy access at all times.
  • Keep egress paths clear - this includes hallways and stairwells.  Do not store furniture, file cabinets, etc in these areas.
  • Ensure that fire doors are kept closed at all times.  
  • If the fire alarm signal sounds, respond to it immediately by evacuating the building each and every time.

View all the Emergency Response Procedures and other important Fire Safety Guidelines:

Wellesley College Fire Safety

Guest Policy

A maximum of three overnight guests are allowed with permission of your roommate(s).  You may have an overnight guest(s) for three nights within a week (seven-day) time period beginning each Monday.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

Statement of Purpose:

Wellesley College is committed to providing an environment of well-being, learning, and accountability for its members. To this end, the Wellesley College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy is grounded in four community standards derived from the Honor Code:

  1. Compliance with governing law and College policies;
  2. Respect for the Wellesley College community by minimizing the impact of alcohol and other drug use upon others;
  3. Care for one’s own health and well-being; and
  4. Prevention of harm and seeking of assistance and support for self or others.

​​This policy informs students of their individual, group, and community responsibilities regarding alcohol and other drugs, the College's response to violations, and the resources available for addressing alcohol and other drug-related concerns. Campus Police and Residential Life Professional Staff have primary responsibility for enforcement of this policy.

Wellesley College Alcohol and Drug Policy

Prohibited Items
  • Candles, incense or other open flames

  • Cooking, heating appliance in Residence Halls

  • Storage in hallways and common spaces

  • Decorations or furnishings that constrict or block exit path

  • Live Christmas trees and/or lights


Smoking inside Residence Halls is not permitted and you must be at least 20 feet from the building if you are smoking outside. 

Residence Hall Fines

Infraction Minimum Fine

Extra cleaning charge (room in disarray) $25/hour

Missing Furniture Cost of Replacement

Damage to Room/Furniture Cost of Repair

College Property Found in Room $10 per item

Failure To Turn in Room Key (Housing fine) $30

Tampering with door closure mechanism & door lock Cost of Repair

Failure to reassemble furniture/Flip Bed $25

Large items abandoned in room $50 (Removal cost)

Failure to vacate room on time $50 per hour after posted time

Illegally Stored Items in Residence Hall Storage Area $50/Item

Tampering/Disabled/Damaged Smoke Detector $250

Open flames, candles or burning incense in rooms $100

Blocking Fire exists $250

Use of illegal use of appliances in room $50 (illegal appliances are:  halogen

lamps, 5 headed lamps, rice cookers, coffee post, rice cookers, microwaves, hot pots)

Unsupervised hot pots, electric kettles, cooking $50

Intentional or malicious setting off of fire alarm $500

Disturbing Quiet Hours (after warning) $25 minimum fine/occupant of room

Violation of overnight guest policy $50/night

Unescorted Guests / Illegal Entry into Hall $50 minimum

Unexcused absence from mandatory floor meeting $50

Unexcused absence from mandatory All-House meeting $50

Illegal pets $100 minimum

Items left outside of storage room will be thrown away

Items left in hallway $10/item after warning

Smoking tobacco of any kind in cigarette or hookah $25/1st violation*

Within 25 feet of building

Alcohol in common space $25/item


*Students who violate the Residential Hall Smoking policy by smoking within 25 feet of any Residential building will receive a $25 fine upon the first violation.  Upon subsequent violations, the fine will increase incrementally by $10 per violation (that is $35 for the second violation, $45 for the third, etc) After 3 violations, the student will be sent to Residence Judiciary.