Deposit Refund Policy:
This deposit is held on account and will be refunded at the time you move off-campus minus charges for damages incurred or charges for lost keys. In cases of eviction from the residence hall for any reason, the deposit refund is forfeited. If a balance is owing to your housing account at time of move out this deposit may be applied to reduce the balance owing. Refund checks are normally processed within six weeks. If the deposit was paid using a credit card a credit will be applied back to the card.
A damage/lost key/housing deposit is required with submission of the application for on-campus housing. It is necessary to pay the housing deposit in order to have a room reservation confirmed. This deposit may be paid with cash, check, money order, travelers check or on a credit card. All payments (except during move-in weekend) must be made in the Business Office Cashiers Office located in the Deccio Higher Education Building.
YVCC requires certain immunizations prior to admission to help protect your health and the health of all our students.
- MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) Only for students born after 12/31/56. Requires two immunizations.
- DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) Requires last booster dose within the past ten years.
You have a right to refuse the required immunizations based on religious, personal, or medical reasons.
YVCC encourages all students to obtain:
- Hepatitis B - Recommend series of three immunizations
- Polio - Recommend series of at least three immunizations
- Tuberculosis has been of increasing concern in the United States. We recommend that you see your health care provider for symptoms of persistent cough or fever prior to coming to YVCC. You may need a skin test and/or a chest x-ray.
Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine:
Meningococcal meningitis is the leading cause of life-threatening meningitis in young adults in the U.S. It strikes about 3,000 people each year with 300 deaths. College students account for about 125 cases and 15 deaths. The infection is spread by air droplets like the flu and has flu-like symptoms initially. Symptoms can progress rapidly and lead to shock or death in hours. The risk for young adults ages 18-23 is 1.5 in 100,000. College students are not at higher risk than non-students, except for freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls (4.6 in 100,000). Meningococcal disease usually peaks in late winter and early spring. The disease can easily be misdiagnosed as something less serious, because symptoms are similar to the flu. The most common symptoms include high fever, headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, lethargy and/or rashes. Anyone with similar symptoms should contact a physician immediately.
The vaccine is safe and available through your own doctor. Side effects are uncommon and usually mild. The vaccine will cause immunity in about 90% of individuals but is ineffective against one stereotype of meningococcus which causes about 30% of the cases. The vaccination lasts three to five years and costs approximately $65.
General immunization has not been recommended since the incidence of meningococcal disease is low. However, the American College Health Association recommends that parents and students, especially freshmen and dormitory residents who want to reduce their risk of disease, consider the benefit of vaccination. Students without a spleen or who are immunodeficient should consider vaccination.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local health department or the Yakima County Health Department.
No Meal Plans? Where will I eat?
The residence hall at Yakima Valley Community College is unique and atypical when you think of a college dorm. We do not have food service in the building nor do we offer meal plans. What we do have is a full kitchen available for resident use 24/7 which is located on the upper floor of Hopf Hall. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, tables and chairs. Cooking and eating utensils are not provided. There is a small area available in Lyon Hall for eating but has no cooking facilities. We have found from experience that this room is very popular in that students can cook there, eat in a large area with friends and then study. Of course, you can bring a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven to cook in your room if you wish. There are grocery stores within walking distance of the residence hall. Food service is available on the main campus in the HUB cafeteria. You can check with them as to menus and serving hours. There are several restaurants and fast food establishments in the local area. Ask us and we will give you some references and recommendations.
Parking on campus is extremely limited. There is a large parking lot adjacent to the residence hall in which the majority of students park. A parking permit is required at all times. Parking permits are free and available in the Housing Office. The Housing Office will provide you with the first parking permit free upon check-in which is good for the entire year. We encourage you to remove all personal belongings and to take extra precautions to safeguard the vehicle and its contents.
We are not able to hold payment pending receipt of Financial Aid, earning or other financial resources. If Financial Aid has been approved, Financial Aid will automatically transfer funds to the housing account. Just in case Financial Aid is not enough, you will be required to pay the balance owing. Damage deposit and the first months rent must be paid in full upon occupancy, or first day of class, unless other payment options have been approved in advance with the Housing Office. We gladly accept cash, checks, money orders, VISA and MASTERCARD for exact amount only. All payments (except during move-in weekend) must be made in the Business Office Cashiers Office located in the Deccio Higher Education Building.
If you know of a specific individual that you would like to live with indicate that on your housing application. The roommate should do the same, and the Housing Office will work to match you together as roommates. In the event that you do not have a specific roommate request, the Housing Office will attempt to match answers on the application which will assist in assigning you with a compatible roommate. From experience, we have found that most roommate assignments do not work out. That person who is your best friend in high school may have a different lifestyle and things just don’t work out the way you thought. Also remember, you probably have had your own bedroom at home and are used to the privacy and freedom of the room. So what happens if you want a roommate and things don’t work out? You will be given two options. First you will be allowed to stay in the room without a roommate and pay the appropriate single room rate, or secondly you will be offered the opportunity to find a person in a similar situation and become roommates.
Quiet Lifestyle Floor
The second floor of Lyon hall has been designated as co-ed quiet. Residents of this floor tend to be older and enrolled in courses that require intense and extensive study, e.g. Nursing, Dental Hygiene.
"Just as every key is unique, so is every student." So, no matter what your style, we have a variety of choices; and although all preferences can’t be met, we’ll do our best to honor yours. The "Quiet lifestyle floor" is for students wanting an atmosphere conducive to studying and sleeping.
Policies of Quiet Floor
- Quiet hours: 24 hours every day.
- Any noise (that is, stereos, televisions, radios, talking, etc.) must be kept at a level that cannot be heard by neighboring residents. Noise that is prolonged and/or blatant (noise that enters another student’s room) is in violation of the policy. At the beginning of each quarter, resident assistants on the quiet lifestyle floor will meet with floor residents to explain how the quiet lifestyle will be interpreted.
- Three quiet lifestyle violations will result in removal from the quiet lifestyle floor.
Every effort has been made to keep on-campus living expenses as low as possible. Not every student wants a telephone or internet or cable television in their room. We asked ourselves: "Why should we charge everyone for something you don’t want or need?" So we don’t. If you want these services ask us and we will give you information about them. For telephone service you should anticipate a $30 hook-up fee and a $30 monthly bill, depending on extra services requested, e.g. call waiting, etc. Charter Cable has internet and cable television hook-ups in every room and they have various plans available. You will need to make your own arrangements for these services. There is a small computer lab in the residence hall that offers free internet service to YVCC students, as well as a wireless router that can be accessed in the office/recreation room area, and is available pretty much 24/7.