University fines students $225,000 for untidy rooms

About 900 students were charged a fee this year for leaving behind messy rooms during move-out from last year. This is a 200-student uptick from last year, which Director of GW Housing Programs Seth Weinshel said shows students are choosing to pay rather than clean. Ashley Lucas | Contributing Photo Editor

The University billed nearly 900 students a total of about $225,000 for not cleaning their rooms before moving out of residence halls this year.

Students were charged GW Housing Program’s $250 broom clean fee, a much-maligned charge implemented last year for rooms that require more cleaning than just the sweep of a broom.

Director of GW Housing Programs Seth Weinshel said the 200-person jump from last year is the result of students’ disregard for a clean move-out.

“I think that in year two of the broom clean fees, some students made a choice to pay the fee instead of leaving their room in a broom clean condition,” Weinshel said.

The fees’ revenue totaled about $225,000 a $50,000 increase from last year that will be used to cover costs of the additional cleaning.

Ivory Tower and South Hall, both upperclassmen residence halls, saw the greatest number of untidy rooms, he added.

About 200 students appealed the broom clean fee both this year and last year, Weinshel said.

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