Policies

All co-opers are expected to:

  1. Pay rent. Payments must be made with a check or money order to the rent slot on the first floor of the house by the first of the month.
  2. Do a weekly house job or managerial duty the entire run of a trimester. Positions include everything from a weekly bathroom duty to recruiting new applicants to the house. Manager positions are more varied in responsibility but are excellent learning opportunities.
  3. Do all the dishes approximately once each semester and shovel snow on your day assigned (if it snows).
  4. Perform 32 hours of additional maintenance work each year.
  5. Attend bimonthly meetings where important announcements and house decisions are made.
  6. Live respectfully and cooperatively and in accordance with all house policies, and do anything you can to improve the house.

Although the "legaleeze" is all in our policy book, some of our policies can be summarized as follows:

House Governance: Meetings are facilitated by the President. Decisions are made by the vote of a simple majority. Listeners are encouraged to speak up and talkers are encouraged to listen up.

Seniority System: Seniority is determined by the number of days you have physically lived within and paid rent to the co-op. When your deposit is refunded you lose all seniority. While you maintain seniority, you have preferred pick on chores and room choice. (This is why it's unlikely new co-opers will ever move directly into a preferred single.)

Roommate System: During moves into or within the house, anybody may request a change or a stay of room at any reasonable time. Requests are granted in order of seniority and once you are in a single room, you cannot be forced out.

Dishes: Although it is highly encouraged that you wash your own dishes after you use them (or at least soak them in the dish bins after use) many chores are set up to reduce the burden off each co-oper. Personal dishes are permitted, but don't expect dish chore workers to wash them.

Meal Plan: The co-op buys food in bulk as decided by two Food Managers, who take requests. They weigh in favor of the sometimes contrasting properties of being affordable, organic, local, in season and/or bulk. $60 per month pays for all the food you can eat, but it's uncooperative to hog the high-demand items.

Being Together: The co-op has a loosely knit social structure that respects many different urban lifestyles, but quiet hours are to be honored from 10pm to 8am every night, Sunday through Thursday.

Guests and Parties: Parties of all kinds must be approved at meetings through majority approval and are strictly monitored. Guests, friends and family are allowed to stay, but only for short periods of time and they are expected to pay $2 per day for food. In some cases, a damage deposit may also be requested.

Laundry: The washer and dryer are free to use. The co-op purchases detergent for all to use.

Forbidden: Co-opers cannot smoke or light anything on fire (not even incense) indoors. Any animal that will fit in a small aquarium/terrarium such as a fish or hamster is fine. (However, please don't put both in the same container). If you want to have a larger pet, ask the board. There are many people living in the house who find the co-op a safe refuge from allergins. You will not be allowed to move in with your dog(s) or cat(s).

Compost: Co-opers are asked to respect the compost system. Presently, a kitchen chore is assigned to the dumping of compost. The utilities chore is assigned to the movement and turning of the contents of the compost bin.

Safety and Emergency Issues: First aid kits are located in each bathroom, as well as a supply in the kitchen. Don't hurt yourself.

Other emergencies: In the case of a civil defense or bad weather emergency, gather in the kitchen/basement area. In case of a Tsunami, you must provide your own life jacket and/or raft.

Security: If you give out the door code to anyone - even friends or family - your eviction is automatically scheduled at the next house meeting. Don't give out the door code. If you see someone in the house whom you do not know, you have a right to ask her who she is or with whom she is. Do try to remember people's names.

Internet: Ask not what your co-op can do for you; ask rather what you can do for your co-op. Don't download any illegal software.

Composed by Gary J. Windels
Revised for 1995 by Jeff Zeitler
Revised for 2002 by Brian N. Hall
Revised for online 2004 by Brendan Nee
Updated 2011 by Mohamed Abdi
Summarized 2012 by Maxeem Konrardy