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Residency Requirement

As a liberal arts residential campus, it is important that students engage in the community to take full advantage of the out-of-class experience. As such, all undergraduate students enrolled full-time at the University are required to live in campus housing; students living in residence halls are required to participate in a University meal plan. Space in university-owned houses and apartments is generally restricted to students who are in their third or fourth year and have achieved junior class standing although exceptions or restrictions may occur based on academic standing, social standing, semesters in residence, space availability, or facility needs.

Requests for exemption from the residency requirement must be made in writing to the Associate Dean for Residence Life. Exemptions to the residential requirement may be requested if the student.

  • Resides at the principal residence of their parent or legal guardian within a 30-mile drive of the campus and commutes daily from that residence to the campus; or

  • Is married or has dependents in their care; or

  • Has earned at least 60 credit hours, and is requesting to live in their Greek organization's University-recognized chapter house (and is listed on the house's official roster); or

  • Is participating in a University-approved academic experience that necessitates a living arrangement outside of a 30-mile drive from campus (e.g. study away programs, student teaching, etc.)

  • Demonstrates extreme or compelling extenuating circumstances that, in the judgement of the Associate Dean of Residence Life, warrant a release from campus housing in order to continue as a student with the University; or

  • Is 24 years of age or older at the time of admission.

To request exemption, students must complete a Housing Release Request form. If a student is requesting to commute from the principal residence of their parent or legal guardian, the parent or legal guardian must sign the commuter verification form. If the student is requesting exemption from the residency requirement for any other reason, they must include a statement of rationale for the request. By submitting a request, the student gives permission the Residence Life to verify the information contained in the request as well as information related to the student's academic, social, and financial standing as related to the request.

All housing release approvals are dependent upon the conditions under which the initial approval was given; if the conditions are altered in any way (e.g. parent/legal guardian moves; student moves out of parent/legal guardian house; participation in a study away program is cancelled; etc.), the student must reapply and receive approval for the new conditions or come back into campus housing. If a commuter student decides to reside on campus they must fulfill the residence hall requirement prior to being released to a student apartment/house. Students released from the residency requirement are bound by the guest and visitation policies; violations of the guest or visitation policies may result in exemption approval being revoked and the student being assigned to and charged for campus housing. Students who apply for exemption with inaccurate information (e.g. a student who indicates they will be commuting from parent/legal guardian primary residence but is instead renting from a private landlord in town) will be charged through the student conduct system and can be held responsible the standard double room rate.


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