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Residency Requirement

As a residential campus, Wittenberg expects all full-time students to live in university owned housing. Wittenberg provides a variety housing options - from residence halls and traditional houses to themed houses and furnished apartments. As an initial introduction to being away from home, first and second year students typically reside in residence halls. During the third and fourth year, students transition to university owned houses and apartments with increased responsibility and independence.

It is important that students engage in the community to take full advantage of out-of-class experiences.

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.); or

  • 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, a student 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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