University Housing Policy
While all students are encouraged to live on campus, the University Housing Policy requires all freshmen and sophomores to live in the residence halls and participate in the meal plan. Students who commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian within a 50-mile radius of campus may be exempt from the University Housing Policy. Students must complete the necessary Exemption Application/Clarification Form and receive written notification of approval from the Department of Residence Services in order to be officially exempt from the University Housing Policy. On-campus housing and the meal (board) plan is optional for students who have lived on campus for at least two academic years, have completed 60 semester credit hours or are 20 years of age by the first day of classes of the academic year.
Release of Residence Hall Contract
The Residence Hall Contract for Room and Dining Plan may be canceled only under the terms set forth in the contract. Please read your contract carefully prior to signing and submitting it. Cancellation may occur only until the opening day of the residence halls in August. Once the semester starts, the contract becomes binding for the full academic year.
Students with Disabilities
Special housing accommodations and room modifications are available for students with needs related to a disability. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available in several halls, including a limited number with private bathrooms. All students requiring disability-related accommodations must register with the Office of Student Accessibility Services prior to the request being honored. To register, students must schedule an appointment to meet with a disability specialist and provide appropriate medical documentation of their disability. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule this appointment and apply for housing as early as possible, as the number of accessible rooms is limited. Once students are living on campus, any request must be renewed for the following year through Student Accessibility Services if it is still medically needed. We encourage students to meet with their residence hall director for any questions related to accessibility or accommodations.
Winter Break and Spring Break
The residence hall contract covers only those periods of time when the residence halls are officially open. Interim (break) periods such as Winter Break (December-January) and Spring Break are not covered by your residence hall contract. Housing during the break periods is available with an additional charge. Students must apply for housing for these break periods and if the student lives in a residence hall that is not designated a ‘break housing’ residence hall, the student will need to relocate to one of the halls that is available during the winter break period. Applications for break housing are available on the Residence Services website or can be picked up at the Department of Residence Services in Korb Hall. Students should watch for signs posted in the residence halls as well as information posted on the Residence Services website. Applications for Winter Break housing are normally available beginning in November and for Spring Break in early February.
At least one residence hall remains open for the summer sessions. Applications for summer housing are made available beginning April 1. In order to reside in university housing during the summer sessions a students must be an active, admitted student working toward his or her degree. The costs for summer housing, information about accommodations and the application process will be posted on the Residence Services website each spring.
Residence Hall Contract Renewal
Continuing residence hall students have the opportunity to select preferred residence halls and rooms for the next academic year prior to the onset of the room assignment processes for new incoming first year and transfer students. Information regarding the contract renewal process will be communicated to all students currently living in university residence halls via e-mail, letter or through direct communication from the residence hall staff in December and January. It is important that students carefully review and understand the contract renewal process in order to maximize their chances of obtaining their preferred residence hall assignment for the following academic year.