Date Adopted: 8/26/1988
Date Revised: 10/10/2017
References: BOR 502.1
Issuing Office: Student Affairs
Approved By: Susan Briggs
Living on Campus Requirements: All students with fewer than 30 completed college credits are required to live in the residence halls. Please note that credits awarded from Prior Learning Assessment such as Advanced Placement, CLEP, or International Baccalaureate credits do not count towards the 30 earned college credit requirement. All residence hall students are required to contract for a meal plan. Exceptions to this policy are listed in Section III-PROCEDURES below.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students make the appropriate social and academic transitions to college. Research supports the idea that residence hall students do better academically and have more access to on-campus resources by spending their first year in residence. For students who have never lived on their own, the staff and facilities provide an environment where young adults can learn about civic and academic responsibility.
All students with fewer than 30 credits are required to live in the residence halls.
Current active military or veteran’s status: Student must verify by submitting a copy of their DD214.
Extenuating circumstances: Circumstances have arisen that are not within the scope of the above listed criteria that makes living in the halls a hardship. Include all pertinent documentation and a letter from the student. If traditional freshman, must also include a notarized letter of support from parent/legal guardian.
Exemption forms are available from the Residence Life Office. All exceptions to the “30 Credit Rule” must be documented and submitted to the Residence Life Office. Forms may be requested by phone, mail, or via the campus website ( https://www.umwestern.edu/images/department/reslife/Exemption.pdf ) All students under the 30-credit limit will be billed for room and board unless the exemption form has been received and approved in the Residence Life Office before the first day of classes. Students must be a registered student to reside in the residence halls.