Residency Exemption Criteria

Student can apply for an exemption if they fit one of the following criteria:

Status Description Supporting Documentation
Commuter If the student, parent(s) or guardian(s), or other family member(s) live outside the Foggy Bottom/ West End area and within a commutable distance. For all students, this address needs be established prior to initial enrollment. A copy of any document that verifies the student's residence (i.e. utility bill, identification card, or lease agreement). If the student is residing with a guardian or family, they must explain their relationship with that individual.

 

Permanent Resident If the student, parent(s) or guardian(s), or other family member(s) live inside the Foggy Bottom/ West End area. For all students, this address needs be established prior to initial enrollment.  A copy of any document that verifies the student's residence (i.e. utility bill, identification card, or lease agreement). If the student is residing with a guardian or family, they must explain their relationship with that individual.
Married Students who are either married or in a civil partnership. A copy of a government-issued certificate recognizing the partnership (i.e. marriage license or domestic partnership certificate).
Disability Students with disabilities that cannot be accommodated with the residence hall living environment. Students must have registered with Disability Support Services (DSS) and received an accommodation recommendation for an exemption to be considered.  A student's condition must first meet the general eligibility criteria to request any accommodation as a student with an ADA recognized impairment. Review details on the Disability Support Services website

The DSS process can take several weeks.  You need to submit your request to DSS before the housing exemption deadline.
Religious Beliefs Students with religious beliefs that cannot be accommodated within the residence hall living environment. A personal statement explaining how the student's religious beliefs cannot be accommodated within the residence halls. An additional letter from a religious leader elaborating on the student's beliefs is required.
Veteran Students who are veterans of the armed forces who are 20 years of age or older at initial enrollment. A copy of any government-issued document verifying service.  I.E. certificate of release or discharge (DD-214), GI Bill certificate of eligibility, etc.. 

 

Exemption requests submitted during the Academic Year will be reviewed, but are rarely granted.  If a student fills out a Housing License Agreement and is assigned to housing, they are bound to the agreement and must live on campus. Students are not able to request an exemption from the residency requirement after receiving their housing assignment unless they have had a change in circumstances in one of the areas listed above.