National studies conclude that on-campus residency has positive effects on student retention, involvement in government and social organizations, and personal development. Of all the positive factors associated with on-campus residency, two areas deserve special attention:
First and second year students attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are required to live in University Housing. This requirement applies to all new and transferring students in their first two years following graduation from high school. These regulations are applicable to all students only insofar as space is available in University Housing. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall determine and declare no later than one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the start of a semester that space is available and that this policy shall be enforced.
Exceptions to this two-year residency policy may be granted only under certain limited conditions, including the following:
Students wishing to be released from the residency requirement shall complete a waiver form provided by University Housing. If the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has not declared space availability, there is no need to complete a waiver form. To request an exception to the two-year residency requirement, the student must provide documented verification of any of the above criteria by June 1 preceding Fall enrollment and December 1 preceding Spring enrollment.
Note: Occasionally, financial need is cited as a reason for requiring a residency exemption. The SIUE university residence policy makes no provision for financial need as a valid reason for an exception to the two-year requirement. Thus, requests for exceptions on the basis of financial need shall not be approved.
Approved by President effective 5/11/10
This policy was issued on August 2, 2011
Document Reference: 3B2
Origin: OC 5/11/10