To apply for an exemption to live off campus, please follow
process as noted in the form Request for Waiver of On-Campus Residency Policy.
MSU On-Campus Residency
State University’s On-Campus Residency Policy requires all full-time students under the age of 21 who have earned fewer than
60 University recognized college credit hours to live on campus and subscribe
to the applicable dining requirement. Students must be 21 by the first
day of classes to fulfill residency requirement. (Students enrolled full-time on-line or at
an MSU Regional Campus are exempt from this policy.) Students
failing to meet this requirement will be assessed the lowest residence hall
fee. University Catalog
apply for an exemption to this policy, no more than once per semester, provided
they meet certain established criteria. (*Please note, an application
for exemption from the on-campus residency requirement does not guarantee nor
imply that an exemption will be granted. Students should assume that their
request has not been granted until they receive written notification of
The University may grant exemptions to the on-campus residency
policy for certain categories of students based upon guidelines related to credit
hours completed, age, marital status, proximity of home to campus, and other
pertinent factors. Requests for exemptions based on other reasons are almost
never granted. Any exemption to the On-Campus Residency Policy must be approved
in writing by Office of Student Housing prior to the beginning of the term for
which the exemption is requested.
Exemption requests must be submitted by July 15 for fall
semester and December 1 for spring semester.
If you wish to apply for an exemption to live off-off campus:
Request for Waiver of On-Campus Residency Policy form found on MSU Housing
Follow the steps for
submitting the waiver request. Your request will be reviewed, and a decision
will be e-mailed to you within 10 business days.
Who is the exemption
The spirit of the On Campus Residency Policy is that students
with less than 60 credit hours completed and under 21 years of age will live in
university residence halls. Most students who fall into these groups are best
served in on-campus housing. However, we realize that some students may have
unique circumstances which may qualify for an exemption. The exemption request
process is intended to provide an avenue for those students to identify
themselves to Office of Student Housing if they want to live off-campus:
Who is the exemption
process not intended for?
The exemption process is generally not intended for students
There are many avenues besides moving off-campus for students to
address the above concerns including talking with the housing professional
staff, requesting a room change, moving to a different type of room or
residence hall, changing roommates, working with the Office of Disability
Services, etc. Students are expected to explore all possible avenues before
requesting an exemption to the University housing requirement. Questions?
Contact Office of Student Housing at (606) 783-2060.
Exemption Appeals Process
If a student wishes to appeal a decision concerning their request
for an exemption to the University On-Campus Residency Policy, information on
the appeals procedure may be obtained on this page. Exemptions are generally
not granted on the basis of health or medical reasons. Students who believe they
need special housing accommodations due to health or medical concerns should
contact the Office of Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations.
If you have submitted and been denied an exemption request and
are interested in appealing, please be aware of the following:
If you have decided to appeal, you may print and follow
the directions on the following two documents:
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