Student Housing Appeals
The student housing appeals process is for students who will be enrolled but want to request release from the obligations outlined in the student housing contract.
Requests for release from the Student Housing contract will not automatically be granted. Releases are uncommon and are only granted under extraordinary circumstances. It is at the discretion of the Student Housing Appeals Committee to determine what constitutes grounds for contract release. For 2020-21, the Student Housing Appeals Committee will consider existing medical conditions or circumstances related to COVID-19 which would prevent a student from being able to live in on-campus housing. The decision to release a student from the contract is generally based on the severity of the circumstances, whether or not situations that occurred were unforeseen or preventable, and the student’s efforts to uphold the requirements of the contract. Failure to read the Student Housing contract is not grounds for appeal.
All decisions made by the committee are final, and there is no further avenue of appeal. It is in your best interest not to ignore or avoid payments to the Office of the Bursar and not to make alternative living arrangements prior to receiving an official decision from the Student Housing Appeals Committee.
Dates for 2020-21
Pre-fall: The online form is available from 9:00am on May 1, 2020, to 12:00pm on July 30, 2020. Two rounds of appeals for the 2020-21 academic year are conducted during the summer. The deadline for the first round of appeals is 12:00pm on May 28, 2020. The deadline for the second round of appeals is 12:00pm on July 30, 2020.
Fall: The online form is available from 9:00am on August 26, 2020, to 12:00pm on September 10, 2020.
Pre-spring: The online form is available from 9:00am on October 22, 2020, to 12:00pm on November 5, 2020.
Spring: The online form is available from 9:00am on January 27, 2021, to 12:00pm on February 11, 2021.
Submit an online student housing appeal in the Student Housing Portal by selecting Online Forms from the top menu bar.
The student housing appeal will require you to upload a statement with the following:
- Detailed reason(s) for appeal and explanation of why you believe your circumstances are extenuating enough to warrant a release from your student housing contract (i.e. medical condition, financial hardship, for 2020-21: existing medical conditions or circumstances related to COVID-19, etc.).
- Explanation of how your situation has changed since the contract cancellation deadline (July 1 for the academic year).
- How many semesters you’ve lived on campus.
For appeals stating financial hardship only, include additional information including the following:
- Comparison of on- and off-campus costs for housing and meals and an explanation of how you will benefit financially by moving off campus.
- How much financial aid you expect to be awarded for fall and spring semesters.
You may also upload a maximum of four supporting documents including but not limited to bills, medical records, a letter of support from a parent or legal guardian, and work schedule.
Once you’ve submitted your student housing appeal, it will be initially reviewed and forwarded to the Student Housing Appeals Committee for their review. At that time, a committee meeting will be scheduled to discuss the information provided in your student housing appeal. For appeals submitted during the Pre-fall housing appeal period, you will be invited to attend the scheduled committee meeting via conference call. You will not be expected to attend the scheduled committee meeting in person for the Pre-fall housing appeal period. If you choose not to attend the Student Housing Appeals Committee meeting via conference call, the committee will make a decision in your absence, using the information provided.