If you need to live off-campus, you must request an exemption to the On-Campus Housing Policy for review by University Housing Services. If you wish to live off-campus, you must complete an On-Campus Release Request.
University Housing may grant exemptions to the on-campus housing policy for an individuals circumstance related to marital status, proximity of parent or guardian’s home to campus, as well as other factors. Although an exemption is submitted, it does not guarantee approval. Any exemption to the University On-Campus Housing Policy must be approved in writing by University Housing Services prior to the beginning of the contract period for which the exemption is requested. The availability of exemptions will be limited to students with demonstrated need once spaces for the incoming class are allotted.
Sophomore students that are active members of fraternities and sororities and wish to reside in their organization’s house must apply for an exemption prior to July 15. Exemptions to reside in a fraternity or sorority house are only considered on a full academic year basis; they are not considered for spring semester only. The sorority or fraternity chapter must be in good standing with the University. Any exemption to live in a sorority or fraternity on probation will not be granted.
If you wish to apply for an exemption to live off campus:
Note: If you have already completed an off-campus meal plan application, University apartment application, or signed housing contract, please contact University Housing Services at (309) 438-8611.
For current students: The 2020-2021 exemption process will open on October 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. for current students in University Housing and is available in the Housing/Dining portal under the Housing and Dining Applications tab. From there you will be able to start an application and submit an exemption request. At this time you can only submit an exemption request, the rest of the application processes will open in February. Because the University Housing contract is for the full academic year, there are no “Spring Only” exemptions available for current students living in University Housing. However if you’re experiencing a special circumstance, (this does not include joining a fraternity/sorority) and wish to submit a spring exemption you can do so through a Spring 2020 Contract Cancellation Request Form and any supporting documentation.
For new students attending Fall 2020-Spring 2021: The 2020-2021 exemption process will open in mid-February.
The On-Campus Housing Policy is that students in their first two years out of high school are required to live in university housing (Residence Halls and Cardinal Court). Most students who have recently graduated high school 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 who have graduated high school less than two years prior but who fall under one or more of the categories listed below so they may identify themselves to University Housing Services if they want to live off-campus:
If a student wishes to appeal a decision concerning their petition for an exemption to the University On-Campus Housing Policy, information on the appeals procedure may be obtained from University Housing Services. Exemptions are generally not granted on the basis of health or medical reasons. Students who think they need special housing accommodations due to health or medical concerns should contact the department of Student Access and Accommodation Services to discuss possible accommodations.
If a student has submitted and been denied an exemption request and is interested in appealing, they must be aware of the following:
In order to appeal, students may print and follow the directions on the following two documents:
See the University On-Campus Housing Policy for additional information.
On-Campus Release Requests are accepted and granted based upon a finite amount of available opportunities. Once the On-Campus Release Request is closed, no release requests will be accepted. All Release Request decisions are final.
If you wish to submit an On-campus Release Request, you must follow the proper steps:
This process is intended for returning students who are required to live on-campus but prefer to live off-campus. There is a finite amount of releases available each year determined by occupancy needs. The following information is provided to assist you.
a) Follow the proper steps: You must receive a written notice from University Housing Services that you have received an approved on-campus release request. Release request will be available on the Housing website for a short period of time and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
b) Submit an On-Campus Release Request: You will receive an e-mail a week prior to the release request process with instructions, timeline of when the process will be available, and the number of releases that will be granted. You will need your UID, ULID, and full name to participate in this process.
c) Wait for a response: Responses will be sent within 10 business days of receipt of the request. Do not sign a lease for off-campus housing prior to receiving a decision about your release request. Remember, pre-signing a lease does not qualify you for an approved release request. Not everyone who submits a release request will be granted as there is a finite number of available spaces.
Students who fall under the On-Campus Housing Policy but prefer to live off-campus. Individual reasons may vary and are not collected due to the first-come-first-serve basis of this process.
Unless your release request or exemption request to this policy are granted through the processes outlined above, you are required to live on-campus as stated in the On-Campus Housing Policy. We encourage you to talk to your family about the On-Campus Housing Policy and review the detailed information about the On-Campus Housing Policy found at Housing.IllinoisState.edu.
Dates for the fall release request process have not been determined. Please check back soon for updates.