To apply for an exemption to live off campus, visit the housing portal to submit a request form online.
University Housing may grant exemptions to the on-campus housing policy for and individuals circumstance related to marital status, proximity of 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 activated 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.
The 2017-2018 exemption process will open on September 22, 2016, and is available in the Housing/Dining portal in the Housing and Dining Applications screen. Requests must be submitted by July 15 for fall semester and by November 1 for spring semester.
Spring 2017 exemptions for new admits will be available on October 4, 2016.
The spirit of the On Campus Housing Policy is that students in their first two years out of high school are required to live in university residence halls. 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:
The exemption process is also for students who have already been out of high school for one year who want to live in their fraternity or sorority house beginning in August of their second year at ISU.
The exemption process is generally not intended for students who:
There are many avenues besides moving off-campus for students to address the above concerns including talking with the residence hall professional staff, making a room change, moving to a different type of room, changing roommates, working with the Disability Concerns Office, etc. Students are expected to explore all possible avenues before requesting an exemption to the University housing requirement. Questions? Contact University Housing Services at (309) 438-8611.
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 Disability Concerns Office 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:
See the University On-Campus Housing Policy for additional information.