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This form is only to request exemption from the housing requirement if the housing contract period has not yet begun. For example, if the academic year has already started, you cannot ask for an exemption anymore. You are actually seeking to break an existing contract and need to use the Request to Break Current Housing Contract form.
All first and second year students are required to live on campus. Those whose permanent homes are within a reasonable commuting distance to Chestertown may request exemption and should submit their form by the deadlines listed below. A reasonable commuting distance is under 40 miles and does not include any location requiring crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Third and fourth year students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above and are in good social standing may also request to live off campus. Good social standing requires demonstrated history while living in the residence halls of being able to live peaceably in a residential community, no repeat noise, alcohol or other drug violations or disturbances resulting from alcohol or drug use, and ability to problem solve and manage affairs independently.
Once the deadline for requests has passed, student who move off-campus without permission of the Off-Campus Review Committee may expect to be assigned a room and billed for on-campus housing and a meal plan. Additionally, those students may be referred to the Honor Board for failure to comply. Exemptions are granted for one academic year only. Students must re-apply annually and be approved by the Off-Campus Review Committee to maintain their off-campus status. Students who are re-applying must meet both the GPA and social standing requirements.
Students approved to live of campus are required to provide the Office of Residential Life updated contact information, including local street address, landlord name, and landlord contact information. Students who are approved to live at home at a local permanent address but are documented as residents of a non-permanent home residence will have their exemption revoked and will be charged for housing for that academic year.
Students approved to live off campus must follow the Off Campus Behavior policy. Violations of this policy and town ordinances can result in immediate revocation of approval to live off campus and a requirement to move onto campus, with all costs associated the student's responsibility.
Please note that submissions must be made by the Washington College student only. Any submissions entered by someone other than the registered student will not be accepted.
New Students should submit this form electronically by June 1st for the fall semester and January 2nd for the spring semester.
Returning Student's requests must be received by March 10th for the following academic year. Students returning from studying abroad, or those who have been away from campus during the fall semester, must request an exemption for the spring semester no later than December 15th.
Exemptions to any of these deadlines will be reviewed at the discretion of the Off-Campus Committee Chair. Please note that housing contracts cover one academic year. Requests to break contracts mid-year will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Students who apply and are approved after the deadline may be required to pay a $300 late filing penalty.
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