Frequently Asked Questions Q: I want to commute from home, does that automatically get me out of my agreement? A: No, there is no “automatic” release. Once a student has signed the Housing and Food Service agreement, the student is bound to its terms. Q: What if I am creative in my reason for requesting to be released, or provide false information? A: The university will verify residence and student status. Should a student be found to have provided false information to the university, they will be held responsible for the financial terms of the agreement and will face university disciplinary action for furnishing false information to the university. Q: I am a transfer student and will complete 60 credits during the term of the agreement. Will I automatically be dropped from housing? A: No, transfer students who have active housing agreements must apply to be released from the remaining portion of the agreement. Q: How will I receive notice of the decision? A: The decision will be mailed to the address provided to the university on your request to be released. Information may not be released over the telephone, by email or to a third party. Students may request to pick-up a copy of the letter or have it emailed to their university email account. Q: If my request is denied, may I appeal the decision? A: Instructions for appeal options are outlined in the letter of denial. Residence Life and Housing 150 Perry Lane - Lawrence Towers Edinboro, PA 16444 814.732.2818 Fax: 814.732.2314 [email protected] Understanding the Housing and Food Service Agreement Release Request Process Campus Residency Edinboro University remains unwavering in its commitment to student success and believes that a firm foundation for academic and personal excellence is achieved through the residential experience. The intent of the campus residency requirement is to ensure that each single, full-time freshman student is provided with a suitable educational and learning environment which will foster the successful completion of academic pursuits, personal maturity and personal development. Research and experience have consistently demonstrated the integral role residence halls play in these areas. POLICY: All single, full-time, dependent students who are not commuting from the home of a parent or guardian that is within 50 miles of the campus are required to live in university owned or affiliated housing for four consecutive semesters (excluding summer sessions) or until they have completed at least 59 credit hours. Transfer students entering the university with less than 59 credit hours completed will be required to remain on-campus for two consecutive years (excluding summer sessions) or until they have completed 59 credit hours. [Policy A26: Campus Residency Requirement] Consideration for release… Edinboro University recognizes that from time-to -time situations in student’s lives change, and where a student resides may be part of that change. At the same time, students are bound by university policy and by the Housing and Food Service Agreement that they sign. Considerations for exceptions will be reviewed and may be granted through the housing release request process for the following reasons: The student becomes a custodian of, or guardian for, a minor or incompetent dependent; The student has medical needs and/or disability which, in the opinion of the student and the university, can more conveniently to a substantial degree, or can in a substantially better fashion, be accommodated outside of the residence halls. Nothing in this paragraph may be taken to relieve the university of any legal obligation it might have to accommodate a medical need or disability; Student is able to document financial exigency; or Any other reason deemed appropriate by the Director of Residence Life and Housing or the Vice President for Student Affairs. Submitting your request... Release request forms may be obtained from the Residence Life and Housing Office in Lawrence Towers. Completion of the form, failure to pick up a key, or entering into another enforceable lease does not absolve the student of the financial requirements of the Housing and Food Service Agreement. Students are encouraged to provide complete and accurate information regarding their circumstances. It is important that students provide adequate documentation to provide for complete review of requests. Students must include all supporting documentation when submitting the request to be released. Once the student has entered into an agreement, there are no guarantees of release from the financial obligations of the housing and food service agreement. The university reserves the right to assess a financial penalty for early termination of the agreement, should a request be granted.