University of Wisconsin System On-Campus Living Requirement
In accordance with Board of Regents Resolution No. 173 passed May 5, 1972, unless living with parents or legal guardian, all non-veterans, unmarried freshman and sophomore students, under the age of 20, are required to live in the residence halls and participate in a university meal plan.
Room and board charges will be added to a student’s university bill if they are found to be required but have not contracted to live and eat on campus.
If a student does not qualify for an exemption to the policy at the beginning of the academic year, the student must fulfill the housing and meal contract even though he or she may meet the criteria during the year. Freshman should not sign a lease with a private landlord for their sophomore year. This creates a double obligation that may result in the loss of the security deposit paid for off-campus accommodations. The goal of the Residence Life Department is to help students make the most of their collegiate living experience. It is not our goal to make a profit; charges cover our operating costs. Our policies and procedures mirror those of the state and University at large. Residence Life is entirely self-supporting in providing quality service for students.
Residence Life has the obligation to enforce both the Board of Regents’ Policy and the terms of the Housing & Dining Contract. The threshold is high to be exempt from the Board of Regents’ Policy or released from the Terms of the Housing & Dining Contract.
Below outlines some common situations and reasons for denial.