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Housing Requirement Appeals - Request to Commute
The University’s commitment to residential education requires that the Office of Residence Life & Housing provide housing for all first-year and second-year students. The second-year requirement applies to all students, whether continuing, returning from any type of leave, or students transferring to Emory as second-year students.

  • Continuing students (rising second-year students) who wish to request an exemption from this policy for Fall 2014 should submit a written request to the Office of Residence Life and Housing no later than May 1, 2014. Appeals received after that date will not receive full consideration and will be subject to additional fees. Readmits and transfer students should submit a written appeal within two weeks from the date of their re/admission.
  • New students (incoming first-year students) who wish to request an exemption from this policy for Fall 2014 should submit a written request to the Office of Residence Life & Housing no later than May 30, 2014. Appeals received after that date will not receive full consideration and will be subject to additional fees.

Appeals to be released from the requirement to live on campus are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Your Housing Appeal must be submitted via your MyHousing page. Please log on to your page and click the left-hand navigation link "Request a Housing or Commuter Appeal". Please know, however, that submitting an appeal does not guarantee a release, no matter your reason for the appeal. Do NOT make other plans until you have been notified of the outcome of your appeal. Appeals are rarely granted and all first- and second-year students should plan to live on campus.

Appeals will be reviewed within three weeks of being received. All releases are subject to a cancellation and/or release fee.

The "Reason For Appeal" portion of your form must include the following information:

  • Narrative explaining the rationale for why you are requesting to be exempt from the housing requirement. If no explanation is included, the appeal will be considered incomplete and returned to you.
  • The mailing address for the location at which you will be residing;
  • The name of the parent/guardian with whom you are living OR the name of your spouse;
  • If appealing to live with a spouse, a copy of the marriage certificate must be submitted separately.
  • If appealing to commute from your parent(s)/guardian(s)' home, a letter supporting the request from your parent/guardian must be submitted separately.

If an appeal is granted and the student is released from his/her housing obligation, a $200 cancellation fee and a termination fee, if applicable, will be charged to the student's account. Questions regarding the appeal process may be directed to housing@emory.edu.