Housing Release & Residency Requirement

The housing release process is rigorous and releases are not granted without a major demonstrated change in circumstance that prevents the student from residing on campus. Resident students who are bound by the residency requirement, must apply for a waiver if they do not plan to reside with their guardian at their residence/home. 

Housing Contracts

Housing contracts are for the entire academic year. Regardless of the residency requirement status (for example Juniors or Seniors), once a student has filled our the housing application, they are locked into a full year contract. Contracts begin in August are in effect until the following May. Housing contracts that begin in January also conclude in May of the spring semester. If you wish to be released from your housing contract, please fill out the Release From Housing Application. Completed applications for release should be turned into the Residence Life Office in the College Union, Room 319.

Release from Housing or Residency Requirement

All first-year and freshmen students at Geneseo are required to live on campus through the spring semester of their sophomore year or four consecutive semesters (two year residency requirement). 

Fall transfer students admitted with fewer than 30 credit hours from another college, exclusive of AP credits or credits obtained by testing, must live on campus for two full academic years (four semester). Spring transfer students admitted with fewer than 30 credit hours from another college, exclusive of AP credits or credits obtained by testing, must live on campus for the remainder of that academic year (spring) and the following academic year. 

The Director of Residence Life or designee must approve all requests for release and waivers of the residency requirement. Students who believe they have justification for a release from housing may submit an application by filling out the Release From Housing Application. Students who believe they have justification for a release from the residency requirement may submit an application by filling out Request for Waiver of Residency Requirement. Students requesting a Waiver of Residency after already committing to on-campus housing must fill out both forms.

The Release From Housing Application is needed for any student trying to be released from their housing agreement once they have already committed to living on campus and have an assignment. This includes release from spring semester housing. Note that having a completed residency requirement is not a reason for release. Once committed to on-campus housing, that agreement is for a full academic year (or the remainder of the academic year if entered into in the spring semester). Please see the Residential License Agreement for more details.

The Request for Waiver of Residency Requirement is needed for students who are looking to be released from the two year (four semesters) residency requirement.

Completed applications should be filled out and submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Residence Life Office, which is located in the College Union, Room 319
  • Submit it via our Service Desk

It will take up to seven business days (longer during busier times of the academic year) for the committee to review each Release From Housing Application. Notification of approval or denial will be sent to the Geneseo e-mail address of the requesting student.

Special Note: If a student was released from housing during spring 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021 because all of their classes were online due to the College's response to COVID-19, and bound by the two-year residency requirement, the resident must reside on campus the following semester or the next semester that classes resume in person (Fall 2022).  All students must live on campus for four (4) semesters.  This is a temporary release.  Residents who are current sophomores and did not live on campus during their first/freshman year are still bound by the two year residency requirement.  

Release from Housing: Justification and Documentation Required

Justification Documentation Required
Online Course Schedule (Spring 2020, Fall 2020 - Spring 2021)

To make a formal request to telecommute from their guardian's residence/home for the semester, resident should email reslife@geneseo.eduRequests to be released from housing will be considered on an individual basis.  Students will not be automatically released from the residency requirement.  In order to be considered for release, students must provide the following documentation, along with a completed housing release form, attached to their email:  

  • Copy of their course schedule indicating that all classes are online
  • Include statement on the Release from Housing application that you are telecommuting from your guardian's residence/home:  please include full address

Students should express whether they plan to reside on campus for the semester.  If the student is still bound by the two year residency requirement, they must apply for a waiver if they do not plan to reside with their guardian at their residence/home. If approved for release, students should be aware that it is not a permanent release from the residency requirement.  If a student is released from housing because all of their classes are online due to the College's response to COVID-19, and still bound by the two-year residency requirement, the resident must reside on campus the following semester or the next semester that classes resume in person.  This is a temporary release.

Students who are intending to telecommute because they have a hybrid course schedule (some classes online and some in body/person) must follow the "Commuting from Home" directions below.

 

 

Medical / Accessibility

For documented medical or other disability-related reasons, residents would apply for a temporary or permanent release of housing with the Office of Accessibility Services. Students must follow the Steps for Requesting a Housing Accommodation. Additional documentation may be requested as part of the review process. 

Please refer to the OAS Housing Accommodation Requests web page for more information on policy and procedures for release of housing requests. If you have any questions, you may contact the OAS via email (access@geneseo.edu), phone (585-245-5112), or visit the office (Erwin Hall 22). 

The Office of Accessibility Services manages the review process for medical or disability-related documentation submitted in consideration for release from the residency requirement.   Submissions are fully evaluated by a qualified professional who makes a decision and forwards their recommendation to Residence Life. 

Commuting from Home Please include a statement on your Release from Housing Application that you are commuting from your guardian's residence/home. Students wishing to commute, must reside with a legal guardian at their residence - please include full address. The residence must be within a 35 mile radius from campus. Note: signing a lease with an off campus apartment is not a justified reason for release and is not considered commuting from home.
Graduating Students graduating in December should submit a Release From Housing Application.
Diet/Nutrition Student will be asked to meet with Campus Auxiliary Services Dietician to discuss accommodations that campus dining can make for medical needs before requesting a release.
Transferring/Approved Leave of Absence/ Withdrawal No need to complete a release form. Students are referred to Enrollment Management in Doty Hall. Students are asked to visit the Enrollment Management website to complete the Leave of Absence request.
Study Abroad Students should provide an acceptance letter from the Study Abroad Office with the Release From Housing Application.
Personal Requests based on personal reasons, such as general dissatisfaction or unhappiness, are not approved because they are based upon personal feelings, which are subjective -- and therefore do not allow the department to be consistent or fair in the administration of the Residential License. Personal reasons are generally not able to be approved. If a student still wishes to apply, documentation (such as meetings with Residence Life staff) should be included in the appeal. Note: signing a lease with an off campus apartment is not a justified reason for release.
Financial
Demonstration of an extraordinary change in financial condition beyond your resource base, which cannot be remedied through existing College financial aid programs, includes supporting documentation from the Financial Aid office. Parent or guardian will need to provide a notarized letter as well.  Students who qualify for loans and other types of aid, but choose not to accept, will not be granted a financial release. A detailed, notarized letter from the guardian and student outlining their family's financial constraints should be submitted. 
Note: the ability to save money by living off campus is not a justification for exemption. 
Note: signing a lease with an off campus apartment is not a justified reason for release.