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### Opting Out of Mandatory College Housing: Application Process

Did you know that the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) enforces a policy mandating that all college C1 and C2 students must reside on campus? However, students facing exceptional circumstances have the option to appeal to the Housing Review Board for permission to live off-campus. The deadline for submitting appeals is Feb. 15, 2024.

Exceptional circumstances that warrant consideration for off-campus living include medical or psychological requirements, among other conditions. To initiate the appeal process, students must clearly delineate their unique situation and submit relevant medical or other supporting documentation.

It is imperative that the necessary supporting documents accompany the application form seeking exemption from the on-campus residency rule. These documents should comprehensively outline the medical condition, the treatment duration, and how residing on campus could impact the student’s well-being. Any appeals submitted after the Feb. 15 deadline will not be reviewed.

Certain categories of students are automatically exempt from the mandatory on-campus residency rule and are not required to complete the exemption form. These include:

  • Students who are married or residing with dependents.
  • Students living with a parent within a 25-mile radius of the campus at the time of enrollment.
  • Graduate students.
  • Part-time students taking fewer than 6 credit hours.
  • College students classified as CIII (juniors) or CIV (seniors).
  • Students aged 21 or above, or those who will turn 21 during the fall semester.
  • Sophomore year UNCSA High School graduates.

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