OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Do you qualify for an exemption from the First Year Live-On Requirement?

 

As part of the First Year Experience program, living on campus is an important component of a student’s first year at OSU. On-campus living provides unique resources and connections that help students create a successful and well-rounded college experience.

OSU staff understands that in some instances, some students may need to petition for a qualifying exemption. Exceptions to the live-on requirement will only be considered after a student completes the UHDS housing application.

Exemptions

Exemptions to the FYE live-on requirement may be requested by petition. Exceptions that will normally be approved are:

  • The student is living with immediate family in a family situation (mother and/or father; legal guardian; sibling; aunt or uncle; or grandparents,) and within approximately 30 mile radius of the Corvallis campus of OSU.
  • The student has a legal dependent that is living with the student.
  • The student is married or has a domestic partner.
  • The student has attended an institution of higher education as a regularly enrolled student for at least two regular semesters or three regular quarters, post high school graduation, excluding summer sessions.
  • The student is living in a fraternity or sorority that is an OSU recognized Voluntary Student Organization for the 2013-2014 academic year. Student must be on a list by September 16, 2013 that is sent to University Housing and Dining Services from the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. If a student has a signed contract with UHDS past September 16, 2013 and decides to cancel it to live in a fraternity or sorority as described above, the student will be subject to all applicable cancellation fees.
  • The student is living in a non-profit co-operative house providing room and board to OSU students in a house within Corvallis city limits for the 2013-2014 academic year. A qualifying house must have at least 30 occupants, and structures that are typically called apartments or townhouses do not qualify. Students must choose this living option by August 1st, 2013. If a student has a signed contract with UHDS past August 1st, 2013 and decides to cancel it to live in a non-profit co-operative house as described above, the student will be subject to all applicable cancellation fees.

Request for Exemption

Other exceptions not listed above will also be considered on a case-by-case basis through the committee chaired by the Office of the Dean of Student Life, with the committee’s decision as final. These case-by case exceptions include:

  • The student is not on-campus for a majority of their coursework, such that living on campus is not consistent with their program objectives.
  • The university approves a student’s request to live off campus as an accommodation for a qualifying disability or a sincerely-held religious practice/belief that is not sufficiently accommodated on-campus.
  • The student has been offered and accepted an athletic scholarship package or walk-on agreement that is in conflict with this policy for an academic year prior to Fall 2015
  • The student or immediate family member purchased a house prior to August 1, 2012 with the intent of the student living in the house and the owners can provide documentation of the purchase date. Documentation should include owner information, date of purchase and the address of the property. Documentation can be part of the purchase agreement or on appropriate letterhead from a financial institution. The location of the house must be within approximately a 30 mile radius of the Corvallis campus of OSU.
  • The students’ information the university has on file is incorrect and the correct information would meet one of the standard exceptions listed above

Policy Information

Visit the Oregon State Univesity First Year Experience website.

Read the full text of the Live-On Policy - updated July 9, 2013 [PDF]

Read our Live-On Policy FAQs 

For general questions on OSU’s live-on requirement, or questions regarding exceptions or or requests for exemptions, contact University Housing & Dining Services.

FYE Live-on Policy:
As a component of the comprehensive First Year Experience (FYE) at Oregon State University (OSU), fulltime, first-year students who enroll at OSU within one year of high school graduation regardless of class 
standing must live on campus, in a University-owned and operated residence, for the full academic year
(Fall, Winter and Spring terms). 
Students enrolled in the following INTO OSU programs will be required to live on-campus for their first 
three academic terms (any 3 consecutive academic terms) in the following programs: 
 Undergraduate Pathway
 Undergraduate Pathway bound
 Conditionally Admitted Program
Exceptions:
While participation in FYE, including the live-on component, is an integral part of the first-year student’s 
education, OSU recognizes that exceptions to the live-on requirement may be appropriate in certain 
circumstances. Exemptions to the FYE live-on requirement may be requested by petition. Exceptions 
that will normally be approved are: 
 The student is living with immediate family in a family situation (mother and/or father; legal 
guardian; sibling; aunt or uncle; or grandparents,) and within approximately 30 mile radius of
the Corvallis campus of OSU.
 The student has a legal dependent that is living with the student.
 The student is married or has a domestic partner.
 The student has attended an institution of higher education as a regularly enrolled student for 
at least two regular semesters or three regular quarters, post high school graduation, excluding 
summer sessions.
 The student is living in a fraternity or sorority that is an OSU recognized Voluntary Student 
Organization for the 2013-2014 academic year. Student must be on a list by September 6, 2013 
that is sent to University Housing and Dining Services from the Center for Fraternity and Sorority 
Life. If a student has a signed contract with UHDS past September 6, 2013 and decides to cancel 
it to live in a fraternity or sorority as described above, the student will be subject to all 
applicable cancellation fees.
Please note that beginning Fall 2014, only students living in a fraternity or sorority that has been 
approved by the OSU Affiliated First Year Housing Program will be allowed to meet this 
exception.
In disputed cases, the final determination as to whether the above exceptions apply to particular 
students’ situations will be determined by a committee chaired by the Dean of Student Life. {00170101;1}
Other exceptions not listed above will also be considered on a case-by-case basis through the committee 
chaired by the Office of the Dean of Student Life, with the committee’s decision as final. These case-bycase exceptions include:
 The student is not on-campus for a majority of their coursework, such that living on campus is 
not consistent with their program objectives.
 The university approves a student’s request to live off campus as an accommodation for a 
qualifying disability or a sincerely-held religious practice/belief that is not sufficiently 
accommodated on-campus.
 The student has been offered and accepted an athletic scholarship package or walk-on 
agreement that is in conflict with this policy for an academic year prior to Fall 2015
 The student or immediate family member purchased a house prior to August 1, 2012 with the 
intent of the student living in the house and the owners can provide documentation of the 
purchase date. Documentation should include owner information, date of purchase and the 
address of the property. Documentation can be part of the purchase agreement or on 
appropriate letterhead from a financial institution. The location of the house must be within 
approximately a 30 mile radius of the Corvallis campus of OSU.
 The students’ information the university has on file is incorrect and the correct information 
would meet one of the standard exceptions listed above.
Additional information on the First Year Experience Program at Oregon State University can be found 
at http://oregonstate.edu/main/firstyear