Residential Life Housing Exemption Request


All first and second year students are required to live on campus. Those whose permanent homes are within a reasonable commuting distance to Chestertown may request an exemption and should submit their form by the deadlines listed below. Third or fourth year students in good academic and social standing may also request to live off campus by completing the form below. Once the deadline for requests has passed, students who move off-campus without permission of the Off-Campus Review Committee may expect to be assigned a room and billed for on-campus housing and a meal plan. Additionally, those students may be referred to the student conduct process for failure to comply. Exemptions are granted for one academic year only. Students must re-apply annually and be approved by the Off-Campus Review Committee to maintain their off-campus status.

Students approved to live off campus are required to provide the Office of Residence Life updated contact information including local street address.


New Students: Students should submit this form electronically by June 1st  for the Fall semester and January 2nd  for the Spring semester.

Returning Students: Requests from returning students must be received by March 8th  for the following academic year. Students returning from study abroad, or those who have been away from campus during the fall semester, must request an exemption for the spring semester no later than December 15th.

Exemptions to any of these deadlines will be reviewed at the discretion of the Off-Campus Committee Chair. Please note that housing contracts cover one academic year. Requests to break contracts mid-year will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Students who apply and are approved after the deadline may forfeit their housing deposit or be required to pay a $300.00 late filing penalty.


Permanent Address

Requested Off Campus Address

I will be living with (please check any that apply)

Reason for Request (please check appropriate box and complete a concise, written explanation as outlined below. Please note that the committee will not review appeals without written explanations, regardless of date of submission or reason for submission).

Appeal Period Requested (check and fill-in appropriate year)

Meal Plans
Please note that students who are approved to go off-campus are eligible to have meal plans (commuter or residential options). These may be added through the drop-add date each semester on your web-advisor (miscellaneous options

By submitting this document, I am attesting to the truth and accuracy of what I have submitted above. I realize that my approval is for one academic year (or two semesters), and that I must re-apply at the end of that period to continue my status as an off-campus student. I realize that permission to live off-campus, if granted or denied, will be communicated to me in writing via e-mail and that attempting to move off-campus without approval may result in review through the student conduct process.