Residency Requirement Policy
All full-time students must live on campus for 2 years (4 semesters)
The Board of Regents at Southeast Missouri State University requires that all full-time students (enrolled for at least 12 credit hours) live on campus for
2 academic years (4 semesters, excluding summers). The 2-year residency requirement is required of all students, subject to the exemptions
listed below. The live-on experience that the Office of Residence Life is committed
to providing is an essential part of the educational experience at Southeast Missouri
State University. Students are strongly encouraged to contact Residence Life prior
to signing any off-campus lease to determine their eligibility to live off campus.
Exemptions to the residency requirements:
To request an exemption to the residency requirements, please print and complete the
Student Residency Release Application form found here:
Please submit your completed Release form to Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Residence Life does not use verbal notification for any residency release
decision. You will receive written notification via your Southeast email of the decision
regarding your release request.
- 21 years of age or older, prior to the first day of Fall classes.
- Married and/or the primary caregiver for dependent children (documentation required).
- Commuting from your parent/legal guardian's permanent home and primary residence within
a 50 mile commuting distance of Academic Hall.
- Have completed 57 credit hours towards a Southeast degree with a minimum 42 of these
accepted hours being obtained post high school graduation.
- Have been enrolled full-time (excluding summers) at a post-secondary institution for
4 semesters, post high school graduation (transcripts may be required).
- Have resided in the residence halls for 4 semesters (excluding summers).
- 2nd year academic achievement exemption: completed 30 Southeast credit hours during
the first year of living on campus, achieving a 3.25 GPA in those classes, and be
in good judicial standing. Transfer, advanced placement, dual enrollment, etc. hours
do not count towards the 2nd year academic achievement exemption, only Southeast credit
hours taken while living on campus will be applied for this exemption.
- Attending classes exclusively at a Southeast Regional Campus or taking classes exclusively
- Veteran of military service: military veteran having served one year of active duty
military service, post Initial Entry Training (IET), DD214 (long) required.
- Financial Hardship
- The following are examples of reasons for financial hardship that may be granted (documentation
required): loss of primary provider's income due to death, catastrophic health issues,
natural disasters, or bankruptcy.
- Frequently cited, but rarely granted reasons for requesting a financial hardship –
- Already signed a lease: students who sign leases off campus without having received a release decision in
writing from Residence Life will still be responsible for fulfilling the on-campus
housing requirement. Do not sign a lease unless you have received a decision, in writing,
from Residence Life that you are permitted to live off campus.
- Financial savings: requests for residing off campus for potential financial savings is not a valid reason
for a financial hardship.
Please note that Residence Life is able to accommodate many students on campus with
a variety of medical needs. A request for exemption is not guaranteed if Residence
Life feels that it can accommodate your situation on campus.
- Allergies and/or asthma: many students come to campus with allergies, asthma, or some other type of chronic
health problem and some students develop allergies after they arrive. In cases of
allergies and asthma, Residence Life can offer an accommodation that can help. If
an accommodation is needed, please contact Residence Life and/or the Center for Health
Students requesting an exemption citing medical needs related to the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) must begin by submitting the Medical Accommodation Application
form, found here:
Special Accommodation Request Form
Applicants requesting an exemption based on this criterion must provide information
from the attending physician stating the specific verifiable condition for which it
is medically necessary for the student to be released and why specifically, off-campus housing would provide
a better living condition in regard to this medical condition. The burden of providing
necessary documentation and evidence to support an accommodation request rests with
Any student providing false, inaccurate, or misleading information as a basis in an
accommodation request or a residency release form will be held accountable through
any and all appropriate Residence Life, Student Conduct, civil, and criminal systems.