Residency Requirement

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are committed to the Benedictine value of community living. By living in community, residents develop as socially conscious, collaborative leaders. They effectively navigate diverse, participatory environments of mutual respect and serve the needs of their community. Residents learn essential skills to care for their personal and shared environments. They also learn to manage personal needs and expectations with community standards. The learning in this residential setting is an invaluable experience, and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University requires that all full-time students live in college housing.

Residency Requirement Exemption Requests  

Exceptions to the residency requirement are reserved for students who request, and after review of the request, are approved for an exemption due to (1) meeting a criterion for exemption, (2) verification of a documented disability that cannot be accommodated in campus housing, or (3) a unique circumstance that is incompatible with living on campus. Exemptions to the residency requirement are extremely limited. All exemption requests are reviewed by a committee, including verification with necessary institutional offices for applicable criteria.

Submitting a request for exemption does not guarantee a student will receive an exemption. Decisions regarding exemption requests will be sent to the student via their CSB|SJU email.

Be aware that any exemption offered will likely result in a reduction to financial aid. Any questions about this must be directed to the Office of Financial Aid prior to seeking an exemption.

Request for Exemption – General 

Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may request an exemption from the residency requirement:

To request an exemption from the residency requirement due to meeting one or more of the above criteria, please complete the Request for Residency Requirement Exemption Form.

Request for Exemption – Disability 

CSB and SJU are committed to ensuring equal access and opportunity to full participation for students with disabilities; this includes the ability to live on campus with non-disabled peers. CSB and SJU offer a wide variety of flexible housing options, as well as the ability to identify individualized accommodations that can accommodate a broad range of disability-related needs.

In rare circumstances when Student Accessibility Services is unable to identify reasonable on-campus accommodations, a student may be granted an exemption from the residency requirement.

Students who believe they have a condition that cannot be reasonably accommodated in an on-campus dwelling may submit a request for a qualified exemption due to their disability. Student Accessibility Services will determine exemptions based on whether an individual student can or cannot be reasonably accommodated in on-campus housing. Students seeking an exemption from the residency requirement due to a disability, including mental health conditions, may contact Student Accessibility Services directly or complete the Request for Residency Requirement Exemption Form.

Request for Exemption – Unique Circumstances 

Students may request an exemption due to unique circumstances. Requests based on the inability to select desired housing in the room selection process, including local living, will not be considered.

This exemption is limited to students who demonstrate significant, extenuating, unforeseeable circumstances that can be documented and verified.

In their request, students need to provide their anticipated off-campus housing plan.

To request an exemption from the residency requirement due to unique circumstances, please complete the Request for Residency Requirement Exemption Form.

EXEMPTION DENIAL APPEAL PROCESS 

Students whose requests for exemption are not granted have the right to file a written appeal of the decision within three (3) business days of receipt of notification of the outcome of their request. A student may submit an appeal of the exemption determination for any of the following conditions:

Students must submit their request for appeal to the using the Housing Exemption Appeal Form.

Request for Exemption – Timeline Returning/Continuing Students

Term Submission Dates Committee Review Begins Committee Decision Deadline 
Spring 2024 OnlyOct 1, 2023 – Nov 1, 2023Oct 9, 2023Dec 1, 2023
Fall 2024 OnlyFeb 1, 2024 – March 1, 2024Feb 12, 2024March 15, 2024
2024-2025 Academic Year Feb 1, 2024 – March 1, 2024Feb 12, 2024March 15, 2024

Requests submitted early will be reviewed during their designated committee review dates. Requests completed after submission dates will not be considered.

Request for Exemption – Timeline New Enrolled Students

Term Submission Dates Committee Review Begins Committee Decision Deadline 
Spring 2024 OnlyOct 1, 2023 – Jan 1, 2024Oct 9, 2023Jan 8, 2024
Fall 2024 OnlyFeb 1, 2024 – July 15, 2024 Feb 12, 2024Aug 1, 2024
2024-2025 Academic Year Feb 1, 2024 – July 15, 2024Feb 12, 2024Aug 1, 2024

Requests completed after submission dates will not be considered.