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7. First and Second Year On Policy

All Howard University first year (0 or 1 completed semesters of post-high school education) and second year (2 or 3 completed semesters of post-high school education) students under the age of 21 will be required to live on campus, unless living at home with a parent or guardian.  The student’s age as of the official first day of fall semester shall determine the applicability of this policy.

All such students must reside for four completed semesters in one of the residence halls that have been designated as an eligible residence hall, unless the student has received an approved exemption pursuant to this policy. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct.

The Exemption Process

Approvable Exemptions

Exemption requests will not be processed unless the required documentation is attached.

a. Students will reside with a parent or legal guardian for the academic year (must have legal documentation to live with a guardian.)

b. 21 years of age or older on the official first day of fall semester (must show a copy of driver's license or state ID.)

c. Veteran/Still serving in the U.S. Armed Services (must have a certificate of release or discharge.)

d. Married (must have a marriage certificate.)

e. Parent or legal guardian of a child (must have legal documentation that student is guardian.)

First or Second Year Live On Exemption Appeal Request

If a student does not meet any of the criteria stated for the exemption then their request will automatically be sent to the Assistant Dean of Residence Life.  The Assistant Dean will evaluate the exemption requests form.  If they are denied at this level, they may appeal to Dean of Residence Life.  An email will be sent to the student informing them of how to make an appeal.

First and Second Year Live On Exemption Request (PDF)

Dean of Residence Life

This is the final decision for exemption requests that were denied by the Dean of Residence Life.  If the request is denied at this level the student will not be permitted to live off campus.

How widespread is this policy?

Many schools across the country require first year students to live on campus because living on campus results in higher retention and promotes student success in a wide variety of areas.

First and Second Year Programming

We have developed a yearlong comprehensive programming model to help students adjust to campus life and to help them be successful.  First and second year students will be encouraged to participate in a variety of programs and activities that explore issues and ideas facing college students.  Programming focuses on a number of areas including the following; financial planning, celebrating differences, academic support, campus resources, drug and alcohol awareness and community service.

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Mon., Wed., Fri.
(Office Hours by Appointment: 3 to 5 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.

Residence Life & University Housing
2205 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059