267.8 Student Housing

Created by: Dana Trebing on 02/10/2003
Category: 2 - Student Life; 60 - Food/Housing
Originator: Vice President for Student Services
Current File: 267.8
Adoption Date: 05/15/1998
Reviewed for Currency: 11/13/2002
Replaces File: 267.8
Date of Origin: 02/11/1974
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267.8 Student Housing


A. Background

Traditionally, Furman University has required full-time, single, undergraduate students, except those living at home or with immediate relatives, to reside on campus. In recent years the policy was modified to allow any juniors or seniors to live off campus. However, in the fall of 1996 Furman wanted to return to a more residential liberal arts institution and therefore wanted to house more students (80% rather than 58%) on campus. This return to traditional thinking was implemented not only to be more competitive with peer institutions but to provide a better quality of life for our students. The policy that students live on campus for three years, unless married or living at home with parents or legal guardians, began with the freshman class that entered in the fall of 1996. More recently, Furman has taken steps to restore the residential nature of its campus through the addition of more apartment spaces. These spaces were added in conjunction with the re-establishment of a four-year residency requirement. This was implemented with the freshman class that entered in the fall of 2001. This will increase Furman's percentage of students living on campus to approximately 95%.


B. Policy

The Director of University Housing, in collaboration with the Vice President for Enrollment and the Director of Admissions, will be set aside an adequate number of spaces to house all freshmen who are accepted as resident students. The number of spaces and the proximity of those spaces will be such that all freshmen reside in the same areas. The number of freshmen accepted as resident students will not be in such excess that an adequate number of spaces cannot be held by sophomores and juniors who must also reside on campus. Beginning with the freshman class entering in the fall of 2001, all students will be required to live on campus for four years. Prior to 2004, students classified as seniors are not required to live in residence halls but may do so if space is available and deposits are paid by the requested deadline.


C. Guidelines

1. Since campus housing facilities are limited, the Director of University Housing will protect enough spaces so that freshmen can be housed together.

2. Upperclass students who live in residence halls and who wish to continue to do so must submit a room reservation and damage deposit for the following fall term by a date set and publicized by the Director of University Housing. Seniors who submit a room reservation and damage deposit become eligible for, but are not guaranteed, campus housing. Seniors who submit the deposit, participate in room sign-up, but are not offered campus housing, will be refunded their deposit.

3. The Director of University Housing will maintain a carefully documented list of students in a waiting category for residence hall space. As space becomes available, students waiting will be given an option so long as guideline #1 has priority.

4. Specific guidelines for control of a waiting list are the responsibility of the Director of University Housing.

5. The above guidelines will apply as long as demand for space exceeds space available.