Residency Requirement

Studies have shown that students who live on campus are more likely to be satisfied with their collegiate experience, will be more involved in campus life, will achieve higher academic standards, will have a more positive self-image, and are more likely to complete their degree than students who do not live on campus. Living on campus does not guarantee a successful college experience, but the advantages to living on campus are significant. The residential living and meal plan policy requirements are maintained in support of this belief.

2-Year Requirement
(4 long semesters on-campus)

All undergraduate students attending Sul Ross State University must be 21 years of age, have completed two full academic years (2 fall and 2 spring semesters), or be classified as an upperclassman at Sul Ross by the first class day of a semester or summer session in order to have satisfied the University's residential living policy. Living on-campus at another university prior to Sul Ross does can count towards the residency requirement. Any student, enrolled for 9 or more credit hours in a long semester (fall or spring) or 6 or more credit hours in a summer semester must reside in the residence halls until they have turned 21or have upperclassman status.

Exceptions to this policy are listed on our exemption forms which can be found here.

Exemptions to this policy must be submitted in writing, along with all supporting documentation, to the Director of Residential Living prior to the first class day in any semester or summer term for which the exemption is being requested. The University reserves the right to terminate any off-campus permission. Failure to comply with residential living requirements may result in disciplinary action, which may include forfeiture of deposits, complete charge for room and meal plan.

Appeal/Exemption Procedures

To request permission to live off campus prior to satisfying the off-campus requirements, a student must submit a request in writing and provide all supporting documentation to the Director of Residential Living. A Residential Living Appeal form is available by clicking here. Off-campus arrangements must not be made prior to receiving written notification from Residential Living that the appeal has been approved. The student filing the request may schedule an appointment prior to the final decision to discuss his/her circumstances with the Director of Residential Living. The decision will be communicated via the student's Sul Ross email account.

Any student who submits a request for an exemption from the residential living policy shall comply with the established policies for residential living until such time as the exemption may be granted. Any exemption granted will be for no longer than one semester or summer. Since individual circumstances change, the student must reapply for the exemption each semester until the residential living requirement is met. If the circumstances which merited the exemption change during the semester of the exemption, the student must immediately notify the Office of Residential Living and arrange to move back into a residence hall on campus.

If the Director of Residential Living denies the request for an exemption, the student may appeal to the Dean of Student Life.  Appeals must be filed in writing within five class days of the date of the decision.