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RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT POLICY
Residency Requirement Policy
Robert Morris University guarantees housing
for at least 8 semesters of full-time enrollment. All first and second year students are
required to live in university housing or with their parents, grandparents
and/or guardians. A first year student
is defined as someone enrolled full-time in college for 1-2 semesters. A second year student is defined as someone
enrolled full-time in college for 3-4 semesters. A student entering RMU without prior college
experience will be required to live in university housing for 4 consecutive
semesters. A student entering RMU with
prior college experience will be required to live in university housing for 4
consecutive semesters minus the number of semesters of full-time enrollment at
Exceptions to the campus residency
policy may be granted to students under certain conditions. The eight (8)
conditions that can exempt a student from the campus residency policy are:
who have completed four semesters of full time academic work;
who are residing with parents or legal guardian;
who are enrolled as a part-time student;
who are married;
with one or more dependent children in their custody;
6. Students who are military veterans who
completed at least two years of full-time, active military service;
over the age of 21;
8. Students with physical or psychological
circumstances such that the University cannot provide appropriate housing.
Parameters used to determine Student eligibility for a Campus Residency
Student requests to be waived from
the residency requirement are approved only if the student is eligible for at
least one of the policy's eight (8) exemptions. The eligibility parameters used
in making these determinations are the following:
1. Completing four full semesters of academic
work. Four full semesters of academic work are defined as at least one (1) of
the following three (3) conditions:
A. Enrollment for at least four semesters
as a full time student at Robert Morris University or another accredited
college or university.
B. Completion of 60 or more credit hours
of academic work at Robert Morris University.
C. Completion of a combined total of 60 or
more credit hours of academic work at another accredited college or other
university. This total may include Advanced Placement Credits and Dual Enrolled
High School Credits.
2. Residing with parents or legal guardian.
Residing with immediate family or legal guardian is defined as:
A. Students residing with a parent or
legal guardian. To be eligible, the parent or legal guardian's residence must
be within one of the following Pennsylvania, Ohio, or West Virginia counties:
Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Brooke, Butler, Hancock, Jefferson, Mercer, Washington,
B. Students residing with a grandparent.
To be eligible, the student must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian
and their grandparent’s residence must be an Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver,
Brooke, Hancock, Jefferson, Mercer, Washington or Westmoreland address.
who are enrolled part-time and are taking eleven or fewer credit hours.
who are married.
E. Students with one or more dependent children
in their custody while attending Robert Morris University.
F. Students who are military veterans who
completed at least two years of full-time, active military service.
over the age of 21.
H. Students with physical or psychological
circumstances such that the university cannot provide housing and/or board
services compatible with their lifestyle needs. This also requires supporting
documentation from a licensed professional appropriate to the student's
NOTE: The University's Campus
Residency Policy makes no provision for financial need as a reason for an
exemption. Thus, waiver requests based upon this premise will not be approved.
Students needing financial assistance are advised to discuss their situation
with the Office of Financial Aid.
The campus residency requirement is
a University policy. As such, compliance is a condition of a student's
enrollment to Robert Morris University. Students who are included in the Campus
Residency Policy must do one of the following:
• Complete a University housing
• Be accepted to live in a
University approved residence.
• Complete and have approved by the
Director of Residence Life, a Campus Residency Waiver Request Form.
For the fall semester: One of these
three options must be completed by June 1. Students accepted after June 1 must
complete one of these options within two weeks of being accepted to Robert
New Student Residency Requirement Waiver Form
Returning Student Residency Requirement Waiver Form
National studies demonstrate that campus residence positively affects:
Academic Persistence. Resident students are more likely to maintain
acceptable grade point performances and more frequently attain a bachelor's
Satisfaction with the faculty. Resident students generally have
more frequent contact with faculty and tend to be more satisfied with their
interaction with faculty.
Willingness to re-enroll. Resident students are less inclined
to withdraw or transfer to other institutions before attaining a degree.