First Year Live On Requirement
First Year students who attend Georgia Southern University are required to live in on-campus housing during their first year of enrollment.
Created after a careful review of national research into the academic, personal, and developmental benefits of on-campus living, the Georgia Southern University President’s Council determined that Georgia Southern would institute this requirement for all first year students.
The President’s Council also created several standing exemptions that students could use to request exemption from this policy. Students whose personal situation qualifies them for an exemption are not automatically granted one, but rather are given the choice of whether to live on-campus and receive the benefits of living on-campus or filing for an exemption.
Students who have a medical or ADA related condition that requires special accommodation or an exemption to the live on policy may request for a review of their personal circumstances. This review is conducted by either (1) the Student Disability Resource Center or (2) the Chief Medical Officer of the University Health Services Office. A review will require documentation from a physician or testing authority that identifies the specific problems and a history of treatment/issues. Additional information may also be required before a decision is finalized.
Please note that the reviewing authority will determine what accommodations are reasonable and necessary for the student. The student’s personal preferences in housing is not the determining factor in the decision though it may influence final placement. (e.g. if a student requires a private bedroom, any private bedroom option meets that requirement). Students needing to request an accommodation should do so by March 1st or within two weeks of completing their housing application.