Office of Housing - Exemptions
What is the Housing Residency Requirement?
It is the policy of The University of Tennessee at Martin to require all single freshmen, with under 24 hours of credit, to live on-campus.
Why does The University of Tennessee at Martin have such a policy?
In general, research has shown that students who live on-campus are more likely to earn higher grades, be more satisfied with their college experience, and participate in extracurricular activities. Most importantly, students who live on-campus are more likely to persist in completing their college education to earn a college degree. There are many benefits to living on-campus. The residence life staff provides a meaningful network of support and guidance for students. The staff also presents many programs and activities that encourage students to become involved on-campus and further develop their interpersonal skills. The residence halls are within an easy walk from classes, the cafeteria, and the library. The close location allows for more frequent interaction with faculty, and there are many services provided for the students in the residence halls.
If a student’s request for an exemption is denied, is there an appeals process?
Yes, a student may request an appeal. The request must be submitted in writing to the Housing Office. The request must state the reason why the student believes he or she should be exempted from the Housing Residency Requirement, and must state dates and times they are available to meet with the Housing Residency Requirement Exemption Appeals Committee. The Housing Residency Requirement Exemption Appeals Committee is comprised of university faculty and staff. Once a written request for an appeal is received by the Office of Housing, the Office of Housing will begin to schedule the Appeals Committee meeting with the schedules of the student and the committee members. Once the meeting has been scheduled the student will be notified. Once the meeting has been scheduled it cannot be rescheduled. If a student is not able to attend the Appeal Committee meeting, the committee will make a decision based upon the student’s completed Housing Residency Requirement Exemption Form and the student’s written request for an appeal.
What if a student who currently lives on-campus wants to request an exemption?
A student may request an exemption at anytime. However, students who live on-campus must understand that they must meet the obligations of their housing contract. These obligations may include charges such as a break housing fee, payment of the full semester rent charge, and the payment of a $500 mid-year contract buy out fee.
Are freshmen allowed to buy out of the Housing Residency Requirement?
Freshmen with under 24 hours of credit cannot buy out of the Housing Residency Requirement.
Where can I apply for an exemption?
1) Click here for the Housing Exemption Form.
You may now file your exemption online in the following way: