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Freshman Residency Requirements

SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

FRESHMEN RESIDENCY PROGRAM

INFORMATION

Southeastern Oklahoma State University believes that there are important educational and social benefits in the residence halls and on-campus housing program. Because of this conviction, Southeastern has developed a Freshmen Residency Program that requires all single, full-time (12 hours or more per semester), first time freshmen who are under the age of 20 and have earned fewer than 24 college credit hours to reside in university housing. College credit hours that have been earned while in high school do not count toward the 24 college credit hour limit.

 

Southeastern is committed to providing to students participating in the Freshmen Residency Program the following:

 

  • To offer a living experience that will enhance and compliment their collegiate experience
  • To provide the opportunity to develop the ability to live in community with people of different cultures, backgrounds and ideals
  • To provide the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships
  • To ensure that when one leaves Southeastern. That they will take with them memories that they will cherish for a lifetime

 

Criteria for waiver from participating in the Freshmen Residency Program are:

 

            Veteran

Married

Parent

Residing with Parent/Guardian

(at their permanent address which must be located within 60 miles of SE campus)

 

 

Residence Hall Accommodations:

 

Students living in the residence halls will enjoy the convenience of study lounges, social lounges, vending machines and laundry facilities. A typical room includes heat and air conditioning, desk, chair, bed, mattress, wardrobe and a dresser per student. Included in the room rates are cable, internet connection, and local telephone service. Double occupancy is the normal accepted room assignment, although there could be the option to purchase a single occupancy room. Students will be required to select one of the various meal plans offered through Dining Services.

 

Please contact Residence Life, 580-745-2948, for additional information about the Freshmen Residency Program.

 

 

 

SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

FRESHMEN RESIDENCY PROGRAM

POLICY

 

All unmarried, freshmen, under the age of 20 who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of university work and are enrolled full-time (12 hours or more per semester) are required to reside in university housing for one academic year under a contractual room and board plan as long as space is available. College credit hours that have been earned while in high school do not count toward the 24 college credit hour limit. (For the purposed of this policy, successfully completed remedial course hours will count).

 

Exceptions may be granted by the Office of Residence Life provided that the application for release of the residency requirement be made in lieu of signing a contract. To be considered for an exemption from this policy, a student must submit a Freshmen Residency Requirement Request for Exemption Form. If released, the student will receive a letter indicating that he/she has been released from the requirement. The student is not considered released from the requirement unless and until they have received written notification

 

 

Students requesting a release from the residency requirement must apply for the release prior to June 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester. Requests received after June 1 will be reviewed on a time permitting schedule.

 

Students who are 20 or over or have completed 24 college credit hours do not need to file for a release. College credit hours that have been earned while in high school do not count toward the 24 college credit hour limit.

 

Exceptions can be made for one of the following reasons:

 

Being 20 years of age or older

Being married

Living with parent/guardian

(at their permanent address which must be located within 60 miles of SE campus)

Being a veteran

Being a parent

 

Required Documentation:

All release requests must be accompanied with appropriate documentation as outlined below. Waiver requests must be completed on a Freshmen Residency Requirement Request for Exemption Form and be submitted with sufficient complete documentation. Request without required documentation or with incomplete information will be denied.

 

Veteran Status:                         Copy of Department of Defense form 214 (DD 214)

Married:                                   Copy of valid marriage certificate

Parent:                                     Copy of Child/Children’s birth certificate(s)

Residing with Parent/Guardian:            Completed Commuter Parent/Guardian Verification Statement. This form must be signed by

the parent/guardian and the student and must be notarized.

 

To be considered for an exemption from this policy, a student must submit a Freshmen Residency Requirement Request for Exemption Form. If released, the student will receive a letter indicating that he/she has been released from the requirement. The student is not considered released from the requirement unless and until they have received written notification. A student with freshmen classification cannot cancel their Residence Hall & Food Services Agreement without submitting a copy of their letter authorizing the release from the residency requirement. If a student submits a cancellation and has not been released from the residency requirement, the cancellation will be considered voided and the RL&FS Agreement will be considered in effect unless/until such time as the student is released from the requirement.