First year Required Housing and Meal Plan Policy

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All students who have graduated from high school within the current or previous calendar year are required to reside in University housing and to purchase a meal plan for their first year, which will normally include the fall and spring semesters. For example, a May or June 2020 graduate will be required to reside on-campus Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Anyone signing an academic year housing/meal plan contract will be required to fulfill the terms of that contract. Exceptions to the First-Year Required Housing and Meal Plan Policy may be made by the Department of Residence Life if:

  1. residence in University housing will impose a significant hardship, financial or otherwise; or
  2. the student is married and living with his/her spouse; or
  3. the student commutes from the home of his/her parents, grandparents, or a brother or sister within a 60 mile radius from the SHSU campus; or
  4. the student is a veteran of military service.

The student must provide documented evidence to warrant consideration for a waiver of this requirement. A denial of this request may be appealed to the Director for Residence Life Business Operations. Charges for both services will be added to the student’s account until approval for the waiver is obtained. Any student who does not comply with the above policy will be subject to disciplinary action as specified by the Code of Student Conduct as published in Student Guidelines.

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