Residence Off-Campus Policy
Ithaca College is a residential college. The College recognizes the developmental value of a residentially based education and believes that residence hall living is a key component of a student's overall educational experience. For these reasons, provisions are made to house all students on campus throughout their undergraduate years. Students are required to live on campus for their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, unless they apply for and receive off-campus approval from the Office of Residential Life. Priority for housing selection and off-campus approval is based upon the number of semesters a student has lived in on-campus housing.
A student with senior year status is considered exempt from the residence policy. Under current housing processes a senior is a student who has completed six or more semesters at the start of the fall semester. Seniors who relinquish their senior exempt status by selecting campus housing may later request to live off campus for their final semester at Ithaca by submitting a written request to the Office of Residential Life. Students who move off campus without the written approval of the Office of Residential Life will be billed for room and board charges.
The College remains committed to maintaining fully occupied residence halls. Recognizing that over-occupied residence halls can negatively affect the community if housing projections for an upcoming academic year indicate that the residence halls will be over-occupied, a limited off-campus application process may be conducted for non-seniors and for seniors who have relinquished their senior year exempt status. Students should not sign off-campus lease agreements in anticipation of being approved to live off campus. The Office of Residential Life offers one off-campus process each fall to grant off-campus approval for the following academic year. There are no provisions for exceptions to the off-campus policy. At any time, a student living off campus may request to return to campus housing. These requests will be reviewed and approved on a space available basis.
Readmitted students and students returning from the London Center, other Ithaca College study-abroad programs, from the Ithaca College communications program in Los Angeles, from the Washington Semester Program, the NYC Program and student teaching or internships, etc., or from a leave of absence must resume their previous housing status (i.e., campus resident or off-campus status) upon return to campus, unless they have senior-year exempt status and have not relinquished that status as detailed above. Married students, students in domestic partnerships or civil unions, students who are 23 years of age or older, incoming transfer students who have previously been enrolled at a college for at least two years, students with dependents, and students who meet the criteria for being a commuter student as defined by the College's commuter policy (see section 126.96.36.199 below), are not required to live in College-provided housing. Students who meet the exempt criteria and opt to live on campus must remain on campus for the entire academic year.
Occasionally, the demand for housing by incoming students or returning students may exceed the capacity of our residence halls. In this event, students may be assigned to temporary accommodations. Readmitted students to housing may be notified that on-campus housing is not available for them.
If a student has documented special needs, the Office of Residential Life will make every effort to provide the most appropriate on-campus housing assignment, in consultation with health services, student accessibility services, the Office of Counseling and Wellness, or other appropriate college offices.
Commuting status is granted to a student who wishes to commute to Ithaca College from the home of their parent or legal guardian. The parent /guardian’s address must be within a 60-mile driving distance of Ithaca College. Students seeking commuter status must complete a commuter request application (available via IC Workflow), and submit the appropriate proof of their parent/guardian’s address. Commuters must receive written approval from the Office of Residential Life in order to be released from room and board charges. Students who cease to meet the criteria for commuter status will be required to reside on campus and will be billed for appropriate room and board charges. Any student who misrepresents as a commuter student may be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Conduct Code and may be billed for room and board charges.
Undergraduate students who are not enrolled full-time (i.e., for at least 12 credits per semester) at Ithaca College may be subject to removal from the residence halls at the discretion of the Office of Residential Life. However, dropping to part-time status does not automatically make a student exempt from living on campus. Any questions regarding part-time status should be directed to the Office of Residential Life.
All students residing in College housing facilities (with the exception of apartments in the Quads and the Circle and Garden Apartments) must participate in the College meal plan. A commuter meal plan is also available to apartment residents and off-campus students. Students who have special dietary needs should contact Dining Services.