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Housing Exemption

  • UW Board of Regents Residency Requirement states - “Those freshman and sophomore students 

who are not veterans, married, or living with parents or legal guardians, shall be required to live 
in a university-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.” (Policy 173, May 5, 1972). 

UW-Whitewater is required to enforce the UW System Board of Regents' Residency Requirement. If you 
are a freshman or sophomore student and plan to not live in the residence halls, for either your freshman 
or sophomore year, you would be required to submit an application for exemption form. Reasons for 
exemption are listed below.

On-Line Submission Process:


  1. Log In to  Student Portal
  2. Click on the Housing Exemption Link in the left menu.
  3. Accept the disclaimer
  4. Create your Housing Exemption
  5. Follow the instructions in the email after you submit your exemption request.

Reasons for Exemption & Required documentation include:

You live with parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) within a 40 mile radius.

o     The student must submit a Commuter Form that is signed by the student and parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s).  Note: The parent and/or legal guardian signature must be notarized. 

§   Link to Commuter Form:  signed and notarized commuter form

§   This form should be signed, notarized and then scanned as it can then be attached to the on-line request as supporting documentation.

o     Upon receipt of these forms/request, University Housing verifies that the addresses match using WINS Student Administration System.  

§     If address do not match: The student will be contacted and asked to provide clarification.

§     If the addresses match: The student will be informed of an approved exemption.   

·          You are married (Required: Copy of your marriage license).

·          You are a veteran or have two years of active duty with the military (you must provide a copy of your DD214 discharge papers).

·          You have special circumstances that will be reviewed by a campus team with recommendations made to the chancellor

o    Such as medical or financial hardship (Required: Specific information and supporting documentation).

o    Special consideration – this includes any matter that needs consideration based on documentation you provide.

o    You have special circumstances that will be reviewed by a campus team with recommendations to the chancellor.

§     Required Document: Special Circumstances Exemption Request Form

·          Capacity Issues:

o    The University does not have housing to accommodate children. You are a custodial parent or legal guardian of a child/children (Required: Copy of the birth certificate(s) and verification by a third party that the child is living with you).

o    If the university is at full capacity then there may be additional students who will not be housed on campus even though there is no qualifying exemption.


Key factors considered in this process for continuing students (i.e. Sophomore (Second Year) Students) where applicable (full capacity/special consideration) include:

  • GPA: The student must have cumulative GPA of 2.8 or Higher.
  • Probation Status: The student cannot be on Academic or Behavioral Probation.
  • Student Success Data: The exemption approval process is in the Spring to allow students a full semester to transition to the university.

The preferred method to submit an exemption request is thru Student Portal, however if after trying Student Portal and you are not able to access the exemption link, please use the form available below. Understand that submissions on Student Portal is the preferred method. Use only if not able to submit exemption request on Student Portal on the Housing Website.

If you are unable to access the exemption link within the Student Portal, click here for exemption form.


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