All first- and second-year students attending Southern Vermont College are required to reside in College housing. Exceptions to the residency requirements may be made if one of the following exists if a first- or second-year student is: 1) living with their parents, guardians, spouse and/or child(ren); 2) nontraditional - aged 23+; and/or 3) a rising junior or senior. Students who live off campus without approval will be billed for room and board.
Students meeting any of the above criteria must complete a housing waiver form. Forms must be submitted to the Director of Residential Life before the first day of classes. Students without this waiver will not be permitted to enroll or attend classes.
Prior to admission to the College, new students wishing to appeal the on-campus residency requirement must submit a written appeal to the Director of Admissions and the Dean of Students. The student must clearly state the reason(s) for his/her request. All decisions are final.
Appeals of the residency requirement for currently enrolled students must be made in writing to the Dean of Students, whose decision is final.
In addition to new first- and second-year students, housing is available to other full-time students (minimum of nine credits) on a space-available basis. Students enrolled in less than nine credit hours and wishing on-campus housing may appeal to the Dean of Students. All students are placed in double-occupancy rooms, with the exception of a small number of single occupancy rooms. There may be times when new students are assigned to triple occupancy or alternative housing on a temporary basis until space becomes available. Any student placed in this temporary housing assignment will be given priority for placement before all other requests.
A student who requests and accepts a housing assignment agrees to abide by all College policies, regulations, and conditions as outlined in the Student Handbook and the Housing Contract.
Within the Residence Halls, a variety of special housing options exist. Below is a description of those options. In the event that there are more requests for a specific option than there are spaces available, housing assignments will be made based on seniority, using the student's number of earned credit hours.
Two housing options exist in Aldis Hall.
- Quiet Housing is available for students wishing extended periods of quiet in their suite. Students choosing this housing option must sign an agreement to abide by the quiet conditions. Quiet hours are in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
- Visitation Restricted Housing is available for students not wanting overnight guests in their bedroom or suite. Residents in this housing will only be permitted guests from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Incoming freshmen students are assigned to this hall. Special programs and activities are provided to address the needs and concerns of new students.
Wellness Housing is available for students committed to a moderate, well-balanced, and healthy lifestyle. All suites in this building are smoke-free, and smoking is not permitted in the hallways or common areas of the building. Special programs and activities focusing on wellness topics are provided throughout the year.
Within Wellness Housing are Substance-Free Suites. Students living in these suites agree to abstain from all use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and the influences of these substances. Students living in Wellness Housing must sign an agreement to abide by the conditions set forth in the Hall.
Bowen and Ellinwood Halls
Both of these halls provide open student housing with designated smoking and non-smoking suites. In Ellinwood Hall, a limited number of Designated-21 Suites are provided. Students living in these suites are permitted to have alcohol under certain conditions. All occupants of a Designated-21 Suite must be at least 21 years of age.
Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking suites. Smoking is not permitted in any non-designated suite, including bedrooms and common areas. Students found smoking in non-designated suites will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
The College has a limited number of single occupancy rooms in the Residence Complex. Students requesting a single assignment in one of these single bedrooms will be required to pay an additional $325 per semester fee in addition to the normal room and board charge. If there are single spaces available in a double-occupancy bedroom, students requesting such an assignment will be placed in available spaces based on their credit hour seniority. Students granted a single in a double- occupancy bedroom will be required to pay an additional $550 per semester fee in addition to the normal room and board charges. If a student is assigned single occupancy in a double-occupancy bedroom, the student will still be subject to a roommate if additional student(s) request housing, or if the Director of Residence Life deems it necessary to use the space. In such cases, the student will be refunded a prorated portion of the single room charge.
All residential students must have a $200 (nonrefundable) housing deposit on account with the College. Housing deposits must be received by July 1 for both new and returning students in order to guarantee a space. After that date, should there not be any spaces available, first-year students will be placed into temporary housing and other students will be placed on a housing waiting list.
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