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Off Campus Housing Policy
Green Mountain College is committed to the social and academic benefits of being a four-
year residential College. As a residential institution, Green Mountain College requires
all full-time students to live on-campus in the residence halls. In years when enrollment
exceeds housing capacity, some students may be granted off-campus status. Students
who are granted off-campus status are advised to read leases carefully and be mindful of
their own liability when renting an off-campus residence. Students are encouraged to seek
insurance coverage for their belongings, should they not be covered under their parents’
homeowners policy. Students who meet the Age, Local Resident, or Married criteria
outlined below must notify the Director of Residence Life prior to April 1st of their intention
to reside off-campus the following academic year.
Students who have not been granted off-campus status are advised against signing a
lease agreement for an off-campus residence. The Department of Residence Life will
not recognize pre-arranged leases when determining the approval of an off-campus
Living Off Campus Eligibility
Any student who will be at least 23 years of age by September 1 of the current academic
year is exempt from the residential policy.
A "local resident" must reside in either Rutland County, Vermont, or Washington County,
New York, for a minimum of one calendar year prior to requesting to live off-campus. Proof
may be requested to verify residency which includes, but is not limited to, valid driver's
license, motor vehicle registration, voter's registration, utilities receipts, rent receipts,
tax records, or verification from a primary family member (defined as parent or legal
guardian or spouse) that the student has lived in one of these counties for at least one
calendar year. All incoming new students who meet this criterion must notify the Director of
Residence Life of their intention to live off campus.
Any student who is legally married is exempt from the mandatory residential housing
policy. Proof in the form of a valid marriage certificate may be requested by the Director
of Residence Life to verify the marriage. All other legal arrangements, including domestic
partnerships and civil unions, do not qualify under this policy and may be reviewed by the
Director of Residence Life.
Off Campus Requests
Off campus housing request are reviewed on an annual basis during the spring
term. Students who would like to be considered for off-campus residential status for
the following academic year must attend one off-campus housing informational meeting
and submit an off-campus housing petition no later than March 20, 2015. Off campus
housing petitions are available starting February 27, 2015, and will be distributed during
the meetings. Regardless of the situation, any student who wishes to live off campus
must submit his/her petition by the published deadline to the Department of Residence
Life. Petitions submitted after the published deadline will not be considered.
In the event that the occupancy numbers permit and on a limited space-available basis, the
Director of Residence Life will evaluate student petitions that do not meet the Age, Local
Resident or Married requirements based on the following criteria:
Attendance at off-campus informational meeting
- Seniority determined by class standing
- Student conduct record
All criteria listed above will be taken into consideration in evaluating the petition.
Exceptions Based on Disabilities
All students, including students with disabilities, are required to reside on campus. Students
requesting off campus status as a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability
must make that request through the College's disability disclosure process at the Calhoun
Learning Center. The Coordinator of Accommodations in the Calhoun Learning Center
will assist the Director of Residence Life in a decision regarding the student's housing
status. Housing accommodations for students with disabilities can usually be met within the
on campus housing environment.
Students enrolled in less than eleven credit hours that have at any time enrolled full time at
the College must petition to the Director of Residence Life to either live on or off campus.
Permission to live on or off campus while a student is enrolled in less than eleven credit
hours is granted for that particular semester only. The student must petition for each
subsequent semester he/she is enrolled as a part-time student. The College reviews
class schedules of all part-time students at the conclusion of drop-add week; if any student
released to live off campus for this reason is found to be enrolled at full-time status at this
time, their off campus release will be revoked.