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REG 11.25.02 - first-year freshman residency regulation

Authority: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


  • First Issued: August 1, 2011
  • Revised: June 12, 2013

Additional References:

Contact Information: Director of Housing and Residence Life, 910-775-4253

1.1 On-campus student housing at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is designed to enhance a student’s total education experience by utilizing housing as a unique learning environment. An integral and rewarding experience of housing and residence life is meeting new people who will become lifelong friends, having regular contact with faculty and administration, and having convenient access to numerous programs and facilities throughout the year. The department offers a variety of programs which enhance a student's intellectual, personal, and social development.


2.1 First-year freshman students at UNCP are required to reside on campus for their initial academic year. Attendance during Maymester, summer sessions, programs at UNCP, or programs at other institutions do not apply toward the fulfillment of this requirement. For purposes of this requirement, a first-year freshman residential student is defined as:

2.1.a. any incoming student who will not be 21 years of age prior to August 1 of the initial enrollment year and who is registered for a course load of 9 credit hours or more; or

2.1.b. a first-year freshman who transfers to UNCP during the spring semester with fewer than 12 hours of credit and falling within the age and course load requirements listed above will be considered a first-year freshman and subject to this regulation.

2.2 AP college credit or dual enrollment credits do not apply toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

2.3 This requirement may be waived if the student is:

2.3.a. living either with a parent or guardian;

2.3.b. married;

2.3.c. a parent or guardian with legal custody of children;

2.3.d. 21 years of age prior to August 1;

2.3.e. a veteran; or

2.3.f. a student with a special need (documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

2.4 A student must complete a First-Year Freshman Authorization to Commute form and submit to the housing coordinator in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. A student requesting a waiver should submit the form by the deadline of July 31 for students beginning the fall semester and December 15 for students beginning in the spring semester. A copy of the waiver form may be obtained on the housing website.

2.5 The housing coordinator will render a decision based on the information provided. The student may appeal to the director of housing and residence life after notification of the housing coordinator’s decision. If a student chooses to appeal the director’s decision, the student may appeal to the vice chancellor for student affairs. The decision of the vice chancellor for student affairs is final and conclusive. The only issue to be considered in any appeal at any level is whether or not the individual's appeal request fits the criteria listed above.

2.6 First-year freshman students who meet the residency requirement, but do not submit a housing agreement or are not approved to be exempt from the requirement will automatically be assigned on-campus housing. The student will be required to pay room and meal charges for the academic year to satisfy the first-year freshman residency requirement.


3.1 First-Year Freshman Authorization to Commute form


Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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