Off Campus Release
What is the Off Campus Release Process?
The off campus release application process is designed for students that wish to be considered for the opportunity to be released from the longwood residency requirement, to live independent of longwood housing management and to sign a lease arrangement with a private landlord.
Current residential students must have at least 48 or more earned credits by the end of the 2013 spring semester in order to submit this request.
- RCL has an obligation to fill all available residential beds.
- Longwood University works to fill residential spaces to keep housing costs lower for all students.
- LU has a residency requirement to house students until they earn 89 credits.
- LU regulates the number of released students, moving into local neighborhoods.
- The off campus application process is held January 28 - February 1, 2013.
- Received applications will be rank-ordered, by earned credit hours - high to low.
- Students must have at least 48 earned credits to submit a release application.
- Longwood managed housing is guaranteed for all freshmen and sophomores. Those students with 48-55 completed credits at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester that wish to be released to live off-campus MUST apply for release January 28th-February 1st. Students with 48-55 completed credits that do not apply for off-campus release during the application process will not be eligible to be released to live off-campus with a private landlord and must participate in the LU managed housing sign-up process.
- Juniors and seniors (56+credits at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester) that wish to live off-campus with a private landlord MUST apply for release January 28th-February 1st. Longwood managed housing is NOT GUARANTEED for all juniors and seniors. In the event that RCL is unable to provide housing to juniors or seniors that participate in the main campus housing sign-up process, those students can submit a waitlist application for housing or will be released to live off-campus with a private landlord.
- Submission of a release application DOES NOT guarantee release!
- Students will be notified on February 4th regarding the status of their off-campus release application.
- Students approved for off-campus release must attend a mandatory (invitation only) orientation session. Following this orientation session, written permission letters will be distributed. Students should not make off- campus living arrangements or sign lease agreements with landlords (that prohibit the student from being released from this agreement if not released by RCL) prior to receiving a written release letter from RCL.
If you will have 48 or more earned credit hours at the end of the spring 2013 semester
You are eligible to APPLY for off-campus release . Completing the off-campus release application does not guarantee that you will be released to live off campus. Students may sign lease agreements with landlords prior to being released by Longwood ONLY IF they can be released from this agreement should they not be release by Longwood.
Any student that submits an application for off-campus release and is approved for release to live off-campus with a private landlord will not be permitted to participate in the Longwood managed housing sign-up process.
Please fill out the application and turn it in to the Housing Office before 5pm on Feb 1, 2013.
Applications will be available on the RCL website from January 28th - February 1st at 5pm.
Notification will be sent to Longwood email accounts on February 4, 2013 by 11:59pm regarding your request to be released.
Interning or Student Teaching?
If a contracted residential student is assigned to student teach, intern or participate in a practicum experience during the fall or spring semester at one of the eight local county schools listed below, he or she is expected to continue campus residency.
- Prince Edward
If academic placement is located outside these counties, mid-year release from the Longwood University residency contract is permitted. Enrolled students living at home with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) should not exceed the recommended eight local counties either. A written appeal must be submitted to Residential and Commuter Life for traveling distances that are greater than these listed counties or that extend 45 miles from campus. Approval or denial decisions will be provided in writing.
Commute from Home
Any current residential student wishing to live at home for the 2013-2014 academic year with his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within the 8 surrounding counties, must submit a notarized letter with the student and parent or legal guardian's signature. This letter can be submitted to the Residential and Commuter Life Office located in Lancaster G-13.
The 8 surrounding counties are listed below:
- Prince Edward
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