The South Dakota Board of Regents policy manual states that “during the first two years from the time they were or would have been graduated from high school, all unmarried students who enroll in courses delivered on a main campus for six credit hours or more are required to enter into a housing agreement with the institution unless special permission to room elsewhere is received from the institution. Permission ordinarily shall be granted to students with dependent children or to students who reside full time during the academic year with parents or legal guardians within 50 driving miles.”
This residency requirement serves important educational and developmental purposes. Education professionals widely recognize that where students live their freshman and sophomore years has a significant impact on the quality of their academic and personal preparation for post-collegiate life. Students prosper in stable living environments that are close to academic resources and organized student activities that promote social interaction and exposure to new and diverse life experiences, and that afford supervision, counseling, and other assistance as may be needed. In short, on-campus residency provides unparalleled opportunities for multi-dimensional student development and is part of the university’s broad educational program.
The Housing Contract Policy is strictly enforced. However, BHSU recognizes that some off-campus living circumstances may closely approximate the advantages of on-campus residency. Also, some students may have living requirements that the University cannot accommodate on campus. The following exemptions will be considered:
After proper documentation and university inquiry, students may qualify for an exemption to the Housing Policy.
Appeals may take 2-4 weeks for a decision and letter to be mailed.
Residence Life at BHSU is committed to the education and development of student potential - academically, personally, and socially. The residential experiences gained in the first two years spent living on-campus at BHSU are instrumental in this education and development. For that reason, the South Dakota Board of Regents has mandated that students live on-campus for their first two years while in college. If you are a current student, you may also wish to review the Terms and Conditions of your BHSU Housing Agreement.
The Department of Residence Life recognizes that living on-campus, for various reasons, may not be in the best interest of all students. For that reason, Residence Life does offer this appeal for those students with unique situations that make living off-campus a necessary situation.
Please review the "How to Appeal", "FAQ", and "Appeal Form" tabs carefully to determine whether or not the Housing Appeal is the right option for you.
The following are the suggested guidelines for completing the Housing Appeal. Once submitted appeals typically will have a 48 hour turn around time before the decision letter is sent out, but please allow for up to two weeks for your decision letter. A decision can be delayed if supplemental information is not submitted or as we request information from our campus partners.
New Student Appeals: Year Round
Appeals for new students will be accepted and reviewed on a year round continual basis. New students are those who have applied for and been accepted to BHSU but have not yet attended classes. (Appeals will not be reviewed on state holidays or weekends.)
Current Student Appeals: March 26, 2018 through May 4, 2018
During open appeals, all current and new students may appeal for any exemption status.
Moderated/Current Students Appeals: November 26 through December 12, 2018
We will accept appeals during this time period for financial, or medical needs only.
Any appeal submitted outside or after the deadline will only be considered on the basis of a significant circumstance (medically or financially) or for an unseen circumstance.
Be sure to have all of your information in order and then proceed to the Housing Appeal form. Complete the form and any supplemental form as directed. Please be specific with the information you submit, included information should pertain specifically and directly to your exemption status. Include as much or as little information as you see fit, knowing that someone from Residence Life might contact you with supplemental questions. Applications will be automatically submitted to the appeals committee. All supplemental information should be sent to :
BHSU Residence Life
Attn: Housing Appeals Committee
1200 University St. Unit 9100
Spearfish, SD 57799-9100
During the academic year your decision letter will be sent to your mailbox on campus. Outside the normal academic year, your decision letter will be sent to the home address provided on your Housing Appeal form. It is also beneficial to check the email listed on your appeal regularly while waiting as official inquiries will be sent to that address. If you feel that you have not received your decision letter in an appropriate or expected time period, please contact Residence Life at (605) 642-6464.
Sometimes, residents who are approved chose not to live off-campus. For that reason, Residence Life will not cancel room arrangements until verbal or written confirmation is received by the Residence Life office. To confirm the cancellation of your room assignment, please call Residence Life at (605) 642-6464 or email Residence Life.
If you have already received a room assignment or completed the Online Housing Agreement, your contract will still be intact and your accommodations will remain the same. If you have not applied for a room, please proceed to our Online Housing Agreement and complete the application at your earliest convenience. Please contact the Residence Life office at (605) 642-6464 for questions regarding room reservation.
You can re-appeal under a different exemption status. Current students are permitted to submit a total of two (2) appeals.
Students requesting an appeal for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Academic Year will be accepted from March 26, 2018 through May 4, 2018. All appeals will be accepted and considered during this time frame.
John Ginther Director of Residence Life
1200 University Street
Spearfish, SD 57799-9100