Because we are committed to providing an unique ‘Benedictine’ experience for our students and especially within the residence hall, the University is committed to student success and graduation and because studies have shown the challenges faced by commuter students including:
All first year freshman attending Benedictine University at Mesa whom are originally from outside the state of Arizona are required to live in University provided housing. Students who graduated from a high school or other educational institution outside a thirty (30) mile radius of Benedictine University at Mesa’s Gillett Hall are strongly encouraged to live on campus during their first year. See map below for more details.
A ‘first year’ student related to the Benedictine University at Mesa residence requirement will follow the admission status of new students. Freshman candidates are defined as individuals who have earned a high school diploma, completed a home schooling program, or earned a General Educational Development certificate within six months of enrolling at Benedictine University. Students who will be entering with less than 20 credit hours of transferrable credits will also fall within the scope of the residency requirement.
If you are a first-year student and prefer to live at home, you may appeal to be released from the residency requirement. Students will be invited to complete the residency requirement appeal process outlined below.
Continuing students (rising second-year students) who wish to request an exemption from this policy for should submit a written request to the Office of Residence Life. Readmits and transfer students should submit a written appeal within two weeks from the date of their re/admission. An email appeal can be sent HERE.
New students (incoming first-year students) who wish to request an exemption from this policy for Fall 2018 should submit a written request to the Office of Residence Life no later than May 30, 2018.
Appeals to be released from the requirement to live on campus are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Your Housing Appeal must be submitted via email or mailed letter. Please know, however, that submitting an appeal does not guarantee a release, no matter your reason for the appeal. Do NOT make other plans until you have been notified of the outcome of your appeal. Appeals are an exception to the rule; as such all first -year students should plan to live on campus.
Appeals will be reviewed within three weeks of being received.
The "Reason For Appeal" portion of your form must include the following information:
If an appeal is granted and the student is released from his/her housing obligation the student will be notified via their ben.edu email account of the final decision.
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