Exemption Policies

Seeking an exemption

To apply for a housing exemption, choose the type of exemption you need below for more instructions.

As our exemptions require signed and verified documents that can take time to gather, please note that the deadline for submitting a medical exemption request is July 14 for the upcoming fall semester and December 3 for the upcoming spring semester.

Questions? Contact residence life at 605-256-5146.

Types of exemptions

Medical exemption

Applicants requesting a release from the housing requirement based on this criterion must provide information from the attending physician stating the specific verifiable condition for which it is medically necessary for the student to be released and why specific off-campus housing would provide better living conditions in regard to this medical condition.

Applicants must obtain a medical exemption request form. The form must be completed in detail and signed by the attending physician by deadlines established annually by the residence life office.

Additionally, the applicant must submit a written statement that details their specific reason(s) for seeking a medical exemption to the residence life office by deadlines established annually by the residence life office. The exemption committee may base their decision solely on the content of the applicant's statement and the medical exemption request form so it is important that these documents provide enough detail to give the committee a full understanding of the situation.

Financial hardship exemption

Applicants requesting release from the housing requirement based on verifiable extenuating circumstances must obtain a supplemental financial need verification form from the residence life office or the residence life webpage. Releases are not based upon the assertion that living off campus may be cheaper. A release will be considered when the applicant has a significant verified need for financial aid as defined by the personnel of the DSU Financial Aid office and that need is not fully funded by university financial aid OR when financial circumstances are created by situations over which you have no control (such as a loss of parental support due to death, divorce, loss of employment, catastrophic health issues, bankruptcy) which create a financial hardship.