Requirement for Mandatory Housing (AP-01-302)

UW-River Falls Administrative Policy
Policy ID: AP-01-302
Effective: November 2, 1998
Revision: November 2014
Review: 3 years

Requirement for Mandatory Housing

Maintained by: Provost
Approved by: Chancellor
Next Review Date: November 2017

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  1. It is the goal of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to provide a residence hall experience that will complement the academic and social growth of our students.
  2. The University strives to operate the residence halls in an efficient and solvent manner that will ensure financial resources to provide for debt service payments and maintenance to the buildings and equipment.
  3. It is the goal of the University to provide a stable occupancy rate in the residence halls in order to maintain a competitive room rate and ensuring the upkeep of the buildings and living environment for the residents.


The UW-River Falls Chancellor issues this policy in accordance with the Administrative Policy process.
The Assistant Chancellor for Business and FInance is responsible for the administration of this policy. Request an exception to this policy by writing to administrative-policy@uwrf.edumail.

Sanctions and Appeals Process

Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action as provided under existing procedures applicable to students, faculty, and staff, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.

University Responsibilities

The Department of Residence Life at UWRF enforces the UW System Board of Regents Policy 24-2 which states: "Those freshman and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or guardian, shall be required to live in a University operated residence hall when such accommodations are available." 

This requirement does not apply to:

a. Students who are 21 years of age as of the first day of classes for the semester enrolled.
b. Students who have completed four semesters at UWRF post high school graduation.

The following exceptions exist:

a. Those who are living with parent(s) or guardian(s).
b. Those who are veterans.
c. Those who are married.
d. Those who are parents.
e. Those who have completed four semesters of college from a university other than UWRF.
f.  Those who have special medical/disability accommodation requests.
g. Those who are granted an appeal based on extreme financial or personal hardship.

Department/Unit Responsibilities

Division of Student Affairs
Residence Life


The Board of Regents' Resolution dated May 5, 1972, states that for all students under the age of twenty-one, "Those freshman and sophomore students who are not veterans, married, or living with parents or guardians, shall be required to live in a university-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available."


Please direct questions about this policy to administrative-policy@uwrf.edumail.