Residence Life Policies
Residence hall policies are printed in the ORL Guidebook/Calendar and available online at the Residence Life website. Each resident receives an ORL Guidebook/Calendar during the hall check-in process. Residential students have responsibilities that include maintaining a clean, safe living environment which does not infringe on the rights and privileges of other residents.
- All first year students are required to live in university residence halls for the entirety of their first academic year at James Madison University (fall and spring semesters). First year students are defined as high school graduates who have not attended a post-secondary institution. Any college credits earned were completed prior to high school graduation.
- Exceptions to the first year residency requirement may be made for:
- First year students who commute daily within a 60-mile radius from the permanent home of their parents or legal guardians.
- First-year students who are 21 years of age or older.
- Married first year students.
- Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Director of Residence Life.
- Transfer students are not guaranteed on-campus housing. If available, it is offered on a first-come/first-served basis. A transfer student is defined as a student who has completed or is in the process of completing 24 college credits after graduation from high school or completion of a GED. The 24 credits would not include any college credits taken while enrolled in high school.
- On-campus housing is not guaranteed beyond the first year.