Common Reasons Exemption Requests
are NOT Approved
- Already Signed a Lease –Students who sign leases without having received an “approved” email from the ATU
Department of Residence Life will still be responsible for fulfilling the on-campus
housing requirement. You are advised to not sign a lease unless you have received an email from our office indicating that you are exempt
from the housing requirement.
- Allergies and/or Asthma –Many students come to campus with allergies, asthma, or some other type of chronic
health problem. Some students develop allergies after they arrive due to the new environment.
Although many students have allergies, it is rarely the basis for an exemption as
it does not prevent them from living and academically achieving in the residence halls.
In severe cases of allergies and asthma, the University can usually offer some type
of accommodations that can help, such as year-round air conditioning, a single room,
an air purifier (purchased by the student), etc., in addition to whatever medications or strategies are prescribed by their
physician. While we do not attempt to ensure that all allergic symptoms are eliminated,
we will do what we can to provide accommodations that help alleviate the symptoms
in severe cases. Students who need an accommodation due to allergies, asthma, or any
type of chronic health problem should contact the Office of Disability Services.
- Anxiety –The transition into college can be a stressful one, but our residence hall staff is
trained to assist our students through such transitions and do so in a supportive
environment. It is not uncommon for college students to face some level of anxiety;
there are many resources on campus – Student Health and Wellness Center – that are
available to assist our students through their college transition. Unless it can be
documented that the student’s anxiety is unique and severe enough to warrant an exemption,
such requests are typically not approved.
- Bad Experience with Roommates or Floor-mates –The staff of Residence Life wants students to have a rich and rewarding residence
hall experience. Sometimes, however, roommates are not compatible – even roommates
who originally chose to live together. In these cases, we recommend that both roommates
work with the hall staff to try to work out their problems or make a room change.
An room change process occurs within a couple of weeks after the start of each semester
for any resident who would like to make a room change. Living in an undesirable situation
can often be avoided by working with the professional residence hall staff to resolve
the issue or make an immediate room change.
- Finances –If a student chooses to attend ATU, there is an assumption that he/she has the financial
resources to pay for it. If a change in your financial situation has occurred since
signing the residence hall contract, please work with the Office of Financial Aid to see what aid options may be available. Although having both a lease and a residence
hall contract could cause a financial difficulty, it is not grounds for an exemption.
- Food/Dining –Food Service offers a wide variety of dining options and types of food, including
low-fat and vegetarian options. Chartwells can almost always accommodate students
who are on special diets and have food allergies (including gluten and dairy). Contact Chartwells at 479-498-6033 for
- Lack of Privacy –Most students are used to having more privacy at home than they have in the residence halls and
this can require a major adjustment. If it is extremely disturbing to the student
or if the student is an individual with a disability and needs more privacy for medical
reasons, the Office of Disability Services can determine if a reasonable accommodation
- Want to Live with a Non-Parent Relative (sibling, cousin, aunt, grandparent, etc.) or Commute from Outside the Approved Commuting Distance –Students may live full-time and commute from home only under two conditions:
- They will reside full-time with a parent or legal guardian (someone who has applied for and been granted legal guardianship by the court) and
- That parent/legal guardian lives within a 30-mile driving radius of ATU’s Russellville campus. If either of those two conditions are not met, an exemption will not be granted.