POL - 40.08.1 On-Campus Residency Requirement Policy
As a residential campus committed to the education of the whole student, the residential experience is considered an integral part of a student’s education at North Carolina Central University. Research on student engagement shows that living on campus has a clear and profound impact on student persistence and engagement. Regardless of important factors like race, parental education and finances, students who live on campus are more likely to engage in academic activities relative to their off-campus peers, and these activities in turn, affect retention rates, academic engagement and feelings of belonging to the university community.
2.1 This policy applies to all students admitted as a New First-Time Freshmen, regardless of transfer credit standing. Summer terms are not applicable toward this requirement.
2.2 This policy applies to all undergraduate students classified as “Freshmen” or “Sophomores."
3.1 New First-Time Freshman: A current high school senior who has not attended college since graduating from high school.
3.2 Freshman: Any student who has twenty-nine (29) or fewer college credit hours from North Carolina Central University ("NCCU") and who did not complete any college credit hours after graduating from high school at a college/university other than NCCU.
3.3 Sophomore: Any student who has earned more than twenty-nine (29) but less than sixty (60) college credit hours from NCCU and who did not complete any college credit hours after graduating from high school at a college/university other than NCCU.
4. On-Campus Residency Requirement
4.1 All undergraduate students classified as Freshman and Sophomore are required to live in a University-operated residence hall.
4.2 Applicability to Other Students.
4.2.1 Students who have sixty (60) or more hours are not required to live in a University-operated residence hall and are prioritized after students as defined above in Section 3.
5. Exemption to Policy
A student who is required to live in a University-operated residence hall may receive an exemption to the on-campus residency requirement in certain limited circumstances. If a student desires to receive an exemption to the on-campus residency requirement, he/she must submit a completed Exemption Application along with any supporting documentation via their myHousing portal.
5.1 An exemption from the on-campus residency requirement may be granted for the following reasons:
5.1.1 A student is twenty-one (21) years of age or older by no later than the first day of classes. (A certified copy of the student's certificate of birth must be submitted as documentation.)
5.1.2 A student in a marriage legally recognized by the State of North Carolina. (A certified copy of the student's certificate of marriage must be submitted as documentation.)
5.1.3 A student has custody of his/her dependent children. (A certified copy of the dependent's certificate of birth or appropriate court order must be submitted as documentation.)
5.1.4 A student has completed at least two (2) years active military service, with an honorable discharge. (Documentation must be provided to verify service and honorable discharge.)