Petition to Vacate
Moving Out Early
Every resident signs a legal binding academic year license agreement prior to moving into the Residential Community. To move out prior to the end of the occupancy period this agreement may be vacated at the request of the resident upon approval by the University.
Petitioning to Vacate Does Not Imply Approval
It is highly recommended that students do not sign off-campus leases or make other rental commitments until their Petition to Vacate has been officially approved.
Immediate release means that you are no longer a SSU student now or in the next semester; therefore, you are not eligible to live on campus.
A student may petition to vacate the residential community due to withdrawal from the University, graduation or participation in an exchange program. Usually these requests can be processed within two business days and do not typically require any additional documentation. Residents do need to vacate within 72 hours of withdrawing from the University or the end of the semester, whichever comes first.
A Petition to Vacate for reasons other than change of student status is considered an extraordinary circumstance, beyond the control of the student, which occurred after the license agreement was signed. These requests require supporting documentation and in most personal cases a discussion with a Housing or Res Life administrator. A financial or medical reason will most likely involve a phone conversation with either the Director of Housing or Residential Life.
Release Not Approved
Should the University deny the Petition to Vacate, the student will continued to be billed for the remainder of the Academic Year, regardless of their occupancy.
Guidelines and Form
Please print out the Guidelines for Petition to Vacate and read the information carefully. A resident must provide thirty days notice in order to avoid being assessed a $250 processing service fee.
Once you have read the guidelines, go ahead and download the Petition to Vacate - Change of Student Status or the Petition to Vacate - Extraordinary Reasons form depending on your circumstances. We recommend hand delivering the form to our office on the 3rd floor of the Student Center so we may provide you with a copy and answer any additional questions you might have.
If you are off-campus, please fax the form to (707) 664-2420. We will either fax or email you a receipt confirmation within two business days. If you do not receive a confirmation, please follow-up with our office by contacting us at (707) 664-2541.