The Housing Contract covers an entire academic year, fall and spring semesters. A student will only be released from his/her Housing Contract for the following reasons:
- He/She guest married. A copy of the marriage certificate is required for verification.
- He/She is accepted in a William and Mary approved study abroad program. Verification must be received from the Reves Center.
- He/She is academically dismissed. Verification must be received from the Dean of Students office or the student's graduate program.
- He/She is required to withdraw due to medical reasons. Verification must be received from the Dean of Students office.
- He/She transfers to another institution. A copy of the acceptance letter to the institution is required for verification.
- He/She is released by the Contract Release Committee due to extraordinary circumstances.
A student making a request to be released from the Housing Contract is asking for an EXCEPTION. An approval of the petition is NOT automatic and is generally only for extraordinary circumstances. Signing a lease or purchasing a home off campus does not in and of itself constitute "extraordinary circumstances".
Petitions with supporting documentation must be turned into Residence Life, Campus Center 212, or faxed to the office (757-221-1240) and generally will be reviewed during the first and third weeks of the month. The student will be contacted regarding the committee’s decision with an e-mail to their W&M e-mail address.
It is the student’s responsibility to furnish the Contract Release Committee with appropriate supporting documentation. Examples may include: financial statements, if claiming financial hardship; letter from the Resident Assistant explaining the mediation process, if claiming roommate conflicts.
Students who are requesting a release for housing or a meal plan based on a medical need that can be supported with documentation should first contact Donna Haygood-Jackson in the Dean of Students Office, Campus Center 109.