Exceptions to this policy include students who meet one, or more, of the following exemption criteria:
1. Permanent home residency in one of the following counties if the student lives at the listed permanent address living with the legal parent and/or guardian. However, if a student does not live at their listed permanent address for the duration of their first year, they will be subject to the NKU Residency Requirement. (See map below)
a. Indiana: Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley, or Switzerland counties.
b. Kentucky: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Mason, or Pendleton counties.
c. Ohio: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, or Warren counties.
2. 21 years of age, or older, by September 1 of the upcoming academic year.
3. Married, divorced, or widowed.
4. Pregnant and/or parenting students with custodial responsibilities.
5. Served at least six months active duty in a branch of the United States military.
6. Part-time student (less than 6 credit hours) or fully online student.
7. Students attending NKU distributed learning centers.
8. Demonstrated acceptable extenuating circumstances as approved by the University Housing Contract Review Committee or the Director of University Housing.
First-time-in-college, first-year undergraduate students must apply for University Housing and select a room or must submit an exemption request prior to August 1 for the Fall term or December 15 for the Spring term. Requests filed after this deadline will be subject to a $150 fee if the student is excused from living on-campus. Requests can be filed by visiting the University Housing website and filing an exemption request form.
The burden of providing necessary documentation and evidence to support an exemption request rests with the student. Students who have provided false information in an exemption request or fail to apply for housing per the required housing policy, will be charged for housing each semester. Students may also be adjudicated for violating the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for providing false information.
Falsification of information subjects the student to applicable fees and/or disciplinary procedures. Regardless of age, certain regulations apply in the residence halls. The University reserves the right not to contract with persons who are currently violating the terms and conditions of the housing contract, who have previously violated the terms and conditions of the housing contract, who have violated University rules or regulations, or who have a past due balance with the University.
University Housing at Northern Kentucky University will respond to the exemption request within ten (10) business days in writing to the student's NKU email account or provide a timeline for a decision during periods of University closure or other foreseen circumstances. A pending request or appeal does not defer a student's Housing payment. If an appeal or request is approved, adjustments will be made to the student account.