Residential Life and Education provides professional and student staff support services and programs to students who reside in campus housing and Cal Poly Lofts. Residential Life and Education develops programs and activities, which support new students’ transition to the Cal Poly environment, and assists returning students in meeting the next set of University challenges. Community and program data, relating to the student’s living environment, is collected and retained by this area. This unit administers the UH Resident Handbook and Community Standards guidelines (www.housing.calpoly.edu) that outline program components, policies, community standards and the judicial process for all residents to observe. This handbook also includes safety information, procedures, community resources and amenities. Students are also provided standards to follow from California State laws and regulations and University policy as outlined in the Student Housing Licenses. The coordinators of student development, professional housing staff members, are required to live in the residence halls/apartments as part of their position assignments.
Freshmen who live on campus have the opportunity to participate in intentional programmatic activities which provide a strong foundation that helps support student success and retention.
Sophomores who live on campus have access to programmatic resources and activities that assist students in their academic planning and academic achievement by responding to the specific developmental needs of second-year students, in support of timely graduation from Cal Poly.
Exemptions to the Residency Requirement Policy, are granted prior to the students’ signing of the Annual Housing License. Exemptions to this policy are as follows:
- Current active military or veteran’s status – Student must verify by submitting a copy of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
- Married, domestically partnered, and/or having legally dependent children – Copies of the marriage certificate or registration of domestic partnership and/or child’s birth certificate are required.
- Independent student status – Student must have been declared an independent student for the past two calendar years and not claimed by their parent(s) during the same period. Verification is required.
- Medical and disability circumstances – Exemption requests for medical or disability reason will be forwarded to the University Health Center and the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Health Center and the DRC will review submitted documentation and, through an interactive process with the student, will forward a recommendation to University Housing.
- A student is age 21 or older, or who will turn 21 years old by December 31, of the current academic year.
- Student’s permanent address is within a 30-mile radius of the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus and the student plans to live there.
- Other - special circumstances which, by having the student live on campus, would create an impact for the student or University that cannot be remedied by alternative means. Verification is required.