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.

Immediate Release

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.

Approved Release

Petition to Vacate Does Not Imply Approval

It is highly recommended that students not sign off-campus leases or make other rental commitments until their Petition to Vacate has been officially approved.

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 meeting with a Quality of Life committee. A financial or medical reason will most likely involve a phone conversation with either the Associate 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 (pdf) or the Petition to Vacate - Extraordinary Reasons (pdf) form depending on your circumstances. We recommend hand delivering the form to our office in Zinfandel 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) 664-4158. We will either fax or email you a receipt confirmation within one business day. If you do not receive a confirmation, please follow-up with our office by contacting us at (707) 664-2541.