The Department of Residence Life strives to provide housing to meet the needs of every student who contracts to live with us on campus. We take our responsibility very seriously and appreciate the commitment you’ve made to us. It is important to note that the contractual agreement for housing with Marymount Manhattan College is a legal and binding agreement. We understand, however, that there are special situations in which you may need to appeal to be released from your contract.
If you wish to submit an appeal to be released from your housing contract, please follow the procedures and present the necessary supporting documentation as outlined below. The appeal process can take 7-14 business days (Medical Appeals may take longer). Please submit all appropriate documentation, as incomplete appeals may lengthen the process. Requests submitted without proper documentation will be pending until it is provided.
Appeals should demonstrate how a significant change (outside of your control) has taken place since the signing of the contract that warrants a modification or release from the Housing Contract.
Requests are generally not granted for the desire to live off-campus, roommate conflicts, or social or personal preferences. Please contact your Residence Director if you are experiencing a roommate conflict.
You should not assume that your request will be approved and should wait for a written response from Residence Life prior to making other living arrangements. Students who choose to sign an 0ff-campus lease agreement in anticipation of a contract release may be held financially responsible for both an on-campus and an off-campus lease/contract. If your appeal is granted, you will be contacted by your Residence Director to coordinate a timeframe for vacating your room.
Contract Appeal Procedures
Complete the Housing Contract Appeal Form
Provide necessary documentation (see recommendations below)
Write a personal letter of explanation for contract appeal
Once submitted, Residence Life will review your appeal and will reach out to schedule and meeting.
Necessary Documentation for Housing Contract Appeals
Medical/Psychological Appeals: Students requesting a release of their housing contract for medical reasons must provide supporting documentation from their physician. We require that you provide a letter from your physician supporting your need to be released (must be on official letterhead from your physician). Please note, students sign the Housing Contract with full knowledge that singles are not available and therefore not viewed as reason to be released from their housing contract. Marymount Manhattan College makes every effort to provide on-campus accommodations for all students with medical needs.
Financial Appeals: Students requesting a release from their housing contract because of financial hardships must provide evidence of a significant change in their financial situation, beyond their control, since signing the contract that is being petitioned. Examples of supporting documentation include: letters confirming the unexpected loss of income or financial aid (loans, scholarships, parental assistance, employment, etc.), copies of significant unexpected medical bills, current and previous family income tax returns, or other circumstances that can be proven with written documents. Students must also visit Financial Aid to discuss the financial impacts of moving off-campus and provide documentation of the impact.
With proper documentation, releases are granted for the following reasons:
Graduation from the College
Withdrawal from the institution prior to moving-in
Withdrawal from the institution between the Fall and Spring semesters of the contract period
Acceptance into College-sponsored internship program that requires living outside of New York City or the surrounding area
Acceptance into a College-approved study abroad program
All fields marked with asterisk (*) are required.