101 Neptune East
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1525
The residence hall agreement is a legally binding contract in effect for the full academic year, similar to any other standard landlord/tenant agreement. Students who experience significant and unpredictable changes in their life that occur after they have signed a housing agreement may request to be released from their current residence hall contract. Students are typically not released from their contracts to move in with friends/relatives, because they found another living space that they think better meets their needs, or because they prefer a different living environment.
To apply to be released from your contract download the Contract Release Request. Be sure to refer to the accompanying informational pages which outline the kinds of documentation that need to be provided for different categories of release requests.
You may return your release request in person or by U.S. mail to theResidential Administration Office in East Neptune hall, or fax it to Residential Administration 815-753-9669.
Releases from residence hall contracts are not usually granted except for reasons of marriage or graduation. However, a student may apply for a release based on exceptional cause.
You must be able to document (independent verification beyond personal assertion) that some highly compelling reason for a release exists such as:
Residents who have a contract but live elsewhere are liable for their full room and board charges for the academic year. Housing & Dining is notified by Registration and Records of students whose documentation indicates they should be living in university housing but are not listed on our roster.
Residents who officially withdraw from the University and properly check out from their residence hall are entitled to a reduction in charges as specified in the Addendum.
Contract Release/Billing Appeals Form