The UW Board of Regents has mandated that all freshman and sophomores live in residence halls. Specifi­cally, resolution 173 (May 5, 1972) states:
(1) Those freshman and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or guardian, shall be required to live in a university-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available;
(2) Any Chancellor with a campus situation which he feels would warrant exception to the provisions of this reso­lution, may submit a plan to the Board for its consideration;
(3) Any Chancellor may grant exceptions to this policy to individuals with special situations, such as significant personal hardship.
At UW-Stevens Point, the policy is enforced for those students who have graduated from high school two years or less prior to the start of the academic year (e.g., a student graduation in 1995 would be exempt from the resi­dency requirement for 1997-98 while a student who graduated in 1996 or 1997 would not be).

Exceptions are granted on a routine basis to students who are married, live with their parent(s) or legal guard­ian(s) and commute from within a 40-mile radius, have a dependent child living with them, or are enrolled for five or fewer credits. Students who feel that they should be exempt from the policy may request an exception from the UWSP Residential Living Assignments Coordinator. If the request is denied, the student may appeal to the Housing Policy Appeals Committee, a group comprised of residence hall students.