Doane earns a "C" for location
Off-campus living policies have become more strict over the years.
According to Doane Housing, some of the requirements that make students eligible to apply to live off campus are:
students who are married and/or have a dependent child
students who commute from the home of a relative within 40 miles of Doane (with documentation)
Those who have extenuating circumstances, such as medical or military involvement
Students who have successfully completed 90 credits by the end of the spring semester in which they applied
More freedom is one motivation for moving off campus said Senior Chandler Duncan.
“I see family more than I would if I still lived on campus, and overall I have more freedom in general,” said Duncan.
Senior Michael Wieduwilt commutes from Lincoln and points out that living off campus may have its perks, but also has drawbacks.
“The traffic when you are on a tight schedule, it can cause you to be late, as many people tend to drive slow on Highway 33,” Wieduwilt said. “Another challenge has been weather, which can prevent me from driving back to Lincoln in some circumstances.”
Megan Failor, Doane Residence Life associate director, provided the Owl with the policy that was updated in 2016:
Commuters, students living with a parent or guardian
Students who are student teaching
Failor said that the policy changed after obvious abuse from students.
“It had become clear the spirit of the previously used policy was being abused on a couple of different levels,” Failor said. “We also wanted to make changes based on student feedback to make the policy more defined, but also more fair for our campus population.”