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The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s visit at Le Moyne
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s visit at Le Moyne
Kamilla Shahzad, Staff Writer • May 17, 2024

On April 18 th , 2024, Le Moyne College had the privilege of hosting a special guest, acclaimed author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, who delighted...

Column: The Long Journey at Le Moyne
Column: The Long Journey at Le Moyne
Mary Anne Winfield, Guest Writer • May 17, 2024

I never expected to be a “senior” senior at Le Moyne College. My first introduction to the college was in the 1970’s. I was a two-year...

Theta Chi house at Colgate University
Column: Why I want to see Greek life at Le Moyne College.
Payton Hirsch, Guest Writer • May 17, 2024

At Le Moyne College there is no presence of “Greek Life,” which has left many wondering why. According to Joseph Della Posta, the school’s...

Photo courtesy of Le Moyne; Images of Officer Jensen, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Lt. Hoosock posted at memorial service.
‘A True Leader and Phenomenal Teammate’: Remembering Fallen Officer, a Le Moyne Graduate
Stephen Moore and Aidan Clark May 8, 2024

The Rev. William Dolan wants you to know what the community lost when Michael Jensen, a Syracuse police officer and a Le Moyne graduate, was...

Dr. James Carroll: The Donation that Rewrote Le Moyne  College’s History
Dr. James Carroll: The Donation that Rewrote Le Moyne College’s History
Legende McGrath, Guest Writer • May 7, 2024

In late March, Le Moyne College, specifically the College of Arts and Sciences, received a $12 million donation provided by Le Moyne alumnus...

Column: Restrictive College Housing Rules Need Adjusting


Imagine starting college excited that you finally have some sense of freedom, only to discover that you must live all four years of your college life on campus. This is the reality for students at Le Moyne College, where this 4-year residency policy has become a source of frustration rather than community spirit which this college is so focused on.

At its core, college is about discovering who you are and where you belong. Yet, Le Moyne’s 4-year residency policy feels like an unnecessary leash, suppressing students’ ability to embrace the full college experience.

For those who don’t know what this 4-year residency policy is, it is a contract that keeps full-time Le Moyne students on campus throughout their undergraduate years. It states “All full-time, matriculated undergraduate students, except those residing with their parents in the Syracuse area, are required to live in College residences. Exceptions to the housing policy may be granted but only in selected situations and as the College’s enrollment at that time allows”

While it may have been implemented with good intentions in perhaps a way to bring a stronger sense of community or in a way to ensure students have the opportunity to be immersed in campus life instead it now feels more like a burden rather than a good implication.

Without financial aid or any scholarships, the current room and board fee at Le Moyne is $16,210, a significant sum that students are expected to pay. So why is there so much harm in moving off-campus at Le Moyne if it is strictly to put yourself in a better financial situation?

A student I know, who prefers to remain anonymous, shared their experience of living off-campus, describing it as “living freely, while also in nice and affordable housing, I’m practically living the dream.” This same student also mentioned the amount that living off-campus saved them which was roughly $5,000-$6,000.

Moreover, it’s not just about the inconvenience of being required to live on campus, it’s about the financial burden this can place on students. For many, living on campus is significantly more expensive than finding off-campus housing alternatives.

Regarding off-campus housing, it is said under the Housing Policy / Requirements section that “Students who move off campus without authorization will be billed for the cost of room and board.”  This punitive measure compounds the financial strain on students seeking more affordable housing options. They may face the cost of rent and the threat of additional charges for breaching campus residency requirements.

Moving forward, it is essential that the administration looks at this policy and reforms it with a focus on balancing the interests of fostering community spirit while respecting students’ financial well-being. By reevaluating this 4-year residency policy, Le Moyne can better support its students in their pursuit of a fulfilling college experience, both academically and personally.

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