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Intercultural Affairs Staff
Interim Director for Intercultural Affairs
Intercultural Affairs Coordinator
Albion College affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential aspect of the undergraduate experience, and as such requires all students to reside and board within the College residential system. As a residential campus, students are expected to reside in College housing for the duration of their enrollment. The Office of Residential Life is committed to helping students make a housing decision that will best meet their individual needs. Albion College's housing options are designed for students to have the opportunity during their 4 years to progress from a traditional housing option as first and second year students to housing options which provide opportunities for greater responsibility to their assigned residential community.
Student Residence and Board Policies
Albion affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential aspect of the undergraduate experience, and as such requires all students to reside and board within the College residential system. Exemptions to the residence policy are granted to students who fall under one or more of the following categories:
- Commuters, defined as students who reside with their parents or legal guardians not more than 25 miles from the Albion College campus. The residence must be with parents or guardians, not other relatives. The application must be accompanied by evidence that the address given is the bona fide principal residence* of the parents or guardians and has been for at least five years. That should include, at a minimum, a copy of an assessment notice showing that the property is assessed as the principal residence of the owner, and evidence of ownership for the required time. If parents or guardians have changed their principal residence within the five-year period, there must also be evidence of sale of the previous residence. If the parents or guardians rent, and do not own, their residence, copies of leases reflecting the necessary continuous period of occupancy must be provided. Further corroborating information may be required at the discretion of the Residential Life staff.
- Note: Students approved for commuter student status prior to Dec. 31, 2013 will continue to be reviewed using the commuter student definition found in the 2013-14 Albion College Student Handbook.
- Married students.
- Students with legal dependents.
- Students age 23 or older (housing can be provided if desired).
- United States military veterans.
Application to apply for one of the exemptions must be made on a form available at the Office of Residential Life, with supporting documentation as required in the instructions with that form.
*“Principal residence” means the one place where an owner of the property has his or her true, fixed, and permanent home to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return and that shall continue as a principal residence until another principal residence is established.
Automatic exemptions to the board policy are granted to students who fall under one of the following categories:
- Apartment residents (Briton House Apartments, Burns Street Apartments, Erie Street Apartments, and Mae Harrison Karro Residential Village).
- Annex residents.
- Fraternity members.
- Students not residing in College owned housing.
- Students who do not qualify for the exemption listed above may submit a Petition for Special Housing Accommodation or Board Exemption Petition based on extreme or unusual circumstances. Petitions should be submitted to the director for residential life during the room selection process for the following academic year. These petitions will be reviewed by the Residential Life Petitions Review Committee. Board petitions are usually granted for medical purposes only. Such petitions must be supported by the Residential Life Petitions Review Committee.
There will be no refund of the room fee once the semester begins, including the room fee charged to students who are granted an exemption to the residence policy.
Smooth Transitions Mentor Program
Why be part of the mentoring program?
"[The] Support, love, care, and advice from people whom I respect and will keep in my life forever."
—C. J., Class of 2012, former mentee and mentor
The Smooth Transitions Mentor Program provides academic and social support to foster student growth and adjustment to Albion College and the surrounding community. Interested first-year under-represented students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds are matched with an upper-class student. Student mentors meet weekly with their mentees, conduct study sessions, and encourage students' involvement on campus.
Albion College is committed to the development of a diverse and pluralistic living and learning community. In direct support of this College-wide aim, the Office of Intercultural Affairs works in cooperation with the campus and greater community to heighten awareness of and create an appreciation for diversity. The office coordinates and promotes cultural and educational programs. The office actively assists students with their transition into and retention at the College.
- One-on-One mentoring ratio
- Social support
- Time management skills
- Off-campus bowling
- Meals with faculty, staff and community friends
- Involvement with campus clubs and activities
- Inside tips about campus
- Late night study breaks
- Career workshop
- Academic and staff resources
- Opportunities to attend student conferences
- Leadership development
- Build friendships
- Diversity advocacy and support
For more information:
Office of Intercultural Affairs
KC Box 4672
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224
1000 E. Porter St. #203