Petition for Special Housing Accommodation
While the classroom is at the heart of the educational mission of Albion College, as a residential college, Albion also believes strongly in the personal growth and learning that comes when students share living space with roommates on campus. Therefore, most student rooms are double occupancy. Living in a single occupancy room or living in housing not owned by Albion College is an exception to the expectations of Albion College.
Medical Single Room Petitions
A limited number of rooms have been designated as single occupancy (based on square footage) and are reserved for students with medical conditions (this includes but is not limited to allergies, an emotional or psychological reason, and/or learning disability) which require a single room. Medical single rooms are primarily available in Wesley and Ingham Halls. Students must submit a Special Housing Accommodation Petition to be considered for a medical single.
Students who were approved for a medical single room for the 2014-2015 academic year in the form of a single occupancy (based on square footage) room are not guaranteed approval for a special housing accommodation from one academic year to the next. Students must reapply every year for a medical single. Students who regularly participate in Albion College’s support services may sign a release of information form with the appropriate department in which the student is a regular client (for example, Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Learning Disability Services) so that the College staff who serve on the Petition Committee may discuss the applicant’s request with the support service Director familiar with a student’s situation.
There may be an additional cost per semester for a medical single. Because of the limited number of single occupancy rooms, students are strongly encouraged to find a roommate(s) and participate in Room Selection while waiting to learn if they will be assigned a medical single room. Applicants will be notified of decisions by email.
To obtain a Petition for a Special Housing Accommodation, please contact the Office of Residential Life and schedule an appointment. Petitions including required documentation for Medical Single rooms are due Friday, March 20, 2015 by 5:00 pm. Petitions received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Double as Single Requests
Students may request a private room in the form of a double as a single (double occupancy, based on square footage). Approval of requests for a private room will be based on space available and will take place during the summer after Room Selection and the Spring semester have ended. Therefore, students will need to find a roommate(s) and participate in Room Selection as usual to secure housing for the following year. Students will be notified by email during the summer if they have been approved for a private room.
Students who were approved for a private room for the 2014-2015 academic year in the form of a single as a double are not guaranteed approval from one academic year to the next. There will be an additional cost per semester for a private room (double as a single).
To request a private room, please check the “Requesting a Single Room” box on your Housing Assignment Form at the close of the Room Selection Process.
For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Life.
Petition to Reside in Non-College Owned Housing
If a student has specific conditions that require a special housing accommodation that cannot be met by the College, the student must complete a petition to reside in Non-College Owned housing. Through this petition process, students must describe the specific details for the type of housing accommodation the student needs and the reasons for the special housing accommodation. Students who regularly participate in Albion College's support services may sign a release of information form with the appropriate department in which the student is a regular client (for example, Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Learning Disability Services) so that the College staff who serve on the Petitions Committee may discuss the applicant's request with the support service Director familiar with a student's situation.
Please Note: Students who were approved for a special housing accommodation for 2014-2015 to reside in Non-College Owned housing are not guaranteed approval from one academic year to the next. A petition to reside in Non-College Owned housing must be reviewed through the Office of Residential Life on an annual basis.
The opportunity to live in housing not owned by Albion College is an exception to the requirement that all students reside in College housing. Students are advised not to enter into a lease agreement unless they first receive notification that their petition has been approved.
Students are strongly encouraged to find a roommate(s) and participate in another phase of Room Selection while waiting to learn if their petition has been approved. Applicants will be notified of decisions by email.
To obtain a petition, please the Office of Residential Life and schedule an appointment.
Petitions including required documentation to reside in Non-College Owned housing are due Friday, March 20, 2015 by 5:00 pm. Petitions received after the deadline will not be considered until after completion of the Room Selection Process.
Student Residence Policy
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. 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 December, 2013 will continue to be reviewed using the Commuter Student definition found in the 2013 – 2014 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.
A written residency exemption petition form must be submitted by students to the Office of Residential Life before Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm to request residency exemption for one of the 5 categories listed above.
To obtain a petition please contact the Office of Residential Life.
Who Can Participate in Room Selection
Eligibility to Participate in Room Selection
Graduating seniors, students intending to withdraw, students planning to take a leave of absence during Fall Semester 2015, or students approved for an Off-Campus Study Program for the Fall Semester 2015 may not participate in Room Selection. Room Selection is ONLY for those students currently enrolled for Spring Semester 2015 classes. Students who are not enrolled (transfer students, first year students, and students being readmitted to the College) will be placed in available housing during the summer and their assignments will be sent to their Albion College email address. Students approved to be on a Leave of Absence for the Spring 2015 are eligible to participate in the room selection process. Students must be current with their College bill to be eligible to participate in room selection. In addition, members of fraternities are required to live in their designated house. Fraternity room selection will occur internally and separately from the other phases of Room Selection. Fraternity Presidents will have information regarding fraternity room selection.
Class Registration for Fall Semester 2015
Any Student who is assigned to a room during Room Selection but is not registered for Fall 2015 classes by May 1, 2015 may be removed from their selected room and placed on a wait list. The remaining roommate(s) will subsequently be assigned a new roommate by the Office of Residential Life.
Transfer Students (Students Transferring to Albion College for Fall 2015):
Only currently registered students who are current with their College bill may participate in Room Selection. Once a transfer student completes the enrollment process, he/she will be contacted by the Office of Residential Life to discuss housing options.