Due to safety restrictions and electrical load limitations, student provided window air-conditioners (A/C units) are permitted on a limited basis and must be approved by the Director for Student Health Services, Director of Facilities Operations, and the Director for Residential Life (or designees) prior to installation under the following conditions.
Personal window A/C units are not encouraged and will only be approved if evidence of severe chronic medical condition requiring air-conditioning is presented. Electrical power (amps) per room is limited and not designed for heavy appliances. Not all rooms at Albion College can support the addition of a personal window A/C unit and operation of a personal window A/C unit could limit the number of other electrical items a student will be able to have in his or her room.
The following guidelines must be adhered to by students seeking permission for use of a personal window A/C unit
Guidelines and requirementsfor personal window air-conditioners:
Units must be a maximum of 6,000BTUs and have a minimum EER (Energy Efficient Ratio) rating of 8. Units must be appropriate for the type of window and come with a window installation kit. Refer to the list below indicating where air-conditioning is already provided, where student owned A/C units are permitted if the student is approved to have a personal unit, and where window A/C units cannot be supported. Also listed is the window type for each building; double hung (up and down) or casement (slide by).
The following student residences are air-conditioned buildings:
Approved Window A/C units are permitted in the following residential units if a student has received approval because of a severe chronic medical condition and has followed the approval process as described in this document:
Window A/C units WILL NOT be permitted in the following residential units because either the type of window in the building will not accommodate a window A/C unit or the electrical power is not appropriate for a window A/C unit. If a student anticipates requesting permission for a window A/C unit, the student should not participate in the Room Selection Process for the following buildings or understand if assigned to one of the buildings listed below, the student will not be permitted to have a window A/C unit.
All window A/C units must be installed and removed by the Facilities Operations staff. If an extension cord is necessary it must be a heavy duty, three wire, 12 awg, appliance rated extension cord and be provided by the student.
A/C units must be removed during winter months (from approximately Thanksgiving Break through Spring Break). An installation charge of $50.00 is required which includes initial installation, removal for winter months and reinstallation for the second half of spring semester and final removal at the end of the academic year. Appropriate storage of the A/C unit is the responsibility of the student. A fee of $50.00 per semester will also be charged to the student in addition to the installation charge in order to offset the cost of the additional energy consumed. These charges will be assessed to student accounts upon approval and installation.
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. Automatic exemptions to the board policy are granted to students who fall under one of the following categories:
Students who do not qualify for automatic exemption may submit a Board Exemption Petition based on extreme or unusual circumstances. Board exemptions are granted for medical purposes only. (See Albion College 2016-2017 Student Handbook, page 83-84).
Instructions for Petitioning for Board Exemption:
A limited number of rooms have been designated as single occupancy (based on square footage) and these single rooms are primarily available in Wesley, Whitehouse, and Ingham Halls. After these spaces are exhausted, most other medical singles will be assigned in Seaton Hall. Approval of petitions for these rooms will be based on the Medical Single Room Petition Committee’s ruling on the establishment of need. Priority is given to students who need a room based on a medical condition (including allergies which require a special housing accommodation), an emotional or psychological reason, and/or a learning disability.
Students must reapply every year for a medical single room. Students who were approved for a medical single room during the 2016-2017 academic year in the form of a single occupancy room are not guaranteed approval for a special housing accommodation from one academic year to the next. Please Note: There is an additional cost per semester for a medical single room. Because of the limited number of single occupancy rooms, students are strongly encouraged to find a roommate(s) and participate in another phase of the Room Selection Process while waiting to learn if they will be assigned a single room.
The attached petition is divided into two sections. The first section requests general information that the student completes. The second section contains a form that requests the appropriate documentation of conditions to support the request, specifically the following information:
The second section must be completed by a physician or an appropriate professional with knowledge of the condition or need that is the basis of the request and the student’s condition, but who is NOT related to the student. You must also submit a note from the appropriate physician on their professional letterhead. Both sections and the note must be submitted together (by the student) by the deadline established on the petition.
It is also suggested that students who regularly participate in Albion College’s support services, 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 Medical Single Room Petition Committee may discuss the applicant’s request with the support service Director familiar with a student’s situation.
Documentation supporting a request will be reviewed by the Medical Single Room Petition Committee. All information is considered confidential and will be reviewed and discussed for the sole purpose of this petition process. Listed below are some of the factors we consider when evaluating housing requests.
Severity of the Condition:
Feasibility and Availability:
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:
Petition 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/her/their true, fixed, and permanent home to which, whenever absent, he/she/they intends to return and that shall continue as a principal residence until another principal residence is established.
United Methodist youth are invited to Albion College for an overnight retreat to experience and inspire Christian living in a college setting. The program will run from noon Saturday to noon Sunday and involve a Bible Study, opportunity to get to know our Christian Living Community students and other Christians on campus, have discussions about Christian living in a college environment, and discover how Albion College students live out their Christian faith.
Youth will stay overnight in the residence halls of some of our Christian student leaders. This is part of the experience of the program.
This program is free, including lodging and all meals and snacks. Youth are not required to bring money to participate. All we ask is that youth/youth groups have their own transportation to/from Albion College.
Registration is on a first-come, first-registered basis, with limited spaces available. Youth must return a completed registration form, signed by her/him as well as a parent/guardian. We encourage early registration, and our final deadline is November 4, 2013.
For more information on the retreat or registration, you may contact us in one of three ways:
Youth groups are welcome, but we need at least an estimate of numbers.
Adults are invited to a concurrent session with Deacon Carl Gladstone, ’01. This will include an introduction to current curriculum from the Global Board and covenant conversations about best practices. Rev. Gladstone works with young adult ministries in the North Central Jurisdiction. The cost for materials, lodging in guest housing, and food are covered by Albion College as a service to the United Methodist Church. Adults should complete a registration form. All questions for adult participants should be directed to Chaplain Dan McQuown at or 517-629-0492.
Information: Angie Dombrowski works at Albion College as Administrative Secretary for Counseling Services. She has been with Albion College since 1980, working previously in the Accounting Department 1980-1994, Career Development 1994-2003, Counseling Services 2003-Present. She is married to her husband Eddie and they have 2 cats and a dog. She has 2 daughters, 1 son and 10 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys music, dance, walking, gardening and spending time with her friends and family (especially her grandchildren).