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 (27) have been designated as single occupancy (based on square footage) and these single rooms are only available in Ingham (3), Seaton (8), Wesley (4 for first-year students, 10 for returning students), Dean (1), and Whitehouse (1) Halls. 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, an emotional or psychological reason, and/or a learning disability. 

***If requests exceed the number of available rooms designated as medical singles, students will be wait-listed based on need priority deemed by the Medical Room Petition Committee. These singles, if available, will not be awarded until late summer and some may be offered following the 10th day of the fall semester.***

Students who were approved for a medical single room for the 2017-2018 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 Support 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 (27), 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 visit the Documents Page. Petitions including required documentation for Medical Single rooms are due Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by 4:00 PM. Petitions received after the deadline will not be accepted.

**Please note that the Petitions Committee only meets once annually. All decisions being rendered are for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Therefore, if a student is interested in Petitioning for a Special Housing Accommodation for Spring 2019, they should submit their Petition during the Spring 2018 Room Selection Process. Students should plan accordingly. 

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 students needs and the reasons for the special housing accommodation. Students who regularly participate in Albion College's suppor t services may sign a release of information form with the approriate department in which the studnet is a regular client (i.e. Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Learning Support Services) so that the College staff who servce 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 2017-2018 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 please visit the Documents Page

Petitions including required documentation to reside in Non-College Owned housing are due Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by 4:00 PM. Petitions received after the deadline will not be considered.

**Please note that the Petitions Committee only meets once annually. All decisions being rendered are for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Therefore, if a student is interested in Petitioning for a Special Housing Accommodation for Spring 2019, they should submit their Petition during the Spring 2018 Room Selection Process. Students should plan accordingly.