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Accessibility Services

Medical Housing Accommodations

Merrimack College has a policy for responding to requests for accommodation in the residence halls, based on medical, psychological and/or disability needs. We provide support services and reasonable accommodations to students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended in 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All accommodation requests must be requested and approved annually. Requests that are made outside of the deadlines as defined below will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but may not be determined as reasonable in certain circumstances.

What is the step-by-step process to apply for medical housing accommodations?

Step One: Apply for housing

  • All returning students who wish to receive housing must apply for housing in order to indicate their intention to participate in the Room Selection Process by submitting a deposit by March 3, 2017. For more information please visit the Residence Life Webpage.
  • Students who will be starting at Merrimack (as first years and transfers) in Fall 2017 will receive information about their housing process with their Enrollment Mailing.

Step Two: Submit the Non-Academic Accommodation(s) Request Form and attach the completed Medical Provider Form

  • REQUIRED: The link for the Non-Academic Accommodation(s) Request Form is here: Non-Academic Accommodation(s) Request Form
  • REQUIRED: The Medical Provider Form can be downloaded at this link: Medical Provider Form.
  • Additional documentation may be submitted to accessibilityservices@merrimack.edu or to the office, but will be considered insufficient as standalone documentation
  • Your request and documentation must be submitted annually (i.e., if you received medical housing accommodations for 2016-2017, you must reapply and submit updated documentation).
  • The deadline to apply for returning students is March 3, 2017.
  • The deadline to apply for incoming freshmen and transfer students is June 1, 2017.

Step Three: Await Notification

  • You will receive written notification on the status of your request from the Accessibility Services Office before room selection takes place. 
  • If approved, Residence Life will contact you about your placement.
  • Please note, in some instances, your accommodation request will be approved but you may need to be on the wait list for Residence Life to be able to place you in a reasonably determined space.

How are medical housing accommodations determined?

Decisions regarding reasonable medical housing accommodation requests are based on these criteria:

  • Is space available that meets the student’s needs?
  • Was the request made by the deadline for housing requests?
  • Can space be adapted to meet the needs without undue financial burden to the institution?
  • Are there other housing configurations and/or options that can achieve substantially similar results?
  • How does meeting a request affect housing arrangements for other students?

What if I want to appeal the decision of my medical housing accommodation request?

Appeals Process - A student may appeal the decision made regarding a medical housing accommodation request. An Appeals Committee will meet to consider and deliberate on the merits of the appeal. To submit an appeal, or for any questions regarding medical housing accommodations, please contact Jodi Rachins at rachinsj@merrimack.edu.