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.

The deadlines for completed requests for fall 2020 to spring 2021 academic year are as follows:

February 27, 2020 Returning students for 2020-2021
June 25, 2020 Incoming freshmen and transfer students for 2020-2021

The deadlines for completed requests for fall 2019 to spring 2020 academic year are as follows:

February 28, 2019 Returning students for 2019-2020
June 5, 2019 Incoming freshmen and transfer students for 2019-2020

Application Process

Step 1: 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. For more information please visit the Office of Residence Life website.
  • Incoming students who will be starting at Merrimack (as first-years and transfers) will receive information about their housing process with their Enrollment Mailing.
  • Any questions about the specifications on rooms, Residence Halls, or housing placements, you can reach out to Questions about the medical housing process and accommodations can be sent over to us and we will be happy to talk that through with you.

Step 2: Submit the Nonacademic Accommodation(s) Request Form and attach the completed Medical Provider Form

Your request and documentation must be submitted annually. For example, if you received medical housing accommodations for 2019-2020, you must reapply and submit updated documentation for 2020-2021.

Step 3: Await Notification

Applicants will receive a written determination of their request from the Accessibility Services Office. If approved, Residence Life will contact you regarding further details. 

We will consider each request on a case-by-case basis and review the Medical Provider Form, but it is possible that a request will not be considered reasonable. Please note, in some instances, an accommodation request will be approved but a student may need to be on the waitlist for Residence Life to be able to place them in a reasonably determined space or for Facilities to process a request.


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 in a reasonable time 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?

Requesting an Emotional Support Animal

There is a separate and specific process for this rare accommodation. Please first fill out the Non-Academic Accommodation(s) Request Form and you will receive an email with further details. You do not need a Medical Provider Form for this particular process. Please note: in most instances, should an ESA be approved, it will be for the start of the upcoming semester so as to limit disruptions to the campus residential environment.

Appeal 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