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.

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 by TBD Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. For more information please visit the Office of Residence Life website.
  • Students who will be starting at Merrimack (as first years and transfers) in Spring 2019 will receive information about their housing process with their Enrollment Mailing.

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 2017-18, you must reapply and submit updated documentation for 2018-19.

The application deadlines are as follows:

Incoming freshmen and transfer students for spring 2019 January 7, 2019
Returning students for fall 2019
February 28, 2019
Incoming freshmen and transfer students for fall 2019 June 5, 2019

Step 3: Await Notification

Applicants will receive a written determination of their request from the accessibility services office before room selection takes place. If approved, residence life will contact you about your placement. In some instances, your accommodation request will be approved, but you may be wait-listed until reasonable space is identified.


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?

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