Macalester College believes the learning experience in a community living model is essential to student growth. Students are typically required to live on-campus for the first two years as part of this commitment to holistic learning, (this requirement has been adjusted for 2020-21). 

Requests for accommodations are considered on a case by case basis, evaluated by evidence of disability impact, the reasonableness of the accommodation, and space availability.  Students who have a preference for a specific space or meal plan, as opposed to required accommodations, should go through the standard housing  processes. 

Residential Life and Housing Accommodation steps are outlined below–please be aware of specific deadlines:

Accommodated housing process for Module 3: 

  • DEADLINE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 9 AM to ensure appropriate consideration of placement, including assistance/support animals.
  • Students who currently have accommodations but have an updated request for Module 3, please complete this form:

Accommodated Residential Life Request Form

  • Students NEW to Disability Services/ NEW accommodated housing requests for Module 3:

Once your request is submitted:

  • You will be contacted by Disability Services regarding a meeting and due to COVID-19 current considerations, this will be remotely.  
  •  If your request is approved, Residential Life staff will contact you regarding space configurations.
  • Additional meetings with other staff may be required to fully implement requests  (e.g. Cafe Mac if your request is meal plan related).  We will connect with you on next steps if this is needed.

Important Things to Note:

Students will be considered for a housing accommodation that first and foremost meet their documented needs and in the order requests are received.  Accommodations are also considered for the student making the request, not potential roommates or friends. 

Previous accommodations may not guarantee similar accommodations from year to year or even Module-Module. 

Single Rooms:

Spring 2021 COVID Policy: Individual living spaces are currently required to ensure appropriate de-densification.

Non-COVID-19 Policy: Single rooms requests via Disability Services are for instances where a single is medically necessary as part of a treatment plan to reduce disability impact.   Preference for a single, specific location, noise impacts, stress or roommate concerns may not rise to a level of disability impact.  

At times, single rooms may be assigned to students for a limited time or due to medical impacts.  Placement in a single space on a temporary basis does not guarantee a single space in the future. 

Students should indicate alternative options if requested single room accommodations cannot be provided due to space or administrative limits.

Room Moves:

Request for room moves generally require the same process and deadlines noted above.  Requests for moves are based on disability-required modifications, not preference or typical collegiate community experiences (noise, roommate disagreements, etc).

Specialty/Language Housing:

Residential Life is not operating specialty and language housing at this time, all housing for this academic year is considered general housing.

Housing/Meal Plan Exemptions:

Link to Housing/Meal Plan Exemptions

Service and Assistance/Emotional Support/AssistanceAnimals:

The deadline for requesting an assistance animal in Residential Housing  for Module 3/4 has passed (November 23 9 AM).   Please contact Disability Services for more information, or refer to Service and Support Animals on Campus.