Macalester College believes the learning experience in a community living model is essential to student growth. Students are required to live on-campus for the first two years as part of this commitment to holistic learning. With this spirit in mind, we strive for students to live in cooperative spaces as much as possible, including individuals with disabilities.

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 draw processes. 

COVID 19 impacts for Fall 2020:  In order to reduce housing density, students may have offered alternative housing options off campus.  Housing configurations may continue to change, so it is important to communicate with Disability Services

Making a Request:

The following steps should be taken to ensure an equitable process in considering accommodations. Returning students also need to request housing accommodations for each new academic year. 

  1. Accepted to Macalester, and completed any residential life forms, etc. 
  2. Complete any housing request forms (including students who are being offered alternative options due to COVID-19).
  3. Complete the process for accommodations as a student with a disability. 
  4. Complete of the accessible housing request form: 

Accommodated Residential Life Request Form

4. You may be asked to provide information of a diagnosed disability with specific information on housing accommodations. This information needs to be provided to Disability Services by the appropriate deadlines listed below, but may not be needed in every case. We will let you know! 

5. Met with the Director of Disability Services (if requested) to discuss accommodation needs.

Deadlines to ensure best consideration for housing accommodations:

For best consideration (regardless of Module):  July 15

Upper class or study away students whose arranged housing has been impacted by COVID-19:  Wed, July 15

Single Rooms:

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, noise, stress or roommate concerns may not rise to a level of disability impact and should be managed through Residential Life processes.  

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.

Specialty/Language Housing:

Requests for housing accommodations in specialty housing are due by application deadlines for each individual housing area and are managed by faculty or language departments.  Accommodation requests will include their input and specific timelines for those programs.  In these areas, assistance animals or specific housing accommodations may be limited due to the essential nature of community/shared spaces, but each request is evaluated individually. 

Next Steps:

Once your request is submitted:

  1. You will be contacted by Disability Services regarding a meeting or during COVID-19 , we may communicate with you about your needs via email. 
  2.  If your request is approved, Residential Life staff will contact you regarding possible space/meal plan configurations.
  3. Additional meetings may be required with Cafe Mac or other staff to determine appropriate accommodations.

Students will be considered for a housing accommodation that first and foremost meet their documented needs and in the order they are received. Building and room preferences will be considered and honored if possible and based on the your student class status (e.g., first year students need to live in first year housing).  Accommodations are also considered for the student making the request, not potential roommates or friends. 

Housing accommodation requests need to be made every academic year.  Previous accommodations may not guarantee similar accommodations from year to year.  

Housing/Meal Plan Exemptions:

Please go here for more specific information:

Requests to live off-campus or be waived from the meal plan for students in specific residential areas typically require documentation from a care provider but during Fall 2020, this requirement may be modified. 

Students should be aware they are not allowed to cook in their rooms via hot plates, instapots or other cooking units (microwaves) due to safety restrictions.

Service and Assistance/Emotional Support Animals:

Students should contact Disability Services to discuss the need for an emotional support animal/assistance animal and provide information by accommodated housing timelines. 

Students are required to agree to an animal management policy and all City of St. Paul policies for animals (vaccination, registration).

The timeline for assistance animals requests have passed for the academic year 2020-2021.