Lafayette College is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate housing accommodations to students with disabilities. The housing accommodations request process is intended to address housing needs that cannot be met through the general room selection process.

Students who would like to request a disability related housing accommodation and/or find additional information, instructions and policies related to housing accommodations are asked to visit Accessibility Services web site. Please do not send requests and/or documentation to the Residence Life Office.  

When should I submit my accommodation request?

Housing accommodation requests for the next academic year must be submitted by February 15th (current students) or June 1st (incoming first year students).

Requests not made within a reasonable time frame may result in the College not being able to provide the requested accommodation.

How will Residence Life be notified of approved accommodations?

Once the accommodation request process is complete and if accommodations are approved, Accessibility Services will email you a Confirmation of Accommodation Letter and copy Residence Life.

As a currently enrolled student, when will I be assigned housing?

If your accommodation specifies a particular type of housing (e.g. single room), the Office of Residence Life will contact you in mid-February with instructions for registering to be individually assigned to housing for the next academic year in advance of the Lottery process.  You will receive confirmation of your assignment by mid-April.

If you receive approval for an accommodation during the year or after Fall room assignments have been completed, you will be assigned as space is available through the summer waitlist or may request a room change through the established process.

How will Residence Life determine my assignment?

For assignments for the next academic year, you will register to be individually assigned by completing the Housing Accommodation Form in MyHousing during the preceding spring.   On this form, you will have the option of listing preferred buildings.  NOTE: building requests are not guaranteed.  Like all room selection processes, housing accommodation assignments are class-year, seniority based.  You should expect to be assignment to a building consistent with where students from your class year are generally assigned/can select through lottery.

For accommodations approved after the deadline for Fall semester or during the academic year, you will receive an email from Residence Life with instructions for submitting your requests.

Do I have to be assigned to a room by Residence Life?

You are not required to be individually assigned by Residence Life or to use your accommodation, should you prefer a housing option that doesn’t correspond to it.  Every student may pursue their assignment through any of the Room Selection processes: Housing applications, Group rosters, or Lottery.

If you opt into a living group or theme housing through an application or roster process, you can be assigned according to your accommodation.  In living groups that manage their own membership and room assignments, to be assigned according to your accommodation, speak with the group leadership before room assignments are determined and submitted to Residence Life.

Am I able to pick housing though the Lottery?

You are welcome to select any available room in lottery per the standard lottery process, regardless of whether the room matches your stated accommodation.  If you participate in Lottery, you will be assigned to the room you/your roommate group selects and charged the associated housing rate.

As an incoming first-year student, when will I be assigned housing?

You will be assigned over the summer, at the same time as other new students.  Residence Life staff will assign you to a room that meets your approved accommodation while taking into account your preferences expressed on the First Year Housing Application.

Do I need to resubmit my documentation each year?

No. Approved accommodations apply to all subsequent housing terms.