At Western, we believe very strongly that, regardless of a student's personal situation, all students are entitled to access the facilities they need to maintain a quality of life that enables them to succeed academically and be a vital, contributing member of Western's community. As such, we take special needs requests seriously. This process is not intended to provide an option for students to achieve a more favourable building assignment. For this reason, firm deadlines are in place prior to notification of residence assignment. Special requests received after building assignments have been mailed will only be given consideration under exceptional circumstances.
All of our residences, except Medway-Sydenham Hall, are accessible to people with differing physical abilities. Essex Hall, Elgin Hall, Perth Hall, Ontario Hall and London Hall have incorporated a number of barrier-free design features, including some specially designed suites.
Please note that students who are placed in a residence based on special needs consideration must be able to be self-sufficient and able to handle and manage their own needs and/or mobility concerns while in residence. We make every effort to accommodate special needs residents; however, we are unable to provide additional staff or resident support for personal care assistance.
Students requesting accommodation of serious special needs must submit the required special needs request form to the Residence Admissions Office, room 102, Elgin Hall by the deadline date indicated for their year of study. It is important to note that requests that do not include this form, completed in full, will not be considered.
Final room assignments are determined by the Division of Housing and Ancillary Services according to the level of physical challenge and need, in conjunction with an appraisal of the residence options available to accommodate the need.
Click here for information on Western's Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
Please click on the appropriate section below for important new information on how to make a special needs request for residence placement.