We strongly believe that all students are entitled to equal access to the facilities and services that they need to maintain their quality of life, enable them to succeed and allow them to be vital and contributing members of the Western community. As such, we take accommodation requests seriously. For this reason, it is important that accommodation requests for pre-existing needs or conditions be made prior to the residence acceptance date.
Accommodation requests received after building assignments have been communicated to students will only be considered if and when suitable vacancies become available.
All of our residences - (except Medway-Sydenham Hall) - are accessible to students 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 specialty designed suites.
Residence is a high density living environment and it may be impossible to control this environment to the extent that is required to support some students' needs. Students who submit a Priority Consideration request must understand and acknowledge their responsibility to be self-sufficient, including being able to effectively coordinate their own personal needs while in residence, including using campus services. While, we make every effort to accommodate requests, we are unable to provide additional staff or resident support for personal care assistance.
Students may request priority consideration for the following:
Western's residence dining hall staff have accommodated many students living in residence with food allergies, intolerances, and religious or cultural requirements. It is imperative that students with allergies work closely with residence dining hall staff. You are strongly encouraged to connect with the Unit Manager of your residence dining hall to discuss your needs. Staff in the dining hall have been trained in safe food handling and know the importance of food safety in the prevention of cross-contamination as well as the complications that arise when food allergen is consumed by someone with an allergy.
Daily menus, posted online and prominently in each dining hall, list major ingredients used in all hot entrees, soups, and side dishes. We encourage you to review these menus carefully and request additional information as needed. You can access the extensive six-week residence menu cycle here. Lunch and dinner entrée selections always include a minimum of one hot vegetarian option.
Pre-packaged entrees will be available for students with special dietary requirements associated with religious observances provided they are requested in advance. While we do not maintain full facilities for preparation of religious meals every effort is made to accommodate students with religious observances or vegetarian preferences. Contact your residence Unit Manager and Chef for more information about food-related accommodations.
Residences at Western
We are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming residence living environment for all students, including those whose gender identity and/or expression differs from the sex assigned to them at birth. We understand and respect the need for privacy and sensitivity when working with students who have gender identity and/or expression needs. We are committed to working with LGBTQ+ students to ensure that their time in residence meets their needs.
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.