Housing

 

Students in a dorm room

Housing Accommodations 

The University of Maine Office of Residential Life offers a variety of housing options to students who wish to live on campus. As with all communal living, all housing options at UMaine involve students sharing living space, bathrooms and other common areas with their peers. The Office of Residential Life strives to create a vibrant community and provide housing that fosters and supports students’ academic, social and personal goals and well-being.

Students requesting housing accommodations because of a diagnosed disability are required to contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  Please refer to the process listed below.

Process to Request Housing Accommodations: 

 Step 1) Students request housing accommodations by completing the SAS Housing Accommodation Procedure and Application form and submit it to SAS.

Step 2) Students submit a SAS Housing Disability Documentation Clinician Form that has been filled out by a licensed doctor, clinician, or other medical professional. The form should be returned directly to SAS. It is often helpful to SAS if students fill out a release with the provider in case SAS needs to contact that individual to ask follow up questions.

Step 3) Student schedules a meeting with a SAS Professional Staff member to discuss their requested accommodation(s). These meetings can be held over the phone, Zoom, or in person when appropriate.

Step 4) Once all documents have been received and a SAS Professional Staff member has met with the student, a decision will be made within two weeks. Students will receive the decision via their UMaine email account.

Examples of Housing Accommodations

  • ADA Accessible rooms and bathrooms
  • Installing visual alarms in room for students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Assigning a student closer to a shared bathroom
  • Providing access to a semi-private bathroom
  • Providing a single room for a variety of medical reasons

While every effort is made to honor a student’s location preference, assignments are made based on the approved accommodation(s); specific residential areas are not guaranteed.

Because of numerous sites on campus that provide reduced distraction study space, single room accommodations are generally not provided solely for academic-related needs.

Important Deadlines

In order to have time to process and review applications and hold spaces out of regular room selection the following deadlines for submitting materials have been established.

  • Honors Students who plan to live in Honors Housing must submit materials by January 25th, 2022.
  • Returning students who plan to live on campus Fall 2022 must submit materials by February 14, 2022.
  • The preferred date for new first year or transfer students is May 1, 2022.
  • Students who need on-campus housing accommodations during summer session are asked to make the request by April 1st.
  • New and transfer students planning to move on campus in January for spring semester should submit materials by November 1.

 

SAS strongly encourages students whose enrollment at the university depends on the availability of on-campus housing to apply far in advance of the published deadlines.

SAS will consider requests for housing accommodations promptly. However, if the request for accommodation is made fewer than 60 days before the student intends to move into housing, SAS cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the student’s requested accommodations during the first semester or term of occupancy.

 

Disability-related housing accommodation requests and documentation should be sent to:

Student Accessibility Services

University of Maine

5725 Flagstaff Rd.

East Annex Room 121

Orono, ME 04469-5725

Email: um.sas@maine.edu or Fax 207.581.9420

Service or Assistance Animals in the Residence Halls


If you have questions, please contact:

Student Accessibility Services
Phone: 207.581.2319
E-mail: um.sas@maine.edu


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