Pacific Lutheran University encourages students to plan for housing that will help them achieve their academic goals and learn the responsibilities of living in a community. While many students perceive a benefit from having a single room or apartment, PLU has limitations on housing space that impact the number of single living options available at any given time. Because some students have unique medical or psychological needs that may impact on-campus living options, a process is in place to assist them with requesting special need-based housing arrangements.
Students who wish to apply for a need-based housing accommodation must submit the following information through the Accessibility and Accommodation Application online. The information and documents described below will be submitted/attached through this online application. Please read through the information below before starting your online application:
Required information for housing related Accessibility and Accommodation documentation.
1. Appropriate documentation of the need.
The medical documentation must:
A. be prepared by a licensed professional (e.g., nurse practitioner, physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, ophthalmologist, etc.). The documentation should be on professional letterhead, signed, dated, and include the licensed professional’s title, address, and phone number. The letter must provide dates for which care was provided related to recommendation.
B. be current. The documentation should be recent, preferably within the last 3-6 months, depending on the nature of the condition.
C. present clear and specific evidence which identifies:
1. the student’s needs;
2. their present level of functioning; and
3. how the student’s health, academic performance, and/or activities of daily living may be impacted if the request is not met.
The relationship between the student’s needs and the requested action must be identified. Specific needs related to single rooms, bathroom facilities or location within a building should be specifically addressed in this documentation.
2. Consent Form.
3. A personal statement indicating preferred housing options.
4. A board comprised of representatives from the Health Center, Counseling Center, Office of Accessibility and Accommodation, and Residential Life will review the submitted application.
5. Students will be notified of board decisions by email.
6. Students must reapply for a need-based housing accommodation each year.
7. Students assigned to a single room through the Accessibility and Accommodation Application will be charged the double room occupancy rate for that academic year. If assigned to South Hall the apartment type rate applies.
8. In order to be considered for a need-based housing accommodation the application must be complete. Missing or incomplete materials will prevent the board from making a decision. The board may request additional information in order to make their decision. Simply submitting the materials for consideration does not guarantee a student will be awarded a need-based housing accommodation. Awards will be based on need and availability.