Incoming Students with Medical Needs

There’s a lot of pay attention to in all of the information you will be receiving from the University.  If you are a new first year student in particular, please be aware that if you have any special needs, including the need for Air Conditioning, due to a medical condition, contact the Learning Needs and Assessment Office and ask for Debbie Berkeley.  Debbie is wonderful to work with.  Her office telephone number is 434-243-5180.   We will do everything we can to accommodate your son or daughter’s medical needs.

It’s important to note that not all of the first year housing options are air conditioned.  The entire McCormick Road Area complex is unairconditioned as are the remaining suite style buildings in the Alderman Road Area (Courtenay, Fizhugh, Dunglison and Dunnington).  In these buildings we do not allow in-room or window air conditioner units to be installed.  We now have plenty of air conditioned space in the new buildings in Alderman Road and the Gooch/Dillard Complex for any and all medical needs.  Hereford and Brown Colleges are also air conditioned.  The first year space in the IRC is not air conditioned and is the only space where we will install a window AC unit.  If your son or daughter will be living there and has a medical need, again, contact Debbie, and we will have the staff from Facilities Management install a window AC unit, that you have to provide.  The cost for this is $100 for the labor of the installation.

When you have a medical need, you will be assigned to a space that meets your need.  In the past, students and parents have at times tried to use this as an way to try to work the system… For a couple of years, word of mouth suggested that this was how to get into Kellogg, when it was the newest building in Alderman Road.  Please discourage rumors like that if you hear them.  It doesn’t work that way.  It’s not a secret way to manipulate the system.

We want you to be comfortable and successful here as students, please don’t worry about asking for facilities that meet your medical needs.  This is an area where there is a lot of pollen that comes from the surrounding forests.  If you have allergies, please ask for a building with central air conditioning.

1 Response to “Incoming Students with Medical Needs”


  1. 1 Siew April 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for sending me an email. At this point I pretty much know that there’s nothing you can do about it since all the housing has already been assigned, but I just want to give my feedback and views so that future incoming students will benefit.

    It’s true that most grad students will not want to live on grounds, but for a university that values diversity, the needs of the international graduate community are seriously neglected. I’m not sure how the housing is for students who are single, but there should be at least some units reserved for grad students that they can ballot for after the offer acceptance date. We applied for housing in April immediately after accepting the offer and we were already in the waitlist (the best chance we had is 11th). Every summer, about 5-6 unit are freed up so our chances of getting assigned university housing is very slim despite applying for housing as soon as we can.

    It is important for international students, especially in their first year, to live within a community to help with their integration instead of throwing them out to fend for themselves.

    I understand that you cannot to everyone’s needs but I feel that a fair process would be to assign housing based on a ballot if it is oversubscribed instead of a first come, first serve basis. As it is now, a graduate student has no fighting chance to get family housing even if they wanted to.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. I will continue with my hunt for a decent apartment. At this point most of the better ones have already been taken up. I’m indeed unhappy that what should be exciting times for our family is turning out to be a rather stressful event.


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