Petition for the Waiver of the College's Housing and Board Requirement
Kalamazoo College Housing and Board Policy
Kalamazoo College Housing and Board Policy: "Kalamazoo College affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential undergraduate experience. Residential living is supportive of one's academic preparation and plays an integral role in one's experiential education, providing rich opportunities for involvement and development. Therefore, Kalamazoo College requires all students to reside within the College's residential system and board at the College's dining center through winter quarter of their junior year."
Obtaining a Waiver:
A waiver to this requirement may be obtained for exceptional circumstances by completing the online Petition Waiver Form, emailing a written petition statement with supporting documentation to email@example.com for the College's Petition Committee to review, and receiving written approval. First Year Students must live in the College’s residential system and board at the College’s dining center for their first three quarters, and therefore are not eligible to file a petition. All materials submitted to the committee are kept confidential. The two categories of reasons for which a petition may be considered are identified below along with the requirements for each.
- Health--After completing the online Petition Waiver Form the student should email a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the reason(s) for the petition request, including the diagnosis necessitating a waiver, as well as the alternative arrangements for housing or meals. An independent (not a member of the student's family) doctor's or psychologist's written statement is also necessary (should be emailed with the petition letter), detailing the health requirements which cannot be met by the student living in a residence hall or eating in the dining facilities. In the case of a petition to waive the meal plan, the statement should specify the diet that cannot be met by the College's meal plan. The doctor's or psychologist's phone number and address should be included and a member of the Petition Committee may contact him or her. Likewise, the College Health or Counseling Centers or Sodexo Dining Services may be consulted or the student may be asked to consult with them.
- Financial Hardship—After completing the online Petition Waiver Form the student should email a letter to email@example.com detailing the hardship, attaching appropriate documentation, and identifying the alternative housing or how he or she will manage without a meal plan. The student must also include a detailed proposed budget of all living expenses. The Committee will review financial aid records with the Financial Aid office, which will be asked to confirm recent or exceptional financial circumstances. The student may be referred to the Financial Aid office for consultation or may be asked to apply for aid.
In cases where the student requests waiver of the meal plan, students are reminded that for health, safety and liability reasons, students may not cook regularly in the residential system outside of those assignments with designated cooking privileges.
Incomplete petitions which do not meet the guidelines outlined above, will be returned to the petitioner for completion.
Deadlines for Filing Petitions:
The Petition Committee considers petitions three times a quarter. The deadlines for filing petitions with the Residential Life office are Friday of the first, sixth and tenth weeks of each quarter. The Petition Committee considers petitions two times during the summer. The summer deadlines are the last Friday in June and the first Friday in August.
Petition Committee Decisions: The decisions of the Petition Committee are final and a decision letter will be emailed to the student's Kalamazoo College email address. Copies of the petition and the Committee's decision will be entered into the student's file at the College. If housing or the meal plan is waived for health reasons, the final decision of the Committee will be copied to the Center for International Programs in the event special meal or housing arrangements may be required abroad. Waivers are extended for a specific and limited number of quarters. If the petition is denied the student may request the Committee to reconsider the petition on the grounds of new information.