Air Conditioning Policy

Bucknell will reasonably accommodate qualified students with disabilities who may require air conditioning in residential housing, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Request Process

Before requesting air conditioning, students should review the housing accommodation application procedure, complete the Disability Accommodation Request Form and upload supporting documentation.

For questions, please contact: 

Office of Accessibility Resources

Request Deadlines

All accommodation requests and supporting information should be submitted prior to the following deadlines:

  • First-year students: Before June 10

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors:Before March 1

  • Transfer students and students returning from a leave:

    • Fall: Before July 1

    • Spring: Before December 1

Approvals are determined on a case-by-case basis by the director of the Office of Accessibility Resources. Approvals are dependent upon documentation received, the severity of illness and the availability of rooms that are air conditioned or can support the installation of a window or portable air-conditioning unit.

Please Note: This policy provides a mechanism for an individual with a respiratory or other health disability to be approved for a housing accommodation of an air conditioner. Please do not request air conditioning as a disability accommodation if you are not an individual with a respiratory or other health disability. Physician notes on a prescription such as "Please provide air conditioner for my patient due to allergies" will not be accepted as documenting a need for a substantially limiting impairment.

Requests After Deadline

Housing Services will make every effort to place a student who is registered with the Office of Accessibility Resources for the disability accommodation of an air conditioner. Students must go through the Room Selection process to select location and roommates. The OAR will notify Housing Services and Facilities of the approval for air conditioning. Students who request air conditioning after the indicated deadline will need to work with Housing Services and Facilities.


To ensure the unit is installed safely and meets University requirements, students should not install air conditioners themselves.

Some of the buildings below have rooms that already have an air conditioner installed. Students residing in one of these spaces should discuss their need for air conditioning with their house leader before the house roster is submitted to Housing Services (typically the week before spring break).

Air-conditioning Unit Guidelines by Building

Office of Accessibility Resources


107 Carnegie Building