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Appeal letter sample: Private Dorm and Bathroom

Template letter for college students requesting dorm room accommodations. Healthcare provider completes letter requesting specific accommodations including single dorm room with a private bathroom in a residence hall. Letter is then provided to the patient's college or university.



Re:                  PATIENT NAME
DOB:              MM/DD/YYYY

Dear Sir or Madam:

Patient Name is a patient of mine at Location.   I follow Patient Name closely as she has inflammatory bowel disease, specifically recently diagnosed Disease.

I would like to ask that he/she be allowed to have a single dorm room with a private bathroom in a residence hall at School.   I believe a single room with the availability of a private bathroom would allow him/her the time to rest if his/her schedule allows, use the bathroom immediately when he/she has urgent, bloody, painful diarrhea and not disturb a roommate in the middle of the night when he/she needs to get up to move his/her bowels.  A single room would also allow him/her private time if he/she develops abdominal cramping or perianal pain.  He/She is likely to start treatment with immunosuppressant therapy and this may put him/her at an increased risk for infection so a single bedroom, hopefully with a private bathroom, would be ideal. 

Thank you for your consideration of this request.  This will greatly help Patient Name with his/her transition to college life as he/she faces a chronic illness while he/she adapts to a rigorous academic schedule.  Plus, a single dorm room will avoid the potential for disrupting a roommate. 

Please call my office at Phone Number, if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,


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Published: May 1, 2012

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