Convenient student living accommodations
The Dust has Almost Settled!
For decades, Bay College's apartments have provided a home for many of our students. We are so excited to take home to the next level! Over the last year Student Housing has undergone remodeling to address safety, security, and comfort upgrades. Some of these changes include replacing flooring, windows, plumbing, and ventilation systems. Additionally, doors are being fit with keyless entry, and each apartment will be furnished with new, lofted furniture! This remodel will be complete for the fall semester of 2022.
Bay College has apartment facilities for 100 students. Heat, water, electricity, high-speed Internet, garbage removal from the dumpster, and snow removal to the front door are included in the rent charge. Apartments are furnished with a lofted extra-long twin bed over a three-drawer dresser and desk with desk chair for each student. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator and stove, as well as a dining table with chairs for each resident. Four-person apartments come with an upholstered couch and chair, coffee table, and end table. Two-person apartments come with two upholstered chairs and an end table.
Two-Person Campus Apartments
Two-person apartments have one bedroom, bath, and a kitchenette/dining area. These apartments have 436 square feet of living space. Availability of two-person apartments is limited.
Four-Person Campus Apartments
Four-person apartments are townhouses with two bedrooms, upstairs bath upstairs, kitchenette and living/dining area on the first floor. These apartments have a total of 814 square feet of living space.
Eligibility for Housing
To be eligible to be assigned Housing, students must meet the following criteria:
- Submitted a completed and signed Housing application, and
- Paid the $150 Housing deposit, and
- Either be registered for classes for the semester they are requesting Housing for, or
- Have completed online SOAR
Vaccines and Pandemic-Related Info
The pandemic continues to affect our community. It is highly recommended that students in Student Housing are vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they become symptomatic. Student who are exposed to COVID-19 and are not vaccinated will need to quarantine outside of Student Housing, as no quarantine space will be available. Already vaccinated? Let the College know! Enter your vaccine information and a copy of your completed card on MyBay. You will need to log into MyBay to enter your information.
Students have many options for food while staying in Student Housing. Each apartment has a refrigerator and electric stove with oven for the residents in that unit to use. Students may also bring smaller kitchen appliances, such as toasters, microwaves, and toaster ovens. Café Bay also offers grab and go meals. Café Bay is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm, and takes cash, credit cards, and gift cards. Meal plan options are also available through Café Bay. More information on meal plans can be found after logging into the meal plan webpage on myBay.
Escanaba is host to a plethora of grocery stores and restaurants. Additionally, students are encouraged to utilize the on-campus Jill Martin Food Pantry, as well as local food support services
Due to remodeling, Summer Housing for Summer 2022 is not available.
Returning Students - Students returning to Housing must be registered for classes for their Housing application to be active. Returning students may transfer their $150.00 Housing deposit to the next semester.
New students – Students who did not live in Student Housing during the previous semester must have applied to the college, have turned in their $150.00 Housing deposit, and either be registered for classes for the upcoming semester or have completed Online Orientation for their application to be active.
The estimated Housing rate is $1,800.00 per student, per semester. There is an additional fee for students who need to stay in Student Housing over winter break. The Bay College Board of Trustees finalizes fees in late June. Rent must be paid in full, covered entirely by financial aid, or the student must be enrolled in the FACTS payment plan by the tuition due date or their Housing assignment may be cancelled and their classes dropped.
Students who have questions regarding Student Housing should contact the Dave Laur, the Director of Student Life. To apply for Housing, complete the Housing application and return as directed with the $150.00 Housing deposit.
If there is no space available when your application is received, you will be added to our waiting list and notified in writing. Your $150.00 security deposit must be received with your application for it to be considered active. In the event that we are unable to provide housing for you, your deposit will be refunded to you in its entirety. If you cancel your Application for Student Housing, your deposit will be refunded in accordance to the schedule included on your application.
Applications and deposits should be returned to:
Director of Student Life & Title IX Coordinator
2001 N Lincoln Rd.
Escanaba, MI 49829
Early move-ins to Housing may be available, dependent upon space. Students moving into Student Housing prior to the start of the semester will be charged $140/week ($20/night).STUDENT HOUSING APPLICATION
Student Housing accommodations will be provided to afford equal access for qualified students with documented disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the College that they have a disability and that they are requesting a Student Housing accommodation. A student seeking a Student Housing accommodation must submit a written request for the accommodation along with diagnostic documentation to the Director of Student Life at the same time the student submits his/her housing application. If further accommodations are needed, the student should submit this request, with appropriate justification, to the Director of Student Life as soon as possible.
The written request for a Student Housing accommodation should include:
- The student's name, student number, current address and telephone number
- A description of the disability for which an accommodation is requested
- An explanation of how the disability impacts the student's housing needs
- A written description of the accommodation requested
The diagnostic documentation submitted must adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and it must clearly substantiate the need for all of the student's specific accommodation requests. All documentation must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional describing the disability. The report should be dated and signed and include the name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification. If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, the College has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation when the original records are inadequate is borne by the student. If the documentation is complete but the College desires a second professional opinion, the College bears the latter cost. In general, it is not acceptable for such documentation to include a diagnosis or testing performed by a member of the student's family.
Prior to making a determination of whether to grant the accommodation, the Director of Student Life may consider all of the following: the relationship between the accommodation requested and the documented disability; the objectives of the Student Housing community in which the student is eligible to live; what accommodations would effectively facilitate the student's participation in the Student Housing program and community; and the extent to which the student's condition limit his or her opportunity to participate in other college activities. The Director of Student Life may consult with the student, and anyone else the Director believes may have information that assists with making a determination. The Director of Student Life shall inform the student in writing of the decision, as well as the information upon which the decision was based.
The request should be sent to:
Director of Student Life
2001 N Lincoln Rd.
Escanaba, MI 49829
Persons with disabilities may be accompanied by working service animals on the campus of Bay College consistent with the provisions of this Policy. A "pet" is any animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. Assistance animals (service and support animals), as defined below, are not considered pets.
This policy applies to assistance animals that may be used by individuals with disabilities at Bay College. The term "assistance animal" is the overarching term that refers to both service animals as well as support animals as defined below. Therefore, an assistance animal is an animal that either (1) works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability; or (2) provides emotional or other type of support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability.
A. Service Animal
A "service animal" means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the person's disability. The provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship does not constitute work or tasks for the purpose of this definition. Species other than dogs or, in some cases, miniature horses, are not considered service animals for the purpose of this definition of a service animal. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.
Service animals will be permitted to accompany people with disabilities in Bay College Housing, where students, members of the public, and other participants in services, programs or activities are allowed to go. Bay College does not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal. Individuals accompanied by a service animal in Student Housing but who do not need any disability-related accommodations are not required to register with the Director of Student Life, nor is such individual required to submit a request for a reasonable accommodation to receive access of his or her service animal.
Additionally, Bay College cannot ask about the nature or extent of a person's disability to determine whether a person's animal qualifies as a service animal. However, when it is not readily apparent that an animal (dog) is a service animal, Bay College staff may make two inquiries to determine whether the animal qualifies as a service animal, which are:
- Is the animal (dog) required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the animal (dog) been trained to perform?
A service animal must be housebroken (For example, trained so that it controls its waste elimination, absent illness or accident) and must be kept under control by a harness, leash, or other tether, unless the person is unable to hold those, or such use would interfere with the service animal's performance of work or tasks. In such instances, the service animal must be kept under control by voice, signals, or other effective means.
Bay College will assess requests for the use of miniature horses by people with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Requests should be submitted to the Director of Student Life and, consistent with applicable laws, Bay College may make modifications in its policies to permit their use if they meet certain criteria and have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of people with disabilities.
B. Support Animals
A "support animal" is an animal that provides emotional or other support that ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability. Unlike service animals, support animals are not required to be trained to perform work or tasks, and are not limited to dogs and miniature horses.
Support animals are generally not allowed to accompany persons with disabilities in all public areas of Bay College as a service animal is allowed to do, but a support animal may reside in Bay College Housing, including accompanying such individual in all public or common use areas of Bay College Housing, when it may be necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy Bay College Housing. Before a support animal can move into Bay College Housing with a person with a disability, a request must be submitted to Bay College's Director of Student Life (DSL) and approval must be granted (preferably at least 30 days prior to move in). If the disability is not obvious, the DSL may require documentation from a licensed physician or mental health provider, including without limitation a qualified psychiatrist, social worker, or other mental health professional, to provide sufficient information for Bay College to determine:
- that the individual qualifies as a person with a disability (For example, has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities); and
- that the support animal may be necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy Bay College Housing (For example, that the animal would provide emotional support or other assistance that would ameliorate one or more symptoms or effects of the disability).
While support animals are generally not allowed indoors on Bay College's campus other than in Bay College Housing, people with disabilities may request approval from the Office of Accessibility (OOA) to have the support animal accompany them to other campus areas. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis consistent with applicable laws.
Responsibilities of People with Disabilities Using Assistance Animals
All Student Housing residents that are provided assistance animal accommodation must comply with all state laws and local animal ordinances, as well as all Student Housing policies and guidelines including, but not limited to, the following:
- Residents must provide appropriate food, water, and shelter for assistance animals;
- Residents must not allow assistance animals to be neglected nor abused;
- Residents are solely responsible for cleaning up and disposing of all animal waste (both indoors and outdoors) in a timely, effective fashion;
- Residents must not leave assistance animals alone in a room or apartment for an extended period of time; In the event that an assistance animal is left alone in a room or apartment for an extended period of time and is not being properly cared for, Student Housing will attempt to contact the resident or the emergency contact to remove the animal; If this is not successful, Student Housing may notify the appropriate authority and seek to have the animal removed. All costs associated with removing the animal shall be the responsibility of the resident;
- Residents must comply with all required state and municipal license requirements, including current identification and vaccination tags when applicable; assistance dogs must wear a current rabies vaccination tag; residents must provide requested verification of all veterinarian recommended vaccinations as well as proof of absence of communicable diseases, fleas and parasites (annually or as needed, thereafter);
- Residents must not allow assistance animals to disturb, annoy, or cause any nuisance to other members of the campus community;
- Residents are responsible for any odors, noise, damage, or other conduct of their assistance animal that disturbs others or damages the premises;
- Residents must be in full control of the support animal at all times;
- Residents are solely responsible for the care and supervision of assistance animals; Campus Housing assumes no responsibility for the care of a resident's assistance animal.
Waste disposal via Bay College plumbing is prohibited in Bay College residences, but Student Services or Bay College Housing can provide guidance on where to appropriately dispose of animal waste.
Bay College will not require any surcharges or fees for assistance animals. However, a person with a disability may be charged for damage caused by an assistance animal to the same extent that Bay College would normally charge a person for the damage they cause.
People with disabilities who are accompanied by assistance animals must comply with the same Bay College rules regarding noise, safety, disruption, and cleanliness as people without disabilities.
Exceptions and Exclusions
Bay College may pose some restrictions on, and may even exclude, an assistance animal in certain instances. As noted above, support animals are generally not allowed indoors on Bay College's campus other than in Bay College Housing. Persons with disabilities may request approval from the Office of Accessibility to have a support animal accompany them to other campus areas as a reasonable accommodation. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis consistent with applicable laws. Any animal may be excluded from an area in which it was previously authorized to be only if:
- it is out of control and effective action is not taken to control it;
- it is not housebroken (or in the case of a support animal that deposits waste in a designated cage or litter box, the owner fails to clean such cage or box such that the cleanliness of the room is not maintained); or
- it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be mitigated by reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures, or the provision of auxiliary aids or services.
In considering whether an assistance animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, Bay College will make an individualized assessment, based on reasonable judgment, current medical knowledge, or the best available objective evidence, to determine: (1) the nature, duration, and severity of the risk; (2) the probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and (3) whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, procedures, or the provision of auxiliary aids or services, will mitigate the risk.
In the event that restriction or removal of an assistance animal is determined to be necessary, the person with a disability will still be given the opportunity to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the assistance animal present.
The above provisions on restrictions and exclusions is not intended to cover modifications to reasonable accommodations. The reasonable accommodation process and modifications to reasonable accommodations are covered under Bay College's policy on reasonable accommodations.
Support animals accompanying campus visitors are only allowed in areas of campus where domesticated animals are permitted.
Q: When will I find out my Housing assignment? Roommates?
A: Housing Assignment letters are e-mailed to the student's Bay College e-mail address beginning in June. Assignments will then be sent out on a rolling basis. These will contain your specific Housing assignment, roommate names and contact information, and check-in information. Housing charges for the semester will also be applied at this time.
Q: Can I have my own bedroom or apartment?
A: Single apartments and bedrooms are only available through the Accommodations process. Contact the Director of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-217-4031 for more details.
Q: When can I move in for fall semester?
A: Bay College volleyball athletes will move in from 10am-Noon EST on Monday, August 1. Other Bay College athletes will move in from 2-5pm EST on Monday, August 22. All non-athletes will move in from 2-5pm on Thursday, August 25. Residents should contact the Director of Student Life for check in times outside of this. Bay College student athletes should check with their coaches, in case check in times change.
Q: When can I move in for winter semester?
A: Move in for students starting Housing for winter semester will occur on Friday, January 6th, from 2-5pm EST.
Q: Can I bring a pet?
A: The only pets allowed in Student Housing are harmless fish in 20 gallon tank or smaller. Please refer to the Housing Assistance Animal Policy if you have an assistance animal.
Q: What furniture is provided?
A: All apartment bedrooms are furnished with a lofted extra-long twin size bed over a three-drawer dresser, desk, and desk chair for each resident. All apartment kitchens have an electric stove with oven, sink, refrigerator, kitchen table, and one chair per resident. Four-person apartments include an upholstered chair, couch, coffee table, and end table. Two-person apartments include two upholstered chairs and an end table.