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Housing & Residential Living

Medical and Disability Accommodations

There are limited housing spaces available for accommodations and priority will be given to individuals who are eligible to receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, individuals must document the impact of their disability on major life activities. For example, individuals experiencing vision, physical and hearing impairment, neurological impairments, chronic life threatening systemic disabilities such as cancer, HIV, or Epstein Barr and/or traumatic brain injuries are eligible for academic and physical accommodations. All disabilities and medical history pertaining to the disability must be documented by a licensed and board certified medical provider with the competence and expertise in the area of diagnosis.

Special housing accommodations are not standard academic accommodations. In order to determine if special housing is a reasonable accommodation, we must receive Medical Document for Housing from your physician detailing the correlation between your academic and cognitive deficits and the need for special housing that either cannot be secured through the Room Draw process or completed after a room has been drawn.

Documentation must be from a medical doctor or licensed professional with expertise in the area of diagnosis. Official documentation should come from an outside person. Campus staff in the Wellness Center can provide support or can answer questions, but rarely can provide enough documentation to support an accommodation.

Students who intend to request special housing arrangements due to their eligibility for disability accommodations must contact Residential Life in Severance G10, Ext. 4072.

  • Students will receive a letter from the Office of Residential Life requesting a meeting prior to Room Draw to secure housing.
  • Students may select to live in a single or a double (with a roommate). Any student who needs medical housing and wishes to live in a triple, quad, quint, or sextet must go through the regular room draw process.
  • The Room Draw lottery number will be taken into consideration when placing students in housing. (For example, a rising sophomore would not be placed in a single in areas that are highly sought after by seniors.)

Students who intend to request special housing due to a medical condition that does not meet the disability requirements should contact the Office of Residential Life. You will need to complete the request form, provide current clinical documentation, and meet with the Director of Residential Life.

Approved on July 31, 2008.

Keywords: housing, accommodations, ADA, documentation, room draw

Last Reviewed: Sep 15th, 2014

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