Housing accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis due to documented disabilities and medical conditions. To qualify as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covered disability, the student must have a current condition that substantially limits a major life activity, and the accommodation must be necessary and reasonable.
A diagnosis in and of itself does not automatically qualify for accommodations. To receive special housing consideration for medical conditions not covered by the ADA, the special needs housing form must be completed, but accommodations are not guaranteed.
All requests must be made by the specified date. Factors the Office of Campus Life considers when evaluating special housing requests:
- Is the impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
- Is the request an integral component of the treatment plan prescribed by a medical professional for the condition in question?
- Was the request made with the initial housing request by the deadline?
- Was the request made as soon as possible after identifying the need? (If not known by the housing deadlines.)
- Is space available to meet the student's need?
- Are there other effective means that would achieve similar benefits as the requested accommodation?
- How does meeting the need impact housing commitments for other students?
For more information on special needs housing, contact the Office of Campus Life at (401) 341-2210.