The office of accessibility resources and services (OARS) works closely with the Housing Operations Office (HOO) to identify residential placements on campus that include reasonable housing-based accommodations based on your individual, disability-related need. Our goal is to provide equitable access to enjoy the healthy, functional, and educational aspects of on-campus living. Your preferences for placement will be considered and included in placements whenever possible, but we can only guarantee a placement based on documented disabilities and individual needs.
Typically, students request housing-based accommodations before the semester begins. During these times OARS and the HOO have the most flexibility to meet student accommodation needs and preferences. Please view important dates and deadlines for the HOO to see how the accommodation timeline fits in with other HOO events and deadlines that may be important for you (such as identity-based or Intentional Housing Communities). If you do not qualify for disability-related accommodations based on our documentation guidelines, please visit the HOO website for more information about general housing policies, procedures, and instructions.
Requesting Housing Accommodations
If you are requesting housing-based accommodations for the first time, please start by navigating to our process to request accommodations.
If you have already been approved for housing-based accommodations and are just requesting they be applied to your next placement, OARS will communicate your accommodation needs to HOO to be considered in the placement process.
Q: I already submitted documentation and was approved for accommodations in previous years or semesters. Do I have to resubmit documentation?
A: No. Unless something has changed or you will be requesting new or additional accommodations, your previously approved accommodations will be available to you each year.
Q: What if a need for accommodation arises outside of the summer, spring, or winter timelines?
A: You may request accommodations throughout the year if new diagnoses arise or you encounter disability-related barriers. These accommodation requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and students will be accommodated based on availability of spaces. Before submitting your request outside of our general process timelines, please review general options to work with the housing operations office (HOO) directly to address many common issues students encounter, such as requesting a move or swap and support with roommate conflict.
Q: Will my preferences for a specific placement be considered?
A: First-year and new transfer students will be asked about preferences on the housing preference form on TheHub. Returning students will work with their lottery group (preferred roommates) to negotiate preferences around living conditions.
Q: Is it possible to live with my friends in an accessible space?
A: In most cases, student accommodation needs are able to be met through the HOO lottery proce
ss, which allows students a number of options to live with their friends and includes opportunities to work with HOO staff to navigate ensuring accommodations will be applied to your placement as well. In cases where students need to be placed ahead of the lottery in our wheelchair accessible spaces or other areas with less ubiquitous, specific accommodation elements, HOO will allow students to "pull in" a reasonable number of friends to their living space.
Possible Housing Accommodations
Your room assignment will be placed close to the accessible bathroom.
Your room assignment will be inclusive of a private bathroom.
You will be placed in a bedroom with an air conditioning unit installed.
Allergy Friendly Placement
You will be placed with other students with similar or same allergies related to airborne allergies, fragrance and other environmental allergies. Or allergies related to dietary and food.
Animal Free Placement
You will be placed in an area designated as free from ESA or service animals.
Early Move In
Allowed to move in early free of additional charges at the start of the semester.
Emotional Support Animal (ESA)
Your housing assignment will be inclusive of an ESA
You will be placed in a room with a visual indicator of fire alarm.
Your room assignment will be placed on the first floor.
Due to needed space for personal assistive equipment and/or furniture the HOO will remove and store certain pieces of college furniture elsewhere.
You have been approved to move off-campus and have been released from the requirement to live on campus.
Your room will be placed with regular access to the kitchen.
Bathroom, Laundry, Dining, Health Services, and/or Classroom Proximity ensures your room selection is close to the above mentioned area.
Your housing assignment will be inclusive of an service animals.
Based on your documented need you will be placed in a room with no additional roommates.
Your room assignment will be in housing with no carpet.
If in the dorms your placement will be on a designated quiet floor. If in the mods your placement will be with the fewest odmates possible.
OARS will work with facilities to make sure your residence is a priority during times of snow removal to allow appropriate access.
Specific Floor Placement (not 1st floor)
Your room assignment will be placed on a specific floor location besides the first floor.
You will be placed in a residence that is wheelchair accessible.