University Housing & Residential Life is dedicated to the inclusion of students with a disability in all activities, programs and services offered by the university. In collaboration with the Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS), a broad range of housing options have been reserved for eligible undergraduate, professional and graduate students. Student requests for these accommodations must be supported by medical documentation that relates the current impact of a student's disability and/or condition to the request being made. Requests for disability-related housing accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis and space availability.
Housing Selection Process For Students With Disabilities
- Begin the housing application on MyHousing.
- During the housing application process, students can apply for specialty housing which includes housing ADA accomodations.
- Students must submit any supporting medical documentation to the Office of Disability Resources and Services for their review and approval. Returning students only need to re-submit paperwork in the event their condition has changed.
- Recommendations for requests that include all required paperwork will be forwarded to the University Housing Office within three (3) weeks of receiving these documents.
- Each year, students are required to reapply for University housing which includes specialty housing requests.
- The option to request specialty housing for returning students is from Monday, January 14 to Monday, January 28, 2019.
- The option to request specialty housing for new students is from Monday, January 28 to Monday, April 15, 2019.
- Students can follow the guidelines for medical documentation outlined below on the DRS website at: Office of Disability Resources and Services.
- Students must be approved by the Office of Disability Resources and Services to be eligible for housing related ADA accomodations. To confirm that you have been approved for these accommodations, contact DRS at (215) 204-1280.
The University Housing & Residential Life staff carefully selects room layouts from their inventory to accommodate students with a broad range of disabilities.
Accommodation Spaces Available:
- Single and double wheelchair accessible rooms
- ADA compliant accessible bathrooms w/grab bars
- Roll-in showers with chair and/or bench
- Keyless entry door systems in designated rooms
- Rooms with kitchen facilities
- Rooms equipped with strobe light for hearing impaired
- Single rooms to accommodate personal care attendant services
- Emergency call buttons in designated areas
- Use of approved durable medical equipment
Students requesting disability housing accommodations will have the option of adding roommates to fill their unit if space is available or if applicable due to their request.
Requests for any flexibility to the standard university meal plan due to disability or health concerns must be reviewed by the department of Disability Resources and Services on a case-by-case basis.
Students can take these steps to make their needs known.
- Register with the Office of Disability Resources and Services
- Submit copy of medical documentation to the Office of Disability Resources and Services
Recommendations are forwarded by the Office of Disability Resources and Services to the Office of University Housing and Residential Life.
Students seeking specific information regarding food allergens and/or dietary concerns can contact the University Dietician, Gaia Di Giacomo through e-mail at DiGiacomo-Gaia@aramark.com.