Determining reasonable housing accommodations
Role of Student Disability Services for Housing Accommodations
Student Disability Services confirms and determines the "need" for accommodation for housing challenges.
All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Student Disability Services does not determine the specific location of "where" the housing accommodations will be met.
Severity of the Condition
- Is the impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
- Is there a negative health impact that may be permanent if the request is not met?
- Is the request an integral component of a treatment plan for the condition in question?
- What is the likely impact on academic performance if the request is not met?
- What is the likely impact on the student's level of comfort if the request is no met?
Time of the Request
- Was the request made with initial housing request?
- Was the request made before the deadline for housing request for the semester in question?
- Was the request made as soon as possible after identifying the need (based on date of diagnosis, receipt of housing assignment, change in status, etc.)?
Feasibility and Availability
- Is space available that meets the student's needs?
- Is the student in alternative housing? If so, can the request configuration be met within that area?
- Can space be adapted to provide the requested configuration without creating a safety hazard (electrical load, emergency egress, etc.)?
- Window air conditioning units are not permitted in residence halls due to excessive electrical overload, safety concerns and potential damage to university property. DePauw University does have a small number of units for students who provide documentation verifying this need. (Documentation needs to be submitted to Student Disability Services).
- Are there other effective methods or housing configurations that would achieve similar benefits as he requested configuration?
- How does meeting this request affect housing assignments and needs of other students?