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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?
Students with documented disabilities have the right to chose not to use accommodations, and in exercising that right, they accept the resulting outcomes. This means that faculty members and staff members are under no obligation to retroactively address any issue arising from students' choices to forgo accommodations.