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Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Elizabethtown College is committed to equal access to and full participation in all of its courses, programs, services, and activities. While the college requires students to live on campus for all four years, we recognize some students may have a disability, such as POTS or Crohns disease, certain sleep disorders or psychological disorders, or allergies to fragrances or pollens, making it difficult to live in residence halls. Elizabethtown College considers Residence Life an integral part of a student’s development, and makes reasonable modifications for students with disabilities. Reasonable modifications might include a room on the first floor, a room close to a bathroom, ADA grabs bars in the bathroom, or smoke and fire detectors with strobes.  Other possible modifications, depending on the specific circumstances, may be to allow the student to live in a single room without a roommate, a room in a building with a particular type of HVAC system, or other modifications as necessary to provide access to Residence Life.

Requests for housing accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis, and the college will prioritize requests based on documented need and availability. Requests must be submitted and reviewed on a yearly basis and, in some cases, additional or updated documentation may be requested from the treating health care provider. While we try to honor all requests, the college cannot guarantee all accommodations granted for one academic year will be granted for subsequent years. The college expects specific modifications will be the result of an interactive process between the student, the Director of Residence Life, and the Director of Disability Services.  Please note: Requests to be released from the housing contract should be directed to Assistant Dean Allison Bridgeman, Director of Residence Life.  Ms. Bridgeman will consult with the appropriate college offices in considering each request.

Housing Accommodation Request Procedure :

1. The student will submit Housing Accommodations Request Form to Disability Services and will request a meeting with the Director of Disability Services.

2. During this meeting, the student and the Director of Disability Services will discuss reasonable housing modifications based upon the submitted request and supporting information from the student. On occasion, the Director of Disability Services may request additional supporting documentation prior to making a final determination regarding appropriate modifications. If this is requested, you can ask your health care provider to submit documentation addressing the following information Disability Documentation to Disability Services.

3. The Director of Disability Services will meet with the Director of Residence Life and/ or the Housing Coordinator to discuss the modification and consider options and suitable alternatives based upon current and anticipated availability. In some cases, this interactive process may also include the student.

4. In situations where the college is unable to immediately grant the requested accommodation, the student will be notified and placed on a waiting list until a suitable arrangement becomes available. These students should refer to the housing registration information available in the housing selection tab in their JayWeb account (this portal is available between March 1 and March 26, 2013).

5. It is the student’s responsibility to notify Disability Services of any changes in the requested housing modification during their enrollment in the college.

6. Students’ whose requests are denied or who are dissatisfied with the process or its outcome have the option to file a petition using the Grievance Procedure.

Housing Accommodations Request Form should be submitted to Disability Services prior to March 11, 2013 for returning students or July 1, 2013 for incoming First-Year and Transfer students. Requests after these dates will be considered based upon availability and documented need. The following factors are taken into consideration when evaluating housing requests:

  • Clarity of student requests and supporting documentation
  • Availability of residential space at the time of the request
  • Alternative accommodations that would achieve similar benefits
  • Negative health/academic impact if the request is not granted

*Elizabethtown College does not charge individuals with disabilities for medically necessary residential modifications or other actions required by the ADA.

 

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