Some students may need a specific type of room to accommodate a disability. In these cases, DSS will work with Housing Services and Residence Life to provide housing accommodations to eligible students with a disability. 

 Housing accommodations may include:

  • Accessible building and room
  • Accessible furniture (desk, tables, shelves)
  • Bathroom modifications (grab bars, roll-in shower, lower sink)
  • Central location on campus
  • First floor room
  • Emotional support animal (see full guidelines for ESA's here)
  • Visual alarms
  • Bedshakers
  • Single room (extremely limited)
  • Suite-style bath (approximately 4 students per bathroom) (limited)
  • Private Bath (may require specific documentation as space is extremely limited)

The Housing Accommodation process is as follows:

  1. Student submits:
    1. Housing accommodation request (through DSS, housing accommodation request available here).
    2. Housing Application (through Housing Services, available on Cardinal Station), and
    3. Documentation supporting housing accommodation request. (See Clinical Care Provider Documentation Form for Housing Accommodation Request) Each housing accommodation request must be supported by documentation. 
  2. DSS evaluates housing accommodation request and corresponding documentation. DSS may request to meet with the student to discuss the housing accommodation request further.
  3. DSS makes a recommendation to Housing Services. 
  4. Housing Services works with the student on a specific room assignment. 


  • Students receiving classroom and testing accommodations through DSS do not automatically receive priority housing.
  • Housing preferences are considered, but not guaranteed.
  • The priority deadline for housing accommodations is the same day as housing intent. Housing Services posts the date for housing intent each semester. Housing accommodation requests made past this date are accommodated on an availability basis.