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Making a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request at the University of Vermont

Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request

It is the intent of ACCESS, in conjunction with our partner in this process, Residential Life, to provide reasonable and appropriate housing accommodations. Questions or concerns regarding the process below can be directed to ACCESS.

 

Eligibility

ACCESS works with students who have certified, documented disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Documentation will be required in order to fairly and equitably evaluate Disability Related Residential Life Accomodation Requests.

Students must provide documentation that specifically addresses the need for a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation.

Please be aware that a diagnosis in and of itself does not automatically qualify a student for a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation.

All Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Requests are determined on a case-by-case basis by ACCESS.

Accommodation recommendations are not location specific. Accommodations can often be provided via many housing options allowing for the types of environmental controls recommended and deemed reasonable/appropriate.

ACCESS and Residential Life may work collaboratively along with other departments on campus in order to determine reasonable and appropriate solutions to requests in situations where requests do not necessitate specific accommodation.

 

Timeframe

Residential Life will contact all current students in the spring semester to begin the process for Room Selection for the next academic year. Please follow all Residential Life processes. If you are interested in any type of Programmed Housing, please follow the application process in addition to following the procedures for requesting a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation

A student who is seeking a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request must contact ACCESS during the established time period to request accommodations.

  • Established time periods begin approximately one month prior to a deadline.
  • ACCESS will make every effort to contact students in advance of deadlines to provide reminders. This will be accomplished by providing information in postings, via our website and through the ACCESS listserv. However, students are encouraged to advocate for themselves by seeking these services in advance.

It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to request accommodations within Residential Life Deadlines. Late requests may result in limited availability of or inability to provide accommodations.

Deadlines:

  • Incoming Students seeking a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request for Fall Semester: prior to June 30.
  • Current Students seeking a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request for Spring Semester [Please visit: Applying for a contract release , study abroad or leave of absence only]
  • Current Students seeking a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request for Fall Semester:

 

Incoming Students

Begin the process with ACCESS early

Send in your documentation to be reviewed well before the deadline: prior to June 30

Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Requests will be responded to on a first come, first served basis.

Notification of Recommendation Given/Denied will be emailed to a student’s UVM email account

If your Request has been denied, you can appeal.

 

Current Students

Begin the process with ACCESS early.

If you are requesting a Renewal of a previous Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request:

Contact your Specialist at ACCESS directly as soon as possible and PRIOR to the deadline

If you are seeking a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation

  • for the first time
  • CURRENTLY work with ACCESS
  • believe your documentation is valid to be used in evaluating your request

If you are seeking a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation

    • for the first time
    • DO NOT yet work with ACCESS
    • have disability documentation
Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Requests will be responded to on a first come, first served basis.

Notification of Recommendation Given/Denied will be emailed to a student’s UVM email account.

If your Request has been denied, you can appeal

 

Transfer/Graduate/Non Traditional

Transfer Students please visit Residential Life’s Informational Website on Housing Options:

Transfer Housing Options

Graduate Students please visit Residential Life’s Informational Website on Housing Options:

Graduate Housing Options

Non Traditional Students please visit Residential Life’s Informational Website on Housing Options:

Non-Traditional Housing Options

 

Appeal:

If a Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request is denied, the student may appeal that decision. The student must submit a written statement of appeal to ACCESS and may include any new documentation that was not originally reviewed or available which supports the original Request. The Director of ACCESS or designee will respond in writing within ten days. This will be final decision regarding the Request.

 

Retraction of Request:

If a student would like to retract their original Disability Related Residential Life Accommodation Request, the student must submit a written Statement of Retraction to ACCESS specifying why they are no longer seeking the accommodation and the alternative they have found in place of the original Request.

 

ResLife Links

Students Seeking Housing

UVM Room Selection

Housing Dates and Deadlines

Transfer Student Housing

Graduate Student Housing

Non-Traditional Student Housing

Contract Release

Leave of Absence/Study Abroad

Programmed Housing

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