Disability Accommodations for Housing

Deadlines

Appeal

Transfer/Graduate/Non-Traditional Student Housing Option

Students with disabilities may request housing accommodations by:

  1. Contacting ACCESS, the Office of Disability Services (802-656-7753), and providing documentation of a disability, or
  2. Having housing needs assessed by ACCESS staff.

After reviewing the student’s request and documentation of disability, ACCESS will make a recommendation regarding appropriate accommodations to Residential Life. Accommodations are granted based on level of necessity and space availability.  Not every request for an accommodation, such as a private room, will be granted.

In order to receive a single room at a double rate, students with disabilities must submit clear disability-related documentation that supports the housing accommodation request.  Accommodations are not provided based on preference or convenience.  The following situations receive priority for housing accommodations:

  1. Students with disabilities with extensive equipment needs (i.e. manual and electric chairs, bath chairs, adapted computer work stations, lifts, visual alarms, etc.), or
  2. Students with disabilities with substantial PCA needs, and
  3. ACCESS determines that it would not be reasonable (because of space or privacy issues) for a non-disabled student to share the space.

All decisions regarding students with disabilities are based on a case-by-case assessment and exceptions can occur.

Deadlines:

It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to request accommodations within Residential Life deadlines.  Late requests limit housing options within Residential Life often resulting in an inability to fulfill the approved accommodation.

Appeal:

If a disability-related housing 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.

Transfer/Graduate/Non-Traditional Housing Options