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Students who experience disabilities and need housing related adjustments will need to follow three basic steps:
- Apply for housing in accordance with all existing timelines and procedures. Please
note on application that a disability related adjustment is being requested.
Adjustments are always determined on an individualized basis. Examples of adjustments might include requests for:
- Single room
- Accessible unit
- Animals in housing
- Modification to meal plan
- Modification to housing unit (installation of strobe alarm for example)
- Meet with Disability Support Services to provide documentation that supports request
Students attending UAA are expected to meet with the Director or Coordinator to discuss all requests for adjustment on the basis of disability, including classroom, programmatic, and housing requests. A review of documentation is required. In the case of housing requests, DSS is typically not the entity to approve or deny requests, however when housing and residence life are working with students to review disability related requests they will need to confirm that DSS has appropriate records in place.
- Meet with Residence Life and Housing to discuss specifics of request
Adjustments are put in place when students have made legitimate requests confirmed by documentation on file with DSS, and when they have met any additional requirements established by housing and residence life. For example, in the case of a request for a therapy animal the student should have documentation of disability on file with DSS, but also needs to verify safety and care of the animal with housing and verify that the therapeutic relationship is ongoing with residence life (see therapy animal information).