The purpose of granting accommodations (housing or academic) is to ensure that a student has equal access to our college community and that barriers that prevent that access are removed. Establishing a relationship between a disability and the request for accommodation is what we base the barrier/access question and solution on—it is the basis for determining a reasonable accommodation.
When the application is reviewed, the following factors are considered:
- severity of condition
- timing of request
- feasibility of request
- availability of housing options.
Please note that requests that are not granted through this process by no means implies that an existing condition is not valid; it simply means that the consensus is that a housing accommodation will not make an existing condition any better or worse.
Housing Accommodation Appeal Process
A student who is dissatisfied with the decision of the Housing Accommodation Committee
regarding a requested accommodation may submit a written appeal (written or email) to the Director of Student Academic Services (SAS) in suite 102 of Starbuck Center.
Appeals will be considered only in the event new information beyond what was made
available to the Housing Committee is revealed and/or there is concern that the process
by which the Committee arrived at its original decision was problematic or did not
follow stated procedures. Letters of appeal shall be submitted to the Director within
ten (10) days from the date of receipt of the original decision by the Housing Accommodation
Committee. The Director will obtain all documentation submitted to the Housing Accommodation
Committee, so only new information and a letter of appeal should be submitted. The
Director will serve as Chair and convene a Housing Accommodation Appeal Committee
that will also consist of at least two professional Student Affairs members. No one
involved in the initial decision by the Housing Accommodation Committee shall be involved
in the appeal, which shall be made by the Appeal Committee fourteen (14) business
days from the date the letter of appeal was received. The decision of the Appeal Committee
shall be final.