Campus and Housing Accessibility
Making Hope your accessible home.
Please note that Disability Services (DS) does not assign specific housing locations. We validate the need for and determine the housing accommodation(s) necessary for accessibility, but we do not determine the location where the accommodation will be met or specific roommates.
Requesting reasonable accommodation(s) for a disability includes:
- Submitting a completed Request for Accommodations.
- Attending an in-person meeting with DS staff to discuss accommodations.
- Submitting documentation supporting the request for housing accommodations. All documentation will be considered confidential.
- ARCHITECTURAL ACCOMMODATIONS
Architectural accommodations are for students who may require physical change(s) to a residence hall, cottage or apartment. Architectural accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
- Door flashers.
- Visual fire alarms.
- Grab bars.
- Shower benches.
- HOUSING ASSIGNMENT
Our role in student housing is to approve requests for accommodations needed for a disability. Requests involving assignment to a specific room or residence hall (including off-campus requests) are determined by Residential Life & Housing as part of a collaborative process that starts with your Request for Accommodations.
- SERVICE OR ASSISTANCE ANIMALS
Animals permitted in indoor spaces on campus are reasonable accommodations needed for a disability. These animals fall into two categories:
- A service animal is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a dog (and in some cases a miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or alerting an individual to an impending seizure. The work or task a service animal performs must be directly related to the person's disability. Service animals may accompany persons with disabilities into places that the public normally goes including classrooms, residential halls, cafeterias, offices, businesses open to the public and public transportation.
- An assistance animal is an animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship. The animal provides emotional support and comfort to individuals with psychiatric disabilities and other mental impairments. The animal is not specifically trained to perform tasks for a person who suffers from emotional disabilities. Unlike a service animal, an assistance animal is not granted access to places of public accommodation. Under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), an assistance animal is viewed as a "reasonable accommodation" in a housing unit.
Trasvina, John, T. (April 25, 2013). Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs. [Memorandum]. Washington, DC: Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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