Disability Services for Students

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302 Memorial Union
50 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
T: 401-874-2098
F: 401-874-5694
TT via RI Relay: 711
E: dss@etal.uri.edu

University of Rhode Island Undergraduate Housing Accommodations

  • The University of Rhode Island is committed to equal opportunity in Housing and Residential Life facilities and will provide disability-related accommodations or modifications to ensure equal access for students with disabilities and/or substantial medical conditions.
  • We acknowledge that certain medical conditions (such as certain allergies or some forms of asthma) may cause discomfort in a university housing environment, but many medical conditions do not qualify as disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA), and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and may not be eligible for housing modifications.
  • Housing accommodations are based on medical evidence of need as determined by ADAAA and FHA policies and guidelines, and are determined on a case-by-case basis by a team of medical and disability experts.
  • If you believe that you have a substantial medical need or a disability that requires reasonable accommodation, please follow the step-by step guide outlined here.

Housing Accommodations: A Step-by-Step Guide

Follow this procedure for each and every year:

1. All students must follow Housing & Residential Life policies for deposit AND application by the published deadlines. Please see the HRL website for details.

2. Communicate your accommodation request, in writing to Disability Services for Students (DSS) and provide adequate documentation of disability or medical condition to substantiate your request for housing modifications. See Documentation Guidelines.  The written housing accommodation request must be received by the accommodation request deadline in order to adequately ensure that we can meet your request:

  1. Deadline for current residents returning as upperclass – Friday, March 23, 2018.
  2. Deadline for new incoming first-year students – Friday, June 29, 2018.

(You may complete the Intake form, or you may send an email describing your needs to dss@etal.uri.edu.)

3.  Contact us (at 401-874-2098 or dss@etal.uri.edu) for an in-person or phone appointment.  We will discuss your accommodation request and will work with you to be sure that your documentation is adequate to support the accommodation(s) you are requesting. Please note: essential accommodations may supersede other requests or preferences for such things as style of housing, etc.).

4. Disability Services for Students and the DSS Accommodation Committee will review your request to determine if there is sufficient evidence to grant your request. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email within two weeks of their decision.

5. If your request is approved, Disability Services will communicate with the Housing Assignments office about the accommodation recommendations so the Assignments office can determine the appropriate space to meet your medical need.

6. Your preferences for Learning Community, roommates or housing style will be taken into consideration as much as possible in the context of providing the essential  accommodations.  However, Housing and Residential Life reserves the right to assign you to a space that will meet the medical need which may supersede any preferences or roommate selections previously requested. As with all room assignments, preferences cannot be guaranteed.

7.  You will be officially notified of your room assignment at the same time that all residents are notified, usually in mid-late July.


IMPORTANT:  If you submit your request AFTER the Housing Accommodation Request deadline, the following applies: 

  1. We cannot guarantee that adjustments and/or changes to housing assignments will be available. Adjustments will be made only as space permits.
  2. The Housing Accommodation request and medical need accommodation (if granted) will supersede any preferences or roommate selections previously requested.
  3. Housing reserves the right to reassign you to a space that meets the medical need. The change will ONLY accommodate the student with the medical need, not the selected roommates.
  4. There is a standard HRL room change process every year. We will support students with disabilities in following appropriate procedures through the Housing and Residential Life Office and will make our best effort to secure reasonable and appropriate housing accommodations.
  5. If your medical accommodation has been granted, but you instead wish to select another room or select preferred roommates, you must verify in writing to Disability Services for Students and Housing and Residential Life the following:
    1. Your wish to move to the newly selected space or social situation.
    2. Your understanding that the medical accommodation cannot be met in the newly selected space.
    3. If the original accommodation is then required for future academic years, you must resubmit the accommodation request materials by published deadlines and follow the step-by-step procedures listed in the Housing Accommodation instructions for upper class students.

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