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Guidelines for Accommodation Requests Due to Disability: Housing and Dining Services

The University of Rochester recognizes that students who have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities may need a specific type of housing arrangement or dining plan to fully participate in the U of R community. For these students, the U of R provides disability housing and dining accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADA AA) and other relevant laws.

Requests for reasonable accommodations on the basis of a disability for University owned housing and dining services are evaluated on a case by case basis. Information to consider when applying for a housing accommodation:

  1. Are you an individual with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended?

    Individuals with disabilities must demonstrate with appropriate medical documentation that they are substantially limited in a major life activity. Your treating professional should establish that the condition for which you are being treated is a disability by submitting a comprehensive narrative in accordance with the University’s established guidelines for documenting a disability. *The existence of a medical condition (i.e. allergic rhinitis) and a recommendation for an adjustment in housing (i.e. release from a housing contract) from a treatment provider does not establish disability.

  2. Is the housing accommodation/adjustment you are requesting reasonable and effective?

    The following is a summary of factors that will be used in determining if the requested accommodation is reasonable:


    • Is the impact of the disability life threatening if the accommodation is not provided
    • Is there a negative health impact that may be permanent if the accommodation is not provided
    • Is the accommodation an integral component of a treatment plan


    • Is the space available?
      *Please note that there may be circumstances in which the number of single rooms or other requested space available as accommodations is less than the number of requests. The University must, therefore, prioritize requests.
    • Is the requested accommodation the only effective way of addressing the limitations caused by the impairment, or are there other effective methods or housing configurations that would achieve similar benefits as the requested accommodation?
      *The University is not legally required to provide the requested accommodation, if there is another available accommodation that would be equally effective. The University will give substantial weight to the provider’s recommendation, but reserves the right to offer an alternative effective accommodation or provide the requested accommodation when the requested space becomes available.
    • Was the request made with-in a reasonable time frame relative to the housing application deadline?

To request housing and dining accommodations, students should start the request procedure by completing our online application.

Contact Us

Office of Disability Resources 
Student Disability Services
Amy Wight, Director
Taylor Hall


Lynnett Van Slyke
University Intercessor and Director of Disability Compliance
36 Wallis Hall