Alfred University is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities. All housing accommodation requests are determined on a case-by-case basis, with the Center for Academic Success serving as a liaison between individuals with documented disabilities and the Office of Residential Communities.
Alfred University is a residential campus. As such, we believe that residence hall living is a key component of a student-centered educational experience in which academic learning is integrated with student development theory. The residential experience supports creating connections, learning soft skills like communication and self-advocacy, and responsibility. It should be noted that living within the community and learning to share space and be considerate of others is part of lifelong learning.
Housing Accommodation Requests
Often student needs can be met through the standard room selection process. However, students who have a medical and/or psychological disabilities or conditions that require housing accommodations must follow the process below: For non-obvious disability/necessities students must complete the housing accommodation request form and have a reliable third party who is familiar with the individual’s disability complete the disability verification form. This third-party should be a qualified professional (e.g., doctor, nurse practitioner, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.).
AU will accept and consider a request at any time, but to properly evaluate the student’s request and need for a reasonable modification to campus housing students requests for housing accommodations and supporting documentation must adhere to the following deadlines:
- Fall Semester Incoming Students May 30th
- Fall Semester Continuing Students February 1st
- Spring Semester All Students December 1st
If the request is made after the listed deadlines, we cannot guarantee the ability to meet the individual’s needs during the first semester of first academic year of occupancy. Therefore, students should complete their request as soon as practically possible. Requests after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will strive to meet late applicants’ needs as soon as reasonably possible.
It is recommended that students start this process prior to arrival on campus.
Once all documentation has been submitted, the Disability Housing Committee (DHC, members include representatives from the Center for Academic Success, and the University Wellness Center) will evaluate the appropriateness of the requested housing accommodation. The review process may take up to two weeks from the time all final documents are received by the DHC. The determination of the DHC will be made to ensure equal access of residents and therefore may not be specifically the accommodation requested.
Once reviewed, students will receive an email to their Alfred University email account informing them of the outcome of their request. If the student is approved the letter will state, the duration for the approved accommodation. If the requested accommodation is not approved, students may submit additional documentation or appeal the decision through Alfred University’s Section 504-ADA Grievance Procedure.
- Request desired accommodations by completing the housing accommodation request form.
- Have your qualified professional provider (a licensed clinician/ health care provider) complete the housing accommodation verification form.
- Upload the Housing Accommodation Verification Form and any other supporting disability documentation to our secure OneDrive file drop.
- Students should take care to ensure all documentation and explanations provided are as detailed and comprehensive as possible. Failure to do so may result in delays in your request being approved.
- Once those steps are complete, a CAS staff member will contact you with further information.
- Living in the residence halls is a communal experience. A place for quiet and uninterrupted study may be found in one of our two libraries.
- A single room does not guarantee privacy or a quiet environment. A single room also does not guarantee an allergen-free environment. A single room will not prevent a student from having to interact and negotiate living arrangements with other students, such as alone time, sleep patterns, and study schedules.
- In community bathrooms, there are several toilets in stalls within the bathroom that are for shared use of the residents on the floor as well as a private toilet and shower within the community bathroom.
- A toilet located in a bathroom within a room or suite area is meant to be used by only one person at a time. However, it is also shared by all residents within the assigned living unit.
- Alfred University does not "hold" rooms when students leave housing for any reason. If a student has a room for an accommodation and then proceeds to leave campus, it is not guaranteed that that specific room will be available when the student returns.
- Any student requesting housing accommodations must also submit a housing application before the accommodation is finalized.
- Alfred University reserves the right to substitute an appropriate alternative accommodation for the one requested.
- Room assignments are based on availability and the timeliness of the request.
- Special housing accommodations do not necessarily transfer from one academic year to the next. Updated medical or mental health documentation may be required at the time of renewal.