Residence Life strives to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and safe living environment for all residential Westminster students. We hold that campus living is an important and invaluable social experience at Westminster. In order to ensure that all students can participate in the campus residence experience, as fully as possible, we provide reasonable housing accommodations to students with disabilities.
Students requesting housing accommodations must complete two forms (see links to the side) which will serve as documentation from an appropriately licensed professional (e.g. physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, etc.) concerning the presence of a diagnosed disability, and information on its medical and/or practical relevance to the requested accommodation (i.e. relative impact, severity of symptoms, degree of impairment, etc.) may be required to satisfy the review criteria.
Prescription notes or medical excuses are not sufficient documentation, and can only be used to supplement the official college forms. The two forms on the right of this page are the official forms, and both must be completed in order for the request to be considered complete and ready for review.
The Housing Accommodation Review process is intended to ensure that any requested housing accommodation 1) is reasonable and practicable, 2) does not substantially alter the intended goals and provisions of Westminster’s existing residence policies, and 3) serves to resolve, ameliorate, or address one or more significant barriers to accessing a safe, inclusive, and equitable residence housing environment, which are directly associated with a student’s diagnosed disability.
Once BOTH forms are completed and returned to the Office of Disability Resources, they will be reviewed by the Director of Disability Resources who will make a formal recommendation to the Assistant Dean of Residence Life. The Assistant Dean will send a written response to the student indicating whether or not the accommodation will be granted and the details of the accommodation, if applicable.
Timeline and Due Dates
The process for the 2016-2017 has concluded, and if a student has a new diagnosis that requires housing accommodation please contact the Office of Disability Resources or the Student Affairs Office for details.
On/Off Campus Accommodations
Please note that our priority is to make accommodations within our campus housing options. We are able to provide a variety of environments that can meet the needs of many of our students with medical/psychological conditions. Off campus status is considered a privilege and is used only as a last resort accommodation.
If the basis of your request is dietary (desire to be removed from the meal plan), your request should be made through the Office of Disability Services. While there may be housing implications, these accommodations are not housing accommodations.