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Special Housing Accommodation Requests

Special Housing Accommodation Requests

Students requiring special housing accommodations due to a diagnosed disability supported by relevant documentation should contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) as early as possible.  Student Accessibility Services will work in conjunction with the Office of Residential Life to make every effort to provide the most appropriate, on-campus, housing assignment for you based on the functional limitations of your disability.

  • SAS engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis.
  • Once appropriate accommodations are determined, SAS communicates the approved accommodations to the Office of Residential Life, and Residential Life makes an assignment based on room availability.
  • While every effort is made to honor a student’s location preference, assignments are made based on the approved accommodation(s); specific residential areas are not guaranteed.
  • Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Residential Life’s website for additional information regarding the housing selection process as well as specific residential policies.

Your request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Student Accessibility Services Special Housing Committee in consultation with professionals from the Hammond Health Center, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, and other appropriate college offices. The goal of this review is to provide an on-campus housing accommodation that best meets your need. The accommodation option(s) will be limited to those currently available on campus.  The Committee reserves the right to request additional documentation if the information submitted appears to be outdated, inadequate in scope, or content, does not address the student's current level of functioning or substantiate their need for modifications or accommodations. If you are requesting a housing accommodation, please be aware that you must follow the procedure below. 

If you have a special housing need, please complete and submit a Special Housing Accommodation Request form as soon as is possible. Your request will need to be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation.  Questions about necessary documentation can be directed to Student Accessibility Services, sas@ithaca.edu.In order to request a housing accommodation you must:

  • If you have not already done so, register with Student Accessibility Services by completing the online Disability Identification Form.
  • Complete the Request for Special Housing Accommodation form.
  • Provide documentation that supports your request to Student Accessibility Services.  Please refer to our Documentation Guidelines.  Documentation supporting housing requests must contain the following specific criteria:
    • Documentation must be written by a licensed health professional and must include a formal diagnosis that rises to the level of a disability. 
    • It must establish a clear connection between the recommended housing request and the impact of the condition. 
    • It must address why the accommodation requested is a medical/health need for the student.

Send the completed housing accommodation form along with documentation to:

Ithaca College Student Accessibility Services
100 Rothschild Place
953 Danby Road Ithaca, NY, 14850
or fax to our office at (607) 274-3957

Your documentation will be kept in a confidential file.  Please do not submit your form or documentation directly to Residential Life.

Note on Single Room Accommodation: In general, diagnoses such as ADD/ADHD or Specific Learning Disability do not lend themselves to single room accommodations.  A single room cannot guarantee a quiet environment.  Students who need to study in a quiet environment can have their study needs met in areas such as the library or other designated quiet study areas on campus.  We will evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis.