UMBC Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
UMBC considers Residential Life an integral part of a student’s development and will make every effort to coordinate reasonable housing accommodations for students with qualifying documented disabilities to allow for full inclusion in the residential community. For example, reasonable modifications in campus housing might include ensuring that a student has access to an elevator or ADA grab bars in the bathroom. Housing accommodations and/or modifications will be the result of an interactive process between the student, the Office of Student Disability Services, and Residential Life.
Requests for housing accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. The University will prioritize requests based on documented need and space availability. Requests must be submitted and reviewed on a yearly basis in accordance with posted Residential Life timelines for housing applications.
How to Request Housing Accommodations:
Students with documented disabilities that would like to request a housing accommodation based on a disability/disabling condition will need to register with the Office of Student Disability Services (via the online SDS Registration Form) and provide documentation of their disability that requires a modification to housing. Students should also note their housing accommodation requests on their housing applications with Residential Life.
Requests for a single room:
A student with a disability may request a single room in a residence hall if it is deemed necessary by a qualified health professional. There are a limited number of single rooms available. As an example, a student who requires personal medical equipment to manage his/her chronic health condition may need a single room with a private bathroom in the residence hall. The student will need to submit documentation supporting this request when registering with SDS. Students will discuss their individual situations with the Disability Specialist during intake and possible solutions. Students who request and are approved for a single room as a residential housing accommodation will be given priority for single rooms as they become available. Residence Life will be notified in writing of single room approvals from SDS.
Documentation should include: 1) a clear statement of the condition(s), including diagnosis; 2) current functional limitation(s) imposed by the impairment and description of how it substantially limits a major life activity; 3) description of how a shared space will adversely impact the student’s ability to live in the residence hall (in the case of a single room request); and 4) supporting information regarding whether this accommodation is best conceptualized as medically necessary/required in order for the student to have equal access to the residence hall.
Please note that a request for a single room due to wanting a quiet place to study may not meet eligibility criteria for a single room based on disability.