At the University of New England (UNE), all students are required to live on campus for three years. The University believes that residence hall living is an important aspect of the entire University program. A residence hall is a vital community: alive with a diversity of people, ideas, goals, needs and most importantly, a commitment to sharing. The University believes that freshman experience is particularly critical to a positive transition to UNE. Sharing in a vibrant living community and programming with other UNE freshman is an essential component to the residential program.
As part of the commitment to students with disabilities and to ensure that students have equitable access to campus programs, including housing, UNE will provide reasonable housing accommodations to eligible students. To substantiate the need for assistance, we require clear current comprehensive documentation of limitations in function or performance, specifically as it relates to housing. Substantiated need is constituted by a severe and chronic disabling condition that has been well documented by an appropriate and qualified professional. The disabling condition must significantly restrict access to the residential educational environment and/or residential activities unless reasonable reasonable accommodations are provided.
Students with disabilities request a variety of housing accommodations (adjustments to the standard housing arrangements) ranging from dietary restrictions to a medical single. The Student Access Center may determine that there is a disability that needs to be accommodated, however, our first attempt will be to accommodate within University facilities.
- Registering or registered student presents a letter requesting housing accommodation(s) and the required documentation materials (Documentation Guidelines for Housing Accommodations) to DS. Students are required to follow this process each academic year. However, the need for annual updated documentation is determined on a case by case basis.
- The student fills out an Application for Reasonable Accommodations.
- DS will set up a time for the student to come in for an interview to gather additional information.
- The housing committee (comprised of a representative from Student Health, the Student Counseling Center, Residential Life and the Student Access Center) will meet to review the request and completed documentation.
- The Director/Coordinator of DS provides written notification of a decision to the student and Residential Life.
- Appeal process — when a request for a housing accommodation is denied, the student may appeal this decision following the Student Appeal Policy and Procedure.
Note: Submitting a request does not guarantee an accommodation. Accommodations are approved based on careful review of the documentation provided. This may include evaluation of the student's medical condition.