Housing Accommodations

Stonehill College is deeply committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of College life, including residential life. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Stonehill has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities receive housing assignments that reasonably meet their needs as required by law. According to the ADA, a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person. In determining the extent of one’s limitation, the nature, severity, duration, and impact of the impairment are relevant factors.

Procedures for Requesting a Housing Accommodation

  1. Register with the Office Accessibility Resources (OAR) by completing the online registration form.*
    *Students already receiving accommodations through OAR do not have to re-register.
  2. Complete an intake interview. Set up a meeting by calling (508) 565-1306.* 
    *Students already receiving accommodations through OAR do not have to complete an intake interview.
  3. Complete the Housing Accommodations Request Form below.
  4. Submit disability documentation. Please refer to the Documentation Guidelines for assistance in providing documentation that is appropriate to verify eligibility and support your specific housing accommodation.
    1. Fax documentation to 508-565-1492
    2. Email documentation to oar@stonehill.edu
    3. Mail documentation to:
      Office of Accessibility Resources, Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street Easton, MA 02357
    4. In person, by appointment. (Please call 508-565-1306 to request an appointment.)

Additional Procedures

Students with service animals, those requesting permission to have an assistance animal and/or students who wish to have a Personal Care Attendant must also refer to information related to additional policies, procedures and expectations.

Housing Accommodation Request Deadlines

Deadlines were established to allow application review and accommodation considerations prior to the general housing selection process. Students are advised to start the process early to allow adequate time to obtain the necessary documentation. Keep in mind that efforts to obtain documentation from a health care provider often require advanced notice and may take several days to several weeks to prepare. Incomplete application materials may delay the eligibility-determination process. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Stonehill College will strive to meet late applicants’ accommodation needs, including any needs that develop during the semester; however, fewer reasonable accommodation options may be available at later points in the year. Students must request housing accommodations annually.

2014-2015 Application Deadlines Summer 2015 Fall 2015
Returning students  May 1st  February 20th
New students    June 15th

Committee Review and Housing Assignment

Requests for housing accommodations are reviewed by the Housing Accommodation Committee. Committee members include a representative from Residence Life, Accessibility Resources, Counseling Services and Health Services.  Reasonable and appropriate accommodations depend upon the disability, the housing environment and the measures necessary to ensure equal access. Requested accommodations may not be granted if deemed unreasonable, unduly burdensome or if alternative accommodations are available.  The Committee meets monthly to review new requests. Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision via email and will be given instructions for proceeding with room selection/assignment.

Appeal Procedures

Students who are not granted housing accommodations through this process have the right to appeal the Committee’s decision. Students will receive information about the appeals process with their decision letter. All requests for appeal are reviewed by Thomas Flynn, ADA Compliance Officer. Students not approved for housing accommodations, or whose appeal is denied, should proceed with standard room-selection procedures.

Housing Accommodation Request Form