Request Residential Accommodations
In accordance with applicable federal, state, and city disability laws, Simmons University has established the following process to ensure that students with a documented diagnosis or disability may have equal access to Simmons University residential housing resources.
The initial OAS residential accommodation request review process takes weeks as there are several steps to determine eligibility and to review access needs based on the submitted documents from the student and practitioner. The OAS receives an extensive number of requests, which is why complete and detailed documentation is essential. Determinations are made first for the highest need cases, generally medically based, and then determined based on a clearly stated and evidence-based need to access the residence halls through the requested accommodation.
Students who intend to request residential accommodation(s) for their on-campus Simmons University residence based on a documented diagnosis/disability will need to complete the process outlined below.
Residential Accommodation Application Deadlines
|Academic Term||Deadline for Requests and Documentation|
|2021-2022 Academic Year||Returning Students: May 15, 2021|
|2021-2022 Academic Year||First-Year or Transfer Students: May 22, 2021|
Requests for residential accommodations will be reviewed after the Office of Residence Life has made all residential eligibility decisions. Residential accommodation requests from students who are not approved to live on campus during the Fall 2021 semester will not be processed by OAS.
All students seeking residential accommodations for Fall 2021 — including those students who have requested and been approved for residential accommodations in previous application cycles — must complete the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form in order to inform OAS of their intent to live on campus.
Students requesting residential accommodations for the first time must submit both the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form and the Practitioner’s Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form.
All accommodations approved after the applicable deadline will be assigned based upon availability; students are placed on a priority waiting list by the Office of Residence Life if a room meeting the residential accommodations they are eligible for is not available at the time of their housing placement.
Requesting Residential Accommodations
Step 1: Review the Request Forms
In order to request residential accommodations, students must carefully review the two required forms prior to making their requests. Questions about the residential accommodation request forms or process should be sent to the OAS at [email protected], not to the Office of Residence Life.
To request an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) as a residential accommodation, students follow a parallel process to the general residential accommodation request process but complete two ESA-specific request forms rather than the general request forms found under step 2 below. Students seeking an eligibility for ESA accommodation must review the Emotional Support Animal Guidelines as well as the two ESA-specific request forms, which are found at the bottom of this page.
Step 2: Complete the Request Forms
Students must complete the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form. The Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form must be completed by a licensed healthcare professional.
Returning students who have a Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form on file from a previous residential accommodation request cycle do NOT need to submit a new copy of the Practitioner’s form in order to re-request accommodations. However, returning students who are seeking new residential accommodations will be required to submit a new Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form to support the new requests.
|Academic Year 2021-2022 Residential Accommodation Request Forms|
|Student Request for Residential Accommodations 2021-2022|
|Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations 2021-2022|
Step 3: Submit the request forms
Students should attach the completed Practitioner’s Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form (if required) to the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form and submit both simultaneously. Please submit documents as PDFs. Students must use their Simmons University login credentials to access the Student Request form.
We cannot accept faxed or mailed submissions. If a student’s health care provider will not return the completed Practitioner’s Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form to the student, the health care provider may submit the completed Practitioner’s form through our secure file transfer form.
Information provided to the Office of Accessibility Services is kept confidential.
Please be aware:
- New Students: Your application must contain both the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form and the Practitioner’s Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form in order to be reviewed.
- Requesting a residential accommodation is a different process from requesting an academic accommodation.
- Residential accommodations must be requested each academic year. Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Information about Requests for an Emotional Support Animal as a Residential Accommodation
- Guidelines for Requesting an Emotional Support Animal as a Residential Accommodation
- Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations: Emotional Support Animal
- Student Request for Residential Accommodations: Emotional Support Animal
- Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA
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