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 SessionDeadline for Application and Documentation
Spring 2021 SemesterALL Students: December 4, 2020

Applications 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 Spring 2021 semester will not be processed by OAS.

All students seeking residential accommodations for the Spring 2021 semester must complete the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form in order to signal intent to live on campus to the OAS, even if the student completed the residential accommodation request process prior to the Fall 2020 semester. 

All accommodations approved after the applicable deadline will be assigned based upon availability; students are placed on a priority wait-list by the Office of Residential Life.

Requesting Residential Accommodations

Step 1: Review the request forms

In order to request residential accommodations, carefully review these steps and the two required forms in advance of making your request.

Step 2: Complete the request forms

The student completes 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.

2020-2021 Academic Year
Student Request for Residential Accommodations 2020-2021
Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations 2020-2021

Returning students who already have a Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form on file with OAS do NOT need to submit a new Verification of Diagnosis in order to re-request previously approved residential accommodations. However, returning students who are seeking an additional or new residential accommodation will be required to submit a new Practitioner's Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form to support the new requests.

Step 3: Submit the request forms

Submit the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form, and attach the completed Practitioner’s Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form, if required. Students must use their Simmons University login credentials to access the Student Request form. Please submit documents as PDFs.

We cannot accept faxed or mailed submissions. Healthcare providers are welcome to return completed forms to their patients so that students may digitally submit their documentation through the Student Request for Residential Accommodations form.

Information provided to the Simmons University Office of Accessibility Services is kept confidential.

Please be aware:

  • New Students: Your application must contain two parts in order to be reviewed: The Student Request for Residential Accommodations form and the Practitioner’s Verification of Diagnosis for Residential Accommodations form.
  • Requesting a residential accommodation is a different process from requesting an academic accommodation.
  • Residential accommodations must be requested for 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

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