If you have special housing needs due to a disability or documented medical condition, or if your spouse, partner, or child is disabled, you can apply for early assignment before each assignment round.
You should file a Disability/Medical Accommodation Request if your disability or medical condition requires:
Submitting a Disability/Medical Accommodation Request does not automatically guarantee you a space in University housing. You must submit a request annually since housing policies and medical conditions may change from year to year.
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To be considered for a disability/medical exemption, be sure to:
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In some cases, you may need to participate in the regular housing assignment process. However, you will be given a priority that will ensure your assignment to a particular type of housing space that meets your documented medical needs.
If you submit an application with a Disability/Medical Accommodation request and are subsequently assigned housing based on that application, you relinquish your right to participate in other assignment rounds.
If you do not turn in your request form by the spring deadline, please file your disability/medical accommodation request and your housing application as soon as possible. Your position on the list is determined by the date your disability request is approved. We will make disability/medical assignments in the subsequent rounds as spaces become available.
Documenting a disability
When returning the Disability/Medical Accommodation Form, you will need to provide documentation of your disability or medical condition as requested by the Office of Accessible Education.
Who provides the documentation?
A professional who specializes in the area of your disability/medical condition must provide documentation. For example, an allergist must document an allergy; a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker must verify a psychological disability; a learning disabilities specialist must verify a learning disability; an audiologist must verify hearing impairment. Documentation from a family member or family friend is not acceptable.
If you have a question about the choice of professional providing the documentation, contact a staff member at the OAE.
The documentation must be written on the professional’s official letterhead, with the professional’s license number. The report must include the following information:
For the diagnosis of a specific learning disability, please provide objective evidence of a substantial limitation to learning. At a minimum, the evaluation must address areas including aptitude, achievement, and information processing.
How disability/medical requests are evaluated
R&DE Student Housing Assignments staff bases Disability/Medical Accommodation assignments on the recommendation of the Office of Accessible Education, the applicant’s residence choices, and his/ her application number. Final accommodation decisions rest with the University.
To protect your privacy and ensure confidentiality, all professional documentation is kept at all times in a locked, confidential file at the OAE. The OAE will never send a professional report without your signature on a form titled, “Release of Information.”
Your OAE Program Coordinator will work with you to determine what information needs to be shared with University staff and faculty in order to assess and/or facilitate academic accommodations or other services.
University employees have an obligation to maintain confidentiality regarding a student’s disability, including a student’s housing assignment based on documented medical needs. To that end, the Office of Accessible Education will provide information to University staff only when necessary in evaluating and/or facilitating accommodations, auxiliary aids, and/or services. Except where provided by applicable law, disability information will not be shared with non-employees without the student’s express written permission.
If you are granted an exempt assignment, Housing Assignments notifies your new residence office only of your assignment and the physical amenities needed in your new room/apartment.
Overseas Study & Leave of Absence
If you study abroad, stop out, or take a planned leave of absence, you must:
If your disability accommodation request was approved prior to the Draw in May and you are guaranteed housing, Housing Assignments will meet your documented needs when you return to Stanford. However, there is no guarantee that you will be assigned to the same residence, room, or room type you vacated. Also, if you originally were assigned to housing with a group, you very likely will not be assigned to the same residence after you return.
See Going Away Mid–year for more information. Please submit a new Disability/Medical Accommodation Form by the appropriate deadline when you return.
Requests For Reassignment
If you live on campus and have a newly-diagnosed condition or changes to a previously-documented condition, you may request reassignment to another type of room or residence. Reassignments are made on a space-available basis and only for the student whose disability needs change—not for a group. Contact the OAE to make a reassignment request.
By filing a request for reassignment, you are indicating that:
If your request is approved and you are reassigned, you may not refuse the reassignment and remain in your previous residence.
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