North Central College students living on campus are provided with all of the accommodations afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If a student has a disability that falls under the definition of the ADA*, the student will be granted reasonable accommodations in student housing. These accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis according to documented need, prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations, and available housing options. The following procedures have been established to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to North Central College’s housing resources.
*A student with a disability is defined as having a physical or psychological condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities, having a record of such a condition or is regarded by the covered entity as having a disability.
1. Students applying for a housing accommodation must follow general procedures for housing, including relevant applications and deposits. Students must be otherwise eligible for College housing in order to be eligible for housing accommodations, including enrollment as a full-time student.
2. Students applying for a housing accommodation must submit a completed Housing Accommodation Request Form and have a licensed professional complete the provider portion of the form. A completed form and signed waivers must be submitted to be considered for a housing accommodation.
a. The College also requires housing accommodation requests be accompanied by current and adequate documentation of the disability and its projected impact on the residential experience.
b. Housing accommodations are approved only for appropriately documented disabilities and/or medical issues that substantially limit or compromise the residential experience at the College.
3. Requests will be considered by the Residence Life staff. For clarification purposes the Residence Life staff may contact the Academic Support staff and/or the Dyson Wellness Center staff. The Residence Life staff evaluates the student’s disability status, the necessity of the requested accommodations, potential alternative accommodations and what, if any, housing accommodations would be appropriate for the student. Students are informed of the status of their request by the Office of Residence Life as soon as reasonably possible.
4. All requests for disability housing accommodations, along with all of the required documentation and forms referenced above, must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life by the following dates:
Fall Term deadline: May 1st
Winter Term deadline: October 15th
Spring Term deadline: January 15th
5. Submission of a housing accommodation packet does not guarantee availability of housing. The College will strive to find the most appropriate housing for students with accommodation needs. While applications submitted after the above dates will be accepted and considered, North Central College cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet late applicants’ accommodation needs, including any needs that develop during the semester. Accommodated housing can be extremely limited for students requesting accommodations for winter or spring terms.
6. Incomplete applications, or those without appropriate documentation, will not be considered.
7. After a complete application has been received, the Office of Residence Life may contact the student for additional information regarding access issues. The Residence Life staff may also invite the student to campus to complete an access evaluation of facilities. This evaluation will aid in decision of which building the student may be placed.
8. Students who have been approved for specific housing accommodations by the Office of Residence Life are not eligible to participate in Housing Selection, and will receive a housing assignment that works to meet their individual needs. A student who requests housing through this process cannot decline an assignment in favor of Housing Selection participation without forfeiting their accommodation.
9. Students will receive a housing assignment directly from the Office of Residence Life. The ability to make changes to the assignment is extremely limited.
10. Accommodated rooms are not granted when a roommate conflict is the prevailing concern.
a. Roommate conflict issues should be resolved by mediation through a Resident Assistant, Area Hall Director or the Dispute Resolution Center. Use of counseling services through the Dyson Wellness Center may also be helpful to learn conflict resolution techniques and communication skills.
b. It is the Office of Residence Life’s policy that a student’s housing assignment will not be changed based off of the request of another student. The complainant in a roommate conflict may choose to select a new space on campus, but the other roommate would not be asked to relocate.
11. The College does not “reserve” accommodated rooms when a student leaves the College for any reason. If a student living in accommodated housing stops attending the College for a period of time, a new accommodated housing request must be submitted prior to the student’s return to the residence halls.
12. New accommodation paperwork must be submitted after the time frame noted by a healthcare provider has expired. The Residence Life staff reserves the right to ask for additional documentation if the reasons for an accommodation have changed.
13. Students who are not granted housing accommodations though this process will have the opportunity to appeal in writing to the Dean of Students.