Overview – Housing Disabilities Accommodations
Accessible housing for students with disabilities is available at Marymount University (click for more info).
Disabilities-based housing accommodations modify aspects of residential life to lessen or eliminate the impact of impairments (click for more info).
Current Marymount students and prospective students (which will also be referred to as students henceforth) who wish to have residential accommodations that mitigate the impact of their disability must work with Student Access Services (SAS) to put them into place.
For students to request and be considered for disability-based housing accommodations, please note the following:
- Students need to work with BOTH Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living and SAS to receive campus housing accommodations. However, students are not required to disclose any disability information to Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living.
- Students accepted to Marymount, with a Marymount email and ID number, are invited to partner with SAS to explore the scope of the impairment and determine which accommodations are most appropriate to mitigate the impact of their disability/disabilities. This partnership is called the “interactive process” and is essential to establish a student’s reasonable accommodations functionally (click for more info).
- SAS works closely with the Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living to identify suitable, available, and appropriate campus housing assignments.
- Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living implements student accommodations authorized by SAS.
- Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living may ask the student to provide additional information beyond what was offered to SAS to ensure that their SAS-approved accommodations are correctly implemented (click for more info).
- Accommodated housing assignments offered to students may not necessarily be located in their preferred campus location (click for more info).
- Housing assignments are offered to students on a first-come/first-serve basis (click for more info).
- Disabilities-accessible residences typically refer to those which are wheelchair accessible. Seldom do disability-accessible housing units at any university have a broad scope of access provision physically built-in to them to accommodate multiple kinds of disability (click for more info). For this reason, when residential accommodations requests are made, the time needed to modify the room physically should also be considered.
- Once a Marymount student’s disabilities access needs are identified, then the following chain of actions takes place:
- 1. SAS creates a list of approved accommodations for the student that are sent to Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living.
- 2. Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living then determines which available housing units on campus meet all or most SAS-approved student access provisions.
- 3. Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living offers the student a residence that meets all or most of his/her/their accommodations needs. However, the office may have little control over the physical location of that unit on campus.
- 4. If Residential Life & Housing – Office of Student Living cannot meet the student’s accommodation needs, then alternative residential choices may be discussed with the student. For example, if a student’s accommodations require that they be provided a single room, and if no such space is available when the request was made, they may be released from their on-campus residency requirement.