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Accommodations for Students with Medical/Physical Conditions

Definition
Disabilities or chronic medical conditions that inhibit a student's ability to live in any one of our housing accommodation options. Documentation must be submitted for student if living in any of our housing facilities that would cause challenges for the student due to their condition.

University Housing works with students who meet the following criteria:

  • The student has documented disability or chronic medical condition. Examples of the conditions that we have worked with in the past are:
    • Physical – Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Orthopedic disabilities
    • Medical – Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, Endocrine Disorders
    • Visual – Blindness or visual impairment
    • Hearing – Hard of Hearing or deafness
    • Temporary – Fractures, sprain or post-surgery (in these cases a temporary solution may be found to accommodate the student’s condition until they are able to heal from injury)
  • A licensed medical professional has verified that the student’s condition. (May not be a family friend or relative of the student.)

Process
Student should download and provide Guidelines for Documenting a Disability or Medical Condition information sheet to their physician.

Physician or student should fax documentation specified in Guidelines for Documenting a Disability or Medical Condition information sheet to the attention of Assignments at 850-644-7997.
Documentation will be reviewed by Assignments staff within 2-3 weeks of receipt and a staff member will be in contact.

Timeline
Receipt of documentation within a reasonable timeframe of hall opening should be strictly adhered to. These timeframes are:

  • Summer A/B - April 1
  • Summer C - May 1
  • Fall - May 1
  • Spring - November 15
  • Failure to meet the timeframes noted above significantly decreases our chances of being able to provide accommodation.

Available Accommodations

  • Mobility Impairment - Most of our residence halls have wheelchair accessible rooms which include roll-in showers.
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing - Rooms in any of our facilities can be equipped with fire alarm flashers.
  • Blind or Visually Impaired - Service animals
    • Student must notify University Housing in writing at least 30 days prior to move-in date that service animal is coming with student.
    • Service animal must be properly trained.
    • Student is responsible for dog’s care including grooming and clean-up.

Mental Health Conditions, Other Chronic Health Conditions, or Other Disabilities not mentioned above

  • Contact: Jami Kerkstra in University Housing at 850-644-2860.

Limitations
We are unable to:

  • Provide a separate low distraction living environment accommodation based solely on a diagnosis of ADHD or a learning disability
  • Provide a different bed (however, we can remove the existing bed in the room if deemed medically-necessary so that student can bring their own)
  • Accept documentation which names a specific building in which accommodation must or cannot be provided
  • Assign or move a preferred roommate along with student for which special accommodations are being offered unless the roommate would otherwise be eligible for the space
  • Provide a dust, allergen, mold, or mildew-free accommodation
  • Offer housing space to a student that is on our waiting list based on a disability or physical condition
  • Assign a student to a particular building or space based on proximity to classes or academic buildings

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