Housing/Meal Plan Accommodations

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Students who would like to request housing and/or meal plan accommodations based on a disability are first expected to self-disclose to Accessibility Services in order to establish a file. See Requesting Reasonable Accommodations for more information.

Food Allergies and Dietary Conditions

Serving students with life threatening food allergies, celiac disease, and other dietary conditions is a priority at Wesleyan University. We believe that the ability to dine safely on campus with peers is a significant part of the college experience and we strive to provide this opportunity for all students.

Please see the Food Allergies web page for more detailed information. If your food allergy or other medical condition affects your housing, please also see the procedure below for applying for housing accommodations.

Housing Accommodations

Wesleyan University is a residential campus that requires all students to live on campus throughout their time at the university. Students with documented disabilities may request housing accommodations to ensure access to full participation in the residential component of the university experience.

Student's preferences for specific housing will be considered, but may not always be met. Failure to submit the complete information by the deadlines may delay or prevent the college from meeting the request.

Housing Accommodation Request Procedure

  • Students must follow general housing procedures and should consult the Office of Residential Life for this information
  • Submit a Request for Housing/Meal Plan Accommodation Form to the Accessibility Services office, and provide supporting documentation, by the appropriate deadlines.
  • Students who have received housing accommodations in the past must apply each year to be reconsidered.
  • All requests for housing accommodations, along with the required documentation, must be received by the deadline for housing accommodations for the upcoming academic year, as established by the Office of Residential Life, in order to ensure that approved requests can be put into place for the start of the semester.
  • While applications submitted after these dates will be accepted and considered, Wesleyan University cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet late applicant’s accommodation needs, including any needs that develop during the semester.
  • Meet requirements outlined in Accessibility Services Documentation Guidelines.
  • Be sufficient to establish a direct link between the underlying condition and the requested housing accommodation.
  • Students can provide supporting documentation by using the Disability Provider Form, or if requesting a housing accommodation due to asthma or allergy conditions, submit a completed Verification of Disability Form for Asthma or Allergy Conditions.

Incomplete applications or those without disability documentation will not be considered.

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Committee review

Requests are considered by the Housing Accommodation Review Committee, which is comprised of staff from the offices of Accessibility Services, Residential Life, Davison Health Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services. The Committee determines, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not the student is eligible for an accommodation based on disability status and whether or not there is a clear nexus between the request and the documented impairment.

A note on Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

Students with disabilities who wish to request to bring an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) into undergraduate or graduate housing as a housing accommodation are encouraged to contact Accessibility Services to discuss the ESA Policy and Housing Accommodation Request Procedures prior to submitting their request.

A note on Service Animals

Students with disabilities who require the use of a service dog are encouraged to contact Accessibility Services for assistance with arranging appropriate housing in coordination with ResLife.

A few things to keep in mind

  • Please refer to the Residential Life website for important dates and deadlines for the room selection process.
  • Information on emergency evacuations can be found on the Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities page.
  • Students who have received housing/meal plan accommodations in the past must apply each year to be reconsidered.
  • Single rooms based on a student's desire to have a "quiet place to study" will be provided only in unusual circumstances. By virtue of the shared facilities, resources, and number of people living under one roof in the residence halls, a single room does not necessarily provide a quieter, more distraction-free space than a standard shared room.

Appeal Process

The requesting student, whose request has been denied, may appeal directly to the ADA/504 Compliance Officer in the Office of Equity and Inclusion by following the Appeals Process.