Housing Accommodations Procedures and Guidelines
Wheaton College is deeply committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of College life, including residential life. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Wheaton has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities receive housing assignments that reasonably meet their needs as required by law. According to the ADAAA, a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person. In determining the extent of one’s limitation, the nature, severity, duration, and impact of the impairment are relevant factors. Requests for particular housing assignments based on a student’s preference, rather than need, such as a certain type of room/location or desire for a quiet, undisturbed place to study, will not be honored.
Procedures for Requesting a Housing Accommodation
- Register with Disability Services by completing a registration form and set up a meeting with Eileen Bellemore, Coordinator of Disability Services, at (508) 286-8215 to complete an intake interview. Students already receiving accommodations through Disability Services do not have to re-register.
- Complete a Housing Accommodations Request Form
- Submit disability documentation. Please refer to the Documentation Guidelines for assistance in providing documentation that is appropriate to verify eligibility and support accommodation requests.
- Submit all required forms to Eileen Bellemore, Coordinator of Disability Services, by any one of the following means:
|Disability Services, Wheaton CollegeFilene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services26 E. Main StreetNorton MA 02766|
|In person,by appointment||(508)-286-8215|
Students with service animals, those requesting permission to have an assistance animal and/or students who wish to have a Personal Care Attendant must also refer to the respective information about additional policies, procedures and expectations.
Housing Accommodation Request Deadlines
Deadlines were established to allow application review and accommodation considerations prior to the general housing selection process. Students are advised to start the process early to allow adequate time to obtain the necessary documentation. Keep in mind that efforts to obtain documentation from a health care provider often require advanced notice and may take several days to several weeks to prepare. Incomplete application materials may delay the eligibility-determination process. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Wheaton College will strive to meet late applicants’ accommodation needs, including any needs that develop during the semester; however, fewer reasonable accommodation options may be available at later points in the year. Students must request housing accommodations annually.
2014-2015 APPLICATION DEADLINES
|Fall 2014||Spring 2015|
|Returning students||March 7th||December 12, 2014|
|New students||June 13th||January 14, 2015|
Committee Review and Housing Assignment
Requests for housing accommodations are reviewed by the Housing Accommodation Committee. Committee members include a representative from Residence Life, Disability Services, Counseling and Health and Wellness. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations depend upon the disability, the housing environment and the measures necessary to ensure equal access. Requested accommodations may not be granted if deemed unreasonable, unduly burdensome or if alternative accommodations are available. The Committee meets on monthly basis to review requests. Within one week of review, students will be notified of the Committee’s decision via email and will be given instructions for proceeding with room selection.
Students who are not granted housing accommodations through this process have the right to appeal the Committee’s decision. If a decision denying the request for disability housing accommodations is made, students will receive information about the appeals process with their decision letter. All requests for appeal are reviewed by Dean Denyse Wilhelm, ADA Coordinator. Students not approved for housing accommodations, or whose appeal is denied, should proceed with standard room-selection procedures.