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Office of Accessibility Resources and Services

Housing Accommodations

Housing accommodation requests considered for students with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities which may include, but is not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

Documentation Guidelines:

Documentation is required for any type of requested accommodation.  Documentation for accessible housing must be from a qualified medical professional.  For our purpose, qualified medical professional is defined as a non-family member whose professional training qualifies them to diagnose and treat the impairments associated with the student’s disability. The student must either be a current patient of the professional who completes the documents or have a documented established history of treatment.  Each question on the required forms must be completed by the qualified medical professional.  We will not accept notes or letters in lieu of the provided documents.

The diagnosis of a medical condition in and of itself does not automatically qualify one for housing accommodations. In determining the reasonableness of an accommodation, the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) may not grant a specific request by a student if it is determined that there is an equally effective alternative available or if it would impose an undue administrative or financial burden on the University.  Accessible housing will ensure equal access to the residence halls and campus.  It does not guarantee a specific room or residence hall.  Appropriate options may be suggested by the University as alternatives to the requested accommodations.

Students approved for accommodations under the ADA will be given housing assignments by the Office of Student Life (OSL).   Students approved for housing accommodations will not incur additional expenses above the “standard” specified room rate unless the student elects to seek a different housing tier than the one assigned by OSL.  If the student elects to seek a different housing tier than the one assigned by OSL, the student will be placed in the regular housing lottery process and will be responsible for paying any additional charges associated with that housing tier.

All High Point University housing areas are a part of the University’s overall residential community. University transportation (transportation@highpoint.edu) and security (security@highpoint.edu) are equally accessible in all areas of campus.

 

 

To Request Housing Accommodations:

1. Go to the COMPASS Portal. (Login in using your HPU username and password).

2. Complete the online registration.

3. Submit a completed Request for Accessible Housing form signed by a qualified medical professional.**  If you want to request an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) please submit a completed Request ESA Documentation form.  You can find all information about ESAs including the ESA Policy and the Rules and Responsibilities of a Resident with an Approved ESA  HERE.

4. Meet with an Accessibility Specialist, in person or via phone, to review your request.

– NOTE – 

  • Accessible housing requests and requests for ESAs must be made on an annual basis. 
  • Students must adhere to all deadlines set forth by the Office of Student Life. 

Each situation is reviewed, case-by-case, based on documentation of a disability and functional limitations provided to OARS.  Requests and documentation should be submitted no later than February 1st for returning students and April 1st for incoming students each year.  If a housing accommodation is approved, accessible housing will ensure your need is met, but it does not guarantee a specific residence hall or room within a residence hall. Students should contact the Housing Office in the Office of Student Life to inquire about housing assignments.

** A qualified medical professional, for our purposes, is defined as a non-family member whose professional training qualifies them to diagnose and treat the impairments associated with the student’s disability. The student must either be a current patient of the professional or have a documented established history of treatment.  Each question on the required forms must be completed by the medical professional.**

 

Dietary Needs – Please contact the Hospitality Team at hospitality@highpoint.edu

 

Service dogs that are required because of a disability and individually trained to perform specific tasks or work are welcome on the High Point University campus and are expected to be under the handler’s control at all times.

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with a mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.  Service animals are working animals, not pets.  The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.  Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. (ADA.gov Bulletin July 2011)

APPEAL

Students wishing to appeal a decision made by an Accessibility Specialist and/or the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services decisions may contact:

Tonya Gibson

Administrative Assistant, Smith Library, (336) 841-9026

tgibson@highpoint.edu

 

If an appeal is to be made, HPU expects the student to be a self-advocate and the student must be the one to appeal.