Housing accommodation requests are made through the Office of Accessibility Services. Accommodation requests are 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.
Each situation is reviewed, case-by-case, based on disability documentation provided to the Office of Accessibility Services. Requests and documentation must be received no later than February 14th for continuing students and May 1st for incoming students each year.
Documentation is required for any type of requested accommodation. Documentation for housing accommodations or an Emotional Support Animal, must be from a qualified medical professional. 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 who completes the documents or have an established history of treatment that is documented. Each question on the required forms must be completed by the 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 Services may not grant a specific request by a student if the Office of Accessibility Services determines that there is an equally effective alternative available or if it would impose an undue administrative or financial burden on the University. Appropriate options may be suggested as alternatives to the requested accommodations. For example, a single room may not be approved if the accommodation can be provided in another appropriate way. Requests for single rooms due to the need for a quieter, distraction-reduced study space often can be met by the use of the numerous study sites available on the HPU campus.
Students approved for accommodations under the ADA will be given housing assignments by the Office of Student Life. 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. Personal attendants living with a student with a disability will be charged for housing based on the specified room rate.
To Request Housing Accommodations:
1. Complete the Housing Accommodation Request form. PLEASE NOTE- if you are applying for accommodations while not on High Point University internet, you will be asked for your HPU email and password to access the site.
3. Interview with Accessibility Services Specialist (phone interviews available over the summer months).
To Request Housing Accommodations for Returning Students:
All students MUST re-apply for housing accommodations each academic year. If you wish to continue having housing accommodations or would like to request housing accommodations for the (upcoming) academic year, you must submit current and complete documentation (as indicated above) to the Office of Accessibility Services annually. Each year housing requests should be submitted no later than February 14th for continuing students and May 1st for incoming students.
All High Point University housing areas are a part of the University’s overall residential community. University transportation (firstname.lastname@example.org) and security (email@example.com) are equally accessible in all areas of campus.
Service dogs which 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)
Comfort, Emotional, or Companion animal requests should be made using the Housing Accommodations process. Documentation may include a letter from a doctor or licensed mental health professional stating the need for the animal or the Request for Medical Documentation form may be submitted.
Dietary Needs – please contact the Hospitality Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Approved requests for ADA housing accommodations are sent to the Office of Student Life for specific room assignments. Students will receive a written notice of disposition from Accessibility Services within (3) three weeks after the request deadline. Disposition of requests received past the deadline will be notified within (3) weeks. Accommodation requests approved past the annual deadline may be placed on a waiting list for the appropriate housing availability.
Students wishing to appeal Accessibility Services decisions may contact:
Accessibility Resources and Services Specialist, 406 Smith Library, (336) 841-9361
If an appeal is to be made, HPU expects the students to be a self-advocate and the student must be the one to appeal.