Ohio University

ADA Compliance

Access Mission Statement

Housing and Residence Life is committed to providing reasonable housing accommodations to students with disabilities as well as minor modifications for health related needs. In collaboration with Student Accessibility Services, Housing and Residence Life will partner with students to determine eligibility and identify reasonable accommodations to promote academic and personal development on campus and enhance a successful residential experience. Eligibility for housing accommodations or health related needs is determined by:

  • The impact of the student’s disability or medical condition as it pertains to residential housing
  • Available housing options at the time of the request

Housing and Residence Life is pleased to offer texting capabilities to our main phone line. Please text us at 740.593.4090.

Guide to Housing Accommodation Requests

In the event that you have a disability that warrants reasonable housing accommodations or medical condition that requires minor adjustments within the residential facilities, please complete the housing accommodation request located under the applications tab on your Housing Self-Service. Housing and Residence Life will contact students to communicate what specific documentation is needed to evaluate their request. Depending on the nature of the accommodation request, you may be directed to Student Accessibility Services to complete their registration process.

Once documentation is submitted Housing and Residence Life will consult with Student Accessibility Services to determine the most appropriate accommodation based on the need of the student. Although preference of green and hall may be requested along with your accommodation request, not all preferences can be met. Once a determination has been made, Housing and Residence Life will contact the student to review options in support of specific needs and to finalize housing details.

Should you disagree with the housing accommodation determination, you may contact Student Accessibility Services (disabilities@ohio.edu) to appeal the accommodation decision. 

Incoming Students

If you are an incoming undergraduate or graduate student and are required/plan to reside on campus for the first time at Ohio University:

  • Complete the ‘First Year Student Contract’ via Housing Self-Service to confirm your intent to enroll
  • Submit your housing accommodation request located under the application tab on Housing Self-Service beginning January 10 but no later than May 1 to be reviewed prior to first year room selection. Depending on the nature of the request, Housing and Residence Life may request supporting documentation and/or you may be referred to Student Accessibility Services.

Please note, requests may take up to two weeks to receive a decision once all appropriate documentation has been received.

Returning Students

Continuing students with disabilities who are required/plan to reside on campus must complete the following:

  • Complete the ‘Second Year/Upperclass Student Contract’ via Housing Self-Service to confirm your intent to reside on campus
  • As a returning student, if you have not previously submitted a request for reasonable accommodation complete the appropriate housing accommodation request located under the applications tab on Housing Self-Service beginning January 10 but not later than March 1. Depending on the nature of the request, Housing and Residence Life may request supporting documentation and/or you may be referred to Student Accessibility Services.
  • Additional and/or updated documentation may be requested if there is a change in disability impacts or if the student requests new or additional housing accommodations than what had been previously approved.

Please note, requests for new and/or additional accommodations may take up to two weeks to receive a decision once all appropriate documentation has been reviewed.

Roommate Requests

It is the goal of Housing and Residence Life to provide reasonable accommodations for all students who submit a request due to a documented disability or medical condition. Housing and Residence Life also values the importance of roommate connections. To ensure that we meet both the need for an accommodation and to maintain a connection, any student approved for an accommodation will be able to pull in one desired roommate provided that the request was submitted by the appropriate deadline.

Please note, due to spacing limitations in Housing and Residence Life this arrangement does not apply to preferred suitemates.

 

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Who To Contact

Housing and Residence Life

Jneanne Hacker, Director of Business Operations

  • For general questions, call or text our main line at 740.593.4090.
  • Address:
    Housing and Residence Life
    Living Learning Center 215
    111 South Green Drive
    Athens, OH 45701
  • E-mail: hackerjn@ohio.edu

Student Accessibility Services

Christina Jenkins , Associate Director for Student Accessibility
(Accommodations and services for students with disabilities)

  • Phone: (740) 593-2620
  • Address:
    Student Accessibility Services
    348 Baker University Center
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH 45701
  • E-mail: jenkinc1@ohio.edu

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