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Medical Housing Accommodations

Rutgers Residence Life is committed to providing equal educational opportunity by supporting the full participation of all students in our campus community. We promote the ideals of diversity and inclusion by accommodating the various needs of our students who stay with us on campus. We do not discriminate in any University programs or activities and we prohibit the harassment of our community members.

Residence Life provides reasonable accommodations for on-campus university housing to students with documented disabilities. Students requesting reasonable accommodations for on-campus university housing must complete the Medical Accommodation Request Form for Students. In addition, students are required to have their treating healthcare professional fill out the Medical Housing Accommodation Request Form for Healthcare Professionals. Applications are reviewed by the appropriate medical, psychological, and/or professional staff. When a request is processed, the student will be notified of its status through email, and if approved, will receive an appropriate housing assignment based on vacancies available in housing at that time.

If students have further questions about housing accommodations, they may email rlstudentsupport@echo.rutgers.edu with the nature of their request. Staff will not ask for more information than is needed to adequately review a request. All disclosed information will be kept as confidential as possible. Recognizing that students are not all alike, and have different needs and desires, Residence Life addresses each request on an individual, case-by-case basis.

While all special housing accommodations go directly through Residence Life, the University’s Office of Disability Services (ODS) receives and processes all academic accommodations. For more information about ODS, please visit their website.

New Students - Medical Accommodations

Incoming first-year and transfer students should contact Residence Life promptly after their admission if they are in need of special housing accommodations. Please note that all incoming first-year and transfer students must still complete their general housing applications.

In order to request medical housing accommodations, incoming students should complete the Medical Accommodation Request Form for StudentsIn addition, students will be required to have their treating healthcare professional fill out the Medical Housing Accommodation Request Form for Healthcare Professionals as soon as they apply for housing.

Students should aim to have completed and submitted their forms no later than June 1st prior to the fall semester for which they require accommodations. All requests, including those received after June 1st, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as they are received.

Continuing Students - Medical Accommodations

Continuing students should complete the Medical Accommodation Request Form for Students and have their treating professional fill out the Medical Housing Accommodation Request Form for Healthcare Professionals. Setting up an accommodation may take different amounts of time depending on the time of year the request is received. Students will be contacted regarding approvals, the need for more information, or discrepancies with provided documentation and/or requests.

Timeline

  • October-November: Formal special housing accommodation applications for the following academic year due. All students will be emailed information on this process in late October.
  • December: Students with special housing accommodation applications are offered an appropriate space for the next academic year. Students with offers must accept before winter break.
  • January-March: All students must go through the general housing lottery.
  • March-August: Students not receiving what they need through the general lottery can contact Student Support for assistance with housing. Options will be limited at this time and roommate requests at this time cannot always be granted.
  • Documentation is always accepted on a rolling basis

Additional Information

  • Students will be registered when conditions are permanent. Students with medical documentation stating a temporary condition will need to send revised documentation prior to the formal special housing selection process in order to participate.
  • Students can choose to update their medical documentation at any time should they believe that they are in need of additional accommodations.

Medical Accommodation Examples

Examples of medical accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to air-cooled and/or non-carpeted spaces
  • 1st floor assignments or access to elevators
  • Reduced-access bathrooms
  • Modifications to traditional rooms and apartment spaces
  • Pillow-shakers for students with hearing loss
  • Residence hall access for nursing aides providing care to students
  • Additional micro-fridge to store medications
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Animals

  • A service animal is any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform a specific task for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
  • A support animal can be any animal that is legal to own in the state of New Jersey that is not trained to perform a task, but simply provides comfort to the individual with a disability with its presence within their living space.

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  • Students with service animals should notify ResidenceLife-Student Support so we are aware of the need for an animal in a particular space, and so we can assist with any other needs that the student may have.
  • Students requesting support animals need to engage in an approval process through the Office of Disability Services. Please follow this link to complete an ODS intake form; once completed you will be contacted by their office with next steps.
  • Students with approved animals are not required to or entitled to live in any specific locations on campus.
  • We have two organizations on campus that we partner with to train and house service dogs-in-training: the Seeing Eye Puppy Cluband the Rutgers Companion Animal Club. Seeing Eye Puppy Club members reside in the Newell Apartments and Rutgers Companion Animal Club members live across the campuses. We have a vibrant community of animals!

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Non-Medical Accommodations

Students may feel they are in need of housing accommodations for reasons that are not medical-related. Examples of non-medical accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • Survivors of sexual assault who need accommodations to feel safe on campus
  • Undergraduate students with children who need family housing
  • Students who identify as transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming who need additional privacy

Non-medical accommodation requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. To request non-medical housing accommodations, please email Residence Life-Student Support at rlstudentsupport@echo.rutgers.edu with an explanation of what you are requesting and why the accommodation is necessary for you to be successful as an on-campus resident.

To request non-medical housing accommodations for the following academic year, continuing students should contact Residence Life-Student Support with their request no later than November 1st prior to the fall semester for which they require accommodations.

Incoming first-year and transfer students should contact Residence Life-Student Support promptly after their admission if they are in need of non-medical housing accommodations. Requests should be submitted by June 1st prior to the fall semester for which they require accommodations.

Because Rutgers University–New Brunswick is a public university, we are unable to fulfill housing accommodation requests based on religious beliefs or practices.

Timeline

To request non-medical housing accommodations for the following academic year, continuing students should contact Residence Life-Student Support with their request no later than November 1st prior to the fall semester for which they require accommodations.

Incoming first-year and transfer students should contact Residence Life-Student Support promptly after their admission if they are in need of non-medical housing accommodations. Requests should be submitted by June 1st prior to the fall semester for which they require accommodations.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Learn about Gender Inclusive Housing here.