Students with documented long-term or permanent disabilities may need to make disability-related housing or dietary requests. Students must complete the usual online housing application and pay the housing deposit and send the supporting medical or psychological documentation directly to DSS (not to Housing).
Requests for accommodations related to housing (flashing fire alarms for the deaf, shower grab bars, 1st floor, wheelchair accessibility, etc.) and/or dietary needs (life-threatening allergies, meal plan modifications, etc.) will be reviewed by DSS, and when necessary, by appropriate staff from Housing & Residence Life, Health Services, Counseling Services and/or the Dean of Students.
To maximize the university’s ability to consider requests, students should submit the following information by the priority deadlines below:
- DSS Application for Services (to be completed by student, not treating professional)
- Disability Related Housing and Dietary Requests (This link contains information, request form and documentation guidelines)
- Supporting Documentation (This link contains documentation guidelines for treatment professionals as to recommendations for orthopedic, medical, sensory or psychiatric disability conditions.)
Returning Students: April 1
New Students: May 1
May/Summer 1/Summer 2
For academic accommodations unrelated to housing and dietary needs please see additional documentation guidelines. Accommodation Guidelines .
Late requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but cannot be guaranteed. Below is a summary of the factors considered when evaluating housing requests. It could be helpful to share this information with the treating professional if you are requesting new documentation for the University.
Severity of Condition
- Is the impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
- Is there a negative health impact that may be permanent if the request is not met?
- Is the request an integral component of a treatment plan for the condition in question?
- What is the likely impact on academic performance if the request is not met?
- What is the likely impact on the student’s level of comfort if the request is not met?
Timing of Request
- Was the request made at the time of the initial housing request?
- Was the request made before the deadline for housing requests for semester in question?
- Was the request made as soon as possible after identifying the need? (Based on date of diagnosis, receipt of housing assignment, change in status, etc.)
Feasibility and Availability
- Is space available that meets the student’s needs?
- Can space or procedures be adapted to provide the requested configuration without creating a safety hazard (electrical load, emergency egress, medical emergencies, etc.)?
- Are there other effective methods or housing configurations that would achieve similar benefits as the requested configuration?
- How does meeting this request impact housing commitments to other students?
Please send any documentation for housing disability-related requests to DSS (NOT to Housing). Documentation can be mailed, emailed or faxed by either the student or the treating professional. Documentation should be signed, dated and on professional letterhead.
Disability Support Services
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL 35115
Phone: (205) 665-6250
Fax: (205) 665-6255