Some students may require accommodations through Housing and Residence Life. In order to ensure that each request is considered in a consistent and appropriate manner, students should follow the steps listed below.

REQUEST AN ASSISTANCE ANIMAL

REQUEST A HOUSING ACCOMMODATION

  • Complete the online Initial Contact Form
  • Complete the Consent and Release Form
  • Submit documentation

      GUIDELINES FOR DOCUMENTATION

      Students who wish to request a housing accommodation should have their physician or treating professional submit a letter containing the following information:

      • Patient's diagnosis/disability
      • How long you have known the patient
      • Methods of evaluation used in making the diagnosis
      • Symptoms and effects of the diagnosis/disability
      • Type of housing accommodation being recommended
      • Rationale: How will the requested accommodation(s) alleviate the symptoms or effects of the diagnosis/disability?
      • The level of need for the requested accommodation and the anticipated consequences of not receiving the requested accommodation


      The letter should be on letterhead, dated and signed by the physician. Documentation on prescription pads is not acceptable.

      All documentation should be emailed or faxed to:

      Student Office for Accessibility Resources
      Furman University
      SOAR@furman.edu
      Fax: 864.294.3044

TIMELINE

Students with disabilities requesting housing accommodations should proceed with the normal housing registration process until a decision regarding eligibility has been reached. Decisions regarding accommodations for these requests can be reached only after appropriate documentation for the divisibility has been received and evaluated. Evaluating requests takes time. Please allow 4-6 weeks upon receipt of all documentation for evaluation and assessment by the Student Office for Accessibility Resources and appropriate campus partners. Consequently, students requesting accommodations should provide this documentation as soon as possible because of the time required to respond to individual requests.

For accommodation requests for the fall term, current students must provide completed documentation by December 1st, and incoming students must provide completed documentation by June 1st. Documentation for accommodations for the spring term must be provided by November 1st. Requests submitted after these deadlines may be denied if there is not a legitimate extenuating circumstances or a significant change in the student's health in the interim.

DECISION

Once the Student Office for Accessibility Resources has received necessary forms and documentation, the information will be reviewed by SOAR personnel and a professional with expertise in the appropriate area of the diagnosis/disability. In some cases, the student may need to meet with SOAR staff to further discuss or clarify the student's needs. SOAR will notify the student of the decision. If the accommodation is approved, Housing and Residence Life will also be notified and will contact the student regarding the accommodation.

Requests for accommodations are reviewed on a case by case basis and receipt of the necessary documentation does NOT guarantee that the accommodations will be granted.

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