Housing Accommodations

Housing Accommodation Overview

Tufts University prohibits discrimination based on disability and strives to provide reasonable accommodations to students consistent with University policy and applicable laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as appropriate.  As part of its commitment to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities, Tufts also strives to provide students with disabilities with comparable, convenient, and accessible housing at the same cost as it is provided to other students. Reasonable accommodations in housing may include reasonable modifications to Tufts’ housing policies and procedures, among other accommodations, unless any such modification(s) would result in a fundamental alteration of the University’s housing program or create an undue burden to the University. 

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student with a documented disability requiring an accommodation, you may request housing accommodations to meet your needs. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will review requests and associated medical, psychological, or other appropriate documentation to determine if an accommodation is appropriate.  SAS will work with Residence Life as appropriate once a decision has been made. Accommodation requests need to be submitted, reviewed, and updated yearly.

We grant accommodations when the following conditions are met:

  • You can provide detailed documentation by a qualified clinician indicating you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity and that this impairment requires an accommodation.
  • You are deemed eligible to receive an accommodation due to a disability based on a review of your documentation and additional information which may be obtained through an interactive process engaged in between you and the SAS office.
  • Proposed accommodations must be reasonable and required to address the documented disability.  For instance, depending on the particular disability and related requirements a student may be provided with a reasonable accommodation such as a particular room assignment (such as a first-floor room) or the installation of air conditioning (at no additional cost to the student), among many other possible and appropriate accommodations.  On-campus housing is limited at Tufts. For this reason, a single room assignment is only granted to students for whom no other accommodation is deemed reasonable, and only when available.

How to Request a Housing Accommodation

Process for Requesting a Housing Accommodation for Returning Students

If you are seeking a housing accommodation for your disability, please follow the process below.

  1. Fill out a housing application when it is released in the fall. This will be distributed by the Office of Residential Life and Learning. In your housing application, note your need for an accommodation. Someone from SAS will contact you to confirm your housing accommodation request. If additional documentation of your disability is needed, we will alert you then.
  2. SAS will contact you with information for documentation requirements for your disability as appropriate.
  3. Meet with a SAS staff member about your request. SAS will set up a phone or in-person meeting with you to discuss your housing needs.  All documentation submission and meetings with a SAS staff member should be completed by the end of winter break.
  4. You will be contacted by SAS regarding next steps.

Process for Requesting a Housing Accommodation for Incoming New Students

Incoming new students seeking housing accommodations (including air conditioners) for the 2018 – 2019 academic year should complete all housing forms required by the Office of Residential Life and Learning, please indicate on the housing survey if you need accommodations. You may find more information about what is required on the Residential Life and Learning website.

  1. Fill out a housing application by June 8, 2018. This will be distributed by the Office of Residential Life and Learning. In your housing application, note your need for an accommodation. Someone from SAS will contact you to confirm your housing accommodation request. If additional documentation of your disability is needed, we will alert you then.
  2. Submit medical documentation. SAS will contact you with information for documentation requirements for your disability.
  3. Meet with a SAS staff member about your request. SAS will set up a phone or in-person meeting with you to discuss your housing needs for the next year in the month of June. All documentation submission and meetings with a SAS staff member should be completed by June 29, 2018.  Late submissions will be considered in the event of exigent circumstances.
  4. You will be contacted by SAS regarding next steps.