Housing Accommodations Guidelines

HOUSING ACCOMMODATION GUIDELINES

Luther College is a residential college and the residential experience is understood to be an integral part of the Luther education. Luther College is committed to the support of students with disabilities, as well as the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of college life, including residential life.    

Please be advised that Residence Life has a limited number of single room housing accommodations available for students with medical conditions. Therefore, single room housing accommodations are reserved for individuals who have documented disabilities and the documentation illustrates clear and substantial needs for whom living with a roommate is not viable, as in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Iowa law.  Be further advised that requests for single room housing accommodation based on a student’s preference, rather than disability, will not be approved by Disability Services. 

HOUSING ACCOMMODATION RENEWAL

    1. Single room housing accommodations are valid for the current academic year and must be renewed each academic year.  Deadline dates are as follows:

  • MARCH 1 for current students for the fall semester
  • JUNE 1 for incoming new and first year students for fall semester 

    2. While applications submitted after these dates will be accepted and considered, we cannot guarantee that Disability Services will be able to meet late applicants’ accommodation needs.

    3. Please note that although Disability Services may support a student’s request for housing accommodation, assignment is dependent upon Residence Life’s room availability. Therefore, students may be placed on a waitlist.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

  1. All disabilities must be documented by a licensed provider with expertise in the area of diagnosis.  Please make sure that your medical/mental health provider completes the Required Documentation for Accommodation Form.  Information about the diagnosis and treatment of your condition remains confidential.

     2. Please note that providing the college with medical documentation does not guarantee a single room housing accommodation and that the desire to not have a roommate, or to have a quiet, undisturbed place, is insufficient to warrant a single room housing accommodation.

     3. In order to determine eligibility, the student must meet and speak with the Coordinator of Disability Services and provide documentation that supports how the disabling condition impacts their ability to live in standard housing with a roommate. 

     4. The Coordinator of Disability Services will review your documentation to determine whether you are eligible to receive a single room housing accommodation. 

     5. The following documents are not considered acceptable forms of documentation:

  • Documentation from an unlicensed or non-healthcare provider
  • Correspondence from healthcare providers not directly addressed to Luther College’s Disability Services.
  • Handwritten patient records or notes from patient charts.
  • Diagnosis on prescription pads.
  • Self-evaluation found on the internet or in any print publication.
  • Research articles.