Dining and Residence Hall Accommodations

The University of Northern Iowa, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), may provide window air-conditioners, single/special room assignments, special dietary meal plans, or the ability to live with an emotional support animal as a reasonable accommodation for students with documented disabilities.

A residence hall is more than just a place to sleep and study. It is a place to relax, socialize, and partake in educational and recreational activities. Because this is a shared facility by hundreds of students participating in various residence hall activities throughout the day, living in a single room does not necessarily provide a student with a quiet, distraction-free environment.

Air conditioners may be installed in select residence halls for those with chronic health conditions. Typically, allergies are not considered disabling; however, all accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

The dining services will have a registered dietician and/or staff member meet with students who require a special dietary modification based on documented disability. Reasonable accommodations will include dietary instruction and/or special dietary meals being produced for the student.

Additional information regarding special accommodations in the residence halls can be found at: http://www.uni.edu/dor/contracting/contract-completion-guides

 

REQUEST PROCEDURE FOR DINING AND RESIDENCE HALL ACCOMMODATIONS

Students wishing to request a special accommodation in the residence halls (e.g. air conditioning, single room, dietary meal plan) should complete the following Request for Services form as fully as possible.

Request for Services Form - Housing and Dining Accommodations (PDF)

An Evaluator Form should also be completed, in its entirety, by a certified healthcare professional.

Evaluator Form (PDF)

Requests should be submitted by May 1 for fall semester or December 15 for spring semester.  Requests received after the deadlines may not be accommodated based on current room assignment, or your room assignment may be changed without your approval.


REQUEST PROCEDURE FOR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS

Students wishing to request to have an emotional support animal (ESA) live with them in the residence halls should complete the following Request for Services form as fully as possible.

Request for Services Form - Emotional Support Animal in the Residence Halls (PDF)

Students will also need to provide SDS with recent documentation from a physician or licensed mental health provider that:

  • Verifies that the student meets the Fair Housing Act's definition of a person with a disability
  • Describes how the animal assists the student
  • Shows the relationship between the student's disability and the need for assistance
 
Updated vaccination records will also be requested at the time a student is approved for an ESA.
 
For further information on the University's policy on service and emotional support animals, please visit: http://www.uni.edu/policies/809

 

IF SUBMITTED DOCUMENTATION MEETS UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS:

Students will receive a letter stating their approval for special accommodations in the residence halls from Student Disability Services (SDS). The Department of Residence (DOR) will be notified by copy of the letter.

 

IF SUBMITTED DOCUMENTATION IS INSUFFICIENT:

Students will receive a letter denying their request and/or stating additional, necessary information for re-evaluation.