Housing Accommodations

Housing Accommodation Policy

  • Process for Requesting 
  • Documentation Guidelines 
  • Factors Considered 
To complete a medical housing accommodation request, there is a two-part application process. 

Part 1: Medical Housing Accommodation Request Form

Students should complete a Medical Housing Accommodation Request Form. This form can be found on a student’s housing portal (housing.wagner.edu) under ‘Forms’ – ‘Medical Housing Accommodation Request Form’.  Requests for the Fall semester are due by March 15 for returning students and July 1 for new students. Requests for the Spring semester are due October 1 for returning students and January 1 for new students. 

Part 2: Medical Housing Accommodation Documentation Form

This documentation form should be completed by a licensed medical professional who is not (a) a relative of the student and/or (b) an employee of the Wagner College Center for Health & Wellness, Nursing Program, or any other affiliated office.  Requests should be submitted before the published deadlines so that accommodations can be taken into account during the fall and spring room assignment processes. The Medical Housing Committee, composed of representatives from the Center for Health and Wellness, Accessibility Services, and Residential Education, will meet to review requests. Students will be notified via campus email of the committee’s recommendation. Should medical concerns arise during the course of the semester, the committee will convene to review these requests as necessary. 
Please note that incomplete requests cannot be considered. Only applications that represent a qualifying disability will be considered for medical accommodation. 
The College requires documentation from a licensed healthcare provider that describes the student’s disability and supports the request for Medical Housing Accommodation. The healthcare provider should not be related to the student. Staff from the Wagner College Center for Health and Wellness should also not complete the documentation form, as they sit on the Medical Housing Accommodation Committee.  Documentation must be:  
  • Recent (within a year of the request); and
  • Sufficient to establish a direct link between the documented disability and the requested housing accommodation.
The following documents are not considered acceptable forms of documentation: 
  • Letter from a health care provider that does not include Medical Housing Accommodation Documentation Form
  • Handwritten patient records or notes from patient charts
  • Diagnoses on prescription pads
  • Self-evaluation found on the internet or any print publication
  • Research articles
  • Incomplete documentation form
  • Any other documentation that the committee deems insufficient to substantiate the request
Factors considered when evaluating requests: The submitted request and supporting documentation are reviewed carefully on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria: 
  1. Severity of the Condition
    1. Is impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
    2. 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?
    3. What is the likely impact on social development if the request is not met?
  1. Flexibility and Availability
    1. Is space available that meets the student’s needs?
    2. Is the student in Greek or themed community housing? If so, can the requested configuration be met within that area?
    3. Can space be adapted to provide the requested configuration without creating a safety hazard (electrical load, emergency egress, etc.)?
    4. Are there other effective methods or housing configurations that would achieve similar benefits as the requested configuration?
A follow-up conversation with the treating professional by a member of the Center for Health and Wellness staff may be necessary. 

 

The Housing Accommodation Request Form can be found on a student’s housing portal. Please visit housing.wagner.edu and complete the Housing Accommodation Request Form.

Please have your documentation submitted by a licensed medical professional.

Housing Accommodation Documentation Form