The Office of Disability Services works with Housing and Residence Life to address accessibility in housing accommodations. Students who plan to live on campus must first apply for Housing. Visit Housing & Residence Life for more information.
Students needing disability-related housing accommodations must submit appropriate documentation of the disability to Disability Services for review. Once documentation is reviewed by a DS counselor, students are notified via their University email regarding eligibility status and next steps. If you are eligible for housing or meal plan accommodations, DS staff will make recommendations for reasonable accommodations to Housing and Residence Life to help ensure accessibility.
Disability-related housing requests require both the Disability Documentation Form and the Housing and Meal Plan Addendum. These two documents must be completed by your doctor and should be submitted at the same time. Your eligibility for housing accommodations cannot be determined if Disability Services does not receive both completed documents. All disability specific information submitted to Disability Services is considered confidential and does not appear on transcripts.
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Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte provides reasonable housing accommodations to students with disabilities. Because the provision for emotional support animals is addressed by the Federal Fair Housing Act, the Office of Disability Services (DS) has established procedures for documenting the need for an emotional support animal in on-campus housing.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal prescribed to an individual with a disability by a healthcare or mental health professional to play a significant part in a person's treatment process, (e.g., in alleviating the symptoms of that individual's disability). An emotional support animal does not assist a person with a disability with activities of daily living, and does not accompany a person with a disability at all times.
All students must follow general procedures to request on-campus housing, including relevant applications through Housing and Residence Life. For more detailed information, please review the Guidelines and Request Form for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) in On-Campus Housing. To have a request for an ESA reviewed, students must submit pages 3-5 of the Request Form for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) in On-Campus Housing, completed by their current treating health care provider.
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Documentation for housing and meal plan accommodations, which includes both the Disability Documentation form and the Housing and Meal Plan Addendum, should be submitted to Disability Services as soon as possible as space is limited and demand for on-campus housing is high. Disability documentation for housing and meal plan requests should be received no later than one week prior to the Housing and Residence Life Application deadline.
Disability Services reviews all requests for ESAs in on-campus housing. Review is a multi-step process, and because impact on others in the residential unit must be considered, timeliness of the request is important. Requests for ESAs received less than six (6) weeks from the last day of the final exam period for the current semester will not be addressed that semester. However, those requests can be considered for the following semester, provided documentation remains appropriate.
Disability related housing and meal plan accommodations must match the documented disability. Accommodations are based upon disability needs and not personal preferences. The Office of Disability Services will not endorse requests for specific dorm preferences.
Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
- Wheelchair accessible housing
- Housing located on lower floors
- Housing equipped for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing
- Assistance with meal plans that address disability related dietary restrictions
Personal Care Attendant
If you plan to reside on campus and require the use of a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), please visit our Personal Care Attendant page for more information.
The Office of Disability Services does not provide housing accommodations for students residing off campus.