Medical Requests and Special Needs Policy (PDF)
University Housing & Dining at the University of Iowa is committed to equal educational opportunity and
full participation for students with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Students with sensory,
mobility, learning, mental health disorder, and other disabilities or chronic health conditions are
welcome in the residence halls and University Apartments. We believe that the University is a place to
develop and nurture new ideas and opinions, to learn about new people and cultures – all accomplished
in an atmosphere of respect, understanding, and mutual support.
We maintain a perspective that all individuals with the same disability do not necessarily have the same
needs, and that there are many disabilities with varying needs. We wish to discuss your needs for your
living accommodations in order to assist in making you as comfortable as possible with your
surroundings as you begin your academic life at the University of Iowa.
University Housing has been
continually developing its facilities to be as accessible as possible. Of the ten residence halls, five have
rooms that have been specifically modified for wheelchair accessibility. Visual alarms/indicators for the
hearing impaired are installed as needed. As common restroom facilities are renovated, accessible
showers and toilets are being added. University Apartments also has apartments that are wheelchair
Applying for University Housing
To ensure that you receive accommodations that meet your particular needs in a residence hall, it is
important that you apply for housing as soon as you are admitted to the University. Housing availability
is based on the date housing applications are received. Accommodations for disabilities take time to
arrange and University Housing & Dining must take into consideration a full range of such requests from
many students, which can affect the allocation of resources. For these reasons, it is important that
accommodation requests for disabilities or chronic health conditions be made at the time of application.
We may not be able to house all students who apply or accommodate all requests if applications are not
made in a timely manner. We recognize that disabilities or chronic health conditions are not always
apparent. University Housing & Dining is not responsible for accommodating disabilities or conditions
which are not disclosed.
When submitting your Housing application, please provide information
regarding your disability or chronic health condition and submit the University Housing & Dining Request
for Medical Accommodation for On–Campus Housing form, attaching supporting medical documentation
from the treating healthcare practitioner.
The form asks for the treating healthcare practitioner to give
the date of the initial and most recent contacts and, on professional letterhead, the diagnosis, functional
limitations, recommendations regarding accommodation needs, and the justification for same. We will
evaluate the information and recommendations in the submitted documentation, consulting as needed
with the University's Student Disability Services, Student Health Service, Student Counseling Service, or
other University departments that have considerable expertise in working with students with disabilities.
If you are registered with Student Disability Services, you may arrange for a release of that information
to the Assistant Director of Contracts & Assignments. Submitting the above documentation is not a
guarantee of receiving the requested/recommended accommodations. The information provided will
only be shared with appropriate staff that is charged with reviewing and implementing requests for an
with disabilities are assigned roommates in the same manner as all other residence hall applicants;
unless they specifically request a single and one is available at the time their application is processed.
Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma
Over 92% of residence hall rooms are air-conditioned. Every effort will be made to accommodate
documented medical requests for air-conditioning, based on the date the housing application was
received. Slater Residence Hall on the Iowa campus is not carpeted, and accommodations for students
with specific allergies can be made on this building.
Each of the residence halls have rooms that have or can be equipped with strobe light alarms/indicators
for door signals, fire alarms, and smoke detectors. University Housing will also work with individuals who
own equipment who need it installed in their residence hall room.
A number of rooms and bathrooms in the residence halls have been modified to accommodate persons
who use wheelchairs. If you have a significant mobility limitation that requires accommodation, please
contact the Contracts & Assignments office at 319-335-3000 or email@example.com as soon as
possible to discuss your accommodation needs and preferences. Tours of some of the halls and rooms
can be arranged. Very few residence hall rooms have private bathrooms.
Trained guide dogs are permitted in University Housing if your guide dog has certified training papers
which are submitted with your Housing application. You are responsible for your dog's care, including
clean–up. Possession or use of a guide dog may limit accommodations available in the residence halls;
this limitation is based on the community aspects of residence hall living. Visual equipment can take up a
significant amount of space, so we want to ensure accommodations you may request have adequate
space and an optimum campus location.
Other Disabilities or Chronic Health Conditions
If you have accommodation needs for chronic health conditions or other disabilities (physical or mental)
we will need medical documentation and recommendations from the appropriate health care
practitioner in order to provide the most appropriate accommodation for you. Please feel free to talk
confidentially with a Contracts & Assignments staff member about your specific needs.
Food Allergies or Medical Dietary Restrictions
Residential Dining does make a concerted effort to accommodate the individual nutritional and dietary
needs of all of our residents. The Burge and Hillcrest Market Places provide a wide range of foods,
featuring daily offerings of vegan, vegetarian, and organic foods. Some of the more common food
allergies, such as Celiac, lactose intolerance, and nut allergies may also be accommodated after meeting
with the Market Place Manager, who may consult with the registered dietitian on staff. As with other
chronic health related conditions, detailed information from a professional health care provider will be
essential in addressing individual needs. Be assured, all such information will be held in strictest
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