Accommodations/Medical housing requests


There are limited housing spaces available for accommodations and priority will be given to individuals who are eligible to receive accommodations under Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, individuals must document the impact of their disability on major life activities. For example, individuals experiencing vision, physical and hearing impairment, neurological impairments, chronic life threatening systemic disabilities such as cancer or Epstein Barr and/or traumatic brain injuries are eligible for academic and physical accommodations. All disabilities and medical history pertaining to the disability must be documented by a licensed and board certified medical provider with competence and expertise in the area of diagnosis. Submit a Housing Accommodation Request (to be completed by the student) along with the supporting documentation described in the next paragraph.

In order to determine if special housing is a reasonable accommodation, we must receive detailed documentation of the need for special housing. A completed Medical Documentation for Housing Form (completed by a medical professional) must be submitted to support your request. Please note that special requests must be submitted and approved annually. If you are new to Gustavus this fall, contact the Residential Life office at for more information.

For dietary-related requests, additional consultation with Dining Services and the college's Dietician may be required. For non-dietary-related requests, further consultation with the Center for Academic Resources & Excellence and/or Health Services may be required.

All requests for accommodation in housing assignment will be reviewed by the Director of Residential Life and the housing accommodations committee (consisting of confidential professional staff representing Health Service, CARE, and/or the Counseling Center). All accommodation requests must be renewed each year with an updated request and updated documentation.

This request process is also required for individual air conditioner units for the 2018-2019 academic year. Requests for consideration for individual air conditioner units due to asthma or persistent allergies requiring prescription medication must be made by March 29, 2018. Requests submitted after the deadline may not receive priority or may require a housing move to accommodate needs.

Air Conditioners:

Traditional residence halls at Gustavus are not air conditioned with the exception of Prairie View Hall and Carlson International Center. Apartments/suites in Arbor View, Chapel View, College View and Southwest Hall are air conditioned.

Students are not allowed to bring their own air conditioning units. We will provide window units for those with significant/severe persistent allergies or asthma that require prescription medication. Requests from physicians must be submitted following our usual accommodation timeline through the Room Draw process for returning students. Late requests may not be immediately fulfilled.

Important information about medical requests for air conditioners. All requests for air conditioners must be made on an annual basis with updated documentation!