If a student is living on campus and housing accommodations are needed, the student should work with Housing and Residence Life (314-977-2811) to inquire about accessible housing options.
In order for any type housing accommodations request to be considered by the Department of Housing and Residence Life as well as Disability Services, the "Housing Requests for Students with Special Needs" must be submitted with the Saint Louis University residential housing contract to the Department of Housing within the time periods specified by Housing. The Housing Department will forward information to Disability Services as necessary for review.
In addition to the "Housing Requests for Students with Special Needs"section of the housing application, all requests must include:
1. A medical professional or physician verification of the condition along with a professional opinion of the necessary accommodation.
2. A letter from the student that indicates a clear description of the accommodation requested with other possible accommodation options and any other factors that are important to consider in the evaluation of the request.
All housing accommodations must be requested on an annual basis. Since housing contracts are submitted annually, any requests for housing accommodations must be submitted at the same time to be given full consideration. Lack of timely submission may affect the housing assignment given.
Once a housing contract is finalized, the Department of Housing and Residence Life views housing to be a contractual agreement for the designated time period of the contract. Any request to break the housing contract due to medical, psychological, or disability related reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Release from the housing contract is generally approved only during extenuating circumstances, including leave of absence or withdrawal from Saint Louis University.
Please refer to the "Housing Requests for Students with Special Needs" form or contact Disability Services at 314-977-3484 for more information. It is recommended that the appropriate housing paperwork be completed and Disability Services be contacted concurrently in order to facilitate the communication process. All information is considered confidential and will only be communicated with those parties that are on a need-to-know basis for decision-making purposes.
The learning and residential environment are central to the Saint Louis University experience, particularly for undergraduates new to the college experience. Living within the community, learning to share space, and be considerate of others is a part of the learning experience. It is important for the student to understand this environment is intentionally created and valued by the University.
Requests for a single room as an accommodation based solely on the desire to have a "quiet, undisturbed place to study" will be granted only in extraordinarily unusual circumstances. By virtue of the shared facilities, resources, and number of people living under one roof, it is not logical to assume that having a private room would provide for such quiet, distraction-free space to any appreciable degree beyond living in a standard double room.
Students who make requests for single rooms solely for these reasons may be considered for a single room assignment should space be available but will be held responsible for paying differential fees associated with utilizing a double room as a single room space. (Current rate differential fees may be obtained by contacting the Department of Housing and Residence Life.) These room assignments can be made only on a space availability basis. Saint Louis University will evaluate requests for exceptions to this practice carefully and only when the necessary medical documentation has been submitted for review.