How to Apply - Students With Disabilities or Additional Needs

Students with Disabilities

To ensure that you receive accommodations that meet your specific needs, it is important that you contact the Housing Information Office as soon as possible to speak with a Housing Advisor. We can consult with you in our fully accessible offices and arrange for a visit to a rooms the residence halls or Northwood Community Apartments. Please be specific and communicate all of your needs so we can have your living space ready for you at move-in.

Accommodations for various disabilities and chronic health conditions take time to arrange. University Housing receives many such requests, all of which affect the allocation of limited housing resources. For this reason, it is important that accommodation requests for pre-existing conditions be made at the time of application.

When you submit your Housing application, please complete and submit the Documentation for Accommodation Needs form and attach any requested documentation.

The form asks your health care provider to provide dates for the initial and most recent contacts and the diagnosis, functional limitations, recommendations and justification regarding accommodation needs.

We will evaluate this information and, if necessary, consult with the University's Services for Students with Disabilities, University Health Service, Counseling and Psychological Services and other University departments as needed. If you are registered with Services for Students with Disabilities, you may arrange for a release of that information to the Housing Information Office.

The information you provide will be shared only with relevant staff in a discreet and confidential manner and will be used only as permitted under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This information will have no bearing on your general eligibility for housing.

Submitting the above documentation is not a guarantee that you will receive the recommended accommodations.

Students with disabilities are assigned roommates in the same manner as all other residence hall applicants, unless they specifically request a single room and one is available at the time their application is processed.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

A number of rooms in the residence halls and some Northwood Community Apartments have strobe light fire and smoke detector alarms. Strobe light telephone and door signals, TTY’s and other assistive devices are available upon request. Associated residence hall corridor bathrooms also have visual fire alarms. 

Mobility Limitations

A number of rooms and bathrooms in the residence halls and some Northwood Community Apartments have been modified to accommodate wheelchairs. If you have a significant mobility limitation that requires accommodation, please contact a Housing Advisor as soon as possible to discuss your needs and preferences. Tours of some of the halls and rooms can be arranged. Very few residence hall rooms have private bathrooms.

Blind or Visually Impaired

We want to find housing for you in an optimal campus location that can accommodate any visual equipment you may need. Please talk to us about your needs before you submit your application.

Service animals are permitted in University Housing as compliant with State and Federal laws regarding accessibility. In some instances you may be asked questions about your service animal. You are responsible for your animal's care, including cleanup.

Questions or concerns related to policies, procedures, and accommodations granted or not granted by University Housing, which are not resolved with individual University Housing staff, may be formally presented by the student to the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity, at the University of Michigan. You may contact OIE by calling (V)(734) 763-0235; (TTY) (734) 647-1388, or by emailing institutional.equity@umich.edu.

University programs and services for current students and qualified applicants with disabilities are provided by University Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with Chronic Health Conditions

Accommodations for various disabilities and chronic health conditions take time to arrange. University Housing receives many such requests, all of which affect the allocation of limited housing resources. For this reason, it is important that accommodation requests for pre-existing conditions be made at the time of application.

If you have accommodation needs due to a chronic health condition such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, diabetes, a mental health disorder, or a significant temporary health condition (such as chemotherapy treatment, surgical recovery during transitioning), documentation and recommendations from the appropriate health care provider are required. If you are required to use hypodermic needles for any health reason, please utilize our Sharps Containers found in various locations in the Residence Halls. Please feel free to talk confidentially with a Housing Advisor about your specific needs.

Allergic Rhinitis & Asthma

A University Housing air conditioner may be installed in your residence hall room if you have allergic rhinitis and/or asthma. Medical documentation is required to establish a need for an air conditioner. Download the required Documentation for Accommodation Needs form, complete and submit directly to the Housing Information Office, 1011 SAB.

Questions or concerns related to policies, procedures, and accommodations granted or not granted by University Housing, which are not resolved with individual University Housing staff, may be formally presented by the student to the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity, at the University of Michigan. Formal appeals include a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint and requested remedy.

University programs and services for current students and qualified applicants with disabilities is provided by University Services for Students with Disabilities. Please contact them to learn more.

Students in Recovery

University Housing works to provide a safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive living experience for all students living in Michigan residential facilities. We offer housing for students in recovery who wish to limit their exposure to alcohol and other drugs.

If you have questions about University Housing, the on-campus environment or additional support, or would like to secure recovery housing, please contact Randi Johnson as soon as possible. Please note: We are only able to guarantee on-campus housing to new first-year freshmen. 

If you have questions about recovery support and how to get connected to the recovery community, please contact the Collegiate Recovery Program.

If you have additional questions about alcohol and other drug abuse programs and services, we encourage you to contact the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program.

Definitions

  • Recovery from substance dependence is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship.
  • Sobriety refers to abstinence from alcohol and all other non-prescribed drugs.  
  • Evidence indicates that for formerly dependent individuals, sobriety is most reliably achieved through the practice of abstinence of alcohol and all other drugs of abuse.

Definitions are quoted directly from:  The Betty Ford Institute Consensus Panel (2007). What is recovery? A working definition from the Betty Ford Institute, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 33(3), 221-228. 

Food Allergens

Whenever possible, University Housing works to accommodate residents’ needs in the residential dining halls.  If you have a food allergy or require a special diet, one of our registered dietitians can provide you with the resources and information needed to make healthy food choices. Foods served in the residential dining halls that contain potential allergens are labeled accordingly and ingredient information is available upon request.

You'll find MyNutrition to be a helpful resource in prescreening menu options for allergens; viewing complete ingredient information for any dish; or day-by-day meal planning.
In addition, in every serving area in our dining halls, we post up-to-the-minute allergy and nutrition information for each dish being served. If you have additional questions or need clarification, we encourage you to speak with a dining hall manager or chef. We're always happy to assist you.

Preventive Measures

Any food allergies should be listed on a medical emergency card and carried with you at all times. This information can then be shared with appropriate staff or medical professionals as needed. We recommend that you tell your roommate about your allergies and any emergency medicines. 

If you have an allergic reaction, you can receive non-emergency, on-campus care at the University Health Service Allergy Clinic.

To learn more, please contact one of our Registered Dietitians.

Religious Observance

Whenever possible, University Housing works to accommodate residents’ needs related to religious observance.  

Meal Plans

During Ramadan and Passover, meal plan credits are offered to those students whose religious observance requires a special diet.

Hillel serves meals and offers a Kosher Meal Plan.

Keys for Religiously Observant Students

When religious observance prohibits the use of an electronic lockset, University Housing will provide students with standard keys so they may access their residence hall, individual room, and bathroom.

Religiously observant Jewish residents may complete a Accommodations for Religious Observance Request form and submit to the Housing Information Office. A letter of approval from your rabbi or religious school administrator must accompany requests. The Community Center will notify you when keys are available for check out. This process typically takes two to three weeks. Keys are not transferable. If a resident violates the terms of use, University Housing will revoke the keys for the remainder of the academic year.

Transportation Considerations

Religiously observant Jewish students who follow vehicular travel restrictions may submit a request for special consideration to live in Oxford Housing, Fletcher, or Barbour Hall (females only.) Two campus Jewish centers — Hillel and Chabad House — are located within a reasonable walking distance of these residence halls. This request must be supported with:

The letter must state that it is the normal practice of the applying student not to drive or ride in a vehicle from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday and on other holidays.

The form and the letter must be received within five business days of the application. This request will supersede all other preferences, including roommate requests.

University Housing is a unit of Student Life, and an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
Email: housing@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-3164