Students requesting a change or an accommodation for their housing on campus due to a medical reason must follow the following guidelines. Please contact the Residence Life Office for additional questions or concerns.
In order to accurately and equitably evaluate housing accommodations based on medical, psychological, or disability related conditions, documentation is required to establish the existence of the condition that necessitates accommodations. Documentation consists of a written evaluation by an appropriate professional (not a relative of the student) that explains the nature of the condition and why the condition results in a need for housing accommodations.
Housing assignments and the residential learning environment are integral parts of RISD programs, particularly for first year students. The submitted request and supporting documentation are reviewed carefully on a case by case basis using the following criteria. Part of the committee’s consideration is the written documentation by the treating professional. A follow-up conversation with the treating professional by the member of the Health Services and/or Counseling staff may be necessary in some instances.
Note: Both required forms must be received by the deadline via the Housing Portal, however, both forms do not need to be uploaded at the same time. Please see room selection dates and deadlines or contact Residence Life for more information.
All students living in Charles Landing may apply to have an approved animal live with them, regardless of request reason. Students with medical documentation supporting their need for an Emotional Support or Service Animal may be allowed to have such an animal in other RISD Housing Facilities if the following conditions are met:
Charles Landing Residents must complete and submit the animal registration form and attach both animal vaccination records and a current photo of the animal to the Residence Life Office via the housing portal prior to move in if they intend on having an animal on campus.
Students requesting an animal due to a medical need must submit the medical housing accommodation forms. After approval, students will be required to submit the animal registration form with vaccination records and a current photo to Residence Life office prior to move in.