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.
Guidelines for Documentation Form for Housing Accommodation Request:
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.
As relevant to the condition, documentation must include:
Factors Considered When Evaluating Requests:
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.
Severity of the condition – the impact on the student if the request is not met
Timing of the request
The forms can be sent separately. Both forms must be received by the deadline. Please see room selection dates and deadlines of contact ResLife for more information. Medical Accommodation forms can be found and submitted on the Housing Portal.
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 animal vaccination records to the Residence Life Office 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 (see above) and the animal registration form with vaccination records to Residence Life office prior to move in.
Submitting your Medical Accommodation Request
Policy and Form: