Requests for Housing based on Disability

Graduate students who anticipate disability needs related to housing should consult with the disability coordinator for their graduate school.

Each graduate school has a limited block of graduate student housing; communicate a disability housing need immediately following admission to your program. 

Graduate Students

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Disability Services on Campus

Brandeis University welcomes all qualified individuals as students, faculty, or staff members and represents a diverse body. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with appropriately documented physical, learning, or psychological disabilities. A student is considered to have a disability if:

  • The student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • The student has a record of such impairment or is judged to have such impairments including functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking,breathing, learning, and working.

Disclosing a disability and requesting accommodations are personal decisions. Brandeis does not require a student to disclose the existence of a disability, but students who wish to request accommodations must do so. A ‘reasonable accommodation’ is defined as any change in the work or educational environment that will allow students with a documented disability to perform the essential functions. All accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. Students, faculty, and staff must follow well-established procedures to obtain accommodations.

Each of the graduate schools within Brandeis University has a disabilities coordinator who is situated within the network of student services staff, advisers and faculty for that school. Students are encouraged to make contact with the appropriate disabilities coordinator:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Jessica Basile
(781) 736-3547

Heller School of Social Policy and Management

Ravi Lakshmikanthan
(781) 736-2753

Brandeis International Business School

Kate Goldfield
(781) 736-2260

Rabb Summer School and Continuing Studies

Gwenn Smaxwill
(781) 736-3424

Assistive Technology

Adam Lipkin
Library and Technology Services
(781) 736-4795

Grievance or Appeals Procedure

To initiate a grievance or appeals procedure, the student sends a letter naming the decision s/he wishes to appeal to:

Disability Appeals Process
Disabilities Services and Support
MS 001 / Usdan 130
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454