Medical/Disability Dietary Needs

Most students with medical/disability dietary needs can be provided for under customary operations in the dining halls (with proper signage, preparation, special stations.)  These students can work successfully with the Dining Services management and dietitian.

Students who need more than available, customary operations are encouraged to engage in the Medical/Disability Dietary Needs process.  This process includes both a review of medical documentation by our Health Center, and conversations between the university and the student regarding the potential accommodation agreement.

Medical/Disability Need-based Housing

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Brandeis undergraduates live in residential halls that reinforce class year identity and community. Students who have housing requests based on medical, psychological or disability needs are invited to communicate their needs, and will either receive a specific room assignment or be provided with guidance for how to select housing that will meet their needs. Because students move through different building configurations throughout their four years, need-based housing must be requested and approved each year. 


Following the timetable for the process is important, as need-based housing assignments are provided within the context of the campus-wide housing process for all students. We make a strong effort to get students into housing that meets their needs, but also is located with other students from their class year and with friends. 

Students who wish to receive housing need to indicate in MyHousing their intention to participate in campus housing byFeb. 15, even if they plan to make a Medical/Disability Need-Based Housing Request. (More information about general campus housing can be found at

Upperclass students must submit the "Medical/Disability Need-based Housing Request" form for the following fall by Feb. 15

Incoming first-year students receive information about their housing process with a mailing that goes out once students have matriculated, and must submit the form by June 15. Midyear students — new students arriving in January — must submit the form by Oct. 15.

Please note that requests and documentation that are submitted after the above dates will receive consideration.  Necessarily, though, the process will be delayed and options for housing assignments are more constrained. 

The "Medical/Disability Need-based Housing Request" form and the "Medical Provider Form," that is requred to document the request, are located at

Direct the "Medical/Disability Need-based Housing Request" form to:

Beth Rodgers-Kay, Director
Disabilities Services and Support
MS 001 Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454
(781) 736-2003 (fax)

Documenting a Request

Documentation to support a disability/medical request needs to be received by Feb. 15 (Jun. 15 for incoming first-year students and Oct. 15 for incoming midyear students.) 

Students who have submitted Requests should talk with staff in Disabilities Services and/or in the Department of Community Living to receive guidence regarding their request.

Most students will participate in the room-selection process, following guidance for how best to select housing that will meet their needs. A small number of students receive a housing assignment directly from the Department of Community Living (when there are few rooms that meet the needed criteria.)

Students who have engaged this process will receive and e-mail from the Department of Community Living and Disabilities Services before Room Selection begins to verify the committee's decision.

Direct documentation of a psychological, attention deficit or learning disability to:

Lois Finstein, Department Administrator
Psychological Counseling Center
MS 061 Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
(781) 736-3731 (fax)

The "Medical Care Provider" form is at

Direct medical/disability documentation to:

Dr. Debra Poaster
Golding Health Center
MS 034 Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454
(781) 736-3675 (fax)