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See our Need-Based Housing Quick Guide.

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Need-Based Housing

Brandeis University has a policy for responding to requests for reasonable accommodation in the residence halls, based on medical, psychological or disability needs. We provide support services and reasonable accommodations to students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended in 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All need-based housing must be requested and approved annually as housing assignments are made within the context of housing by class year.

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. Accommodations are not guaranteed until written confirmation is given to the requester. 

Timetable

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. 

The due date for the form varies by class year. For housing assignments in the 2014-15 academic year: 

  • Upper-class students must submit the form by January 31st.  
  • Incoming first year students must submit the form for Fall 2014 by May 31st
  • Midyear students (new students arriving in January) must submit the form by October 15th 

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. 

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

Need-based Housing Requests
Community Living, MS 220
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
dcl@brandeis.edu

(781) 736-5666 (fax)

Documenting a Request

Documentation to support a disability/medical request needs to be received by Jan. 31st. (May 31st for incoming first-year students and Oct. 15th for incoming midyear students.) Documentation must be accompanied by a Medical Care Provider Form

Returning students who have submitted requests will receive a written letter or e-mail from the Department of Community Living and Disabilities Services and Support, including guidance for participating in room selection, by the week before room selection takes place in mid-March. Most returning 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.)

Incoming first year students will also receive a written letter or e-mail from the Department of Community Living and Disabilities Services and Support, regarding their request.

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)

Direct medical/disability documentation to:

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