Non-Academic Accommodations: Housing, Medical Dietary, Parking, and Accessible Transport Van
Brandeis provides a number of different types of accommodations to students with disabilities.
Student Accessibility Support helps students acquire academic accommodations, but there are different processes for housing, dietary, and parking accommodations, as well as requesting to use the Accessible Transport Van. If you require these other types of accommodations, it is important that you familiarize yourself with these different processes.
For pregnancy or religious accommodations, please email the Office of Equal Opportunity, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The process for requesting and acquiring housing accommodations is managed by the Department of Community Living with support from the Brandeis Housing Accommodation Review Committee.
Before you start this application, it is important that you have already reviewed the Brandeis Dining Services website to see if your food allergies, intolerances, and/or other medical dietary needs can be standardly provided in the dining halls. The medical dietary accommodation request is for those with medically documented diagnosis/-es that require special dining accommodations or have medically prescribed diet plans for the treatment of a medical condition.
Our goal is to meet medical dietary needs through appropriate accommodations within Brandeis Dining Services. All on-campus students are required to enroll in a meal plan. In rare circumstances, exemptions from this policy are granted only for medically documented cases of dietary need.
Requesting MyZone Access
The medical dietary accommodation forms are also required for those who are requesting access to MyZone. MyZone is a dining services campus “pantry” located at Lower Usdan Dining Hall, where food items needed by students with documented medical/disability dietary needs (e.g. celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and other identified food intolerances, etc.) are stored and prepared with precautions against cross contact. This area is always to be free of tree nuts, peanuts, and gluten containing ingredients and products for the safety of our students.
Steps in the Application Process
The process for parking accommodations is primarily managed by Student Accessibility Support (SAS) with support from the Brandeis Parking Committee. Although decisions are made on an on-going basis, we recommend you begin the application process as soon as possible.
- All students (with or without disability) who have brought cars to campus must follow the guidelines of the Parking Office.
- Regardless of accommodations, all students must obtain a parking permit from the Parking Office. This includes students with DOT disability placards.
- There is limited parking at Brandeis due to the physical layout of the campus. For students with mobility limitations who need transportation to building entrances, Brandeis offers the Accessible Transport Van (see process below).
- Parking accommodations must be requested again each year as there are often changes to campus that factor into accommodation decisions.
Steps in the Application Process
Accessible Transport Van (AT Van) is a free service through a division of the Brandeis University Escort Safety Service. The Accessible Transport Van service is available for students with mobility limitations (temporary or long-term) that shuttles students directly to their classes, residence halls, and other campus buildings when the use of other Brandeis transportation is not possible.
This van runs separately from the traditional Brandeis shuttle that is continuously circling campus at designated stops. This van runs off of a schedule based off of students' needs. For access to the Accessible Transport Van, please complete the application below.