Accommodations for Students with Medical/Physical Conditions
Graduate and Family Housing makes all efforts to make accommodations as we are able based upon availability at the time of application.
Definition for Conditions
Disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or psychological conditions that inhibit a student’s ability to live in any one of our housing accommodation options. Documentation must be submitted for student if living in any of our housing facilities that would cause challenges for the student due to their condition.
Definition for Need
Fractures, sprain or post-surgery (in these cases a temporary solution may be found to accommodate the student’s condition until they are able to heal from injury). Students with temporary needs must provide medical documentation and provide it to Graduate and Family Housing administrative services staff. Timeframes must also be adhered to in these processes, which are noted below. Because of limitations in available housing options, there is no guarantee that all of the student’s preferences can be met, but we are committed to working with the student to find the best accommodations possible.
Housing works with students who meet the following criteria:
- The student has documented disability, chronic medical condition, or psychological condition. Examples of the conditions that we have worked with in the past are:
- Physical – Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Orthopedic disabilities
- Medical – Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, Endocrine Disorders, Asthma, Allergies
- Visual – Blindness or visual impairment
- Hearing – Hard of Hearing or deafness
- Temporary – Fractures, sprain or post-surgery (in these cases a temporary solution may be found to accommodate the student’s condition until they are able to heal from injury)
- A licensed medical or psychological professional has verified that the student’s condition. (May not be a family friend or relative of the student.)
Process for Conditions
Student should download and provide Verification of medical/health condition information sheet to their physician.
Documentation will be reviewed by Graduate and Family Housing Assignments staff within 2-3 weeks of receipt and a staff member will be in contact.
- If additional review is necessary, staff from the University of Florida Disability Resource Center, Counseling & Wellness Center, and/or Student Health may be consulted.
- Documentation will be kept confidential and shared with other university staff on a need to know basis only.
Blind or Visually Impaired
- Service animals
- Student must notify HRE in writing at least 30 days prior to move-in date that service animal is coming with student.
- Service animal must be properly trained.
- Student is responsible for dog’s care including grooming and clean-up.
- Student must complete a Residence Hall Service Animal Policy agreement.
Limitations – We are unable to:
- Provide a separate low distraction living environment accommodation based solely on a diagnosis of ADHD or a learning disability.
- accept documentation which names a specific building in which accommodation is to be provided
- provide a dust or allergen-free accommodation
Other offices at UF that provide services
- Disability Resource Center – provides services to students with physical, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities including coordination of academic accommodations
- Counseling & Wellness Center – provides counseling and consultation services to help students confront personal/academic/career concerns and psychological health
- Student Health Care Center – provides comprehensive physical health services through accessible care
- Transportation and Parking – provides disabled parking permits and transportation via the Gator Lift Van