ODS Disability Housing Request

As stated in the Barnard catalogue, housing options for Barnard students include traditional dormitories, suite arrangements, and apartments in College-owned buildings adjacent to the campus.  All resident Barnard students are expected to follow housing policies and procedures developed by the Office of Residential Life and Housing.  Incoming disabled and nondisabled first-year students are required to live in multiple rooms in traditional corridor-type dormitories with a mandatory meal plan; roommate selection is based on individual questionnaires distributed to all first-year students during the summer prior to their fall admission.  Transfer and visiting students are housed based on availability, and are traditionally placed in multiple rooms.

Disability Services and Residential Life work closely to respond to the individual needs of Barnard students with disabilities. Disabled students who decide to complete a Disability Housing Request should first complete the regular Housing Application and that they intend to submit a disability housing request. Please complete the steps below in the order in which they are listed; appointments with ODS Director Susan Quinby may only be scheduled after the student’s written request and the required disability documentation have been received. The Disability Housing Committee (Counseling Services; Disability Services; First-Year Dean; Residential Life; Primary Care Health Service) meets in summer (for newly admitted students) and spring (for returning students) and reviews all requests for disability-related housing.

  1. Submit your own brief written explanation of your particular disability and why it requires some form of disability-related housing consideration. Students should email statement to mmurray@barnard.edu, ods@barnard.edu and their clinician.
  2. Email clinician the ODS Disability Documentation Guidelines (DDG) and Model Template www.barnard.edu/ods/forms/18_disabilitycert.html; please remember that the completed DDG must be in the required format. The clinician must have seen the student in the last six months— and family members may not complete the DDG.  Clinician should fax DDG to ODS at 212/854-7491.
  3. Schedule a brief interview with Morgan Murray to discuss housing needs; telephone interviews (212/854-4634 voice/TTY) may be arranged if travel problems arise.  
  4. For applicable deadlines, first-years should contact Courtney Bazan Colvin, Director of First-Year Focus at 212/854-5561 or cbazanco@barnard.edu; all other students should contact Matt Kingston, Associate Director for Housing at 212/854-5561 or mkingston@barnard.edu.  Applications not completed by housing deadlines will neither be accepted nor considered.

Address your requests to:        Office of Disability Services, 008 Milbank
                                                Barnard College
                                                3009 Broadway
                                                New York, NY 10027

ODS website and email: www.barnard.edu/ods or ods@barnard.edu                     


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