Disability Housing Request

Disability Services works closely with Residential Life & Housing to respond to the individual needs of Barnard students with disabilities.

Housing options for Barnard students include rooms in traditional corridor-style and apartment suite-style residence halls in the neighborhood surrounding campus.  All residential Barnard students are expected to follow College policies as well as College housing policies and procedures developed by the Office of Residential Life and Housing.  

All incoming first year students who wish to live on campus (including those with diagnosed disabilities) are required to live in the First Year Focus area (multiple rooms in traditional corridor-style residence halls with a mandatory meal plan in mostly non-air conditioned buildings).  Transfer and visiting students are housed based on availability, and are typically placed in multiple rooms.   Roommate assignments are based on matching questions on the housing application and specific roommates can be requested on the Disability Housing Accommodation Request Form. Continuing students may include housing preferences as part of their disability housing accommodation request; however, class year is taken into consideration when reviewing those requests.  Sophomores typically live in multiple rooms and certain locations may be typically reserved for seniors. 

Procedures for Requesting Disability Housing Accommodations 

  1. Continuing students who are eligible to go through Room Selection who are currently living on campus need to apply for Disability Housing Accommodations prior to Room Selection.  This period may vary from year to year, but for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 application the deadline was February 17, 2017.  This phase of applying for disability housing accommodations has closed for the Fall '17-Spring '18 until after Room Selection ends.  After Room Selection ends there will be a second phase of this process available for registered ODS students who are eligible for disability housing accommodations and did not apply before Room Selection.  If you are registered and are on the Guaranteed Waiting List, please review the forms posted on this page and fill out the corresponding form after you have gone through Room Selection and asked to be put on the Guaranteed Waiting List instead of selecting a room that did not meet your needs at Room Selection.  The deadline to apply for housing accommodations post-Room Selection if you are on the Guaranteed Waiting List will be Friday, 4/7/17.  
  2. Summer Housing Requests:  Students who wish to live on campus during the summer must also apply for disability housing accommodations if required and fill out the corresponding form on this page.  Deadline to apply for summer housing accommodations will be Friday, 4/14/17.     
  3. New incoming students (ex. First Years, Transfers, Visitors) and students not currently living in housing (ex. Commuters, students returning from Study Abroad, students applying for readmission to the College, students on the non-guaranteed waiting list) must submit a completed Housing Application (http://barnard.edu/reslife/applications/) and their specific DisabilityHousing Accommodation Request Form posted on this page in the upper right hand corner of the page.  Please review closely your status as a student to select the appropriate form to fill out.  The deadline for Readmitted Students to apply for housing accommodations will be Thursday, 6/1/17.  The deadline for First year students to apply for housing accommodations will be Friday, 6/2/17.  The deadline for Transfer/Visiting and Students on the Non-Guaranteed Waiting List to apply for housing accommodations will be Friday, 6/9/17.     
  4. Students must submit disability documentation that follows the ODS Disability Documentation Guidelines (DDG) requirements      (http://barnard.edu/disabilityservices/resources/manual-forms/disability-...). Please remember that documentation must meet the guidelines to be accepted. Documentation must be recent within the past 2 months for housing applications; updated and/or additional documentation may be required on a case by case basis. It is important that the documentation establish a direct connection between the disability and the requested housing accommodation(s).  Students with Service Animals or requesting permission to have a Support Animal within their designated housing assignment should refer to the Service and Support Animal Policy.
  5. All students applying for disability housing accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services by having an intake meeting and supplying ODS with supporting documentation of their need for a housing accommodation from a current doctor or treatment provider prior to their respective deadline.  Please contact ODS at 212-854-4634 if you are not registered yet to fill out our student application and then we will contact you to schedule your intake meeting.  

Pull-in's and ODS Group Clarifications:

On the Request form, continuing students during the pre-Room Selection phase of ODS housing may specify 1 requested pull-in (either roommate or suitemate).  We do allow ODS students to group themselves in mutually requested groups.  This means that if you are going through ODS housing and want to have a non-ODS student as your pull-in you may also request to live in the same group as an ODS student who is going through ODS housing as well.  You may  not select more than 1 pull-in unless you are forming a group with another ODS student going through ODS housing.  Students who are opting to group themselves should discuss building preferences and their accommodation needs ahead of time as we will review any buildings selected by either ODS student going through ODS housing as applicable for the group.  We may not be able to accommodate both ODS students' needs within the same building and in that case we would not be able to group you together.  ODS students who are not eligible for housing accommodations may not be selected as a suitemate unless that student is the only pull-in.    

The selected pull-in OR ODS grouping request must be requested when submitting the form; permission for a specific roommate or suitemate cannot be provided after accommodations have been granted and/or room assignments made.

Requests for accommodations after the deadlines will typically only be considered for newly diagnosed disabilities.

The Disability Housing Committee evaluates housing applications and the necessity of the requested accommodations(s). The Committee includes staff from the Office of Disability Services, Counseling Services, Residential Life & Housing and Primary Care Health Services.

Life Safety List for Assistance in Emergency Evacuations

All students are expected to evacuate immediately upon the sounding of the building fire alarm. Students with disabilities who need assistance evacuating from their residence hall in the event of a fire alarm, should meet with an ODS staff member and ask to be placed on the Life Safety List that is shared with Public Safety.  If you are unsure if you need to be on this list, please contact ODS and staff can assist you in determining the next steps. 

If you do not have a physical, visual, or hearing disability, but also still have a need for assistance in an emergency situation (i.e. unable to hear fire alarm as a heavy sleeper), please contact ODS to discuss. Students with temporary disabilities are also strongly encouraged to be in touch with ODS if they need to be placed on the Life Safety List with Public Safety if there is any anticipation of difficulty with exiting the residence hall in the event of an emergency. Copies of the Life Safety List will be kept on confidential file in ODS, Public Safety and Residential Life and Housing to be used in the event of an emergency.

All students unable to self-evacuate must call Barnard Security at (212) 854-3362 at the sounding of a fire alarm and provide their name and location. In the event of an actual life-safety emergency which necessitates total evacuation, trained New York City Fire Department (NYFD) personnel will be dispatched and take responsibility.