Housing Accommodation Policies and Procedures
In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Brown University students with documented disabilities may request special housing accommodations within the context of current housing policies.
All students, including students with disabilities, are normally required to reside on campus for six semesters. Permission to reside off-campus is granted for students in accordance with procedures established by the Residential Life Office. In the case of accommodation requests by students with disabilities who otherwise are not eligible for off-campus permission, accommodations can usually be met within the on-campus housing environment.
Incoming students, with or without disabilities, are required to live in multiple-person rooms in traditional corridor-type residence halls; roommate selection is based on individual questionnaires distributed to all first-year students during the summer prior to their Fall admission. Transfer students are housed based on availability and are traditionally placed in multiple-person rooms.
For students who need wheelchair-accessible housing, there are rooms that have been modified with adjoining bath and roll-in shower facilities.
Students who are not wheelchair-users but require some type of specialized housing relating to their disability (additional space for medical equipment, access to private bath, proximity to cafeteria, etc.) may also apply for these spaces. Students with disabilities who are not in a wheelchair who are placed in accessible rooms may be relocated in the event that a wheelchair user needs an accessible room. A limited number of accessible spaces are available.
All students seeking housing accommodations are required to register with DEEP, the Disability Emergency Evacuation Program, and a list will be distributed to Public Safety as well as the Fire Department, in the event of an emergency.
Dates & Deadlines for Housing Accommodation
Housing requests must be renewed on a yearly basis by submitting request to SEAS.
First year students entering-Fall:
June 15th - Fall Semester
First year students entering-mid-year:
December 15 - Spring Semester
Transfers and readmitting students:
July 1st - Fall Semester; December 15 - Spring Semester
Currently enrolled students:
February 15 - Next Academic Year
Procedures for Applying For Housing Accommodations
In order for student disability-related housing accommodation requests to be considered, students must first be registered with the Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS). In order to register with SEAS you must complete the following process:
- Contact SEAS and complete an "Information &
- Submit a Housing Accommodation Request form which requires a brief written explanation of your particular
disability and why it requires some form of specialized
- Fax, deliver, or mail all documentation (a physicians
letter or psychoeducational report or other) certifying
the disability and reasons for needing specialized housing
accommodations. Fax: 401-863-1999 (Attention: SEAS Director)
- Schedule a brief meeting with the SEAS Director to
discuss housing needs. Telephone appointments can be arranged.
Please call (401) 863-9588 (V/TTY).
- Be mindful of housing deadlines, which are posted on
the SEAS website.
- Applications not completed by housing deadlines will
be accepted and considered, but there is no guarantee
that late requests will be met.
- If you'd like to request to be housed with/near friends
or in a specific location on campus, you may submit your
request in writing to the SEAS Director.
- Please keep in mind that housing accommodations are
only based on disability-related needs and are determined
on a case-by-case basis. Housing accommodations do not
circumvent the regular housing lottery for you or your
friends. Our first priority is to accommodate your disability
and we'll do our best to try and get you close to friends
(there are no guarantees). If you have a question about
this policy please ask the SEAS Director for clarification.
- Once housing decisions are made, you will be notified by mail of your placement. Decisions are usually made within 2-6 weeks. Please do not call SEAS or Residential Life for housing assignment information. Housing decisions are final.