1.1 UNC Pembroke follows ADA, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Act when providing housing services to people with disabilities.
1.2 UNC Pembroke is not an on-campus residency required educational institution. However, living in a residence hall with other students in similar situations fosters camaraderie, kinship, and develops relationships that last students throughout the remainder of their lives. Students develop interpersonal skills that they will use in the classroom during their academic career, and continue to use as they progress through their professional career.
1.3 However, each student has his or her own personal needs and must consider if living environments in the halls are in their best interest. Students who need to live in a single room for disability-related reasons or need other housing accommodations must be approved for these accommodations.
2. Policy and Procedure
2.1. The process for obtaining approval for housing accommodations is as follows.
2.2. The student must currently have a diagnosis of a disability and have submitted documentation that meets the UNC Pembroke Accessibility Resource Center criteria. (Specific documentation guidelines for each disability are available upon request). Students who have not already been made eligible for Accessibility Resource Center must complete that process along with the Housing Accommodation Application.
2.3. A Housing Accommodation Application must be submitted to the Director of the Accessibility Resource Center. The professional certification section should be filled out by a professional who is knowledgeable regarding the type of disability in question, qualified to make appropriate recommendations, and knowledgeable of the student’s current condition. The Director of Accessibility Resource Center can provide guidance as to who is an appropriate professional to provide certification.The application form, disability documentation, and reason for the request will remain confidential in the Accessibility Resource Center files.
2.4. The Documentation Review Committee will review the application and supporting documentation. An adhoc member of this committee for determining housing accommodations will include the Director of Residence life. A decision will be made to approve the request, deny it, or defer it pending further documentation. This decision will be communicated by memo to the student and to Residence Life within the Office of Student Affairs.
2.5. Single room requests for the sole purpose of obtaining a reduced distraction study environment may not be approved. Even without a roommate, a communal living environment can be very distracting. These students may wish to find a place outside the dorm to study, such as the library, which is designed for these types of activities.
2.6. Valid reasons for a single include but are not limited to: space requirements of disability-related equipment, need for privacy during personal care, strategies needed to cope with the disability that would be bothersome to a roommate (such as bright lights), and a need to obtain extra rest to minimize disability-related symptoms.
2.7. Any additional cost for a single room based upon an ADA accommodation will nit be transferred to the student. The student will be charged the double-room rate for that particular residential setting.