February 1, 2018

Housing and Dining Accommodations

Housing Accommodations

Due to the effects of a disability, some students may require some type of housing accommodations. Our office works in conjunction with Housing and Dining Services to provide students with housing accommodations that best meet their needs.

Students who are seeking a housing accommodation need to meet with an accommodations specialists to discuss possible accommodations. The specialist will discuss the possible options with the student, and when an accommodation is decided upon the specialist will work with HDS to get the accommodation to be put into place.

We require documentation verifying the disability and supporting the need for a specific accommodation before a request can be made to HDS to provide accommodations.

Common types of housing accommodations can include:

  • Single room
  • Suite-style bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms
  • Room located on the first floor
  • Strobe light fire alarms
  • Building access for care attendants
  • Air conditioning
  • Emotional support animal

Housing accommodation requests need to be made in a timely manner. It is recommended that students make requests for housing accommodations as soon as they know they are needed. Due to the high volume of students living on campus accommodation requests made closer to the start of the semester or may be harder to fulfill. HDS and our office will work as hard as we can to fufill all requests.

To learn more about housing accommodations, or to schedule an appointment with an accommodations specialist please contact our office at 970-491-6385.

Dining Accommodations

Due to the effects of a disability, some students may require some type of dining or meal plan accommodation. Our office works in collaboration with Housing and Dining Services to provide students with dining accommodations that best meet their needs.

HDS works to provide a wide range of dietary options. Gluten-free and vegan options are available in all dining halls. Students are encouraged to explore the nutrition and dietary options and speak with the HDS staff nutritionist before making a request for any dining accommodation.

Types of Dining Accommodations

Meal Plan Reduction

Students who live in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan. There are a variety of meal plan options available. Students can choose between having 7, 14, 21, or unlimited meals per week. These options allow students the ability to choose how much they wish to eat in the dining halls.

If one of these meal plan options is not needed for a student due to their disability, they can request a meal plan reduction as an accommodation.

If a student wishes to request a meal plan reduction they need to meet with an accommodations specialist to discuss the accommodation. Students must provide documentation that verifies the need for the accommodation before the accommodation can be put in place.

Meal Plan Exemptions

If a student’s disability restricts their dietary needs to the point that the dining halls are not a viable option, students can request a meal plan exemption as an accommodation.

If a student wishes to request a meal plan exemption they need to meet with the SDC director to discuss this accommodation.

To learn more about dining accommodations, or to schedule an appointment with an accommodations specialist or the director please contact our office at 970-491-6385.

Housing Exemptions

CSU requires that all newly admitted first-year students and transfer students with fewer than 15 post-high school credits, who are single, under 21 years of age, and not living with their parents in the Fort Collins area; live in the university residence halls for the first two consecutive terms of their attendance. Credits taken concurrently with high school and/or credits attained through Advanced Placement (AP) classes do not apply towards living experience.

While this policy is in place, our office recognizes that some students may need to live off-campus due to a disability.

If a student wishes to live off-campus during their first two semesters, due to their disability, they may request a housing exemption.

Our office works in collaboration with University Housing to provide this accommodation to students. Students who are seeking a housing exemption need to follow the following process:

  • Request verifying documentation of their disability from a medical professional supporting the need to live off-campus due to a disability.
  • Meet with the SDC director to discuss the need for a housing exemption.
  • The SDC director will review the student’s documentation and situation and make a recommendation to the director of University Housing
  • The director of University Housing makes the final decision on whether to grant a student a housing exemption.

To learn more about this process or to schedule an appointment with the SDC director please contact the  our office at 970-491-6385.