Housing Policy for Students with Disabilities
Asbury University is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the policy of the University that all students with disabilities will be provided an accessible and safe environment in which to live and learn.
- Assignments: On-campus residence hall assignments for students with disabilities will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis according to receipt of the housing application and deposit. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Office of Community Life if special accommodations are needed. Students with special needs are encouraged to apply early and notify the Office of Community Life of special needs at the time of application. Requests for appropriate and reasonable housing accommodations will be responded to in a timely manner.
- Appeals: If you or your parents or advocate believe that your housing assignment does not reasonably accommodate your disability or endangers your safety or health, you may file an appeal. Your appeal must be in writing and filed with the Associate Dean for Community Life within fifteen (15) days of receipt of notification of the housing assignment. If you are not satisfied with the response of the Associate Dean for Community Life, you may request a review by the Appeals Committee. Your request for review by the Appeals Committee must be made within seven (7) days of receipt of the decision by the Associate Dean for Community Life. The Appeals Committee is comprised of the Director of Student Health Services, Director of Physical Plant and the Director of Security. The Appeals Committee will notify the student in writing of its decision within ten (10) working days from the date that the appeal is received. The decision of the Appeals Committee will be final and not subject to further review.
- Fire Safety: During fire alarms and other emergencies, alarms located throughout the residence facilities will alert residents of potential or imminent danger. Security and Community Life staff will assist persons with disabilities who may require assistance evacuating a building during an emergency. Community Life staff will maintain a list of room assignments of residents who may need assistance. A copy of this list will be filed with campus security. This information will be shared with rescue personnel as needed. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Office of Community Life if evacuation assistance will be needed.
- Service Animals/Emotional Support Animals: Students who require a service animal or emotional support animal should contact the Office of Community Life for the appropriate guidelines.