Housing for Medical/Disability Needs

The learning environment and residential living are central to the University of Dayton experience. All requests are reviewed on a case by case basis taking into account the information provided by the student and/or the diagnostician.  Please keep in mind, even though you may have a personal preference, all decisions are made with respect to medical necessity.   In addition, a recommendation from your diagnostician alone does not guarantee a housing accommodation as the University of Dayton makes every effort to provide a learning living environment that will meet student’s needs.  The Housing Committee including representatives from Office of Learning Resources (disability services), Office of Housing and Residence Life , the Health Center, and other consultants as necessary.

Residence Life has published deadlines regarding request for accommodations within University housing.  Please refer to the Residence Life website for the most current information on these dates as they are subject to change (http://www.udayton.edu/studev/housing/).  The most recent information available to the Office of Learning Resources noted the deadline for housing accommodation requests as February 3 for returning students and May 15 for incoming students.

Any requests or modifications to requests made after these published deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The ability to provide any approved housing accommodations after the deadline will be dependent upon availability. If you need to make changes to your request for housing accommodations, please be sure you address them in a timely fashion taking into consideration the need to follow the published deadlines yearly with respect to changes.

Because the University of Dayton and the Office of Housing and Residence Life are working towards creating an inclusive environment, some things that are believed to be an accommodation are actually part of the overall housing environment.  For example, effective August 1, 2017 all university housing including both the residence halls and neighborhood houses will have air conditioning.  

The information below will help you determine if you need a housing accommodation.

Attendant Care

If you need Attendant Care in order to live independently in campus housing, you may also need additional housing accommodations.  OLR and the University of Dayton have created informational resources and processes concerning Attendant Care.  You are financially responsible for Attendant Care and must also require to work with the University to ensure background checks, etc. are on-file.  

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Air Conditioning, Allergies and Asthma

Effective Fall 2017, all university housing will have air conditioning.

In an effort to meet the needs of students, the University of Dayton's Office of Housing and Residence Life has a variety of housing options to help meet the need for all students.  As part of the overall process, Housing and Residence Life has established cleaning procedures to reduce exposure to common allergens.  If you have issues or concerns with cleaning procedures, you can also contact facilities during the academic year to address the issues. (See University of Dayton Facilities Management page on residential maintenance issues and place a work order. (http://facilities.udayton.edu/workrequests). 

You may also decide to bring different personal devices to help keep your learning environment as comfortable as possible.  This may include an air filter such as a HEPA filter which forces air through the filter to trap various harmful particles or a humidifier (to keep the air moist) / dehumidifier (to reduce humidity in the air). 

Dietary Information

Dining Services offers a variety of nutritional information to the UD community. If you have questions about general nutrition, food allergens, or special diet concerns, University of Dayton’s Administrative Dietician is an excellent resource.  You can contact the Dining Services Administrative Dietitian at 937-229-2441 or visit the Dining Services website at https://www.udayton.edu/diningservices/nutrition/index.php.  It is important to work with the Administrative Dietitian to learn how to best utilize the services available at University of Dayton.

Additional nutritional brochures may be found at any of the student dining facilities.   

If you need assistance managing your dietary condition, you may reach out to the Administrative Dietician as noted above or contact the Health Center’s Director of Nursing at 937-229-3134.  The Health Center website (http://campus.udayton.edu/~healthcenter/index.htm) also have a wide variety of valuable information.

For students living in residential halls, Dining Services are within approximately 50 yards of each residential hall.  Within the residence halls, you will have access to a microwave and in-room refrigerator.

The University of Dayton has also implemented NetNutrition (https://netnutrition.udayton.edu/NetNutrition/1). NetNutrition is an online tool that can assist you in making wise choices to meet your nutritional goals when dining in Campus Dining Service locations.  This can help with selection of food items based on allergies as well as general nutritional values.

Finally, Dining Services has established the A+ Room, or "Allergen-Friendly Kitchen", which is available for students with food allergies and/or intolerance. Students must meet with Dining Services Administrative Dietitian and have documented medical need, to gain access to this secured area.

If the combination of the above supports through Dining Service do not meet your dietary needs, you are welcome to contact the Office of Learning Resources to discuss what other options may exist.

Medical injections

If you need assistance with medical injections, the Health Center can be an important resource. 

In some cases, the injections are best managed through a local neurologist.  If assistance is needed, the Health Center may facilitate a referral. Once the referral has been completed, it is recommended that you make an appointment with the neurologist to establish yourself as a patient prior to the need for an urgent visit.

If your treating neurologist/ physician made the decision that you need to access to injectable medications, the treating neurologist/physician may fax the complete order (including diagnosis, medication dosage, route, frequency) to the Health Center. Once a complete order is received, the Health Center will evaluate the request to determine if the ordered injection is appropriate for administration on campus.

If you have a need for additional information about medical management of your condition while on campus, please feel free to contact the Health Center's Director of Nursing at 937-229-3134 or website http://campus.udayton.edu/~healthcenter/index.htm.

Medications

Many students find they can store their medications in their residence.  If you find there is a need to maintain a larger supply of your medications, you can work with the Health Center to discuss storage options. 

The Health Center also has information about local pharmacies that may deliver to the university. 

If you have a need for additional information about medical management of your condition while on campus, please feel free to contact the Health Center's Director of Nursing at 937-229-3134 or website http://campus.udayton.edu/~healthcenter/index.htm.

Emergency Evacuation

As with all students, it is important that you take responsibility for your own safety. If you have a medical condition that may be impacted by an emergency, you should develop an emergency plan or a strategy in advance.  If you have concerns about development of an emergency evacuation plan, contact the Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management office at 937-229-4503.

Responding to an emergency depends on the following:

  • Type of emergency
  • Your specific disability
  • Your current location
  • Where you work or live on campus.

Important*

  • For any emergency, the first step is to contact Public Safety at 937-229-2121, Campus Phone 92121 or 911.
  • When reporting the emergency, it is important to indicate your location, specific needs, and type of emergency. With respect to evacuation, you may need to provide additional information (e.g., you use a wheelchair, a respirator, or have breathing, stamina or health related impairments).
  • Students should also be familiar with the University of Dayton Emergency Response Procedures Guide (http://emergency.udayton.edu/).

Questions can be directed to the Department of Public Safety 937-229-2121, or Campus Phone 92121. Students are encouraged to program key phone numbers such as Public Safety into their cell phone.

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Disability Parking

The Office of Learning Resources (OLR) works with Parking Services when necessary regarding medical or disability related parking needs.  If you believe your circumstances require an exception to the published parking policies, please provide relevant information via the “University of Dayton Initial Accommodation Request” form (https://udayton-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/).  This on-line form allows you to share information that will help in making a decision regarding your request.  Supporting documentation can be uploaded with this online form or faxed (937-229-3270) to the Office of Learning Resources. 

Supporting documentation / recommendations should:

  • Provide clear description of the recommended housing configuration;
  • Connect the recommended configuration to the impact of the condition;
  • Possible alternatives to the recommended configuration; and
  • A statement of the level of need for (or the consequences of not receiving) the recommended configuration.

Please see information about Disability Parking on the Parking Services website for more information: (http://www.udayton.edu/publicsafety/parking/student_permit_information.php)

Make a Request

If, after reviewing the information above, you believe you need a housing or parking accommodation specific to a disability or medical condition, please provide relevant information via the “University of Dayton Initial Accommodation Request” form (https://udayton-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/).  This on-line form allows you to share information that will help in making a decision regarding your request.  Supporting documentation can be uploaded with this online form or faxed (937-229-3270) to the Office of Learning Resources.  Please keep in mind, this form can only be completed once.  If you need to make changes, please contact our office for an appointment. 

Supporting documentation / recommendations should:

  • Provide clear description of the recommended housing or parking configuration;
  • Connect the request to the impact of the condition;
  • Possible alternatives; and
  • A statement of the level of need for (or the consequences of not receiving) the requested accommodation.

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