Special Needs Housing
Special Accommodations Housing Application Process
In an effort to effectively respond to student requests for special housing modifications or accommodations, Mount St. Mary's University has created a process to help better serve our students. A group of professionals representing Learning Services, University Health Services and the Office of Residence Life will evaluate all requests and make the appropriate decisions. The University does not designate specific residence halls or floors to students needing special accommodations housing, but rather assigns students to the housing option that best meets their individual needs.
In order to fully evaluate your request, the Office of Residence Life, will need documentation of your condition or disability. Documentation should be current and comprehensive in light of the request and must consist of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that describes the current functional impact of the condition or disability as it relates to the housing modification or accommodation requested.
Special Accommodations Regarding Air Conditioning
If you require air conditioning for medical reasons, you only need to request this in your freshmen year housing application materials. All of the upperclassmen residential facilities are air conditioned, including the Apartments and campus houses.
Due to electrical safety hazards, no window or floor air conditioning units will be allowed in the Terrace, Apartments, Bicentennial, or the Annex. Specific rooms in Pangborn and Sheridan have been designed for this option and must be approved by the Office of Residence Life.
The Special Accommodations Housing Application Forms
*Remember to check the Special Accommodations Housing box on your Housing Application!
Please complete the appropriate form(s) in the Special Needs Housing Form PDF and return them to the Residence Life Office (by mail or fax). Support documentation must also be on file in the University Wellness Center and Learning Services Office in order to fully evaluate your request.
Documentation provided will be used by Residence Life to evaluate your request. Residence Life will generate a list of potentially reasonable modifications or accommodations based on:
Recommendations of the diagnosing professional (i.e. physician, leaning specialist, etc.)
Potential effectiveness of special accommodations housing options
Maximum level of integration into the campus community
Potential for an undue financial or administrative burden
Mount St Mary's University reserves the right to request additional documentation if the information submitted appears to be outdated, inadequate in scope, or content, does not address the student's current level of functioning or substantiate their need for modifications or accommodations. Students will be notified in writing of the decision to their Mount student e-mail account.
All forms must be received by Residence Life by the following dates in order to process your request.
Requests received after the deadline will be considered but may not be approved.
February 1 - Returning Students
July 1 - Incoming New Students
Questions about the Special Accommodations Housing request process may be emailed to the Residence Life Office or by contacting the office at (301) 447-5274.
Note for all students: The request for special housing takes priority above a request for particular roommates. Please call our office for more details.