Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accomodations

Requesting Accommodations

If you believe you require housing accommodations due to a documented disability-related condition, you will need to register with the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) in addition to submitting your University Housing Contract. DRES is responsible for providing services to students with disabilities and is available to consult with other areas of campus regarding ADA accessibility issues. For further information on how to register with DRES, visit disability.illinois.edu or call (217) 333-4603 or (217) 689-0564 Video Relay System (VRS).

NOTE: DRES will not share housing-related letters of support with the Housing Information Office (University Housing) directly. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of the housing-related letter of support to the Housing Information Office. The housing-related letter of support plays an important part in the assignments process.

Personal Attendants

Students who require a personal attendants (PA) and are NOT part of the Beckwith Program must employ and provide training for their PA staff regarding their specific care needs. Ongoing PA training from each student is critical to the delivery of safe and effective PA support services.

We strongly encourage students to start the PA interviewing/hiring process as early as possible. For new, incoming residents, we recommend hiring PAs early enough to submit the PA registration forms by August 1 every year.

A PA must have: a current employment contract with the resident; completed PA Registration Form; and a successful criminal background check conducted by University Housing before being granted access to any University Housing property. A background check may take 4 to 8 weeks to complete

If students need proximity card (prox card) access or general access for their PA, they should send an email to the Housing Information Office to make a request. The student employing the PA who needs a prox card will get a $10 charge on their student account for each PA needing a prox card. 

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

University Housing, in accordance with ADA and Illinois 775 ILCS 30/ or “White Cane Law,” will provide an exception to the University Housing pet policy for residence hall/ apartment facilities for residents who present a documented need for a service or emotional support animal accommodation. The Service/Emotional Support Animal Policy outlines the responsibilities of the residents who are granted approval for service or emotional support animals in living, dining, or public areas within University Housing. Please read the policy very carefully as the responsibilities of the student/handler/owner are very important.

Emotional Support Animals

Students who require an Emotional Support Animal must complete the Emotional Support Animal Registration Form to ensure that their animal is properly registered with University Housing. Be prepared to provide types of vaccinations with dates and provider contact information. If the Emotional Support Animal does not require vaccinations, submit a letter from a licensed veterinarian stating as such.

If you intend to submit an Emotional Support Animal Registration Form, you will first need to register with the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). DRES is responsible for collecting medical documentation and providing students with letters of support for emotional support animals. The student is responsible for submitting the letter of support to the Housing Information Office. For further information on how to register with DRES, visit disability.illinois.edu or call (217) 333-4603 or (217) 689-0564 Video Relay System (VRS).

Emotional Support Animal Registration Forms for new animals should be submitted before the beginning of each semester. Emotional Support Animals should not be on campus until approval is received from the Housing Information Office. A resident who has an unapproved animal may be referred for Student Conduct.  For returning residents, an Emotional Support Animal Registration Form should be submitted by August 1 every year if you would like to have the animal continue to reside with you in University Housing.

Service Animals

If you intend to bring a Service Animal to live with you in the residence halls, please complete a Service Animal Information Record for emergency purposes. The information will allow University Housing staff to alert emergency personnel of the location of the service animal in case of fire/evacuation/emergency. The Information Record also allows us to alert supervisors in case staff members have allergies. Service animals are determined by the type of animal and whether they have been individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities.

For returning residents, a Service Animal Information Record should be submitted by August 1 every year if you anticipate the Service Animal residing with you in University Housing.