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Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Last updated February 25, 2019

Morningside College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in housing to qualified students with disabilities unless providing the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the housing and residence life program. In making this determination, the College will consider the individual needs of the student, as well as the impact of the accommodation on the campus community. Students seeking disability accommodations in housing must submit a request for review each academic year. Morningside College will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to provide housing to students with disabilities.  

Requests for housing accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. To qualify, the student must have a current condition that substantially limits a major life activity, and the accommodation request must be necessary and reasonable. A diagnosis, in and of itself, does not automatically qualify for accommodations. In evaluating housing accommodation requests, the College will consider the individual needs of the student, as well as, the impact of the accommodation on the campus community. Students seeking disability accommodations in housing must submit a request for review each academic year. Morningside College will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to provide housing to students with disabilities.  Information will be kept confidential and will be utilized only to determine your eligibility for accommodation or services, and the type of accommodations or level of service required.

Deadlines for Housing Accommodation Requests

Students must complete the housing application process, submit accommodation requests and, provide supporting documentation as needed by the dates listed below. Late requests will be evaluated, however, the evaluation process may not be able to adhere to the standard timeline for review and evaluation. Late requests which are approved will be confirmed by the Office of Residence Life on a space available basis.

Deadlines for Housing Accommodation Requests

  Deadline for FALL Semester

Deadline for SPRING Semester 

May & Summer Session
Returning Students March 7th November 15th 30 days prior to move in

New Students 
(first-year & transfer)

May 1st December 15th 30 days prior to move in
 

Timeline for Decision on Accommodation Requests Completed By Deadline

  Fall Semester Spring Semester May & Summer Session
Returning Students 15 days after completed request (March 22nd) 30 days after completed request (December 15th) 15 days after completed request (May 15th)

New Students (first-year & transfer)

30 days after request (June 1st)

30 days after completed request (December 15th) 15 days after completed request (May 15th)

Late accommodation requests will be processed as received. Please allow 30 days for processing.

Process for Requesting a Housing Accommodation

  1. Complete admissions process and be accepted to Morningside College.  
  2. Complete the Housing Application Process for the semester or session you are requesting the accommodation by the date above.  Refer to the housing sign up process at my.morningside.edu/housing for details on housing sign up.
  3. Read and complete the housing accommodation request form for the academic year you will be enrolled by the deadline listed above.
  4. Submit your completed form via one of the listed methods
    • Scan and email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    • Fax to 712-274-5577
    • Mail to Morningside College, Residence Life, 1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA, 51106
    • Turn in on campus in the Residence Life Office located on the lower level of the Olsen Student Center.
  5. Watch your Morningside email or the email address you listed in the forms for the status of your accommodation request.

Process for Requesting a Service or Assistance Animal in Housing

  1. Complete admissions process and be accepted to Morningside College.  
  2. Complete the Housing Application Process for the semester or session you are requesting the accommodation by the date above.  Refer to the housing sign up process at my.morningside.edu/housing for details on housing sign up.
  3. Read and complete the Service and Assistance Animal in Housing Packet for the academic year you will be enrolled by the deadline listed above.
  4. Submit your completed form via one of the listed methods
    • Scan and email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    • Fax to 712-274-5577
    • Mail to Morningside College, Residence Life, 1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA, 51106
    • Turn in on campus in the Residence Life Office located on the lower level of the Olsen Student Center.
  5. Watch your Morningside email or the email address you listed in the forms for the status of your accommodation request.

Factors considered by the College when evaluating requests for housing accommodations:

  • Is the impact of the condition life-threatening if the request is not met?
  • Is the request an integral component of a treatment plan prescribed by a medical professional for the condition in question?
  • Was the request made with the initial housing request by the deadline?
  • Is space available to meet the student’s need?
  • Can space be adapted without creating a safety hazard?
  • Are there other effective means that would achieve similar benefits as the requested accommodation?
  • How does meeting the need impact housing commitments for other students?

Note: Housing Accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis. To qualify, the student must have a current condition that substantially limits a major life activity, and the accommodation request must be necessary and reasonable. A diagnosis, in and of itself, does not automatically qualify for accommodations.

Information will be kept confidential and will be utilized only to determine your eligibility for accommodation or services, and the type of accommodations or level of service required.

For reasonable accommodations in other areas of campus please visit the Disability Services website 
https://my.morningside.edu/campus_offices/disability_services or contact Lillian Lopez, Vice President for Advising .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).