Georgetown University is committed to making a reasonable effort to make appropriate adjustments that afford all students barrier free access to University facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. On the basis of a medical condition or disability, there is a process for requesting special housing consideration or the accommodation of an emotional support animal in a residential setting. Deadlines for medical housing are advertised through the Office of Residential Living. Announcements regarding deadlines are advertised on the Residential Living website and through e-mails to students. It is important to be in contact with the Academic Resource Center in advance of housing deadlines so that all requests can be carefully considered. For inquiries about the medical housing process, please e-mail Medical Housing.
Students are required to reapply for medical housing consideration for each year that they are seeking medical accommodation. If requesting medical housing for the summer sessions, students will need to contact Medical Housing. The Assistant Director of Residential Services for Assignments, in consultation with the Academic Resource Center, Student Health Center and/or the Counseling Center, will make decisions about eligibility for medical housing and room assignments on a space available basis.
Students with dietary concerns and restrictions, including food allergies and/or intolerance, should be in contact with the registered dietitian in Dining Services.
A student seeking special housing accommodations for a medical reason or a disability, including an emotional support animal, should use the following procedure:
1. E-mail Medical Housing to set up an appointment to meet with the Associate Director of the Academic Resource Center.
2. Students are responsible for requesting that their medical care provider write a detailed letter in accordance with the guidelines provided to the student during the meeting with the Associate Director. The medical information provided by the student and the medical care provider will be used for the purpose of evaluating the request for medical housing and will be kept confidential.
3. Depending on the case and the documentation presented, medical staff in Georgetown University’s Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) may review medical documentation. The medical care provider’s documentation must provide enough detail to allow qualified health care providers in the Student Health Center and/or CAPS to make an independent judgment of the need for the request. A simple request from a physician may be insufficient to support a request for accommodations; the request should be on letterhead and accompanied with a clear explanation and/or documentation of the specific nature of the student’s medical condition and the reasons it necessitates special housing. The medical care provider’s area of specialty should coincide with the student’s medical request.
4. The Assistant Director of Residential Services for Assignments, in consultation with the Academic Resource Center, the Student Health Center, and/or CAPS, will make a decision regarding the type of housing which would best meet a student’s needs. All requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with the following considerations:
- Assignment to a specific residence hall/apartment is not guaranteed. Assignments are based on the existence of a documented medical condition warranting special consideration, and the availability of space in campus residences.
- Students must adhere to the rules of the housing selection process. It is important that all deadlines be met in order for a timely decision to be made.
Students need to reapply each year (including summer sessions) for medical housing considerations and submit updated supporting documentation as necessary.
5. The student will be notified via e-mail by Residential Living when a housing placement decision has been made.