In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University will provide residential accommodations for a student residing in University housing who has a qualifying physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment. **Students with medical conditions such as asthma or allergies that do not rise to the level of a disability must follow the procedures for a residential accommodation request.
In order to be considered for a residential accommodation, the student and appropriate physician or mental health care provider must complete the Verification Form for Students Requesting Changes to the Housing Environment.
The completed form must be returned by the following deadline:
June 1st — incoming freshmen
January 31st — sophomores, juniors and seniors
Documentation should be current and consist of an evaluation by an appropriate physician or mental health care provider that describes the current functional impact of the condition or disability as it relates to the residential accommodation requested. The physician/mental health care provider cannot be a family member. An ADA Committee will evaluate the request. The ADA Committee consists of a medical physician, psychologist, and professionals from the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE), Counseling Center, and Residence Life.
The completed verification form and pertinent medical information should be sent to:
Attn: Mary Ellen Pichiarello, C.R.C.
Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence
University of Scranton
800 Linden St.
Scranton, PA 18510
The University of Scranton reserves the right to request additional documentation if the information does not address the student’s current level of functioning, or substantiate the need for modifications or accommodations.
Temporary Impairment Accommodations and Services
A temporary impairment (e.g., a broken arm or leg, recovering from surgery, mononucleosis, etc.) “does not constitute a disability for purposes of Section 504 or the ADA unless its severity is such that it results in a substantial limitation of one or more major life activities for an extended period of time.”
Services are extended to students with temporary disabilities only for the duration of their functional limitations associated with their disability. The eligibility process is the same as for permanent disability cases. After reviewing your documentation, a CTLE staff member will determine the appropriate academic services and accommodations depending on how you are limited in the academic setting.
You will then be responsible for requesting academic accommodations in a timely manner and following CTLE policies and procedures for accessing accommodations.
If transportation services are needed by a student with a temporary condition restricting mobility, he/she must contact Public Safety at (570) 941 – 7888.