Housing & Food Service Accommodations
Residence hall living provides opportunities to develop new friendships and skills, and to learn about new ideas, beliefs and cultures within a caring community atmosphere. Living on campus also provides unique opportunities for interpersonal learning and growth as students live, study and interact with the rest of the campus community. The residential “living education” is a key part of the residential liberal arts education. Consequently, full-time students are required to live in College housing and subscribe to a dining plan during their first six credit terms and participate in an on-campus meal plan. Because new students are assigned after returning students, most new students will need to share a room with a roommate. (See Student Handbook, Housing Policy).
At times, a student with a disability may warrant an exception or modification to the current residential life and food service requirements. In order to determine housing accommodations, the Director of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office must have documentation of the disability (See documentation guidelines.) prior to housing selections and assignments. Students who require a housing accommodation often find that their other choices (building, floor, etc.) are extremely limited. Also note that students who request a housing accommodation (through any means), by default are granting permission for the appropriate Residential Life staff and the Director of the Learning Enrichment and Services Office to share relevant information regarding the student’s disability situation. Requesting an accommodation on the housing request form from the Residence Life Office alone does not constitute a request for accommodations (though you are indicate your need on the form); those requests are to go through the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services office.
New students are strongly urged to provide this information as soon as possible after they decide that they will attend Beloit College. (Requests from new students completed after May 15, 2010, will receive consideration, but appropriate accommodations may no longer be available. Students starting in the spring semester should submit appropriate documentation to the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office by December 1. Accommodations for the spring term may not be available due to limited room availability.)
Returning students are to discuss warranted housing accommodations with the Director of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services in advance (a month or more) of the beginning of returning student sign up for rooms (aka room draw).
Once it is determined that an accommodation is warranted, the Office of Residence Life and the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office work together to make the appropriate placement or changes in the residence hall setting. In the rare instance that a student needs to live off-campus to have his/her accommodation needs met, the Office of Residence Life may require documentation from the proposed landlord that such an accommodation will be made in the off campus location.
The Food Service Staff work closely with students to meet their dining needs. Because of this effort and the variety of options available, it is rare for a student to need an accommodation in this area. However, for those students seeking an accommodation, the same procedures are to be followed as with all accommodations. Also, a request for a food service accommodation, by default, is granting permission for the appropriate Food Service staff and the Director of the Learning Enrichment and Services Office to share relevant information regarding the student’s disability situation.