The learning environment and residential living are central to the Wofford experience. The Residence Life Office at Wofford College forwards all medical, psychological or disability related requests to Disability Services, located in The Wellness Center, where the information is kept confidential. We seek to ensure consistency in evaluating requests while at the same time carefully exploring each individual situation. To aid this process, requests should include:
1. Documentation of the condition or need that is the basis of the request;
2. A clear description of the desired housing accommodation;
3. An explanation of how the request relates to the impact of the condition;
4. Possible alternatives if the recommended accommodation is not possible.
To evaluate requests based on medical, psychological, or disability related conditions accurately and equitably, Disability Services will need documentation. Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of the condition to the request. Documentation should be typed on an official letterhead.
As appropriate to the condition, documentation should include:
1. The current impact of (or limitations imposed by) the conditions;
2. Treatments, medications, devices or services currently prescribed or used to minimize the impact of the condition;
3. The expected duration, stability, or progression of the condition;
4. The credentials of the diagnosing professional.
In addition to the basic documentation for a condition listed above, recommendations from the primary health care professional are welcome and will be given consideration in evaluating a request. Recommendations should:
1. Provide clear description of the recommended housing accommodations;
2. Connect the recommended accommodation to the impact of the condition;
3. Possible alternatives to the recommended accommodation;
4. A statement of the level of need for (or the consequences of not receiving) the recommended accommodation.
Students requesting special housing accommodations must do so in addition to following all regular housing procedures.
Documentation supporting a request should be sent to Dean Beth Wallace, Disability Services, Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303.
Factors considered when evaluating housing requests
Severity of the Condition
Is the impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
Is the request an integral component of the treatment plan prescribed by an appropriate professional for the condition in question?
Timing of the Request
Was the request made with the initial housing request?
Was the request made before the deadline for housing requests for the semester in question?
Was the request made as soon as possible after identifying the need? (Based on the date of diagnosis, receipt of housing assignment, change in status, etc.)
Feasibility and Availability
Is space available that meets the student’s needs?
Can space be adapted to provide the requested accommodation without creating a safety hazard?
Are there other effective methods or housing accommodations that would achieve similar benefits as the requested accommodation?
How does meeting this request impact housing commitments to other students?
Is the cost of meeting this request prohibitive?
The Residence Life Office and Disability Services will carefully consider each request when reviewing documentation and recommendations; however, the college makes final housing decisions.