In an effort to effectively respond to student requests for special housing modifications or accommodations, the University has created the Housing Request Committee. The committee is made up of a group of JMU professionals representing Disability Services, the University Health Center and the Office of Residence Life.
A fully completed "Verification of Condition or Disability Form" must be received by the Housing Request Committee by the deadlines as published in the One Book. (These deadlines are set in keeping with other deadlines for housing applications, typically in March for returning students and in May for first year students.) Requests received after the stated deadlines will be considered on an as available basis.
In order to fully evaluate any requests, the Housing Request Committee, will need documentation of the condition or disability. Documentation should be current and comprehensive in light of the request and consist of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that describes the current functional impact of the condition or disability as it relates to the housing modification or accommodation requested. The diagnosing / treating professional should not be an immediate family member.
Documentation provided will be used by the Committee to evaluate the request. The Committee will generate a list of potentially reasonable modifications or accommodations based on:
· Information provided by the diagnosing professional
· Potential effectiveness
· Maximum level of integration
· Potential for an undue financial or administrative burden
JMU reserves the right to request additional documentation if the information submitted appears to be outdated, inadequate in scope, or content, does not address the student's current level of functioning or substantiate their need for modifications or accommodations.
Students will be notified in writing of the Committee's decision.
The "Verification of Condition or Disability Form" has been developed to assist the student in working with their diagnosing or treating professional to prepare the information needed to evaluate the request. The form must be completed and returned to the Housing Request Committee.
The form and instructions can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:
Housing Request Form (PDF)
An alternative print version can be requested by contacting the committee at 568-6705.
Contact the Housing Request Committee at: SHRC@jmu.edu or by contacting the Office of Residence Life - Phone (540) 568-4663.