The University of Wisconsin-Stout Disability Services works to provide inclusion for disabled students, which includes the required residential experience. (2-year Board of Regents campus live-on requirement). Disability Services reviews requests to determine reasonable housing accommodations and evaluates the need for the accommodation as it relates to access. Accessible, as defined by The Office of Disability Rights DC.gov, "Refers to a site, facility, work environment, service, or program that is easy to approach, enter, operate, participate in, and/or use safely and with dignity by a person with a disability." All housing accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis according to documented need and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. There is a separate and comprehensive process in place for all housing-related requests.
We request that students seeking to make a housing request submit all required components by the following dates:
- June 1 for the Fall Semester
- October 1 for the Spring Semester
It is essential to contact Disability Services as soon as you believe you will need a housing accommodation. Students who miss the above deadlines will have their requests reviewed by Disability Services on a rolling basis. Accommodation requests made outside the established deadlines, even if approved by Disability Services, may be based on housing availability. Students who miss the above deadlines may have their request reviewed for the following semester (i.e. a request made in December for the upcoming spring semester may instead be considered for the next fall semester). Students should be aware that the timeframe for consideration and determination of housing requests are based on bimonthly scheduled committee meetings and requests are reviewed after all required components have been submitted.
Only complete requests will be considered so students are advised to start the process early to allow adequate time to obtain the required documentation from their healthcare provider. The steps below are the general process for making a housing accommodation request through Disability Services:
1. Create an AIM profile, which is Disability Services’ student portal. Link to AIM: https://sierra.accessiblelearning.com/UWStout/. For exemption requests, students will also need to complete the exemption request form in their Housing Gateway. For ESA requests, please inquire with Disability Services for complete information about this process.
2. Provide documentation that meets the guidelines for housing requests. To properly evaluate the student’s request for housing and dining accommodations, UW-Stout Disability Services requires specific diagnostic information from a licensed clinical professional or healthcare provider who is directly responsible for the treatment of the student’s diagnosed disability, including the intentional use of housing/dining accommodations to address the functional limitations that result from the student’s physical or psychological condition(s). Incomplete request materials may delay the eligibility determination. When reviewing our Documentation Guidelines, please review the specific section that details what is needed for a housing request. Please be aware that a diagnosis of a medical condition in and of itself and/or a provider recommendation alone does not automatically qualify a student for disability accommodations.
3. Disability Services staff will reach out to assist in scheduling a meeting to discuss the request upon receipt of the AIM profile and documentation.
4. Housing requests will be considered through the Disability Services office by the Disability Services/University Housing (DS/UH) Accommodation Committee after ALL requirements are completed as outlined above. The submitted documentation and the student’s self-reported information are used to evaluate the request. The DS/UH Accommodation Committee completes a holistic review of the provider’s recommendations, current nature of the student’s symptoms, student’s self-report, the appropriateness and essential nature of the requested accommodations, and all available accommodations and college support resources when making final decisions and recommendations.