Students with Disabilities - How To Apply for a Disability Accommodation
The following is a summary of our process for accommodating students with disabilities that impact their housing.
- Request for Disability Accommodation:
- Current/upperclass students: If a current student has not requested housing accommodations needed for a documented disability, they will be reminded through the housing
selection process in the early spring semester that they must do so prior to February 15 in order to be assured that approved housing needs are met.
- Incoming first-year and transfer students: In the late spring, all students expected in our first-year class are invited to self-disclose all disabilities and to send
documentation to Academic Advising so that housing needs can be accommodated through the housing placement process. Any accommodation requests must be received prior to July 1
to ensure that housing needs can be accommodated prior to the student’s arrival on campus in August.
- Any students that do not meet the deadlines listed above can request needs through the self-disclosure form at any time, and approved accommodations will be made as possible.
- Documentation required for accommodation includes the following:
- Completed Disability Accommodation Request Form
- Documentation from physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, or other medical providers who are currently treating student for the disability for which the student is
requesting accommodation. This documentation should include the required accommodations for the disability.
The Office of Academic Advising maintains all disability records and treats then with utmost care for the privacy of our students.
- All documentation received is reviewed by our staff, as well as Counseling and/or Health Services depending on the nature of the disability. If the request is approved,
housing accommodation requirements will be sent to the Office of Residence Life who will work with you to meet your approved housing needs. Students should note that the Office of
Residence Life will work to accommodate all approved accommodations. However, depending on the housing available, all student preferences may not be able to be met when finding
For additional information about the accommodations process, please view the
Office of Academic Advising website
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Housing/Residential Accommodations:
- Does getting approved for housing accommodations based on my disability change the cost of my housing? No. Students with documented disabilities and approved needs will be
charged housing rates that are consistent with the housing that they are assigned.
- Will I be able to select my roommates even though I have an approved housing accommodation? The Office of Residence Life will attempt to honor roommate requests but the
ability to do so and the placement of the students will be based on the need to meet the documented student accommodation.
- Can I still live where I want to live even though I have an approved accommodation? Students with approved accommodations can preference building locations and floors.
However, the Office of Residence Life may not be able to accommodate all preferences. Meeting the required accommodation is the priority.
- What if the only accommodation that is needed for my disability is air conditioning? Upperclass students with disabilities that ONLY require air conditioning will
participate in the regular housing selection process and will be required to submit the self-disclosure form and supporting documentation by July 11, 2014. Incoming first-year and
transfer students’ deadline is also July 11, 2014. If a student is approved for air conditioning and he/she is not living in an air-conditioned building, Facilities Services will
install a college owned window unit.
- Does a documented diagnosis of ADD or ADHD automatically qualify me to live in a single? No. Each requests for accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis and is considered
based on the individual student’s disability and supporting documentation in consultation with Health and/or Counseling Services. Not all students with ADD or ADHD are best supported by
- Does a documented diagnosis that impacts my eating automatically qualify me to live in an apartment with a full kitchen? No. Each request for accommodation is made on a
case-by-case basis and is considered based on the individual student’s disability and supporting documentation in consultation with Health and/or Counseling Services. There are numerous
dining options available on campus that can work with a student to accommodate their dietary needs.
Students who are not currently enrolled at Gettysburg College may be eligible to participate in the housing
selection process as follows:
- Readmitted students may participate in the housing selection process as long as the College
has received their reserve/security deposit by Friday, March 7, 2014. Also, students must send
an email to Sharon Fissel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
stating their intent to return for the Fall 2014 Semester.
- Students will participate in the Housing Selection Process
using their roommate or group's lottery number.
Students returning from a leave of absence:
- Students who are anticipating returning from a leave of absence for the Fall 2014 semester will automatically have a lottery number activated for them.
- Students will particpate in the Housing Selection Process using their own lottery number.
Students who are graduating in May but are completing a ninth semester as a student teacher are NOT required to live on campus. However, for the fall semester, ninth semester students may apply for housing in Baughman Hall, which is located at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG). This is the only location that ninth semester student teachers will be accommodated. Ninth semester students who desire on-campus housing with a friend or group of friends may also be accommodated in Baughman Hall as space permits.
Baughman Hall, located at 418 Springs Avenue in Gettysburg, is a an air conditioned three-story residence hall that consists of one and two-person efficiency apartments.
Each apartment consists of a private bathroom with shower, walk-in closet, refrigerator, stove, desk and chair, dining table and chairs, and a bookcase. There is also a shared coin operated
laundry facility in the building. Parking is immediately outside the building.
In addition, Baughman Hall remains open when the College closes for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks. Therefore, student teachers living in Baughman Hall will not need to
relocate should they need to remain in Gettysburg during these break periods.
Applications for student teacher housing in Baughman Hall will be available on Monday, February 10, 2014, in the Office of Residence Life, CUB 250 and
are due by Friday, March 7, 2014. Students will be notified of their approval status via email the week of March 17, 2014.
Students must notify the Office of Residence Life of their acceptance of
housing at Baughman Hall by Friday, March 21, 2014.