Freshmen and transfer students entering Emory in the Fall 2021 semester must complete the application process, including all forms and required documentation for a housing accommodation, by May 17. Housing accommodations requests received after that date will be placed on a waiting list, to be considered as rooms become available during the semester.

DAS Housing Accommodations Procedures and Guidelines

Emory University is deeply committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of College life, including residential life.  In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Emory has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities receive housing assignments that reasonably meet their needs as required by law.  According to ADAAA, a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person.  In determining the extent of one’s limitation, the nature, severity, duration, and impact of the impairment are relevant factors; thus, an accommodation provides ‘access’ to the Residence Life program:  “As a residential college, Emory requires first and second year students to live on campus.  The residence halls are communities of diverse individuals living and learning together.  Students are encouraged to participate in and contribute to the learning environment of their residence halls.  The residence halls are an important learning environment at Emory.  Students study together, socialize and relax with friends, build life-long friendships and work through the issues associated with living in a community.”

When considering Housing Accommodation Requests, the Department of Accessibility Services (DAS) in partnership with Housing will consider how the specific request provides access to Residence Life and Housing Operations.  As such, requests for particular housing assignments based on a student’s preference, rather than need, such as a single room or desire for a quiet, undisturbed place to study, may not be honored.  In the same regard, granting an access request for a disability-related housing assignment may limit the kinds of preferences a student has selected on their housing application.

All students should proceed with standard room-selection procedures to ensure placement in the event that their accommodation request is not approved.

Emory University reserves the right to amend these Guidelines at any time as circumstances require.

Procedures for Requesting a Housing Accommodation

Please note:  Students are encouraged to keep track of their submission of the required forms, including medical forms, to ensure that their packets are complete.  Although every effort will be made to respond to emails throughout the process, DAS may be delayed in responding to individual emails, due to the volume of requests.  Students registration with DAS is not finalized until you receive a communication from DAS staff indicating your eligibility for a housing accommodation.  

  1. Register with DAS
    • Complete the DAS Student Registration Form.
    • Students are not registered until an DAS staff member contacts them about their eligibility.  Requests are processed in the order in which they are received.  No exceptions will be made.
    • Students already receiving accommodations through DAS do not have to submit another intake form.  Initiate the Supplemental Request in your Accommodate Student Portal if requesting a housing accommodation for the first time.
  2. Submit disability documentation.
    • An accommodation request will not be reviewed until documentation is submitted.
    • Students with permanent or unchanging medical conditions are not required to resubmit documentation after the first Housing Accommodation submission.  All other students must annually submit a documentation that speaks to the current impact of the disability.  DAS will inform you if additional documentation is needed.

Submit all required forms to DAS by any one of the following means:

Upload directly to Accommodate

Fax: 404-727-1126


Mail: Department of Accessibility Services

Emory University – Clairmont Campus

1946 Starvine Way Suite 310

Decatur, GA 30033

Housing Accommodation Request Deadlines

Deadlines are established each semester to allow application review and accommodation considerations prior to the general housing selection process.

  • Students are advised to start the process early to allow adequate time to obtain the necessary documentation by the stated due date.  Efforts to obtain documentation from a health provider often require advanced notice and may take several days to several weeks to prepare.  
  • Incomplete application materials will delay the eligibility determination process and may result in a denial of the accommodation request.
  • Emory will accept requests for reasonable accommodations in housing at any time but such requests will be reviewed and considered according to the following due dates.  Thus, the accommodation needs of students who miss the deadline or submit incomplete applications may not be able to be met during the requested semester.
  • If the need for the accommodation arises when an individual already resides in Housing, they should register with DAS and submit the Housing Accommodation Request form and relevant medical information as soon as possible.  Emory cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the accommodation needs during the semester in which the request is received.

Academic Year and Semester Application Deadlines

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the following dates.

New Students
Application Opens: April 1
May 17May 31

Additional Procedures:

Students with service animals, those requesting permission to have an assistance animal and/or students who wish to have a Personal Care Attendant must also refer to the respective information about additional policies, procedures and expectations.

Students who may require assistance in an emergency evacuation are urged to identify themselves directly to DAS staff.

Comfort Animal Policy

Review and Housing Assignment

Requests for housing accommodations are reviewed by DAS.  DAS will consult with Housing, Counseling, and/or Student Health where appropriate.  Reasonable and appropriate accommodations depend upon the disability, the housing environment, and the measures necessary to ensure equal access.  Requested accommodations may not be granted if deemed unreasonable, unduly burdensome, or if alternative accommodations are available.  Decisions will be emailed to students as well as Housing with instructions for proceeding with room selection.

Appeal Procedures

Students who are not granted housing accommodations through this process have the right to appeal DAS’s decision.  If a decision denying the request for disability housing accommodations is made, students will receive information about the appeal process in an email communication.

All students should proceed with standard room-selection procedures to ensure placement in the event that their accommodation request is not approved.  Students who are denied an emotional support animal on campus must refrain from bringing the animal to campus until an approval is granted.

Submit a Housing Accommodation Request