Disability Accommodations

The University of Colorado Boulder provides reasonable housing and dining accommodations to residents with disabilities (students, employees and family members of employees). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a person in one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, for example, seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for one's self, learning, speaking, working, sleeping, eating, drinking, interacting with others and the operation of a major bodily function. Housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, founded on documented need.

Residents can request housing and dining accommodations in the myCUliving portal. After logging in, you will select "Disability Accommodation Request" at the top of the page. When requesting accommodations, the resident will be asked to select from the category below that best describes the accommodation for which they are seeking additional information: 

  • Room/apartment modifications (for example, chair in bath, grab bars, lowered closet bars)
  • Room/apartment reassignment (for example, shortest walking distance, access to private bath, individual space, disability-related need to not be assigned with an animal)
  • Dietary limitations—including anaphylaxis food allergies (for example, access to a kitchen, reduced or no meal plan, allergy-compatible roommate)
  • Visual/hearing impairments (for example, flashing fire alarm, light-up doorbell)
  • Assistance animal - visit Disability Services to learn the definition of an assistance animal, responsibilities of an individual using an assistance animal and guidelines for members of the CU Boulder community

After submitting a request for accommodation, the resident will receive additional instructions and the “Reasonable Accommodation Verification Form” via email. This form includes a section to be completed by the resident and a section to be completed by a licensed medical professional. It is recommended that the resident wait to make an appointment or request documentation from a medical provider until they have received the "Reasonable Accommodation Verification Form" as there is specific information that is being requested from the licensed medical professional. 

While we understand residents may have food preferences and intolerances, please be aware that these conditions within themselves do not qualify as disabilities under the ADA and will not result in being removed from the meal plan as an ADA accommodation. However, we are able to accommodate a wide variety of needs using our A9 Identified Allergen Project. Residents whose preferences or intolerances do not qualify as a disability may meet with Campus Dining Services to discuss their dietary needs. Residents who do have dietary restrictions which meet the definition of an ADA-qualifying disability, including anaphylaxis food allergies, may want to consider requesting accommodations in their housing portal as described above. 

For academic related accommodations, please visit Disability Services. For temporary medical conditions, including alternative transportation needs, visit the Medical Temporary Conditions web page. For questions pertaining to service animals, please visit the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance website. If you have additional questions regarding housing and dining accommodations, please contact Occupancy Management at 303-492-6673.