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 are things like walking, talking, sleeping, hearing, seeing, eating, drinking and other tasks essential to day-to-day living. 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
  • Room/apartment reassignment
  • Dietary limitations—including anaphylaxis food allergies
  • Visual/hearing impairments (e.g. flashing fire alarm, light-up door bell, etc.)
  • Assistance/emotional support animal

After submitting a request for accommodation, the resident will receive additional instructions and the “Request for Housing Accommodation 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. Medical documentation must be submitted to the committee on the forms provided; it is recommended that the resident wait to make an appointment or request documentation from a medical provider until they have received the “Request for Housing Accommodation Form.” 

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. To arrange a meeting with our registered dietician, please email Allison.smith-1@colorado.edu. 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 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.