Housing Accommodations

The College of Charleston's (CofC) Office of Campus Housing works in cooperation with the Center for Disability Services, Residence Life, and Student Health Services to assist students with on-campus housing needs.  The College will consider reasonable housing accommodations for students with disabilities.

Housing accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Wheelchair-accessible room and bathroom
  • Flashing fire alarms and bed shakers
  • Kitchen access
  • Single rooms

Please complete the following forms and submit to the Center for Disability Services via SecureShare. Students are asked to submit these materials using their CofC email account. Documents sent to us must be in a PDF format in order to upload into our data management system. When a file has successfully been submitted using SecureShare, you will receive the following message:  "Files Sent, Thank you!".

Student-completed form:  Housing Accommodations Application with Permission for Release of Information -  pdf format or Microsoft Word (.doc) format

Physician-completed form:  Documentation of Disability-Related Need for Housing Accommodations - pdf format or Microsoft Word (.doc) format

ESA Information form (to be completed by provider)
 - pdf format or Microsoft Word (.doc) format

Note:  The physician-completed form should be disregarded only when a student is requesting an emotional support animal (ESA), and no other housing accommodation is being requested.


      1. Requests for housing accommodations for the Fall semester must be submitted by:

    • March 10 for the fall semester for all returning students
    • May 1 for all incoming students

       2. Requests for housing accommodations for the Spring semester must be submitted by November 15.

       3. Requests for accommodations received after the deadline will be considered on the basis of availability.

       4. Each case will be individually evaluated with respect to the documentation presented and the accommodations requested. 
   
         5. The intent to request housing accommodations that the student includes on the Housing Accommodations form form DOES NOT take the place of the housing application required by CofC Residence Life and Housing.
 
       6. The student will be sent a letter to their CofC email account notifying them whether or not the application was approved. This letter will be sent to their CofC email account approximately seven to ten business days of receipt of their materials.

       7. Housing Accommodation requests must be submitted annually.


If a private room or private bath or similar accommodation is a necessary method of meeting the housing needs of a student with a disability, CofC will consider exceptions to its general room rate structure unless doing so would result in a fundamental alteration to the housing program. Each case will be evaluated individually and necessary modifications will be provided in accordance with the law.

The Center for Disability Services will carefully consider each request when reviewing documentation and recommendations.


If a disability related housing accommodation request is denied, the student may appeal that decision in writing, with any supporting documentation, to: 

Michael Duncan
Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
duncanm@cofc.edu


Said appeal should be filed within five (5) working days from the date of the original decision as to the request for the reasonable accommodation. The Interim Associate Vice President shall make a written determination within then (10) days from the date that they received the appeal.