New College of Florida, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in on-campus housing.
Accommodations are considered for new or current students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in New College’s traditional housing arrangement.
In order to accurately evaluate housing accommodation requests, documentation is required to establish the existence of the condition that necessitates accommodations. Documentation consists of a written evaluation by an appropriate professional that explains the nature of the condition and why the condition results in a need for housing accommodations.
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. To determine eligibility, students must register and meet with Student Disability Services. When it is not obvious what service the animal provides, Student Disability Services may ask two questions: (1) Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal or other effective controls.
Students with disabilities may require residential and/or meal plan accommodations in order to fully participate in campus life. Meal plan accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Dietary preferences not relating to the corresponding disability should be addressed with Dining Services.
Eligible students should register with SDS and provide documentation from a licensed medical professional addressing specific dietary restrictions. Meal plan accommodations will only be granted following approved medical documentation stating specific dietary restrictions, not dietary preferences.
Please note that students will first be referred to the meal service provider to evaluate whether or not their dietary needs can be accommodated. The maximum accommodation granted to students will be for an off-campus meal plan.