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.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal whose role is to provide companionship, affection, security, calming influence, emotional support, or otherwise function as part of a regimen of psychological treatment for an individual with a diagnosed disability. Federal law does not give ESAs access to the campus as a whole. While a college or university may be required to reasonably accommodate an ESA a campus apartment, the institution is not required to allow that student to bring the animal to other areas or buildings on campus because unlike Service Animals, ESAs are recognized under the Rehabilitation Act or ADA.
Students must complete the ESA request process prior to the Housing Request Deadlines. Requests made after deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Student Disability Services strongly advises students against taking ownership of an animal PRIOR TO FULLY COMPLETING all requirements and receiving official approval from the Director of Student Disability Services as well as clearance from the Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Students found in possession of an unauthorized animal in campus housing are subject to a daily fine and removal of the animal.
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.
The above listed steps must be completed prior to the housing deadline.
Student Disability Services is available to assist students who require the services of a Personal Care Attendant. Examples of services may include transfer from a car/van to a wheelchair, transportation around the campus or to/from the classroom, administering medication, and addressing feeding, dressing or other tasks of daily living.
There can be circumstances in which a PCA may be required to address the personal needs of a student thus allowing them to participate in college. It is the student’s responsibility to hire their own personal care attendant and to secure funding for these services. It is also the student’s responsibility to have the PCA in place prior to participation in any college related activities, (i.e. orientation, mini-classes and class attendance). SDS cannot be responsible for providing PCA services on an interim basis until the student secures a personal care attendant.
SDS will assist in identifying and making referrals to community agencies who specialize in either providing or identifying qualified service providers. SDS cannot take an active part in the interviewing or hiring process, but upon request, will assist the student with information relative to securing and effectively using a personal care attendant in the college setting.
Direction of the activities of the personal care attendant while on campus is the student’s responsibility. The PCA must abide by the college’s student code of conduct. PCAs will not be allowed to proctor tests. If the student requests the PCA to provide note taker services, SDS will not pay the PCA a note taker stipend. PCAs will not actively participate in a class unless appropriately directed by the student and approved by the faculty instructor.
It is essential that the student have a backup PCA or an alternative plan of action should the regular PCA not be available to work with the student on a particular day or within a particular class.