Housing Accommodations

Scripps College is committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of college life, including residential life. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the American with Disabilities Act, Scripps College has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities have equal access to housing resources and receive housing assignments that reasonably meet their needs as required by law. According to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity.

The department of Academic Resources and Services oversees Disability Support Services (ARS/DSS).ARS/DSS works closely with Residential Life staff to identify appropriate housing accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. Given that, it is important for students to inform us right away of any conditions/limitations that may impact their residential life experience. Please see information below regarding housing accommodation requests.

Continuing Students with existing housing accommodations

All continuing students who currently have housing accommodations must reconfirm the need for continued housing accommodations for each academic year. Prior to room selection, an email will be sent directly to students who have existing housing accommodations.Email notifications will be sent out beginning February 26, 2018. All confirmations for ongoing accommodations must be received by March 9, 2018. Continuing students who do not confirm will forfeit their housing accommodations and will be expected to participate in room selection in April.

Continuing Students requesting housing accommodations for the first time

All continuing students who are applying for housing accommodations as a result of a documented disability for the first time must complete a housing accommodations request form, disability support services request form, and submit appropriate supporting documentation. Please review process for requesting housing accommodations below. Requests without appropriate documentation will not be considered. All new applications for housing accommodations for the 2018-2019 academic year must be submitted by March 16, 2018. Accommodations are provided as needed and as space permits. Decisions for all new requests will be communicated to applicants after March 26, 2018.

Continuing Students with existing emotional support animal-housing accommodations

All continuing students who currently have access to an emotional support animal as a housing accommodation must reconfirm the need for continued housing accommodations for each academic year. An email will be sent directly to students who have existing emotional support animal housing accommodations.Email notifications will be sent out beginning February 26, 2018. All confirmations for ongoing accommodations must be received by March 9, 2018. Continuing students who do not confirm will forfeit their emotional support animal-housing accommodations.

Continuing Students requesting emotional support animal-housing accommodations for the first time

All continuing students who are applying for an emotional support animal as a housing accommodation for the first time must complete a housing accommodations request form, disability support services request form, and submit appropriate supporting documentation. Please review process for requesting housing accommodations below. Requests without appropriate documentation will not be considered. All applications for emotional support animals as a housing accommodation for the 2018-2019 academic year must be submitted by March 16, 2018. Accommodations are provided as needed and as space permits. Decisions for all requests will be communicated to applicants after March 26, 2018.

New Incoming Students

All housing and support animal accommodation requests for incoming students for the 2018-2019 academic year must be received by July 6, 2018. Accommodations are provided as needed and as space permits. Please review process for requesting housing accommodations below.

Process for Requesting Housing Accommodations

Academic Resources Contact Information

  • Email: ars@scrippscollege.edu
  • Fax: (909) 607-7081, Attention: Academic Resources and Services
  • Mail: 1030 Columbia, # 2010 Claremont, CA 91711, Attention: Academic Resources and Services
  • In-Office: Dean of Students Office (Balch Hall)

Documentation Guidelines for Housing Accommodations

All documentation must be submitted on letterhead and include a signature from the treating professional health care provider. Students are encouraged to share the documentation guidelines with their treating health care professional. Documentation must address the following:

  • Licensure and experience of health care professional
  • Identification of diagnosis/condition
  • Description of the functional limitation(s) as a result of the condition
  • Discussion of the major life activities impaired by the condition
  • How the condition/limitations impact full participation and/or accessibility of any aspect of the college experience, specifically residential and/or academic environment
  • List of all recommended accommodations that will ameliorate the experience of the limitation(s) such that the student will be able to fully access and/or participate in all aspects of the academic or residential life programs

Evaluation Process

Requests for housing accommodations will be reviewed by a committee. Decisions will be sent electronically to the Scripps email account. Additionally, the student will be notified if more information is needed to make a decision on a request.
Residential Life staff will work to facilitate access to appropriate housing accommodations as quickly as possible. All approved housing accommodation will be reflected in the student’s assigned housing for the semester.

Meal Plan Accommodations

Scripps College requires that all students living in Scripps-supported housing purchase a meal plan. However, students with specific dietary needs may request an adjustment to their meal plan.

To request meal plan accommodations:

  • Submit the Disability Support Services Request Form
  • Provide supporting documentation. Documentation may be emailed, mailed, faxed, or dropped off in the Dean of Students Office. Documentation Guidelines are above. 

Completed applications and documentation will be reviewed by the Academic Resources and Service staff; in some instances, students may be required to meet with Academic Resources and Services and Dining Services staff as a part of the meal accommodation request process.

Other Related Information

Additional information about the process for establishing academic accommodations at Scripps can be found on the Disability Support Services webpage.

Questions about the housing accommodations process can be directed to Academic Resources and Services at ars@scrippscollege.edu