Special Needs Housing

Please note: Incoming freshmen are the only students guaranteed College housing. All other currently enrolled students should refer to the room selection web site for a list of deadlines and due dates associated with the housing room selection process.

Priority Housing Requests | Single Room Requests | Documentation Supporting Special Needs Housing Requests

Priority Housing Requests

Priority housing requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to need with documentation of disability and strong medical support. Following a thorough review, the Assistant Dean of Students for Disability Services, in consultation with the Medical Review Committee, will make recommendations as appropriate to the Office of Residence Life. (See documentation requirements)

Single Room Requests

Single room requests will be considered when accompanied by appropriate medical documentation indicating that such an assignment will assist the student in the personal management of his/her disability. Following a thorough review, the Assistant Dean of Students for Disability Services, in consultation with the Medical Review Committee, will make recommendations as appropriate to the Office of Residence Life. (See documentation requirements)

In general, the following diagnoses may lend themselves to single room housing accommodations:

  • Disorders Involving Muscular Degeneration
  • Immunodeficiency Disorders (or need for chronic medication which significantly impacts immune function)
  • Sleep Disorder (generally a full sleep assessment including sleep disorder lab study will be required)

In general, the following diagnoses do not lend themselves to single room housing accommodations:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bi-polar Disorder
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Depression and/or Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
    Documentation Supporting Special Needs Housing Requests

    A qualified medical professional must provide a letter (with original signature) that includes a clear statement of the medical diagnosis, the basis for diagnosis, a description of treatment plan, patient response, and prognosis, as well as the current impact of the disability as it relates to the housing request that is being supported. The credentials of the diagnosing professional must be listed if not clear from professional letterhead or other forms. The diagnosing professional may not be a family member.

    In all cases, the College expects students to adhere to the treatment recommendations of the professionals helping them manage their care. To this end, special needs housing requests are not automatically transferable from one academic year to the next and updated medical documentation stating student progress may be required at the time of renewal requests.

    Disability Services
    109 Campus Center
    P.O. Box 8795
    College of William and Mary
    Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
    757-221-2510
    757-221-2538 Fax