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is outlined by the ADA, but the
regulations in the Fair Housing Act
have begun to extend to residence
halls and are forcing campuses to
respond based on emerging case law.
(More information on this topic is
covered in the upcoming volume of
The Journal of College and University
Student Housing.)

is accommodation a
choice?
Housing officers should not feel like
they must accommodate every request
that comes their way. Some requests
may be unreasonable or too expensive
to reasonably accommodate. If an
institution or department chooses
not to accommodate a request,
the school must prove that the
accommodation request was received
and fairly considered and that the
accommodation would, as the
ADA Title III Technical Assistance
Manual specifies, substantially or
fundamentally alter the “essential
nature of the goods, services,
facilities, privleges, advantages, or
accomodations offered” or would be
financially unreasonable. In these
cases, however, it would be prudent
to consult with your institution’s legal
counsel or disability services office to
verify that this decision is the correct
one.
While accommodations due to
ADA regulations are clearly a positive
step, in some cases the requirements
appear to be unnecessary. Jeff Aaberg,
director of facilities for housing and
dining at the University of Iowa,
recently created a custodial locker
room in a residence hall. Part of the
locker room plan included a shower
area for custodial staff, and he was
required to build an ADA-accessible
shower. While a fully ADA-compliant
shower was installed in the space, it
seemed to be an inappropriate use
of money and space. “If a custodian
in a wheelchair could perform the
essential functions of the job, it would

be a reasonable accommodation,”
Aaberg notes. “But they can’t, so the
requirement seems unnecessary.”
Students with disabilities will
continue to come to college and
university campuses in increasing
numbers. How we respond to them
through our accommodations and
facility renovations will determine
what institutions they attend. At
campuses with limited financial
resources for renovations, money must
be allocated to accommodation. In

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most cases, the cost of accommodation
may be less than the cost of litigation.
Housing officers should acquaint
themselves with the ADA and other
regulations protecting the rights of
students with disabilities in order
to provide the richest possible
educational environment for them. ts
Von Stange

is the assistant vice president
for student life and senior
director of university housing
and dining at the University of
Iowa in Iowa City.

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Talking Stick - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
New Member Highlight
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Facilities
Regroup
Calendar
A Fair Division of Space
Why They Stay
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
New Members
Snapshot
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Intro
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Talking Stick - March/April 2013
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Cover2
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 1
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 2
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Table of Contents
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - New Member Highlight
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 5
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Vision
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 7
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Just In
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 9
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 10
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 11
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 12
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Transitions
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 16
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 17
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Res Life
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 19
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 20
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Facilities
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 22
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 23
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Regroup
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 26
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Calendar
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - A Fair Division of Space
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Why They Stay
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Conversations
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