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Accessible Residence

Accessible residence includes not only the residence hall itself but includes accessibility within the rooms, gathering areas, cafeteria and restrooms.

Accessible residence generally means that the dwelling meets mandatory requirements for accessible housing found in federal, state, and local laws and building codes. Accessible residences must have entrances that do not require use of stairs, and must have accessible routes throughout the building. Among other considerations, accessible residence needs may include sufficiently wide doors and clear floor space for wheelchairs, alterations to desk or counter spaces, special handles for doors, and special bathroom fixtures.



Students are responsible for notifying the services for students with disabilities office or the housing office in advance regarding their need for an accessible residence especially if they require physical alterations to fit specific disability-related needs.


Faculty do not have any responsibilities for accessible housing unless they are taking student on a field trip that would require overnight stays. In this case, faculty would be responsible for collaborating with the services for students with disabilities office to ensure that the student’s needs are met.


It is the responsibility of the residential life and housing staff to follow ADA standards regarding accessible buildings and residences and to collaborate with the student and the services for students with disabilities office in making reasonable accommodation arrangements in residential halls.


Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Gross Upper) : Accommodations may need to be made in the student's residential environment if the ability to lift is required.

Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Alterations may need to be made to furniture arrangements in order to accommodate clear travel paths for wheelchairs or motorized scooters.

Motor Skill (Fine) : Students with fine motor skill impairments may need special doorknobs, keypads, locks, or automatic doors for their individual residence hall room.

Reach Restriction : Accommodations may need to be made in the student's residential environment if the student is unable to reach doorknobs, desks, shelves or other building features.

The Building Accepting Campus Communities (BACC) project was funded by the US Department of Education Office of Secondary Education grant #P333A080070-09. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.