Special Needs Housing Requests
To request special housing accommodations, please read the Special Needs Housing Request Guidelines and return the Medical Professional's Documentation to the Disability Services office in Academy 106.
Special Dietary Needs
If you have special dietary needs please fill out the Dietary Modification Verification Form and return it to the Disability Services office in Academy 106.
Assistance Animals in Residence Halls
An assistance animal is one that is necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy college housing. An assistance animal may provide physical assistance, emotional support, calming, stability and other kinds of assistance. Assistance animals may not perform work or tasks that would qualify them as “service animals” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Assistance animals that are not service animals under the ADA may be permitted, in certain circumstances, in college residence halls pursuant to the Fair Housing Act.
Concordia College Residence Life will allow an assistance animal if certain conditions are met. The animal must be necessary for the resident with a disability to have equal access to housing and the accommodation must also be reasonable. An accommodation is unreasonable if it presents an undue financial or administrative burden on the college, poses a substantial and direct threat to personal or public safety, or constitutes a fundamental alteration of the nature of the service or program.
There must be a link between the animal and a disability; emotional distress resulting from having to give up an animal because of a “no pets” policy does not qualify a person for an accommodation under federal law. Any student who has an approved assistance animal in residence halls must also meet Concordia College’s requirements/policies for animal health and behavior as well as their Residence Life contract.
To request having an Assistance Animal in Concordia College housing:
2.) Provide verification of a disability: A qualified professional must fill out the Assistance Animal Disability Verification form. Submit the completed form to the Disability Services office.
3.) Make an appointment to meet with the Disability Services Coordinator, Matthew Rutten. Please stop by the office in Academy 106 or call 218-299-3514 to make an appointment. We do not make appointments via email.
* Please note: Verification of the disability and registering with Disability Services must be completed before a request for an assistance animal will be reviewed by Residence Life.