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Residence Life and Security Policy for Students with Disabilities

Evacuation Assistance

Bellarmine University is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the policy of the University to provide accessible places for students to live and study, with appropriate safety and security measures in place. During fire alarms and other emergencies, alarms and flashing lights, which are located throughout the residential facilities, will alert students of potential and/or imminent danger. In addition, public address systems will be used when possible. Smoke detectors are in all residential rooms and public areas, and sprinkler systems are located in Petrik and Anniversary Halls.

The Security and Residence Life staff will inform Emergency Response Personnel of persons with disabilities who may require assistance evacuating a building during an emergency. The staffs have been trained to follow the Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities procedures, as outlined in the Guide to Residence Hall Living, and the Student Handbook. The Residence Life and Security staffs will maintain a list of the students who may need assistance and their room assignments. This information will be shared with external rescue personnel if needed. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Residence Life Office if evacuation assistance will be needed.

Room Assignment

On-campus residence hall accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Adapted housing space is limited and spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis when the completed application and deposits are received. It is the responsibility of the student to register with the Office of Disability Services if special accommodations are needed when applying for housing. The student is encouraged to apply early and to notify the Residence Life Office of special needs when the application for housing is made. The Residence Life Office will respond to requests for appropriate and reasonable housing accommodations in a timely manner.

If a student or the student's parents or advocate believe that the University's policy or the student's housing assignment does not reasonably accommodate the student's disability or endangers the student's safety or health, s/he may file an appeal. The appeal must be in writing and filed with the Director or Assistant Director of Residence Life within 15 calendar days of the assignment. If the student is not satisfied with the response of the Residence Life senior staff member, the student may request a review by the Appeals Committee within seven calendar days after receipt of the response by the Residence Life officer. The Appeals Committee shall be comprised of the Disability Services Coordinator (Chair), the Chief of Safety and Security, the Director of Wellness and Health Services, and the Assistant Director of Facilities Management. The Director of Residence Life will forward the appeal to the Disability Services Coordinator. The Appeals Committee shall notify the student in writing of its decision within ten business days after the appeal is received. The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and not subject to further review.

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