Exemption/Accommodation Policies

Seeking an exemption / accommodation

To apply for a housing exemption/accommodation, choose the type of exemption you need below for more instructions.

As our exemptions/accommodations require signed and verified documents that can take time to gather, please note that the deadline for submitting a medical exemption/accommodation request is July 14 for the upcoming fall semester and December 3 for the upcoming spring semester.

Questions? Contact residence life at 605-256-5146.

Types of exemptions / accommodations

Medical exemption/accommodation

Applicants requesting an exemption:

  • To live off campus
  • Accommodation to be placed in single occupancy on-campus housing
  • Placement in a specific location

Must obtain a request for housing exemption/accommodation form from the Residence Life office or access it from the residence life webpage. The University requires specific diagnostic information from a licensed health care provider. Documentation from a health care provider does not, by itself, guarantee approval of the request. All submitted requests will be reviewed by the campus Housing Exemption/Accommodation Committee. A representative from the committee will contact the student, likely via e-mail, to inform them of the committees decision in a timely manner.

Please note the following FAQ’s associated with requests:

Allergies/asthma: Dakota State University offers multiple housing options for students. Three of our five residence halls have room to room air conditioning. All halls are smoke-free. All public areas are vacuumed every day and all lavatories are cleaned and disinfected daily. Annually, air filters in student rooms are replaced and central ventilation filters are changed twice annually. Therefore, allergies/asthma generally are not a legitimate reason to be excused from the residence halls. Such requests will only be considered if there are extenuating circumstances. Students are welcome to bring air purifier equipment, etc. if they have a desire or need to do so.

ADHD or a learning disability:  Single rooms are not assigned based on a need for a quiet study space due to a diagnosis of ADHD or learning disability. Study areas within residence halls, academic study areas, and the campus library are alternative places where students can study.

Financial hardship exemption

Applicants requesting release from the housing requirement based on verifiable extenuating circumstances must obtain a supplemental financial need verification form from the Residence Life office or the residence life webpage. Releases are not based upon the assertion that living off campus may be cheaper. A release will be considered when the applicant has a significant verified need for financial aid as defined by the personnel of the DSU Financial Aid office, and that need is not fully funded by university financial aid, OR when financial circumstances are created by situations over which you have no control (such as a loss of parental support due to death, divorce, loss of employment, catastrophic health issues, bankruptcy) which create a financial hardship.