Non-Academic Accommodations

Requests for all disability-related accommodations, including housing accommodations, service animals, emotional support animals and campus life/co-curricular accommodations, are handled by Laura Kcira-Barry, disability services coordinator. She can be reached at (401) 341-3150 or disabilityservices@salve.edu.

The process for securing non-academic accommodations is below.

Non-Academic Accommodations

Housing Accommodations

To request housing accommodations, students should complete and submit the online form. Students must also submit documentation of the disability for which housing accommodations are being requested. Documentation should be mailed to Disability Services c/o Academic Center for Excellence, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840 or faxed to (401) 341-2912.

The Office of Disability Services will review the documentation and determine whether a housing accommodation is necessary for the student to have equal access to the living environment of the University. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Office of Residence Life for housing assignment.

The preferred timeline for new student housing requests is July 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 1 for the spring semester. The preferred deadline for returning students is March 1 for rising sophomores and February 15 for rising juniors and seniors.

Service Animals

The Americans With Disabilities Act defines a service animal as "any guide dog, signal dog or small horse individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability." Service animals may perform such tasks as guiding, alerting persons with hearing impairments to sounds, pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things for persons with mobility impairments, or assisting persons with mobility impairments with balance, among others.

In accordance with state and federal laws, Salve Regina permits the use of service animals in all areas on campus where students are generally permitted and expected to go, including residence halls, classroom buildings or other buildings, offices or areas on campus, including dining halls. Students are responsible for controlling their animal's behavior and for taking care of its physical needs. If an animal is deemed to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others, the owner may be asked by the University to remove the animal from a given area. The student is also responsible for informing others of the proper conduct expected around service animals, such as not petting.

To request accommodations for a service animal, students should notify the Office of Disability Services as early as possible and submit a housing accommodations request form. When it is not obvious what service the animal provides, the owner will be asked whether the animal is required because of a disability and what task the animal is trained to perform. The owner need not present proof or documentation of the nature of his/her disability or the training or certification of the service animal.

Owners who are in the process of requesting the use of a service animal are not permitted to have the animal on campus until the process is complete.

Emotional Support Animals

Animals designated as emotional support, comfort or therapy animals do not qualify as service animals as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act. However, in some cases they may be permitted in a student's campus residence in accordance with the Fair Housing Act, if shown to be necessary to afford a student with a documented disability an equal opportunity to use and benefit from University housing.

To request accommodations for an emotional support animal, students should notify the Office of Disability Services as early as possible and submit documentation of their disability along with an emotional support animal request form and a housing accommodations request form. Owners who are in the process of requesting the use of an emotional support animal are not permitted to have the animal on campus until approval has been granted.

The preferred timeline to request accommodations for an emotional support animal is July 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 1 for the spring semester.

Documentation must: 

  • Provide a diagnosis and description of a mental health condition by a licensed medical specialist or credentialed mental health professional.
  • Connect the need for an emotional support animal to the specific diagnosis and clearly describe how the animal relates to the treatment of the student's condition(s).
  • Provide information as to how the emotional support animal facilitates the ability of the student to function in and benefit from the residential living arrangements provided by University housing.

Upon approval, the student should meet with a staff member in the Office of Residence Life to review owner/handler responsibilities and guidelines for having an emotional support animal on campus. The goal is to create open communication between the student and Residence Life, so that the student's needs can best be served.

Students are also asked to provide contact information of an individual who will be responsible for the animal in the event that the student is absent or unavailable. This individual cannot be another student residing on campus.

Roommate(s) will be notified that an animal is allowed to live in their residence. 

Students with medical conditions that are affected by animals should contact the Office of Residence Life if they have a health or safety concern about exposure to an animal. The University will make arrangements to accommodate individuals with such medical conditions.

The University has the right to remove an animal if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of the owner/handler or others and/or if the animal creates a continued disruption to the residential community.

Campus Life and Co-Curricular Accommodations

The process for securing non-academic accommodations is the same as for academic accommodations. Students submit documentation of their disability to the Office of Disability Services using the same criteria, along with a statement of the accommodation they are requesting. Requests involving other campus offices such as Health Services, Sodexo Dining Services or Safety and Security will originate with the Office of Disability Services, which will make a recommendation to the affected offices as appropriate for implementation of the accommodation.

The preferred timeline to request co-curricular accommodations is July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.