Disability Resource Center


The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the campus office designated to determine accommodations for students with disabilities.  Our approach is student-centered and interactive.  Students seeking accommodations are required to enroll with the DRC and provide appropriate documentation

Academic Accommodations

The DRC offers a wide range of academic accommodations that are individualized and based upon your documented disability.  Once documentation has been approved, you will meet with a DRC staff member to determine your accommodations.  This remains a collaborative process throughout your time at UNCW.  

It is important to understand accommodations are not retroactive and only begin once you notify faculty by providing the designated accommodation letter. You are advised to meet with faculty to discuss implementation of accommodations.  

Though not an exhaustive list, the following are some of the accommodations available to students when appropriate:

  • Alternative Format
  • Assistive Technology
  • Audio Record Lectures
  • FM Systems
  • Interpreting Services
  • Testing Accommodations

Housing Accommodations

In addition to submitting this form, you must register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to request ADA housing accommodations.  Follow the steps outlined on our website.

Requests for housing accommodations need to be submitted to the DRC each academic year or summer session. Appropriate documentation must be on file for consideration of each request. Accommodations for disability-related reasons take priority over other considerations (e.g., preference for specific residential area or roommate request). We do not take requests for assignments to specific locations.

If the housing accommodation request is granted and has been submitted by the published deadline, students will be eligible to receive their requested accommodations from the room options provided by Housing & Residence Life.  

(Requests submitted after the deadline are subject to availability)

  • Returning Students:
    • Submit your housing application in January for the next academic year and submit the ADA housing request by February 1st to ensure it is reviewed prior to housing assignments being completed.
    • Your enrollment with the DRC must also be completed.
  • Incoming Freshmen:
    • Submit the ADA housing request by April 1st to ensure it is processed prior to housing assignments in May.
    • You must also submit the pre-enrollment registration form and appropriate disability documentation to begin enrollment with the DRC.

Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

Students seeking approval to bring an Emotional Support Animal to reside in campus housing as a reasonable accommodation must:

  1. Enroll with the DRC and submit both verification of disability and an ESA Verification form.
  2. Review the Emotional Support Animal Verification Procedures.
  3. Participate in enrollment meeting and ESA interview with DRC staff.
  • The University generally does not approve exotic animals, reptiles, amphibians, or other animals that carry zoonotic diseases.
  • CAUTION: UNCW is concerned about the growing number of questionable website services that create ESA letters for a fee to the purchaser.  These websites are generally unreliable sources and do not produce documentation that adequately supports an ESA request.

Dining Accommodations

If a student has special dietary needs or restrictions, Campus Dining can accommodate the student to make sure they get the most out of their meal plan. For any dietary and/or nutritional concerns, please contact the Campus Dietician, Chelsea Stant at stantc@uncw.edu or 910.962.7621.