Accessibility

Haven Avenue entrance to Hammer Health Sciences building, which has ADA compliant doors.

Columbia University Medical Center believes in equal access for students, staff, visitors, and patients traveling to and around the medical center campus. Here you can learn more about campus initiatives and recent improvements led by Facilities, Campus Life Safety, Capital Project Management, or NewYork-Presbyterian partners.

 

Campus Initiatives

CUMC has convened a Disability Access and Accommodations Committee to identify and prioritize projects for making the campus and buildings increasingly accessible.
 

In addition to overseeing ongoing efforts to remove physical barriers and make significant accessibility improvements, the committee focuses on promoting an understanding of the importance of equality and diversity, education on legal and other requirements, and the integration of accessibility into everyday CUMC business processes and practices.
 

Examples of Improvements

 

Recent Improvements

The list below features a few selected highlights from around the campus; it is by no means comprehensive:

  • NewYork-Presbyterian completed construction on the Ft. Washington entrance to the garden, allowing for patients, visitors, staff, and students to take advantage of this green space. The entrance is located on Fort Washington Ave., between West 167th Street and West 168th Street via either steps or an accessible ramp.
  • The Knowledge Center at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library has an accessible entrance and features accessible furnishings, such as standing desks.
  • The Bard Hall patio replacement incorporated a ramped entrance at 50 Haven Avenue.

 

Accessible Transportation Options

Shuttle Buses
Columbia University provides a network of shuttle buses connecting its campuses. Shuttle service is available free of charge to all CU affiliates with valid University ID. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible.

Guests traveling to campus may also consider the MTA's Access-a-Ride program.

 

Vertical Transportation
There are wheelchair lifts on campus that are exclusively designated for disability access. Prior authorization is required to use these lifts. Students should contact Disability Services, faculty and staff should contact HR Disability Benefits, and visitors should contact Public Safety for this authorization.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know where the accessible routes and entrances are?
    Please review our campus map. Please also review the list of building addresses, accessible routes, interbuilding connections, and accessible venue entrances.
  • I am coming to an event on campus. How do I access Alumni Auditorium (or another venue)?
    Please review our venues list for notes about accessible entrances.
  • Whom do students contact for classroom or other academic-related accommodations?
    Students should reach out to the Office of Disability Services, which requires students to register with their office. If you are a faculty member, please refer your students to Disability Services.
  • I plan to live on campus. Can I arrange for disability accommodations?
    Yes. Please read about disability accommodations in housing.
  • If I need a workplace accommodation, whom do I contact?
    Please contact HR Disability Benefits at (212) 851-7000 or hrdisability@columbia.edu.
  • Can I request a tour of accessible spaces and routes?
    Campus access tours are available upon request from Disability Services. These tours will be designed to meet your specific access needs. However, if you are unable to schedule an access tour and have specific questions about Columbia’s accessibility, please contact Disability Services or Public Safety. Should you require disability accommodations for any Columbia event or activity, please contact the host program to arrange for such accommodations. 

 

Contact Us

Voice your concerns, questions, suggestions. E-mail access@columbia.edu, which is monitored by representatives of disability access and accommodations from around the campus.

 

Additional Contacts

 

Need Help? Contact Facilities Management

212-305-Help (4357), select 'Option 3'
cumc.facilities@columbia.edu
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All other times, call Public Safety at
305-8100 for routine matters or
305-7979 for an on-campus emergency.

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Facilities Operations

650 West 168th Street
Black Building, Room B-02
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-4357 (Option 3)
Fax: (212) 305-1026
cumc.facilities@columbia.edu

Parking Office

650 West 168th Street
Black Building
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-4357 (Option 7)
Fax: 212-305-1026
cumc.parking@columbia.edu


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School of Nursing
Building

Housing Services

50 Haven Avenue
Bard Hall, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-304-7000
or 212-305-4357 (Option 2)
cumc.housing@columbia.edu

 

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