Columbia University Medical Center provides equal access for students, staff, visitors, and patients traveling to and around our campus. Learn more about campus initiatives and recent improvements led by Facilies Management and Campus Services—including Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance and Capital Project Management—and NewYork-Presbyterian.
The Disability Access and Accommodations Committee works to increase accessibility on campus. In addition to overseeing efforts to remove physical barriers, the committee promotes equality and diversity, education on legal and other requirements, and the integration of accessibility into business practices.
Improvements that we've planned include:
- The 168th Street Streetscape Improvement project, which features accessible benches and detectable warnings
This list is by no means comprehensive.
Mamava Lactation Pod
The Office of Work/Life opened an accessible lactation pod in Tower 1
Accessible Campus Map
An updated campus map that features accessible routes and access points
Alumni Auditorium Hearing Loop
A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) was installed as part of its audio/visual system upgrade. A hearing loop is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids when set to a specific setting.
Accessible Transportation Options
Columbia University provides a network of shuttle buses connecting its campuses. Shuttle service is available free of charge to all University affiliates with valid University ID. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible.
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 authorization.
Frequently Asked Questions
See our venues list for information about accessible entrances.
Reach out to the Office of Disability Services. (If you are a faculty member, please refer your students to Disability Services.)
Yes. Learn more about disability accommodations in housing.
Campus access tours are available upon request from Disability Services. These tours will be designed to meet your specific access needs. If you're to schedule an access tour and have specific questions about accessibility at CUMC, contact Disability Services or Public Safety. If you need accommodations for a University event or activity, contact the host program.
Email email@example.com. Your message will be reviewed by CUMC representatives of disability access and accommodations.
- Public Safety
William Black Building, Room 109
- Office of Disability Services (for CUMC Students)
105 Bard Hall
- Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library
535 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
- HR Disability Benefits (for employees)
615 W. 131st St., MC 8703
Studebaker 4th Floor
New York, NY 10027