Accessibility

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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.

Campus Initiatives

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:

Recent Improvements

This list is by no means comprehensive.

  • Mamava Lactation Pod

    The Office of Work/Life opened an accessible lactation pod in Tower 1

    Mamava lactation pod in Tower 1 is ADA accessible
  • Accessible Campus Map

    An updated campus map that features accessible routes and access points

    The 168th Street subway station entrance, to the A/C/1 train lines
  • 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.

    Alumni Auditorium Rendering by MdeAS Architects

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 University affiliates with valid University ID. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible.

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 authorization.

Frequently Asked Questions​

How do I know where the accessible routes and entrances are?

I am coming to an event on campus. How do I access Alumni Auditorium (or another venue)?

See our venues list for information about accessible entrances.

Who do students contact for classroom or other academic-related accommodations?

Reach out to the Office of Disability Services. (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. Learn more about disability accommodations in housing.

If I need a workplace accommodation, whom do I contact?

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. 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.

Contact Us

Email access@columbia.edu. Your message will be reviewed by CUMC representatives of disability access and accommodations.

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