Accommodations

Accommodations

Disability Accommodations for Students

Disability Services

Columbia University's Disability Services (DS) is responsible for coordinating support for students with disabilities, developing University-wide policies for assisting and accommodating students with disabilities, arranging reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, and advising on the interpretation of federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Upon admission to Columbia University, all entering students with disabilities are encouraged to contact DS.

Reasonable Accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, and programs that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities and provide equal access to Columbia’s programs and activities. Examples include the administration of exams, services such as note-taking, sign language interpreters, assistive technology, and coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are custom designed to match the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documentation and the student’s program requirements.

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis after DS considers the student’s needs as described in their disability documentation. Faculty also have the opportunity to consult with DS on the final determination of accommodations for each of their courses and for each student. Some accommodations may be appropriate in one course or program, but not in another.

For further information or assistance, please contact:

Phone/TTY (Morningside): 212-854-2388
Fax: 212-854-3448
Email: disability@columbia.edu

Morningside Campus Location
Wien Hall, Main Floor — Suite 108A (map to Disability Services)
411 West 116th St., Mail Code 3711
New York, NY 10027

Phone (212) 854-2388 (Voice/TTY)
Fax (212) 854-3448
Email disability@columbia.edu

Medical Center Campus Location
105 Bard Hall, 50 Haven Ave. (map to Disability Services at CUMC)
New York, NY 10032

Please note the accessible entrance is at the 60 Haven Ave. building entrance located just north of 50 Haven Ave.

Phone (212) 304-7029
Fax (212) 854-3448
Email disability@columbia.edu
 
Workplace Accommodations for Employees

Disability Services

Working with administrative assistance from HR Disability Services, DS manages support for employees of the University who are seeking accommodation for a temporary or permanent medical condition or disability.  Acting on a referral from HR Disability Benefits, DS works with an employee’s department to arrange temporary or permanent accommodations for a chronic condition, a temporary injury or the effects of a medical procedure.

For further information, please contact:

Phone/TTY (Morningside): 212-854-2388
Fax: 212-854-3448
Email: disability@columbia.edu

HR Disability Benefits

HR Disability Benefits coordinates intake for all employees self-identifying with a disability, explaining the application process and describing the documentation needed to support a request for service. All employees with disabilities are encouraged to self-identify and contact HR Disability Benefitss for a consultation.

For further information or assistance, please contact:

HR Disability Benefits

615 West 131st Street, MC 8703

Studebaker 4th Floor

New York, NY 10027

Telephone: (212) 851-7000

Fax: (212) 851-7069

Email: hrdisability@columbia.edu (link sends e-mail)