Disability Services

Health Services at Columbia University Office of Disability Services (ODS) faciliatates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services. ODS also provides assistance to students with temporary injuries and illnesses.

Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policy, practices, and procedures that "level the playing field" for students with disabilities as long as such adjustments do not lessen academic or programmatic requirements. Examples include administration of exams, services such as note-taking, sign language interpreters, assistive technology, and coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are designed to match the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documented needs and the student’s program requirements. Columbia considers its faculty and academic program staff to be important partners in the University's efforts to reasonably accommodate students with disabilities. With this in mind, Columbia has established a network of Disability Services Liaisons to facilitate equal access to all University programs for students with disabilities. The Liaison for P&S is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, P&S Room 3-401, (212) 305-3806.

Registration includes submission of both the "Application for Accommodations and Services" and disability documentation provided by a licensed clinician. The application and guidelines for disability documentation are available online and at the ODS office located on the Morningside and Medical Center campuses. Students are encouraged to register with ODS at the time of their matriculation at Columbia University. Review of requests for accommodation and disability documentation may take two to three weeks to complete. Please note that students are not eligible to receive reasonable accommodations until the registration process is complete

Colleen Lewis
Director

Neera Jain
CUMC Program Coordinator/Assistant Director

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Morningside Campus
Location: 2920 Broadway at 114th Street
MC 2605, Alfred Lerner Hall, 7th Floor
Phone: (212) 854-2388
Phone (TTY): (212) 854-2378
Fax: (212) 854-3448
Email: disability@columbia.edu
Web: www.health.columbia.edu

Medical Center Campus
Location: 50 Haven Avenue, 101 Bard Hall
Phone: (212) 304-7029