ADA Resources/Contacts

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (“UCCS”) is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the University community. As part of this effort, UCCS is committed to providing students, faculty, staff, and visitors with equal access and opportunity to all university programs, activities, and facilities. The University strives to promote an environment that free from both physical barriers and barriers of attitude.

In accordance with federal and state laws, including but not limited to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the University prohibits discrimination based on disability in the application process, employment relationship, programs, services, and activities.

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that no qualified individual with a disability be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities at UCCS. This act applies to virtually all aspects of campus activities, including employment, student programming, and services provided to the community at large. As part of the University’s campus-wide ADA compliance program, the links on this webpage provide you with many ADA and disability-related resources. As a student at UCCS, you can access services through UCCS Disability Services), https://www.uccs.edu/disability/. Any questions pertaining to faculty and staff with disabilities can be addressed through the ADA Coordinator in the Human Resources Department https://www.uccs.edu/hr/employee-relations/ada.

Related Policies

UCCS Policy 300-021 "Disability Access and Accommodation”.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS or University) is committed to providing access,
support, and when appropriate, reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments to persons with disabilities. UCCS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission and access to, and
treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. (Regent Law, Article 10).
Additionally, UCCS follows state building code ANSI 117.1 when designing and constructing new and
remodeled facilities. 

UCCS Policy 400-012 "Animals on Campus”  
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) recognizes that individuals with certain types of disabilities may require animal assistance while on campus. UCCS is committed to making reasonable accommodations to its rules, policies, and practices when necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to access its programs, services, and activities.

Please review the Discrimination and Harassment Policy for filing a complaint of disability discrimination or harassment.

Internal Links

Campus Recreation offers access to ADA accessible fitness equipment and provides a hearing loop system for individuals with hearing impairments who are interested in participating in fitness classes. The Wellness Center’s free cooking classes provide an opportunity for students of all abilities to learn how to cook healthy meal options. The entire Recreation and Wellness Center is ADA accessible and we welcome students of all abilities to participate in our events, activities, and to take advantage of our convenient, affordable services.  https://campusrec.uccs.edu/   https://www.uccs.edu/recwellness/

Digital Accessibility – UCCS is committed to ensuring that our web environment is accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. As a community, we work together toward meeting and exceeding accessibility standards as defined by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA of the World Wide Web Consortium - Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI). https://www.uccs.edu/accessibilitystatement 

Disability Services – Disability services provides registered students with academic accommodations and academic skills mentoring, provides resources to faculty regarding student academic accommodations, assists students with temporary medical conditions and injuries, and provides training to the campus on disability- related issues upon request. ). https://www.uccs.edu/disability/

Event and Conference Services – UCCS is committed to accessible and inclusive experiences   for its diverse community members. https://www.uccs.edu/conferenceserv/ 

  • UCCS Presents 
  • Conferencing 
  • Ticketing 

Facilities - UCCS is committed to providing access across campus, including building entrances and pathways.

  • Report snow and / or ice impacting accessible pathways.
  • View updates on construction.

Link to Facilities Services Work Request page:
https://www.uccs.edu/facsrvs/work-request


Faculty Resource Center - Faculty play a key role when it comes to providing access to our students with disabilities. Faculty must maintain the confidentiality of students with disabilities and allow private meetings to discuss letters of accommodations. Although it requires some forethought, all faculty members should strive to follow the principles of Universal Design of Instruction for the benefit of all students. https://www.uccs.edu/frc/teaching_resources/accessibility 

Human Resources – The ADA Coordinator provides employee accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, pregnancy accommodations, and ASL services, assists with access concerns, advises on event accessibility, and is a resource for all campus ADA questions or concerns.   https://www.uccs.edu/hr/employee-relations/ada

Map of Accessible Doors and Routes - To view accessible doors and routes on campus, please go to https://map.uccs.edu, click on “Landmarks” tab on right side of map, then click on the “Accessible Doors” box or the "Accessible Routes" box.

Office of Institutional Equity - The office investigates allegations of discrimination, harassment and related retaliation based upon an individual's Protected Class. For more information please visit the following web page https://www.uccs.edu/equity/ 

Parking – There are numerous ADA accessible parking spaces located throughout campus.  These ADA accessible spaces require the display of a state-issued disabled license plate or placard.  In lots that also require “payment for parking,” the display of the state-issued disabled plate/placard AND payment for parking privileges is necessary.  To view locations of disabled parking on campus, please go to https://map.uccs.edu, click on “Landmarks” tab on right side of map, then click on the “Accessible Parking” box.  The UCCS map will show locations of disabled parking on the West Campus, Central Campus and East Campus. UCCS Parking Services also offers current students and employees special reserved “Z permit” spaces for those with temporary injuries or other temporary medical conditions that do not necessarily need ADA accessible parking. For more information about disabled parking options, please go to https://www.uccs.edu/pts/parking/everyone/disabled-parking.

The Rave Guardian app will offer other features that will enhance safety on campus:

  • Virtual escort: Rave Guardian offers users additional security with a safety timer. Users choose to have their peers or UCCS Police monitor walks, ensuring they get to their destinations safely. If a problem arises, UCCS Police is immediately notified and can view users' locations and key profile information. If a situation escalates at anytime, an emergency call is just one click away for users.
  • Confidential text messaging: Two-way confidential texting with UCCS Police to report any suspicious activity, text and images, discreetly through your smartphones. Text conversations can also be listed as anonymous if you are worried about retaliation or injuring a relationship.
  • Targeted Notifications: Send geo-targeted push notifications to the community based on their real-time locations, even if they don't have a cell signal. "This was identified as a need in our recent lockdown drills where community members did not receive the text message," Pino said. "As long as you are connected to the UCCS WiFi you will receive the emergency notification."
  • Help with a push of a button: The app connects you directly with 911 or UCCS Police through one click of a button. 

For specific questions please contact UCCS Police Department at https://www.uccs.edu/police/ I have a note out to see if people should be calling dispatch or if there is a less urgent number that they should be calling. 

The Kraemer Family Library is committed to providing everyone with equal access to library programs, services, and materials.  A complete list of services is available on the library's website:
https://www.uccs.edu/library/services/students-with-disabilities

Transportation – UCCS operates on-campus shuttles to help transport passengers from far parking lots to the main campus.  Shuttles are in operation Monday – Friday from 6:40 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. while classes are in session.  All campus shuttles have ADA accessible wheelchair lifts.  For more information about campus shuttle schedules, please go to https://www.uccs.edu/pts/transportation

External Links

•    DOJ/ADA: http://www.ada.gov/
•    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/adaaa_info.cfm
•    Section 504, Rehabilitation Act: http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/sec504.htm
•    Guide to Disability Rights Laws: http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm
•    Web Accessibility Initiative: http://www.w3.org/WAI/
•    NCLD - National Center for Learning Disabilities: https://www.ncld.org/