Services for Students with Disabilities

The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office provides services and accommodations for students who have a documented disability. The SSD Office coordinates support services for all students who self-identify and provide verification of their disability while attending Columbia.

Students with a disability must register with the SSD Office in order to receive accommodations based upon their disability. The Office of SSD has adaptive equipment and software in a dedicated computer lab. SSD staff also works with faculty to provide in-class or other campus accommodations.  

Additionally the SSD offices provides and coordinates resources and support for deaf and hard of hearing students. Students should contact the Coordinator of Interpreting Services as soon as they are admitted into Columbia to make the necessary arrangements for services. Please contact the Interpreting Coordinator at 312.369.8295/voice or 312.957.4866/video phone colum.edu/interpreting.  

Grievance Procedure for Students with Disabilities

If a Columbia student believes that he or she has been discriminated against because of a disability by any Columbia personnel, he or she has the right to seek a review of such concerns. A student with a disability has the option of pursuing either an informal complaint or a formal grievance. If a student opts to pursue an informal complaint, he or she may later pursue a formal grievance if not satisfied with the resolution of the informal process.

A student who is uncertain about filing a formal grievance may consult informally with the SSD Office. or Columbia's current 504 Coordinator,

Sharon Wilson-Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

623 S. Wabash Ave., Room 301

312.369.7221