Services for Students with Disabilities
The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office coordinates support services and accommodations for students with a disability who self-identify and provide verification of their disability while attending Columbia. Disabilities include physical, psychological, and learning disabilities, and may be permanent or temporary.
Students with a disability must register with the SSD Office to receive accommodations based upon their disability. The SSD Office has adaptive equipment and software in a dedicated computer lab. The SSD Office also works with faculty and staff to provide in-class and other campus accommodations. While all students with a disability are encouraged to contact the SSD Office about services as early as possible, deaf and hard of hearing students should contact the Coordinator of Interpreting Services as soon as they are admitted into Columbia to make the necessary arrangements for services at (312) 369-8295 (voice) or students.colum.edu/ssd/interpreting-services. Video phones are available onsite.
Grievance Procedure for Students with Disabilities
If a Columbia student believes that they have been discriminated against because of a disability by any Columbia personnel, the student 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, the student may later pursue a formal grievance if not satisfied with the resolution of the informal process. A student who is uncertain about filing a official grievance may consult informally with the SSD Office or Columbia’s current 504 Coordinator: Douglas Eck, Ed.D., Dean of Students | 623 S Wabash Ave., Room 303 | (312) 369-8595