The University is committed to providing equal opportunities to individuals with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law. Below is a list of resources available to facilitate access.
The main University of Chicago website has been built with accessibility in mind. The site is designed to provide a rich experience for users of both traditional browsers as well as assistive browsing technologies and mobile devices. Pages in the new site have been tested against a variety of web accessibility guidelines including Section 508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA.
If you have web accessibility questions, comments, or suggestions concerning the website, please visit the University’s website feedback page.
If you would like information on how to make your website more accessible, visit the UChicago Web Services page on Accessibility.
Please also consult the Center for Digital Accessibility as a resource. The Center provides digital accessibility consulting, assessment and training for students, faculty, other academic appointees, staff, and postdoctoral researchers. You may also contact The Center to report a barrier or make an accessiblity request.
Library Assistive Technology. Information on assistive technology available at University libraries.
Technology Assistance. For technology assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. In addition, IT Services staff hosts Accessible Tech Tuesdays on Tuesday afternoons between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. (and by appointment) at the IT Services Techbar (Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. First Floor). These sessions are regular drop-in office hours during which IT Services staff provide one-on-one or small group consultations and tutorials with a focus on accessible and assistive technologies.
Website Accessibility. For more information on website accessibility or to provide feedback.
Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
The University of Chicago will not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of disability. If you believe you or someone you know has been subject to discrimination or discriminatory harassment on the basis of disability, the University encourages you to report the incident online or by contacting the Office for Access and Equity.
The University offers numerous support services and referrals to anyone who has been subject to discrimination or discriminatory harassment. For more information on resources, including confidential resources, visit the Get Help page. In addition, the University’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct contains an appendix that lists support services and resources. The list includes legal, disciplinary, and medical support services, as well as resources specifically for students, faculty, and staff. It also includes on-campus and non-University resources.
For more information on discrimination and discriminatory harassment generally, visit the Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment page.
Events on Campus
The University of Chicago is committed to welcoming individuals with disabilities to events, meetings, or programs on and off campus. To that end, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to provide access for individuals with disabilities. For additional information on hosting inclusive and accessible events, see the Accessible Events Resource Guide and the Accessible Events Resource Guide Checklist.
Attending an event.
Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to attend or participate in a University event should contact the event sponsor in advance of the event for assistance.
For additional information on events, including the location and event sponsors for upcoming events, visit the UChicago Events page. Further, for additional information on the accessibility of a particular location on campus, visit the University of Chicago Maps page.
Planning an event.
Event sponsors are responsible for ensuring access at their events. We have listed a few guiding principles below, and for more information, you may review the Accessible Events Resource Guide and the Accessible Events Resource Guide Checklist or contact the Office for Access and Equity.
- Include a disability accommodation statement by providing the name and contact information of the person responsible for responding to reasonable accommodation requests on all event materials, for example: “If you have any questions about access or to request any disability-related reasonable accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, etc. please contact [insert name and contact information].” For pre-registration, consider asking attendees to identify any disability-related accommodation they may need, for example: “Please describe any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event.”
- Plan for accessibility-related expenses. The costs associated with disability access are considered part of the overall expense of an event. Most accommodation requests can be made at little or no cost, however.
- Select a location that is accessible and supports other reasonable accommodations, considering: availability of accessible parking and accessible drop-off areas; accessibility of primary entrance; availability of wheelchair accessible seating; clear signage; accessibility of restrooms and drinking fountains; adequacy of lighting and space; acoustics; accessibility of outdoor space.
Facilities Services Requests
Campus Construction For questions or concerns about accessibility during campus construction, you may contact Facilities Services by filing a report online, by email, or by calling Facilities Services at 4.1414 (campus phone) or 773.834.1414 (all other phones).
For information on Parking and Transportation, see below.
Student Disability Services
Charnessa Warren Director, Student Disability Services
You may also visit the Request an Accommodation page to learn more about the process.
Interpreting and Captioning Services
To request assistance coordinating interpreting or captioning services, please complete this Interpreting/Captioning Request Form.
Parking & Transportation
On-Campus Transportation Services. All campus bus and shuttle transportation is accessible to individuals with disabilities, including the Chicago Transit Authority Routes 170, 171, 172, and 192. The Evening Shuttles and Safe Ride also provide accessible transportation. In addition, the University offers transportation services for students with disabilities and injured students. For information on how to access these services contact Student Disability Services or visit the Transportation Services page for more information.
Public Transportation Services
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The CTA provides fully accessible services on most of its bus routes and rail (“el”) services, and provides door-to-door paratransit services to those who qualify.
Metra. All train lines in the Metra system are fully accessible. Service spans all six counties in metropolitan Chicago.
PACE Bus. PACE provides fully accessible transit services within the six county metropolitan Chicago area, and door-to-door paratransit services for those who qualify. For more information on Getting Around, see above, or visit the University of Chicago Map for additional information on accessible parking and accessible routes.
In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). For additional information regarding the University of Chicago’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, please see: http://harassmentpolicy.uchicago.edu/page/policy.
The University official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Nondiscrimination is Bridget Collier, Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity Programs. Ms. Collier also serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action Officer, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator. You may contact Ms. Collier by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 773.702.5671, or by writing to Bridget Collier, Office of the Provost, The University of Chicago, 5525 S. Ellis Ave., Suite B, Chicago, IL 60637.