The history of Colorado State University goes back to the late 19th century when it was constituted as Colorado Agricultural College, the land-grant institution for the state. From that time through the present, campus buildings have been constructed under a variety of guiding principles and design characteristics. It was not until the late 1970’s, however, that physical access was taken into account. As a result, the physical accessibility of campus may vary from building to building.
Due to the regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, CSU continues to improve the physical access of all its buildings as well as the surrounding landscape. This improvement plan includes exterior as well as interior spaces.
Classroom and administrative buildings, in general, provide physical access at least to the first floor. Most will provide access to other levels through elevators. While not all locations may be physically accessible to someone using a wheelchair, all programs and services will be made accessible to a person either through temporary relocation (e.g., changing the assigned classroom) or by providing a service in an alternative location (e.g, meeting an advisor on the first floor).
The interior access may also vary from building to building. The major buildings on campus such as the library and student center may provide a different level of physical access then perhaps a building that is primarily used for research. Retrofitting existing buildings usually results in modifications that might only minimally provide usability. This includes accessible restrooms, water fountains, automatic doors and ramps. At least one restroom in each academic classroom building will be accessible to those using wheelchairs and at least one entrance will be level for entry/exit purposes.
For more information about the accessibility of campus buildings visit the Campus Accessibility Map.
If a student has difficulty getting around campus due to a mobility impairment or disability our office offers limited transportation accommodations. We can offer students rides around campus in our accessible vehicle. To learn more about the transportation accommodations we offer please visit our Transportation Accommodations page.
In addition to the transportation accommodations our office offers, there are a variety of transportation resources available in the community. To learn more about the transportation resources available in the community visit out Community Transportation Resources page
Parking on campus is at a premium. There is a charge to park on campus for everyone. Some lots have parking meters; others are restricted to specific groups and require a CSU parking permit. Most lots will have specific spaces designated as “ADA” spaces, either by a blue sign or blue parking meter. In order to park in the unmetered ADA spaces, you will need a CSU “H” Parking Permit. Parking at any blue parking meters requires you to pay (unless you have a CSU “H” Parking Permit.)
Regardless of your State Disability permit, in order to park in any ADA spaces (with or without a meter), you will need a CSU “H” parking pass or another parking pass. The cost of the “H” parking permit is equivalent to the cost faculty and staff pay for the privilege of parking in lots that are closer to the center of campus. The “H” parking permit allows you to park in restricted lots but does not limit you to only designated ADA spaces. If you choose to park in a blue metered space, you are required to pay unless you have a CSU “H” Parking Permit.
Most of the general ADA spaces are larger than average spaces and some will provide enough room for vans with lifts. However, these spots may not always be available during peak daytime hours. It is suggested that you come early to campus in order to find the most convenient spot for your needs. A limited number of ADA spaces may be reserved for specific drivers (via license plate). If you park in any of these, you run the risk of being towed regardless of whether or not you have a CSU “H” Parking Permit.
Verification of the need for a CSU “H” parking permit is required. For more information, contact Parking and Transportation Services, located in the Lake Street Garage, 970-491-7041.
Reporting Access Barriers
If you experience a barrier preventing you from accessing a building or area of campus please do not hesitate to contact us to report it so we can work to have the issue resolved.