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Disability Services

The Columbia University Office of Disability Services serves students within all Columbia University schools and departments. The ODS works with each student and their school to address specific needs. Emphasis is placed on students' development of independence, self-sufficiency, and self-advocacy necessary for success in the academic setting. Close coordination with campus offices and departments helps to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are met. In addition, the office serves as a resource center to the entire campus community on disability services and issues within the University and metropolitan area.

The staff of the Office of Disability Services is committed to fulfilling the University's obligation to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The Office of Disability Services surveys and determines the specific needs of students with disabilities, and develops and implements programs and policies to meet those needs by enabling these students to achieve their academic and personal potential, and facilitates their integration into all aspects of campus life.

For more information please contact:

Colleen Lewis, MS, CRC
Director, Disability Services
Lerner Hall, Suite 802
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
212-854-2378 (tdd)
212-854-3448 (fax)

The Role of the Disability Liaison at SIPA

Each school or division at Columbia University has a designated disability liaison. The liaison acts as administrator, facilitator, and consultant with the Columbia Office of Disability Services for students and faculty. The liaison facilitates administrative items such as providing documentation for professors about student accommodations as well as assisting the SIPA community address issues that may arise over the course of the semester related to disability services. The liaison will also work with students and faculty to coordinate services and address questions or concerns that a faculty member may have regarding a student's needs or other questions regarding disabilities services at Columbia in general.

SIPA Liaison for Students with Disabilities
Sara J. Doyle, Assistant Dean
Student Affairs Office
420 West 118th Street, 6th Floor
212-854-1657 (fax)