ODS Resources

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Classroom accommodations such as interpretive services/CART for the deaf or HOH, preferred seating, arrangements for note takers and live scribe technology, adaptive tables and chairs, assisted listening devices, and other individualized accommodations deemed appropriate.

ODS Academic Resources

  • One-On-One Academic Support including, but is not limited to, time management and organization, study skills, note taking, test taking, adaptive tech training, academic advisement, and sponsorship of tutoring in a wide variety of subjects and study skills
  • Workshops/Group Work based on student need: study groups can be customized for a particular subject or desired training
  • Smart Pen/Live Scribe Pen training
  • Read and Write Gold training
  • Newsletter—Student Edition, our newsletter, and other timely communications which keep students informed about important deadlines, accommodations and services, adaptive technology, and news and issues
  • Learning Assessment Center


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The Office of Disability Services (ODS) works closely with the Housing Office to ensure accessibility. University departments and staff including Housing to ensure accessibility. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, adaptive alarms, adaptive door bells, adaptive telephones, brailed information, and accessible restrooms. To request accommodations, click here for housing accommodations.

SU Safety Department Evacuation Procedures: 
Emergency Procedures Reference Guide:
Housing and Meal Plans: 

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Service and Emotional Support Animals

Syracuse University is committed to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities who require the assistance of service or emotional support animals.


Service Animal: A “service animal” is any animal trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The tasks a service animal provides include but are not limited to: guiding individuals with impaired vision; alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders or sound; providing minimal (non-violent) protection or rescue work; pulling a wheelchair; assisting an individual during a seizure; or fetching dropped items.

Emotional Support Animal: An “emotional support animal” (“ESA”) is an animal that provides comfort to an individual with a disability upon the recommendation of a healthcare or mental health professional. An emotional support animal does not assist a person with a disability with activities of daily living but rather its role is to live with a student and alleviate the symptoms of an individual’s disability to provide equal opportunities to use and enjoy residential life at the University.

Pet: A pet is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship unrelated to a disability. A pet is not considered a service animal or an emotional support animal, and therefore, it is not covered by this policy. Students are not allowed to have pets on University property.

To request an emotional support animal use the emotional support animal request form.

To read more about Syracuse University’s Service and Support Animal Policy.

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Interpreter Services and Captioning

There is a broad spectrum of services and accommodations that may be provided for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Services and accommodations are provided in consultation with the student and may include, but are not limited to, interpreter services, transliteration, and/or Computer Aided Realtime Translation (CART).

The provision of these services is an interactive process involving the student, the ODS Counselor, and service providers located in the Syracuse community. The resource pool of providers for some services is extremely limited in the greater Syracuse area. Therefore, students are encouraged to submit a request for these services to their ODS Counselor.

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Building/Classroom Accommodations

Syracuse University is committed to ensuring architectural and programmatic access for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) works closely with University departments and staff to ensure that the classes in which a student is enrolled are located in buildings and classrooms that are accessible. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, moving a class or meeting to another location, providing accessible furniture, providing necessary technology, and/or providing other needed adjustments.

Assistive technology and Assistive Listening Systems are permanently installed in many of the campus auditoriums and/or large lecture classrooms. Portable Assistive Listening Systems are also available for loan through the Office of Disability Services.

The Syracuse University Safety Department works to provide a safe campus environment. Students who anticipate a need for assistance during an emergency evacuation should follow the guidelines outlined by the Safety Department. If a student with a disability anticipates that they may have difficulty in evacuating a campus building, they should request that the ODS arrange to have a copy of their class location and times be put on file with the Department of Public Safety.

SU Safety Department Evacuation Procedures: 
Emergency Procedures Reference Guide: http://emergencyguide.syr.edu/

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Snow Removal

The Syracuse University Access Map and Guide highlights priority snow removal routes in red. In addition, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) works closely with students and University Grounds Department to develop a regular priority snow removal schedule for each semester. In an effort to ensure an accessible path of travel for students with a mobility impairment, ODS will submit a student’s class schedule to the Grounds Department upon request. During the day or evening, students may also contact the Grounds Department to request assistance with snow removal.
Day time requests: 315-443-4984
Evening requests: 315-443-1535 or 315-443-1532
Emergency – 24 hours: 315-443-1234

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Personal Aides/Equipment

Students with disabilities may require the use of personal aids and specialized equipment. Students are responsible for providing their own personal devices or services, including, but not limited to wheelchairs, wheelchair repair, personal transportation, computers and software for use at home; individually prescribed devices, eyeglasses, hearing aids, alternate format of materials unrelated to academic course, or services of a personal nature including assistance in eating, dressing, or other activities of daily living. ODS will assist students in contacting agencies or organizations in the Syracuse community that may be available to provide needed assistance.

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Study Abroad

The Office of Disability Services facilitates disability related support services and accommodations for students studying abroad. While support services and accommodations are intended to provide equal access, the accessibility of facilities in other countries may be limited and support services may be provided in a manner that differs from the delivery of services on the Syracuse University campus. Students are advised to discuss the availability of accommodations at various international study abroad sites with SU Abroad and ODS staff.

For more information on SU Abroad: http://suabroad.syr.edu/
For more information on SU Abroad Special Needs:

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Parking & Transportation


Disabled spaces and permits are designated by signs bearing the national disabled parking symbol. These spaces are for use by students, faculty and staff members with disabilities as defined by federal and state law.  Special parking is not available for reasons other than disabilities.

    • If you have a government issued placard allowing you to park in spaces designated for parking for people with disabilities then:
  1. If you also already have an SU parking permit for a specific lot, please provide a copy of that government issued placard to Parking Services and you can use the designated disabled parking spaces in your assigned lot.
  2. If you do not already have an SU parking permit and upon providing a copy of the government issued placard to Parking Services, you will be granted priority to apply for and purchase a parking permit (at regular rates).
  3. If you are not assigned to a lot that best meets your needs, you will be assigned to the Fine lot which has a fully accessible shuttle which runs on a regular basis throughout the day.  When the shuttle is not running (e.g., evenings, weekends, and University breaks), the Fine permit allows for parking at alternate locations on campus.
    • If you do not have a government issued placard but you have a disability as defined by federal and state law, you will be assigned to the Fine lot for 30 days to allow you to obtain the government-issued placard.
    • If you do not have a government issued placard but you have a temporary medical condition such that you need special parking, you will be assigned to the Fine lot for 30 days.  If additional time is needed or if you have questions or concerns please direct your request per below.

If you are a student—to the:

Health Services

111 Waverly Ave.

Syracuse, New York 13244

Phone: 315-443-9001

Fax: 315-443-9010

E-Mail: jlperr01@syr.edu


If you are a faculty member or an employee—to the:

Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services

Steele Hall, Room 003
Syracuse, New York 13244
Phone:  (315) 443-5367

Fax: (315) 443-5021

Email: e-eoirs@syr.edu


Syracuse University contracts with CENTRO (Central New York Regional Transportation Authority) to operate campus shuttle routes as well as “free fare” zones for SU students on its regular routes. Information regarding schedules, routes, as well as transportation options available on and off campus can be found on the Syracuse University Parking and Transit Services website. CENTRO operates buses and shuttles that are wheelchair accessible.

Parking and Transit Services:

On Campus Transportation

Syracuse University Campus Shuttle: http://centro.org/
University Escort – Shuttle U Home:

Campus Parking

Procedures and Application for Special Parking Consideration: http://parking.syr.edu
Note: Click on Faculty/Staff & Student Parking and then Disabled/Medical Parking

Off Campus Transportation

The Central New York Regional Transportation Authority operates a Call-a-Bus service designed to meet the special needs of individuals who are elderly and/or disabled. Customers must be pre-registered to use the Call-A-Bus service. Call for registration forms between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. For more information: http://www.centro.org/callabus.aspx Phone: 315-442-3434

CENTRO Fixed Route


Phone: 315-442-3400

For additional information and transportation links:
Parking and Transit Services: 

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