The University of Kansas strives to operate each service or activity so that, when viewed in its entirety, it is accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. However, KU aspires to do more than comply with the letter of accessibility laws. Our goal is to endorse a campus climate that will sustain attention to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the spirit in which it was designed and provide the KU campus community a climate of inclusiveness.
To help achieve this goal, KU has developed a transition plan to begin transforming its facilities to provide even greater accessibility for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities.
The current transition plan was created in 2013 by the Architectural Accessibility and Inclusion Committee which includes several members with various disabilities and representatives of organizations that advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Addition and Prioritization of Items
New items are typically added to the transition plan in one of two ways:
- A person alerts the Office of Accessibility and ADA Education or Design and Construction Management of an area on campus that could be improved for accessibility.
- A new built environments is added to the KU campus.
The Architectural Accessibility and Inclusion Committee votes to prioritize items on the transition plan.
The current plan for academic facilities, created in 2013, is illustrated in the table below. The Department of Student Housing maintains a separate transition plan for student housing facilities. If you have comments, questions, or recommendations for additions to the plan, please contact our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 785-864-4946.
|FY||Location||Project #||Project Title||Completion|
|2012||Strong Hall||Fire alarm strobe upgrades||12/2012|
|2012||Lippincott||008/9023||New elevator and accessible entrance||08/2012|
|2012||Murphy Hall||076/9550||Fire alarm strobes installed in courtyard||09/2012|
|2012||Watson Library||022/9421||Accessible ramp replacement||08/2012|
|2013||Campus||Lz_u/8715||Signage for accessible route from Sunnyside to Jayhawk Blvd||01/2013|
|2013||Lippincott||Add handrails to interior stairs||02/2013|
|2013||Murphy Hall||076/9878||Add ramp - Crafton-Preyer Lobby||06/2013|
|2013||Carruth-O'Leary Hall||077/9787||Make IOA office compliant with 2010 ADA standards||06/2013|
|2013||Murphy Hall||Modify Circle Drive at Entrance to coordinate with Parking Lot 54||09/2013|
|2013||Parking Lot 54||#G2/8997||Parking Lot Reconstruction – Accessible parking and ramps ($233,200)||09/2013|
|2013||Ecohawks||233/9886||New building - ADA parking and building elements||06/2013|
|2013||Jayhawk Blvd.||Lz_u/9780||Jayhawk Boulevard Improvements – Ramps, Crosswalks, Sidewalks (Phase 1)||09/2013|
|2014||Murphy Hall||076/9880||Add Elevator that serves 2nd and 3rd floors||08/2014|
|2014||High Bay||088/8941||New building - ADA parking and building elements|
|2014||LEEP 2||088/8941||New building - ADA parking and building elements|
|2014||Parking Lot 8||Lz_h/10252||Relocate accessible parking stall and add curb cut|
|2014||Parking Lot 129||G1/10269||Add accessible parking stall|
|2014||Jayhawk Blvd.||Lz_u/9781||Jayhawk Boulevard Improvements – Ramps, Crosswalks, Sidewalks (Phase 2)||09/2014|
|2014||Twente Hall||Add automatic door and curb cut||Spring 2014|
|2015||DeBruce Center||Expansion - new building - ADA parking and building elements|
|2015||Business School||New building - ADA parking and building elements|
|2015||New Dorms||New building - ADA parking and building elements|
|2015||Jayhawk Blvd.||Lz_u/9782||Jayhawk Boulevard Improvements – Ramps, Crosswalks, Sidewalks (Phase 3)||09/2015|
|2015||Strong Hall||037/5638||Add accessible ramp to front of building`||ABC vote scheduled for Summer, 2014|
|2016||Jayhawk Blvd.||Lz_u/9783||Jayhawk Boulevard Improvements – Ramps, Crosswalks, Sidewalks (Phase 4)||09/2016|
|Task||Campus||Update KU-DCM interior wayfinding accessibility signage||ABC vote, 2014|
|Task||Campus||9716||Accessible Route Identification from Dorms on West Campus to Jayhawk Blvd.||Spring, 2014|
|Task||Campus||9717||Accessible Route Identification from North and East to Jayhawk Blvd.||Spring, 2014|
|Future||Accessible Path||Ramp/Stairs North of Malott on Hawk Route to be compliant to 2010 ADA||ABC vote, 2015|
|Future||Smith Hall||Add elevator and automatic door (door not voted on by ABC)||ABC vote, 2015|
|Future||Wescoe Hall||Add automatic door at SE corner close to accessible parking stalls||ABC vote|
|Future||Parking Lot 16||Analysis of accessibility||2013|
|Future||Murphy Hall||076/10195||Modify restrooms on 3rd floor west area to be compliant||ABC vote scheduled for 07/2014|
|Future||Accessible Path||Accessible sidewalk extending from Recreation Center to Computer Center lab between future tennis courts and Watkins Health||By 2016|
|Future||Haworth Hall||104/10310||Modify restrooms on 3rd floor Steward Wing to be compliant with 2010 ADA||By 2017|
|Future||Malott||Railing on North Door on one side||By 2017|
|Future||Parking Lot 37||Add access aisle from 11 accessible parking spaces to Dole Center||By 2017|
|Future||Dole Institute||Add automatic door openers in bathrooms||By 2017|
|Future||Strong Hall||Pooling at back of building||Summer, 2014|
|Future||Natural History Museum||Review if ramp can be added in place of lift||By 2016|
|Future||Memorial Drive||Add an access aisle from parking to buildings||During reconstruction of Memorial Drive in 2017|
|Future||Robinson||Extra pool lift - interim measures include that two pools in Robinson are close and the pool lift purchased in 2012 can be transferred||By 2016|
|Future||Watkins Health Center||Upgrade one elevator to be 2010 compliant and programmed as exit elevator||By 2017|
|Future||Carruth-O'Leary Hall||Replace Carruth bathroom hand-crank towel dispensers||By 2017|
|Future||Campus||Add ADA desks to classrooms with non-fixed seating||All new classrooms|
|Future||Watson Library||022-10431||Add a wheelchair accessible stall to both men's and women's restrooms on 3rd floor||2015|