Accessibility in the Workplace

Olds-Upton Temporary Accessibility Plan (Updated October 6, 2023)

Olds Upton has passed the final inspections necessary for occupancy. While there is still restoration work to be done, the critical life-safety, electrical and HVAC systems are operational. Due to the long lead-time on elevator components, those repairs will not be complete for some time. It will continue to be necessary to use alternate locations for classes or meetings that include individuals who are unable to use the stairs. A temporary accessibility plan has been approved by building officials.

Belonging for all.

Kalamazoo College strives to support a sense of belonging for all members of our community.

Workplace Accommodations


The College shall provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified employee with a disability to enable them to perform the essential duties of their job.

Workplace Accommodations
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Accessibility Barriers


Report an accessibility barrier to HR and Accessibility Services at K. We will address all concerns as soon as possible. Thank you.

Report an Accessibility Barrier

Accessible Parking & Campus Routes


Learn about accessible parking around campus along with barrier free access to campus buildings.

Accessible Parking & Campus Routes

Accessible Meeting & Event Guide


Creating accessible events ensures that all participants/attendees can fully engage in the event. We’ve shared some suggestions to ensure that your event is as inclusive as possible.

See the Accessible Meeting & Event Guide

Accessible Parking and Barrier Free Routes

Accessible Parking

Limited handicapped parking spaces are clearly marked and available throughout campus, both on street parking near campus buildings and in campus lots. Handicapped spaces are reserved for vehicles with appropriate state permit.

Campus Parking Lots

Please note that Academy Street is closed at the east end of campus near Stadium Drive.

Campus Buildings with Barrier-Free Access

Most campus buildings are fully accessible. Due to the various hills and steps on campus, it helps to know how to best access these buildings.

Admission Center

The Admission Center is easily accessible from the entrance off of Thompson Street. Suggested Parking: Park on Thompson Street or in the Admission Center parking lot off of Thompson Street.

Anderson Athletic Center

The gymnasium of Anderson Athletic Center is accessible from the entrance off of Academy Street. Suggested Parking: Park on Academy Street or in the lot behind the building, whose entrance is off of Academy Street just past the building.

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

The Arcus Center is easily accessible from the entrance off of Monroe Street. There is also a circle drive where individuals can be dropped off. Suggested Parking: Park on Monroe Street across from the building (2 hour parking only) or on Academy in front the building.

Dewing Hall

Dewing Hall is served by an elevator, and the entrance on the Quad-side of the building is barrier-free. Suggested Parking: Park in the Trowbridge lot and follow the sidewalk to the Quad-side entrance of the building.

Dow Science Center

Enter Dow through the main entrance off of the Upper Fine Arts parking lot. An elevator at the main entrance serves the buildings various levels. Suggested Parking: Park on Thompson Street or in the Upper Fine Arts lot off of Thompson Street.

Fitness & Wellness Center

The Fitness & Wellness Center is accessible through the main entrance off of Academy and Catherine Streets. An elevator past the front desk will take you to the second floor. Suggested Parking: Park along Academy or Catherine Streets.

Kalamazoo College Field House

The field house at the Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex is accessible through the main entrance off of West Michigan Avenue. An elevator off of the main entrance will take you to the second floor/Hornets Suite. Suggested Parking: Park in the Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex lot off of West Michigan Avenue.

Light Fine Arts Building

The Light Fine Arts Building is easily accessible from the south (rear) entrance by the Upper Fine Arts parking lot. The building is served by an elevator and various ramps. Suggested Parking: Park on Thompson Street or in the Upper Fine Arts lot off of Thompson Street.

Mandelle Hall

Mandelle Hall does not have an elevator, however, the first and second floors entrances have ramps. The first floor of the building may be accessed from a ramp on the Academy-side of the building. The second floor lobby may be accessed via a ramp on the Quad-side of the building. Suggested Parking: For access to the first floor, park on Academy Street. For access to the second floor, park in the Trowbridge Lot and follow the sidewalk to the Quad-side entrance of the building.

Nelda K. Balch Playhouse

The Balch Playhouse lobby is accessible by ramp at the main entrance of the building, just off of the Upper Fine Arts parking lot. Suggested Parking: Park on Thompson Street or in the Upper Fine Arts lot off of Thompson Street.

Olds-Upton Hall

Enter Olds-Upton through the south entrance off of Campus Drive (between Olds-Upton and Hoben Hall) for easiest access to ramps and the building’s elevator. Suggested Parking: Park on Academy Street or in the lot at the east end of Hicks Center (between Hicks and Hoben Hall).

Stetson Chapel

Stetson Chapel is accessible by ramp from the south side of the building closest to the Hicks Center. Suggested Parking: Park in the Trowbridge lot and follow the sidewalk to the ramp on the south side of Stetson Chapel.

Upjohn Library Commons

The library is fully accessible. Enter the building through the main entrance on Thompson Street for access to the elevator. Suggested Parking: Park on Thompson Street or in the Upper Fine Arts lot off of Thompson Street.

Weimer K. Hicks Center

The Hicks Center is fully accessible. Please enter the building through the main entrance on the Quad-side of the building for the easiest access to the elevator. There is also a ramp located on the southeast end of the building. Suggested Parking: Park in the lot at the east end of the building, between the Weimer K. Hicks Center and Hoben Hall. Enter from Campus Drive on Academy Street (between Olds-Upton Hall and Hoben Hall).

For additional guides please see the Campus Map

Additional Accessibility Resources

Questions?

Please contact the Human Resources department by emailing hr@kzoo.edu or calling 269.337.7225 for questions relating to accessibility in the workplace.