Architectural Accessibility at MSU

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for full participation in all programs, services and activities. As part of this commitment, MSU has included the evolving set of state, national and local accessibility/barrier free standards throughout the past 30+ years to provide an increasingly accessible learning and work environment.
 
Beyond integration of the evolving accessibility codes in each new construction project, MSU has served as a lead innovator in technologies that often extend beyond state and national guidelines for accessible design. During the 1980s MSU was a pioneer of new concepts in automatic snow melt systems at building entrances, adoption of more accessible elevator control panels, and innovations in slip resistant entrance ramps.
 
MSU strives to employ concepts of universal design to more fully integrate accessibility features in new and existing structures. Each year the university sets aside funds for new projects that further the goal of maximizing access to all campus facilities. Working closely with The Office of Planning and Budget/Facility Planning (OPB) and other campus units, an active plan for addressing any architectural issues that arise is well underway. We maintain an online suggestion box that invites students, staff, and visitors to identify these architectural issues for improvement.
 
Other campus units include Space Management, Athletic Facility planners, Campus Park and Planning, Residential and Hospitality Services and Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. They, along with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, routinely solicit and incorporate feedback from the MSU community and in particular people with disabilities toward enhanced campus accessibility.