What are inclusive features?
Inclusive features are physical and virtual elements that enhance usability and well-being. Some examples of inclusive features are: lactation rooms, reflection spaces, gender-inclusive restrooms, break rooms, wheelchair access, curb cuts, commuter showers, wayfinding, and accessible electronic information and communication.
Do inclusive features all have the same priority?
No. While it is the intent of CSU to provide a large range of inclusive features, issues related to safety and legal requirements receive the highest priority. Lactation rooms and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance are two examples of features required by law.
What is the process for determining proximity and density needed for inclusive features?
CSU’s Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee is in the process of creating a formula to assess need and distribution of physical inclusive features. Distribution of inclusive features is determined by legal requirements, proximity or walking distance to similar features, and the needs of the CSU community.
What will happen with historic or legacy buildings?
The Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee is charged with ensuring an annual or periodic audit is conducted of existing buildings for compliance and to identify high-priority needs. Retrofits may also occur when a campus business unit chooses to incorporate inclusive features within their areas apart from proposed new construction or remodel projects and identifies funds or makes a budget request accordingly.
Will this policy extend to leased facilities?
The Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee will work with Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF) to ensure all parties to a lease give ample consideration to accessibility and inclusivity of their spaces.
Is this policy beyond state building code?
Yes. Many of the inclusive features supported by this policy meet and exceed ADA requirements and state building code. CSU building standards seek to incorporate principles of universal design, which allow individuals of all abilities to use the same product. An example is the installation of full-length mirrors so that a person in a wheelchair can see their whole body, as opposed to an angled mirror required by ADA.
What is Universal Design?
Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
How will you determine who has access to campus inclusivity resources?
The University is committed to an inclusive campus that contributes to the well-being and success of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors. This includes equitable access to University resources and facilities that support teaching, learning, living, commuting, working, visiting and engaging in discovery. It follows that inclusive University resources may not be limited to specific building occupants or units. Restrictions however, may be negotiated in circumstances where safety is a concern.
How will competing needs in multi-purpose spaces be managed?
An online scheduling system currently allows individuals to reserve spaces in advance. Additionally many spaces will operate as first come first serve.