Accessibility and Travel
All buildings at FGCU are accessible. You may check with Adaptive Services for accessible routes and entrances. Information is also available on accessible restrooms and elevators. There are a few places on campus that may have limited accessibility, especially during construction periods. If you need to use one of these areas, contact Adaptive Services for alternatives. If you need to meet with a faculty/staff member that has an office in a limited accessible area, you should contact them and arrange to meet in an alternate site.
Adaptive Services does not provide ongoing travel assistance. FGCU's Student Government has shuttle services that provide transportation between the residence halls and main campus. If you need assistance getting from class to class, you may contact Adaptive Services for assistance. If assistance is needed for an extended period of time, you will need to ask friends, peers, classmates, etc. to help transport you around campus.
In the event of an emergency situation such as wheelchair or scooter breakdown, you may contact Adaptive Services for assistance in getting to your classes. There is limited transportation during summer sessions, holidays and academic breaks. If you will need assistance during these times, contact Adaptive Services for availability and possible alternatives.
Service Animal Policy
Definition of Terms
Service Animals – Defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
Therapy and Companion Animals (Pet) – Animals that provide comfort, but have no special training.
Students requesting the use of a service animal as an accommodation for a disability must register with the Office of Adaptive Services and respond to the following queries regarding the service animal.
- Is the dog required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
All information presented will be used in the review of the request, including consultation with the necessary departments. The student will be notified in writing of the decision.
*Current laws do not provide for individuals to be accompanied by therapy and companion animals (pets) in places of public accommodation. Therefore, approval for requests for therapy and companion pets fall within the authority of the University regarding accommodations related to a disability. Students requesting the use of a therapy or companion animal must follow the requirements for service animals through the Office of Adaptive Services.
All students and employees choosing to park on campus must purchase an FGCU parking permit. Contact the parking office, located in McTarnaghan Hall #142, to purchase a parking pass. All students living in the Residence Halls are not permitted to park on campus. Student Government currently runs a shuttle service to and from the residence halls via campus, therefore students living in the residence halls who cannot park on campus can take advantage of the shuttle. Shuttles are accessible and provide for multiple types of ability levels
Handicapped Parking Spaces
There are a limited number of accessible parking spaces located around campus. If
you have a handicapped license plate/parking card and an FGCU parking permit, you
are eligible to use these spaces.
*Please note: students and employees must still have an FGCU parking permit to use these spaces on a regular basis. Visitors with handicapped license plates/parking card may use these spaces without purchasing an FGCU parking permit.
There are single use restrooms on the main campus that can be accessed by individual who need them. They are at the following locations:
- Biscayne Hall #1152 and #5152- South Village
- Daniels Public Media Center #2 and #8
- Eagle Hall # 1002, #3001, #3006, #5001, # 5004
- Everglades Hall #1152 and #5052
- Ackert Community Center 1st floor-2 single stall bathrooms, inside community center at North Lake Village, accessible from the pool
- Aquatics Center #111-includes single stall shower
- Library #124A and #124B-Inside Starbucks (closed for summer renovations)
- Marieb Hall #215 Osprey Hall #1002, #3006, #5001, # 5004
- Palmetto Hall #1152 and #5152
- Student and Community Counseling Center-TBD (opening when building opens in Fall 2019)
*Apps that can locate these single use restrooms on campus are FLUSH and Where is Public Toilets
FGCU Residence Halls offer rooms and facilities that are accessible to persons with disabilities. A person with a disability may choose from a number of special options to provide the most convenient housing. If you need special housing arrangements because of a disability, you should discuss this need with your case manager, who will be able to explain options and recommend the correct procedures to follow. Students must still comply with all University Housing timelines.
All accessible rooms in the residence halls are equipped with flashing and audible emergency devices and elevators. Other accommodations are available upon request. Students requesting special housing conditions must request the accommodation on the Housing application and register with Adaptive Services.
Personal planning is the most important step in securing your safety while at FGCU. Whether it’s making sure you receive notification of an emergency, or evacuating during an emergency, FGCU provides you with the tools for creating your emergency plan.
Each building on campus is equipped with emergency signals that are both auditory and visual. Building maps are posted at elevators, highlighting the stairwells and Areas of Rescue Assistance. Additionally, each syllabus you receive will have information on emergency notification. Instructors can assist you in locating emergency exits in relation to your classroom.
Students who will require assistance during an emergency situation should meet with their case manager to discuss the development of an emergency plan. FGCU employees are encouraged to meet with their supervisor to request and clarify their need for assistance.
You are encouraged to visit the Environmental Health and Safety and University Police Department websites, below, for more specific information on emergency notification and evacuation.
Accessibility Information for Individuals and Guests with Special Needs at Graduation
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. We look forward to seeing you at the commencement ceremony, which will be held at Alico Arena.
If your guest requires accessible seating at commencement, we encourage you to share the following information with them:
Alico Arena ADA Information
Alico Arena provides accommodations for those individuals with disabilities including elevators, accessible seating, and accessible restrooms. Accessible seating is available at all FGCU venues in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
For additional information regarding ADA accommodations, please visit the Alico Arena website.
Alico Arena- ADA seating is available on a first-come, first-service basis and we request that out of respect for other guests, please limit to one companion seat.
Requesting Accommodations at Graduation
If you personally will need assistance for the graduation ceremony, or have any questions or concerns,
Zabrina Cockrell-Black, MBA
Adaptive Services Coordinator