Physical Access

SFU is committed to providing an accessible environment to all who visit, work and study on campus. Most SFU buildings are accessible by wheelchair ramps, have disabled parking and are equipped with ADA-compliant restrooms. Many campus buildings are also equipped with power-assisted doors, and prospective students and their families may arrange for an access tour at any SFU campus. Please contact us for any questions.

Members

Mitchell Stoddard, PhD. R. Psych - Director, Centre for Students with Disabilities (Chair of Committee)
John Briggs - Facilities Management
Frances Dodd - Library Services
Laura Barnette- Environmental Health and Safety
James Atamanchuk - SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre
Mike Spencer - Campus Security
Brenda Taylor - Director, Human Rights and Equity
TBD - Student representatives (2) and Alumni (1)

Terms of Reference

Mandate

The mandate of the Physical Access Advisory Committee is to make Simon Fraser University a barrier-free university. This goal is accomplished through planning, prioritizing, and recommending projects and activities in support of access.

Reporting

The Physical Access Advisory Committee reports to the President via the Equity Officer.

Responsibilities

  • To serve as a resource to the University on issues related to physical access
  • To make recommendations regarding access standards to be followed by the University
  • To determine access upgrade requirements through reviews of physical access audits of the University
  • To develop short and long-term plans to address barriers to physical access, including establishing upgrade priorities on an annual basis
  • To assist in preparation of reports for government or other funding sources
  • To act as an advocacy group for access issues at Simon Fraser University

Membership

Some members of the committee serve by virtue of their positions at the University and others represent the constituencies of people with disabilities. The employee representative, the student representatives and the alumni representative are appointed for two year terms.

  • One representative from the Equity Office
  • One representative from the Centre for Students with Disabilities
  • One representative from Facilities Management
  • One representative from Occupational Health & Safety
  • One representative from Campus Security
  • One representative from Harbour Centre campus
  • Two SFU students with disabilities
  • One SFU employee with a disability
  • One alumni with a disability

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are called by the chair, with a minimum of one meeting scheduled each academic term.
Chair

The Chair will be elected by the committee for a two-year term.