Getting Around Campus Due to a Mobility Impairment

Plan Your Route

Students who are utilizing mobility aids such as electric scooters, wheelchairs, canes, crutches etc. are advised to research the most accessible route for their needs to get to and from class. This campus map showing access routes to elevators and lifts will help in this process. In case of snow, it may be important for a travel path to be cleared in advance so you have access to classrooms and other facilities on campus. To be assured of timely snow removal, contact Facilities Maintenance at (717) 245-1212 to discuss your specific needs before the risks of inclement winter weather.

Most buildings on campus are fully accessible, but several elevators and wheelchair lifts require a key to operate them. Here is a Guide to Building Accessibility, including how to access ramps, lifts, and elevators.

Two of Dickinson’s buildings, Old West and Vincent House, are not fully accessible. With adequate notice, however, ODS can arrange to move an event or class to a location that is more suitable. Please notify us if you require access to either of these buildings. Please also bring to the attention of ODS any other locations on campus with accessibility concerns.

Transportation

Several transportation options are available for all Dickinson students.

  • DPS Medical Van operates 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Service to locations within the Carlisle Borough for non-emergency medical appointments and/or pharmacies. Call ahead to schedule a ride. Same day service is schedule-dependent.  Call (717) 961-9646. For medical services not available in Carlisle, transportation may be arranged by calling DPS at (717) 245-1349 during business hours. Transportation outside of Carlisle must be arranged 24 hours in advance.
  • The Recreational Shuttle is a fee-based option that operates from 3:00pm to 10:00pm on Fridays and Sundays.  The $10.00 fee will cover an unlimited number of trips for the entire semester. Reservations for the Recreational Shuttle are made through Campus Life at (717) 245-1556. Please note, the Recreational Shuttle is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The Saferide Shuttle is free and travels anywhere within the Carlisle Borough limits, (including Walmart!) seven days a week from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. When you want to be picked up, simply contact coordinator Joe Fazio or the driver on duty by dialing (717) 961-9646. When scheduling your pick-up, be sure to notify the driver if you need a wheelchair accessible van.
  • Personal vehicles are permitted on Dickinson’s campus for all upperclass students. First-year students who need a car on campus for medical reasons must send an email request to Chief Danser, the Chief of Public Safety, at danserd@dickinson.edu, and copy disabilityservices@dickinson.edu.

Crutches and Wheel Chair Loan/Rental

Students in need of crutches can borrow them from the Wellness Center. Dickinson also has a wheelchair available for emergencies only. If you are in need of a wheelchair, email disabilityservices@dickinson.edu and attach a copy of any diagnostic information and discharge instructions indicating the amount of time for which you'll need use of the wheelchair. For long-term use, wheelchair rental is available locally from Family Home Medical. Be sure to let them know if you will need to have the wheelchair delivered to campus.

Parking

Dickinson College provides accessible (“handicapped”) parking on campus. Students requiring the use of parking accessibility spaces must have a state-issued parking placard as well as the appropriate Dickinson College parking permit. To receive a parking permit, students must contact Public Safety to obtain the appropriate Dickinson College parking permit that must be displayed along with the state-issued parking accessibility placard.

Dickinson College is not authorized to issue parking accessibility placards. Whether permanent or temporary, all accessibility placards, must be obtained through the student's state of residence. The Pennsylvania placard application must be completed by both the applicant as well as the applicant’s health care provider.