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Boston College under fire over accessibility concerns

Steep routes and ramps are among the concerns.
Boston College campus on Chestnut Hill.Nicolaus Czarnecki, Metro

Federal and state officials are reportedly looking into the accessibility at the Boston College campus on Chestnut Hill following numerous complaints from current and former students with disabilities claiming the school is in violation of accessibility laws.

Long, steep routes and ramps that lead to stairs and force people with disabilities to seek alternative routes are among the complaints, The Boston Globe reported.

Boston College Spokesman Jack Dunn says that given the topography of the campus, accessibility has been somewhat of a challenge over the past century.

But the institutionhas worked to address accessibility concerns, Dunn said, and during the past 10 years has invested millions of dollars in campus accessibility projects ranging from ramps, disability access routes and automatic door openers, to dorm room reconfigurations, Braille signage and audible pedestrian signals.

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"Our Disability Services Coordinating Committee also works to improve services and assist any student with disabilities," said Dunn. "Disability access has been and remains an institutional priority. We are cooperating fully as the complaint is reviewed and look forward to its resolution."

 
 
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