Physical Accessibility & Areas of Rescue
MVCC’s two campuses are situated on level ground, with relatively short distances and multiple walkways between buildings. The few changes in elevation are all ramped, and curbs have curb cuts in appropriate locations.
There are a large number of parking spaces reserved for individuals with disabilities in every parking lot on both campuses. The greatest number on the Utica Campus are in the lot adjacent to the Academic Building, which is where many classes are held. The entrance to this lot is at a traffic light on Sherman Drive, about a quarter mile from the area where the Memorial Parkway and Sherman Drive converge. There are three other entrances to the Utica Campus, and each leads to parking lots with accessible parking.
Parking lots for events taking place in the Utica Campus Jorgensen Center and the Information Technology/Theater building can be accessed from two different directions. To park in front of the buildings, access is via the main entrance to the campus on Sherman Drive, just feet away from the Culver Ave and Memorial Parkway intersection. This is the preferable location for Jorgensen Center events and for those attending events in the theater who prefer to sit in the back of the room. Parking behind the buildings can be reached by taking Armory Drive off Culver Ave, then turning left on Tilden Ave. This is the best place to park for wheelchair users who would like to sit close to the stage in the theater and can also be used as overflow parking for Jorgensen activities by those individuals who don’t have mobility-related disabilities.
Parking on the Rome Campus is found in easy-to-find parking lots (accessed from Bell Road or Floyd Ave) convenient to the accessible entrances to each of the two buildings (see note below).
Every building has at least one entry door that is equipped with an automatic door opener; most have them at every entrance. There is only one older building, the Rome Academic Building, that has steps at an entrance, but that building has an alternate, convenient, accessible entrance locate to the rear of the building.
All buildings with more than one level have elevators.
There are accessible restrooms in each building.
Accessible features exist across the campuses in offices, snack bars, classrooms, and other public spaces, and steps both small and large are continually being made to improve access, not just for people with disabilities, but for everyone who uses MVCC’s campuses for any reason. The college also welcomes the opportunity to consider individual needs, and will make every reasonable effort to meet those needs.
Areas of Rescue Assistance
1. Areas of Rescue assistance applies to other than ground level floors of all buildings more than one story above and/or below grade.
2. When a fire alarm is initiated employees (faculty and staff) are to help ensure the safe evacuation of mobility impaired individuals in their area of authority (classrooms, labs, offices, etc.). Mobility-impaired individuals are to be accompanied by the employee to a designated Area of Rescue Assistance and are asked to stay with that individual until a Public Safety Officer, and/or fire department personnel arrive at the scene.
3. Public Safety Officers are immediately dispatched to Areas of Rescue Assistance during all emergencies. They will monitor the situation (smoke, flames, etc.) which could necessitate the immediate evacuation of people with mobility impairments. In the event of an evacuation, Public Safety Officers, Facilities & Operations and/or Fire Department personnel will conduct the actual evacuation.
4. Areas of Rescue Assistance are designated with signs indicating their location.
The locations of these areas are listed below and visually available at the links
Academic Building- “Areas of Rescue Assistance,” second floor landing immediately adjacent to the elevator (quad side). Also, top of stairway adjacent to room 275.
Alumni College Center- “Area of Rescue Assistance,” second floor area adjacent to the Auxiliary Services Office room 206.
Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center - “Areas of Rescue Assistance,” second floor area adjacent to the elevator, and stair landings adjacent to the main lobby.
Payne Hall- “Areas of Rescue Assistance,” 2nd and 3rd floors, landing areas of stairwells on the Sherman Drive side and main quad/gym side. Basement: area adjacent to the elevator.
Information Technology Building- “Areas of Refuge,” First floor-In the stairwell closest to the gym and baseball field. Second floor-In the stairwell closest to the Alumni College Center and Penfield Dorm; and also the Second floor-In the stairwell behind the elevator on the baseball field side.
Rome Plumley Complex: Areas of Refuge, marked “AREA OF REFUGE”:
• Stairwell 1 – second floor (marked and has phone)
• Stairwell 2 – mezzanine and basement (marked and have phones)
• Stairwell 3 – second floor and basement (both marked and have phones)
• Stairwell 4 – mezzanine and basement (both marked and have phones)
Note: Local fire officials are informed of the location of evacuation areas and this procedure.
Jimsak Daoreuang, Director of Accessibility Resources
Office of Accessibility Resources
Daniel Boggs, Testing Accommodations Specialist
Payne Hall Room 104H
Learning, Autism & ADHD Disabilities:
Katelyn Ouderkirk, Transition Support Specialist
Tamara Mariotti, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources
Student Services Office
Plumley Complex 102G
Disability Services Specialist
Phone: 315- 334-7744