I am an able-bodied person. I take advantage of this fact every day of my life as I walk around campus. At times I get winded or my legs hurt, but for the most part, I have no trouble walking to my classes, the dining hall, or common spaces on campus. As such, it is not immediately obvious to me and other able-bodied people around me how inaccessible this campus is. Every single one of my daily routes involves stairs. I hate them, but I can climb them. This is not the case for everyone on campus.
While stair free routes to most buildings do exist, they are usually not the most obvious route and often involve going through other buildings. I straight up do not how to get to the Arts and Humanities building or others in that row without either climbing many stairs or going up an elevator inside Sherman, University Center, or the Chemistry building. There are times when cutting through a building has its advantages (such as when the weather is bad), but academic buildings tend to be crowded. Working your way through a hall full of people and waiting for a crowded elevator can add precious time to your commute. What’s more, going through more doors can mean relying on more automatic door openers, not all of which are currently functional.
tl;dr if you are not able to climb stairs it will take a stupid amount of time to get anywhere on this campus, and even then your route may be blocked. Really UMBC? I feel like we could do better.