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Our Mission

Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) collaborates with students, faculty, staff and guests to advance access within the campus community and to further extend both the mission of The College of New Jersey and the mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to persons with disabilities. As part of this effort, ARC promotes an awareness of disability as a facet of diversity with underpinnings of collaborative efforts being rooted in social justice.


Applicants and Accepted Students for the Fall of 2020

Whether on campus or in our homes, the fall semester will come and we want to assure you that the Accessibility Resource Center is up and running, ready to answer your questions as you envision your life as a student at TCNJ.

For students who have disabilities, learning differences or access barriers, this is the place to address your questions and concerns.  We are currently working remotely, but maintaining our regular, year-round hours (8:30 to 4:30).  Send an email to and let us know that you want to be in touch.  We are glad to respond by email, phone, or video conference, as needed.

If you have already chosen TCNJ as your college, Welcome to the Pride!  If you want to be officially affiliated with our office, please use our google form to start the process. We look forward to getting you started on this new life chapter.  Be sure to let us know by July 1st if you have special housing needs.

While we are available to answer general questions at any time, we need to defer action on your specific situations until late May, when the current semester concludes.

Preparing for Finals this May

With the change to distance learning, ARC will not be proctoring finals, and therefore, there is no need for you to make any arrangements by April 15th with our office.  You WILL want to be in touch with your faculty to confirm the form of your final assessment.  If it is to be an exam and if extended time is one of your accommodations, discuss these arrangements with your instructor in the April 15th time frame to allow your faculty time to address the issues without rushing.

The ARC staff is not on site, but we are still up and running, so if you have concerns or needs, want to check in, have questions, etc., please email us – we are working regular business hours, just as usual, even if we aren’t in Roscoe West.

For Faculty:  How to Extend Time on CANVAS Assessments:

Canvas allows you to add additional time on a quiz, exam, survey, etc. for specific students.  It can be done through the Moderate Quiz interface. (Hint: “Quizzes” should be looked at as an object in Canvas and can be a quiz, exam, survey, etc. in application.)  To get to this screen, click on the quiz you wish to modify, and you will see the option to Moderate Quiz on the right.  Clicking the pencil in the student’s row will allow you to edit their number of attempts or extra time.

Note that if the Quiz has a Lock date, make sure to check off the Manually Unlock option when adding additional time.  This will prevent the Lock date from ending the student’s attempt before their extra time is applied.

Please also note that this must be done for every quiz.  There currently is not a way to set extra time for all quizzes/assignments.

For additional Canvas help, please email

Lion Plus Program

The Lion Plus Program at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a fee-based holistic student support program for students with documented disabilities who have affiliated with ARC. The scope of Lion Plus Program services extends beyond legally mandated (ADA) accommodations, which remain free-of-charge, and are a critical component of equitable educational access. For freshmen, the purpose of the Lion Plus Program is to assist with all aspects of transitioning from the high school environment to the TCNJ community, with campus connectedness as a focal point. For upper class students (sophomores, juniors and seniors), the Lion Plus Program is centered on retention, continued integration and academic and interpersonal independence.

For more information, or to apply to the program, please contact Dixita Malatesta, Learning Specialist, Accessibility Resource Center, at

Deadline for Requesting Housing Accommodations

Current students should respond to the recent ResEd housing request for information — it will let TCNJ know that you intend to live on campus next year.  The ARC Housing Accommodation Request for 2020-2021 is now available (click here), and that is where you will apply for disability-related housing accommodations.  That form needs to be submitted by January 24th, 2020.   Currently affiliated students do not need to supply any additional supporting documentation unless circumstances have changed.  Requests received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list.

Freshmen and transfer students entering TCNJ in the Fall 2020 semester who need a housing accommodation must complete the affiliation process, including all forms and required documentation for a housing accommodation, by June 30. These forms are all found here. Housing accommodations requests received after that date will by placed on a waiting list, to be considered as rooms become available during the semester.  Forms for housing requests will be available later in the spring.

Deadline for Requesting Academic Accommodations

The deadline for new or revised academic accommodations for the Spring Term is March 1st.  Any requests received after this time will be considered for possible application in the next term. Please remember that any revisions to existing accommodations must be accompanied by updated medical documentation that justifies the change requested.

Appointment Policy — when we are back on campus:

Due to the number of students requesting meetings with this office, these are the appointment policies:

  • We are not able to accommodate next-day appointments.  Please expect at least two days advance notice when scheduling an appointment.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled for that day.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact us to reschedule a cancelled appointment.
  • If you have a scheduled weekly check-in meeting and miss two meetings in a semester, your meeting time will be taken off the schedule. Please respect your time and ours by keeping your scheduled appointments.

Important Links

Center for Student Success (CSS)
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
Financial Aid
Records and Registration

UPDATED DEADLINE: JUNE 12th for Incoming students requesting housing accommodations.