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 Division of Inclusive Excellence 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.
New Accommodation Management System
ARC at TCNJ is pleased to announce the implementation of a comprehensive accommodations management system: Accommodate. This robust, full-featured product will support and speed up most processes related to accommodations:
- Student accommodation requests
- Meeting scheduling
- Communicating accommodations
- Scheduling and managing ARC-proctored tests
- Tracking Equipment
- Organizing resources and service providers
What’s the timeline? Now! Implementation will be staged to minimize disruption during the first weeks of the fall: Students will request their accommodations through Accommodate, but will then receive them via email, and submit them to faculty personally, all as usual. For the Spring semester, accommodations will be provided to both students and faculty simultaneously through Accommodate. Exam scheduling with ARC will be phased in during the fall semester, with the old google form process as a backup, if needed, and a complete cutover by the end of the winter semester.
What happens now?
Students: If you’ve never had accommodations with TCNJ before, click here. If you’ve had accommodations with TCNJ before the implementation of Accommodation, you also should click on that link for new students, and just do Step #1. We will shortly have a link where you can find documentation on how to use Accommodate. And If you haven’t already created your Accommodate account, it’s simple: you’ll basically repeat the information that you gave us when you originally affiliated. All students will receive their Fall 2022 accommodation memo by email, and are to take it to each faculty member for review and agreement as usual. So, for now in the documentation, skip to the section on requesting test proctoring, as that feature is going to be phasing in this fall. If you only registered in the past for non-academic accommodations, we still need you to go through this process — thanks! Please remember that once we get your accommodations request, we have steps to go through and pieces to put in place; it is not an instantaneous process.
Faculty: You already have an account, with your classes for the fall already linked in. Click here to take you to documentation for your pieces of the system, and check out the exam scheduling section. It will be ready soon. In the meantime, you can schedule exams with this form.
Faculty and Staff may request accommodations for themselves through this form.
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. Here is a video describing the Lion Plus Program in more detail.
The Lion Plus Program reaches capacity quickly ahead of each semester and is now full for the fall, but please let us know if you want to be considered for a spot in the spring. Please contact Dixita Malatesta, Learning Specialist, Accessibility Resource Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If financial assistance is needed for participation in this program, please let her know.
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