Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get connected with Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) at The College of New Jersey?
To get connected with ARC, you should fill out the 2020-2021 Affiliation Form and return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In completing the affiliation form, you are notifying The College that you are planning on accessing reasonable accommodations as a TCNJ student. The affiliation form serves as a starting point for formulating an accommodation plan.
2. Do I need to provide documentation of disability to receive reasonable accommodations at TCNJ?
Yes, you will need to submit documentation as part of the ARC affiliation process. Documentation should be no more than three years old, on letterhead (not a prescription pad), from a licensed professional (a doctor, therapist, etc.). During COVID, this documentation must be in electronic form for emailing to to email@example.com and should be in an uneditable form, i.e., in a PDF rather than MSWord. Documentation should reflect how your disability is anticipated to intersect with The College experience. ARC services are accessible for the duration of your TCNJ experience. You do not need to re-apply for services every year (with the exception of requests for housing accommodations, which must be submitted each housing cycle.)
3. I have never been evaluated on the basis of disability, but I have always noticed that I struggle with certain subject areas. Does ARC provide evaluations?
ARC does not provide disability-related evaluation, however, here is a list of some evaluators with whom we have worked. Check with your insurance carrier to see if this expense is covered.
4. What happens after I submit my ARC affiliation form and my documentation?
After you submit your ARC affiliation form and documentation, this information will be reviewed by an ARC Specialist. After the review, you will be contacted about the next steps in the accommodation process. This usually involves a meeting between you and your Specialist to collaborate on and finalize accommodations for the upcoming semester.
5. I received accommodations in high school. Will these same accommodations be available to me as a TCNJ student?
Not necessarily. It is important to consider the differences between the K-12 educational environment and the college environment. An ARC Specialist will work with you (and your faculty) to develop an accommodation plan that provides collegiate-appropriate educational access.
6: How will my professors know that I am affiliated with ARC?
You will receive a letter of accommodation at the beginning of each semester. You can then distribute this letter to your faculty at your discretion. As part of the letter distribution process, it is expected that you keep the lines of communication open with your faculty in regard to access and your accommodations.
7. If I have accommodations for testing, can I take my exams in the ARC offices?
A: Apart from times of remote instruction and learning, yes. However, our time and space are limited, particularly during mid term and final exams, where there is a high demand for assistance. The instructor and student should first agree together that ARC will be the proctoring option and agree on a date and time for the proctoring (within the posted availability of ARC proctoring — see arc.tcnj.edu/proctoring). A request for ARC to proctor an exam can then be initiated by the instructor by completing this google form which will capture and send the relevant test-related logistics to the ARC staff.
Please keep in mind that some of our in-person testing spaces (when conditions allow in-person activities on campus) are shared with people from other departments of TCNJ. We cannot guarantee that the area will be completely quiet during your exam. You should discuss all possible options with your instructor before deciding on the environment that will work best for you.
During times of remote-only instruction, please check with your faculty. ARC will provide some limited remote proctoring via Zoom.
8. I am planning to live on campus. Does ARC work with students to secure housing accommodations?
A: Apart from times when remote learning is necessary, yes. If your disability intersects with the on-campus living experience, ARC collaborates with you and Residential Education to find housing that meets your accommodations. Even when pursuing a housing accommodation request through ARC, you must complete the on-campus housing application through Residential Education. Please note that housing accommodations are determined on a year-to-year basis, and must be applied for each cycle.
9. I have additional questions or concerns, who can I contact?
A: If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our office at (609) 771-3199 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org