What are Accommodations, Auxiliary Aids, and Services?
Accommodations, Auxiliary Aids, and Services enable qualified students with disabilities to receive the same information and opportunities presented to a student without disabilities. They allow students who have disabilities to learn and convey knowledge of course material in alternate formats. These aids and services make classrooms, courses, labs, and programs accessible and must not compromise the academic standards or essential requirements of the course or the program. Following list gives some examples of accommodations, auxiliary aids, and service provided in post-secondary settings:
• Scheduling classes in physically accessible locations
• Extended time on exams
• A reduced distraction testing location
• Books on Tape
How do I request accomodations?
Contact the Paul Robeson Campus Center Office of Student Life, services for students with disabilities to provide documentation of the disability and to complete the appropriate paperwork.
The student’s documentation is forwarded to his/her Coordinator, who forwards it onto the appropriate Disability Documentation Review Committee. The process of review depends in part on the nature of the student’s disability. Several Disability Documentation Review committees exist at Rutgers to facilitate this process. They include: the Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury committee, the Psychiatric Disabilities committee, the Physical Disabilities committee, and the Housing Accommodations committee. Each committee will make a determination of eligibility. If the student is found to be eligible for services, the committee will decide which, if any, of the student’s requests will be granted. Decisions regarding accommodations are made on a case-by case basis. There is no standard accommodation for any particular disability.
If the requests for accommodations are APPROVED, the Coordinator generates a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) which documents what accommodations have been granted. The student is responsible for promptly collecting this letter and presenting it to the instructor. The LOA must be presented to the instructor at the beginning of the term (NOTE; STEPS 1-3 MAY TAKE UP TO 30 BUSINESS DAYS. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO INITIATE THIS PROCESS WELL BEFORE THE START OF THE TERM.)