Disability Services

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
• Interpreters

How do I request accomodations?

Step 1:
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.

Step 2:
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.

Step 3:
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.)

Student Conduct

The Office of the Dean of Student Life in the Paul Robeson Campus Center handles non academic judicial cases for the Rutgers Newark campus. The mission of the office is to uphold the Rutgers University Code of Student Conduct, educate and build student character, and to administer an effective student disciplinary system. Judicial cases are generally referred to the office via reports from other university departments including the Rutgers Police Department. In addition, members of the Rutgers community can contact the office to report an incident or to receive information about the overall judicial process. Incidents involving academic integrity should be forwarded to the Dean of Student Affairs Office.

To support learning and educate students about appropriate actions The Office of the Dean of Student Life sponsors workshops, lectures and awareness programs. Programs include: Know Your Code competition, Ethical Decision Case Studies, and lectures on current events such as concerns around social networking.

File a Complaint

In order to discuss a complaint you may visit the office located in room 302 of the Paul Robeson Campus Center or go to the following website:

Judicial Process

Conduct violations are adjudicated according to the procedures described in the University Code of Student Conduct. Complainants must be members of the Rutgers community. Non-members of the Rutgers community may bring alleged violations to the attention of the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The office will assign a member of the University community to act as the complainant if the complaint is credible and the interests of the University community are involved. Once a complaint has been received a judicial officer will conduct an investigation, called a preliminary review. The judicial officer will collect information from the complainant, the respondent(s), and appropriate witnesses. The judicial officer will provide the complainant and respondent(s) with a list of trained campus advisers who can assist in navigating the judicial system and preparing for a disciplinary proceeding. If the judicial officer determines, as a result of the preliminary review, that there is sufficient evidence to charge the respondent with a violation of the Code, the respondent(s) will be asked to plead “responsible” or “not responsible” to the charge(s). If the respondent accepts responsibility for the violation(s), the judicial officer will decide the appropriate sanction. If the respondent denies responsibility for the violation, the case will be referred to a University Hearing or Disciplinary Conference. Students charged with separable offenses may choose either a University Hearing or a Disciplinary Conference.

University Code of Conduct

To view a copy of the code of conduct please download below: