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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 and Leadership, 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.)



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to disclose my disability to anyone at Rutgers?

A. You are not required to disclose your disability to the university. However, if you apply to the Paul Robeson Campus Center Office of Student Life and Leadership you must provide documentation of your disability. Your disability status will only be shared with relevant Rutgers faculty, staff or administration on a need-to-know basis. After you have been approved for accommodations at Rutgers, you will not receive any retroactive accommodations on work completed before the approval for accommodations was made.


Q. When should I submit my documentation?

A. The sooner, the better, as the documentation review process may take up to 30 business days. Thus, you are encouraged to initiate the process as early as possible.


Q. Can I request an accommodation directly from my professor, before I have been approved for accommodations?

A. No. You should not request academic accommodations from faculty unless you have been approved by the appropriate documentation review committee and have received a Letter of Accommodation from your Coordinator.


Q. If I get approved, who informs my instructors about my accommodations?

A. You do. If you are approved, you are responsible for promptly picking up your Letter of Accommodation from your Coordinator, meeting with each of your instructors and providing each of them with a copy of the letter. You and your professor should then discuss how the listed accommodations will be implemented.



For a detailed list of responsibilities and procedures, please consult the student/coordinator manual at: