Disability Support Services (DSS) 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 Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to persons with disabilities. As part of this effort, DSS promotes an awareness of disability as a facet of diversity with underpinnings of collaborative efforts being rooted in social justice.
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. 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.
For more information, or to apply to the program, please contact Dixita Malatesta, Learning Specialist, Disability Support Services, at email@example.com.
Deadline for Requesting Housing Accommodations
Freshmen and transfer students entering TCNJ in the fall, 2019 semester must complete the affiliation process, including all forms and required documentation for a housing accommodation, by June 30. Housing accommodations requests received after that date will by placed on a waiting list, to be considered as rooms become available during the semester.
Deadline for Requesting Academic Accommodations
The deadline for new or revised academic accommodations for the Fall term is October 1, 2019. Any requests received after this time will be considered for possible application in the next term. Please remember that any revisions to existing accommodations must be accompanied by updated medical documentation that justifies the change requested.
Exam Administration Assistance (Students)
Students who would like DSS staff to proctor exams during the semester are responsible for notifying us at least one week before the exam administration date. For final exams, we must be notified by November 15th, 2019. Failure to observe the deadlines will result in our not being able to provide proctoring. Due to limited space and staff, DSS reserves the right to schedule the exam administration dates and times to comply with our office hours and availability. Because of the high volume of requests for this assistance, we cannot proctor exams that are rescheduled for reasons not directly related to disability, such as travel, vacations, or social events.
Exam Administration Assistance (Faculty)
Instructors who would like assistance in administering exams to DSS-affiliated students should complete this request form and return it to the DSS office at least three business days before the exam date. For final exams, we must be notified by November 15th, 2019. Exams must be in our possession at least one business day ahead of the administration date. Due to limited space and staff, DSS reserves the right to schedule the exam administration dates and times to comply with our office hours and availability. Because of the high volume of requests for this assistance, we cannot proctor exams that are rescheduled for reasons not directly related to disability, such as travel, vacations, or social events. Exam Administration Request
Due to the large number of students requesting meetings with this office, we have had to institute a new appointment policy: If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled for that day. It is the student’s responsibility to contact us to reschedule a cancelled appointment. If you have a scheduled weekly check-in meeting and miss two meetings in a semester, your meeting time will be taken off the schedule. Please respect your time and ours by keeping your scheduled appointments.
Also, we are not able to accommodate next-day appointments. Please expect at least two days advance notice when scheduling an appointment.