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FAQs

Do I qualify to receive services from the Department of Special Services?

To qualify for assistance from the Department of Special Services, a student needs to have been diagnosed with
a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines disability as any physical or mental impairment that
substantially limits one or more major life activities such as: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking,
seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning or working.

 

What must I do to register with the Department of Special Services?

Students who are interested in receiving special accommodations and/or auxiliary aids need to provide documentation
specifying a disability. The documentation provided should include the following information:

  • Diagnosis of current disability
  • Date of the diagnosis
  • How the diagnosis was reached
  • Credentials of the professional conducting evaluation
  • Explanation of disability affects daily activities and/or  academic performance

The department also asks students to fill out and submit an information packet. To receive an information packet
in the mail, please fill out the form located on the request packet‚Äč link.

 

How do support services differ from high school to college?

In high school, a student with a disability is required to have an IEP. The student in high school may be required to
be in special education classes and may not be fully mainstreamed with non-disabled students. In college, students
with disabilities are fully mainstreamed with students who do not have disabilities. There are no special education
classes. However, there are some basic-skills classes for students who require remediation in reading, writing and/or mathematics. These courses also include students who may or may not have disabilities.

When a student registers with the Department of Special Services, there is nothing in the student's transcripts
indicating he or she received special accommodations or auxiliary aids. Students are encouraged to visit the
Department of Special Services and request accommodations, such as extended time on tests, note takers,
tape recorders, etc.

 

What is FERPA?

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of student
educational records. From the time a child enters preschool until the child completes 12th grade, the parent has
certain rights regarding their children's education records. Once the student turns 18, or once they are enrolled
in a post-secondary school, those rights are transferred from the parent to the student.

For the student who is enrolled at Rowan College this means:

  • The student has the right to inspect and review their educational records
  • The student has the right to request a school correct records he or she believes is inaccurate or misleading

There must be written permission from the student to allow his or her information to be released to a third party.
This means the College cannot disclose information about the student's grades, attendance, course load, financial
aid status, etc. without the written permission of the student. Parents who wish to be informed of their children's
progress at RCGC need to communicate directly with the student or have written permission from their child
allowing the release of information.

More information about FERPA can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's website: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

 

What is an ADA/504 Officer?

The ADA/504 officer is a designated person to be contacted for issues concerning discrimination based upon
a disability. The ADA/504 officer at Rowan College is Dennis Cook, who can be reached by emailing dcook@rcgc.edu.

 

What is the ADA?

The ADA is the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is Public Law 101-336 (PL-101-336). The purpose of the
ADA is to prohibit discrimination based on disability in employment, state and local government services, transportation,
public accommodations and telecommunications.

 

What is Section 504?

Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is Public Law 93-112 (PL 93-112). The purpose of Section 504
is to prohibit discrimination based on disability in federally-funded programs and activities.

 

Who is protected under Section 504?

A "person with a disability" includes "any person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits
one or more of such person's major life activities; (ii) has a record of such an impairment or (iii) is regarded as having
such an impairment" including, but not limited to:

  • Blindness or visual impairments
  • Cerebral palsy
  • AIDS
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Psychiatric disabilities
  • Deafness or hearing impairments
  • Drug or alcohol addiction (former users and those in recovery programs and not currently using drugs or alcohol)
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • Mental disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech disorder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

 

This is my first time at Rowan College. How do I get supportive services from
the Office of Special Services?

First time students are responsible for the following:

  • Make an appointment by calling 856-415-2265
  • Bring proof of disability
  • Submit your schedule, if you have already registered
  • Fill out an intake packet
  • Notify the Office of Special Services, if your schedule changes
  • Notify the Office of Special Services, if you have a note taker and will be absent in class

 

This is not my first year at Rowan College, so will the Office of Special Services
know which services I need, or automatically continue my services?

Not necessarily. Every semester, continuing students are responsible for the following:

  • Make an appointment for continuation of services
  • Submit your schedule
  • Notify the Office of Special Services, if you schedule changes
  • Notify the Office of Special Services, if you have a note taker and will be absent in class

 

What support services are available?

Support Services include:

  • Advisement
  • Advocacy
  • Interpreter for the deaf
  • Note taker
  • Reader
  • Scribe
  • Test taking with additional time
  • Test taking in separate area

 

Does Rowan College or the Office of Special Services provide transportation for students?

No. Neither the College nor Office of Special Services provides transportation for students. However, NJ Transit
bus #463 comes onto the campus. Students who are physically challenged should contact NJ Transit Access Link.