In order to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), the mission of the Disability Services Office (DSO) is to provide access to Centenary University’s facilities and programs. This is done through a range of reasonable accommodations and support services to identified members of the community that experience disabilities. The office also strives to serve as a liaison and resource to the members of the Centenary University community regarding disability issues.
Based on nationally regarded best practices, the Disability Services Office seeks to foster independence and to develop the self-advocacy of students with disabilities. In addition, the office strives to serve as a liaison and resource to the members of the Centenary University community regarding disability issues.
Support for Students with Disabilities
The Disability Services Office works closely with eligible students to arrange for reasonable academic accommodations and auxiliary aids, which will afford each student the opportunity to participate fully in Centenary University’s services, programs, and activities. Staff members assist students with arranging access to classrooms, developing learning strategies, and advisement with disabilities issues.
The Disability Services Office also offers two programs specifically designed to support students with mild emotional and learning disabilities:
The goals of the Project ABLE and STEP Ahead programs are to provide a bridge between the structured and sometimes modified secondary-school setting to the predominantly self-directed university environment. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the skills needed to become an effective, contributing member of the university community.
Disability Services Resources
Application Process and Document Submission
Students applying for full-time admission can choose to apply for Project ABLE and STEP Ahead at any time during the application process. In most cases, a decision of admission is determined independently of application to Project ABLE and/or STEP Ahead. In some cases, when students are not considered otherwise qualified for admission, they may be able to seek admission to Centenary University by affirming their enrollment and participation in the intensive learning support programs.
Students requesting accommodations, but not applying to Project ABLE and/or STEP Ahead, must use the Application for Accommodations. In all cases, the application should be accompanied by documentation which outlines the disability for which accommodations are requested. The Application for Accommodations is available on the website, or can be mailed upon request by contacting the Disability Services Office at (908) 852-1400, ext 2168 or 2251.
Documentation should be:
- Recent, in order to assess the current impact on academic functioning. In most cases, this means testing should have been conducted within the past three years.
- Comprehensive, containing a diagnostic statement identifying the disability and establishing clear evidence of a significant impact on academic function.
- Relevant to requested accommodations.
- Prepared by a medical or other licensed and credentialed professional whose background should be matched with the disabling condition.
Because the provision of all reasonable accommodations and special services is based upon assessment of the current impact of the student’s disabilities on academic performance, it is in the student’s best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation.
Once all documents have been received, the Director of Disability Services will review all of the submitted information. Applicants may be contacted to clarify information on documents. The student may also be asked to visit campus for an interview. Upon completion of the review, a decision will be mailed home.