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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there special admissions requirements for students with disabilities at Montclair State University?

No, all students with disabilities at Montclair State meet University eligibility requirements and, once admitted, are expected to meet all academic standards. Students with disabilities must follow all standard admissions procedures.

Should I disclose my disability needs before or after admission?

That is your choice. The University does not ask any disability-related questions of its applicants nor will it solicit documentation before admission. If you choose to disclose and/or document your disability as a way to explain academic inconsistencies, you must understand that while some consideration may be given for extenuating circumstances, academic standards will not be waived due to disability.

Once admitted, how do I register with the DRC?

You must register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to be eligible for accommodations and academic support. To register with the DRC, a student must:

  • Complete an Application using the Accessible Information Management or AIM online portal.
  • Upload supporting documentation also in AIM. Information regarding documentation guidelines is located in the Documentation Guidelines option of the DRC website.
  • Once the Application and documentation are provided in AIM, the DRC Director will review and assign a DRC Counselor. Please allow up to 7-10 business days for documentation review and assignment.
  • The assigned DRC Counselor will contact the student via email to schedule an intake appointment.
  • The student has the option to attend the appointment via Zoom or in person. If Zoom is preferred, the Counselor will provide the Zoom link prior to the meeting; in person meetings occur in the DRC office in Cole Hall Room 331 or 303.
I’m registered with the DRC. How are my professors notified about my accommodations?

Students registered with the DRC must request the Accommodation Notice each semester (fall,winter, spring, summer). This is the only notification of the student’s affiliation with the DRC and approved accommodations. DRC registered students use AIM to generate the Accommodation Notice each semester and schedule exam requests for the DRC Testing Center (Cole Hall, Room 332). Please bookmark or save the AIM address listed below to your preferred computer, tablet, or laptop device.

Additional instructions are located in the AIM Web Page on the DRC website.

Is there any additional cost for disability services?

No, you are entitled to full access to all University programs according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act. Accomodations made to guarantee access are the financial responsibility of the University.

Will my transcript indicate my affiliation with DRC or my use of accommodations?

Your affiliation with the DRC is voluntary and confidential. We cannot release information about your disability without your written consent. There is no “flag” or indication of disability on your transcript or anywhere on your student records. Federal law mandates this confidentiality.

Is Montclair State University wheelchair accessible?

Most of the buildings at Montclair State University are wheelchair accessible. There are some buildings that predate the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that are not fully accessible. If you affiliate yourself with the DRC, we will check your classrooms for accessibility and move any inaccessible classes before the semester begins. We will also relocate any social or co-curricular activity upon request.

If I think I have a learning disability, will you test me?

No, the DRC does not conduct learning disability testing. However, if you are concerned about the possibility of a learning disability, we would be happy to talk to you, conduct a screening and refer you for testing, if appropriate. The cost of the testing is the responsibility of the student.

Does Montclair State University provide personal care to students with disabilities in the residence halls?

No, personal care assistance (PCA) is not provided by the University. It is the responsibility of the student to recruit, hire, and compensate personal care attendants. Counseling on how to manage your personal care is available in the DRC.