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Student Resources

A message for DRC Students – March 13, 2020

Dear  Students,

We write to you in response to President Cole’s campus community memo informing us of the University’s plan to provide course instruction remotely after Spring break, starting March 23rd. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) and campus community remain open and available to assist our students. If you need to meet with your DRC counselor, please contact the counselor directly or contact the DRC Main Office at: or via phone at: 973-655-5431. If staff are asked to our work remotely, we will arrange meetings by phone or through a Zoom meeting (you would need to set this up on your computer; all students have a Zoom account) in lieu of in-person meetings. For any student who remains on campus, please refer to University guidance as it becomes available for social distancing and access to living/dining resources on campus. As always, if an emergency situation arises, please contact Public Safety at 973-655-5222 or call 911. This might be an important time to register for the University Rave Text Alert system on your phone if you haven’t done so already.

Accessible Instruction

We understand the transition to online instruction may cause concern. The DRC encourages students who receive accommodations to communicate with their instructors as soon as possible to understand how the change in instruction may impact their accommodations. The DRC will provide faculty with tools to assist in the creation of accessible content and instruction; however, if you experience any challenges or limitations of access, please notify the DRC immediately.


Testing Accommodations

Students who receive testing accommodations and do not require additional software or accessible equipment should contact instructors directly to request accommodations for online exams. You do not need to complete the Alternate Exam Request Form or come to campus to take an online exam. If you require additional software/equipment during exams (e.g., JAWS, adjustable desks, screen magnification, etc.) and do not possess these options at home or your class cannot occur remotely, please continue to request exam accommodations using the Alternate Exam Request Form. The DRC Testing Area will remain open to assist. Please note: Additional testing time for an online exam refers to adjusting the exam timer allowed to complete the exam. Additional time does not extend the days the exam is available to complete.

Notetaking Accommodations

Students who receive an in-class student note-taker will continue to receive notes from the assigned note-taker when lectures include audio content. Lectures may be presented live at a specific time using Zoom or Canvas Conferencing or video-taped and posted to the course Canvas portal for viewing at the convenience of the student. In both cases and depending on the previous preferred method of delivery, notetakers will take notes and provide to either the DRC or student directly. PowerPoint presentations with notes included will not require note-taking assistance.

As the current situation may cause a variety of emotional reactions and increase students’ stress, the DRC encourages anyone experiencing difficulties regarding this situation to contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or your off-campus mental health provider for further assistance.

The DRC can currently be reached at or 973-655-5431. Please continue to monitor the MSU main website for up-to-date information regarding the University’s continued response to COVID-19. You may also check the DRC website for updated information.

We wish you the best in the coming weeks!

Disability Resource Center Staff