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GCU students can now apply for emergency cash grants made possible by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act). The application and eligibility requirements are available at https://georgian.edu/application-for-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund/. Virtual instruction and events remain ongoing. A live Commencement ceremony will be held on campus in the fall, most likely on an October weekend. Admissions events and select student activities have moved online, while all other public and campus events, activities, and athletics have been canceled for the semester. Always check GCU e-mails and https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ for the most up-to-date information.

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Academic Development & Support Center

Enhance your academic skills in a supportive, caring environment. The Academic Development & Support Center (ADSC) offers tutoring and other academic support services so you can get the most out of your education at Georgian Court University.

The center is located on the lower level of the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library. The ADSC offers the following services:

  • Disability Services: Any student can request accommodations and obtain a 504 Plan based on documentation of a disability under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. These are based on your individual needs. There is no charge for accommodations. GCU provides testing accommodations in the ADSC.
  • Peer Tutoring: This service is provided by fellow GCU students who have obtained a B+ or higher in various courses and are trained as peer tutors.
  • The Learning Connection (TLC): This fee-based support program can assist you if you have a learning difference that impacts your academic performance. Students receive tutoring/coaching sessions from professional staff members who can assist with personal and academic issues.

Peer Tutoring

Need a Tutor?

The Academic Development & Support Center’s peer tutoring is a drop-in tutoring service. It is staffed with upperclassmen students and professional tutors. All peer tutors maintain above a 3.0 cumulative GPA and tutor courses in which they’ve received a B+ or higher. Peer tutors are well-rounded and can tutor in a variety of different subject areas. To see tutors and subjects available please visit https://georgian.mywconline.com, our online schedule. First time users must make an account. Peer tutoring is open Mondays – Thursdays from 10am – 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11am -3pm.

Become a Peer Tutor

Want to help other students and give back to the GCU community as a peer tutor? Applications can be found in the Academic Development & Support Center in the lower level of Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library.

Tutors are required to:

  • Obtain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Obtain a B+ or higher in the courses they wish to tutor
  • Obtain 2 recommendations from Georgian Court University faculty members
  • Submit a brief essay explaining their interest in becoming a tutor
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Obtain excellent interpersonal skills

Please visit the Academic Development & Support Center and speak with the Graduate Assistants for more information. If you have any questions about peer tutoring or becoming a peer tutor at GCU, please contact at ude.naigroeg@gnirotutreep or call 732-987-2788.

Disability Services

Georgian Court University is committed to ensuring that all students receive equal access to all services, programs, and activities. We support students with documented physical, sensory, learning, or psychological disabilities by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with applicable laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Documentation of a disability from a licensed physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other certified specialist is required. To request accommodations and/or academic adjustments, please contact our office. Visit our office in the Academic Development and Support Center on the lower level of the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library.

If you have any questions, please view our Frequently Asked Questions, contact us at 732-987-2646 or e-mail us.

Disability Services and Accommodations for Remote Learning During COVID-19

Due to the recent directives to maintain social distancing during COVID-19, the Office of Disability Services in the Academic Development and Support Center (ADSC) will be working remotely until further notice. The ADSC staff will continue to support both faculty and students during this transition to the online environment.

Students
We would like to reassure students that accommodations approved by our office will still apply as classes move online, though accommodations may be offered in other ways, depending on the structure of the course. Although your usual accommodations will be listed on your letter, please note that some may not apply in this remote learning environment. It will be your responsibility to manage the learning environment where remote instruction occurs (e.g., distraction-reduced setting). Please discuss your accommodation plans with your professors as they pertain to each class. If you have questions about this, or need additional accommodations, please contact Luana Fahr, director of ADSC/disabilities officer, at ude.naigroeg@rhafl.

Please note the following changes in our processes:

  • Please initially contact us via e-mail. We can schedule a phone call or video chat using Zoom or WebEx after the initial outreach. You are also able to schedule an appointment directly using the peer tutoring scheduler at www.georgian.mywconline.com. You will have to create an account and then go to ADSC Emergency Services and book an appointment with Luana Fahr.
  • Accommodation forms will look different for summer courses and will not require a student signature. Please read them carefully.
  • Please direct all questions and concerns to ude.naigroeg@rhafl throughout the summer if you are requesting accommodations, or are part of The Learning Connection (TLC). You may also leave a message at 732-987-2646, as we will be checking voicemails regularly.
  • ADSC will not be administering exams in person until further notice. Faculty members will be offering extended time for exams and quizzes. You will still receive 1.5x exam time. Please confirm this accommodation with your professor prior to the exam.
  • You are responsible to know how class meetings, assignments, and exams may change to accommodate remote delivery. Please communicate with your faculty member and regularly check e-mail, Blackboard, or other platforms you may use.

Faculty
ADA accommodations for students registered with ADSC will continue to apply in an online setting. Although all student accommodations will be listed for consistency, please note that some may not apply to the learning environment. Please e-mail ude.naigroeg@rhafl with any questions. Please note the following:

  • All student accommodations will be listed on the accommodation letter regardless of course modality or content. At this time, students may need additional accommodations due to COVID-19 and the challenges they encounter.
  • The ADSC is closed until further notice. Exams will not be administered in ADSC at this time. The easiest way to contact us is to write to Luana Fahr at ude.naigroeg@rhafl as staffing is limited.
  • Testing accommodations, including extended time, will be provided by instructors, as well as other accommodations for tests. Please ask us if you are unsure.
  • Accommodation letters will look different for summer courses and will not require a student signature. Please review carefully.
  • Students will be encouraged to have interactive appointments with the director of the ADSC, as usual, and to contact professors regarding their current concerns.
  • “Extended time on exams” applies to timed online exams. A timed online exam is when a specific time frame (e.g., 60 minutes) is set for the students to complete the exam. In the case of students with an accommodation for 1.5x exam time, that student would need to access the exam for 90 minutes. This can be done through Blackboard.
  • “Extended time on exams” does not apply to a “take-home” exam.
  • “Extensions on assignments” must be upheld if this accommodation is authorized.
  • Paper and pen tests must be made available if this accommodation is authorized.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

First, you must submit documentation of a disability to Disability Services. The documentation must have been dated within the past three years, be relevant to the requested accommodations, and must be prepared by a medical or other licensed professional. Also, please read the documentation guidelines. You may fill out the student forms ahead of time. Please bring your Documentation and Student Forms to the director of the ADSC. Documentation may be sent ahead of time, before your appointment, to request accommodations. The forms are valid for one academic year.

No. All students with documentation of a disability may request accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at no charge.

Some examples are extended time for tests, distraction-reduced environment, note takers, and other accommodations dependent on student needs. Students may sign up as note takers for classes in which they are requested.

We offer The Learning Connection (TLC), a highly specialized, fee-based program for students with documented learning disabilities (or other disabilities that may impact their academic performance). The program offers individuals one-on-one support with an academic support specialist. To qualify, you must interview with the director of the ADSC.

Highlights of The Learning Connection program include:

  • a personalized tutoring/coaching program;
  • guaranteed two hours per week of one-on-one sessions with academic development specialists that include content tutoring, organizational, study, and test-taking skills;
  • support in transitioning from high school to college;
  • evaluation of progress;
  • development of socialization and life skills in a warm and friendly environment;
  • high graduation rates throughout the years; and
  • strong bonds with other members of the GCU community

No. Accommodations are free of charge under the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. TLC is a program that is fee-based for students that need professional tutoring and coaching.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our services, or would like to set up an appointment, please connect with us using the contacts below.

Luana E. Fahr, LDT-C
Director of the Academic Development & Support Center
732-987-2646
ude.naigroeg@lrhaf

Lisa Capurso
Staff Assistant
732-987-2363
ude.naigroeg@losrupac

Academic Development Specialists

Marie Mascitelli
732-987-2649
ude.naigroeg@milleticsam

Felicia Younger
732-987-2647
ude.naigroeg@fregnuoy

Danielle Wooton
ude.naigroeg@notoowd

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