Student Support Services

Ace Lab: Center for Excellence


The ACE is located in the Utley Center, downstairs from the Auditorium and right next to the cafeteria. Connected to the ACE is the Community Hub for Integrated Living and Learning (CHILL). Inside, you will find comfortable couches, table spaces for group study and independent work, charging ports, and three large screen TVs that are available for recreational use after 5pm.


The ACE offers both walk-in tutoring and appointments for foundational RCU courses during open hours. The ACE also offers additional resources such as support in time management and study strategies, academic coaching, computer stations, independent study spaces, and other academic resources.


Throughout the academic year, the ACE hosts small educational and social programs. Announcements about upcoming programs can be found on ACE social media sites. Information regarding the Athletic Study Hours Program and required study hours is communicated directly to student-athletes.


Rochester Christian University is committed to providing appropriate services and accommodations that allow identified students with disabilities access to academic programs, housing, or institutional offerings. To achieve this goal, the Rochester Christian University Accommodations Officer engages in an individualized and interactive process with each student to determine reasonable accommodations and appropriate support services.

Students with a disability must self-identify, request accommodations, and provide documentation to support the request. An individual with a disability is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Advance notice of an accommodation request can help to ensure that there is adequate time to review the request, access the need, and develop an individualized plan that outlines the student’s reasonable accommodations.

College accommodations differ from K-12 accommodations. Federal laws request colleges and universities to provide reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities to provide equal educational access and an inclusive environment for all students. In developing accommodation plans the University is not required to eliminate or lower essential requirements, make modifications that would result in a fundamental alteration of programs or activities, or impose an undue burden on the institution. For more information on the differences between IDEA, IEPs, 504 Plans, and college accommodations, please find the button at the bottom of the page.

To learn more about our disability services and accessibility resources please review the following policies.

If you are interested in learning more about the Academic Testing Center, please see the guidelines for testing or contact

For incoming and returning students wanting to apply for accommodations, visit for more information and links to the request form.

For further questions about the disability services and accessibility services available at Rochester Christian University, email

Student Support Services Team

Debi Rutledge

Dean of Retention
& Engagement

(248) 218-2192

Teri Butcher

Director of Advising
(248) 218-2171

Dr. Tania Kemp-Covington

Career and Academic Adviser
Student Support Services

(248) 218-2171

Lisa Rastigue

Academic Center for Excellence
(218) 248-2137

Michele Stanton

Academic Support & Retention
(248) 218-2173

Barby Knepper

Accommodation Officer & Testing Center Coordinator
(248) 218-2137