Getting Started

Needing academic accommodations? Think you might need them? Get registered with CEA so accommodations can be implemented quickly if needed. Whether you are attending courses on the University of Arkansas campus or taking Global Campus courses via the Internet, the CEA is ready to assist you.  

Provision of reasonable accommodations is an individualized, interactive process based on the nature of the student's disability, the environmental barriers encountered, and the content of documentation provided. We will review your application with your specific needs in mind. Please feel free to take a look at examples of accommodations which may be available. Students can register with CEA and request accommodations at any point during the semester, but accommodations are not retroactive.

The CEA offers two registration options for students who want to request accommodations – option 1: Expedited Registration and option 2: Standard Registration.

Expedited Registration does not require an access plan meeting and can be processed more quickly. If you are seeking only the follow accommodations, you are eligible for Expedited Registration:

  • 1.5x or 2x extended time on exams
  • Distraction-reduced testing environment
  • Permission to audio record lectures

On the application, we will ask you to tell us about:

  • The disabilities you are seeking accommodation for
  • What previous accommodations you may have used (if any)
  • How the accommodations you request will help remove any barriers you may be facing and help you succeed

Thank you for starting the process to register with us! Please contact us at any stage in the process if we can further help you!

Students who opt for expedited registration do not complete an access plan meeting; and are typically processed faster than standard registrations. Expedited registration is only available for students selecting any of these accommodations:

  • 1.5x or 2x extended time on exams
  • Distraction-reduced testing environment
  • Permission to audio record lectures

NOTE: If requesting any other accommodations, follow the standard registration process.

Please note the important student obligations in the registration process below.

  1. Complete the request for services form. Please be sure to upload or email documention when you complete the registration form.
  2. Watch your university email account for a status update, typically within 3 business days after we receive your request. If you do not receive an automatic confirmation email within 30 minutes of your submission, please contact us!

For students wanting to request accommodations other than those listed for expedited registration or wanting an access plan meeting. Please note the important student obligations in the registration process below.

  1. Complete the request for services form.
  2. Watch your university email account for a status update, typically within 3 business days after we receive your request. If you do not receive an automatic confirmation email within 30 minutes of your submission, please contact us!
  3. Schedule an Access Plan Meeting with a CEA staff member to discuss your accommodations request and how the accommodtions may be facilitated.  Email: ada@uark.edu or call 479-575-3104.  
    • NOTE: For students who are registered for Global Campus courses and need accommodations but are not in the Fayetteville, AR area, please contact the CEA office to discuss how an Access Plan Meeting may be facilitated.
  4. Participate in an Access Plan Meeting with an Access Counselor via video conference, by phone or in person (subject to availability) to discuss disability/medical information and accommodation needs.
  5. Provide documentation of disability or medical condition that supports each accommodation request. We will be happy to discuss types of documentation during your access plan meeting. Documentation can be submitted before, during, or after your access plan meeting. 
    • Upload documentation via CEA Online Student Services, 
    • Fax to 479-575-7445, or
    • Bring it to the access plan meeting with you.
  6. CEA will review information and notify registration status to the student via student's UARK email.
  7. Once registration is complete, student is ready to request use of accommodations. (Please refer to the Utilizing Accommodations page for instructions.

In general, documentation should be provided by an appropriately credentialed professional in reference to the condition in question. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. Common sources of documentation are health care providers, psychologists, and diagnosticians.  Copies of accommodations approved from a previous school(s) such as accommodation agreements/letters, 504 plans, IEPs, ARD documents and/or standardized exams can also be included as additional supporting information.

All documentation will be mined for pertinent information, in conjunction with all of the available information, to determine if the student’s accommodation request is reasonable and appropriate. For more information about the type of information to submit please review the documentation of disability in the CEA Student Handbook, Section 2.

Suggested Documentation Elements:

  1. Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional.
  2. State the disability or disabilities.
    Describe the impact or symptoms of the disability.
  3. If appropriate, discuss the severity and/or expected progression.
  4. If appropriate, list medication side-effects.
  5. Current and/or past accommodations.
  6. Any recommended accommodations.

 

Already registered with CEA for academic accommodations but needing to request Housing/Dining Services Accommodations? Please check out the CEA webpage on how to Request Housing/Dining Accommodations

Already registered with CEA for housing accommodations or as a service provider (such as a notetaker) but need academic accommodations? Please complete the online Request to CEA for Academic Accommodations and follow instructions provided.

The nature of the workplace accommodations may differ from academic accommodations students receive. For employment-related accommodation requests (including graduate, teaching and resident assistantships), visit the OEOC website to File a Report or Make an Accommodation Request.