COVID-19 Information

Please note: Guidance from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and university may change rapidly given the fluidity of the situation.  Please refer back to this page often and regularly as information will be updated as available or changes occur.

Additional UA campus details available on the Pat Walker Heath Center site for CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

 3/13/2020: Given the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, faculty are preparing to shift in-person courses to an online environment; and, they will communicate specific details to students on next steps, expectations, engaging in instruction and completing course assignments/exams. For a variety of reasons, there may be some courses that cannot reasonably shift to an online environment, but an alternate option will be identified. Faculty will notify students of the course plan.

CEA staff are working closely with University administration to identify appropriate strategies to meet disability-related access needs and limit the impact to student learning given that face-to-face classes are suspended and being transitioned to an online environment. 

Meetings with CEA

Effective 3/19/20, per Chancellor Steinmetz, all university operations and activities are shifted to online or other remote means. But the CEA is still available to assist you! We are happy to set up phone, MS Teams, or Skype meetings in lieu of students coming into the office to discuss accommodations. 

To schedule an appointment, please email us. Please be sure to specify if you would like an appointment via phone, MS Teams, or Skype. 


Follow up with your professors on any changes that may need to be put into place so that you will have access to accommodations.

Many testing accommodations can be easily made for online exams. Be sure to follow up with your instructors regarding your specific accommodations. You will still be responsible for reminding instructors at least 7 days before a test of the accommodation you will want to use on the test.

CEA will still be supporting accommodations such as textbook/document conversion.

Once you have communicated with your instructors regarding your accommodations, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the CEA.

Accessing Test/Quiz Accommodations

The CEA Test Center will not be proctoring in-person exams due to the directive and suspension of all in-person classes. Please communicate with your instructors to discuss your exam accommodations in their courses. 

Tests/quizzes will likely be administered via Blackboard using Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor. Basic test accommodations, such as extra time and distraction-reduced testing are easily facilitated online. Students who need access to assistive software to complete tests/quizzes, may not be able test via Blackboard Respondus LockDown Browser. If applicable, you will receive instructions on how to access test accommodations that are not as easily facilitated in an online environment.

CEA is available to instructors and students to consult about unique circumstances. 


Because the University has moved to online classes, you may need to download certain software to your personal computers or mobile devices to work effectively off-campus. We've provided information on separate pages below for the most common software or assistive technology you might require.

Preparing for Priority Registration (April 6 & 7)

Priority registration is available for students registered with the CEA and:

  • are undergraduates,
  • completed registration with the Center for Educational Access before 2/21/2020, and
  • are registered in UA classes currently or were last semester.

If you have not already done so, contact your advisor as soon as possible for an advising appointment. Be sure to discuss with your advisor when setting up your appointment if you prefer to have a meeting that is not in-person. To locate your advisor:

  1. Log into your UAConnect account.
  2. Click on the "Degree Audit" tile.
  3. Click on "View My Advisor".

Before the priority registration date, you will also need to ensure that any other holds listed in UAConnect have been resolved.

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