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Undergraduate/Graduate Academic Accommodations

Needing academic accommodations? Think you might need them? Get registered with CEA so accommodations can be implemented quickly. We help with accommodations for both on-campus classes and online classes from Global Campus.

Provision of reasonable accommodations is individualized and not one-size fits all. We will review your request with your specific needs in mind. Students can register with CEA and request accommodations at any point during the semester, but accommodations are not retroactive. Each semester, you will request accommodation letters to be sent to your instructors and meet together so you can work out how your accommodations will be implemented.

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


Expedited Registration Process

Standard Registration Process

Expedited Registration does not require an access plan meeting and can be processed more quickly than the Standard Registration. If you need only the following accommodations, you can request Expedited Registration:

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

Here’s the Expedited Registration process:

  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!
  3. Provide documentation of disability or medical condition that supports each accommodation request by one of the following methods:
    • Upload documentation via your CEA Student Profile
    • Email to ada@uark.edu 
    • Fax to 479-575-7445
    • In-person (435 N Garland Ave, Room 209 ARKU)
  4. We will notify you of your registration status and next steps through your student UARK email.

For students wanting to request accommodations other than those listed for expedited registration or wanting an access plan meeting, the standard registration process is:

  1. Complete the request for services form.
  2. Schedule an Access Plan Meeting by emailing: ada@uark.edu with dates and times of availability. Please allow 1 hour for this meeting.
    • Note: You can request an in-person or virtual meeting (Teams). Let us know your preference when scheduling. All are subject to availability.
  3. Watch your university email account for an 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!
  4. Provide documentation of disability or medical condition that supports each accommodation request  before, during, or after your access plan meeting by one of the following methods:
  5. We will notify you of your registration status and next steps through your student UARK email.

 

On the request for services form, 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

Documentation

In general, documentation should be provided by a professional. 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 used to determine if the student’s accommodation request is reasonable and appropriate.

Suggested Documentation Elements:

  1. Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by the professional providing the documentation.
  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.