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Information for Prospective Students
Information for Prospective Students
The staff at the Center for Educational Access (the Center) welcomes you to the University of Arkansas! One of the main purposes of the Center is to facilitate appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities that ensure their equal access to the collegiate experience. This section provides references and contact information for the various facets of the new student experience, and details the registration process with the Center for Educational Access in order to facilitate any disability-related services and accommodations a student may need once admitted to the University.
Center staff is available by appointment to meet with prospective students prior to their admission to the University. Pre-admissions meetings may cover such topics as the registration process, documentation requirements, types of services available, housing and campus transportation considerations, and transition issues to college.
When to Register for Services
Students are encouraged to begin the registration process with the Center for Educational Access in the early stages of their college planning, so that as much notice as possible is provided to make needed arrangements prior to enrollment. Ideally, students are advised to complete the registration process with the Center no later than two weeks prior to their first semester at the University. Students who choose not to self-identify when they enter the University do not forfeit their right to receive accommodations at a later date. However, the University is not obligated to provide accommodations or services for students until they are fully registered with the Center for Educational Access, and have officially notified their instructors (or other University officials) of their need for accommodation as per Center procedure.
The admissions process for students with disabilities at the University of Arkansas is the same as that for all students. For undergraduate University admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions . For graduate admissions information, contact the University Graduate School and International Education. at http://grad.uark.edu. For prospective law students, contact University School of Law.
Rights and Responsibilities
Students with Disabilities at the University of Arkansas have the RIGHT to:
- Equal opportunity to learn and participate in the programs, activities, services and facilities of the University through the provision of reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Confidentiality of information regarding their disability, except as disclosure is necessary to acquire accommodations, facilitate services and/or is required by law.
- Accessible formats of information and means of communication.
- File a complaint, in accordance with the University Section 504/ADA Grievance Procedures if they believe they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability or have been denied access or accommodations as required by law.
Students with Disabilities at the University of Arkansas have the RESPONSIBILITY to:
- Meet and maintain essential qualifications and standards for University courses, programs, services, and activities.
- Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations at the University.
- Provide comprehensive documentation that details the manner in which their disability may impact their participation in programs and activities of the University, and that supports each accommodation request.
The University of Arkansas has the RIGHT to:
- Identify essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, activities and facilities, and to evaluate all students equally on these bases.
- Request and receive, through the Center for Educational Access, current documentation that supports accommodation requests.
- Select among equally effective accommodations which to provide for students, and do so in a timely manner.
- Refuse an unreasonable accommodation request that imposes a fundamental alteration on a course, program or activity of the University.
- Deny a request for an accommodation if documentation does not support the request, or if documentation is not provided.
The University of Arkansas has the RESPONSIBILITY to:
- Provide information to students in accessible formats.
- Provide and facilitate reasonable accommodations for students in courses, programs, services, activities and facilities of the University.
- Ensure that programs, services and activities are available and usable in the most integrated and accessible settings possible.
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communications.