Aug 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

University Policies



All UA Little Rock policies are posted on the Policy website.

Equal Access for Students with Disabilities

In compliance with federal regulations, it is the policy of UA Little Rock to respond to student requests for course accommodation, substitution, and other adjustments because of a documented disability on an individual basis and in a manner that does not result in discrimination. Where requests are complex and not easily handled through the regular course substitution procedures, the Disability Resource Center will review the case and make a determination in conjunction with academic departments when appropriate. The Disability Resource Center will work through the interactive process with the student to determine accommodations. Students who wish to request academic adjustments because of a disability should consult the academic adjustment procedures printed in the UA Little Rock Student Handbook, or contact the Disability Resource Center at 501.569.3143.

The syllabus for each UA Little Rock course should include the following statement:

Students with Disabilities: Your success in this class is important to me, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you have a documented disability (or need to have a disability documented), and need an accommodation, please contact me privately as soon as possible, so that we can discuss with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) how to meet your specific needs and the requirements of the course. The DRC offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process among you, your instructor(s), and the DRC. Thus, if you have a disability, please contact me and/or the DRC, at 501.569.3143 or 501.683.7629. For more information, please visit the DRC website, telephone (501) 569-3143.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have certain rights with regard to their educational records as stipulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Students should consult the UA Little Rock Student Handbook for the delineation of those rights.

HIV

In support of its mission to discover and disseminate knowledge and to promote humane sensitivities and understanding of interdependence, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock endorses the following policy for responding to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.

Based on conclusive evidence from the U.S. Public Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people living with HIV infection pose no threat of transmission through casual contact with those who are not infected. Because many people are infected and don’t know it, the University accepts an inclusive approach that recognizes any individual could be HIV positive. No screening or inquiries regarding HIV status will be made for admission or employment.

Access

People with HIV/AIDS are protected from discrimination by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Appropriate, reasonable accommodations will be made for students and employees who are infected and they will be accorded all rights of access and responsibilities in every aspect of University life. Acts of discrimination or abuse will not be tolerated. Confidentiality will be observed.

Prevention and Education

The University will provide ongoing training for students and employees that include the following:

  • Facts about infection, transmission, prevention, testing sites, and disclosure
  • Skill development and equipment for self-protection
  • A climate that fosters care and respect for self and others

For information about educational programs contact the Offices of Health Services or Human Resource Services.

Support Services

The Health Services Office is the primary point of confidential contact for people living with HIV and will serve as a resource to the campus community regarding HIV issues on campus.

Support services and referrals are also available in the following offices: Counseling and Career Planning Services, Disability Resource Center, and the Arkansas Employee Assistance Program.

Policy Implementation and Review

The University Health and Wellness Committee will be responsible for the implementation of this policy. They will review this policy semi-annually or as scientific information emerges and submit revisions to the University Assembly for approval. (Adopted by the Faculty Senate, 4/19/96)

Name Changes

U.S. citizens

In order to comply with a number of government agency reporting requirements, the University must record each student’s name as it appears on his/her social security card. Students who need to change their names on UA Little Rock records must complete a name change form (available at the Office of Records and Registration) and present a social security card and picture identification when submitting the form. After the change is implemented, the name on the UA Little Rock transcript, diploma, and other documents will read as printed on the social security card. If the social security card is incorrect, students must change their records with the Social Security Administration Office first. No changes will be made to the UA Little Rock record until a new Social Security Card is issued and presented to the Office of Records and Registration.

International students

International students who need to change their names on UA Little Rock records should consult with the Director of Records and Registration, who will specify appropriate documentation.

Nondiscrimination

UA Little Rock adheres to a policy that enables all individuals, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or disability, to work and study in an environment unfettered by discriminatory behavior or acts. Harassment of an individual or group will not be condoned, and any person (student, faculty, or staff member) who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Any person who believes they have been discriminated against should contact the Human Resources Office to obtain assistance and information concerning the filing of complaints, (501) 569-3180.

Harassment that is considered discriminatory includes actions or conduct (verbal, graphic, gestural, or written) directed against any person or group with the intent to demean or create a hostile or threatening environment. It is not the intent of this policy to infringe upon or limit educational, scholarly, or artistic expression. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against should contact the Office of Human Relations to obtain assistance and information concerning the filing of a complaint.

At the same time the university prohibits discriminatory practices, it promotes equal opportunity through affirmative action. Non-discriminatory, affirmative action, equal opportunity policies apply to recruitment, hiring, job classification and placement, work conditions, promotional opportunities, demotions/transfers, terminations, training, compensation, choice of contractors and suppliers of goods and services, educational opportunities, disciplinary action, recreational and social activities, use of facilities, housing, and university-sponsored programs.

Policy 201.1 appears on the policy website: ualr.edu/policy/home/admin/non-discrimination.

Prohibiting Sexual Harassment

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The University of Arkansas at Little Rock does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs and activities that it operates and is prohibited from doing so by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., and the U.S. Department of Education’s implementing regulations, 34 CFR Part 106. The University’s nondiscrimination policy extends to admission, employment, and other programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 C.F.R. Part 106 may be sent to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both.

Sexual harassment as defined in this policy (including sexual assault) is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited. Title IX requires the University to promptly and reasonably respond to sexual harassment in the University’s educational programs and activities, provided that the harassment was perpetrated against a person in the United States. At the time that a formal complaint is filed, the complainant must be participating in (or attempting to participate in) an education program or activity of the University. An education program or activity includes locations, events, or circumstances over which the University exercised substantial control over both the respondent and the context in which the sexual harassment occurs, and also includes any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by a postsecondary institution.

This policy applies to allegations and complaints of sexual harassment as defined herein. All other complaints of discrimination or misconduct that do not fall within the jurisdiction of Title IX may be made through other campus procedures.

This policy shall not be construed or applied to restrict academic freedom at the University. Further, it shall not be construed to restrict any rights protected under the First Amendment, the Due Process Clause, or any other constitutional provisions. This policy also does not limit an employee’s rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. All complaints or any concerns about conduct that may violate this policy should be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator, Senior Title IX Deputy Coordinator, or Title IX Deputy Coordinators. All references to the Title IX Coordinator in this policy implicitly include the Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator or designee.

UA Little Rock’s complete policy for Title IX Policy for Complaints of Sexual Assault and Other Forms of Sexual Harassment – 401.7 appears on the policy website: ualr.edu/policy/home/facstaff/title-ix.

Smoke-Free Campus

Smoking on UA Little Rock campuses is regulated under the authority of the Arkansas Clean Air Act, A.C.A. §6-60-801 et. seq., and Act 847 of 2015.

In accordance with Arkansas state law, UA Little Rock is a smoke-free campus. Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes or vapor devices, is strictly prohibited on all locations of the University, including the main campus, the William H. Bowen School of Law, and the UA Little Rock Benton Center.

Any person who is convicted of a violation of this law may be punished by a fine. Additionally, students, staff, and faculty who fail to comply with this policy are subject to the disciplinary actions of the university. (Chancellor’s Office, 8/16/09)