Center for Educational Access

Adjusting to a university setting presents many challenges for new students, especially for those with disabilities. The University of Arkansas makes every effort to offer equal educational opportunities for all students and is committed to improving the total university experience for students with disabilities.

The Center for Educational Access (CEA) serves as the central campus resource for the university community in regard to students with disabilities and accommodations to remove barriers to access. The CEA provides direct support for students with disabilities, as well as training and educational resources for the university community as a whole. 

In partnership with students, faculty, and staff, CEA staff members work with students individually and assist academic units to determine reasonable accommodations that will enable every student to have equal access to the full range of programs and services.

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. Feel free to contact them as you need to.

At any point during the semester, students can register with CEA and request accommodations, but accommodations are not retroactive. Provision of reasonable accommodations is determined individually, based on the nature of the student's disability, the environmental barriers encountered, and the content of documentation provided. Go to the Getting Started page on the CEA website for more information on the registration process as well as documentation guidelines.

CEA Student Handbook

This student handbook was created to answer common questions regarding the services available to students with disabilities at the University of Arkansas, and to detail the various procedures necessary to obtain them. It is our hope that the information provided is comprehensive and addresses your needs. Should you have a special concern that is not covered in this publication, please feel free to contact a staff member at the Center for Educational Access for further assistance.

Student Accommodation Responsibility Checklist

This is a checklist to help you understand your responsibilities in the accommodation process. The CEA office is available to help you with determining appropriate and reasonable accommodations, better understand the accommodation process, and answer any questions you might have – at any time throughout the semester. Email us at or contact our office at (479) 575-3104 to schedule an appointment.

Utilizing Accommodations

This is information related to what happens after completing the registration process and accessing the CEA Online Student Services portal.


Students with disabilities may need special accommodations in order to have full and integrated access to on-campus housing.

Examples of housing accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Single-occupancy rooms
  • Non-communal restroom
  • Room and furniture modifications
  • Meal-plan modifications
  • Assistance animals

Housing and dining accommodations must be reasonable and relate to the student’s disability and address their functional limitations.

The Center for Educational Access, University Housing, and Dining Services work closely together to ensure accommodation needs are appropriately implemented for students with disabilities living on campus.

For more information visit the housing and dining accommodations page