General Policies

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Equal Access | FERPA | HIV | Name Change | Nondiscrimination | Sexual Harassment | Sexual Assault | Non-Smoking

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Equal Access for Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of a course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement–such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos–please notify the instructor as soon as possible. Students are also welcome to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC), telephone (501) 569-3143 (v/tty). For more information, visit the DRC website.


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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 UALR Student Handbook for the delineation of those rights.


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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 to 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 as available to not infected persons. 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 includes 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 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)


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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 UALR 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 UALR 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 UALR 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 UALR records should consult with the Director of Records and Registration, who will specify appropriate documentation.


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Nondiscrimination

UALR adheres to a policy that enables all individuals, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, 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 which 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. At the same time the University prohibits discriminatory practices, it promotes equal opportunity through affirmative action. Nondiscriminatory 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.


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Prohibiting Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to prohibit sexual harassment of its students, faculty, and staff.

Incidents of sexual harassment are demeaning to all persons involved and impair the ability of the institution to perform its educational functions.

Sexual harassment of employees is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and sexual harassment of students may constitute discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment of employees is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct which takes place when: submission to the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Sexual harassment of students includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other verbal or physical conduct which take place when: submission to the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic status or advancement; submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that individual; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment. Employees and students who believe that they have been subjected to sexual harassment are encouraged to report the problem.

University grievance procedures are available to individuals who wish to pursue complaints of sexual harassment. Informal complaints should be made to an ombudsman for sexual harassment. The goal of the informal process is to resolve problems. No disciplinary action will be taken as a result of the informal complaint procedure. Formal complaints against faculty, staff and administration should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources. Both formal and informal complaints should be made within 30 calendar days of the most recent alleged discriminatory act.


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Sexual Assault

(UALR’s complete policy on sexual assault appears in the UALR Student Handbook and the policy website.)
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock explicitly condemns sexual assault as a violation of an individual’s human rights and dignity. Sexual assault is generally defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity. The policy of UALR is that members of the University community neither commit nor condone sexual assault in any form. This prohibition applies equally to male and female staff, faculty and students, to all other persons on premises subject to University control, and to those engaged to further the interests of the University.

Sexual assault is unlawful and may subject those who engage in it to civil and criminal penalties. A student or employee of UALR charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under Arkansas criminal statutes and/or disciplined by the University. Even if criminal prosecution is not pursued, the University can pursue disciplinary action. Where there is probable cause to believe that the campus regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, the campus will pursue strong disciplinary action through its own internal judicial channels. This discipline includes, but is not limited to, the possibility of termination, expulsion, suspension, disciplinary probation, counseling, mediation, educational sanctions, or a combination of these. Any conduct that constitutes a sexual offense under Arkansas law is also subject to disciplinary sanctions under this policy.

Victims of sexual assault have the right to file criminal charges with local law enforcement authorities and, upon request, are entitled to assistance from the University in notifying those authorities. Victims also have the right to file a complaint with the University to have a sexual assault allegation investigated by the University, and the right to participate in any disciplinary proceedings regarding the sexual assault complaint.

Because of the traumatic nature of sexual assault, victims are strongly encouraged to seek professional help. On campus, free and confidential counseling services and referrals are available at Counseling and Career Planning Services in Ross Hall 417.

Due to the nature and value of evidence, it is important that any sexual assault be reported as soon as possible. A complaint should be filed with the University within 30 days of the incident. The initial complaint may be filed with any of these University offices:

  • The Department of Public Safety
  • The Office of Campus Life
  • The Office of Human Resources

UALR’s complete policy on sexual assault appears in the UALR Student Handbook.


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Smoke-Free Campus

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a smoke-free campus. This policy originated in recommendations from the Student Government Association and the University Assembly. This policy applies to all locations of the University, including the main campus, the William H. Bowen School of Law, and the UALR Benton Center. All individuals are expected to comply with this policy. Persons who fail to comply are subject to disciplinary action. (Chancellor’s Office, 8/16/09)