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Academic Success Center

Kimberly Bright, Director
Speech Building, Room 101 | (501) 569-3280 | (501) 569-3420 | Website

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers multiple services designed to assist students in learning the tools to be academically successful at UALR and use those same tools to be successful in life after graduation and is located in Speech Building 101, with hours of operation 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The ASC houses 5 distinct programs:

  1. The Collegiate Success Program (CSP) provides personal attention to entering first-year and transfer students needing to complete developmental Reading and Composition coursework with a two-semester, structured learning experience including workshops and/or community building activities,
  2. The CSP-Academic Probation (CSP-AP) is designed to give student currently on probation the intrusive support necessary to return to satisfactory academic standing,
  3. The Program for Enhanced Learning (PEL) provides developmental courses in reading and writing,
  4. Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally supported program aimed at provided additional academic support and assistance to traditionally underrepresented populations, and
  5. The Ronald McNair Scholars program is another federally supported program designed to help underrepresented populations do the necessary preparation to successfully apply, attend and complete a doctoral research program.

Adult Learners (Nontraditional Students)

Adult learner is defined as a student 25 years of age or older who is beginning or returning to school after being away from college for a number of years and who plans to enroll in credit courses. To respond more effectively to this group’s needs, the Office of Campus Life serves as an advocacy and referral office and assists new adult students.

The Non-Traditional Student Program (NTSP) is designed to help nontraditional students be successful in obtaining their educational goals. NTSP helps students navigate the university and provide information about resources, services and opportunities that UALR offers. Additional information may be found on the website http://ualr.edu/campuslife/ntsp/about-non-traditional-student-programs/ or by calling (501) 569-3308.

Alumni Association

The The UALR Alumni Association sponsors a variety of activities for students and former students including homecoming, reunions, speaker series, and other special events. The association offers several scholarships, including one to a second-generation student, and it cosponsors GradFest each fall and spring semester. Members receive on-campus discounts and receive Daily Record, is a newspaper of law and business information. The Alumni Association offers a basic membership option or membership in a specific constituency group, and is open to all former students of UALR and its predecessor institutions (Little Rock University and Little Rock Junior College) for a small annual membership fee. Visit the Bailey Alumni & Friends Center, (501) 683-7208.

Bookstore

The UALR Bookstore is located in the Donaghey Student Center complex and is the book center for UALR. In addition to providing required and recommended textbooks, the Bookstore has a general book department with a basic selection of books, special promotions, school and office supplies, and a special order service. The gift department includes jewelry, imprinted clothing, and greeting cards. University class rings are ordered individually for graduating students. The Bookstore is managed by Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Inc., and is a member of the National Association of College Stores and the Southwest College Bookstore Association.

Campus ID Card

The UALR photo Campus Card is required to access the Donaghey Student Center Fitness and Aquatics Center, library, athletic events, and special activities, and to perform check cashing and enrollment adjustments.
The ID Card is also used as a debit card for those students on a meal plan and/or receiving book vouchers. The card may not be used by any person other than the one to whom it is issued, and it must be surrendered on the request of any official of the University. If an ID card is lost, another can be obtained at the Donaghey Student Center for a fee. Campus Cards are issued at the Donaghey Student Center during regular operating hours.

Campus Life

Students involved in the Office of Campus Life gain valuable experience in building teamwork, planning events, working with diverse personalities and populations and much more! Services, programs and events include the following:

Allocation & Administration of Student Activity Fees Special Events & Cultural Observances
Campus Recreation: Intramural Sports, Fitness/Wellness Programs & Outdoor Adventures Student Government Association
Diversity Programs & Mentoring Student Organization Registration & Advisement
Fraternity/Sorority Life Student Support Programs & Services: Women, Non-Traditional, Commuter & First Generation
Leadership Development The UALR Forum Student Newspaper
New Student Orientation University Program Council
Peer Tutoring Referrals

The Office of Campus Life provides advisement to all registered student organizations including those funded by the activity fee, coordinates the assignment of student organization office space, and provides student development and leadership enhancement opportunities for UALR students. The office encourages a diversity of activities designed to entertain and educate while providing opportunities for student development through extracurricular experiences. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life (501) 569-3308.

Chancellor’s Leadership Corps

The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps is composed of approximately 60 freshmen who are selected for membership on the basis of leadership, scholarship, and service. A renewable tuition and fees scholarship is awarded to every member. The students serve as ambassadors of the University, participate in community service projects, and enjoy numerous social activities as part of a leadership practicum. Two hours of academic credit may be earned for successful completion of the practicum, which offers an orientation to campus and leadership development. For more information contact Financial Aid at (501) 569-3035 or visit online.

Counseling Services

Counseling is a service provided by professionally and clinically trained mental health providers, who promote mental health and wellness within an individual, group, and community format. We assist clients who are goal oriented and want to make positive changes in their lives. Counselors guide clients in overcoming personal barriers and life stressors in meeting their personal and professional goals. We assist our clients in exploring and accessing their own strengths and equip our clients with healthy and sustainable coping skills. For more information call (501) 569-3185 or visit their website.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to make UALR accessible to everyone. Their expertise is at the intersection of disability and design, and so the DRC works with the campus community to ensure that physical, web environments are designed to be barrier-free to the extent possible. Some barriers to access can’t be removed in a timely manner, and so that’s when they work one-on-one with students to determine accommodations. This is a collaborative process between the DRC and the student, and when needed, with faculty.

The DRC believes that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to our society and to the UALR campus community. The DRC also believes that creating and maintaining usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environments is a shared responsibility of the campus community. Designing learning environments with usability in mind benefits all students at UALR. The ultimate indicator of our success is when students with disabilities can access their environments as seamlessly as do non-disabled students.

The DRC strives to work proactively with the campus on accessibility issues by serving on many committees, and by doing presentations to colleges and departments across campus on good course design and accessibility issues.

For more information, contact Disability Resource Center by visiting ualr.edu/disability/ or call (501) 569-3143. The office is located in the Donaghey Student Center, Room 103.

Donaghey Student Center

Located at the heart of the campus, the Donaghey Student Center (DSC) supports the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in it’s dedication to Development, Service, and Community. The DSC provides facilities and services unique to university life. It is one of the few buildings in the nation that combines a traditional student center with a fitness and aquatics center.

The Information Desk is located on the first floor of the Donaghey Student Center, Room 101. An attendant is available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Offices in the DSC
Office Number
Administration, (Room 101) (501) 569-8958
General Office (501) 569-3362
Aquatics, (Room 106) (501) 371-8011
Campus Life, (Room 216) (501) 569-3308
Conference Services, (Room 210A) (501) 569-3324
Dining Services, (Room 211B) (501) 569-3361
Disability Resource Center, (Room 103) (501) 569-3143
Educational, Student Services, & Student Life, (Room 215) (501) 569-3328
Equipment Services, (Room 106D) (501) 569-8284
Environmental Services, (Room 101) (501) 683-7127
Fit/Well, (Room 109D1B) (501) 569-3228
Information and Call Center, (Room 101A) (501) 569-3362
Intramural teams, (Room 109D1C) (501) 569-8078
Health Services, (Room 102) (501) 569-3188
Reception Services, (Room 101D) (501) 569-3413

Greek Organizations

UALR has a wide variety of Greek social fraternities and sororities, as well as honor and recognition societies and professional fraternities. These traditional college student organizations (called Greek organizations because of their Greek names) provide democratic, social, and leadership experience; give value beyond the college years; create an ever-widening circle of service beyond membership; answer the yearning for spiritual expression and guidance; and fill the need to belong.

Membership is by invitation, following a formal “rush week”during which each sorority and fraternity holds parties for potential members to learn about the organizations. For more information or to participate in rush week, call the Office of Campus Life, (501) 569-3308.

Health and Accident Insurance

Students are responsible for their own health and accident coverage while enrolled at UALR. An optional student group health insurance plan is offered to UALR students, their spouses, and dependent children. Information and applications are available in the Office of Health Services. Students must apply for this health insurance plan within 30 days of the first day of class for the fall term or may enroll at the beginning of the spring semester on a prorated basis for eight months. Insurance is mandatory for international students.

Health Services

Health Services is an ambulatory clinic providing cost-effective, accessible health care for students, faculty, and staff of the UALR campus community. Health Services is a department within the Division of Educational Student Services and Student Life and is conveniently located in the Donaghey Student Center (Suite 102) next to the DSC Information Desk and across from the bookstore.

Our medical staff includes board-certified Advanced Practice Nurses and Registered Nurses, as well as a Consulting Physician.

Physical examinations are not required of UALR students, but proof of immunization for measles and rubella is required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957.

Students with medical problems or physical disabilities are encouraged to fill out a brief information card at the Office of Health Services by the end of the first week of classes. All patient information is confidential.

The student health fee covers all office visits. There are additional charges for diagnostic testing/labs, certain procedures (paps), and vaccines.

    Hours of Operation
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    By appointment, with same-day appointment availability.
    How to Access Care
    Schedule an appointment by calling (501) 569-3188

Housing

Living on campus at UALR is an opportunity to be in the middle of it all. Being a part of a residential community has many perks, from a greater chance at academic success to a built-in social setting that is brimming with possibility.

Each of the four halls and the new University Village are equipped with such amenities as furnished rooms, Internet access, cable connections, and reserved student parking. And let’s not forget about laundry, fitness and recreation areas, and the UALR Dining Experience! So find out what’s in store for you at UALR – Discover UALR housing!

UALR offers a variety of housing options to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Browse the choices below to find out which one fits you best before filling out your housing application.

UALR adheres to all federal and state regulations and guidelines regarding nondiscrimination in housing. Inquiries may be made to the Office of Student Housing at (501) 661-1743.

Information Center

The Information & Call Center is located on the first floor of the Donaghey Student Center (DSC), Room 101. A team representative is available at the desk during our regularly scheduled hours to assist you.

The Information Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday (during regular sessions). The Information Center’s telephone number is (501) 569- 3362.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The UALR athletic program is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and abides by NCAA rules and regulations. Men’s and women’s teams compete in the Sun Belt Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and water polo. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.

Any student interested in intercollegiate sports participation is encouraged to try out. Interested students should contact the Director of Athletics.

International Services

The Office of International Services is responsible for foreign student orientation, assists international students regarding living and studying on an American campus, assists with housing, provides advisory services for matters involving nonacademic concerns, and helps develop programs to bring foreign and U.S. students together. The office works in cooperation with other units on campus that serve international students. For more information, phone (501) 569-3582. (See the International Services section of this catalog.)

Intramural-Recreation Services

Intramural-recreation services are offered by the Donaghey Student Center and include flag football, swimming, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, table tennis, and more. There are also workshops to assist students in sharpening their skills in some sports and other leisure pursuits. These include land and water aerobic classes, swimming lessons, and special fitness events. Students may also get a fitness assessment and guidance from the fitness and wellness staff. Strength training and conditioning assistance is always available in the weight room. This office also serves the facility and programming needs of recognized student organizations that are sports or recreation related. For more information call (501) 569-8284.

New Student Orientation

Your life changes when you enter college. Your days will soon be even busier and filled with new challenges, priorities and activities. Students who become familiar with their campus, the faculty and staff, and available resources enhance their chances for success. Students admitted to UALR will receive an email invitation, at the email address provided on the admission application, to complete online orientation or attend orientation on campus.

Additional information is available at ualr.edu/campuslife/orientation/ or you may contact the Office of Campus Life, (501) 569-3308.

Orientation Leaders

Orientation leaders assist in a variety of activities designed to welcome new students and their families. Criteria for orientation leader selection include the ability to interact well with others and to communicate information about the University; successful scholastic achievement; and evidence of previous leadership roles. Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to recommend students for orientation leader selection. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life.

Ottenheimer Library

The Ottenheimer Library welcomes students, as well as faculty and staff. Friendly librarians and library staff are available to answer questions and assist with research. In addition to more than 500,000 books, Ottenheimer Library also features:

    Wireless access
    Computers, printers, copiers and scanners
    Laptops and iPads for personal use
    Music CDs and DVDs
    United States government and European Union publications
    Over 100 electronic databases, 30,000 electronic books, and 37,000 electronic journals, newspapers, and magazines.

The library delivers electronic copies of print articles and chapters upon demand, and can also order additional books, articles, and other materials from libraries throughout North America. Many of the library’s resources are available online and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. For additional information, visit ualr.edu/library. General information is available by calling (501) 569-3123. The telephone number for reference and documents assistance is (501) 569-8806.

Public Safety

The UALR Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for maintaining an orderly, safe environment for the pursuit of education, and it works in many ways to serve, protect, and assist the students, faculty, staff, and their guests. Police service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and University police officers are commissioned law enforcement officers with the same authority and arrest powers as city police officers. The public safety telephone number is (501) 569-3408; (501) 569-3400 for emergencies.

Public Safety provides parking and traffic control, individual assistance, crowd control at campus events, crime control, and crime prevention information. Brochures listing traffic, parking, bicycle, pet, and other regulations are available in the public safety office, and these regulations are detailed in the UALR Student Handbook. University police officers are there to help, but students are responsible for knowing and obeying University regulations.

The department should be notified immediately in the event of theft, assault, public drunkenness or other disturbances, or any other criminal, dangerous, or suspicious activity. The Student Patrol, trained students equipped with radios, flashlights, and identifying caps and badges, regularly patrol the campus buildings and parking lots and are available on request as escorts to on-campus destinations.

Emergency telephones, direct lines to the public safety dispatcher, are located around campus and their use is encouraged. These phones are in small, gray metal boxes on poles topped with flashing blue lights. Simply pick up the receiver and wait for the dispatcher to answer.

UALR is in compliance with federal law requiring disclosure of statistics regarding arrests and certain crimes.

Recreation Services

The purpose of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Office of Campus Recreation is to provide opportunities for a diversified population to recreate, exercise, and socialize through variety of programs. The Office of Campus Recreation help stimulate student learning and development as well as enhance the quality of life for the students, faculty, and staff. The Office Campus Recreations offers the following programs:

  • Fitness & Wellness Classes
  • Intramural Sports
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Special Events

For more information call (501) 569-3228.

Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic

This program provides evaluations and therapy for any student wishing assistance. The UALR Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic is accredited in speech-language pathology and audiology and is supervised by certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Self, faculty, and external referrals may be made. Evaluations and therapy are scheduled at the faculty member ’s and student’s convenience. The clinic is located in the University Plaza.

This clinic has the only diagnostic and rehabilitative training program in audiology in Arkansas. Audiological services include testing of hearing and communication skills, monitoring of hearing problems, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid checks, training in speech reading, and counseling services for hearing-impaired students who may be experiencing difficulty in school because of hearing problems.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling (501) 569-3155.

Speech and language services include evaluations and therapy in disorders of articulation, language, stuttering and cluttering, voice, and organic disorders such as laryngectomy, aphasia, cerebral palsy, and cleft palate.

Some services are available at a reduced charge to regularly enrolled students. In addition, referrals are encouraged from community speech- and hearing-impaired children and adults.

Students Affected by the Military

Students Affected by the Military (SAM) is a new UALR student organization. Its mission is to foster and develop a support and a social network for UALR students affected by the military.
SAM wants to help you

  • Develop Social Networks
  • Receive Outreach Services (Counseling, Advising, Help when you need it)
  • Enjoy the Company of Others Who Share Your Experiences
  • Achieve Your Educational Goals
  • Make Your Interests Known

UALR is a chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization. SVA is a chapter-based student veteran membership organization that provides military veterans with resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation. Visit the website at ualr.edu/military/sam or contact the UALR military ombudsman at (501) 683-7167.

Student Directory

Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly known as FERPA), you have the right to withhold the disclosure of “Directory or Public Information” listed below. This includes:

  • Student’s name,
  • Address,
  • Telephone number,
  • Date of birth,
  • Major field of study,
  • Enrollment status,
  • Grade level,
  • Dates of attendance,
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and Sports,
  • weight and height (for members of athletic teams only),
  • Honors, Degrees and awards received,
  • Photograph,
  • Most recent educational agency or institution attended, and
  • E-mail addresses.

Student Government Association

The UALR Student Government Association (SGA) offers an opportunity for students to play an active role in the University’s affairs and provides information on campus policies, events, and organizations, and an avenue for students to make known their feelings about campus policies.

SGA officers are selected by campus-wide election and represent the student body in the UALR University Assembly and the SGA President is a member of the Faculty Senate. The SGA appoints student members to UALR’s administrative and standing committees, provides an appeal system for parking and traffic violation tickets, maintains open lines of communication between University policy makers and students, and provides meeting space for student organizations. For more information or to become involved with the student government, call (501) 569-3210.

Student Handbook

Student rights, responsibilities, and behavior as well as other information on matters of conduct and due process are described in the UALR Student Handbook. This publication is given to students at orientation or may be obtained from the Office of Educational and Student Services. Students are considered to be mature individuals who neither lose the rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship through enrollment at UALR.

Student Organizations

There are more than 100 student organizations and clubs registered at UALR. These groups offer opportunities for leadership and student development experiences; recognize scholarship and leadership achievements at either the undergraduate or graduate level; and provide social experiences and opportunities to promote common interests in such areas as social action, politics, religion, philosophy, ethics, recreation, and hobbies. For a complete list of registered student organizations, or to register a student organization, contact the Office of Campus Life.

Student Publications

UALR recognizes three official student publications on campus.

  1. Equinox is a student-run journal of contemporary literature and art at UALR.
  2. The Forum is the UALR student newspaper. It is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters and four times during the summer.
  3. Quills and Pixels is the peer-reviewed, student publication of the UALR Writers’ Network, an organization dedicated to spotlighting the importance of writing in society.

Study Abroad

Porntip Israsena, Interim Study Abroad Director
Student Services Center, Room 417, (501) 569-3376, ualr.edu/studyabroad
Study abroad at UALR offers you a unique and valuable experience—the opportunity not only to study, but also to immerse yourself in another country and culture, thus expanding your view of the world. While working to fulfill major and minor coursework requirements, you also have an unparalleled opportunity to acquire firsthand knowledge of another culture, develop or improve fluency in another language, and gain a global perspective. Your time abroad will be full of vivid and amazing experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life, no matter where you choose to go. Our students have traveled the world, from Austria and China to Costa Rica and Rwanda. The photo opportunities are just part of the big picture – UALR students are interacting with other cultures, immersing themselves, and picking up the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. For more information call (501) 569-3376 or visit the website.

Testing Services

Brad Patterson, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Student Services Center, Room 315, (501) 569-3198, Website

The primary function of the Office of Testing Services is to provide high quality assessments that adhere to national, state, and professional standards in order to validate exam results.

Testing programs include examinations for placement, credit, admission, graduate and professional schools, licensing and certification, distance education, and proctoring for students who receive accommodations.

The office maintains the policy and articulates credit for prior learning assessments such as Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE), International Baccalaureate (IB), and UALR Departmental Exams. Information regarding scheduling, programs, and current policy is available online at ualr.edu/testing.

University Program Council

The University Program Council (UPC) is a registered student organization that serves as a programming extension of the Office of Campus Life. UPC provides movie nights, lectures and comedians.

Any student who wishes to participate in UPC may become a member. Students who participate share in the presentation of student activity programs from beginning to end and may also serve in leadership positions within the organization. UPC members have the opportunity to work with many different groups to provide programs for a diverse campus population.

Graduate with the experiential education that UPC programs provide! The UPC is funded by the student activity fee and therefore, all events sponsored by the UPC are free to enrolled UALR students. UPC meets every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in DSC 201T. If you would like more information about University Program Council, please contact the Office of Campus Life at (501) 569-3308 or visit the website.

University Academic Assistance Centers

Communication Skill Center

The Communication Skill Center (CSC) helps take the panic out of public speaking! The CSC is a free campus resource devoted to helping students, faculty, and staff with all stages of the speech creation process. Our services include, but are not limited to, managing anxiety, brainstorming topics, conducting research, organizing content, outlining, designing and integrating effective presentational aids, and rehearsing traditionally, as well as via video, with personalized feedback. Additionally, we offer individualized help as well as group workshops on other communication-based skills, such as team communication, leadership communication, and conflict resolution. For more information call (501) 569-8208 or visit 201 SPCH Building.

Mathematics Assistance Centers

The Mathematics Assistance Centers (MAC I & II) are excellent places for students to study and do their homework. No appointment is necessary and the MAC I and MAC II are free to all UALR students. Each MAC is an excellent place to get help. Tutoring, DVDs and computers are available.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center offers writing assistance to any student at any level. Computers for word processing are also available. Located in Student Union B 116, the University Writing Center is open six days a week. Hours change each semester.

For more information, come by or call (501) 569-8343. You may also visit the Center for help with writing at the University Writing Center Online: ualr.edu/owl/.

Vehicle Registration and Parking

Every student who owns or operates a motorized vehicle on the campus is required to register that vehicle and display a parking permit as instructed. A student may register one vehicle for open parking free of charge. Contact the Department of Public Safety for more information on registering vehicles (501) 569-3408.

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