The mission of Student Special Services is to ensure that students, faculty, and staff with disabilities are given the same rights and services as other students of the University. See specific details below. If you have any questions please contact,
Director: Ms. Mary Whiting
Location: Harris Hall, 1st Floor
Telephone: (870) 460-1226
Fax: (870) 460-1926
TDD: (870) 460-1626
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3600
Monticello, AR 71656
Students with disabilities may receive test accommodations determined on an individual basis. "Test" as used in this context, refers to quizzes and examinations taken during the semester in conjunction with an academic class.
Students should discuss their specific needs for testing accommodations (e.g., extended time, separate location, use of computer) with the Office of Student Special Services within the first two weeks of each semester.
If the need for accommodation is documented by a licensed professional and deemed appropriate, the Office of Student Special Services will generate an electronic letter to each instructor.
Students are responsible for meeting with instructors to discuss exam considerations at the beginning of the semester. Preferably, instructors of the academic department will administer the test accommodations. If this is not possible, the Office of Student Special Services will administer and/or proctor examinations.
Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the documented disability. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested by the student, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable and other suitable techniques are available.
Test accommodations, determined on an individualized basis, may include:
- Extended time to complete examinations and quizzes
- A testing location free of distractions
- Special equipment such as a computer, magnifier, or brailler
- Readers and scribes
- Alternative formats such as oral or taped tests
Criteria for Documentation
Any student with a disability must provide documentation by a licensed health care professional who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability and is currently or recently associated with the student and can verify the disabling condition.
The diagnosis must reflect the student's present level of functioning as it relates to the major life activity affected by the disability. The documentation must also include recommendations regarding effective academic accommodations to equalize this student's educational opportunities at the post-secondary level, that is, describe the services or accommodations needed for exam administration, classroom or study activities of fulfillment of course requirement, etc.
For more specific information, see our pages below on documentation for Students with Learning Disabilities and Students with Psychological and/or Attentional Disabilities.
The student must present the verified documentation to the Office of Student Special Services prior to receiving accommodations and/or services.
The cost of obtaining professional verification is the student's responsibility.
Exam Forms & Procedures
Students must complete an accommodation request, provide required documentation, and discuss the appropriate accommodation(s) with the Office of Student Special Services.
Office of Student Special Services generates an academic accommodation letter appropriate to his or her instructor(s) explaining the need for reasonable and approved accommodations.
When exams or quizzes are to be administered by the Office of Student Special Services, the student must contact the Office of Student Special Services in order to schedule the test. Exams must be taken during the regular class time unless an alternate time is approved by the instructor.
Exams must be scheduled at least one week in advance in order to ensure adequate accommodations. Exams may be delivered in a sealed envelope by the professor/instructor or a department designee (such as a student assistant).
The Office of Student Special Services secures all exams upon receipt. Exams will be returned to the instructor in a sealed envelope.
Keep the confidentiality statement for your record.
This form must be delivered to this office along with documentation of listed disabilities.
For Faculty Instructors
Learning Support Services
General Education and Math/Science Assistance/Tutorial Lab
Harris Hall, (870) 460-1454, Roberta Thomas
Any student who desires to be successful in his/her general education classes such as history, microcomputer applications, psychology, mathematics, science, or other courses, can receive assistance through tutoring services available on the 3rd floor of Harris Hall. Student assistants are available to help with specific assignments as well as help students develop better study habits and note-taking skills. Assistants will also set up a routine tutoring schedule if needed for any student.
Counseling Services & Testing Services
Monticello: Harris Hall 223, (870) 460-1554, Emily Stell
Harris Hall 224, (870) 460-1453, Roberta Thomas
Crossett: College of Technology, (870) 364-6414
McGehee: College of Technology, (870) 222-5360
The Counseling and Testing Services office provides a wide variety of specialized counseling and testing services to prospective and current UAM students. All services are confidential in nature. Appointments can be made in person during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or by telephone. Walk-in counseling is also generally available to accommodate students in crisis or emergency situations.
“Weevils at Work” is UAM’s student mentoring program. Student mentors are available to help any current UAM student. Mentors are a good resource for new students because they understand the demands of a student’s first year of college. Mentors are available during the fall and spring semesters.
Please see the Office of Student Special Services for more information about services available to registered students.
The Office of Student Special Services works closely with Residence Life to arrange suitable accommodations for students living on campus. Students requesting housing accommodations should contact the Office of Student Special Services and must obtain medical verification documenting their disabling condition. Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of the condition to the request for accommodations.
Documentation should include:
- A diagnostic statement including the date of the most recent evaluation.
- The current impact of (or limitations imposed by) the condition.
- Treatments, medications, devices, or services currently prescribed or used to minimize the impact of the condition.
- The expected duration, stability, or progression of the condition.
- In addition to the basic documentation for a condition listed above, recommendations from the treating professional are welcome and will be given consideration in evaluating a request.