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Accommodations for Residential Students


Ouachita has been planning since April for the return to on-campus learning, residential life and activities for the Fall 2020 semester. The university has made a commitment to offer as many classes as possible through face-to-face instruction while observing health and safety guidelines promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The university is investing considerable resources to make this possible. Students pursuing degrees offered through our residential programs are expected to return to campus. 

Health-related Accommodations

Individuals at High Risk: The university recognizes that certain individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Requests for accommodations based on specific COVID-19 risk factors will be classified as ADA/504 accommodations. Students who believe their condition qualifies for a COVID-19-related accommodation (including completing courses online or remotely) should complete the COVID-19 Accommodation Request Form and have their medical provider complete the COVID-19 Medical Form.

Individuals with Related Health Conditions: If you have a health condition that you believe will make it difficult or impossible for you to follow the COVID-19 guidelines in place for the fall, you also should submit your request using the COVID-19 Accommodation Request Form and have your medical provider complete the COVID-19 Medical Form.




Other ADA/504 Accommodations

As always, Ouachita is committed to serving students with disabilities. Students may request accommodations not related to COVID-19 through the typical process, which is outlined by Counseling Services.


Other Exceptions

Students who do not qualify for accommodations for health reasons but believe their circumstances warrant a COVID-19-related exception to the policy requiring their return to campus may submit a written request to their dean. The request should include a full explanation of their circumstances, along with any supporting documentation needed to verify these circumstances. Students who are granted an exception may be allowed to take a combination of fully online courses and/or courses offered remotely through technology-assisted instruction. Such requests will be considered on an individual basis and will be subject to limitations, including the availability of courses in the student’s degree program offered in alternate formats. Students approved for such exceptions will be charged the residential campus rates for tuition and fees only and will retain their financial aid, not to exceed the cost of tuition and fees.

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