The University of Arkansas Division of Student Affairs engages students to develop their strengths, inspiring leadership for a global society.
The University of Arkansas Division of Student Affairs strengthens students for success.
The University of Arkansas Division of Student Affairs values inclusion, service, inquiry, partnership, and excellence:
Inclusion: We embrace the uniqueness of individuals and engage every member of our diverse community.
Service: We connect students to resources, opportunities, and experiences transforming them into active, engaged citizens of a global society.
Inquiry: We engage ourselves and our students in the acquisition, application, and creation of knowledge for lifelong learning.
Partnership: We explore and welcome opportunities to collaborate with our students, colleagues, and members of our global community.
Excellence: We apply our varied talents and strengths with integrity to providing exceptional service to our students.
To achieve this Mission the University of Arkansas Division of Student Affairs will:
- Foster the ongoing development of an inclusive community.
- Enhance students learning through effective programs and services.
- Advocate rights and responsibilities through service to students and collaboration with partners.
- Steward all of the Division’s resources responsibly.
- Communicate and collaborate effectively.
The Vice Provost for Student Affairs administers the departments of the Division of Student Affairs and provides leadership in the development of programs and services that supplement the classroom experience of students and enrich the quality of campus life. The Vice Provost serves as a liaison to other administrative offices, faculty, and student governing groups. The office is a central source of information concerning University policies and procedures affecting student life and co-curricular programs and services.
The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students emphasizes student advocacy while broadening the development of services and programs that address a range of student and campus needs. Departments in the Division are dedicated to developing exceptional programs and services that enhance the University of Arkansas Experience and enrich the quality of student and campus life. Staff members are available and willing to assist with any problem or question a student, staff, or faculty member may have regarding student and campus life at the University of Arkansas. The office is available for the clarification of University policies and procedures, confidential consultation, formal academic grievances, personal and family crisis assistance for students, and referral to all campus and community services. The office also seeks to assist students and faculty members in cases of emergency or extenuating circumstances. Staff members are firmly committed to addressing the challenges and individual needs of the University of Arkansas family.
Off-Campus Student Services
As of May 16, 2016, Off Campus Connections will be known as Off-Campus Student Services. For information, visit the Off-Campus Student Services website or make an appointment to visit with a staff member in Arkansas Union Room 632. Off-Campus Student Services can also be reached by calling 479-575-7351.
Off-Campus Student Services provides friendly and helpful resources, services and programs for off-campus undergraduates with an emphasis in three main areas:
- Freshman Commuter Programs
- Non-Traditional/Adult Learner Support
- Off-Campus Living Education and Services
Off-campus students are defined as undergraduates not living in a residence hall, fraternity, or sorority house. The University of Arkansas has 15,400 undergraduates living off-campus. Some off-campus students live very near the university while others commute from hours away. Some students take advantage of online classes or majors and seldom visit campus.
Freshman Commuters are first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who live at home with a parent or guardian during their first year of college. Off-Campus Student Services reaches out to approximately 500 freshman commuters each fall to share campus and academic resources, to provide opportunities to meet other cohort members, and to provide mentorship opportunities.
Non-traditional/adult learners are also supported by Off-Campus Student Services. Non-traditional undergraduate students may have children; be married; work full-time; or be older than traditional students. Because their needs are different, various support and recognition programs are in place to encourage those who may have competing interests or other responsibilities in addition to school.
Finding a place to live is a basic need for many students beyond their freshman year. To help meet these needs, a free, housing website, offcampushousing.uark.edu is provided. The properties on the website have expressed a desire for student tenants. Off-Campus Living Fairs and educational resources are also offered to help those who are preparing to live on their own in the community. Off-Campus Meal Plans have also proven important to student success. Meal plans designed to meet students’ needs are available for purchase through Chartwells Campus Dining Services. Having a meal plan encourages students to eat regular meals so they can better focus on academics. Meal plans are charged to a student’s account, so costs may be covered with financial aid awards.
A friendly and comfortable Commuter Lounge with a refrigerator, microwave, television and study tables is located on the Sixth Floor West of the Arkansas Union. Timely tips and information about jobs, deadlines, campus, and community life are shared through a weekly email newsletter. Off-Campus Student Services’ desire is for each student living off-campus to feel an important part of the university, earn a degree, and have their name forever inscribed on Senior Walk.
Veteran Resource and Information Center
The University of Arkansas Veterans Resource and Information Center contributes to the academic and professional success of current and prospective student veterans and their dependents by providing innovative resources and support; assisting with military educational benefits; and by serving as a central “Rally Point” for a seamless collaboration among various departments within the University of Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the diverse network of community partners supporting veterans.
Veterans and dependents of service members may be eligible to receive monthly educational assistance from the Veterans Administration while enrolled at the University of Arkansas. For more information, including GI Bill eligibility and scholarship opportunities, contact the Veterans Resource and Information Center at email@example.com or 479-575-8742. Students may also visit the center in Arkansas Union Room 603 or online at veteranscenter.uark.edu.
Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The Center for Educational Access (CEA), 209 Arkansas Union, is the central campus resource for students who require reasonable accommodations in order to access the programs, services and activities offered through the University. CEA staff work in partnership with the individual student to communicate and facilitate any accommodation needs to faculty and staff. Accommodation determination is based in part on medical or psychological documentation provided to the CEA by the student. Students must meet with one of the CEA staff for an access plan meeting to discuss their needs and provide such documentation before any accommodations can be granted.
To register for services or for more information, contact the Center for Educational Access, University of Arkansas, 209 ARKU, Fayetteville, AR 72701, phone 479-575-3104 (voice) or 479-575-3646 (TTY); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: Center for Educational Access (online request for services available).
Office of Student Standards and Conduct
It is the vision of the Office of Student Standards and Conduct to foster a campus community that values citizenship, personal and civic responsibility, peer accountability, and care/concern for the university and surrounding communities.
The mission of the Office of Student Standards and Conduct (OSSC) is to create a safe and inclusive community by upholding the Code of Student Life, which promotes responsibility, accountability, and student learning through;
- Educational opportunities and outreach.
- The adjudication of Code of Student Life violations.
- Providing a consistent, fair, equitable, educational, student conduct process.
- The development of ethics and adherence to personal values.
- Education on the norms and values of the University of Arkansas.
Students who are interested in involvement with the All-University Conduct Board should contact the Director of OSSC at email@example.com. The All-University Conduct Board comprises faculty, staff, and students and is responsible for the adjudication of cases of alleged student misconduct as outlined in the Code of Student Life. This board is an advanced leadership opportunity for students who would like to gain valuable experience working with faculty and staff on an impartial peer review board.
For more information regarding the Code of Student Life, please see the Student Handbook at handbook.uark.edu. The Office of Student Standards and Conduct is located in Pomfret B 110, phone 479-575-5170; Web: ethics.uark.edu.
University Career Development Center
The University Career Development Center educates and empowers students to fulfill their career goals. Students can take advantage of the center’s valuable resources:
Career Advising: Career Counselors in the CDC are available to assist students who may need help selecting a college major, seeking career information, researching or exploring careers, preparing for their job search, or considering graduate school.
Career and Strength-Awareness Assessments: The STRONG Interest Assessment, FOCUS 2 and TypeFocus are career assessments that can help students make career decisions based on their interests and values. StrengthsQuest is an assessment which helps individuals discover their talents and strengths. After discovering their talents, the Career Center assists students in learning how to use their talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success.
Career Fairs: In partnership with academic areas on campus, the CDC hosts a number of career fairs each year to provide opportunities for students to connect with employers and to learn more about companies and organizations. These connections could lead to valuable internships or full-time employment.
Job Search Preparation: The CDC offers resume critiques, interview skills training, mock interviews, networking opportunities, career presentations and several professional development events throughout the academic year to prepare students for internships, co-ops or full-time jobs.
Cooperative Education Opportunities: Cooperative Education is a program that enables students to gain professional work experience in paid, degree-related positions. Co-op students earn credit, a competitive wage and valuable “real world” work experience.
Internet Job Search Resources: Through the CDC’s website, students are able to access a number of job search sites, including Razorback CareerLink. These resources enable University of Arkansas students to apply for jobs online and to sign up for on-campus interviews.
Professional Development Institute: This nationally recognized program creates opportunities for UA students to develop professional career-building skills. Participation in this program can help students gain the valuable skills which give them the competitive advantage in their job or graduate school search.
For more information, check out career.uark.edu.
The University Career Development Center is conveniently located in Arkansas Union Room 607, or call 479-575-2805.
University Housing is committed to providing a safe, comfortable, convenient, and reasonably priced living and learning environment that promotes student success.
Success on Campus
National research shows that academic success in the first year and beyond is directly linked to residing in an on-campus residence environment. The University of Arkansas recognizes the benefits that students receive from living on campus their first year.
Freshman Residency Requirement
All single students who are admitted to the University with a freshmen classification and under 21 years of age are required to live on campus in a residence hall, or in their parent or legal guardian’s permanent home.
Students who are admitted to the University of Arkansas as transfer students from another post-secondary institution, and who have completed at least 24 credit hours at that institution are not required to live on campus.
Requests for a newly admitted freshmen to live somewhere other than with parents or a legal guardian in their permanent home will not be approved under most circumstances.
Students planning to live with their parents or legal guardian in their permanent home should complete the Living with Parent Notification form prior to attending an orientation session.
Students requesting an exemption from the University of Arkansas Freshmen Residency Requirement should send all required paperwork to University Housing at least three weeks prior to attending an orientation session. This ensures the student receives approval or denial prior to attending orientation.
Failure to do so could cause long delays in the orientation process. Students who need a Living with Parent Notification Form or who wish to apply for an exemption to the University’s requirement for single freshmen to live on campus may refer to the information on the Housing website.
Residence Hall Leadership
Residence Halls are managed by a full-time coordinator for residence education, or CRE, who has completed a master’s degree program in higher education, counseling or a related degree. This individual is selected for his or her academic credentials and interest in helping others as well as his or her ability to work well with college students.
In addition, every area or floor is staffed by a resident assistant, or RA, who is an upper-class student with the knowledge to answer students’ questions and help students find their own answers.
Counselors in residence (doctoral graduate assistants) provide short-term counseling for students living in the residence halls in response to personal, social, academic, and developmental needs.
Living Learning Communities
University Housing offers several innovative Living Learning Communities, or LLCs, for students. These communities enhance student’s academic success.
In an LLC, students get to live with peers who have similar interests, majors, or career plans. Living Learning Communities do not cost extra. LCC members have the opportunity to participate in fun experiences that connect learning in and out of the classroom.
Some of the initiatives include faculty-led events, major specific academic learning teams, more general thematic learning communities and other programs that assist students in their academic endeavors.
Living Facility Options
Living options include traditional halls, suites and apartments with designations of single-gender or co-ed. Rooms are available for visually or hearing-impaired students as well as those who are physically challenged.
Residence hall entry/exit doors are secured and/or monitored 24 hours a day. Some entries are unlocked to accommodate offices housed in our facilities and classes that are held in our classrooms. Most, but not all, of these areas have interior doors that secure the living floors.
Residents are provided access via an electronic access system. Students should be careful not to allow non-residents to follow them into their residence hall. Residents are provided access via a fob issued when they check-in. Students are responsible for escorting all visitors and guests at all times.
Each of the three separate dining facilities on campus is managed by Campus Dining Services and provides a natural setting for socializing with friends and enjoying a wide variety of high quality, nutritious meals. All students living in a residence hall, except those residing in summer school housing, are required to have a meal plan. There are several meal plans available to meet the needs of both on-campus and off-campus students.
Learn more about Campus Dining Services online at campus dining services.
Pat Walker Health Center
The Pat Walker Health Center supports the University of Arkansas community members on their way to wellness. The health center provides professional and comprehensive medical and mental health care, wellness support and health promotion for students, faculty, and staff.
The university strongly recommends that all students maintain health insurance. A student health insurance policy is available to all students, student spouses and dependent children. Students may enroll in this plan at the Pat Walker Health Center or at health.uark.edu.
With a diverse range of programs and services, the Pat Walker Health Center offers the university community an easy, convenient and affordable approach to health and wellness.
The Pat Walker Health Center offers a variety of medical services. Complete with board-certified physicians and advanced nurse practitioners, the university community has access to the following clinics:
- The Primary Care Clinic offers illness and injury diagnosis and treatment, laboratory services, minor surgery, nurse triage, nutrition consultations, orthopedic consultations and X-ray.
- RazorCARE Clinic is an easy and convenient walk-in clinic that provides quick diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses, with no appointment necessary. RazorCARE Clinic generally sees patients with ears, eyes, nose, mouth and skin symptoms.
- The Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic offers allergy desensitization, immunizations, international travel consultations and tuberculosis screenings.
- The Women’s Clinic provides comprehensive gynecological services with sensitivity to the unique needs of female clients.
The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department works with the university community to help develop and improve mental well-being. Fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, CAPS addresses common mental health issues that impact students such as anxiety, depression and stress. Using licensed psychologists, counselors and social workers, CAPS offers a variety of services including counseling, group therapy, mental health crisis intervention and psychiatry.
To access CAPS services or 24-hour emergency services, call 479-575-5276.
Wellness and Health Promotion
The department of Wellness and Health Promotion inspires, motivates, and supports student wellness and well-being through a variety of academic courses, outreach presentations and events, peer education and wellness coaching.
Based on a holistic approach to wellness, Wellness and Health Promotion helps the university community maximize their potential across eight essential elements of health and well-being – physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, environmental and financial. Using the principles of resilience and thriving, the university community has access to many engaging and interactive wellness programs and services.
The Pat Walker Health Center is accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The center is located at 525 N. Garland Ave. If you have questions about specific services, call 479-575-4451; TTY 479-575-4124. Visit us online at health.uark.edu.
Center for Community Engagement
The purpose of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is to promote civic engagement and leadership by connecting University of Arkansas students, faculty, and staff with nonprofit organizations in the Northwest Arkansas area and beyond.
In order to serve this purpose, the CCE maintains uark.givepulse.com, which enables the University of Arkansas community to search for agencies and volunteer opportunities. It allows users to log volunteer hours, or “impacts” and earn opportunities for community recognition, such as the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and Chancellor’s Community Service Award. Northwest Arkansas agencies and University of Arkansas registered student organizations also utilize the site to post service opportunities and recruit volunteers. Over 350 organizations and subgroups are registered on the site, such as Habitat for Humanity, the U of A Friday Night Live program, and Potter’s House Thrift.
Volunteer Action Center
The Center for Community Engagement also houses the Volunteer Action Center, a student-led volunteer coordination board with 45 members who are dedicated to active service in the community. Each year the Volunteer Action Center provides meaningful service opportunities through events and ongoing projects that engage the university and Northwest Arkansas communities. The Volunteer Action Center sponsors programs and events including the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry, Make a Difference Day, Dream B.I.G. (Believing in Girls) Mentoring Program, VAC Literacy Program, and Razorback Food Recovery. The Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Campus Food Pantry of the Volunteer Action Center Board is a nationally recognized program; the pantry serves students, staff and their families. Requests and more information can be found at fullcircle.uark.edu.
Get involved in the following ways:
- Drop by the Center for Community Engagement, Arkansas Union, Room A643, and chat with the office’s great staff and students.
- Look for service opportunities on uark.givepulse.com and log your hours. Just one hour makes you a VAC volunteer.
- Participate in events hosted by VAC and CCE throughout the year.
- Become a Volunteer Action Center board member or weekly program volunteer. Applications are accepted each semester.
The Charles and Cappy Whiteside Greek Life Leadership Center facilitates the educational process and provides resources related to programs that strengthen the growth and development of students affiliated with fraternities and sororities on campus. The overall mission is to strengthen the academic, cultural, moral, and social development of students in Greek organizations; provide training in strengths-based leadership and other personal and social skills; promote involvement in extracurricular activities and community service projects; and promote Greek Life as a productive and viable lifestyle on campus. The Greek Life Leadership Center coordinates programs such as Recruitment, Greek Getaway, Greek Life Facilitators, and Greek Summit in collaboration with the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Panhellenic Council, and the United Greek Council.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Panhellenic Council (PC) and United Greek Council (UGC) govern 15 national sororities and 19 fraternities. The officers and representatives of each council work with the staff of the Greek Life Leadership Center to provide positive programs and strengths-based leadership opportunities to the members of the Greek organizations. The Charles and Cappy Whiteside Greek Life Leadership Center is in Walton Hall 101; phone 479-575-5001 or fax 479-575-3531; Web: uagreeks.uark.edu.
New Student & Family Programs
The Office of New Student & Family Programs connects students and their families to the University of Arkansas campus and community by providing diverse, innovative programs and resources that support a successful collegiate experience. The department supports and collaborates on the following major initiatives:
- Extended Orientation Programs: R.O.C.K. Camp, R.O.C.K. Camp Adventure, R.O.C.K. Camp Service, Hog W.I.L.D. (Welcome, Involvement, Leadership and Diversity) Welcome Weeks, and Help-A-Hog
- Parent & Family Programs: Family Weekend, Spring Family Reunion, Regional Parents Clubs and the Parent Partnership Association
- Leadership & Late Night Programs: Friday Night Live, Emerging Leaders, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, Student Leader of the Month, University of Arkansas Student Leadership & Career Academy, and Diversity Leadership Institute
- First Year Initiatives: New Student Welcome & Burger Bash, First Year Photo Project, Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society, and Alcohol Edu for College
By providing transitional support for incoming students, their parents, and family members, our programs effectively promote the students’ academic growth and support the mission of the university.
New Student & Family Programs is located in the Arkansas Union, Room A688; phone 479-575-5002; Web: nsfp.uark.edu.
With a students-first philosophy, the Office of Student Activities provides an environment for involvement, empowerment, and collaboration through student organizations, programmatic experiences, and shared governance. The office maximizes the UA experience by advocating for all students, promoting intercultural understanding, and developing citizens who are prepared to positively impact their communities.
The Office of Student Activities, located in the Arkansas Union A665, is the central location for student organizations and activities for the university. The office can be reached at 479-575-5255 or visit the office's website at osa.uark.edu. The Office of Student Activities is responsible for the oversight and administration of the following areas:
All student organizations must register annually with the Office of Student Activities. The Office of Student Activities provides student organizations with assistance and services to help them succeed, including the annual Student Involvement Fair known as Razorbash, information on facility reservations and fund-raising, trademark forms, mailboxes, and locker space. The office also assists student organizations in event planning, provides educational workshops for students and advisers, and conducts retreats for student organizations. A limited number of offices are also awarded annually in the Arkansas Union to organizations.
Types of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs):
- Governing – An organization whose primary purpose is to serve as a governing body for a large or specific constituency of students.
- Greek – An organization with Greek letters who is a member of the National Inter-Fraternity Council, the Pan-Hellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, or the United Greek Council.
- Honorary/Service – An organization that requires a minimum grade point average as a prerequisite to membership and/or is affiliated with a national service or honorary organization.
- International/Cultural – An organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum in which participants create awareness for a specific culture through educational, social, and recreational activities.
- Professional – An organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for participants to discuss and develop professional careers and/or is affiliated with a national or regional association.
- Religious – An organization whose primary purpose is to provide information and activities associated with one or more religions.
- Special Interest – An organization whose primary purpose is to provide an organized format for the practice and/or pursuit of a special or common interest.
Associated Student Government
The Associated Student Government (ASG) provides important services to the university community and is an integral part of the shared campus governance system. Associated Student Government is a student-led organization that enables students to have an active voice in the decisions and policy that directly affect all students at the University of Arkansas. Students involved in Associated Student Government have the opportunity to positively impact the quality of student life, work with and allocate student fees, provide a voice for student concerns as well as oversee programs and policies for all students. Through the executive, legislative, financial, and judicial branches of student government, as well as through the Freshmen Leadership Forum Program, students have the opportunity to work for and among their peers to make a difference on all levels of the university. Involvement levels and time commitment vary upon duties. Visit the student government website at asg.uark.edu or the Associated Student Government office (Arkansas Union A669) to find out more.
University Programs is a volunteer student organization responsible for planning and coordinating more than 100 events annually for the campus community. University Programs provides students with cultural and educational experiences, entertainment, and fun. Seven committees, all made up of students, select, schedule and produce events such as concerts, movies, lectures, fine arts performances, gallery exhibitions, and daytime programs. Being a part of University Programs gives the student committee members leadership training and real opportunities to gain practical planning experience. Supported by a student activity fee, University Programs events are free to students.
For further information, visit the University Programs website at up.uark.edu.
The Office of Student Media administers and advises the official student media outlets of the university. These outlets are: the student newspaper, The Arkansas Traveler; the University of Arkansas yearbook, The Razorback; the student magazine, The Hill; the student television station, UATV; and the student radio station, KXUA. All provide a forum for student expression, entertainment, news and information of interest to the campus community. Other than a small support staff, these groups are entirely staffed by student employees and volunteers, including editors and station managers. For more information, contact Student Media at 479-575-3406.
The Arkansas Union is the community center of campus; serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. Through our facilities, programs, and services, we are the place to build relationships, enrich academics, and experience campus life to the fullest. But more importantly, the Student Union plays a pivotal role in putting University of Arkansas students first. It is home to essential student needs, such as food service, computer technology, student accounts, banking, and the Campus Card Office. The Union provides social and educational programming space, as well as lounge and study areas. Additionally, recreational opportunities are available in the Student Union, through the satellite fitness center, cinema, and Student Technology Center. Located inside the Union are:
- ATMs (various banks)
- Au Bon Pain
- Catering and Dining Services
- Club Red Convenience Store
- Passport Office
- PMC - Drop-Off Copy Center
- Razorback Shop
- U.S. Post Office
- Union Hair Care
- The Wok
- The Diner
- Papa John's
- Burger King®
- Chick-Fil-A® Express
- El Grande Rojo Taqueria
- Mondo Subs
- Au Bon Pain Soups & Garden Emporium Salads
- Anne Kittrell Art Gallery
- Computer lab
- Verizon Ballroom
- International Connections Lounge
- Student Technology Center
- Meeting rooms
- Reception rooms
- Union Living Room
- Union Information Center
- Union Theatre
- University Recreation Fitness Center
- UP Theater
- Academic Initiatives and Integrity
- Arkansas Union Administration/Event Services
- Associated Student Government
- Campus Card Office
- Career Development Center
- Center for Community Engagement
- Center for Educational Access
- Multicultural Center
- New Student and Family Programs
- Off Campus Connections
- Student Activities
- Treasurer’s Office and Student Accounts
- University Productions
- Veterans Resource and Information Center