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Disability Services

From the Director of Disability Services

If you are in need of accommodations due to a documented learning, physical, or psychological disability, it is my desire to make sure that you get the support you need in order to access your whole potential at Harding University. I am the liaison between you and your professors, as needed. My goal is to “level the playing-field” for you in your courses, so that you have the opportunity to be successful in your college career.

The first step in accessing academic accommodations is to self-identify at the beginning of the semester by coming by Room 205 in the Student Center, or giving me a call at 501-279-4019 to schedule an appointment to fill out the necessary disability paperwork.

Next, you will need to provide documentation for your disability from your doctor, psychologist, or high school psychological examiner according to ADA Guidelines in order to justify the accommodations you are requesting. (Reasonable accommodations are based on your documentation.)

Then, you will give your professors an accommodation letter that will provide necessary information to help you. (This will only be information about your accommodations, not your documentation.) Documentation is confidential and will be stored in a secure place in the Disability Office.

I’m so glad that you are here! It is my goal to support you academically and personally in any way that I can, as well as, refer you to other support programs on campus to assist you in earning your degree.

God Bless you,

Teresa McLeod

Disability Statement for Course Syllabi

The syllabus for each Harding University course should carry the following statement:

Students with Disabilities: It is the policy for Harding University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Therefore, any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, or psychological) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and Disability Services at the beginning of each semester. (If the diagnosis of the disability occurs during the academic year, the student must self-identify with the Disabilities Director as soon as possible in order to get academic accommodations in place for the remainder of the semester.) The Disability Office is located in Room 205 of the Student Center, telephone 501-279-4019.

Disability Statement for Course Syllabi pdf

Disability Statement for Graduate Students

The syllabus for each Harding University course carries the following statement:

Students with Disabilities: It is the policy for Harding University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Therefore, any student
with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, or psychological) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations, must contact the instructor and the Disabilities Office at the beginning of each semester. (If the diagnosis of the disability occurs during the academic year, the student must self-identify with the Disabilities Director as soon as possible in order to get academic accommodations in place for the remainder of the semester. The Disabilities Office is located in Room 205 of the Student Center, telephone 501-279-4019.

Since some graduate courses are taught at different sites and students will not have access to the Disabilities Office located on Harding University's Searcy campus, the student must self-identify with the instructor of the course and submit documentation by fax or mail to the Disabilities Office on our main campus. Upon receiving the appropriate documentation approved by ADA Guidelines, academic accommodations may be set up by a telephone conference with the Disabilities Director.

Disability Statement for Graduate Students pdf

Disability Statement for International Programs

The syllabus for each Harding University course carries the following statement:

Students with Disabilities:  It is the policy for Harding University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law.  Therefore, any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, or psychological) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations, must contact the instructor and Disability Services  at the beginning of each semester. (If the diagnosis of the disability occurs during the academic year, the student must self-identify with the Disabilities Director as soon as possible in order to get academic accommodations in place for the remainder of the semester.  The Disability Office is located in Room 205 of the Student Center, telephone 501-279-4019.

Since students on an international campus will not have access to the Disability Office located on Harding University’s Searcy campus, the student must self-identify with the International Studies office prior to being accepted for a semester abroad.  Reasonable academic accommodations (e.g. extended time on tests, a quiet room/no distractions for testing, etc.) may be made by the faculty on an international campus. However, a doctor’s statement will be required for a physical or psychological disability stating that the student is capable of fully participating in the rigorous travel itinerary (group and independent travel), as well as, intense academics the semester he/she is abroad.

Disability Statement for International Campuses pdf

The Director

“It is my job to see that students with disabilities have equal access to academics and campus life at Harding University.”

Teresa McLeod

Teresa has her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Memphis.  She has over 20 years of experience as a special educator teaching students with special needs ranging from preschool through the college level.  Teresa has spent the last seventeen years making academic accommodations for students at Harding.  She serves as the liaison between our students with documented disabilities and the faculty and administrators on our campus, as needed.  We affectionately refer to her as “Mother Teresa.”  She is a past chair of the Arkansas Association on Higher Education and Disability, and she is active in the community conducting various seminars.  Teresa and her husband, Randy, a professor in the College of Business Administration at Harding, have five grown children and 8 grandchildren.

Teresa J. McLeod, M.Ed.

Disabilities Director

Contact Us

Disability Services part of the Center for Student Success
Harding University
Box 12268
Searcy, AR 72149-2268

Room 205 Student Center

DisabilityServices@harding.edu
Phone: 501-279-4019
Fax: 501-279-5702