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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Technology Accessibility (VPAT)

The State of Arkansas is required to comply with the provisions of Arkansas Code Annotated §25-26-201 et seq., as amended by Act 308 of 2013 and the Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program prior to procuring a technology product or when soliciting the development of such a product. Arkansas Code §25-26-201 expresses the policy of the State to provide individuals who are blind or visually impaired with access to information technology purchased in whole or in part with state funds.

Operating Procedure 05-46 Information Technology Purchases sets out the requirements for all technology purchases. Departments are responsible for obtaining a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) from the vendor and submitting the required documentation for review prior to the procurement of such technology. 

VPAT Review Process:

  1. View the list of previously approved technology products. Contact vpat@astate.edu to confirm the VPAT review process needs to be completed.
  2. Obtain the vendor's completed VPAT form.
  3. Complete the Technology Accessibility Assessment Form.
  4. Obtain a demo of the product.
  5. Download appropriate testing software.
  6. Test the product for accessibility by completing, with optimum effort, the appropriate VPAT Checklist: 
    1. Software Testing Checklist
    2. Web Site Testing Checklist
  7. To request an exemption, complete the VPAT Exemption Form.
  8. Submit all forms and information to download a demo or site link to vpat@astate.edu or hand deliver the documents to the Administration Building - Office of Finance, Attention: Eric Jones.

Once the product has been approved for accessibility, the department may submit a Banner requisition to Procurement Services.