Academic Support Services
English Language Institute. The University offers an intensive English as a Foreign Language program for persons whose primary language is not English. The program seeks to improve the student’s overall educational experience by working toward a greater proficiency in understanding, reading, writing, and speaking English. The program is offered year-round.
Center for Reading and Writing. The Center for Reading and Writing offers one-on-one assistance with academic strategies to students in all departments and colleges. Professional and peer tutors provide instruction in writing essays and research papers, task management, reading and remembering textbook information, organizing and reviewing classroom notes, and preparing for exams.
Learning Plus. Learning Plus offers academic support services to University of Hartford students who submit required documentation that clearly supports the diagnoses of a specific learning disability and/or attention deficit disorder. The documentation must prove that the student has a current disability that substantially impairs learning. Determination of services is made on a case-by-case basis, depending on semester standing, grade point average, and course curricula. Please note: Learning Plus does not provide comprehensive services.
In order to access services and accommodations, the student must follow these steps:
- Self-disclose by submitting current documentation directly to Learning Plus once the student has been accepted to the University of Hartford and has paid a deposit. Documentation requirements are detailed on the Learning Plus website, http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/LDsupport. IEP and 504 plans, in and of themselves, do not constitute acceptable documentation.
- Make an appointment with the director of Learning Plus to draft a letter of disclosure within the first two weeks of the semester. In addition, the student must make appointments with individual professors to self-disclose and to submit letters of disclosure.
Learning Plus services include the following:
- Letters of Disclosure. Documents verifying that the student has a disability and is eligible for specific accommodations. Letters of disclosure must be submitted to professors at the beginning of each semester in order for the student to receive accommodations.
- Direct Strategies. First-year and transfer students meet with a learning specialist for a weekly, 45-minute, one-on-one appointment throughout the semester. Specialists provide direct instruction in various learning strategies.
- Check-in. Sophomore students may elect to meet with a learning specialist every other week to reinforce learning strategies and to monitor academic progress.
- Drop-in. Students may access Learning Plus on an as-needed basis. A limited number of drop-in appointments are available each week.
- Test Accommodations. Students who are eligible may take tests at Learning Plus. Test accommodations are determined by the documentation that the student has submitted. Possible test accommodations include extended time, a test environment with minimal distractions, or use of a calculator when appropriate.
- Students who have physical, psychiatric, or medical disabilities should submit documentation to the Assistant Vice President for Student Health/Wellness, Student Affairs, Gengras Student Union, Room 307, to arrange for reasonable/appropriate accommodations.