Philander Smith College Commitment To Accessibility

Philander Smith College is committed to facilitating access to College instruction, communication, research, and business processes, while enhancing community building for the broadest possible audience. This commitment is based on our deeply held belief that all individuals are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. In furtherance of this commitment, and to ensure that all members of our community can enjoy Philander Smith College’s educational and employment opportunities, we continually look for ways to make our facilities, services, and accommodations more convenient to use. To that end, we offer the same or equivalent access to products, services, and facilities as is provided to those without disabilities, and we prohibit discrimination, retaliation, coercion, interference, intimidation, or any other adverse action against individuals on the basis of disability. We routinely review our facilities for accessibility, paying careful attention to parking spaces, curbs, ramps, doors, entrances, lobby areas, and more.

To accommodate persons who have vision impairments, Philander Smith College always offers our covered community members assistance with reading, filling out, and completing forms. For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, we accept telecommunication relay service calls through the following phone number, (501) 375-9845, and strive to provide sign language interpreters upon advance request. We are also proud to offer an atmosphere friendly to service animals and guide dogs.

At Philander Smith College, understanding that we serve a diverse audience that relies increasingly on the Internet for many aspects of life, including education, employment, commerce, research, and recreation, we believe that it is essential to strive to provide equal access and opportunity to all our users, including those with disabilities. In this respect, we are committed to enhancing our community members’ online experiences on our website through concepts of universal design and website accessibility in the design, implementation, enhancement, and replacement of Web content and services. In doing so, the College aims to improve access to both current and emerging technologies. While there is no definitive test or certification that determines whether a website is accessible, we strive to deliver content, like closed-captioning on all of our video tutorials, in accessible formats, because we know that accessible design can reduce and even remove barriers to information and interaction central to success for our faculty, staff, students, and the general public. As such, we are working with web developers to implement strategies to improve access to our website.

Please note that community members who use screen readers may find that their experiences are improved if they keep their technology updated by using the latest versions of assistive technology and operating systems. If you find a part of the website that you feel is not accessible, please let us know. Otherwise, if you have questions or recommendations about accessibility at Philander Smith College, or would like to ask about or request any of our accessibility services, please contact our designated Accessibility Coordinator at, by calling (501) 370-5356, or by mail: Philander Smith College, c/o Accessibility Coordinator, 900 West Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202. We always give requests for reasonable accommodations individualized attention and review each request on a case-by-case basis to determine how to best serve our community.

Philander Smith College fully supports the U.S. Department of Education’s Section 504 compliance requirements. Additional information about those requirements can be located on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights website by following this link. Any grievances regarding this policy can be submitted to the Accessibility Coordinator by mail, telephone, or email at the addresses listed above. The Accessibility Coordinator will timely investigate all grievances in a timely manner and on a case-by-case basis. Please include as much information as possible when submitting a grievance. If you have any questions about how to file a grievance, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator at your convenience.