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Student Help & Support
The University of Alaska Anchorage offers a wide variety of support services to every student. The information below can help you navigate technical support, accessibility resources, academic services, UAA policies and procedures, and more. Campus-specific resources are noted where relevant.
As a UAA student, you have access to many types of technology tools. Use this section to learn more about the technologies we support across our courses.
- Core tools: UAA provides these tools, including Microsoft Office 365, to students at no cost
- IT Services: Tech support and information, including help with the tools below. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-786-4646, or 877-633-3888 (toll free). KPC IT and PWSC IT also support students at those campuses
- Accessibility and privacy information for UAA tools
- UAA online class tech requirements
UA Blackboard Learn is UAA’s primary online space for courses. Learn more about it with Blackboard student help, including Blackboard video tutorials. Our Blackboard version is Original, not Ultra. The Learning Commons (in the Academic Support Services tab) can also help you with Blackboard basics.
These are the most commonly used Blackboard tools:
- Content: Your instructors will post readings, videos, web links, etc. in Blackboard
- Discussions: The Discussion Board is a common way to interact with classmates
- Tests: Instructors may use this tool for quizzes, assignments with multiple questions, or ungraded practice activities, not just exams. Some courses use a remote proctoring service for exams, RPNow. Check your syllabus and/or course orientation for more information
- Collaborate Ultra: This is a Blackboard web conferencing tool. Instructors may also integrate Zoom or another web conferencing platform into courses
- My Grades: In addition to scores or grades, make sure to check your work for instructor feedback
Blackboard includes an accessibility tool, Ally. Blackboard Ally help shows how to convert files into alternative formats.
- Blackboard-Integrated Tools
My Media (Kaltura)
Kaltura is a video tool built into Blackboard. Instructors may use Kaltura to post videos for you to watch. If you have difficulty watching videos in Blackboard, contact IT Services for help. Visit our Creating Videos guide to learn how to use Kaltura to record, caption, store, and share videos in your courses.
VoiceThread is a platform for asynchronous discussions on slides, images, or video presentations. Your instructor may use it to post mini-lectures, host discussions, or assign student presentations. You can only access it through Blackboard.
Many instructors link to textbooks and publisher learning platforms. For help with these, use the platform’s help portal.
UA has a pro account for Zoom. Follow the Getting Started with Zoom instructions to activate your account, download the app, and learn to use it. Some courses use Zoom for class meetings. If so, the instructor usually posts a link in Blackboard to access the class Zoom sessions.
- eWolf ePortfolio
Digication is UAA's ePortfolio tool. Instructors may require the use of eWolf ePortfolio for your course. The ePortfolio lets you capture your course projects and reflect on your assignments, and can be a place for you to showcase work throughout your degree program. ePortfolio support is available and resources can be found on the eWolf Folio 411 site.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Notice of Non-Discrimination
Notice of Non-Discrimination
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.
Title IX Statement
University of Alaska Anchorage policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability and protected veteran status. Discrimination includes any form of unequal treatment such as denial of opportunities, harassment, and violence. Sex-based violence includes rape, sexual assault, unwanted touching, stalking, dating/interpersonal violence, and sexual exploitation.
If you experience discrimination, you are encouraged (but not required) to report the incident to the UAA Office of Equity and Compliance. Learn more about your rights and options at its website or call 907-786-0818. You also may make an anonymous report online. The Office of Equity and Compliance website also includes a list of confidential resources for support and advocacy.
- Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services
If you experience a disability or suspect you experience a disability, please contact Disability Support Services to arrange for disability-related accommodations. UAA is committed to providing equal access to learning opportunities for students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to your classes and program, please contact DSS to engage in a confidential conversation about the process for requesting accommodations. (Meetings can occur by telephone or Zoom.) Accommodations are not provided retroactively, so please start this process early.
You are also welcome to contact the Disability Support Services office at email@example.com or 907-786-4530. Please see the DSS website for contacts at the community campuses, UAF, and UAS.
Learn more about Disability Support Services:
- Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is a basic principle that requires students to take credit only for ideas and efforts that are their own. Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are defined in the Student Code of Conduct, which can be found in the UAA Student Handbook.
Instances of cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will first go through the student conduct process and then, if a violation of the Student Code of Conduct is found, academic sanctions may occur in addition to disciplinary sanctions. The Student Conduct Review Procedures are outlined in the UAA Student Handbook.
To learn more about academic integrity, take the UAA tutorial. To access the tutorial, log in to Blackboard, go to UAA Academic Integrity Tutorial, then click Enroll. You can also read the UAA/APU Consortium Library academic integrity guide.
- Academic Disputes
The University has policies related to your rights as a student and the process for working through any disputes you may have. Those processes can be found in the section of the Catalog covering Academic Rights of Students and the Academic Dispute Resolution Procedure.
Students are responsible for knowing deadlines related to registration including add/drop, withdrawal, and refund deadlines. Those are posted by the UAA Registrar.
Academic Support Services
These services can help you excel in your courses and fulfill your academic goals. Reach out to them early for the best results.
- Academic Advising
Begin your university experience by meeting with an academic advisor to determine the best program for you and plan a degree route to graduate in a timely manner. Visit Academic Advising to find your advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make an appointment to set yourself up for academic success!
The UAA Learning Commons offers student learning support resources for all UAA students, including a math lab, writing center, academic coaching center, tutoring in select subjects, and on-campus computer labs and study areas. Many of their services are available virtually.
Community Campus Resources
- KPC Kenai River Campus Learning Center and Katchemak Bay Campus Learning Resource Center
- Kodiak Learning Center
- Mat-Su Learning Resource Center
In addition to online tutoring through the Learning Commons, all Alaska residents can get tutoring through the Alaska Library Network’s program with tutor.com. This service provides help on K-12 and intro-level college subjects.
UAA is committed to providing equal access to learning opportunities for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Support Services to arrange for disability-related accommodations. More information about DSS is available in the Student Rights & Responsibilities tab and on its website.
TRIO provides academic mentoring and other student support services for first-generation, Pell grant-eligible, and/or students who experience disabilities. Please see the Representation and Engagement Resources section in the Student Services tab for more community-specific support options.
The UAA/APU Consortium Library resources include electronic books, databases, online periodicals, substantial on-campus collections, and interlibrary loan. Libraries also have quiet study areas and access to computers. All UAA students are welcome to use the Consortium library resources:
The community campuses also have libraries for their students’ use:
Please review the IT Services technology expectations for online classes.
Check with your academic advisor to be sure you understand how to participate in your online courses and keep up with activities. The Learning Commons academic coaches (under Learning Support above) can help you master Blackboard.
The UA Distance Gateway connects to the online programs across the University of Alaska.
The UAA Testing Center provides Anchorage campus testing for exams through a UAA, UAF, or UAS online course. It also offers UAA placement testing, exam proctoring for outside universities, and many other placement exams for a fee.
Some of our online courses use RPNow, a remote proctoring service for exams. Check your syllabus and/or course orientation to learn whether your course uses RPNow. If it does, instructions on how to schedule your proctored exam will be posted in the course before any exams. View the RPNow Student Setup Guide for more information.
If you are eligible for disability-related accommodations on tests, please contact Disability Support Services. The DSS website gives more information about testing accommodations.
Textbooks and Course Materials
Textbooks and Course Materials
Students are responsible for accessing required course materials. Before courses start, you can see what materials are required by checking the bookstore for the campus providing the course. Once the course is available in Blackboard, check the syllabus or course introduction for information on required materials.
Take advantage of the wide variety of services and resources available at UAA to help promote your academic and personal success and well-being.
- Enrollment Services
These departments help students enroll in and manage their courses at UAA.
Not enrolled at UAA? Admissions can help you get started, whether your goal is a degree or just one course.
The Office of the Registrar manages student records, including registration, degree progress, transcripts, and class scheduling. Check here for important dates and deadlines for each semester, as well as final exam schedules.
The Financial Aid office can help you make an informed decision about how to pay for college. Contact them to explore the many scholarship, grant, loan, and work-study options available to make UAA affordable!
Military and Veterans Services
- Anchorage Military & Veteran Student Services
- Kenai Peninsula College Veteran Services
- Kodiak College veteran assistance
- Mat-Su College veterans & military
- Prince William Sound College veterans education benefits
Academic AdvisingAcademic Advising works with students to plan their academic paths. More information about Advising is available in the Academic Support Services tab and on its website.
- Health and Well-being Resources
Health and Well-being Resources
These services can help you stay healthy and safe, so you can make the most of your time at UAA. The following services are available to students on all UAA campuses:
- Care Team: Affiliated with the Dean of Students Office, the UAA Care Team promotes the safety and well-being of students. If you need help or have witnessed another student’s behavior that is distressful, disruptive, or concerning, you can contact the Care Team for assistance and referrals
- Student Emergency Fund: Housed in the Dean of Students Office, this fund provides financial assistance to UAA students who have experienced unanticipated, temporary financial hardships resulting from emergency or crisis situations or unplanned major life events (e.g., accident, illness, theft of property, fire, death of a family member, sudden and unexpected change in employment status, etc.)
- Psychological Services Center: This is a training clinic for graduate students in Clinical Psychology
programs supervised by licensed psychologists. Counseling is provided
to families and individuals across Alaska, not just students
- Anchorage student health and safety: links to a variety of resources. If you aren’t sure where to start, start here!
- Student Health and Counseling Center: The Student Health and Counseling Center provides high quality and affordable health care, preventative health care, individual counseling, consulting, outreach and health education. Some of their health promotion resources include: health promotion and wellness services, an emergency food cache, and the Dating Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) Coalition for Change, which supports victims of sexual assault
- Seawolf Sports Complex: Fitness facilities and intramural sports
- University Police Department: If you have an emergency on campus, dial 911. For non-emergency
concerns, the University Police Department (UPD) can be contacted
at 786-1120. If you see anything that poses a safety concern,
please contact UPD. The Silent Witness form allows you to report events anonymously. Download the “Rave Guardian” app for a variety of safety tools to help you
Kenai Peninsula College Resources
- KPC counseling and health: KPC offers a variety of counseling services and hosts a student health clinic at the Kenai River Campus that all KPC students are welcome to use
- KPC campus safety: If you have an emergency on campus, dial 911
Kodiak College Resources
Mat-Su College Resources
- Mat-Su counseling services: Free counseling sessions are available for Mat-Su College students, provided by Mat-Su Health Services, Inc.
- Mat-Su campus safety: If you have an emergency on campus, dial 911
Prince William Sound College Resources
Smoke and Tobacco-Free UAA
“Out of respect for others and the campus environment, tobacco use and smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes and similar products are prohibited on university property.” (UA BOR Policy P05.12.102). Learn more at Smoke and Tobacco-Free UAA.
- Representation and Engagement Resources
Representation and Engagement Resources
Find your community at UAA! These programs can help you navigate your university experience and find fun and rewarding ways to get involved.
UAA Engage shows the wide range of UAA organizations, activities, and events happening on the Anchorage campus. Virtual events are open to students on all campuses
- The Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage (USUAA) is the governing body for UAA students. It provides opportunities to develop leadership and advocacy skills while representing student interests and needs
- Kenai Peninsula College student government
- Multicultural Student Services
- Native Student Services: Some virtual services are open to students on all campuses
- Seawolf Athletics
Visit Anchorage student resources for more programs.
The Center for Community Engagement & Learning serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement. UAA’s community-engaged courses, internships, and service opportunities provide lots of ways for students to contribute to their communities.
These campuses have student housing options:
Career Services offers all UAA students and alumni virtual networking, workshops, and career fairs. Anchorage students can also schedule appointments for assistance with resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, job and internship search strategies, or career exploration. These community campuses also provide career counseling:
Dean of Students
Students often land in the Dean of Students Office when they are not clear where to turn for help. They are here to help you work through the questions and concerns that inevitably arise during the transition to college.