Whether you are a new or returning student, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) extends a warm welcome and encourages you to use its programs and services. The ARC offers a variety of opportunities and support services for students to reach their potential and achieve their goals. Programs and services are available to enhance learning, improve skills, and promote success in courses. In the center, students will find computers, study aids, study tables, comfortable spots for reading, and friendly people to offer personalized help. Support for USF distance education students is happily provided by telephone and e-mail, and some tutoring is provided on a number of electronic platforms. All services are provided free of charge.

Mission Statement

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides students with academic support and promotes their scholastic growth. The center offers information, guidance, support, and services to assist students to successfully attain their educational goals. Aware of the inherent worth of all individuals, the center encourages students to recognize, develop, and strengthen their diverse talents, skills, and strengths.

ARC serves students who…

  • Desire tutoring
  • Seek new techniques for learning
  • Have questions about studying
  • Are preparing for exams
  • Seek study aids
  • Want good grades
  • Need new approaches to material and fresh study habits
  • Have academic and/or housing accommodation needs due to a disability

What Students Are Saying

  • “She did a really great job explaining the edits for my paper.”
  • “She was very good—kind and friendly.”
  • “Tim was very helpful and made recommendations to properly present my statistics report. He also explained the material in a way that was easy for me to understand.”
  • “Keep up the good work; the tutor really cares and helps.”
  • “I like how he showed me enough examples. I am a visual learner and needed that. Great, awesome tutor.”
  • “Excellent experience, as always!”
  • “Johnathan was exceptionally patient! Thank you!”
  • “Great help. Really knows math.”


If you are in need of academic or housing accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) by calling 815-740-3204. You can also request an appointment by emailing Sarah Alag, the Assistant Director of ARC-Disability Student Services, at salag@stfrancis.edu. By making an appointment, you will be taking the first step in self-advocacy.

Common Accommodations and Services

  • Alternative texts
  • Extended time on tests
  • Use of recorder to record lectures
  • Testing in a reduced distraction environment
  • Preferential seating

Some Assistive Technology Available

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Joystick mouse
  • Trackball mouse
  • Wireless headphones
  • Zoomtext
  • Smartpen

Food Allergy Accommodations
The University of St. Francis and the Office of Disability Services recognize that some students may require assistance in regards to their dining options due to medical needs. Please contact the Office of Disability Services to make an appointment to discuss all reasonable and available options. Most medically necessary dietary needs can be addressed through USF dining services and we are prepared to work with students, one-on-one, when the need arises.

Online-only Students
For the most part, the policies and procedures described on this website apply to all students with disabilities enrolled at USF. We recognize that students taking online-only classes may have questions about how to access some of the services described, or as to what their responsibilities are in requesting accommodations and support. If you have such questions after reviewing the information already provided, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3204.

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Jeff Chiapello at jchiapello@stfrancis.edu or 815-740-3402.