According to New Mobility Magazine, UA is one of the most wheelchair-friendly campuses in the country. The UA Disability Resource Center takes pride in being "an international model of progressive services," though one student tells us that, "especially with COVID happening, I felt entirely limited with my learning as I was unable to receive the proper help I needed to succeed academically."
In addition to the supports and accommodations offered at the Disability Resource Center, students can apply for additional academic supports with the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center.
The Arizona Daily Wildcat reported in 2019 that students had waited as long as 6 weeks for an appointment at Campus Health’s Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS).
Students, faculty, and staff may file an online CARE report on the Dean of Students Office website for students "struggling with academic, personal, or emotional difficulties or who may be exhibiting worrisome or other concerning behavior." UA has a Behavioral Intervention Team that "monitor[s] student behavior" and the Threat Assessment and Management Team has its own reporting system for "any statement, communication, conduct or gesture directed toward any member of the campus community or others which causes reasonable apprehension."
Over the summer, Harriott was assaulted and shared this information with Alvarez. Harriot told Alvarez that due to her unfortunate circumstances she wasn’t able to meet her academic obligations. Once Alvarez heard that her academic obligations were not met, Alvarez began to say that she did a lot for Harriott and Harriott should be thankful. During their conversation, there were office doors open.
“I kept reminding her that I’ve thanked her multiple times and I don’t feel that this is an appropriate conversation,” Harriott said. “I don’t really know what it is that I can say more than that. If I feel like a situation is inappropriate … I don’t have to be subjected to inappropriate conversations.”
When Harriott tried to leave and exit the situation, Alvarez proceeded to stand in the way of Harriott’s wheelchair and put her finger in Harriott’s face and further discredited Harriott’s experience, she explained.
“I defended myself by saying get out of my face. As a disabled woman, that’s as much as I can do for protection and hope that what I say is enough,” Harriott said.
The following day after their interaction, Harriott filed a report with the UA’s Office of Institutional Equity against Alvarez. Alvarez filed her own report against Harriott but with the University of Arizona Police Department.
Without being asked for any information about what took place, to speak with an investigator or even a confirmation email saying her report was received by OIE, Harriott received an email from OIE saying that her report would not be investigated by them at all.