Accessibility Resource Center

Guide to Service Request Portal

The Service Request Portal system is a way students can make requests for accommodations.  This system is more secure, saves time and resources, and simplifies the process for students and faculty.  If you are registered with ARC (not temporarily), then services remain in place while you are a Chico State student. 

The following services are available on the on-line Service Request Portal:

  • Exam Services
  • Note taker Services
  • Instructor Notification of Accommodations 

Service Request Portal:

  1. Log on to the Internet and go to CSU, Chico home page.
  2. On the CSU, Chico home page, click on Quicklinks, and then click on Accessibility Resource Center or you can access the ARC website by typing www.csuchico.edu/arc on the URL.
  3. Use the red button on the left-hand side that reads Log In to the Service Request Portal
  4. California State University, Chico login box will appear.  Input your Chico State Portal username and password.
  5. Welcome to the ARC Service Request Portal, and Welcome, (your name) will come up.
  6. Approved Services appears below your name and shows a list of accommodations/ services that have been approved by your ARC advisor.  Contact your ARC Advisor if you do not see a service listed you think you have been approved for.
  7. Under Signed Agreements a list of agreements to electronically sign appears.  ARC Agreement and any individual service agreement you have been approved for by your advisor.  If the agreement shows Missing, you need to click on the underlined agreement and give your electronic signature before the system will allow you to make a request for that service.
  8. Once you have signed the agreements, you can request accommodations within the grey menu on the left, under the word Students.

Instructor Notification

  1. Click on Instructor Notification.
  2. Click to select classes for which you want to notify your instructors. 
  3. Click Send ARC Approval Notification to Instructor button. Once you click on the button, an email notification is sent to your instructors notifying them of your approved classroom accommodations. A confirmation screen will come up indicating successful submission. If an email was not found for the instructor, please notify ARC.
  4. To view the form, click on the View Approval Form button.  You can print copies to hand carry to instructors.
  5. ARC strongly encourages you to discuss your specific accommodations with your instructors. Face to face communication is the best way to ensure effective and reasonable accommodations.

Note Taker Services:

  1. Click on Note Taker Services link on the grey menu. A button, Request Note Taker will come up, click on this which will take you to the Note Taker Request screen.
  2. Make sure the term is for the current semester.
  3. Check the classes for which a note taker is needed.
  4. Click the Submit button. You will see confirmation of your request.
  5. An anonymous/confidential email is automatically sent to all registered students in each class and to each instructor.  This email is a notification that a student in this class is seeking a note taker.  Students are directed to a link if they are interested in providing the service.
  6. Note taker responses will be sent to you in an email from each student interested in being a note taker. You should contact those that respond via the Response to Note taker link in the email.  You may examine a sample of their notes and decide on a note taker for each class.
  7. Once you have decided on a note taker, log back into the ARC Service Request Portal.
  8. Select the Note Taker Services link from the menu on the left.
  9. Click the Select button for each class you have requested a note taker in.  A list of names will appear at the bottom of the page.
  10. Click the Accept button next to the name of the person you have chosen.
  11. Once you have selected a note taker for the class, a response is then automatically sent to any other persons that volunteered that the position has been filled.
  12. Contact information is stored in the Service Request Portal system, under Note Taker Services link, click on the Select button.
  13. Notification options are available with current classes for the entire semester.
    1. Following Up on Requests- If you do not receive a response for a note taker, contact your ARC Advisor as soon as possible.
    2. Confidentiality- Initial email sent to classmates does not contain identifying information about the requestor. The only time that your name is disclosed is at the time you respond to email/contact information and select a note taker. A confidentiality statement is located on the note taker sign up page.
    3. Options for Notes-
      • Carbon (two-part) note taker paper is available in the ARC office, and can be picked up by you, the student, or the note taker.
      • Email of notes from note taker to you the student.
      • Note taker makes copy of notes, or comes to the ARC office.
      • Note taker brings notes to ARC office and is scanned and then emailed to you.
      • You the student preprint power point slides and then give to your note taker to record additional notes.
    4. Evaluating Note Taker- You will have the opportunity to evaluate your note taker twice during the semester.
    5. Questions/Help- If you have questions, contact your ARC Advisor.

Exam Services:

  1. Click on Exam Services.
  2. Click on New Exam Request.
  3. Select Term box, defaults to the current term.
  4. Select Class box, click on arrow to show all classes registered in. Click to select class.
  5. Exam Date box, click to bring up calendar of current month. Click on desired day to fill in box.
  6. Exam Time box, click and input the start time of the test. Include am or pm following the time.
  7. Click on all accommodations that apply to this exam.
  8.  Click Online Exam or Final if that applies for the test you are requesting.
  9.  Click the Submit Exam Request button located in the lower left corner.

Key Information for Exam Request:

  • Once you submit your request, a verification page comes up to verify the details of your test.
  • Your exam request is automatically sent to your instructor via email.  When your instructor has approved and/or responded to your exam request, you will receive an email confirmation and the information has been forwarded to ARC. If the email indicates a ‘Y’, your exam request is approved.  If the email indicates a ‘C’, your request has not been approved and the professor is contacting the ARC office, or has given you instructions to change your request. This can be viewed in the Service Request Portal as well.
  • The Service Request Portal System will automatically send a second request/reminder to the professor 5 days prior to the exam, if the exam has not been approved. However you may contact your instructor.
  • You can review all of your requests on the Exam Services link. This will show if your test has been approved and whether your test has been received by ARC and more detailed information by clicking on Details.
  • If a change needs to be made to your requested exam, go into Exam Services link.  Click on Details.  Click on Edit Exam Request button.  Click on the date or time box, input new information.  Click on Update Exam Request button.
  • If you have scheduled an exam less than 3 working days or outside of ARC normal working hours, you will receive an email warning that instructs you to contact ARC Test Proctor at 530-898-5959.
  • If you have submitted exam requests and are not going to take the exams in the ARC office, go into the Service Request Portal system and delete those exam requests.
  • If you have questions about exam services, contact the Testing Coordinator at 530-898-5959.
  • If you do not see a specific accommodation that you require for an exam, finish submitting the exam request and then contact your ARC Advisor as soon as possible at 530-898-5959.