Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University of Arkansas continues to work closely with public health officials at all levels to support the health and safety of our campus community. The university’s COVID-19 Response Team aligns its prevention and preparation efforts with guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health.

Updates

June 1, 2020

Phased Return to Campus Begins June 15

A phased-in approach to resuming on-campus operations begins June 15 with the limited return of employees on an as-needed basis to prepare for the anticipated return of students to campus in August. The guide to Returning to Campus marks the beginning of a slow, phased-in shift from remote operations — which began in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic — back to on-campus operations over the next two months. This deliberate and moderated process was developed by the U of A’s COVID-19 Response Team with the goal of safely welcoming students back to the Hill for the Fall semester.


May 22, 2020

Student-Athletes Allowed to Return to Campus in June

The SEC announced this afternoon that student-athletes could begin voluntary workouts beginning June 8. In an update to campus, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said he and the COVID-19 Response Team are actively working on all dimensions of a slow and safe restoration of on-site operations and are on track for sharing campus-wide guidance around June 1 as planned.


May 12, 2020

Research Activity Returns on Restricted Basis

As a part of the first phase of allowing employees to return as needed to the University of Arkansas campus, researchers will be allowed to return to restricted activity, which includes essential, critical and/or time sensitive research.

Research Plans must be approved Department/Unit Chairs and Deans and all approved activities must be planned to minimize person-to-person interactions and adhere to distancing and face covering guidelines. Researchers should be prepared to adjust, including returning to previous levels, if the situation changes.

Details are included in the university’s Research Continuity plan, developed based on recommendations from the COVID-19 Response Team and Research subcommittee.


May 4, 2020

CARES Act Funding for Emergency Grants for Students

The Board of Trustees endorsed a plan to distribute more than $7.7 million in student aid through the CARES Act. The emergency grants will be distributed based on Expected Family Contribution as reported in Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) documents based on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. Students who meet the criteria according to the current FASFA they have on file will receive grants within the next two weeks. Students in need who have not completed a FASFA for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 have until June 1 to complete a FASFA to be considered for eligibility. Details on eligibility, grant funding tiers and distribution can be found on the CARES Act information page.

Reduced Fees for Summer Classes Announced

Fees for summer 2020 classes will be reduced by more than $27 per credit hour to better reflect our current remote learning environment. Facilities, activities and transit fees were eliminated for all Summer session classes and other fees were reduced. The new rate is more reflective of the online experience versus the face-to-face experience as the campus continues remote learning through Aug. 3.

Commencement Website Launched

A 2020 commencement website has been launched to help celebrate our Spring 2020 graduates with a searchable database of graduate profiles and submitted pictures as well as messages from Chancellor Steinmetz and each college dean.


April 30, 2020

Chancellor Steinmetz Provides Update Regarding Planning For Fall Semester 

It is the university’s hope to be open and have students on campus this fall. To do that, it may be necessary for some faculty and staff to begin returning to campus over the summer as needed in time to prepare. It is the U of A’s hope to open in a way that continues to minimize the number of faculty and staff on campus while at the same time allows for adequate preparation for the safety of our campus community. 

Read full chancellor’s message.


April 21, 2020

U of A System: A Word of Encouragement and Thank You

In a letter to students, faculty and staff within the University of Arkansas System, John Goodson, chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, and Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the U of A System, offer a note of encouragement and thank you to everyone that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The message discusses recent resolutions that were made by the Board of Trustees to provide flexibility and support to students during the ongoing crisis, as well as a thank you to all the campuses in the University of Arkansas System as we help our state fight the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Read the full message.


April 20, 2020

Help Coming Soon For Students, First Responders 

In a message to campus, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said some positive news is on the horizon for students as university works quickly to make $7.5 million, its share of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, available to students. 

The university is also working to provide temporary emergency housing not only for campus police officers but also to other first responders if needed during the coronavirus crisis. Up to 150 rooms will be available on a rolling basis for those who are at a higher risk to contract the virus and may need temporary housing. 

Read the chancellor's message for more information on these and other updates. 


April 8, 2020

Returning students to receive credit for room and board costs lost after April 3

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted to allow universities in the U of A System, who are able to do so, to defray the cost of any unused room and board that students lost due to the coronavirus-related move to remote teaching and learning. The credits will be issued after July 1 and can be utilized during the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1.

No increase in tuition and fees for the fall 2020 semester

The U of A Board of Trustees voted to hold tuition flat for at least the fall 2020 semester. This will be re-evaluated ahead of the spring 2021 semester.

Temporary modifications to admission policies allowed if needed

U of A Board of Trustees granted temporary modifications to admission policies, if needed, to provide flexibility in admitting students for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters as many students’ ability to complete coursework and standardized tests has been disrupted by the current pandemic.

Spring graduates to be recognized at 2020 fall commencement

Students who originally hoped to walk at the 2020 Spring Commencement before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, will now be recognized as a part of Fall Commencement ceremonies instead. 


April 7, 2020

Summer school sessions will be conducted remotely through Aug. 3

The May intersession and all summer school sessions through Aug. 3 will be taught remotely, to include Summer Session I and Summer Session II.


April 3, 2020

Out-of-state travel suspended until June 1, 2020

All university-sanctioned and sponsored out-of-state travel is suspended until June 1, 2020. The suspension could be extended in the future. Appeals may be made to the appropriate vice chancellor.

Summer school intersessions and Summer I session to be taught remotely

All summer school sessions will be taught remotely and online until Summer Session II begins June 29, 2020.

All Summer Camps Canceled

All university summer camps are canceled through August 2020.


April 2, 2020 

University employee tests positive for COVID-19

A university housing employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee has not been on campus since March 26 and while all staff have been practicing social distancing, out of an abundance of caution, the staff working with this individual were sent home to self-quarantine as a preventative measure. The Arkansas Department of Health will complete contact tracing and notification of anyone who was potentially exposed. 

Pass/fail grading option implemented

Based on a recommendation from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and student feedback, pass/pass D/no credit grading options have been added to the current letter grading system for undergraduates for the spring 2020 semester. Students will be assigned a letter grade with the flexibility to request to have their grade changed to a pass, pass with a D, or no credit (NC). Graduate students may apply through their degree programs for a similar system, and law students will move to a pass/fail policy. The details of each can be found on the Provost’s website.


March 25, 2020

Video Message from the Chancellor: Adjusting to a New Normal

University of Arkansas Chancellor Joe Steinmetz reached out to students, faculty and staff with a message of support as the entire community adjusts to social distancing, online classes and working remotely.

Watch the video.

Health Center Closed March 27 for Spring Break

As previously scheduled, Pat Walker Health Center will be closed Friday, March 27 for Spring Break. The health center will reopen for its reduced business hours at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 30. 

For after-hours COVID-19 support, call the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-554-5738. For emergency mental health services, call 479-575-5276.

Academic Health Plans Student Assistance Plan Available to All Students

Academic Health Plans is providing its Student Assistance Plan (SAP) to ALL U of A students at no cost for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.

The SAP includes access to a 24/7 Care Center (including weekends and holidays), life and well-being resources and helpful online and mobile tools.


March 23, 2020

Case of COVID-19 Confirmed Within U of A Community; Health Center Updates

A member of the University of Arkansas community has been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The student, who had recently been in contact with someone who had visited from out-of-state, is symptomatic and is in self-isolation off campus. This is the case for anyone who receives a positive test result or is awaiting test results. Read the chancellor’s letter to the university community for additional details.

For the limited number of people on campus, the Pat Walker Health Center remains open for medical services but please be aware of the following temporary operational changes to help protect the health of patients and staff:

  • No walk-in appointments or online appointment scheduling
  • All appointments must be scheduled by phone: 479-575-4451
  • Only one entrance (West entrance – parking lot)
  • External temperature checks required for all before entry
  • Evening & Saturday clinic hours suspended
  • After-hours COVID-19 screening, testing, care or questions should be directed to Washington Regional Medical Center: 479-463-2055. 
  • Pat Walker Health Center’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) has transitioned all its mental health services online. Call 479-575-5276 for tele-mental health services.

For the latest updates and information, please continue to visit this site. You can also send questions to feedback@uark.edu.


March 19, 2020

Commencement Postponed; Transit Route Reduction; Library Closed; Union Still Open; Carry-out Dining Only

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted to postpone all spring commencement ceremonies until after June 1. This postponement only affects commencement ceremonies. U of A graduation processes and the conferring of degrees will proceed as normal.

Razorback Transit bus service is running reduced routes and increased other precautionary measures to support the health and safety of passengers due to the recent move by the U of A to primarily remote operations.

Only seven routes will be available. The frequency will be reduced for routes 13, 21, 33, 35, 44 and 48. Route 26 will continue its normal frequency.

The Arkansas Union will remain partially open for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. On-campus mail delivery is suspended, but the U.S. Post Office in the Union remains open with mailing and passport services.

Mullins Library is closed until further notice, however remote access to library resources and other online research resources is available. Students can also use a 24/7 chat service through the library website as well.

Dining halls are not open during spring break. Beginning March 30, Dining services will only be available at Fulbright Dining Hall and carryout service only. Club Red and Hill Coffee Co. will continue operations at this time


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

University Operations Reducing on Campus and Non-Essential Personnel Shift to Working Remotely; Students Advised to Move Out of On-Campus Housing by April 3

Due to the emergency caused by the outbreak, students with active housing contracts will not be able to return to the residence halls, apartments, or Greek houses managed by University Housing after Friday, April 3. Some students, especially our international students, may not have appropriate alternative options. We will continue to make housing available to these students. Students may petition for an exception with University Housing for reasons including personal safety, access to Internet, no other available housing, academic distress or other legitimate reasons.

Beginning Thursday, March 19, employees not deemed essential to work on campus will work remotely unless directed otherwise by their supervisor until further notice.

For additional details, read the chancellor’s latest message to campus.

Pat Walker Health Center Institutes Temporary Operational Changes

In an effort to protect the health of patients and its staff, Pat Walker Health Center is taking proactive and temporary measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus:

  • No walk-in appointments or online appointment scheduling
  • All appointments must be scheduled by phone
  • Evening & Saturday clinic hours suspended
  • CAPS services remain available, but clients must call ahead

See Arkansas Newswire for specific details.


Friday, March 13, 2020

Summer Study Abroad Canceled Through June 15

All university-sanctioned and coordinated study abroad programs departing between May 1 and June 15 have been canceled. The university will re-evaluate the global situation later this spring before making decisions regarding university-sanctioned study abroad programs departing after June 15, 2020.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

In-Person Classes Suspended, All-Online Course Delivery Starts Monday, March 16th

The University of Arkansas has suspended in-person classes and will move to an all-online or other alternative method of course delivery starting Monday, March 16th and continuing through the remainder of the semester.

This is not a closure. University operations continue. Housing, dining and other services continue to be provided. However, students may choose to return to their family residence for the remainder of the semester.

For additional details, read the chancellor’s latest message to campus.  


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

University-Sponsored Out-of-State Travel Suspended

The University of Arkansas is suspending all university-sponsored out-of-state travel – both domestic and international – for the next 60 days, effective immediately. The suspension could be extended in the future. Appeals may be made to the appropriate vice-chancellor.

Additionally, all students currently traveling abroad on university-sponsored trips will be instructed to return as soon as possible.

Faculty Preparing for Potential of Delivering Classes Online

On-campus classes continue at this time. In addition, we are asking faculty to prepare and practice conducting courses online now in order to have the campus ready for the potential of delivering all classes online or via alternate delivery by March 30th if needed. I understand that preparing for this eventual possibility will require a great deal of effort and adaptability from all of us but we must be prepared. The confirmation of a case COVID-19 within our campus community or in the Fayetteville community are currently the primary scenarios being considered that would trigger the actual suspension of on-campus classes.


Monday, March 9, 2020

A message from the Southeastern Conference concerning upcoming championship events:

“The SEC continues to monitor developments associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has not modified the schedule of events related to our men’s basketball tournament in Nashville. At this time our focus and expectation is to play the tournament as scheduled. Local authorities have confirmed this approach is consistent with current public health recommendations. We remain alert to any circumstances that could warrant adjustments for the health and well-being of our student-athletes, fans and other participants. We are in continued communication with public health officials and remind everyone to be attentive to everyday preventive actions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).”


Friday, March 6, 2020

Updates on travel, campus visitors and faculty resources:

Is it safe to travel in the U.S.?

Please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your specific destination as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly. While the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices (this currently includes domestic travel in the U.S.) because the risk of transmission is considered low, some areas are reporting increasing levels local transmission.

What should I consider when planning personal travel?

Consider method of transportation for all travel. Air travel, for example, tends to be crowded with people in close proximity in the plane and the airport. Traveling in a personal vehicle to a destination, would limit exposure to crowds.

International Travel

In alignment with our requirements and recommendations for university-affiliated travel, we strongly discourage personal international travel, especially to countries with a CDC risk level for coronavirus of 2 or higher. Please consider the health risk and logistical challenges that may be encountered including that the Arkansas Department of Health may require self-isolation for 14 days after traveling to or through an affected area. Customs agents are reporting international travelers arriving from affected countries to state departments of health for this purpose.

Domestic Travel

Please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your specific destination as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly. While the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices (this currently includes domestic travel in the U.S.) because the risk of transmission is considered low, some areas are reporting increasing levels of local transmission.

What about conferences, conventions, meetings and big events?

Many universities and companies have restricted employee and student travel to meetings, conventions and events. You are encouraged to review the information from the hosting organization for any changes or restrictions and may consider if there are options to attend remotely. If attending events concerns you, or you have a medical reason why you should not be in crowds, then please utilize the many tools the campus offers for conducting meetings in real-time over the Internet from your desktop.

I’m expecting visitors from out of town or overseas to attend a campus event. Should I be concerned?

If your guests are visiting from a country with a CDC coronavirus level of 2 or higher, your guest may be required to self-isolate for 14 days, per the Arkansas Department of Health. It would be advisable to discourage such visits.

Are resources available to help faculty prepare alternative options for teaching?

Yes. The university’s Teaching Innovation and Pedagogical Support (TIPS) Center offers contingency planning guidance for faculty to help deliver content to students even when they cannot attend physical classes due to an outbreak, illness or inclement weather. Instructors can also request departmental workshops, one-on-one support, receive Blackboard course information and access articles, tutorials and other resources.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Updates on university travel for students, faculty and staff

  • The university requires all registered student travelers in countries with a CDC risk level for coronavirus of 2 or above to return to the United States immediately. All upcoming registered student travel (through at least the end of the current academic semester) to countries with a CDC risk level for coronavirus of 2 or above will be suspended or postponed until a later date.

  • We are currently assessing the CDC recommendation that we consider postponing or canceling all upcoming international registered student travel. We are also currently reviewing the status of all summer programs.

  • We strongly recommend that faculty/staff traveling internationally return to the U.S. and suspend future international travel at least until the end of the current academic semester. Please consider the health risk and logistical challenges that may be encountered and understand that the university may not be able to provide support if you are impacted. This recommendation will be regularly evaluated and could be extended.

  • We urge all those who have plans to travel during Spring Break to consider the latest CDC and Department of State guidance. In addition to the health risks related to the outbreak, international travel is becoming more difficult. All international travelers must consider the possibility of travel restrictions, quarantines and other potential travel-related issues.

March 1, 5:25 pm CST

Students from the Rome Center were informed today that the U of A will cover any flight change fees incurred for return airfare up to $650. The university also asked students with extenuating circumstances to contact the Office of Study Abroad for additional support on a case-by-case basis.


March 1, 4:15 pm CST

The university and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) are requiring travelers to self-isolate upon return from an area of Level 2 or Level 3 CDC advisory before returning to campus. Travelers directly affected by the requirement will receive instructions from health officials in Arkansas or their home state regarding the process.

Nearly 40 U of A students returning from the Rome Center and other locations in Italy will be required to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to Fayetteville to complete the semester.


February 28, 11:59 pm CST

U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention both elevated the travel advisories in Italy to Level 3 – Reconsider Travel and Avoid nonessential travel. In an effort to protect the health of our faculty and students, the university suspended academic operations of the Rome Center for the semester and will return all students to the U.S. to continue studies.


February 28, 4:35 pm CST

The Pat Walker Health Center and the Arkansas Department of Health are recommending self-isolation for all U of A faculty, staff and students returning from South Korea and Italy.


February 27, 5:35 pm CST

A Message from Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz

“The health and well-being of our students traveling abroad is always a concern particularly as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread,” said Chancellor Joe Steinmetz. “The escalating situation is concerning as we have more than 150 students around the globe, with 100 students studying at the Rome Center. We are closely monitoring the situation everywhere we have students currently studying abroad or planning to do so in the near future. We have contingency plans for what could come next, including the potential of suspending some of our programs.”

Full article


February 27, 5:30 pm CST

The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange has nearly 150 U of A students currently studying abroad this semester. We are carefully monitoring the situation with the health and safety of our students as our highest concern.

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Resource Guide for Frequently Asked Questions

Students

Classes continue in remote and online formats through Summer Session II, ending Aug. 3. Departments have developed learning solutions to ensure students have the access and instruction needed to meet all requirements for lab classes. Please contact your instructor for specific information.

Fall semester is planned to be held on-campus with remote options to provide flexibility for students. Details can be found in the Returning to Campus Guide.

Academic Support, Advising and Access

The Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS+) provide tutoring, writing support and academic coaching through online chat and by appointment via the CLASS+ website. CLASS+ will also provide supplemental instruction through Blackboard Collaborate.

Colleges and schools are communicating directly to their students regarding alternative advising methods. If students have additional questions, it is recommended they contact their advisor.

The Center for Educational Access website outlines recommendations for accommodating students with disabilities, including test-taking accommodations, note-taking services and attendance flexibility. Contact the CEA staff at 479-575-3104 or ada@uark.edu if you would like to discuss additional ways in which to provide access to your student.

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. CARES Act grants were made to students based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported in a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021. Additional information on CARES Act guidelines and distribution and the report on distribution are available.

Commencement

A 2020 commencement website has a searchable database of graduate profiles and submitted pictures as well as messages from Chancellor Steinmetz and each college dean. Spring 2020 graduates are invited to participate in a combined graduation weekend in conjunction with the fall graduation set for Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Full details can be found on the registrar’s commencement page.

Greek Life

U of A Greek Life has created a recruitment action plan for face-to-face interactions this fall that prioritizes safety through social distancing, health and wellness checks and enhancing cleaning and disinfecting techniques. More information can be found in the Returning to Campus Guide.

International Student Resources

International students and scholars can find detailed information on housing and dining, visa status, travel restrictions, appointments and more at the International Students COVID-19 webpage.

Library Resources

The library on campus is closed until further notice, however remote access to library resources and other online research resources is available. Students can also use a 24/7 chat service through the library website as well. Additionally, the libraries are suspending overdue fees and extending all regular 16-week loans to be due in September.

New Student Orientation

We are eager to welcome you to campus this coming fall. In keeping with guidelines surrounding COVID-19, New Student Orientation will be hosting a virtual experience this summer, rather than an event on campus. For those who have signed up for orientation, your orientation date remains the same.  For those who are planning to attend a University of Arkansas orientation session, but have not signed up yet, please register soon. Information is being sent to all incoming students about how to prepare for your orientation, including resources for connecting with you academic advisor, exploring your new campus home, and preparing to move into housing in August. More information can be found on the Admissions New Student Orientation website and questions can be sent to nso@uark.edu or 479-575-4200.

Study Abroad and Other University Sponsored Travel

All university-sanctioned and coordinated summer, August Intersession and fall 2020 study abroad programs have been canceled. More information can be found at the Study Abroad COVID-19 website.

All university-sanctioned and sponsored out-of-state travel – both domestic and international ‑is suspended until further notice. Appeals may be made to the appropriate vice chancellor.

Currently, there are no quarantine requirements for travelers entering Arkansas from both domestic and international locations.

Tech Help and Computer Resources

The Student Technology Center and in-person Help Desk will be closed until further notice.  IT Help will continue to be available during our current hours by phone (575-HELP), chat at help.uark.edu or email (helpdesk@uark.edu).

Computer Labs and Resources

  • The Arkansas Union Tech Spot lab is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. All other Tech Spot labs close until further notice beginning Friday, March 20.
  • Remote Lab allows access to many computer lab resources remotely from any device and any location.
  • Laptops can be checked out at the Union Tech Spot lab, Extended checkout is available with no late fees.
  • Technical support is still available through the IT Services Help Portal with chat support, through email at helpdesk@uark.edu or by phone during regular business hours at 479-575-HELP.

Tuition and fees

Fees for all Summer sessions have been reduced by more than $27 per credit hour to reflect the current remote learning environment. Facilities, activities and transit fees were eliminated for all Summer session classes and other fees were reduced.

Tuition and Housing costs has been held to the 2019 level for the Fall 2020 semester.

Campus Operations

The university continues reduced on-campus operations with limited employees working on campus and remote delivery of summer classes to help protect our students and community in compliance with state and federal directives. The campus is planning a phased process to return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

Clean Campus

Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces followed by disinfection with an EPA-registered disinfectant is a best practice measure for prevention of viral respiratory illnesses and part of the University of Arkansas’ regular routine in multiple areas of campus, including housing, transit and parking, facilities management and much more.

Specifically, U of A transit buses are disinfected nightly, while our facilities management staff disinfects high traffic touchpoints daily – including door handles and push plates, student desktop surfaces and classroom teaching surfaces. Similar practices are used by university housing, athletics and other common areas on campus. 

Dining

Dining services are currently only available at Fulbright Dining Hall and Slim Chickens with carryout service only. Club Red and Hill Coffee Co. also continue operations. You can check current schedules for dining facilities and other on-campus dining options at the Dine on Campus website.

Housing

For information on housing credits from Spring 2020, Fall move-in information and other housing related information, visit the U of A Housing website.

Library

The library currently offers remote access to its resources and other online research resources. Students can also use a 24/7 chat service through the library website. Additionally, the libraries are suspending overdue fees and extending all regular 16-week loans to be due in September.

Parking and Transit

Razorback Transit bus service is running reduced routes and increased other precautionary measures to support the health and safety of passengers due to the recent move by the U of A to primarily remote operations.

Please check transit.uark.edu and Passio Go! for updated schedules.

For questions related to parking, please call Transit and Parking (Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m): 479-575-7927

Pat Walker Health Center

Pat Walker Health Center remains open for medical services. Please visit the health center website for current hours of operation and information about available in-person, telehealth and mental health services.

Signs

Signage reinforcing COVID-19 related health and safety precautions is available for use by the U of A community. 

Building Executives have been designated as the primary point of contact for the posting of signage in university facilities and have access to the list of printable signs. Contact your Building Executive prior to posting any COVID-19 related signage to ensure compliance with posting guidelines.

Guidance for posting return to campus signage

  • Use only removable mounting tape, such as Command™ brand Mounting Strips, or removable painter’s tape, such as Scotch® brand Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape.
  • Do not use other types of tape, pushpins or glue to post signs.
  • Do not mount to sheetrock, plaster, wallpaper or fabric covered walls.
  • Do not mount signs in direct sunlight. Adhesives tend to break down in high temperature.
  • Mount to glass windows or doors whenever possible.
  • Mount to wood or metal trim only with approved adhesives.
  • Adhesives should be removed and re-applied every 60 days
  • Building executives should contact Todd Furgason (toddf@uark.edu) with questions or for guidance about where to place signs.

Union and Post Office

The Arkansas Union remains partially open with the Union Living Room and International Connections Lounge will be open Monday - Friday, 7am -5pm, except on university holidays.

The west side of the building (meeting rooms, UREC, Hill Coffee Co. etc.) will re-open July 6. Operating hours will be 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Food Court will begin phased reopening Aug. 10.

  • Masks and social distancing is required
  • All spaces will conform to ADH guidelines for capacity and spacing, including reduced capacity limits in meeting rooms.

The Post Office in the Union remains open. Any individuals seeking passports, mail services, UPS, FedEx and DHL services or any departments wanting to pick up mail may come to the first floor south door (near the parking garage) for access from 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday. Please bring an ID. In special circumstances, on-campus delivery may be requested. Phone 575-5640 or 575-5649

The Union will continue to post updates and programmatic changes to its social media accounts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

UREC

University Recreation will open on Monday, July 6 with limited hours of operation and activities. Details can be found on the UREC website.

Faculty and Staff

The vast majority of university employees are still directed to conduct work remotely as the campus phases back into on-campus operations. Currently, some researchers are allowed to return to restricted research activity on campus, which includes essential, critical and/or time sensitive research. ADA accommodations granted during this time will be reviewed after 30 days for potential renewal.

Health Screening

A daily COVID-19 Employee Health Self-Assessment will be required for all U of A employees whether working remotely or on campus beginning July 7. The online assessment will be done through the Workday portal and will be required daily and monitored by Human Resources to certify that employees have checked themselves for possible early symptoms of COVID-19 before beginning work.

Medical Resources

A list of medical resources and COVID testing sites can be found on the COVID-19 Information Page.

Remote Work and Teaching Resources

Faculty support and enhanced teaching strategies for remote, online or flexible learning are available through the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center.

IT Services has developed many resources to help those working remotely. From file sharing to meeting virtually, the university has you covered. If you need help overcoming any IT challenges, reach out through the IT Help Portal.

Sick Leave Policy

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective from April 1 through December 31, 2020, provides eligible employees with an amount of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specific reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.  A summary of the FFCRA can be found in a new posting from the Department of Labor.

Events

All campus events are to be held in accordance with all university, state and health department guidance for gatherings, potential social distancing, capacities, and use of face coverings. Hours of occupancy for facilities and spaces may be modified or staggered to limit group sizes and ensure proper distancing.

  • Each event is to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Large gatherings are discouraged (and may not be allowed) at least through the end of the fall semester.
  • Online and virtual events are encouraged.

Spring 2020 graduates are invited to participate in a combined graduation weekend in conjunction with the fall graduation set for Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Full details can be found on the registrar’s commencement page.

Travel

All university-sanctioned and sponsored out-of-state travel – both domestic and international — is suspended until further notice. Appeals may be made to the appropriate vice chancellor.

All university-sanctioned and coordinated summer, August Intersession and fall 2020 study abroad programs have also been canceled. More information can be found at the Study Abroad COVID-19 website.

Currently, there are no quarantine requirements for travelers entering Arkansas from both domestic and international locations. 

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