Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University of Arkansas continues to work closely with public health officials at all levels to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases, become life-threatening.

The university’s COVID-19 Response Team, convened by Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, is assisting the university’s Communicable Diseases Committee in coordinating activities designed to support our community’s health and well-being while developing and implementing plans to limit the impact to university operations.

The university is aligning its prevention and preparation efforts with guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Arkansas Department of Health.

Please note: Guidance from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and university may change rapidly given the fluidity of the situation. Any changes will be updated here.

"I encourage everyone to remain supportive, respectful, and empathetic to one another as we move forward through this difficult situation. We’re all in this together."

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.

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.

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What You Need to Know About COVID-19

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a highly contagious virus that mild-to-severe respiratory illness in people that can spread from person-to-person. This communicable disease — now being referred to as COVID-19 — was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China, and has spread to other international locations, including the United States.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has since classified the outbreak as a pandemic.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The main way COVID-19 can spread from person-to-person is through respiratory droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.

Transmission may also occur when a person touches a surface or object that has virus on it and then touches his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes

People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.

Studies suggest the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air. 

It is possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has no symptoms, however at this time it is considered to be low probability.

Public health officials continue to assess ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is transmitted. 

Reported illness have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Some patients may also have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

If you are sick with a respiratory illness, keep from spreading it to others:

  • Stay home when you are sick and isolate yourself from others.
  • Contact your medical provider before seeking medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, vaping devices or anything that can spread the virus to others.

For most people, COVID-19 symptoms are mild and recover with supportive care, however older adults and those with underlying health conditions are at a higher risk of complications.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 seek medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 other than supportive care for symptoms, however studies are underway to develop a vaccine.

The risk from COVID-19 can be broken down into risk of exposure versus risk of serious illness and death.

Risk of exposure:

  • The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states.
  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk dependent on the location.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locationswhere community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.

Risk of Severe Illness:

  • Over 60 years of age
  • With underlying health conditions including include heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • With weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant

There is currently no vaccine to protect against contracting COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

You can reduce your risk by taking the same measures as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if soap/water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue. 

Additional measures have also been taken at the state, local and university level to help stop the spread.

Even if you are young, or otherwise health — you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. Community support is critical to help stop the spread:

  • Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people, especially with those at a higher risk of complications.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts – Use drive-thru, pick-up and delivery options as applicable.
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel such has social visits, shopping or out-of-state travel.

The CDC has a guide for individuals, families and communities on prevention and mitigation of the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. These steps include many of those listed above for personal health, as well as others relevant for broader community efforts.

The U.S. government has also imposed travel restrictions and screening and quarantine requirements for travelers. The CDC also recommends travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide.

Follow the CDC’s travel health notices or the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories.

Frequently Asked Questions

Health, Wellness and Prevention

If you have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) contact your health care provider either online or by phone to be screened for symptoms and receive any necessary next steps.

You can contact Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451.

Self-Quarantine if you exhibit symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with others in the community.

Please review the “What You Need to Know About COVID-19” section on this site for detailed information regarding COVID-19, how its transmitted, symptoms and treatment, prevention and additional resources

If you had direct contact (within 6 feet for an extended period) with someone who has COVID-19, please contact a health care professional immediately and begin to self-quarantine – stay at home and avoid contact with others in the community and in your home.

  • Students, faculty and staff can call Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451 (option 1) to speak with a Triage nurse to determine if screen criteria are met and testing is needed.
  • The time between exposure to the COVID-19 virus and onset of symptoms is typically 2 to 14 days. 
  • If you or your roommate are sick — and unable to self-isolate from one another — the use of a mask and additional preventive measures are strongly encouraged.

If you were not in direct contact, you do not need to self-quarantine. If symptoms of fever, significant cough or shortness of breath develop in the 14 days of being in an affected area, call the Pat Walker Health Center or of your local health provider.

Practice Social Distancing

  • Avoid groups of 10 or more peoples, particularly in close proximity
  • Keep six feet of distance from others.
    • COVID-19 is a contact illness. Keeping distance will prevent body or clothes contact. A six-foot distance from others helps prevent being coughed or sneezed on and will help you to stay well and prevent you from carrying the virus to those who can become very ill.

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash your Hands frequently with soap and water. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately. Do not use a handkerchief.

Self-Quarantine:

  • If you exhibit symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with others in the community or at home.
  • If you have symptoms contact your health care provider either online or by phone to be screened for symptoms and receive any necessary next steps.
  • If you experience extreme symptoms including high fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms please seek immediate medical attention by contacting your health care provider

Stay Informed:

  • Please review the “What You Need to Know About COVID-19” section on this site for detailed information regarding COVID-19, how its transmitted, symptoms and treatment, prevention and additional resources
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arkansas State Health Department (ADH) websites for information and changes in recommendations.

Screening for COVID-19 is the process in which a health professional determines if a person is at risk for coronavirus infection and further testing is required. Pat Walker Health Center is requiring all visitors to fill out a screening form upon arrival for medical or mental health appointment.

Please contact your primary care provider for further instructions if you feel that you have been exposed and need testing. DO NOT ENTER A MEDICAL FACILITY WITHOUT CALLING FIRST.

Not everyone should be tested for coronavirus, however community screening clinics and hotlines are available:

PAT WALKER HEALTH CENTER:

Students, faculty and staff can should call 479-575-4451 (option 1) to speak with a Triage nurse to determine if screen criteria are met and testing is needed. In addition, Pat Walker Health Center is requiring all visitors to fill out a screening form upon arrival for medical or mental health appointment.

Arkansas Department of Health:

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus.

  • During normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), call 1-800-803-7847
  • Email CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov.
  • For after-hours and urgent calls needing immediate response, call 501-661-2136.

WASHINGTON REGIONAL COVID-19 SCREENING CLINIC:
Washington Regional is operating a COVID-19 Screening Clinic at 3318 N. North Hills Boulevard in Fayetteville. Hours of operation will be 10 am - 10 pm, 7 days per week.

People who suspect they have symptoms of the virus will be evaluated to identify their risk factors, including history of fever and respiratory symptoms. 

Those that screen at risk for Coronavirus infection will have specimens obtained for further testing. They will then be asked to return home for self-quarantine until test results become available, or as instructed by the Arkansas Department of Health.

If patients do not screen at risk and do not need further evaluation, they will be asked to return home and follow up with their primary care provider.

UAMS Online Screening:

This screening is intended for use by adult patients (currently located in Arkansas) who consider themselves to be symptomatic of the Novel Coronavirus. Depending on the screening questions answered, an interactive video consult may be conducted, and/or the appropriate authorities/response teams may be notified.

https://healthnow-elink.uams.edu/users/sign_up

For screenings or questions regarding COVID-19, you can also call the UAMS Health hotline at 1-800-632-4502.

For children, call 1-800-743-3616 to speak with an Arkansas Children’s pediatric nurse. Nursing staff will be available for questions and phone screenings 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Students, faculty and staff can call Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451 (option 1) to speak with a Triage nurse to determine if screen criteria are met and testing is needed.

Individuals who meet the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) guidelines/criteria will be tested:

  • Patients with symptoms of acute respiratory infections who are over the age of 65
  • OR patients with chronic medical conditions
  • OR on immunosuppressive medications
  • OR had close contact within the last 14 days with patients suspected or tested positive for COVID-19
  • OR traveled within an affected area within the last 14 days

Please contact your primary care provider for further instructions if you feel that you have been exposed and need testing.

Public health officials are advising against the use of masks for healthy, symptom-free adults. The use of masks is best for those who are experiencing symptoms to avoid spreading the virus to others. In addition, if not used properly, masks may not prevent contracting the virus.

It’s especially important for people who have flu-like symptoms to wear a mask in a health care setting (such as a waiting room) to avoid exposing other people when they cough or sneeze.

The best way to prevent contracting COVID-19 is frequent hand-washing, as well as practicing other key respiratory prevention measures.

Community support is also important. Everyone is encouraged to be respectful if our friends, neighbors or other community members are wearing a mask. It is not safe to assume that they have been exposed to coronavirus or any other illness. Mask use is sometimes customary in certain cultures.

We understand that some community members are concerned and feel over-whelmed. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through Pat Walker Health Center’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). Students can contact CAPS directly at 479-575-5276.

Pat Walker Health Center’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) has transitioned services online only through tele-mental health in an effort to adopt social distancing precautions.

CAPS remains committed to ensuring crucial mental health services are available for students when they need them. Students can call 479-575-5276 for tele-mental health services.

Additional mental health resources are also under the “Additional Resources” section above.

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health Resource

Resources for Students

  • Pat Walker Health Center
    • CAPS • 479-575-5276
    • Medical Services • 479-575-4451 • pwhc@uark.edu
  • Office of the Dean of Students • 479-575-5004
  • International Students & Scholars Office • 479-575-5003 • iss@uark.edu • international students.uark.edu/
  • U of A Cares • 479-575-5004 • uofacares.uark.edu

Resources for Faculty/Staff

There is currently no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover with supportive care, but COVID-19 can be more severe for others and should seek immediate medical attention.

Our Campus

While the university has reduced on-campus operations to essential services to help protect our students and community as the virus continues to spread in the state and nation, the academic semester continues with classes and many other services shifted to an online format.

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. 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.

Most employees are working remotely unless directed otherwise by their supervisor until further notice.

More details can be found in the chancellor’s March 18 letter to campus.

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.

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

For riders with questions about on-demand transportation today, March 19, the Razorback Transit staff will be available until 11 p.m. Passengers may phone 479-575-RIDE (7433).

Parking enforcement will continue on a limited basis.

For students moving off campus between now and April 3, Transit and Parking will allow students during this time to park in any green or red zone near residence halls. Students should not park in designated blue zones, accessible spaces or any fire zones. Parking passes will be available at the zone front desk of your residence hall for check-out.

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.

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. University Housing will provide additional information directly to impacted students. More detailed information is available at housing.uark.edu/coronavirus.

More details can be found in the chancellor’s March 18 letter to campus.

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 campus closings. Our returning students will receive a credit for room and board costs lost due to the coronavirus-related move to remote teaching and learning. The credits will be issued after July 1 and can be utilized toward a student’s general account during the upcoming academic year.

Dining halls are not open during spring break. Beginning March 30, Dining services will only be available at Fulbright Dining Hall and Slim Chickens with carryout service only. Club Red and Hill Coffee Co. will continue operations at this time. You can check current schedules for dining facilities and other on-campus dining options at the Dine on Campus website.

After careful consideration by our staff and campus partners, the Arkansas Union will remain partially open for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Effective March 21st, the Union Living Room and International Connections Lounge will be open Monday - Friday, 7am -5pm, except on university holidays. This means that the west side of the building (meeting rooms, UREC, Food Court, etc.) will remain closed during this time.

The only exception to the west side closure is the first floor post office. Any individuals seeking passports, or any departments wanting to pick up mail may come to the first floor south door (near the parking garage) and will be allowed access through that door Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

The Union is remaining partially open to help support students needing support in the form of campus WiFi access, a change of scenery, or simply a quiet place to study. The Information Desk will remain staffed during these hours, and a custodian will always be present to help continue sanitization, clean restrooms, and perform other building functions. We hope that this space, in addition to Club Red and Hill Coffee Company, can help provide consistency and comfort to the campus in less-than-ordinary times.

The Union will continue to post updates and programmatic changes to its social media accounts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. We wish all our students the best of luck for the remainder of this semester.

Live Group Classes Available by Zoom:

These classes are available to everyone and are offered free of charge. For the weekly schedule and instructions on how to join the class, please visit the group fitness class schedule webpage. 

At-home workouts:

Follow our social media channels @urecarkansas or visit the UREC YouTube channel to access online exercise videos led by a certified group fitness instructors.

Online Programming: 

Commit to Fit: Wednesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 30

Participants will earn points for staying physically active throughout the month of April. This event is free. We encourage each participant to do 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Prizes will be awarded to those who complete 600 minutes during the month of April. Registration opens on Monday, March 30 at https://fitevent.uark.edu

The Post Office in the Union remains open. Any individuals seeking passports, mail services or any departments wanting to pick up mail may come to the first floor south door (near the parking garage) for access.

UPS, FedEx and DHL will be delivering packages to Mailing Services ARKU 105 and available for pickup between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm M-F excluding Holidays. Departmental mail will also be available. Please bring an ID.  In special circumstances, on-campus delivery may be requested. Phone 575-5640 or 575-5649 or email Accountable Mail Processing acctmail@uark.edu If you are already receiving delivery from us, we will also deliver UPS, FedEx and DHL to your location.

The disinfecting of common surfaces is 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. 

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.

The university’s COVID-19 Response Team and Communicable Diseases Committee are coordinating activities designed to support our community’s health and wellbeing and develop plans to minimize the impact to student learning and ensure students and employees who may become ill can be properly supported as they recover and limit the spread of the virus on campus.

COVID-19 has been identified in Fayetteville and in the campus community. The university is coordinating its efforts with public health organizations of all levels to help keep the campus community safe.

The university has taken measures to significantly reduce the risk to the campus community including moving to online instruction for the remainder of the semester and reducing campus operations to essential personnel only.

The campus community is encouraged to take the same precautions it would to avoid respiratory illnesses like the flu – wash hands, avoid large gatherings of people and clean working surfaces.

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.

In addition, Pat Walker Health Center’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) has transitioned all its mental health services online in an effort to align with social distancing precautions. CAPS remains committed to ensuring crucial mental health services are available for all students when they need them. Students can call 479-575-5276 for tele-mental health services or visit health.uark.edu for more information.

In an abundance of caution with the COVID-19 outbreak in the nation affecting Arkansas and the Fayetteville community, the university has canceled all on-campus recruitment events, including campus visits for the remainder of the semester.

However, you can still experience the U of A virtually. And if you have questions, you can find more at the Admissions website or email Admissions staff at uofa@uark.edu.

All of the university's in-person summer camps are canceled through Aug. 31, 2020. Check directly with individual camp contacts regarding any potential plans for virtual camps. 

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.

At this time, The ASAP program and ACT Academy are still planned for this summer. Students will be notified of any programming changes to those academies as the university explores all ways to support incoming students amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Academics

All classes shifted to remote, online format beginning March 16 and continue in online format through Summer Session II ending August 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.

All Summer School sessions will be taught remotely and online through Summer Session II, which ends August 3.

Students who originally hoped to walk at the 2020 Spring Commencement before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, now have the option to attend Fall Commencement ceremonies instead. 

Spring graduates are invited to participate in a combined graduation weekend in conjunction with the fall graduation set for Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. 

Students who had applied to graduate this spring will be contacted by the registrar's office regarding their attendance at fall commencement. 

A message will go to the student's university email account and will be posted on the University of Arkansas Graduation app, which can be downloaded on Google Play or Apple devices. Students will be asked to respond regarding their plans to attend. 

Students who plan to graduate in spring 2020 still need to complete all degree requirements no later than May 7. In addition, graduate students must submit their thesis or dissertation by May 1. The submission process has been modified to allow for digital submissions but the deadline has not changed.  Graduate students can see procedure changes on the graduation checklist for spring 2020

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.

For the remainder of the semester, the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS+) will 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.

Advising accommodations are being developed, and colleges and offices are communicating directly to their students regarding alternative advising methods. If students have additional questions, it is recommended they contact their advisor.

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.

Clinical rotations in the health sciences - except for the online Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner program have been suspended.

Service-learning activities as part of coursework at the undergraduate level have also been suspended.

Beginning Saturday, March 21, 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 except March 27 - the Friday of spring break - when the university is closed. 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.

Wi-Fi and Internet Service

  • Wi-Fi continues to be available throughout campus buildings and outdoor spaces. For those students outside of campus, most internet providers are temporarily suspending caps for data usage.
  • Some internet providers are also offering free internet service for the remainder of the semester.
  • Spectrum internet is making its Wi-Fi hotspots open across its footprint for public and offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.
  • AT&T and Cox are also providing additional help and resources.
  • Comcast is offering two months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus.

The Center for Educational Access is reaching out directly to students who have registered to receive access to accommodations. Additional CEA information regarding COVID-19 is also available online.

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 workshopsone-one-one supportreceive Blackboard course information and access articles, tutorials and other resources.

The Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center also provides a list of faculty resources for coping with the pandemic.

TIPS is a partnership between the university’s Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center, IT Services and Global Campus.

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 studen

If you’re a graduate assistant, please talk to your supervisor about what recent changes to university operations mean for your role. If you’re a teaching assistant, you may be asked to help your faculty member facilitate a class online. GAs will continue to work and be paid, although duties may be a little different with online class delivery.

The University plans to continue paying federally funded work-study students for the hours they are scheduled to work for the remainder of the semester.

Deans may only authorize the continuation of essential research if the principles of social distancing are strictly adhered to (in cases where research may involve more than one individual). For additional details from Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dan Sui, please read his letter to campus.

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.

Employees

The university has implemented the updated campus policy 409.5 Acute Communicable Illnesses: Protective Measures and Leave Procedures in the Event of Outbreak with some modifications.

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

The vast majority of university employees are directed to conduct work remotely.

A limited number of employees who are considered on-site mandatory employees will be asked to work on campus in either a full-time or part-time capacity in order to continue essential services including housing, transit, health care, utilities, IT operation, public safety, care of animals, etc.

More details can be found in the chancellor’s March 18 letter to campus.

ADA accommodations granted during this time will be reviewed after 30 days for potential renewal.   

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.

Access to buildings with cards/fobs remains unchanged moving forward. Essential employees with building keys will be able to access their buildings as well. Employees without building keys will likely be locked out of most buildings on campus until further notice. Please consult your supervisor if you need building access and do not have a key.

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.

Pat Walker Health Center

  • Open 8 am-5pm Monday-Friday 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)

UAMS Northwest

  • COVID-19 UAMS Hotline: A corona virus hotline for people who have questions or feel they may have symptoms.
    • 1-800-632-4502
    • ONLINE SCREENING: UAMS HealthNow is available for free COVID-19 screenings. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to patients of all ages across the state of Arkansas and is accessible from a smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer with video capabilities.
      • UAMSHealth.com/HealthNow

Arkansas Department of Health

  • Call Center: ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public.
    o 1-800-803-7847 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    o 501-661-2136 (afterhours)

Arkansas Children’s Northwest

  • Arkansas Children’s: If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any health concerns call to speak with a pediatric nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    o 1-800-743-3616 (24hrs/7 days a week)

Community Clinic

  • Community Clinic: The following four clinic locations are screening. Patients can call for appointment times.
  • Fayetteville Medical: 3162 W. Martin Luther King Blvd; Suites 13/14, Fayetteville, AR 72704
    • Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Call 479-751-7417 to make an appointment
    • Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.& 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Community Clinic Rogers Medical, 1233 W Poplar St., Rogers, AR 72756
  • Community Clinic Siloam Springs, 500 S Mt Olive, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
  • Community Clinic Springdale, 614 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, AR 72764
  • Elmdale Elementary School-Based Health Center, 420 N. West End St., Springdale, AR 72764

Mercy Northwest Arkansas

  • Mercy NWA COVID-19 Evaluation Site: An evaluation site exclusively for patients who have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath and either have traveled to a high-risk area or have had contact with a known patient. Anyone seeking a test must call Mercy’s Coronavirus Evaluation Site line. Those not pre-screened will be redirected to the call center.
    • Monday - Friday 8am-3pm o Saturday-Sunday8am-12pm o 479-717-7585

Northwest Health System

  • Northwest Medical Plaza - Bentonville COVID-19 Screening and Testing o 601 Southwest Regional Airport Blvd., Bentonville, AR 72713
    • 479-306-7507
  • Northwest Medical Plaza – Eastside COVID-19 Screening and Testing o 2158 Butterfield Coach Rd., Suite 100, Springdale, AR 72764
    • 479-306-7507

Washington Regional Medical Center

  • Washington Regional Coronavirus Hotline: An established hotline to determine if further evaluation or testing is warranted
    • 479-463-2055
    • Available seven days a week, 8a.m.to 6 p.m.
  • Washington Regional Coronavirus Screening Clinic 3318 N. North Hills Boulevard, Fayetteville
    • Open 7 days a week, 10a.m. to 6p.m.
  • Washington Regional Urgent Care Respiratory Illness Clinic: An urgent care facility dedicated to individuals with respiratory illness, but who do not meet the testing criteria at the Washington Regional Coronavirus Screening Clinic. 3 E. Appleby Road, Fayetteville (located in the William L. Bradley Medical Plaza)
    • Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 9p.m.
  • Washington Regional Eureka Springs Family Clinic: Drive-Thru Coronavirus Screening. As patients enter the parking lot, they will be screened for symptoms of the coronavirus. 146 Passion Play Road, Suite A, Eureka Springs
    • Available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Travel and Study Abroad

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

Additionally, all university-sanctioned and coordinated summer & August Intersession study abroad programs have been canceled.

Effective March 23, 2020, all university-sanctioned and coordinated summer & August Intersession study abroad programs have been canceled. We understand that this may create disappointment for many, but students are encouraged to reapply for next year.

This decision impacts all Summer & August Intersession study abroad students on faculty-led programs, the Rome Center, external third-party programs, and summer exchange programs as well as credit-bearing opportunities such as internships, service-learning, research and independent study. More information can be found at the Study Abroad COVID-19 website.

The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Level 3 areas, including Europe.

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.

The CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in most states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19. There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel. Those guidelines can be found on the

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.

If you had direct contact (within 6 feet for an extended period) with someone who has COVID-19, please contact a health care professional immediately and begin to self-quarantine. The time between exposure to the COVID-19 virus and onset of symptoms is typically 2 to 14 days. 

If you were not in direct contact, you do not need to self-quarantine. If symptoms of fever, significant cough or shortness of breath develop in the 14 days of being in an affected area, call the Pat Walker Health Center or of your local health provider. 

The U of A has suspended all university-sponsored out-of-state travel – both domestic and international – until June 1. The suspension could be extended in the future. Appeals may be made to the appropriate vice chancellor.

If you travel, take the following routine precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.

If you have traveled to a country with a CDC risk level of 2 or 3 in the past 14 days, the Arkansas Department of Health may require you to self-isolate for 14 days to prevent the possibility of spreading the virus to others.  Please call ADH at 1-800-803-7847.

You can also contact the ADH Outbreak Response section before or upon returning and they will guide you through the process. Contact ADH at 501-537-8969.

If you begin to experience symptoms, contact Pat Walker Health Center immediately at 479-575-4451 or your medical provider.

Additionally, make sure to do the following:

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when unable to wash hands.

Events

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted to postpone all spring commencement ceremonies until after June 1. But this postponement only affects commencement ceremonies. U of A graduation processes and the conferring of degrees will proceed as normal - including the costs for printing and mailing diplomas, and maintaining the records.

No decisions have been made at this time regarding a potential cancelation of the ceremonies - commencement is only postponed at this time. So the other costs associated with graduation will be required if spring commencement were to be rescheduled for another date for instance. The university's graduation application fee includes the printing and mailing of diplomas, administrative costs for processing and maintaining the records, as well as commencement ceremony expenses.

While we remain committed to honoring our graduates, we understand this postponement is extremely disappointing. We will continue to assess the situation and provide an update regarding commencement ceremonies later this spring. Please continue to check the university's Coronavirus Update site for updates.

While online course instruction will continue, all on-site campus events are canceled until further notice.

The Southeastern Conference has canceled all regular season and non-conference competitions for the remainder of the 2019-2020 athletic year, including all spring football games and remaining SEC championship events.

Information regarding ticket refunds for Arkansas Razorback home events impacted by this cancellation will be available in the coming days for season ticket holders and fans that have purchased single-game tickets. 

Fans can contact the Razorback Ticket Center with any questions by calling 479.575.5151 or by emailing raztk@uark.edu.

The NCAA has also canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.

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