What You Need to Know

Please use the searchable list below for the latest details on the University of Arkansas’s COVID-19 Response, including resources, safety guidelines and required precautions and policies. Additional information can be found in the Returning to Campus Guide, Additional questions can be sent to feedback@uark.edu.

Safety Guidelines and Requirements

All faculty, staff and students are receiving personal protection kits for the Fall Semester with masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and thermometers as well as a tip sheet for staying safe and healthy.

Face Coverings

The use of appropriate cloth face coverings is important for the health and well-being of our campus community. Face coverings should cover both the nose and mouth.

The following requirements apply to all students, employees and visitors on campus. The requirements do not apply to individuals with documented medical conditions where masks cannot be worn.  We anticipate that members of the campus community will cooperate with the Governor’s Executive Order and City of Fayetteville face covering requirements when off-campus, as well.

Indoors: Face Coverings Required in Campus Buildings

Face coverings are required at all times indoors on campus with the following limited exceptions:

  1. A face covering may be removed in a private office or private room when no one else is present.
  2. In residence halls, face coverings may be removed in private rooms as well as in community bathrooms for accomplishing tasks such as brushing teeth or showering.
  3. Face coverings may be removed while dining but should be worn before eating and replaced as soon as possible after eating.
  4. Face coverings may be removed during exercise in University Recreation-operated facilities as long as other UREC COVID-19 protocols are followed.
  5. Face coverings may be removed for participants during sanctioned activities such as music rehearsals and performances, Razorback Athletics workouts, practices and contests unless otherwise required by the University’s athletic conference or governing body.

Outdoors: Face Coverings Required When Social Distancing Cannot Be Maintained

Face coverings are required outdoors when social distancing of six feet can’t be assured.

We expect our community to comply with the use of face coverings in all required settings. Those not complying with use of face coverings will be asked to leave and return with a face covering. The university is prepared to enforce these requirements through educational conversations and, if necessary, instituting Code of Student Life disciplinary actions for students or utilizing progressive discipline for employees.

These requirements were developed based on guidance provided by Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s executive order requiring face coverings in all public buildings where social distancing isn’t possible and similar guidance from the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the City of Fayetteville.

Social Distancing

Social distancing – staying at least 6-feet apart - reduces the spread of COVID-19. What does 6-feet look like? It’s like leaving enough room for two refrigerators or one Tusk V to stand between you and the person closest to you.

Classes are being reconfigured to allow for social distancing, with numbered seats that are at least 6-feet apart. Flexible schedules to allow for smaller class sizes and larger venues are also being put into place. Classes will be streamed and recorded on video as well, so those who may be self-isolating will have access to their classrooms and stay on track.

Contact Tracing, Testing and Quarantine Protocols

For information about on-campus COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and quarantine protocols, please see the COVID-19 Testing, Tracing and Quarantine section.

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.

Restrooms will be a focus area for high use/touch disinfection throughout each day. Efforts are underway to provide touchless soap dispensers in all restrooms.

Hand sanitizer stations are located in all major entrances and in large classrooms. Additional stations may be installed in other public areas as needed.

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.

Except for drinking fountains with a touch-free bottle filler, all traditional drinking fountains will be disabled until further notice. Facilities Management will work towards a prioritized and equitable plan for replacing traditional drinking fountains with bottle fill stations over the next several months.

Classroom Flexibility and Modes of Instruction

A blended approach will be used for classes in the fall, with expanded schedules for in-person classes to allow for smaller class size and social distancing, as well as a shift of some classes to online format or a combination of the two. Additionally, all classes will be available on video for students who may need to social distance. Please continue to check schedules in UAConnect to be aware with each class’s location and method of delivery before the first day.

Students will be able to attend in person classes remotely if they choose to do so.  In-person classes will all be recorded and many if not most will have live-streamed (synchronous) delivery that allow real-time interaction as well.

Students who wish to change the mode of class delivery may request to do so. However, not all modes are available for all classes. To request remote delivery of in-person classes, please consult with your instructor. To request to change sections from online or remote delivery to an in-person class, please consult your advisor. You can see if another section is available through UAConnect. Not all modes are available for all classes.

Various modes of instruction may appear on your schedule. Below are definitions of frequently used terms:

Online Courses: Are intentionally designed for online delivery and have been traditionally offered through a remote or distance environment. While some synchronous interaction may be involved in an online course, the bulk of instructional content is typically delivered asynchronously.

Remote Courses: Are intended to be a temporary shift from normal in-person teaching to the distance delivery of course content. Remote courses are delivered synchronously at a scheduled time and use technology to allow instructor-student interaction and small-group active learning strategies. Students are expected to access the class at the scheduled time and participate in any scheduled activities during that scheduled time. While some content or activities may be asynchronous in remote courses, the bulk of the course will be delivered in the synchronous and interactive environment.

In-person Courses: All students are expected to attend class at a designated physical location and the instructor is present, in person, to lead learning activities for the entire class following appropriate social distancing measures. During this pandemic or during any crisis situation, to the extent possible, lectures in in-person courses at the University of Arkansas will be recorded and live-streamed and made available to students who need to attend remotely.

Hybrid Courses: Are a combination of in-person instruction and remotely delivered instruction.  While several models exist for hybrid delivery, at the University of Arkansas the intent is that all students will attend a in-person class, in a defined sub-group of the entire class, on an alternating and scheduled frequency. The remainder of the class attends remotely via synchronous and interactive technology. All interactive sessions in a hybrid course will be recorded and made available to you in Blackboard.

Daily Health Checks

All faculty and staff are required to do daily health checks through Workday. Those health checks will be used by HR and sent to supervisors every evening to provide a snapshot on the health of our campus.

COVID-19 Testing, Contact tracing
and Quarantine

Testing, reporting and quarantine protocols are in place for when a positive case is reported on campus to ensure that students who may have to quarantine or self-isolate will have access to food and regular health checks as well as access to online and remote alternatives for their classes so they can stay on track. For details on other safety guidelines, please visit the Safety Guidelines and Requirements section

On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

Pat Walker Health Center offers nasal swab PCR tests for active COVID-19 infections and is available to all students, faculty and staff who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been identified as a contact of an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. Asymptomatic testing will be conducted as supplies, test kits and capacity allow.

Appointments are required for testing. Those who wish to be tested must call Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451, option 1. Before on-site testing is scheduled, a Telehealth visit with a Pat Walker Health Center provider is required. No unscheduled testing is available at this time. Test results will be provided by a health center provider or nurse through secure message and/or phone.

Anyone experiencing symptoms are instructed to isolate while awaiting results and make a list of close contacts beginning 48-hours before symptoms started. If COVID-19 test results are positive, they will be given additional instructions for isolation and a representative from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will contact them.

Anyone tested after being identified as a close contact with a positive test result are required to quarantine for 14-days from the last contact date, regardless of test result. If positive, they will be required to follow ADH protocol as noted above.

Costs associated with COVID-19 screening and testing will vary based on individual insurance plans. If you have insurance, that company will be billed. If you do not have insurance, there is no charge

Other NWA testing sites, COVID facts and resources can be found on the COVID website.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing for all Arkansas colleges and universities will be conducted by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Department of Health. Campus leaders are actively working with UAMS officials to ensure preparedness plans are in place and proper precautions are taken if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19. In addition, multiple UA members have completed online training for contact tracing, which will help to better educate our campus community about the case investigation and contact tracing process under the direction of UAMS, ADH and the Division of Higher Education.

Students

Academic Support, Advising and Access

Colleges and schools are communicating directly to their students regarding alternative advising methods. For additional advising resources and questions about changing modes of class delivery see the section on Classroom Flexibility and Modes of instruction below and visit advising.uark.edu.

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.

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 June 1, 2020 report and July 15, 2020 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 may 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 that prioritizes safety that includes virtual tools, social distancing, health and wellness checks and enhancing cleaning and disinfecting techniques.

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 libraries reopen Aug. 10, 2020 and remote access to library resources and other online research resources continues to be available. Students can also use a 24/7 chat service through the library website as well. Additional details on access are available here.

New Student Orientation

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 your 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.

Safety Guidelines and Requirements

All faculty, staff and students are receiving personal protection kits for the Fall Semester with masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and thermometers as well as a tip sheet for staying safe and healthy. For more details on safety measures and requirements, please visit the Safety Guidelines and Requirements section above in addition to contact tracing and on-campus COVID-19 testing.

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 – including computer lab, multimedia software and audio recording and editing rooms - is open on the third floor of the Arkansas Union near the food court from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The earlier closing time allows staff to disinfect the facility before the Arkansas Union closes at 10 p.m.

Laptops, DSLRs and other checkout equipment will continue to be available for use outside of the facility.

Limitations for equipment and services include:

  • Consoles, VR headsets and other gaming equipment used inside the facility are not available.
  • Recording studios and other areas can be reserved with limited capacity.
  • Print jobs will be sent to the Tech Spot lab in the Arkansas Union.
  • The mezzanine will remain closed.

The Student Tech Center will follow social distancing measures, as well as an increased cleaning schedule:

  • Workstations will be sanitized after every use with Lysol and alcohol wipes, and the keyboard will be turned upside down to indicate the station is sanitized and ready for use.
  • Staff will clean seating areas and other high use areas such as staplers, door handles, etc. at least every 30 minutes.
  • Checkout equipment and carrying bags will be disinfected before being checked out again. 

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

Tuition and Housing costs has been held to the 2019 level for the Fall 2020 semester. Detailed tuition and fees information can be found on the Treasurer’s Office website.

Classroom Flexibility and Modes of Instruction

A blended approach will be used for classes in the fall, with expanded schedules for in-person classes to allow for smaller class size and social distancing, as well as a shift of some classes to online format or a combination of the two. Additionally, all classes will be available on video for students who may need to social distance. Please continue to check schedules in UAConnect to be aware with each class’s location and method of delivery before the first day.

Students will be able to attend in person classes remotely if they choose to do so.  In-person classes will all be recorded and many if not most will have live-streamed (synchronous) delivery that allow real-time interaction as well.

Students who wish to change the mode of class delivery may request to do so. However, not all modes are available for all classes. To request remote delivery of in-person classes, please consult with your instructor. To request to change sections from online or remote delivery to an in-person class, please consult your advisor. You can see if another section is available through UAConnect. Not all modes are available for all classes.

Various modes of instruction may appear on your schedule. Below are definitions of frequently used terms:

Online Courses: Are intentionally designed for online delivery and have been traditionally offered through a remote or distance environment. While some synchronous interaction may be involved in an online course, the bulk of instructional content is typically delivered asynchronously.

Remote Courses: Are intended to be a temporary shift from normal in-person teaching to the distance delivery of course content. Remote courses are delivered synchronously at a scheduled time and use technology to allow instructor-student interaction and small-group active learning strategies. Students are expected to access the class at the scheduled time and participate in any scheduled activities during that scheduled time. While some content or activities may be asynchronous in remote courses, the bulk of the course will be delivered in the synchronous and interactive environment.

In-person Courses: All students are expected to attend class at a designated physical location and the instructor is present, in person, to lead learning activities for the entire class following appropriate social distancing measures. During this pandemic or during any crisis situation, to the extent possible, lectures in in-person courses at the University of Arkansas will be recorded and live-streamed and made available to students who need to attend remotely.

Hybrid Courses: Are a combination of in-person instruction and remotely delivered instruction.  While several models exist for hybrid delivery, at the University of Arkansas the intent is that all students will attend a in-person class, in a defined sub-group of the entire class, on an alternating and scheduled frequency. The remainder of the class attends remotely via synchronous and interactive technology. All interactive sessions in a hybrid course will be recorded and made available to you in Blackboard.

Faculty and Staff

Health Screening

A daily COVID-19 Employee Health Self-Assessment is required for all U of A employees whether working remotely or on campus. The online assessment is 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.

On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

Pat Walker Health Center offers nasal swab PCR tests for active COVID-19 infections and is available to all students, faculty and staff who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. More details can be found in the COVID-19 Testing, Tracing and Quarantine section.

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

Remote Work and Teaching Resources

Faculty support and enhanced teaching strategies for remote, online or flexible learning are available at https://keepteaching.uark.edu/ and 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.

Safety Guidelines and Requirements

All faculty, staff and students are receiving personal protection kits for the Fall Semester with masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and thermometers as well as a tip sheet for staying safe and healthy. For more details on safety measures and requirements, please visit the Safety Guidelines and Requirements section above as well as information on contact tracing and on-campus COVID-19 testing.

Classroom Flexibility and Modes of Instruction

A blended approach will be used for classes in the fall, with expanded schedules for in-person classes to allow for smaller class size and social distancing, as well as a shift of some classes to online format or a combination of the two. Additionally, all classes will be available on video for students who may need to social distance. Please continue to check schedules in UAConnect to be aware with each class’s location and method of delivery before the first day.

Students will be able to attend in person classes remotely if they choose to do so.  In-person classes will all be recorded and many if not most will have live-streamed (synchronous) delivery that allow real-time interaction as well.

Students who wish to change the mode of class delivery may request to do so. However, not all modes are available for all classes. To request remote delivery of in-person classes, please consult with your instructor. To request to change sections from online or remote delivery to an in-person class, please consult your advisor. You can see if another section is available through UAConnect. Not all modes are available for all classes.

Various modes of instruction may appear on your schedule. Below are definitions of frequently used terms:

Online Courses: Are intentionally designed for online delivery and have been traditionally offered through a remote or distance environment. While some synchronous interaction may be involved in an online course, the bulk of instructional content is typically delivered asynchronously.

Remote Courses: Are intended to be a temporary shift from normal in-person teaching to the distance delivery of course content. Remote courses are delivered synchronously at a scheduled time and use technology to allow instructor-student interaction and small-group active learning strategies. Students are expected to access the class at the scheduled time and participate in any scheduled activities during that scheduled time. While some content or activities may be asynchronous in remote courses, the bulk of the course will be delivered in the synchronous and interactive environment.

In-person Courses: All students are expected to attend class at a designated physical location and the instructor is present, in person, to lead learning activities for the entire class following appropriate social distancing measures. During this pandemic or during any crisis situation, to the extent possible, lectures in in-person courses at the University of Arkansas will be recorded and live-streamed and made available to students who need to attend remotely.

Hybrid Courses: Are a combination of in-person instruction and remotely delivered instruction.  While several models exist for hybrid delivery, at the University of Arkansas the intent is that all students will attend a in-person class, in a defined sub-group of the entire class, on an alternating and scheduled frequency. The remainder of the class attends remotely via synchronous and interactive technology. All interactive sessions in a hybrid course will be recorded and made available to you in Blackboard.

Campus Operations

The university is welcoming back students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2020 semester. It had operated under 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.

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.

Restrooms will be a focus area for high use/touch disinfection throughout each day. Efforts are underway to provide touchless soap dispensers in all restrooms.

Hand sanitizer stations are located in all major entrances and in large classrooms. Additional stations may be installed in other public areas as needed.

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.

Except for drinking fountains with a touch-free bottle filler, all traditional drinking fountains will be disabled until further notice. Facilities Management will work towards a prioritized and equitable plan for replacing traditional drinking fountains with bottle fill stations over the next several months.

Dining

Dining services, including the Union Food Court, will reopen to full service Aug. 10. You can check current schedules for dining facilities and other on-campus dining options at the Dine on Campus website.

Housing

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

Library

The libraries reopen Aug. 10, 2020, with pick-up service beginning July 20, 2020. However remote access to library resources and other online research resources continues to be available. Students can also use a 24/7 chat service through the library website as well. Additional details on access are available here.

Parking and Transit

Razorback Transit bus service is running reduced routes and increased other precautionary measures to support the health and safety of passengers. Face coverings are required on all Razorback Transit busses..

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 and mental health care. Please visit the health center website for current hours of operation and information about available in-person, telehealth and mental health services.

Pat Walker Health Center offers nasal swab PCR tests for active COVID-19 infections and is available to all students, faculty and staff who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. More details can be found in the COVID-19 Testing, Tracing and Quarantine section.

Safety Guidelines and Requirements

All faculty, staff and students are receiving personal protection kits for the Fall Semester with masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and thermometers as well as a tip sheet for staying safe and healthy. For more details on safety measures and requirements, please visit the Safety Guidelines and Requirements section above as well as information on contact tracing and on-campus COVID-19 testing.

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 is open seven days a week and the Food Court reopens Aug. 10. The Post Office is open Monday-Friday with full mail services, including UPS, FedEx and DHL service.

Union Hours

Sunday: 12 pm-10 pm

Monday-Friday: 7 am-10 pm

Saturday: 9 am-10 pm

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

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

UREC

University Recreation is open with limited hours of operation and activities. Additional details can be found on the UREC website.

Events

The University of Arkansas has developed a policy for campus events that requires a review and approval process based on public health considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy, which supplements the university's existing policy on facilities use, is intended to align with guidance issued by the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Health.

The new policy will be in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency or until otherwise determined by the chancellor. The policy covers on-campus gatherings hosted by an official U of A unit, registered student organization or approved through the university's reservation process. Scheduled classes and informal small groups do not fall under this policy.

Event organizers must agree to abide by all applicable COVID-19 directives of the ADH, state of Arkansas and U of A. Failure to comply with these directives may result in suspension or termination of the event. Organizers are also required to submit a Campus Events and COVID-19 Authorization and Approval Form to their designated university officials for review and approval.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • Each event reviewed through this process is to be approved on a case-by-case basis, based on considerations of public health and safety.
  • Large gatherings are discouraged (and may not be allowed) at least through the end of the fall semester.
  • Approved events may be cancelled or altered if public health concerns warrant a change in conditions.
  • Online and virtual events are encouraged.
  • The Arkansas Union will operate under modified hours and adjustments will be made according to the rhythms of campus and in accordance with all university, state and health department guidance.
  • Approved events shall use sanitation protocols and social distancing practices.
  • Event sponsors (other than official UA units) must agree to hold the University harmless for any risk of harm or illness to participants that may results from the event.
  • Food service (if offered) will be limited to individual portions. Buffet or self-service will not be offered.

Event organizers should also keep a record of their event approval as well as a list of their event participants. A maintained list of event attendees is helpful in the event of a need for contact tracing.

The requirements for approving events differ depending on the size of the event and whether or not members of the public are invited to attend. The following policies are subject to change based on updates to any applicable policies or event guidance from the state of Arkansas or the university regarding on-campus events:

Campus Community Events Without Members of the Public

  • 100 or fewer attendees shall require social distancing and face coverings. Requires approval of unit director or department head/chair.
  • More than 100 attendees shall require social distancing and face coverings. Requires approval of unit director/department head/chair, dean (or designee), and vice chancellor.

Campus Community Events With Members of the Public

  • 100 or fewer attendees shall require social distancing and face covering. Requires approval of unit director/department head/chair, dean (or designee), and vice chancellor.
  • More than 100 attendees shall require social distancing and face covering. Requires approval of unit director/ department chair, dean (or designee), and vice chancellor as well as submission to and approval by the Arkansas Department of Health at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event.

Travel

All university-sanctioned and sponsored out-of-state travel – both domestic and international — is suspended until further notice. Faculty, staff and students requesting an appeal for international travel should follow request and reporting procedures outlined in Academic Policy 1835.00 International Travel of Students, Faculty and Staff. Final appeals may be sent to the appropriate vice chancellor in special circumstances.

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.