Latest Information

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. 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.

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.

On-campus study rooms are available for students to use for remote classes. A searchable schedule of times and locations is available through the Registrar’s Office.

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, Reporting, TRACING
AND QUARANTINE

Testing, reporting, isolation 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. On and off-campus students who have tested positive and are isolating will have 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. Additional information on testing and quarantine and isolation process can be found on the Pat Walker Health Center website.

Testing

Pat Walker Health Center (PWHC) offers on-campus COVID-19 testing by appointment for all university students and employees five days a week.

Those who wish to be tested must call Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451, option 1. A Telehealth visit with a Pat Walker Health Center provider may be recommended. No unscheduled testing is available at this timeIf you are unsure if you need to be tested, please call Pat Walker Health Center to speak with a medical provider.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for students or employees getting tested for COVID-19 through Pat Walker Health Center.

Results of tests conducted by Pat Walker Health Center take generally two to three days to receive back. Your medical provider will contact you with your test results either by phone or through a secure message to your email.

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

Self-Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Case

If you were tested off-campus, have received a positive test for COVID-19 you must self-report your case to U of A Emergency Management using this online self-reporting form.

If you were tested on-campus you do not need to self-report as your case information has already been provided directly to Emergency Management by the university.

Notification Process for Positive COVID-19 Cases

This flow chart details the U of A’s reporting, isolation, notification and other safety procedures for when a positive case is reported to U of A Emergency Management.

Self-Isolation and Quarantine

If COVID-19 test results are positive, you will be given additional instructions for care and isolation and a representative from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will contact you to begin the contact tracing process.

Anyone identified as a close contact with an individual who has a positive test result is required to get tested and quarantine for 14-days from the last contact date, even if their own test is negative.

Where Should You Quarantine/Isolate?

  • On-Campus Residents: University Housing has space dedicated to quarantining and isolating students living on campus. Students living on campus can also opt to return home for quarantine or isolation.
  • Off-Campus Students: At your home residence or somewhere you have a separate room and bathroom. You will need to separate yourself from family and friends. Do not use shared living spaces.  Make sure there is someone at the residence (or you can call) who can help you with basic needs and support like groceries and prescription medicines. You should not leave your home except to get medical care. Students needing help can also contact U of A Cares for additional support.

Release from Quarantine/Isolation

Arkansas Department of Health provides release letters for individuals who are released from quarantine or isolation.  To return to campus, students must send a copy of their letter to the Dean of Students office via email at uacares@uark.edu.  Faculty and staff must send a copy to their supervisor.  Graduate Assistants must send a copy to their supervisor and to the Dean of Students office via email at uacares@uark.edu.  In absence of the Arkansas Department of Health letter, the university will also accept a letter from the medical physician who ordered the test or the individuals primary physician.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing for all Arkansas colleges and universities will be conducted by UAMS in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Department of Health.

If you have tested positive — or been identified as a close contact — UAMS contact tracers will reach out to you via phone. You will also receive a call from ADH case investigators.

Contact tracing and isolation of people with COVID-19 and close contacts is critical to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It is very important to answer the call. If you do not answer, they will leave a generic message (with no private details) and ask you to call them back. The most frequent numbers contact tracers will call from are listed below, although they may call for other phone numbers as well.

ADH Case Investigators will call from:

  • 1-833-283-2019
  • 1-877-272-6819
  • 1-800-803-7847

UAMS Contact Tracers will call from:

  • 501-214-2410
  • 501-686-5875

The information you provide is protected health information, so it is kept private. Contact tracers only reach out to those you have been in close contact with you (within six feet for at least 15-minutes) but will not share your name unless you give permission.

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 Student Success Center provide tutoring, writing support and academic coaching for students on campus and those learning remotely through online chat and by appointment. Supplemental instruction is also available through Blackboard Collaborate.

The Remote Learning Feedback module in Blackboard is also available to help students who have questions or are experiencing issues with remote or online learning formats. The online form will send questions or concerns to the Student Success Office where someone is available to help students navigate a new learning environment and resolve any issues a student may be facing as quickly as possible. Remote learning can be a dynamic and engaging mode of learning, but there are bound to be struggles in any learning format, and we want to reduce barriers to ensure students’ academic progress is not disrupted.

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.

Available Study and Remote Access Spaces

On-campus spaces and places to participate in remote classes can be found through a searchable schedule of times and locations through the Office of the Registrar. Information can be searched by time and day of the week and will be updated regularly as additional classrooms and outdoor space becomes available.

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.

The University of Arkansas has distributed $7.4 million in CARES Act emergency grants to eligible students for costs incurred as a result of COVID-19, but funds remain and will be distributed to students through a new application process on a first-applied, first-served basis.

See the university’s overview for more details including eligibility requirements and information about the application and distribution process.

CARES Act grants are 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 reportJuly 15, 2020 report and Sept. 30, 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 non-essential university-sanctioned and coordinated Spring 2021 study abroad programs have been suspended. 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.

On-campus study rooms are available for students to use for remote classes. A searchable schedule of times and locations is available through the Registrar’s Office.

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.

On-campus study rooms are available for students to use for remote classes. A searchable schedule of times and locations is available through the Registrar’s Office.

Campus Operations

The university has implemented extensive cleaning and operational protocols to keep the campus community safe and healthy from community spread and airborne transmission of COVID-19 while also complying 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 are 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 have been disabled until further notice. Facilities Management is working on a prioritized and equitable plan for replacing traditional drinking fountains with bottle fill stations over the next several months.

The University has taken actions to ensure heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) are optimized (e.g., maximizing outside air and high performance filtration) to minimize risks of airborne transmission when other safety measures such as face coverings and social distancing are in use.

Dining

Dining services, including the Union Food Court, are open with full service. You can check current schedules for dining facilities and other on-campus dining options at the Dine on Campus website.

Housing

For information on housing-related information, visit the U of A Housing website.

Library

The libraries are open for in-person service on campus 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.

Parking and Transit

To support the health and safety of passengers and the U of A community, Razorback Transit bus service is running regular routes with reduced capacity on each bus to allow for social distancing. Masks are required on all buses and each bus is sanitized multiple times a day to support the health and safety of passengers.

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 non-essential university-sanctioned and coordinated travel – both domestic and international – is restricted until further notice.

Exceptions may be granted based on the necessity of travel and determined on a case-by-case basis through the appropriate Dean or equivalent for support units. Appeals to a Dean’s decision (or the decision of an equivalent for support units) may be made to the appropriate Vice Chancellor. Exceptions for club or organization, academic, research, or athletic travel may be granted in accordance with CDC, ADH, and NCAA guidance and other university travel office policies or state travel regulations.

Travelers seeking an appeal for domestic travel are required to submit a Domestic Travel Appeal Form to their designated university officials for review and approval. International travel must adhere to Academic Policy 1835.00

Travel is restricted; however, the following factors may be used when making decisions for exceptions for essential travel, including but not limited to:

  • Necessity of travel; there is an institutional or professional necessity for travel and lack of non-travel alternatives. 
  • Risk factors for travel; location of travel, risk of infection associated with travel mode and locations, community infection rates at destination, travel duration, potential for exposure at the event or activity, potential for quarantine or isolation upon arrival and return.
  • Planned risk mitigation; awareness of local regulations and laws to prevent infection, social distancing, appropriate face coverings, personal sanitation and hygiene, safe transportation arrangements, sanitary and safe housing arrangements, planned safe meals and entertainment, personal interaction and meetings, contact tracing following exposure to infected individuals or groups, and response to potential positive tests upon return. 
  • For student travel, an accompanying faculty or staff is required to ensure CDC, ADH or NCAA guidelines are being followed. 

All non-essential university-sanctioned and coordinated Spring 2021 study abroad programs have been suspended. More information can be found at the Study Abroad COVID-19 website.

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