Letter from the Chancellor #2: March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear University of Arkansas Community,

I have another important update to share this afternoon:

The University of Arkansas is suspending university-sponsored all 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.

I understand that this decision will impact many on our campus but we feel it is in the best interest of the health and well-being of all involved. Governor Asa Hutchinson will be signing an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Arkansas this afternoon and is also limiting official travel outside the state. Gov. Hutchinson’s recent declaration that state employees must seek cabinet-approval to travel out of state for the next 60 days does not apply to higher ed, however the COVID-19 steering committee recommended this approach for our campus given it aligns with the governor’s direction, growing campus concerns, and WHO upgrade to pandemic status.

Thank you and please continue to check for the latest updates on the university’s Coronavirus Update site.

Joe Steinmetz, Ph.D.



February 8, 2021 Vaccination update: Second doses planned January 27, 2021 Recording of panel discussion available January 26, 2021 Appointments for new groups of employees January 22, 2021 Appointments required for vaccination January 22, 2021 Panel to discuss respons, vaccine rollout January 21, 2021 Eligibility letters sent to employees January 16, 2021 Patience requested, Phase 1-B will take time January 13, 2021 Most employees eligible for vaccination January 5, 2021 Drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic December 16, 2020 Spring COVID-19 Response Guide November 20, 2020 Get tested before the break October 8, 2020 Staying the course after Thanksgiving September 30, 2020 Drive-thru flu vaccines September 22, 2020 Cases decline September 16, 2020 On-campus events resume September 9, 2020 Contact tracing, self-reporting September 4, 2020 On-campus events suspended September 2, 2020 Self-reporting, reporting violations, dashboard August 31,2020 COVID-19 testing, drive-thru clinic August 20, 2020 Health kits distibution August 14, 2020 Keep Teaching resource launches July 17, 2020 Masks required June 1, 2020 Return to Campus Guide May 22, 2020 Fall plans being finalized May 12, 2020 Essential research allowed May 4, 2020 CARES Act funding distribution plans April 30, 2020 Looking ahead to the fall April 20, 2020 CARES Act April 8, 2020 Credits, tuition, commencement April 2, 2020 Determined to help March 25, 2020 Adjusting to a new normal (video) March 23, 2020 First COVID-19 case involving U of A community March 18, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in NWA March 12, 2020 In-person classes suspended March 11, 2020 University travel suspended March 11, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in Arkansas