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.