Letter from the Provost: January 22, 2021

Dear Students:

I hope you are doing well and settling in this semester. I know some of you have questions about how COVID-19 is currently impacting us or maybe about what’s coming next.

With this in mind, I’d like to encourage you to participate in a campus wide virtual panel discussion focused on the university’s Spring COVID-19 Response and Beyond. The virtual event is set for Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 2-3 p.m. and you can register now with your uark.edu email address. You can submit a suggested topic or question when you register.

As you are likely aware, university employees are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations under the state’s phased vaccination plan. Unfortunately, most students are not yet eligible. As a part of the panel discussion, we’ll address the vaccine rollout, provide an overview of our spring COVID-19 response, and examine how the pandemic may impact summer and fall planning, among other topics.

Panelists include:

  • Terry Martin, senior vice provost for academic affairs
  • Huda Sharaf, medical director of the Pat Walker Health Center
  • Flo Johnson, assistant vice chancellor for university housing
  • Steve Krogull, associate vice chancellor for information technology
  • Matt Mills, director of U of A emergency management
  • Melissa Harwood-Rom, dean of students

We will keep you informed of the latest developments. And please continue to visit the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Response Guide for the latest updates.


Charles F. Robinson
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Professor of History


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