Spring 2022 Information: January 5, 2022

Spring 2022 Information

January 5, 2022

The purpose of this message is to update the campus on our COVID planning as we have returned to campus for the Spring 2022 semester, which started Monday with intersession.  As a campus we continue to watch the spread of the coronavirus throughout our community and across the nation.  While the majority of higher education institutions are returning to campus in the same manner as last semester, we have seen reports that some institutions in Arkansas and beyond are delaying the start of the spring semester while others are starting the semester virtually.   

At this time, we are staying the course and are planning for a semester as we ended the last:

  • Masking is required inside the classrooms at all times and inside educational and general-purpose buildings when at least 6-feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • We began intersession and will begin the regular semester with in-person instruction where planned.
  • Offices and departments set for opening Jan. 3 have done so under their normal operational status and are set to welcome students.
  • University guidelines for isolation time, for those who receive a positive test result, as well as quarantine time, for unvaccinated individuals with close contact to positive cases, remains at 10 days. However, we are evaluating the new CDC guidance for the general public (isolation times shortened from 10 to five days, with five days of diligent masking following) and awaiting additional guidance specific to institutions of higher education. 
  • We continue to strongly encourage vaccination and booster shots, which we know to be among the best strategies for mitigation of the COVID-19 virus, along with frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer and masks.
  • Supplies including disposable masks, hand sanitizer, wipes and sanitizing spray are available. Employees should ask building executives to contact central supply for replenishment. Student supply kits are available for pickup at the information desk in the Arkansas Union during normal operating hours.

We will continue to communicate and reinforce these protocols including collaborating with students and student leaders to help spread the word.

We have been successful on our campus in keeping positive case numbers low by following this guidance for our safe return in the spring and the fall of 2021. Unlike other campuses, we have not relaxed our classroom masking protocols and feel that has been an important factor in keeping our campus safe.  In addition, you are encouraged to continue safe COVID practices when away from campus.  

We will continue to monitor the infection rate of the campus community and the surrounding region, as well as the burden on our medical community, especially hospitalizations. As of Wednesday, Jan. 5, Northwest Arkansas hospitals were collectively caring for 76 COVID patients – the all-time high was Aug. 11 when 173 patients were hospitalized throughout NWA.

Both testing and vaccines remain available at Pat Walker Health Center and throughout our community. Please utilize these links for testing sites and vaccination availability off campus.

Our most recent data from the Arkansas Department of Health shows 73% of our employees are completely vaccinated (83.5% have had one dose), while 82.5% of our Arkansas students have had at least one dose of vaccine and 68% are fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 Response Team met this morning and continues to meet weekly to discuss these conditions and implications for our campus.

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding during this time. As we near two full years of the pandemic, we know you’ve sacrificed a lot and may have experienced a great deal of disruption and associated stress.  Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and are deeply appreciated.

Thank you and have a great semester.

Charles Robinson, Interim Chancellor
Terry Martin, Interim Provost
Matt Mills, Emergency Management

Archive

March 1, 2022 Campus Mask Guidance Update from Chancellor Robinson February 17, 2022 COVID-19 Update from Chancellor Robinson February 15, 2022 Employee Questions Answered: Virtual HR Q&A Recording Now Available January 21, 2022 Message Regarding Masking Requirements From Provost Martin January 19, 2022 Recording Now Available of Spring Semester Town Hall January 17, 2022 Spring 2022 Info: Message from PWHC Medical Director Dr. Huda Sharaf January 14, 2022 Mass Testing Clinic for COVID-19 Scheduled to Start On Campus Jan. 18 January 14, 2022 Indoor Mask Guidance Updated for Spring 2022 Semester January 13, 2022 Quarantine and Isolation Procedures Updated for Campus Community January 12, 2022 Spring 2022 Update From Chancellor Robinson January 7, 2022 Campus Safety Message from Dr. Huda Sharaf January 5, 2022 Self-Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results Including Home Tests January 5, 2022 Spring 2022 Information December 14, 2021 Students Earn Rewards As a Part of Vaccination Incentive Program October 19, 2021 Campus COVID-19 Dashboard Now Updated Weekly October 7, 2021 U of A Employees Eligible for Pfizer Boosters September 7, 2021 Get Vaccinated, Get Rewarded: Initial Student Winners Receive Awards August 25, 2021 First Week Welcome and Enrollment News August 20, 2021 Mask, Class Attendance Requirements for Faculty August 18, 2021 Multiple COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Offered Across Campus Starting Aug. 18 August 17, 2021 Recording Now Available of Fall Semester Q&A August 11, 2021 University Implements Mask Requirement Indoors August 5, 2021 Support for Local Decisions Regarding Masks July 30, 2021 Recording Now Available of Fall Semester Faculty Forum July 23, 2021 Unvaccinated individuals are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 July 20, 2021 Encouraging Vaccination May 21, 2021 Campus COVID-19 Masking, Social Distancing Guidance Updated April 28, 2021 Recording of Faculty-Focused Panel on Fall Return to Campus April 15, 2021 Recording of Staff Returning to Campus Panel Discussion April 12, 2021 Mask Use Continues, Vaccinations Available March 31, 2021 NWA Council to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Razorback Stadium March 30, 2021 Vaccine Appointments Open to Students 18 and Over March 24, 2021 Staff: Plan for 100 Percent Return to Campus by June 14 March 23, 2021 Preparing for Traditional Face-to-Face Fall March 18, 2021 Plans for Summer and Fall March 9, 2021 Vaccinations Now Available at PWHC February 18, 2021 Grading Policy/Course Withdrawal Updates February 16, 2021 Employees Eligible for Vaccinations from Multiple Providers 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