Campus Mask Guidance Update from Chancellor Robinson
Masking Update from Chancellor Robinson
I am writing to share an update regarding our campus COVID-19 guidance. In consultation with both the Communicable Disease Outbreak Committee and the COVID Team Leads, we are moving to a “Mask Recommended” policy in all campus areas effective immediately.
There are limited exceptions: Pat Walker Health Center, the Speech and Hearing Clinic, and U of A Transit buses will retain a mask requirement at this time.
The rationale for this change includes several factors: the declining COVID-19 transmission rate in our community, the climbing vaccination rates among faculty, staff and students, the shift in CDC guidance, and the fact that many campuses in Arkansas (and in the U of A System) have already gone to similar policies, along with recent guidance from the U of A System president.
Free C195, KN95 and 3-ply disposable masks are available for members of the campus community. The KN95s and 3-ply disposable may be acquired from Facilities Management Central Supply and the C195s are available at the ASG office, Union Help Desk, Dining Halls or by request for delivery – these are available to everyone.
Physical signage is being updated now and should be added around campus in the next few days. Our campus guidance online is also being updated.
Thank you – again – for your unending flexibility and understanding.
Charles Robinson, PhD