Letter from the Chancellor: November 20, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Some of you may be heading home as soon as this weekend. Others may already be there. Whatever your Thanksgiving plans, I hope you have a wonderful time. I think we could all use a bit of a break at this point in the semester. Given the scale of the current COVID-19 outbreak, I do want to encourage everyone to stay safe: use face coverings and hand sanitizer, socially distance, etc. Everyone knows the drill by now. Reports of a vaccine becoming available soon are certainly encouraging, but the eventual distribution will take several months so we must stay the course.

I also want to encourage everyone to consider getting tested when you return to campus. Needless to say, with people spreading out across the state and country, the chances of a surge in cases when we return is much higher. Getting tested is a small way to do your part to keep everyone safe, particularly those with underlying health conditions or those who are in frequent contact with those who have them. Finally, if you would like to stay remote after Thanksgiving, I again encourage you to make arrangements with your instructors. We’ve anticipated this option since the start of the year.

Sandy and I wish you a safe, enjoyable break and a great Thanksgiving!

Joe Steinmetz, Ph.D. 


P.S. The CDC issued guidance for those considering travel this Thanksgiving, including a checklist for determining whether staying put might be the safer approach. On-campus students may stay in the residence halls over the holiday if they choose.


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