Letter from the Chancellor: September 16, 2020

Dear U of A Community:

It pleases me to report that the university’s active COVID-19 case numbers have dropped significantly — from more than 900 last week to just 334 as of Monday. More than 1,100 people have now officially recovered. This is wonderful news. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet, but it does suggest our campus community has done a better job of heeding health and safety guidelines.

As temperatures fall and we transition into the cold and flu season, we still need to ensure that we continue to be vigilant and embrace best practices. But I do want to thank everyone who has been doing their part to bring these numbers down. While we will continue to closely monitor the situation, we will resume on-campus events that had been suspended from September 4 through this Friday. On-campus events will be allowed to resume as of September 21 under the previously established guidelines.

I also want to let you know we have updated our Dashboard to include the percentage of space available for temporary quarantine and isolation. As you’ll see, more than 50% of this space is currently available. So we continue to be in good shape on this front, too.

Additionally, I want to remind you that testing is available on campus five days a week at the Pat Walker Health Center. If you believe you may have been exposed to the virus, or for your peace of mind, I urge you to make an appointment and get tested at the PWHC. Testing is available for anyone in the campus community who wants it.

Again, thanks to everyone for doing their part to get our number of active cases down to a more manageable level. I very much hope to report further declines soon.

So please keep staying the course.

Finally, congratulations to Dr. Charles Robinson on being named provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and students affairs. I’m thrilled with this appointment and he’s going to do a tremendous job.


Joe Steinmetz, Ph.D.


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