Section 2: Health Guidelines

Safety Guidelines and Requirements

The university has implemented extensive cleaning and operational protocols to keep the campus community safe and healthy from community spread and airborne transmission of COVID-19 while also complying with state and federal directives.

Behaviors for Mitigating Risk of Transmission of COVID-19

Appropriate means of mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission for the university community requires all employees, students and visitors to adhere to the following guidance:

  • While state law prohibits requiring COVID-19 vaccination at this time, vaccination is strongly encouraged to help keep our campus community safe and healthy.
  • Masks are recommended indoors.
  • Practice frequent hand-washing hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Symptom Monitoring and Self-Assessment

If symptoms exist (regardless of vaccination status), employees should not come to campus and should follow these steps:

  • Contact your supervisor to notify them that you will not be at work. Contact your primary care provider for further assessment. If you do not have a primary care provider, you can contact Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451, option 1 to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Self-quarantine until further medical evaluation and directions are given by your medical provider. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
  • Contact Human Resources at 479-575-4044 or hrassist@uark.eduif you have questions regarding your work status.

What About While Awaiting Test Results? 

Students and employees can continue coming to campus for class and/or work while awaiting COVID-19 test results IF:

  • You are NOT experiencing symptoms AND
  • Have NOT been identified as a close contact AND
  • Are fully vaccinated.
  • After receiving a negative test result regardless of vaccination status. 

Isolation means you must stay home and away from others while you are infectious in order to stop the spread of the virus to anyone else.

Please review the guidance on the CDC website regarding quarantine and possible exposure.

Who Should NOT come to Campus:

  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness including COVID-19 — if you are not feeling well, stay home and call your medical provider or Pat Walker Health Center.
  • Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 who is still in isolation.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and has had “close contact” with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, defined as spending 15 minutes within six feet over a 24-hour period. 
  • Anyone with a documented condition or accommodation preventing them from coming to campus.

Masks

Masks are recommended indoors.

Masks Available

Supplies of KN95 masks are available in Facilities Management Central Supply (575-3840). KN95 masks may be reused so please limit orders to 2 masks per person.

The Associated Student Government also has a large supply of C195 masks available. These masks can be requested at the Arkansas Union Help Desk, many other buildings across campus and directly from the ASG.

Please note the following CDC guidance regarding masking:

  • Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others, and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently than others.
  • It is most important to wear a well-fitted mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection. While all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitted respirators provide the highest level of protection.

CDC Masking Resources:

We expect our community to use good judgment to help protect themselves and those around them.

Social Distancing

While not mandatory, social distancing is encouraged indoors when space allows.

Please check with instructors to confirm whether or not specific classes will be streamed or recorded.

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water; avoid cross contamination – hand sanitizing stations are available in all campus buildings.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, and dispose of the tissue properly.
  • Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wearing face coverings is required indoors . See above for limited exceptions.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces followed by disinfection with an EPA-registered disinfectant is a best practice measure for prevention of viral respiratory illnesses and part of the University of Arkansas’ regular routine in multiple areas of campus, including housing, transit and parking, facilities management and much more.

  • Razorback Transit buses are operating at reduced capacity at this time to allow for social distancing by passengers and disinfected throughout the day. Facilities Management staff disinfects high traffic touchpoints daily – including door handles and push plates, student desktop surfaces and classroom teaching surfaces.
  • Similar practices are used by university housing, athletics and other common areas on campus. You can find full details on facility management’s cleaning protocols in the FAMA COVID-19 guide.
  • Restrooms are a focus area for high use/touch disinfection throughout each day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located in all major entrances and in large classrooms. Additional stations may be installed in other public areas as needed.
  • Facilities Management has installed or modified existing drinking fountains to be bottle fill stations in E&G buildings across campus until a time when all traditional fountains can be turned on again. A map of available bottle fillers can be found on the Facilities Management COVID-19 Guidelines under Facility Operations.  
  • The University has taken actions to ensure heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) are optimized (e.g., maximizing outside air and high-performance filtration) to minimize risks of airborne transmission when other safety measures are in use.

Vulnerable Populations

It is important for the campus community to understand that some people are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 complications. Based on the current data and CDC definitions, vulnerable populations may include:

  • Older adults. People 65 years of age or older.
  • People with medical conditions.
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant people.
  • Unvaccinated individuals.

Additional Information:

Campus Signage

Signage reinforcing COVID-19 related health and safety precautions is available for use by the U of A community.

Building Executives have been designated as the primary point of contact for the posting of signage in university facilities and have access to the list of printable signs. Contact your Building Executive prior to posting any COVID-19 related signage to ensure compliance with posting guidelines.

Guidance for posting return to campus signage

  • Use only removable mounting tape, such as Command™ brand Mounting Strips, or removable painter’s tape, such as Scotch® brand Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape.
  • Do not use other types of tape, pushpins or glue to post signs.
  • Do not mount to sheetrock, plaster, wallpaper or fabric covered walls.
  • Do not mount signs in direct sunlight. Adhesives tend to break down in high temperature.
  • Mount to glass windows or doors whenever possible.
  • Mount to wood or metal trim only with approved adhesives.
  • Adhesives should be removed and re-applied every 60 days
  • Building executives should contact Todd Furgason (toddf@uark.edu) with questions or for guidance about where to place signs.