Please note that guidance from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and the University
of Arkansas System may change rapidly given the fluidity of the coronavirus pandemic.
Any changes will be updated on this page and will be communicated through UAM email.
CDC PREVENTION TIPS
- Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
- Stay informed. The CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many questions about housing, instruction, and campus safety are covered in the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have further questions, please contact the appropriate department.
- On May 20, 2021 the UAM Executive Council voted to changes to the COVID-19 protocols
Citing recent CDC and ADH guidance, and Arkansas Act 1002, the council voted to discontinue the face covering requirement, effective May 24. Masks and other PPE will continue to be necessary in some laboratory settings.
University leadership strongly recommends face coverings and three feet social distancing for anyone who has not received a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Previous to May 24, 2021:
Pursuant to the governor’s July 16, 2020 executive order, all visitors, students, faculty, and staff on all three UAM campuses must wear a mask which covers the nose and mouth whenever social distancing of 6’ may not be achieved. Some specific exceptions are listed in the governor's directive. The UA System Board of Trustees also approved a resolution July 16, 2020, directing each System campus to require face coverings.
Masks were worn indoors, outdoors, and in vehicles by anyone on any UAM property who was are likely to come within 6’ of another person not from the same household. Students and employees received one mask at the start of the fall 2020 semester, and disposable masks continue to be available at high-traffic areas for those who may want one.
- UAM continues to focus on the safety of all students, faculty and staff members by revising plans as needed. A number of processes and procedures have been implemented to minimize any potential risk of the spread of COVID-19. If you believe you may be sick, please do not come to any UAM campus and follow the steps outlined below.
Faculty and staff have worked to prepare courses that will be able to move to an online-only format immediately if deemed necessary. These online course shifts may be for short- or long-term periods based upon available information at the time. Each classroom follows guidance by the Arkansas Department of Health that places each instructor lectern 12’ from the first row of desks. Students will also only sit in seats at a 6’ distance from one another, as indicated by labels. Masks are required in classroom settings.
CDC guidelines recommend that you begin by contacting your primary health care provider if you suspect you
are at risk of contracting COVID-19 through exposure to a confirmed or presumed case.
Students may also contact the Student Health Services office. A provider will make individual recommendations as to testing and quarantine protocls.
Testing is available at the Mainline Health Systems location on the Monticello Campus. All UAM Students, Faculty and Staff and their immediate family members can be tested on weekdays from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - Noon. Calling ahead for a testing appointment is recommended: (870) 224-0647.
Some individuals may be eligible for a rapid test on site.
Secondary providers are available in off-campus locations for priority testing and contact tracing for the institution.
The Division of Student Engagement has a detailed plan to ensure the physical needs of quarantined students are met while also protecting the health of the remainder of the campus population.
If an employee shows symptoms as indicated in the assessment, they should contact the supervisor and do not report for work. Supervisors will assist in tracking presumed and confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our UAM community.
If a student prefers to enroll in only distance learning courses, he or she may do
so with the assistance of their faculty advisor, or they may call Academic Advising
for assistance. Not all courses are available in a fully online format, but some courses
are adapted to a hybrid model which involves both in-person and online instructional
Throughout the semester, on a case-by-cases basis, classes of a certain size may shift into online or hybrid models in which students alternate in-classroom and online access to their course materials. This decision will be made based on class enrollment and room size. Students may reach out to each of their instructors for more details about each course.
In a typical year, UAM academic advisors often recommend students remain enrolled in at least one in-person class when possible. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruptions in the traditional learning environment, however much our students and faculty would prefer the typical format. As UAM continues to monitor area health data and prioritize safety, typical in-seat classes may not always be possible. Out of great concern and care for our community, UAM has planned alternative arrangements in the case that a COVID-19 outbreak in the area causes course delivery to move to an online-only format for any length of time during the semester. We appreciate the flexibility of our students and faculty as these instructional changes remain dependent upon the current pandemic environment. In the event that all instruction must be delivered remotely for a period of time, UAM will have a limited number of tablets and WiFi cards for off-campus students who have limited or no access to technology and internet.
All students, faculty and staff are expected to share the responsibility of self-monitoring. Before coming to any UAM campus, individuals are asked to complete the self-monitoring assessment daily to identify any symptoms of COVID-19 early. If an employee shows symptoms as indicated in the assessment, they should contact the supervisor and do not report for work. They should then contact their primary health care provider for next steps and to determine if they should be tested. The primary care provider will advise as to whether to self-quarantine and for how long.
- Residence Life has made a number of arrangements to accommodate students with unique
needs related to COVID-19 (students at a higher risk, students wishing to observe
strict physical distancing, students in quarantine or isolation).
For Spring 2021, Residence Life will utilize prescheduled appointments for early arrival move-in and will schedule priority move-in days to limit the number of students moving in at any particular time. Student will be limited to two (2) individuals assisting them during their move-in time. Halls will also limit the size, frequency and duration of programs and activities while providing a safe, engaging on-campus living experience. Custodial staff has enhanced campus cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces including those in residence halls. There are also ongoing educational programs centered around health and safety, with particular attention to living in a COVID-prepared campus.
The UAM Freshman Residential Housing Policy states that all first-year students are required to live on campus for one academic year unless an exception to the policy is accepted. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for students who submit the Freshman Housing Exemption Request.
2/4/21 - Preventing COVID-19 On Campus
1/21/21 - FAQs about COVID-19 Vaccines
10/6/20 - COVID-19 Reminders
8/11/20 - Summer 2020 Modified Grading Policy
8/3/20 - Campus Update from Chancellor Doss
7/20/20 - Updates to Fall Reopening Plans
7/1/20 - Announcing Plan for Fall Reopening
4/10/20 - Updated Reporting Form for COVID-19
3/17/20 - COVID-19 Student Update – March 17, 2020
3/4/20 - UAM Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
3/12/20 - COVID-19 Student Update
3/13/20 - COVID-19: Spring Break Travel Update
3/12/20 - Chancellor Doss Releases Statement Regarding Coronavirus
3/11/20 - UAM Moves to Classes Online Effective March 12
Please note that guidance from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas System may change rapidly given the fluidity of the situation. Any changes will be updated on the university's UAM Coronavirus Updates website.