The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is suspending all in-person classes effective immediately because of health concerns due to the coronavirus.
UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said the campus will move to an all-online or other alternative method of course delivery through the remainder of the semester starting Monday (March 16).
“Your health is our top priority. While no members of the university community have been diagnosed with COVID-19, we continue to prepare for that potential while working to complete the current academic semester. With this in mind, we are suspending in-person classes effective immediately and will move to an all-online or other alternative method of course delivery starting Monday, March 16th and continuing through the remainder of the semester,” Steinmetz noted in his advisory.
The chancellor said students should soon hear from professors about how their classes will be conducted online.
“Students should be on the lookout for communication from instructors about the logistics of the move to the online delivery of classes. Be patient as some instructors will need some time – possibly into the weekend – to test and practice before providing more finalized details ahead of Monday’s switch to the online delivery of classes.”
University operations will continue. Housing, dining and other services will continue to be provided.
Students may choose to return to their family residence for the remainder of the semester if they would like.
According to the university, fall enrollment in 2019 was 27,559, with 1,401 faculty members, 3,150 full-time staff members, and 77 part-time staffers.