At UA Little Rock, we are committed to planning for the future and have been hard at work preparing for the fall semester. As plans are announced, we will provide information for our faculty here.
All employees, students, and visitors are required to wear a face covering on campus in all indoor settings with limited exceptions (e.g. when eating). Face coverings will be required in outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained, also with limited exceptions. A cloth face covering, disposable face mask, or similar face covering must cover the mouth and the nose as recommended by the CDC. A face shield may also be worn but will not serve as a substitute for a face mask.
Fall 2020: Culture of Flexibility
Recognizing the need to protect potentially vulnerable members of the campus community and the increased work and care-taking needs presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, UA Little Rock will promote a culture of flexibility.
Attendance Policy for Fall 2020: As directed by University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt, faculty members are encouraged to exclude physical classroom attendance as a factor in calculating the course grade. Faculty who routinely include attendance as a grade determiner might consider virtual attendance options for those who are ill or required to self-isolate by health officials.
In cases where courses and degree programs have mandatory clock hour requirements to meet licensure requirements, attendance will understandably be required, but President Bobbitt encourages creative and flexible approaches that might allow students who are ill or required to self-isolate to delay attendance or meet clock-hour requirements at another time or through alternative means that does not expose the academic community.
USDE guidelines on class attendance should be followed for both face-to-face and online courses, as these guidelines allow for flexibility in accounting for attendance that extends beyond attending synchronous class sessions.