Flexibility and Attendance
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. Students’ attendance (both online and face-to-face) and ability to meet deadlines may be compromised in the fall semester due to COVID-related challenges.
Attendance Policy for Fall 2020: Students who are not feeling well, or exhibiting risk factors of COVID-19 (e.g., cough, fever, recent contact with someone positive with COVID-19, etc.), and/or who do not pass the COVID-19 Screening should avoid contact with others, especially in congregate settings such as classrooms. As directed by University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt, faculty members have been encouraged to exclude physical classroom attendance as a factor in calculating the course grade. In cases where courses and degree programs have mandatory clock hour requirements to meet licensure requirements, attendance will understandably be required, but faculty have been encouraged to 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. Please speak with your professors if you are sick and unable to attend classes.
Course Delivery Options
To ensure the safety and health of students, faculty, and staff — and specifically to allow for the scheduling of classrooms to meet the requirements for social distancing — UA Little Rock will offer multiple, flexible course options this fall:
- Select courses offered face-to-face because of the type of learning (e.g., labs, studios, clinics)
- Select courses offered face-to-face because of the type of student (e.g., first-year experiences and core courses)
- Select courses offered on-campus in rooms that can allow spacing for social distancing
- Classes offered synchronously on-campus and online (“hyflex” and “hybrid” courses) so as to manage social distancing
- Other hybrid offerings — ie., split sections or classes with some periodic on-campus component
- Classes offered synchronously online only
- Classes offered asynchronously online only
Mode of Delivery and Classroom Space
Most lecture courses for the fall semester have been converted to “hybrid” courses, which are web-based courses that include both on-campus and online class meetings. Hybrid course scheduling will allow for flexibility and contingencies by accommodating both web-based and face-to-face instruction.
On-campus and hybrid courses will be scheduled in spaces large enough to accommodate social distancing. Facilities Management is assessing COVID-19 capacities for all classroom spaces by considering a minimum requirement of 6’physical distancing between students, as well as space for an “instructor zone” and transitions. Some classes may require a change in location and some classes may have reduced capacity.
To mitigate disruptions to coursework that could result from adjusting classroom locations and/or capacities, many faculty will be offering online synchronous classroom activities via platforms such as Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom, and Google Meet.
Students with a condition or disability that makes it difficult or impossible to attend class in person during this pandemic should contact the Disability Resource Center for information about accommodations.
While the Spring and Summer terms followed a revised grading policy, the university will follow the regular grading policy for the Fall. The CR/NC is only permitted under specific circumstances and conditions. See grading policy 404.13 for more information.