Southern Arkansas University is asking anyone who travels a great distance during Spring Break to delay their return until mid April.

Southern Arkansas University is urging its community not to travel internationally, use public transportation, or travel to places in the United States with significant COVID-19 outbreaks.

SAU’s Risk Management Task Force met Sunday afternoon and produced a list of restrictions.

SAU staff, faculty and students who do visit highly-infected areas, travel abroad or use public transport must remain off campus for 14 days following travel.

“Under these guidelines, those who choose to travel to any of these locations or via these methods during Spring Break will not be allowed to return to campus until April 13. This is out of an abundance of caution to keep our campus as contaminant-free as possible and retain adequate staff levels to provide services,” the task force said in a statement.

All campus events, both internal and external, are suspended until further notice.

Intercollegiate athletics were cancelled last week for the remainder of the year.

The Testing Center will remain open to SAU students who currently use the Center’s proctoring services. External proctoring services scheduled for the week of March 16-20 will proceed, but new appointments are suspended until further notice.

“During this time, we realize many employees are concerned for the safety of themselves and their families. We encourage all faculty, staff and contractors working at SAU to express any concerns with supervisors.

“If working from home or taking extended sick leave is necessary to protect high-risk family members or care for children displaced due to school closures, those options are readily available. The most valuable resource we have is our people, and we stand committed to supporting decisions that keep them safe,” the statement said.

CLICK HERE for more information about the coronavirus situation at SAU.

People may also direct questions to the task force by email at

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