Southern Arkansas University and SAU Tech are still open for classes.
The university issued a statement on Wednesday that said its system-wide Risk Management Task Force is monitoring public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, or the coronavirus.
“At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the campus of SAU or SAU Tech,” the statement said.
“SAU has existing protocols and procedures in place to manage infectious disease on each campus. We will continue to follow these procedures, and the system is prepared to act quickly in the event of exposure to any major virus by students, faculty or staff,” the statement said.
The Risk Management Task Force includes a collaborative representation of the institutional body including administration, faculty, staff, and health professionals. This group is meeting regularly to identify and implement additional proactive and reactive prevention methods.
SAU’s spring break is March 23-27. That’s traditionally a time when students plan extended trips or visits home.
The statement said that SAU is discouraging all travel, both foreign and domestic. Students, faculty and staff who choose to travel areas of the United States that are “hot spots” (heavy concentrations) of viral outbreak or areas in CDC Alert Levels 2, 3, or 4 must immediately report to University Health Services (UHS) upon return to campus.
UHS will follow Arkansas Department of Health recommendations on a case-by-case basis, including a potential mandatory 14-day, self-quarantine following travel to these areas.
SAU has a “curriculum continuity plan.” The Provost is working with faculty, department chairs, deans, and the Department of Online Learning to enhance the plan and increase support systems to allow a rapid change to complete online course delivery should the need arise.