Arkansas Tech University remains engaged in face-to-face classes and activities as it prepares for the start of the fall 2021 semester.
“We are delighted to welcome our returning and incoming students to the Russellville and Ozark campuses for the start of a new academic year,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, President of ATU. “Leaders at all levels of the university — faculty, staff and students — have worked diligently over the summer months to prepare for academic, extracurricular and social experiences that will facilitate the pursuit of knowledge, personal growth and career preparation while simultaneously reconnecting our university community. “
The first day of class for the 112th year of college at Arkansas Tech will be Wednesday, August 18. The last day to register late, add courses or change section for fall 2021 at ATU is Tuesday, August 24.
Arkansas Tech will operate in fall 2021 as part of the ATU COVID-19 management plan, which has been developed to align with current local, state, and national legislation, including guidelines and best practices from the Centers. for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). The ATU COVID-19 management plan guidelines apply to all students, faculty, staff and visitors to ATU.
“Our new COVID-19 management plan takes into account the medical and scientific advancements that have taken place over the past 18 months and allows Arkansas Tech to adapt more to changing circumstances,” Bowen said. “I encourage members of the University community to read the document carefully to learn about all the factors that affect them and their daily routines. Please be aware that this is a living document. As changes are made. will be made to the ATU COVID-19 management plan, we will proceed with notifications. “
As part of the ATU COVID-19 management plan, face coverings will be mandatory in all Arkansas Tech University buildings starting Thursday, August 12 and until further notice. ATU students, faculty, staff and guests will be required to wear face coverings regardless of their immunization status while indoors in a congregation, including classrooms, halls meeting rooms, lobbies and corridors. Professors and staff members who are alone in their offices and students who are in their halls of residence and apartments on campus will not be required to wear face coverings.
Whenever possible, individuals should maintain at least 6 feet of space from other individuals to meet social distancing recommendations.
Students, faculty and staff at ATU who show symptoms of COVID-19, who have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have been tested for COVID-19 should report this information to the Center for Health and Welfare. -be ATU by completing the online reporting form located at www. .atu.edu / hwc or by calling (479) 968-0329.
Arkansas Tech employees and students are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Medical and scientific experts who have reviewed the data and results continue to report that a full COVID-19 vaccination is the best protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death associated with the virus,” Bowen said. “It is our responsibility to provide a safe learning and working environment and we prefer to do so in a face-to-face environment throughout the fall semester 2021 and beyond. I believe that is also what our students want. Our best way to achieve this goal is to continue to increase the number of students, faculty and staff at ATU who have been vaccinated.
Members of the ATU community who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will have the opportunity to do so at the start of the fall semester 2021.
The Arkansas Department of Health to provide Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to ATU faculty, staff and students from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 16 on the North Lawn of the Student Services Center Doc Bryan and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. , August 17, on the west lawn of the Chambers cafeteria.
There will be a ADH COVID-19 Supplemental Vaccination Event for ATU faculty, staff and students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, on the West Lawn of the Guest Room Cafeteria. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available on August 18, and ADH will return in due course to provide a second dose to participants.
More information on COVID-19 vaccines is available at www.atu.edu/pandemicrecovery.
Additional provisions of the ATU COVID-19 management plan can be found at www.atu.edu/pandemicrecovery/managementplan.php.
The Arkansas Tech application and course registration process for Fall 2021 begins at www.atu.edu.