The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith goes fully remote. After the spread of the omicron variant, the university committee moved instruction and operations from in-person to remote.
Last Thursday, Chancellor Terisa Riley wrote an email to move the institution’s activities fully remote till January 24. Indeed, recently the Chancellor met with the university’s Covid-19 Emergency Management Team.
As she said: “In the state of Arkansas, cases have reached an all-time high, with nearly 13,000 new cases recorded yesterday alone. On our own campus, we have had more students and employees who have reported active cases this week. And even more are quarantining after being exposed to positive cases. This is up from just 13 active cases on campus one week ago today.”
As a result, the university goes fully remote. This temporary measure allows jeeping university activities to stay safe. So, positive students or staff members will continue the university’s educational mission online. And the return on campus is set for January 24.
And, those with clinical rotations, internship placements, and hands-on skills courses can ask for special permission to go on campus. Finally, the university IT will provide support to students, faculty, and staff. Faculty members can access computers or the internet from home thanks to Wi-Fi hot spots, laptop computers, and tablets.
Following other universities’ examples, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith goes fully remote to save health and educational continuity.