COVID-19 Operating Plan

The College of Engineering’s goal is to maintain the health and wellbeing of College of Engineering employees, students, visitors, and the community as we move to reopen and sustain campus operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

We seek to adhere to the U of A Campus Plan which is holistic and compliant with public health guidance and directives from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We recognize that this plan can only be successful if all College of Engineering constituents follow the plan.

Protecting Our Community

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Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do when symptomatic.

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Always wear a face covering when other people are present, even when following the 6-foot guideline.

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Maintain physical distancing of a minimum of six feet.

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Use best practices of hand washing and wash hands frequently.

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Use best practices of hygiene when coughing or sneezing.

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Clean, sanitize and disinfect regularly.

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Ask that all colleagues do the same.


Find resources for help in the classroom and beyond during COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 and Your Mental Health (CAPS) (PDF) — Tips and strategies for supporting your wellness during this time.
  • COVID-19 Anxiety Workbook (CAPS) (PDF)— The goal of this toolbox is to help reduce your anxiety about the outbreak, provide you tools to manage your anxiety, as well as provide you with life-long tools you can use while facing anxiety-triggering situations.
  • “Let’s Talk” Phone or Video Therapy with CAPS — Free, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Call 479-575-5276.
  • Daily Anxiety Webinar (CAPS) — Free, 3 p.m. Central Monday- Friday through this Zoom link with meeting ID 123 791 810. Students do not need to enter their real name or have to use their webcam when prompted to enter the Zoom meeting. Students can also just use the chat function to ask questions.
  • Virtual Coffee Hour (CAPS) — Free, 10 a.m. CST Monday- Friday through this Zoom link with meeting ID 300 164 825. Students do not need to enter their real name or have to use their webcam when prompted to enter the Zoom meeting. Students can also just use the chat function to ask questions.
  • Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety — Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
  • Anxiety Resources — Helpful expert tips and resources for those experiencing anxiety; updated daily.
  • Headspace — Free meditation and mindfulness videos to help feel grounded and calmer.

(adapted from CDC and CAPS)

  • Seek creative ways to recharge and stay healthy — free online exercise classes, cooking, virtual game nights, finally get that 8 hours of sleep.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. While being “in the know” helps provide a sense of control over a situation for some; for others, it may reinforce anxiety and fear.
  • Take time to unwind and spend time developing a new hobby or skill.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

For most, reactions to stress will lessen over the first few weeks. However, when symptoms and reactions worsen (significantly impacting your ability to function, becoming harder to manage, or are increasing in severity) there is increased need for concern. We encourage you to reach out to CAPS at 479-575-5276.

  • NWA Resources Map — Regularly updated resource map (on Google) for Northwest Arkansas food pantries, free mealsbfor kids, wi-fi availability, health clinics, housing assistance, and more.
  • NWA Resources List — Google doc compiled by the Fayetteville Public Library and updated regularly toinclude Northwest Arkansas food pantries, free meals for kids, Wi-Fi availability, health clinics, housing assistance, and more.
  • UARK Full Circle Food Pantry (Bud Walton Hall) — Curbside food bag pickup available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, student IDs required (1 bag per 2 people). Vegetarian options available on Mondays. Updated information available on its website, Facebook page or by calling 479-575-4365. The Ceramics Studio Outpost (326 Eastern Ave.) will remain available for Full Circle Fast Bag pick-up; contact Jeannie Hulen,, for more information or check studio hours on the Facebook page.
  • Fayetteville Housing Authority — Residents living in FHA-housing can fill out this form to request temporary rent adjustment due to loss of income.
  • Lindsey Management — Residents living in a Lindsey Management rentals will have waived late fees for delayed rent payments; contact your property manager for more details and information.
  • United Way 2-1-1 — Free service that connects the caller to local resources for food, financial, rent, and legal assistance, among others. Explore website or call 2-1-1.
  • Hark and United Way Assistance — Form to request assistance for housing (rent assistance), food, money, legal advice, health care, and more.
  • Public Transportation — City web page on COVID-19 has (scroll down) updated service routes and precautionary practices for riders on Razorback Transit and Ozark Regional Transit.

Room availability for studying and remote learning.

View the College of Engineering’s full plan, sent to faculty and staff on June 19.

  Visit for the most up-to-date information.