The University of Central Arkansas has devised a color-coded system indicating whether masks are required in campus indoor spaces each week. Campus status will be updated each Sunday. Students and employees will receive an email on Sunday afternoons announcing the campus status for the week. The exterior doors and other locations inside buildings have Color Status signs that outline the university’s color-coded system and expectations about masking, as well as provide a QR code that individuals may scan to determine the current campus status.
UCA will provide face coverings to any student or employee that requires one.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK
Faculty and staff who are sick should not come to work. If you have had any of the following symptoms, stay home and contact your healthcare provider or the Student Health Clinic immediately:
- A fever of 100.4 degrees or greater in the last two days;
- A cough;
- Difficulty breathing;
- A sore throat;
- Or a loss of taste and smell
Additionally, if you have had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19, it is imperative that you follow the advice of your doctor and stay home in quarantine until cleared to return by a medical professional.
More information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 can be found on the Testing and Tracing page.
If you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, do not return to campus until you have received a negative test result or have been cleared by a medical professional to return to work.
HAND SANITIZING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE
Hand sanitizing and personal hygiene are an important part of reducing the spread of the virus. This includes washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; coughing and sneezing into your elbow; coughing or sneezing into a tissue, throwing it away immediately and washing your hands; and avoiding shaking hands.
If soap and water are unavailable, you can use an alcohol-based sanitizer. We have increased the number of sanitizing stations set up around campus. They can be found in many high-traffic and high-contact areas and in building lobbies.
ENHANCED CLEANING AND SANITIZING
Custodians are cleaning buildings, classrooms and restrooms on a daily basis and are focusing on wiping down all touch points such as sinks, door knobs/handles, tables, elevator buttons, toilets, faucets, light switches, etc. All desks in classrooms will be sprayed with disinfectant once daily. In addition, hand sanitizing stations will be located in hallways. Interior doors will be propped open where feasible to minimize the necessity for frequent touching.
In addition to routine maintenance on all heating and air units, the Physical Plant is also changing air filters multiple times a year and cleaning air handlers and fan coil units regularly. In 2021, the university approved a multi-year ventilation system upgrade that will enhance air flow in many buildings across campus.