Asked and Answered

Where do I go for UCA’s coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information?

UCA has created a new website for coronavirus updates and information at uca.edu/coronavirus/. There you can find the latest COVID-19 communication and important information for employees, as well as resources.

How are CARES ACT B funds being spent?

Several requests have been submitted for CARES B funds. Most requests pertain to PPE, computers, and webcams. A list exists with information regarding specific requests and approvals. This document changes constantly so sharing the full document would only provide a snapshot in time. However, information included in the document is covered under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) so information is available upon request.

About $2.7 million of the Cares B funds will be used to reimburse the University for room and board refunds.

If staff have a request or idea that would benefit students, a proposal can be created by working with the department director and submitted for consideration.

Regular updates on use of Cares B funds can be made to Staff Senate if needed.

How does holiday time work?

UCA’s campus is closed for a twelve-day period in December and January called the “holiday break.” For two days (or sixteen work hours) during this holiday break, employees must use either vacation time, comp time, or holiday time.

Holiday time is accrued by volunteering at campus events, such as ticket-taking at football games and ushering at Reynolds Performance Hall shows, basketball games, and commencement.

Note that “holiday time” is the not the same as “comp time” and the terms are not interchangeable. Any holiday time earned in a calendar year is applied to the current year’s holiday break and is not transferable to the next year. For example, if you earn 18 hours of holiday time in a given calendar year, only 16 hours of this time can be used for the holiday break for that year, and the other 2 hours cannot be counted toward the next year’s holiday break. Any remaining holiday time beyond 16 hours accrued cannot be “cashed out” or used in place of vacation or sick leave.

For more information on employee holidays and holiday time, see the Staff Handbook.

How does an employee audit a course?

Anyone wishing to enroll in classes at UCA, including auditing a course must apply to the university. Please allow at least two weeks before the start of classes for your application to be processed.

After applying to the university, employees must also complete the application to audit a course and submit to the Registrar’s Office.

Board policy 623 establishes a discounted tuition rate for UCA employees. The tuition discount applies only to courses taken for credit. Audited courses do not qualify for the tuition discount. Employees auditing at UCA course will be required to pay tuition and fees for the course.

Note that per Act 678 of 1975, general student fees are waived for all individuals age 60 and older who apply for admission and enroll at a state institution of higher education.