• COVID-19 Information and Plans

  • Message from President Arnold

    Friday, April 16, 2021

    Dear Hendrix College students,

    Thanks to the commitment of our faculty, staff, and students, and a strong partnership with our local health care system, we have had low (and often zero) COVID-19 positivity on campus this spring. Based on our success this semester, along with wider vaccine availability and current public health projections, we believe that our community will continue to stay healthy and safe.

    We anticipate a return to a more familiar campus life in the fall 2021 semester, with in-person classes beginning Tuesday, August 24. Students are expected to attend classes in person, and they are expected to live on campus unless they have been approved for a housing exemption.

    As we prepare for the fall 2021 semester, the ongoing health and safety of our community will continue to be a priority. While campus operations will largely return to normal this fall, our campus COVID-19 Steering Committee will continue meeting weekly to discuss changes to our protocols based on the latest public health data and guidance from local, state, and national public health authorities.

    The College expects you to get the COVID-19 vaccine unless you have a religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. If the vast majority of the student body is vaccinated, the College can return to a more regular campus life with community events and student activities in the fall. Vaccinated students will also be exempt from biweekly surveillance testing and quarantining protocols. It is very important that you submit your proof of vaccination. Widespread vaccination is key to a successful, healthy fall semester. Knowing the percentage of our community that is vaccinated will greatly influence our plans for campus events and adjustments to our policies.

    We have updated our FAQ page at www.hendrix.edu/coronavirus. Please check this page for updates on the fall semester and email any COVID-19 questions to aboutcovid19@hendrix.edu. We will continue to update this page regularly and share our health and safety plans and protocols with you by email.

    As we prepare to welcome new students and families to campus this fall, I am grateful for the care you have shown for one another and your commitment to upholding the character and spirit of Hendrix. 

    Sincerely,

    Ellis Arnold ’79

    President

  • COVID-19 Dashboard

    View the COVID-19 Dashboard for May 7, 2021

    The link above will be updated every Friday.

  • Timeline & Plans

    • Thursday, April 29, 11:25 a.m. — Honors Day Convocation will be held in the Wellness and Athletics Center; no guests will be permitted, and only students who will be receiving awards will be admitted. The Convocation will be live-streamed.
    • Saturday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. — Commencement will be held in Young-Wise Memorial Stadium (in the event of bad weather, Commencement will be moved to the Event Gym in the Wellness and Athletic Center). This is a ticketed, limited-attendance event; graduating students and their families will receive information on attendance limits and safety protocols. 
    • August 16-23, 2021 — Students arrive according to move-in schedule (to be communicated to students by mid-June)
    • August 17-22, 2021 — Orientation for first-year and transfer students 
    • August 24, 2021 — First day of classes (download the academic calendar)

  • Contact Tracing & Testing

    Employees: If you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive, follow the corresponding instructions here.

    Students: Please review the student information for testing and tracing. Students who are living on campus are required to strictly adhere to designated protocols. Students who are studying remotely and living off-campus are encouraged to follow designated protocols.

    Protocols are based upon the most recent public health guidance available from the Arkansas Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance is regularly monitored for changes that may result in updates to these protocols.

  • FAQ

    These FAQs were released Friday, April 16, 2021.

    *If you have questions after reviewing the information presented here, please email aboutcovid19@hendrix.edu.

    Academics and Student Life:

    Are students expected to be vaccinated before the fall semester?

    The College expects you to get the COVID-19 vaccine unless you have a religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. If the vast majority of the student body is vaccinated, the College can return to a more regular campus life with community events and student activities in the fall. Vaccinated students will also be exempt from biweekly surveillance testing and quarantining protocols. It is very important that you submit your proof of vaccination. Widespread vaccination is key to a successful, healthy fall semester. Knowing the percentage of our community that is vaccinated will greatly influence our plans for campus events and adjustments to our policies.

    Will face-masking be required on campus in the fall?

    At this point, masking will be required during the rest of the spring semester and through the summer. The COVID Steering Committee and College administration will monitor testing positivity, number of COVID-19 cases, and vaccination rates in the community and on campus, and if warranted, announce any changes to the masking policy prior to the start of fall semester.

    Will larger campus events and gatherings be allowed on campus in the fall?

    As referenced in the previous answer, if a vast majority of students are vaccinated, larger campus events and gatherings will be allowed (subject to indoor space capacities calculated according to recommended social distancing standards per the CDC). Larger groups will be possible outdoors. Further details, including policies for requesting large gatherings and events, will be available before the semester starts.

    How will classes be conducted in Fall 2021?

    Barring a resurgence in coronavirus activity, the College expects that all classes will be conducted in person for the fall 2021 semester.

    Given the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all classes will be held in person this fall. Certain on-campus activities, such as labs, arts, music, and theatre arts and dance, may still be altered to accommodate distancing requirements. Traffic patterns that were in effect in many buildings on campus will be lifted following the Spring 2021 semester.

    Will the start times of classes be different?

    Unlike the spring 2021 semester, which ran on a modified schedule allowing 15 minutes between class meetings, the College will return to its usual class schedule (link to the calendar page).

    How will intercollegiate athletics take place this coming year?

    The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Hendrix COVID Response Coordinator continue to work with other Southern Athletic Association Conference colleges to maintain COVID safety standards and scheduling for all 21 intercollegiate sports and esports.

    Will the fall semester calendar be modified?

    The College anticipates a usual fall semester, with traditional Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks (view the academic calendars).


    Pandemic Protocols:

    Note: The College follows the CDC and Arkansas Department of Health policies and guidelines as a minimum standard. In addition, the Fall 2021 Steering Group will monitor and evaluate any changes to CDC and ADH recommendations and guidance for colleges and universities to determine how they may most fittingly apply to the Hendrix community. The College reserves the right to re-impose restrictions in the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

    What is the process for self-screening?

    All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to monitor their health and complete a daily health screening via #CampusClear. View the instructions for downloading and using the app.

    What COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place in classrooms?

    As with the previous semester, students and professors will wear face masks when in the classroom and inside all College buildings (except while working or studying alone in a confined space, such as an office or laboratory) until further notice. Classrooms will be arranged to ensure CDC-recommended social distancing, will be thoroughly cleaned early every morning, and students and professors will clean their work areas at the end of every class (each classroom will have appropriate cleaning supplies).

    Will there be surveillance testing for COVID-19 in the fall? If so, is there a way to apply for an exemption?

    You will not have to undergo surveillance testing if you have been fully vaccinated. Those who have been fully vaccinated or tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should submit proof of such using the Proof of COVID Vaccination Form. To complete this form, you must upload documentation from a medical provider of a positive COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination. This documentation will be reviewed by the College’s Testing and Contact Tracing Coordinator.

    What happens if a student arrives at Hendrix unvaccinated, and with no proof of having tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days?

    As of April 2021, the College’s fall 2021 plan for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students is to require them to obtain a COVID-19 test upon move-in, then to quarantine in their on-campus residence until a negative test result is received (usually about 24 hours). Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to undergo ongoing surveillance testing (students who are unwilling to be vaccinated will be surveillance tested at their own expense).

    How will the College handle contact tracing?

    The staff members who were trained in contact tracing for the spring 2021 semester have agreed to continue serving as contact tracers in the fall 2021 semester, as needed.

    What happens if quarantining or isolation is needed in the fall 2021 semester?

    The College will continue to maintain limited quarantine and isolation space in several locations on campus. If a student who lives in an apartment setting has a need to quarantine or isolate, they may do so in place; students in residence hall settings may need to relocate temporarily. For details, view this informational video about the support provided to students who must isolate.


  • Health and Safety Information

    [Note: This section was last updated December 1, 2020.]

    Students living anywhere in Arkansas during remote learning may schedule telemedicine visits by calling the new Conway Regional Clinic in The Village at Hendrix, 501-852-1366. (The limited on-campus population during remote learning may also schedule in-person visits.) When you call, please mention that you are a Hendrix student and be prepared to give the clinic your student ID number. You may also make an appointment at www.conwayregional.org/hendrix. If COVID-19 testing is needed, the clinic will arrange for you to be tested at the hospital.

    The new clinic is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Students have three free visits to the clinic per academic year. Currently, the clinic’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    The health and safety of the entire Hendrix community remains our top priority. Hendrix College continues to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19. Social distancing is the most effective way to decrease the spread of this illness. Listed below are tips from the Arkansas Department of Health to to protect yourself and others.  

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
    • Practice physical distancing. Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick, by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.
    • Wear a cloth mask when in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
    • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, seek testing. Testing is available in many locations, including Conway Regional Medical Center, ADH Local Health Units, and local hospitals.

    General Precautions

    • All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to monitor their health and complete a daily health screening via the #CampusClear app. View instructions for downloading and using the app 
    • The College will continue to monitor information closely from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and our Conway Regional Health System partners. Conditions will continue to be evaluated on a regular basis.
    • Face coverings (e.g., cloth mask, plexiglass face shield, etc.) are required in public areas (indoor and outdoor). Hendrix has provided cloth masks to all students and employees.
    • Social distancing of six feet will continue to be expected of anyone who comes to campus.

    Helpful Links 

    Screening and testing information from Conway Regional Health System: Conway Regional Health System offers local COVID-19 testing, which can be obtained following a telehealth or in-person visit with the Hendrix clinic: www.conwayregional.org/hendrix or 501-852-1336. The drive-through testing site is located at the Conway Regional Medical Center Campus west entrance, 2302 College Avenue. A laboratory order from a health provider is required. 

    Arkansas Department of Healthhttps://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

    Centers for Disease Controlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html


  • Detailed Information for Students

    Summer 2021 Domestic and International Travel (policy released Tuesday, March 16, 2021)

    Science, Safety, & What to Do: A Playlist (sent to students Friday, December 18, 2020; includes 8 short videos from faculty and staff, plus a review of items to bring to campus)

  • Forms


    The Hendrix Spring 2021 opening plan allows petitioning for exceptions to its restrictions on travel, visitors to campus, and size limits of gatherings. Please use the forms linked below to make requests related to these matters.

    Petition for International Travel (Summer 2021)

    Petition to Bring Visitors to Campus

    Petition for Groups of More than 50 Individuals

    If you have been fully vaccinated for SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) with an FDA approved vaccine, you should register your vaccination using the form below. To be considered fully vaccinated, you should have already received all required doses specified by the vaccine manufacturer. Those who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from College-sponsored required entry and surveillance testing, and in most cases, they will be exempt from quarantine protocols due to close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Please note that vaccination does not exempt someone from other required College protocols and guidelines related to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, facial coverings, social distancing, monitoring your health and reporting concerns, and symptomatic testing if recommended by a medical provider.

    Proof of COVID Vaccination