Friday, April 16, 2021
Hendrix College students,
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
View the COVID-19 Dashboard for May 7, 2021
The link above will be updated every Friday.
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.
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
These FAQs were released Friday, April 16, 2021.
*If you have questions after reviewing the information presented here, please email
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.
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
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.
Barring a resurgence in coronavirus activity, the College
expects that all classes will be conducted in person for the fall 2021
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
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).
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.
The College anticipates a
usual fall semester, with traditional Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks (view the academic calendars).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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
This section was last updated December 1, 2020.]
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
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.
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.
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.
Department of Health: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
2021 Domestic and International Travel (policy released Tuesday, March 16,
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)
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