Thursday, January 14, 2021
am excited to see our campus coming to life with the energy of students
arriving for the spring semester. There is no feeling more thrilling than the
start of a new semester at Hendrix, and that is especially true this month.
we prepare for the spring, I am pleased to share that our entry and
surveillance testing program, contact tracing system, and quarantine and
isolation protocols have gone well and according to plan. To make this semester a success and keep our
community safe, it is critical that we
continue to follow our plans and
protocols. These next few weeks will be critical to our success. Last fall, many
colleges and universities encountered significant problems with COVID during
the first several weeks of classes, disrupting their educational experience. I
urge you to be vigilant in following our plans and
being safe is the strongest evidence of our care for one another in the Hendrix
Thank you for
your commitment to keeping our community safe.
View the COVID-19 Dashboard for Jan. 15, 2021
The link above will be updated every Friday.
Planning for the Return to Campus
View the College's Spring 2021 Reopening Plan.
View the Hendrix Dining Service Health & Safety Plan.
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 Tuesday, December 8, 2020, and updated where indicated on December 11 and 16, 2020.
*If you have questions after reviewing the information presented here, please email
Approximately 83% of Spring 2021 semester courses will be taught
in-person. Approximately 91% of students have said that they will be
on campus for in-person classes. Approximately 20% of the faculty will be
teaching fully remote classes due to medical issues. These classes will be
noted as remote in the course schedule so that students know how the courses
Classrooms—and some non-traditional teaching spaces such as Worsham and
Staples—have been outfitted with technology solutions that allow remote
students, in-person students, and the professor to interact in both lecture and
seminar modes. In some larger classes, in-person students may rotate between
remote and in-person learning to ensure appropriate physical distancing in the
classroom. Isolating and quarantining students who are not too sick will be
able to continue to attend courses remotely. The College recommends in-person students
bring to campus a laptop or other device appropriate for remote learning. For
more information, see the Academics appendix of the Spring 2021 Reopening Plan.
Students must attend in-person classes in order to participate in
on-campus activities, such as labs, arts, music, and theatre arts and dance.
[updated Dec. 16, 2020] To enhance
safety, the faculty approved a semester calendar update that redistributes the
five spring break days throughout the semester. These days will provide
opportunities for rest and self-care every few weeks. The updated spring
semester calendar can be found here.
[updated Dec. 16, 2020] The faculty also approved
modifying the schedule to allow 15 minutes between class meetings. These 15
minutes will allow students and faculty to disinfect individual desk areas and
safely exit classrooms and buildings before the next classes enter. The updated
spring semester schedule of classes can be found here.
Just like this fall, the Office of Academic Success will be available
to support remote learners through various platforms. The Office has a robust process
for working with students who have accommodations. Further, the library will
continue to help students remotely with both digital and paper materials.
Student-athletes must attend in-person classes in order to
participate in intercollegiate athletics.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Hendrix COVID Response
Coordinator are working with other Southern Athletic Association Conference colleges
to determine return-to-play COVID safety standards and scheduling for fall, winter,
and spring sports; details will be announced when confirmed.
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.
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). Classrooms are set up to ensure
appropriate social distancing. Classrooms 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).
[updated Dec. 11, 2020] Submit a request to be exempted from testing: COVID-19
Exemption Request Form. You will need to provide 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, who will issue
notification of exemption (or the length of time you will be exempted from
The College monitors CDC changes and follows the Arkansas Department of
Health policies. The ADH recently evaluated the new recommendations and issued
guidance to colleges and universities in the state. As a result, the Hendrix student
quarantine policy has now changed
to a 10-day quarantine period.
Staff who have been trained in contact tracing have already begun
managing the tracing process for the limited population of faculty, staff, and
students currently on campus as they report symptoms or close contact with a
COVID-positive person. The College will use various technology solutions to
remind the community to self-screen, as well as to help with contact tracing.
Yes. Contact the Registrar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org to make the
necessary arrangements. For students in College housing, please note the refund
policy question and answer found below.
Yes. Contact the Registrar’s office at email@example.com to make the necessary
arrangements. Requests for College housing are subject to availability.
the Spring 2021 semester, if a student decides to switch from in-person to
remote learning for any reason, room and board fees will be refunded according
to the following schedule:
If a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence, then the regular refund
policy listed in the Catalog (under Admission and Financial Aid information)
The Office of Financial Aid is recalculating aid for the Spring 2021
semester based upon students’ selection of in-person or remote learning. The Business
Office is in the process of finalizing the financial statement updates
accordingly. The statements are expected to be ready by December 15, 2020.
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
Preparing for Spring Semester (message sent to students Monday, December 14, 2020)
Pre-Arrival and Arrival Information (sent to students Tuesday, December 15, 2020; includes arrival/testing/move-in times)
Information about Academics for Spring 2021 (message sent to students Wednesday, December 16, 2020; covers Calendars and Schedules, Learning Modes, Buildings and Classrooms, Class Behavior Expectations, and Library Information)
Student Life Information for the Return to Campus (sent Thursday, December 17, 2020; covers Community Expectations, Policy Changes, Housing and Dining Changes, and more)
Science, Safety, & What to Do: A Playlist (sent 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 Essential Travel
Petition to Bring Visitors to Campus
Petition for Groups of More than 50 Individuals
To request an exemption from College-sponsored required arrival and surveillance testing, please complete the form below. Please note that this exemption will not exempt you from all other 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.
COVID-19 Testing Exemption Request