Information about Fall 2020 Courses
At Southeast Arkansas College, we are excited about your return to our beautiful campus in time to safely resume in-person classes for the fall semester. We will deliver the Shark experience – where students and faculty are partners in learning from day one – while following a few new health and safety protocols to protect our entire campus community. In order to reach our goal of providing a safe and healthy learning environment, I am reaching out to share the following updates from the College:
Many classes are being offered in variety of formats to give students several options and to mitigate the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Most instruction will be conducted via a “Hyflex” model. Hyflex combines opportunities for face-to-face instruction, and for remote learning for those who do not feel safe, or who are unable to attend in person. Students may attend classes in person or remotely via ZOOM. Face-to-face classes will be in smaller groups and social distancing guidelines will be in place in the classrooms. Finally, SEARK has many completely online courses available for those unable to be with us in person for the entire semester. Please meet with your advisor to discuss which class options are right for you.
To further protect our campus community during the typical flu season, when health officials also anticipate a second wave of COVID-19, SEARK will conclude face-to-face instruction on November 20. After the Thanksgiving break, all remaining instruction, as well as final projects and exams, will be completed online. More details will be shared as the fall semester continues to be planned.
SEARK Face Mask/Shield Policy:
All students, faculty, staff and visitors - including contractors and vendors - must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while on SEARK campuses, in all hallways, public spaces, classrooms and other common areas of campus buildings, and when in offices or other work spaces or outdoor settings when 6-feet social distancing cannot be maintained, including inside offices or outdoors on campus.
Employees and students who show symptoms of illness MUST remain off-campus until the symptoms subside for at least a 24-hour period. Any employee or student with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis - even if asymptomatic - must remain off-campus and quarantined for at least a 14-day period after receiving the test results.
Individuals who need reasonable accommodations related to the use of face coverings may contact Scott Kuttenkuler (for students) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebecca Monk (for employees) at email@example.com.
Students, Faculty, staff and visitors are requested to provide their own face coverings (e.g. cloth or disposable face mask). However, if individuals are not able to provide their own face coverings, the college will provide them. Disposable masks will be provided to students and employees who forget to bring their masks to campuses.
Signage will be posted on building entrances prohibiting anyone from entering SEARK who is feeling ill, running a fever, or has recently been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
All students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to adhere to this policy. Failure to comply with face covering requirements may result in denial of access to designated areas or participation in programs or activities, and/or discipline in accordance with applicable college policies. In classrooms, faculty have the right to deny a student entry into the room if the student is not wearing a face mask/covering. Violations of this policy by faculty, staff or visitors, including contractors and vendors, should be reported to Human Resources; violations by students should be reported to Student Affairs. Additional information regarding policy enforcement will be provided in the coming weeks.
The work of SEARK is grounded in our enduring mission: empowering all of our students and changing lives through the education and services we provide. And we will do that by being true to our enduring core values including ensuring the safety of our entire campus community. More information will be shared regularly as we get closer to the fall semester. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to welcoming you all back to campus soon.
Vice President of Student Affairs