May 5, 2020

Dear UA System students, faculty and staff,

The Board of Trustees met virtually on Monday, May 4, to continue to address the issues arising from the outbreak of COVID-19. The Board heard an informational report on the coming distribution of emergency student grants under the CARES Act, which institutions across the system will begin providing soon to help students meet needs that have arisen from the disruption of campus operations due to the virus. We know many students have needs as a result of this crisis, and our goal as a system is to get these funds to students as soon as possible. Additionally, the Board passed several items regarding the UA System’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
We understand that campus life will be different as we all do our best to protect each other through responsible social distancing and other behaviors; however, we are confident in the ability of our institutions to use the resources at hand to reopen in a responsible way. We thank each of you for your patience and cooperation during these unique times. The Board will continue to monitor the progress of each institution over the summer and address other COVID-19 related issues as needed.


Donald R. Bobbitt, President
University of Arkansas System

John Goodson, Chair
Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas System