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As a result of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith moved to an online/distance-learning-only form of educational delivery beginning March 30, 2020.  In an effort to prevent potentially negative, educational outcomes for students, and in consultation with Student Government Association, Faculty Senate, and University Staff Council, UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley approved offering an emergency Pass/Withdrawal grade option for students enrolled in full spring semester and second 8-week spring semester courses.
UAFS Chancellor, Dr. Terisa Riley, released an update Friday, March 27, 2020, reiterating the campus-wide move to remote instruction and launching a resource page for students.
As residents of the greater Fort Smith region struggle with restrictions prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak, several businesses owned by alumni of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith are making changes to accommodate their customers.
After a weekend surge of positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, faculty and administrators at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith banded together to help frontline medical teams and hospital staff stay prepared and protected. Monday morning, a small team gathered at the UAFS campus to collect, box, label, and load more than 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for colleagues actively fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chancellor Terisa Riley announced Friday afternoon that as of March 30, 2020, all academic instruction at UAFS will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester. Additionally, the University of Arkansas System board of trustees voted unanimously to postpone commencement for all system institutions until at least June 1.


UAFS Campus Activities Board to host Sensory Room
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s Campus Activities Board will host a Sensory Room Saturday, March 7, from 5-7p.m. in Baldor Room 101.  
12 Contestants to Vie for Miss UAFS Crown
A new University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student will don the Miss UAFS crown this month as 12 contestants participate in the university’s annual scholarship competition, which will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center in the Fort Smith Convention Center.
UAFS To Host Open Meet and Greets with Diversity Equity and Inclusion Candidates
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold two public meet and greet events to introduce the Fort Smith community to each of the finalist candidates for the position of Executive Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Thursday, March 5 and Thursday, March 12 on the UAFS campus. 
UAFS Theater to Host Fund-Raising Performance of Side Man, Feb. 16
heatre@UAFS will present a special performance of the award-winning production of “Side Man” at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Alma Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from ticket sales will help enable UAFS theatre students to travel to Abilene, Texas, where they will compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region 6, Feb. 23-28. 
State of The City Address To Be Held Feb. 19 at UAFS
Fort Smith Mayor George McGill will deliver the 2020 State of the City address at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The address, which will include reports on city business, a review of initiatives that reached success in 2019, and McGill’s upcoming plans and vision for 2020, will be hosted in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at UAFS.