COVID-19 Procedure Updates

Effective January 6, 2022- COVID-19 Updates for Students

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Click here for SAU Tech's Extended COVID-19 Response Plan

Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) developed this plan through a committee planning process to respond to the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines are reflective of the recommendations for higher education institutions set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), guidance from the American College Health Association, and the Arkansas Department of Health. SAU Tech is following the Arkansas Department of Health Directive for re-opening of businesses that were updated on June 15, 2020.

Prevention of the spread of COVID-19 starts with recognizing the signs and symptoms of the virus. The College acknowledges the (CDC) Centers for Disease Control's List of Symptoms for COVID-19: Most frequent symptoms associated with COVID-19 (other signs and no symptoms are possible) that develop 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Some people may experience some or all of the listed symptoms, and some of the population will exhibit no symptoms (asymptomatic). The CDC also states that other signs may present in addition to the ones listed above.

  • Masks: Students are asked to wear masks in common areas such as hallways, bathrooms, and when visiting offices on campus. Students are required to wear masks during classes at SAU Tech.
    • Sanitation: Students practice good personal hygiene by cleaning their hands multiple times a day and using hand sanitizer available in offices and on campus. The College's water fountains are not available for use during the pandemic.

    Things to know before the semester begins:

    1. Bring masks with you to the campus and wear them as directed above.
    2. All students are required to get a student ID and wear it on a lanyard while on campus. Get your student ID in the Rocket Success Center/Library. Students will have 1 week from the time classes start to obtain their ID. 
    3. If you live on campus, the housing director will provide more instructions before your arrival. Check your school email.
    4. SAU Tech is going to start the semester with a normal class delivery. This may change at any time. The changes will be communicated through your SAU Tech student email, the College's website, and by your course instructors.
    5. Sign-up for RAVE alerts. This is the system we use for emergency communications (weather, campus incidents, electrical outages, etc.) Use your school email to set up your account. We share the system with SAU Magnolia, and your email identifies you as an SAU Tech student so that you receive the correct messages.

    Campus Visitors

    • Persons visiting SAU Tech or providing services to or at the College must wear a mask when entering buildings

                SAU Tech continues to follow the direction of the State of Arkansas as it relates to business operations and resources are available at

                STUDENT Updates - ACADEMICS & student services

                CLASS MEETING CHANGES 

                All changes in the times or days that classes meet will be communicated to students by their individual course instructors. 

                Admissions & Advising
                Advising is being provided virtually, by email, by phone, and in person. Schedule your session HERE.
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                For general admission and advising information email

                Testing Center
                Fall class finals are being proctored at SAU Tech. Please schedule your exam time through our online link.  Schedule Your Test

                Student Housing
                Courtney Haygood, Director

                Financial Aid (FAFSA, Scholarships, Loans, Etc.)
                Connie Riley

                Registrar (Transcripts)
                Wayne Banks

                Student Accounts-Business Office
                Lisa Holland

                Information for High School Career Academy, Arkansas Fire Training Academy and Arkansas Environmental Training Academy

                Arkansas Fire Training Academy 
                Andy Woody, Associate Vice Chancellor for AFTA

                Arkansas Environmental Training Academy
                Randy Harper, Associate Vice Chancellor AETA

                SAU Tech Adult Ed Centers
                Barbara Hamilton, Associate Vice Chancellor

                The Centers in Magnolia and Camden are open to students and visitors by appointment Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. All persons entering the locations must wear a mask at all times. 

                Contact Information 
                For general information related to the measures SAU Tech is taking to protect students, staff, and faculty, contact Kimberly Coker at
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