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Campus Health & Safety: Update to Campus Access and Hours

Published on May 13, 2020

Update - Thursday 5/14/20

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress passed the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Aid that provides $6.3 billion in direct support to institutions. On April 13, 2020, Ozarka College President Richard Dawe signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Ozarka College was awarded $797,075 for institutional support and student assistance; $398,538 has been designated specifically for student aid. 

Eligible students were prompted in myOzarka to attest that they had been financially impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (examples are food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care) in order to receive relief funds available under the CARES Act.

An estimated 654 students were eligible to receive funds under the Cares Act.  Approximately $629.60 has been distributed to each of the 633 students who affirmatively attested that they were impacted. Student eligibility was determined by Title IV criteria excluding anyone not enrolled in a degree program, anyone who withdrew prior to March 13, 2020, anyone enrolled in a program exclusively offered online, and anyone currently on financial aid hold for SAP and/or defaulted on loans.

 

Update-Wednesday 5/13/20

Ozarka College continues to take necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of its campus communities.In following state guidance on phased re-openings, the College will adhere to the following protocols until further notice.

CAMPUS ACCESS

Currently, Ozarka campuses remain closed to student traffic.  Effective June 1, Ozarka Campuses will re-open offices to prospective and returning students by appointment only.  Students will also be required to observe health and safety restrictions as prescribed by state officials, to include face masks/coverings and proper distancing, etc. Restrictions will be posted at each entrance and communicated at the time an appointment is made. 

Appointments may be made at the location most convenient to students: 

Melbourne:                   870.368.2300

Ash Flat:                       870.368.2380

Mammoth Spring:         870.625.0411   

Mountain. View:           870.269.5600

...or email an Ozarka team member at studentsupport@ozarka.edu.

INTERNET ACCESS

Summer I term begins May 26.  For students needing internet access, limited computer labs will be open at each Ozarka campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Ozarka also has WiFi available in parking lots adjacent to campus buildings.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Though campus access is limited to appointment only at this time, Student Services staff will also be available via phone and email.  You may reach a student services team member at 870-368-2300 or at studentsupport@ozarka.edu.

Summer/Fall Registration is NOW OPEN!

IMPORTANT DATES

May 26             Summer I classes begin

June 1              Scholarship deadline for fall

Financial Aid Application – Priority deadline

July 6                Summer II term classes begin

August 17         Fall classes begin                            

CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND EVENTS

Effective May 26, Ozarka departments will resume normal staffing and begin summer office hours from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  

Though campus departments will return to normal hours, the College will continue to exercise limited public access until further notice in accordance with state directives.  

In accordance with state guidance for phased re-openings, Ozarka will limit meetings/events on campus to ensure proper execution of restrictive measures and will suspend all indoor events of 50 or more participants until further notice. Cancellations or rescheduling will be posted as necessary

 

Update- Thursday 5/7/20

Ozarka to Cancel Commencement Ceremony; Recognize Graduates

In an abundance of caution and to stay within the Governor's health guidance, Ozarka College must cancel its 2020 Spring Commencement ceremony.   Commencement is typically scheduled for early May and was recently re-scheduled for June with hopes of a shorter recovery to the now months long COVID-19 pandemic.   The decision follows the state guidelines concerning COVID-19 and social gatherings.

"Until there is greater understanding for the impact of COVID-19 and phased re-openings, we are taking every precaution and unfortunately it necessary to cancel commencement, " said Dr. Richard Dawe, College President. "The college is committed to the health and safety of our students and families, Ozarka employees, and our friends in the community. "

The College will still recognize degree and certificate completers in other ways.   Ozarka will honor 2020 graduates through local newspapers, social media, and on the College website.   "To say 2020 has been interesting would be an understatement and we regret we cannot have the ceremony, " said Dr. Chris Lorch, Vice President of Academics. "Regardless of circumstances, we are committed to honoring the achievements of our students as they have overcome unforeseeable adversities this year. "  

Ozarka College 2020 graduates are also invited to participate in next year's commencement ceremonies.   We are proud of our graduates and wish them great success and happiness for their future. For more information regarding commencement please the Registrar's office at 870-368-2300 or at studentsupport@ozarka.edu.

 

Update- Tuesday 5/5/20

CARES Act Funding Coming Soon, Students First to Receive Support

Arkansas higher education institutions, including Ozarka College have begun to receive their share of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Ozarka College president, Dr. Richard Dawe announced Thursday, April 30.   Of Arkansas' share in federal stimulus aid, Ozarka College has been allocated nearly $800,000.   Half of that aid will go directly to support students.   "We understand the urgency of getting relief out to our students, said Dawe.   "We are working very quickly to advance the relief package and to get these funds to Ozarka students most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. "  

Starting May 4, Ozarka will begin the process of distributing CARES Act relief funding to students who met eligibility criteria provided by the US Department of Education. Among several program criteria, students must be eligible to participate in Title IV funding programs (e.g., Pell, Federal Student Loans, etc.).   If eligible to receive funding, students will be notified through the myOzarka student system.   In order to expedite funding, we ask students to
 

(1) login to your myOzarka account,  

(2) when prompted, indicate your acceptance of CARES relief, and

(3) make sure your account information (i.e., phone, mailing address, direct deposit information) is up-to-date.

If you have any questions about your status or eligibility please check your myOzarka account or email studentsupport@ozarka.edu.

 

Update – Wednesday 4/8/2020

Classes:

Ozarka will extend online instruction through the end of Spring semester. 

If you have questions regarding assignments or course adjustments, please contact your instructor. Students please check your official Ozarka email for course updates; sign up for text alerts in your myOzarka portal for other campus updates.  

Campus Access: 

Ozarka Campuses will remain closed through the end of Spring semester. However, for students needing internet access, limited computer labs will remain open at each Ozarka campus from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

Student Support Services:

Though campus access is limited, Student Services staff will be available via phone and email.  You may reach a student services team member at 870-368-2300 or at studentsupport@ozarka.edu.

2020-2021 Scholarship Deadline is extended to June 1. 

Summer/Fall Registration: 

Registration for summer and fall classes will open April 20.

Campus Operations and Events:

Ozarka departments will continue to observe office hours from 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday with limited staff reporting.  Campus departments will exercise essential functions only and will have very limited public access during this period.  If you need assistance during this time you may reach Ozarka staff via phone or email.

All on-campus meetings of 10 or more individuals have been suspended through the end of Spring semester. Cancellations or rescheduling will be posted as necessary. 

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Update - Thursday 3/26/2020

Ozarka College will adjust student instruction and operations through April 17. 

Classes:

Effective Monday, March 30, all classes will move to online delivery through April 17. 

Exceptions: Technical programs will meet on a limited basis beginning, Monday, April 6. Enhanced restrictions will be observed to ensure health and safety while working toward timely completion of course requirements.  If you have questions regarding assignments or course adjustments, please contact your instructor. Students please check your official Ozarka email for course updates; sign up for text alerts in your myOzarka portal for other campus updates.  

Campus Access: 

Ozarka Campuses will remain closed through April 17. However, for students needing internet access, limited computer labs will remain open at each Ozarka campus from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

Student Support Services:

Though campus access is limited, Student Services staff will be available via phone and email through April 17.  You may reach a student services team member at 870-368-2300 or at studentsupport@ozarka.edu.

Financial Aid disbursements will proceed as scheduled. Those who did not elect direct deposit will receive their check by mail at the address we have on file. Please update your mailing address in myOzarka under the tools tab. 

2020-2021 Scholarship Deadline is extended to June 1. 

Summer/Fall Registration: 

Registration for summer and fall classes will open April 20.

Campus Operations and Events:

Effective Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 17, Ozarka departments will observe office hours from 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday with limited staff reporting.  Campus departments will exercise essential functions only and will have limited public access during this period.  If you need assistance during this time you may reach Ozarka staff via phone or email.

All on-campus meetings of 10 or more individuals have been suspended through Friday, April 17. Cancellations or rescheduling will be posted as necessary. 

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With much still ongoing, the College is committed to everyone's safety and mindful of the additional burdens incurred by our campus communities due to pandemic response efforts across the state and nation. 

Thank you for your understanding and please continue to monitor the Ozarka website and social media for updates.

For more information regarding the virus visit these links:

Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov

Arkansas Department of Health at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/

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Update - Monday 3/16/2020: 

Out of abundance of caution, Ozarka College will adjust student instruction and operations through Spring Break. The College plans to resume normal operations, Monday, March 30. 

Classes:

Effective Tuesday, March 17, all classes (Online and On Ground) are cancelled through Spring Break. Classes are planned to resume March 30.

Operations:

Effective Tuesday, March 17- Friday, March 20, campus offices may have limited staffing in some cases. All campus locations will be closed during Spring Break. Operations are planned to resume March 30.

Facilities and Events:

The College is suspending all campus events effective Tuesday, March 17 through April 10.

*All employees will be off and campuses will be closed during spring break. 

With much still unfolding, the College is committed to everyone's safety and mindful of the additional burdens incurred by our campus communities due to pandemic response efforts across the state and nation. 

Thank you for your understanding and please continue to monitor the Ozarka website and social media for updates.

 

Update - Sunday 3/15/2020: 

Ozarka will hold classes tomorrow, Monday, March 16 as usual. All offices and campus access will remain open until further notice. In response to ongoing public concern, officials will assess the situation and make an announcement tomorrow concerning instructional plans for the remainder of the week. 

Thank you for your understanding of these changes during these unprecedented times. Please continue to monitor Ozarka website and social media for updates.

 

Update - Friday 3/13/2020: 

At Ozarka we take every precaution to maintain the health and safety of our campus communities. Given recent events, College officials are monitoring reports regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have procedures in place to address the situation, should the need arise.  

College Classes:

At this point we are not suspending on-campus classes. However, we are taking steps to transition to online or alternative delivery formats should it become necessary. Our Division of Allied Health will suspend clinicals until after spring break to mitigate risk of exposure. Nursing students will be provided detailed plans from their instructors and the Director.

College Facilities and Events:  

The College is committed to providing safe and open access to our campus and local communities. However, out of an abundance of caution, College officials are taking additional and appropriate steps to keep facilities clean, limit large gatherings to mitigate the spread of potential illness, and assess each campus event to determine if postponement or cancellation is necessary.

Travel:

Per the Governor's directive, we are restricting out-of-state travel for 60 days and cancelling other conference travel.

For more information regarding the virus visit these links:

Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov

Arkansas Department of Health at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/

Please follow our social media and/or the College website for updates.

 










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