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Required Action Steps

Required Action Steps for Employees and Students

Administration, individual employees and students all share in the responsibility for protecting the health of our community.  If we each implement the measures set forth in this guide, the combined effect should reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus.  Therefore, the following actions are required for all employees and students.

Before returning to campus, each employee and student must:

As with all policies, procedures and mandatory training, employees who fail to comply may face corrective action up to and including termination.  Students who fail to adhere to these requirements will be subject to discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

Symptom and Exposure Monitoring

ASUN is partnering with New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, located at A-State, for COVID-19 contact tracing.  Contact tracing is a vital way to stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.  It is the process of working with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to ensure that they have the right information and that people with whom they have been in contact with are notified that they may need to quarantine themselves.  Contact tracers may: trace and monitor contacts of infected people and notify them of their exposure; help ensure the safe, sustainable and effective quarantine of contacts to prevent additional transmission; and use digital tools to expand reach and efficacy of contact tracing.  ASUN will work closely with the expert team of physicians, public health administrators and trained contact tracers to help minimize the health risks to our campus community.  

All employees and students must monitor symptom onset and exposure daily to lessen the community spread of COVID-19; and they must complete the ASUN COVID-19 Reporting form if symptoms or exposure occur.  

Steps for Symptom and Exposure Monitoring:

  1. EEach day before coming to campus, employees and students will complete the Going to Campus Daily Checklist (Appendix A) which requires them to take their temperatures and answer a short list of questions about potential COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.  Anyone who answers “yes” to any of the questions should not come to campus and should follow the steps indicated. 
  2. If you develop symptoms while on campus, leave campus immediately and complete the ASUN COVID-19 Reporting Form as soon as possible.  
  3. Any employee or student that returns to campus following an illness and has a recurrence of symptoms should update the ASUN COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  4. When a form is initiated or updated, the ASUN liaison to NYIT will be notified immediately and will initiate internal safety protocols.  
  5. When an employee or student completes the ASUN COVID-19 Reporting Form, a call from NYIT is initiated. 
  6. NYIT will assess your individual situation and advise you of your next steps.  

Process for Returning to Campus Following Isolation/Quarantine

Employees and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) for case administration and contact tracing.  The ADH will contact you to discuss isolation.  The ADH will contact you again at the end of your isolation period to determine if you are eligible for release.  If you are eligible for release, the ADH will provide a written letter which you must forward to Do not return to campus until you have received approval from  

For students and employees who have not tested positive for COVID-19, NYIT advise you as to whether you must isolate or quarantine.  NYIT will provide you with a tentative end date for your isolation/quarantine.  

Students and employees placed in isolation will be contacted by NYIT at the end of their isolation period for an exit interview.  NYIT will provide a written letter of release, which must be forwarded to before you may return to campus. Do not return to campus until you have received approval from  

Students and employees who are placed in quarantine should contact at the end of their quarantine period for approval to return to campus.  Do not return to campus until you have received approval from  

Employees will continue to notify their supervisor related to any absence and students will continue to contact their faculty members. However, please direct your questions about ASUN’s procedures and your return to campus to or call 870-512-7850. ​

For more information about COVID-19, please call the Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-803-7847.  For testing information, please call the Arkansas Department of Health.  Jackson County Unit- 870-523-8968; Poinsett County Unit- 870-578-4480; Craighead County Unit- 870-933-4585.  If you are feeling ill or need immediate medical assistance, please call your healthcare provider.  

Consideration for Vulnerable Employees and Students

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for complications with a COVID‑19 infection. Those conditions may include:

  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes (Including type 1, type 2 and gestational)
  • Hemoglobin disorders (sickle cell disease and thalassemia)
  • Immunocompromised (i.e. undergoing cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, HIV, on medication that may weaken the immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Hypertension/high blood pressure
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity/high BMI
  • People aged 65 years and older
  • Pregnancy

Employees and students who have a medical condition that places them in a higher risk group may wish to seek a reasonable accommodation.