The spring semester began as scheduled with classes starting on the main campus in Searcy on Monday, January 11. We will continue in on-campus classes through May 7. We hope to have spring break on March 8-12, but that is subject to change based on conditions closer to that time. If you plan to make travel plans for spring break, we strongly encourage you to make refundable arrangements. If we are unable to have spring break, we have an alternate plan to provide a comparable amount of break time built into the schedule.

We will not be bringing large groups to campus during the spring. Spring Sing will be held in a smaller fashion April 15-17 with the live audience option only available to Harding students and faculty/staff. The event will be available as a PPV event to our supporters. We are also asking students and employees to limit their own travel as much as possible during the semester.

The University considers violations of any COVID-19 campus directives as misconduct that will be addressed according to the disciplinary procedures found in the University student handbooks.

Campus Life & Events

We appreciate your response regarding campus directives during the fall semester. It will again be a team effort for our community to remain healthy and able to attend classes in person this spring. All academic gatherings outside of the class schedule and consisting of more than 10 persons must be approved by the Provost, Dr. Marty Spears (mspears@harding.edu), at least 48 hours in advance of the planned event. All social gatherings of more than 10 persons must be approved by the Dean of Students, Zach Neal (zneal@harding.edu), at least 48 hours in advance of the planned event. Any approved events must follow state and campus directives.

Spring Sing 2021

Spring Sing

Spring Sing 2021 will be open to the public in the Benson Auditorium April 15-17 with a limited live audience approved by the Arkansas Department of Health. Campus COVID-19 guidelines will be in effect.

Our audience seating will require masks and social distance and will allow family groups of 2-6 people to sit together. This will allow us to seat about 900 people for each performance. We encourage our friends and family to make plans to join us!

Ticket sales for the live performances will begin March 16 at 10 a.m. CDT at hardingtickets.com. Ticket prices are $20 each for Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m., Friday, April 16 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for Saturday night at 7 p.m. are $25 each. Live performance tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

In addition, the performance will be available for live pay-per-view to individuals and groups for $50 per site license on Saturday night, April 17 at 7 p.m. through Broadway on Demand.

Our social clubs will be masked and limited in numbers onstage throughout the performance. The modified format will feature more than 500 performers with all the music and spectacle and joy that is a hallmark of the annual event. In addition, the annual event generates thousands of dollars for local charities through our social clubs participating in the production. Make plans now because "We have a story for you." Learn more at harding.edu/springsing

Chapel

Since 1924, chapel has been a key part of the Harding experience. Members of the Harding community engage with each other through fellowship, shared experiences and meaningful worship to our Creator. The aim has always been that our time in chapel would allow us to grow closer to our Lord and closer as a community. Chapel provides an avenue for all of us to mature in our faith and have exposure to challenging ideas and discussions. It’s part of the tapestry of Harding University.

COVID has made many things in this time challenging and difficult. Chapel has been no exception. While we have maintained a daily virtual chapel, we have longed for the time we would be able to again meet face to face.

For the last few months, a team of people has worked to see how it might be possible for us to meet again in person while honoring all the guidelines provided by both the ADH and the CDC.

Beginning on Monday, February 8 chapel has been meeting in person utilizing eight smaller sections (MW or TTh, 9:00 or 9:30, Benson or Rhodes), which accommodate for necessary social distancing with everyone wearing their mask. Students had a choice of Day, Time and Location.

Attendance this semester is taken for face-to-face chapel through the use of a new technology app (Spotter), which means students do not have an assigned seat but an assigned day and time. Attendance is required, with each student having 6 absences for the Semester. Chapel lasts roughly 18 minutes in each session to allow time for the rooms to clear so the next group is able to get in. Friday chapels are being done virtual like they have been to begin the semester.

For the Fall 2021 semester we plan to be back to daily chapel all together.

Social Clubs

We will honor the need for appropriate distancing and the wearing of face coverings while still participating in social club meetings, receptions, induction activities and functions. Social club sports will adhere to the same expectations as intramural athletics.

Campus Activities

The Office of Campus Life will be offering a number of campus activities in keeping with the expected health precautions. Although the current precautions may affect the number in attendance at a time, location, or type of event, it will in no way lessen the number of opportunities for connection and entertainment.

International Programs

Due to the ongoing global impact of COVID-19, as well as guidance provided by the CDC and the U.S. State Department, all spring 2021 undergraduate study abroad programs have been canceled. All impacted students have been notified and provided with alternative future study abroad options or full refunds. Information about future study abroad opportunities may be accessed here.

Residence Halls

Only students who live in a given residence hall are allowed past the lobby. All students who live in residence halls and privileged housing are not to have outside guests. Face coverings must be worn and distancing must be maintained when students who live in the same residence hall are interacting in the room of a student who is not their roommate/suitemate. Family members are asked to only visit the lobby as well. We continue to ask that students, faculty, and staff only travel when necessary.

Temperatures will be checked at the door by residence life staff as students return on January 8-10. Starting Monday, January 11 the temperature of each resident will be checked two days a week by residence life staff. Face coverings are to be worn at all times except when students are in their own room, apartment or suite while no visitors or guests are present. Roommates and suitemates are not considered visitors or guests. Students are asked to regularly disinfect the commonly touched areas of their room/apartment. Residence Life staff will provide guidance on proper cleaning supplies.

Housing Over Breaks: The Office of Student Life will maintain a list of all students who are unable to return home if we are able to have spring break on March 8-12. These students will pay an additional weekly amount. Any students remaining on campus due to testing positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for 10 days in Kendall Hall. Please email studentlife@harding.edu with any questions.

Dining Services

The dining hall will have an emphasis on healthy foods made from scratch and an extensive allergen free program. Chartwells is committed to serving food safely and has developed three tiers of operating procedures ranging from the most distanced to the least distanced. No option will have buffets or self-service. Students living on campus who are in isolation or under quarantine due to COVID-19 will be able to order meals and have them delivered to the door of their rooms.

Common Areas on Campus

Please continue to be mindful of signage in the student center and cafeteria to assist with proper seating. Please look for a numbered sticker in the middle of the table for the occupancy limit or for a red/green dot system. Once food has been consumed, masks should be worn, even if continuing to consume a beverage. The mask can be removed to take drinks, but should be worn in between active eating and drinking while in the student center. If problems with distancing occur in these areas, it may become necessary to transition to grab-and-go meals only in the cafeteria and student center.

When attending church services, Sunday school classes, and home Bible studies, please adhere to the directives of distancing and wearing masks.

Recreation and Intramural Athletics

University intramural and social club sports will continue, but spectators must wear a face covering and remain 6 feet apart in distance. If problems with distancing occur then it will become necessary to discontinue attendance by spectators.

Airport Shuttle

The Office of Student Life provides a shuttle to and from the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock at the beginning and end of the spring semester as well as before and after spring break. The cost for the shuttle is $20 each way. The Office of Parking & Transportation has safety precautions in place that include disinfecting buses and vans between shuttles, wearing face coverings, and limiting capacity per vehicle. If you need transportation from the airport to campus, be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Sign up Airport Shuttle Request or contact hushuttle@harding.edu.

Academic Instruction & Learning

Classes are structured to support all students who wish to begin or continue study at Harding. The remote participation request period has expired. If you need accommodations for an exceptional situation, like a significant health issue, please email provost@harding.edu and CC studentlife@harding.edu with your request and a rationale. Students who become ill, virus positive, or need to be quarantined will switch to participating in their classes remotely for the duration of their quarantine/isolation. The goal is completion of a safe, accessible, educationally-sound semester. Guiding principles are being put into place to lead toward that goal. Academic Support Departments and Services will also be available to students.

Classroom Guidelines

Students will wear multilayer cloth face masks in classroom and laboratory settings, even when 6 feet apart. Teachers may choose to remove their multilayer cloth face mask while teaching if they can remain at least 12 feet away from others. Teachers will wear a multilayer cloth face mask at all other times in classroom and laboratory settings.

Eating is not allowed in the classroom and laboratory.

Classrooms and laboratories are reconfigured to allow for distancing and entrance/egress traffic flow: Class meeting days/times as well as attendance policies may be altered. Virtual and out-of-class activities may be utilized. Alternating in-person/online attendance (aka staggered in-person attendance) may be utilized.

In addition to ongoing Aramark sanitization protocols, sanitization materials will be made available in each classroom and laboratory for at-will use by students who wish to clean the spaces they are occupying (i.e. individuals may clean a chair/desk before, during, and/or after class).

Courses will be available for remote participation, as scenarios may dictate or allow: Courses will be administered through Canvas in accordance with distance course delivery standards. Lectures will be recorded and made available in Canvas. Fully proctored online quizzes and exams will be used at the discretion of each instructor. Synchronous remote class meetings may be used. Faculty will hold regular office hours that provide optimum availability to students, either in person or virtually.

Class excuses will not be provided by Student Health Services: Illnesses necessitating an absence of greater than two consecutive class sessions will require physician/provider documentation. Students should communicate with their professors via email before missing class for a health issue. If the absence is related to COVID-19, email studentlife@harding.edu with specific details. Instructors will receive a follow-up notification from Student Life of students who cannot attend classes for extended periods of time, although private health information will not be communicated. Instructors will facilitate the necessary switch of students to remote delivery for those experiencing anticipated lengthy absences.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Intercollegiate athletes will receive information regarding move-in dates, NCAA Compliance meetings, insurance and medical/athletic training needs from their respective coaches and the Athletic Department. Changes to the 2020-21 sports schedules are posted at hardingsports.com. We will be following state and local guidelines for attendance at sporting events. More information about tickets and attendance will be available at a later date as we monitor guidelines for large outdoor and indoor venues. We anticipate a decision by the Great American Conference to allow fans for games beginning January 21. All ticket/attendance information will be made available to Harding students, faculty, staff and community through email announcements, social media and hardingsports.com.