Coronavirus Update

Attention: This is a constantly changing situation and will be continually monitored. EAC's intended plan may change should circumstances warrant it.

News from EAC  

March 14, 2020

Eastern Arizona College remains open and spring break is scheduled as normal despite the confirmed case of COVID-19 in Graham County.

When students and faculty return on Monday, March 23, we may implement social distancing policies that may include moving to online instruction and postponing or canceling campus gatherings.

EAC will continue to work with local health agencies to ensure the well-being of our campus community.

Please continue to follow the recommendations regarding proper hygiene protocols and visit the Centers for Disease Control for additional information.

Message from the President

March 12, 2020

Dear members of the EAC community,

I am writing to provide an update to you on EAC’s response to COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.

We are not closing campus at this time, but here’s what you need to know:

Since I last wrote, the pandemic has progressed. As of today, there are no confirmed cases in Graham County, and we believe the risk of transmission to our campus is currently low. However, we know that community spread is occurring in various parts of the United States.

Please remember that most people who get COVID-19 have very mild or no symptoms and most recover on their own. Those at higher risk are older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Spring Break begins next week. We feel it is necessary to prepare in the event we need to take additional steps to mitigate and slow the potential spread of the virus and to help protect the College community following the break.

In order to mitigate the growing risk of transmission, EAC may institute a series of policies and practices based on the concept of social distancing after students and faculty arrive back from Spring Break on Monday, March 23. Though not instituted yet, these policies and practices may include:

  • Virtualizing any activities, such as lectures and seminars, that can feasibly be placed online;
  • Limiting the number and size of campus gatherings, concerts, and meetings, including postponing or canceling them;
  • Restricting College-sponsored travel, particularly out-of-state travel;
  • Ensuring student attendance policies do not penalize students with legitimate health care concerns.

Faculty members who teach a face-to-face class should start planning how to continue instruction through alternate learning methods if the College decides to move away from in-person delivery of classes. Faculty are encouraged to contact Dr. Greg Watson at (928) 428-8397 or greg.watson@eac.edu to ensure they are prepared to shift to online instruction if it becomes necessary. All other questions regarding how this may apply to your course or program should be directed to your division chair or academic dean.

EAC will continue to monitor the situation over the break and will provide instruction and updates as appropriate on the College website and through other official College channels. Decisions will be based solely on official reports from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Graham County Health Department.

Please continue to follow the recommendations regarding proper hygiene protocols found in my previous message and visit the Centers for Disease Control website for additional information.

I hope that you all have a relaxing and safe Spring Break and that each of you return safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Todd Haynie
President, Eastern Arizona College
www.eac.edu