What the "Hunker Down" order means for UAA

by Cathy Sandeen, UAA Chancellor  |   

Dear UAA Community,

Yesterday, Mayor Berkowitz announced a “Hunker Down” order will be in place beginning 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 through Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Below is guidance on what this order means for UAA's Anchorage campus. Community campus directors will continue to make facility closure and remote-work decisions for their campus and local communities.

What does the “Hunker Down” order mean for UAA?

Employees: We have already asked that employees work remote if possible. With this Mayoral directive, I am asking supervisors to take action between now and Wednesday, March 25, to have all non-essential employees work remote for the duration of the order. The university still has mission critical operations which are provided by employees designated as essential that must continue to facilitate our educational mission.

Please consult with your supervisor on remote work options and needs for your particular situation and visit the employee FAQ for information about how to accurately track your hours, retrieve materials from your university office, address child care concerns and more. You will find telework guidance on the ITS website.

Academic Continuity: Courses will transition to alternate course delivery beginning March 23 as previously noted. As part of alternate delivery, a limited number of exemptions for small course meetings of 10 people or fewer will proceed as planned.

Research: Only essential research operations will continue at this time through the duration of the order. We will re-evaluate other operations continuing again on April 1. The vice provost for research will send additional information.

Facilities: Access to campus buildings will be restricted. This means all buildings are locked. Employees and students present for essential campus operations or specified academic reasons may access buildings using keys or WolfCards. Individuals will be present at each building next week to accommodate access as needs arise. Signage will be posted with names and contact information. Please note: Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Sally Monserud Hall, Lucy Cuddy Hall and the Seawolf Sports Complex are now closed and no access is available for these buildings.

For the most up-to-date information from UAA and the UA System on the university’s transition during COVID-19, please continue to check the UA Coronavirus Information website.

Thanks for your patience, Seawolves, as this situation continues to evolve each day.

Cathy Sandeen
UAA Chancellor

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