Coronavirus Information Updates

For information or immediate concerns contact administration at 501-882-4500
or email us at: or see the FAQ section on the link.

Hero Image

Coronavirus Information

This page is established to provide a central resource for the Vanguard Community as our primary concern is to protect the ongoing health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.  You will find information updates on the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as other links, resources and useful FAQs.
ASU System COVID Self-Reporting Form

Click here to report if you have been tested for COVID-19, have been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person, or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Once you complete this form, you will be contacted by a contact tracer with the NYIT College of Medicine at ASU in Jonesboro. Please isolate immediately and wait for instructions from NYITCOM. If you are advised to continue to isolate, the Director of Student Life will inform your instructors.

COVID Referral Form

Click here if you are referring an individual who is exhibiting symptoms.

Once you complete this form, the referred individual will be contacted by either the offices of Human Resources or Student Life. After an initial inquiry, next steps will be determined. Please know, referring an individual does not automatically place the individual in quarantine.

                                                           ASUB Classroom Protocols

ASUB Remote Services List provides for quick contact of specialized services

For information or immediate questions/concerns contact administration

at 501-882-4500 or email

ASU-Beebe CARES Act Funding Report

CDC Coronavirus Information HUB


ASU-Beebe Update 28 - Classroom Protocols for Spring 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 27 - ASU-Beebe Moving to Remote Learning after Nov. 20;  All Campuses to Remain Open for Services

ASU-Beebe Update 26 - Vanguard Community Encouraged to Continue Following COVID Protocols Off-Campus

ASU-Beebe Update 25 - ASUB Extends Meeting Space Restrictions to February 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 24 - ADH Reporting for Education Institutions

ASU-Beebe Update 23 - Protocol Reminder for Fall 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 22 - Classroom Protocols for Fall 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 21 - Changes to Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

ASU-Beebe Update 20 - Protocol Regarding Venues, Gatherings, & Facility Use on ASU-Beebe Campuses

ASU-Beebe Update 19 - ASU-Beebe Return to Fall Classes, Open Registration Dates, Campus Tours Resume July 1

ASU-Beebe Update 18 - Faculty Update on Fall 2020 Class Instructional Planning

--Faculty Canvas Course Checklist for Fall 2020 Class Preparation

ASU-Beebe Update 17 - Summer Term II - All Classes Transitioning to Online or Internet Assisted

ASU-Beebe Update 16 - Fall 2020 Semester to Return to In-Person Classes on Campus

ASU-Beebe Update 15 - CARES Act - Funding for Emergency Financial Aid Grants

ASU-Beebe Update 14 - Summer Semester Class Changes - April 14th

ASU-Beebe Update 13 - Guidance for Final Exams for Spring 2020 terms - April 7th

ASU-Beebe Update 12 - AMI for Remainder of Spring 2020 Semester - April 5th

ASU-Beebe Update 11 - Clery Notification of COVID-19 Case - April 4th

ASU-Beebe Update 10 - Alternative Methods of Instruction Extended to April 17th

ASU-Beebe Update 9 - Spring Break Update- All Services Moving Remotely Thru March 27

ASU-Beebe Update 8 - All Non-Essential Employees Work Remotely - March 19,2020

ASU-Beebe Update 7 - Heber Campus Only - March 16, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 6 - Meeting Space Cancellation - March 15, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 5 - Detail on Campus Status, Spring Break and Learning Support - March 15, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 4 - All ASU-Beebe Campuses Moving to AMI/Remote Instruction - March 15, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 3 - Establishment of Coronavirus Information Resources - March 13, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 2 - Vanguard Health Professions - Clinical Rotations Suspended - March 12, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 1 - Vanguard Travel Information Update - March 12, 2020

ASU-Beebe: Message Regarding Precautions for Coronavirus - March 2, 2020


Back to Top

Follow the BIG-4

Wear a Facial Covering

Wash Hands Frequently or Use a Hand Sanitizer

Practice Social Distancing  (Maintain 6-feet Distance)

Do Not Come to Campus (or go out in public) if You Have Symptoms 

Back to Top

Campus meeting update

Individuals seeking to reserve a space on our campuses or plan an event must contact the Office of Student Life directly ( or 501-882-4491) to discuss arrangements and facility needs.

Restriction of External Events
All external (non-college) event requests (i.e., meetings, gatherings, activities and facility) for on all ASUBeebe campuses have been canceled until at least June 1, 2021. No facility request shall be approved before this date. Based on circumstances related to public safety and available resources, ASU-Beebe may determine it necessary to extend this moratorium on external events beyond the above referenced date.

Internal College Events
All internal offices/ departments/ programs of ASU-Beebe are required to submit event requests (i.e., meetings, gatherings, activities and facility), for on all ASU-Beebe campuses to the Office of Student Life for review and approval by using the “Room and Event Request Form” and “Social Distancing Compliance Plan” located on the Campus Event Calendar page of the ASU-Beebe website,

 Meeting coordinators with meetings or events currently scheduled that need to be canceled or postponed, have been contacted directly by the Office of Student Life.

The college’s food service provider, Great Western Dining, Inc., will continue food service and catering during this period. Meeting coordinators can contact Food Service Director Tim Brenner directly ( or 501.882.4430) to make catering arrangements for on-campus (events after March 30, 2020) and off campus sites.

 Any additional specific advisories about campus facilities will be posed to this ASU-Beebe Coronavirus Information page.


Back to Top

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020    ASU-Beebe Covid-19 Testing Event 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to test? 

Residence hall students and several cohort program students and faculty are required to test.  Housing staff and program faculty will communicate with the groups who are mandated to test.

Who can be tested?

All students, faculty, or staff members from any of our campuses (Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs, LRAFB, and online) are encouraged to take advantage of this convenient, free testing event.

Why are we testing people who have no symptoms and have not been exposed?

It is possible for someone to be positive with COVID-19, not have symptoms, and still be sharing the virus and infecting others. For this reason, wearing masks and staying at least 6 feet from others is the primary way to prevent the spread of the virus.  However, routine testing is also a way to identify positive COVID-19 cases who are asymptomatic so those cases can isolate to curtail the spread of the virus.

Why are we just testing on the Beebe campus?

ASU-Beebe requested a testing event for each of our campuses.  Because health officials are focused on residential college campuses, a 500 test event on the Beebe campus is what has been approved at this point.  All ASUB students, regardless of campus, are encouraged to take advantage of the testing event.  Testing also remains available at the Arkansas Department of Health Local Health Units in Heber Springs, Searcy, and Cabot.

What will this cost?

The testing is free.  The Arkansas Department of Health will not bill you for the test. 

How long will the results take?

We anticipate that test results will be available within 3 days.  Instructions about how you will receive your test results will be given by the testing staff at the time of your test.

How will the test work?  Is this going to hurt?

When you drive-up or walk-up to the testing tent, the health care professionals will take your information.  Please have your driver’s license or other ID, your current address, and a phone number where you can be reached.The tests will be self-administered.  The health care professionals will provide you with a sealed tube and instruct you to remove the nasal swab from the tube and gently swab the inside of both your nostrils, not your nasal cavity.  You will return the swab into the tube as instructed.  This is a less invasive swab process than the rapid results tests that many health care providers have used.

Will I have to quarantine after being tested?

No quarantine period is required of those who are exhibiting no symptoms of COVID-19, have not been exposed to a positive case, and test negative.

What happens if I test positive?

You will be contacted by phone if you test positive, so it is important that you answer the phone number you give to the testing team.  The case investigator who contacts you will give you instructions, which will include an isolation period.  You will also be asked about any close contacts.

Please follow ASUB protocol by reporting your positive test and condition via the online COVID-19 Self Reporting form on the Coronavirus Information page:

Also, notify your instructors, who will work with you to deliver course content through alternative methods during your isolation period.

What if I live in a residence hall on the Beebe campus?

If you are positive for COVID-19 and live on campus, Housing Staff will work with you to provide isolation space within the residence hall and to deliver your meals, etc. during your isolation period.

Residents should be aware that if they are positive for COVID-19, they will be instructed to isolate where they are at the time of notification. The college encourages residents to isolate on campus. This helps limit the exposure of the virus and potentially exposure of your family to COVID-19.

For that reason, residents are encouraged to not “go home” this weekend until confirmed they have a negative test.

Back to Top

General Information on Corona Virus (COVID-19)

 FAQs for Campus Operations

ASU-Beebe classes will be delivered using a blended system of class types including face-to-face, via Zoom, fully online and a hybrid-zoom format.

FAQs for Residence Halls

 On-campus housing information regarding "Drop-off" and "Move-in" dates and scheduling appointments see the website page  Or contact the Housing Office at 501-882-4491.

FAQs for Student Support

To accommodate students and continue to provide learning support, the Abington Library, McKay Student Center's Learning Center and Computer Lab, and State Hall on the Beebe campus, and the Advising and Learning Centers on all campuses will remain open during regular business hours.  All campus and learning space protocols must be adhered to in all locations.
A variety of student services also continue to be available and provided remotely.  To see a contact list for remote services check out our Remote Services link at the top of this page.  

FAQs for IT Support to Alternative Instruction Methods/ Remote Learning

The ASU-Beebe Information Technology Department will continue with normal operations and remain diligent in ensuring that all students have the technological resources that they need.

 Should additional ITS assistance be needed, please contact the ITS Helpdesk by email at or via phone at

Add Text Notification to Canvass - Some students may not have access to internet at all times due to where they live, so adding a text notification to Canvas is a good option to keep you informed when instructors post new material, or there are announcements regarding course assignments.  Here is a How-To guide for setting up text message notifications for your Canvas courses. 

FAQs for Travel Advisories 

The CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel

Things to consider before travel:

Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?

Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?

Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?

Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19? 

Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?

Is COVID-19 spreading where you live? 

FAQs for Out-of-State Travel

While most of us will not travel to known "hot spot" areas, students, faculty, and staff should take into consideration potential impacts of any travel and take appropriate precautions to limit their potential exposure to the coronavirus.  Known exposure would necessitate a 14-day self quarantine before returning to campus.

FAQs - If You Think You are Sick

If you have a fever, do not feel well, are sick with COVID-19 or think you have been infected with the Coronavirus or other virus, please do not come to campus. ASU-Beebe is prepared to provide you information and services by phone, email, via Zoom, and through Canvas.

If you are a member of the ASU-Beebe Campus Community (student, faculty or staff) please use the Self-Reporting form at the top of this page.

If you a family member or live in the community near an ASU-Beebe Campus, please follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention measures for “What To Do If You are Sick:

FAQs - When to quarantine?

A person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine (remain home) for at least 10 days after the date of their last exposure to the positive case. 

FAQs - Defining Close Contact

Close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone (with or without mask wearing) who has tested positive for Covid-19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period. The 15 minutes could be one contact or multiple contacts that add up to 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period. An employee who has been exposed to COVID-19 but has tested negative may not return to work until the quarantine period is complete.

FAQs - Will we get the vaccine?

Higher education employees are in group 1B of the Covid-19 Phased Vaccination Plan in Arkansas. Public officials currently estimate that group 1B vaccinations will begin around the first week of February. This is an estimate. You can keep up with the progress of the Phased Plan by consulting the ADH Covid-19 Vaccination Plan information page. As always, we will share additional information as it becomes available.

FAQs - Will students be required to get vaccinated like schools require for MMR?

At this time, we are not aware of any federal or state mandate that would require students to be vaccinated. Any such mandate would likely be at the federal or state level and apply to all higher education settings.


Back to Top

Plan My Future

Advising and Orientation

Don't know what classes to take? Click here and connect with your advisor.

Degrees And Certificates

Want to know what we offer? Click here

Transfer Options

Needing to transfer? No problem, we have options!

Take college classes while still in high school

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment enables students to get a jump on their degree path by gaining college credits while still in high school.

Vanguard Academies

Click here to learn more about Vanguard Academies through your high school.

Regional Career Center

Courses taken at the Regional Career Center are full academic credit through your high school. Students are also eligible to receive concurrent college credit for most of our programs.

Earn my GED.

GED Offices

Meet our staff and locations.

GED Testing

The ASU-Beebe Adult Education Centers offer Official GED® Testing on the Searcy campus. 

Services Offered

ASUB Adult Ed offers a variety of services and trainings to better prepare the community for the workforce.

Advance my education and skills.

Workforce Education

These short-term classes are usually offered at night, weekends, or online and are designed to enhance personal or professional skills. 

Community Education

The Continuing Education/Workforce Development Department at ASU-Beebe sponsors numerous non-credit classes that are designed to meet the needs of the general public and business workforce.

Advanced Programs

Through a partnership between A-State and ASUB, students may earn baccalaureate degrees from Arkansas State University by taking coursework at the Degree Center on the Beebe campus.

Visit the Vanguard Hub

Log into the Vanguard Portal

Your portal to your Vanguard Future!


Request an Official Transcript

Get your transcript sent where you need it.

Need Something Else?

Visit the Vanguard Hub for all your student resources.

Visit for a semester!

Visiting Students

Visiting Students are enrolled at a college seeking credit for course work at another college.


Let us help you achieve your education goals!

Vanguard Hub

Visit the Vanguard Hub for all your student resources.