Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources

The University has announced that Summer Sessions 1 & 2 will be held online. View a Guide to In-Person and Online Courses for Fall 2020

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Last updated 4:30 PM MST, 7/22/2020

The College of Science is creating precautionary operation plans to ensure our students, faculty and staff are informed and kept up to date with news surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the University of Arizona.

  • We strongly encourage supervisors to send employees home if showing signs of illness.
  • We remind faculty, staff and students to stay home if you are feeling ill.
  • We strongly encourage that all meetings be moved to a virtual format.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you are an instructor and have questions or concerns about challenging content (field courses, lab courses, etc.) please contact Brittany Johnson (

Please remember that we encourage University of Arizona community members to remain welcoming to and supportive of each other during this public health situation. Offer empathy and care to friends, colleagues and classmates who may worry about family and friends in places experiencing outbreaks. We must ensure that our response to the coronavirus threat does not harm others by stigmatizing or stereotyping. We are best equipped to respond to any public health threat when we work together. 

  • (3/18/20) If you are returning to campus from business or personal travel, and in particular if you have visited places that have known COVID-19 community spread, I strongly urge you to self-isolate at home for two weeks to keep our community as safe as possible. Please contact your supervisor or department head to develop a work-from-home plan and request the support of Human Resources as needed. 
  • (3/13/20) University Departments may deem travel “essential” if THREE of the list below is likely to occur should the travel be cancelled or significantly delayed:

    • Loss of grant funding, or failure to meet required completion deadlines
    • Failure to meet contract deliverable requirements
    • Significant damage to relationship with institutional partner
    • Loss of professional development opportunity unlikely to reoccur for the foreseeable future
    • Significant delay in academic progress, degree completion, or graduation 
  • As of 3/11/2020, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States has grown to almost 1,000, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that the outbreak is now present in 38 states and the District of Columbia. In response to the spreading risk, beginning immediately and until further notice, we are strongly recommending cancelling all non-essential domestic out-of-state business travel for College of Science employees. If you have business travel you believe to be essential, please discuss with your leadership. As a reminder, regarding personal travel, if an employee travels for any reason to a country designated as Level 2 or Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control, the employee will be required to remain isolated at home or other off-campus residence for 14 days from the date of return from that country. We will continue to monitor the impact of the outbreak and will provide additional updates as needed.
  • On Monday (3/9/2020) The Tucson Festival of Books has been cancelled due to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • On Friday (3/6/2020) we canceled Science City as part of the Tucson Festival of Books given the nature of our participation as well as the large number of people who attend Science City. We support this great event and look forward to future partnerships.
  • We launched this COS web page providing specific COS updates and University of Arizona resources and information for student, staff and faculty related to COVID-19.
  • Last week (3/6/2020) we asked all department heads to prepare plans for teaching all courses online, and to let us know challenges associated with doing so (i.e. labs, research, etc.).


We encourage all University of Arizona students, staff and faculty to keep up-to-date with the University of Arizona Coronavirus information page as it is being updated on a consistent basis.

Campus Climate

Latest COS Communications

June 2, 2020 Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science We hear you and stand with you
May 15, 2020 Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science End of Year Message to Students
April 10, 2020 Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science Introducing All College of Science Dean Time Conversations
March 25, 2020 Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science Message to All College of Science Students
March 20, 2020 Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science Stay Calm, Connected and Patient
March 13, 2020 Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science Remote Instruction Resources
March 12, 2020 Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science

COVID-19 COS Crisis Task Force Team

March 10, 2020

Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science

Coronavirus Updates and Resources

March 6, 2020

Elliott Cheu, Interim Dean, College of Science

Continued Communication Regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19


Senior Leadership Town Hall Recording

Academic Affairs

Yes, the withdraw deadline is April 14, withdraws from this term won't count towards cap.

All summer school courses will be held online.

Students will be able to opt into Pass/Fail grading and any courses marked as Passed will count towards program and course requirements and prerequisites.

Students will be assigned work to get them to 2/3 of their original credit, remaining credits will be done via 1 credit online courses focused on professional skills development.

Yes, but only internships with 100% guaranteed work from home will be approved.

The Pass/Fail Grading Policy will cover these courses, but advising is working with pre-med students and advising them from implementing Pass/Fail on those types of courses.

In-state travel requires Department Head approval; out-of-state or international travel requires Department Head, Dean, and Provost approval

Business Affairs

Please use the University Release code for the hours you would have worked on campus.

Packages will be delivered if possible, otherwise held at 34th street center. All mail that is being held at 34th street center can be picked up by units but units must contact Receiving or Postal Services prior to arriving.

Payroll will mail any checks not set up for direct deposit to the address on file in the employee record. This address can be changed via Employee Self Service on UAccess.


TA's must get department head approval to be in the building.

During shelter in place, these rooms can be locked and TA's bared from accessing them.

If the entire building is empty, it should be locked at Facilities Management must be notified. Any unused areas within unlocked buildings should be secured. You are not required to leave buildings unlocked as long as there is a way for all necessary personal to gain access.

We recommend a minimum of 70% ethanol solution to disinfect surface or 10% bleach solution. Facilities Management will also provide cleaning kits upon request.

Faculty & Staff

The sabbatical clock will remain unchanged.

A one year tenure delay will be automatically approved but the faculty will have to opt in. No additional expectations will be made of the faculty for the delay year. Formal communication was sent 3/27/2020.

A tenure-eligible assistant professor may be recommended for promotion, for nonrenewal, or for other changes in status after annual performance reviews in any year up to the sixth year of tenure-eligible service, or a subsequent year if a time clock delay has been granted. Sent in the formal communication on 3/27/2020



Estimated $250M loss per President Robbins email from 4/28/2020


Research is considered critical at the discretion of the PI and lab manager, but must complete the Lab Work Plan if anyone will be in the lab and provide that  plan to to RII and Pete Reiners.

All face to face activities are canceled through July 1. The remainder of summer will be determined on or before May 1.

Pete Reiners (  or Lori Schultz ( should be contacted immediately to address this issue.


All summer classes are to be held remotely and we are working towards in-person instruction in the Fall. Faculty and students will have the option of attending classes virtually if they are not comfortable being on campus.

No, as long as they remain enrolled full time. If you withdraw from courses you may have an issue, but it will be addressed on a case by case basis.

In-person commencement and convocations have been canceled for May 2020. The College of Science is currently working on a solution for our ceremony.

Yes, Academic Administration is working to create a streamlined process for requesting refunds for materials/field-trips not used due to the shift to remote learning.

There is no plan to refund mandatory fees.

There is no plan to change the fees charged in summer.

There is no plan to change the way we charge tuition in summer.



Self isolation is up to the employee/student. Anyone who has traveled, domestic or international, is requested to self-isolate for 14 days.

You can tell them that someone with the unit is experiencing symptoms and to remain vigilant of their own health and to self-quarantine and seek medical advice if they begin to feel symptoms associated with COVID-19. If a positive test is identified, this can be communicated but the identity of the person cannot be communicated. No identification about an infected/possibly infected person can be given unless they have given permission to do so. This permission cannot be coerced in any way.