COVID-19 and Reentry Updates

Spring 2021 classes begin January 13 in Stage 1: Only essential, hands-on courses will meet in-person. All other courses will begin remotely during Stage 1. View University of Arizona's  central location for updates and guidance regarding Spring 2021 plans for reentry. 

Visit the COVID-19 data dashboard for the latest testing results, updated nightly. COVID Dashboard

Last updated 2:07 PM MST, 1/07/2021

The College of Science is working to continue creating precautionary operation plans to ensure our students, faculty, and staff are informed and updated with news surrounding the COVID-19 and the University of Arizona.

  • NEW! Mandatory Testing Blitz and Weekly Testing for Spring 2021. Learn more about how to sign up for a test, locations and guidelines for the Testing Blitz.
  • As President Robbins as encouraged, anyone who can work from home should work with their supervisor to complete their work remote.
  • We strongly recommend all Faculty, Students and Staff to watch the weekly reentry briefings held weekly (usually Monday or Tuesday mornings) at
  • We strongly encourage Faculty, Students and Staff to download the Covid Watch app and subscribe to the Wildcat Wellcheck.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a Face Covering and adhere by social distancing recommendations. As community transmission is on the rise be conscious of your social interactions and keep gatherings limited if at all.
  • 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. 

  • In accordance with state, county, and local public health guidance, University of Arizona gatherings and events are currently limited to 10 or fewer people in both indoor and outdoor settings.

    Staged Reentry for Events & Gatherings

    A gathering or event refers to a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating or a large number of people in attendance such as a community event or gathering, concert, festival, conference or business meeting, parade, wedding, or sporting event. This does not include classrooms or instructional settings, University of Arizona sanctioned events such as flu shot clinics, or items approved by the President and/or his designees. The University is currently in Stage 1. View all stages and more details. 


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


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

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.