Coronavirus Information

This page serves as the central location for updates and guidance from the University of Arizona on the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Updated 4:21 p.m. March 31, 2020

STATUS: Students asked not to return to campus for classes; all Spring 2020 classes to move online through the end of the semester, starting 3/18

Students needing technical assistance please call our 24/7 Support Center at (520) 626-TECH (8324) or (877) 522-7929.

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Health officials worldwide continue to investigate an outbreak of a novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19.

The University of Arizona has adjusted plans for campus mitigation in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials at Arizona are also working closely with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Pima County Health Department in continuing to monitor the situation closely. 

See the latest updates from Campus HealthCDC (Español | 中文), Pima County and the latest statewide updates from the Arizona Department of Health Services. (Más recursos en español)

Your safety and wellbeing is our priority. Until further notice, the Tucson campus and University of Arizona at Phoenix Biomedical Campus will operate as detailed below. The Sierra Vista campus and other distance learning locations, have location-specific updates. For Health Sciences and Banner Health, see Health Sciences' COVID-19 resources

Housing & Residential Life

  • Students should not return to campus, provided they have suitable alternative living arrangements. Students who are moving out are welcome to return to campus briefly to collect belongings. If you were living in the dorms, Housing and Residential Life has communicated the process for obtaining your belongings in the coming days. All communications and FAQs are posted on the Housing and Residential Life coronavirus page.
  • Students who do not have a suitable alternative should return to campus. Residence halls, food service, Campus Health and computer labs are open and will remain open to support you.

Academics

  • All classes have moved online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. 
  • We are working diligently on ensuring access to wifi for all students. In the meantime, here is a list of main campus and remote wifi hotspots students can use to safely access campus wifi WITHOUT leaving your cars.
  • Details for each online class will be communicated by individual faculty and instructors.
  • Online learning resources also include D2L, Zoom and Panopto.
  • This includes studio classes/labs. Faculty are working to determine modifications to these learning experiences to make this work the best we can. We encourage you to keep up with your courses to ensure your academic progress is not disrupted.
  • We are moving the 2020 summer classes scheduled between May and the end of June online at this time. We will reassess whether we will need to move the remaining courses through July and August soon.

Faculty & Staff

  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to work from home but are permitted to be on campus. Employees impacted by the closure of Arizona schools can review guidance from human resources.
  • All campus support operations will continue as usual to the extent possible.

University Operations

Events

  • Events and gatherings on campus will be canceled or rescheduled and updates will follow directly from the event organizers.
  • Arizona Athletics supports the NCAA’s and Pac-12 Conference’s decisions to cancel all winter and spring athletic events.
  • We have determined that the University of Arizona 2020 Convocations and Commencement cannot take place in-person as originally scheduled in May. This decision includes all celebrations and convocations in Tucson, Phoenix, Yuma and Sierra Vista.
  • Updates will be available at commencement.arizona.edu starting Friday, March 27. We want to hear from you and your feedback will go directly to our team.

Facebook Live stream

On Wednesday, March 25, President Robert C. Robbins and Provost Liesl Folks answered questions in a Facebook Live event. Captioning is available in English and Spanish.

Information for

Students & Parents

The Dean of Students Office will be providing up to date information regarding academics and student well-being. 

Dean of Students Office Virtual Student Support Services Tech Resources for Online Learning

Faculty & Instructors

See the latest instruction-related information for preparedness and practices as guided by the University of Arizona provost.

Resources & Updates Remote Instruction Resources Office of Instruction & Assessment

Prioritize your health and wellbeing. Download the My Wellness Coach App developed by the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine here at the University of Arizona

Researchers

Research, Innovation & Impact is providing policy and planning information to manage research activities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Research Resources

Staff

The Division of Human Resources is working alongside other campus administrators to ensure the University is prepared and ready for any future developments.

Human Resources Working Remotely

PREVENTION

CDC tips to protect yourself, your peers and coworkers

Wash your hands often.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your face.
Your eyes, nose and mouth are common entry points for germs.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Also, be more restrained in workplace physical interactions (e.g., consider skipping handshakes).

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Use a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands).

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
At work, think about desks, computer mice and keyboards, thermoses, telephones and cell phones, and door handles.

Need help coping with stress related to COVID-19? See resources from the Campus Health website.

Visit the CDC’s Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities webpage for comprehensive information.

SYMPTOMS

COVID-19 Symptoms 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

DIAGNOSIS

If you feel sick:

  • Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others and do not travel.
  • Campus Health is now testing for COVID-19 - please call (520) 621-9202 before you come in.  Due to continued limited availability of COVID-19 testing supplies, Campus Health is only able to test a limited number of UA members who meet specific criteria.

Latest Communications

March 31, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected
March 30, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President

Adapting For The Future, Post-COVID-19

March 27, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President Resilient Together
March 27, 2020 Campus Health

University of Arizona Students Support Pima County on COVID-19 Cases

March 27, 2020 Andrea Romero, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan / Promotion Guidelines
March 25, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President Student Financial Emergency Fund
March 23, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President COVID-19 & Mental Health Resources
March 23, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan / Students in credit-bearing experiential learning placements
March 20, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President A message to students from President Robbins
March 20, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President A message to colleagues from President Robbins
March 20, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President Commencement Update
March 20, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost [AMENDED] Revised Academic Grading and Eligibility Policies (for students)
March 20, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Revised Academic Grading and Eligibility Policies (for employees)
March 16, 2020 Facilities Management COVID-19 Cleaning Process
March 15, 2020 Kendal Washington White,
Vice Provost for Campus Life & Dean of Students
A Message from the Dean of Students
March 15, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Guidance on Student Workers in Academic Instruction Roles
March 13, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President Update on COVID-19 Response
March 14, 2020 Research, Innovation & Impact COVID-19 Guidance for Research Students and Postdocs
March 13, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan / Update for Faculty and Staff
March 13, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan / Research Continuity Update
March 13, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan / Events, Meetings and Gatherings
March 13, 2020 Housing & Residential Life COVID-19 Update from UA Housing & Residential Life
March 13, 2020 College of Fine Arts Arizona Arts announces cancellations due to Coronavirus
March 11, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President     Delaying Start of Classes
March 11, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan (Students)
March 11, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan (Faculty)
March 11, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan (Staff)
March 11, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan (Research)
March 10, 2020 Michael Dake, SVP for Health Sciences AHS Suspension of Non-Essential Domestic Out-of-State Business Travel
March 9, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Class Absence Policy Modification / Effective Monday 16 March 2020
March 6, 2020 Robert C. Robbins, President Have a Safe Spring Break
March 6, 2020 Michael Dake, SVP for Health Sciences International Travel Suspension and Changes to Educational Activities
March 5, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Overseas Travel Information
March 3, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Modification to University of Arizona’s Class Absence Practices
March 3, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Coronavirus Update
March 3, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Italy and Iran Travel Suspension
February 1, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost China Travel Suspension
January 27, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost South Korea Travel Suspension
January 26, 2020 Liesl Folks, SVP for Academic Affairs & Provost Message from Campus Health Regarding Coronavirus Outbreak

Frequently Asked Questions

For a collection of up-to-date answers, please visit the Campus Health COVID-19 page.