Campus Re-Entry Plan Working Group

Updated 1:30 pm, November 3, 2020

Guiding Principles

Download the Guiding Principles, prepared by the Work Group as well as the Overview presentation.

The following principles have guided our prioritization of approaches for reopening campus to University of Arizona students, staff, and faculty:

  1. Equitable outcomes for all students, staff, and faculty regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or their need to refrain from in-person activities due to concerns about COVID-19;
  2. Rapid identification and containment of COVID-19 case clusters in the University of Arizona communities;
  3. On-campus and off-campus isolation options and wrap-around wellness services for students, staff, and faculty with confirmed COVID-19 infection;
  4. Protection of individuals in our University of Arizona community, and their family members, who are vulnerable to severe COVID-19 disease, or to harassment or discrimination;
  5. Commitment to transparent and participatory decision making with regard to reopening University of Arizona campuses with clear and consistent communication protocols; and
  6. Vigilance in regular review and updating of approaches according to a rapidly emerging evidence base with active monitoring by key advisors from across University of Arizona colleges and support units.

The Work Group has identified the following seven public health domains that should be applied to our campus planning process:

  1. Test: Offer prompt and readily accessible viral (PCR) testing to all symptomatic individuals, as well as strategic sampling of asymptomatic individuals, and offer prompt and readily accessible antibody testing to members of the University of Arizona community.
  2. Trace: Actively trace contacts of all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and offer information and testing to close contacts.
  3. Treat: Provide health care support, affordable housing and wrap-around wellness services for individuals with COVID-19.
  4. Offer flexible participation: Offer remote and hybrid learning, working, and teaching options for students, staff, and faculty to protect individuals vulnerable to COVID-19 and reduce crowding.
  5. Minimize contact and reduce crowding: Reduce instances of close physical contact among students, faculty, staff, and visitors during on-campus activities.
  6. Minimize transmission: Reduce the probability of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 during in-person campus activities.
  7. Communicate: Maintain an active COVID-19 Reopening Campus communication plan.