COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan / Events, Meetings and Gatherings

March 13, 2020

Dear Arizona Students, Staff and Faculty,

As you will have seen in President Robbins’ email from today, all in-person University events on our campuses must be cancelled or postponed.

In addition, to further support reducing the likelihood of transmission of COVID19, as part of our operations, all in-person meetings or gatherings, formal or informal, should be limited to no more than 4 people.  Please practice social distancing methods in all interactions on campus, including maintaining a 6-foot separation from others.

Decisions related to cancellation or postponement of events and the financial options that result, such as offering credits versus refunds, should be decided by the sponsoring unit’s leader, and be based on the individual circumstances of each event.

To maintain operational continuity, you should utilize alternative meeting methods, such as ZOOM or Microsoft Teams, to facilitate the necessary large-group collaboration in your area. For more information on these and other collaboration tools, visit the UITS website for working remotely.

The University’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is closely monitoring the changing circumstances of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the impact to our community, and together we are making decisions to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff. Please encourage people to read the updates on the Campus Coronavirus website.

We recognize that this news is deeply disappointing for the many organizers who have spent so much time and effort developing the amazing variety of events that deliver life-changing experiences for our community. We also know that because we are such a close community, it will be a significant adjustment to shift away from our in-person meetings.

Thank you for continuing to live our values of Adaptation and Determination, particularly in this challenging time. Together we will keep our community safe, while we continue to teach, learn, and grow.

Regards,

Liesl Folks, PhD, MBA
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost