University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins CONFIRMED on July 23 that the fall semester will begin as scheduled on August 24 with a mix of in-person and remote instruction.
University leaders will continue to monitor public health conditions on and off campus and make adjustments to the reentry plan as necessary. Details are available on the University's COVID-19 website, and the latest updates will continue to be posted there.
Academic Information and Support
- The College of Pharmacy will conduct both in-person and online classes for the fall 2020 semester.
- Virtual Support Services
- Support Outreach and Success Services
- Campus and remote wifi hotspots - safely access without leaving your vehicle
- Online learning resources
- International Student Services COVID-19 Travel and Immigration Guidance
- Review the UA Financial Aid website for information on the CARES Relief Fund and how COVID-19 may affect financial aid
- Apply to the UA Student Emergency Fund
- Cares act
- ETV Program for students who were in foster care
- JFCS of Southern Arizona Emergency Financial Assistance
- Visit the Campus Pantry
- Community Food Bank
- Nutrition Assistance or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is Arizona’s program for helping those that are struggling with hunger
- Tucson Food Share (Mon & Thurs)
- WIC (Women, Infants, and Children): Nutrition support and education provided to pregnant or nursing mothers, mothers in need of formula, and families with children under the age of 5.
- COVID-19 Campus Testing Program
- Wildcat Wellcheck Daily Screening System
- University of Arizona Test, Trace, and Treat Initiative
- AHCCCS Health Care: Medical Assistance/KidsCare. Individuals must meet certain income requirements to obtain services.
- Childcare Choice (UA Childcare Choice - Student): helps eligible students with costs of coursework related to childcare occurring in AZ. Students can receive reimbursement for childcare expenses already incurred. This program is supported through campus collaborations. Call (520) 621-1530 or email CCStudent@email.arizona.edu regarding questions.
- Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services: Provides services to students of all genders who are impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking.
- Primavera Housing Assistance
- Our Family Services
- Arizona Department of Housing
- Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness
- Rent and Utility Assistance
Computers and Wifi
- Xfinity wifi hotspots via map (put in zip code)
- Cox Connect2Compete Service for low cost service
- Comcast low-income internet package
- Comcast low cost computers
- Public libraries hotspots (map) even while building closed
- NAPLEX Exam updates, via Pearson VUE
- Dean of Students Office: Committed to providing additional programs and services that support students academic, personal, and professional development.
- Fostering Success: Supports UA students who have experienced the foster care system, lack a natural support system, and who may be struggling with homelessness.
- Nourishing Minds: Allows students to attend brief success programming and receive a hot meal. This new initiative works to advance the the UA’s commitment to health and wellness of our students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Support. Opportunity. Success (SOS): Resource to get answers to questions about anything campus related. Text SOS to 97779, chat online, or email email@example.com.
- Queer Closet: Donation-based clothing exchange space that is open to LGBTQ+- identified students in the Tucson community. Closet is located at WGRC on the 4th floor of the student union. Open 9-5 M-F for all students.
Please visit the University of Arizona COVID-19 page for more details, including the status of campus services.
No, we will (and must) follow the University's lead. University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins confirmed on July 23 that the fall semester will begin as scheduled on August 24 with a mix of in-person and remote instruction.
Robbins said university leaders will continue to monitor public health conditions on and off campus and make adjustments to the reentry plan as necessary. Details of the are available on the university's COVID-19 website, and the latest updates will continue to be posted there.
Safety measures for those on campus will include:
- Daily screening questionnaire (covering symptoms and exposure history) and temperature checks through the Wildcat Wellcheck system - registration is required;
- University-provided biofluid testing - i.e. nasal and/or blood testing - through University Health Service, for those in need of confirmatory diagnosis and medical care;
- Student schedule, classroom, and teaching modifications to limit on-campus population density and facilitate social distancing;
- Requiring masks of all persons on campus, subject to limited exceptions (e.g., medical conditions);
- Providing numerous hand sanitization stations located conveniently throughout campus;
- Increasing physical plant monitoring and sanitization measures;
- Redesigning traffic flow patterns and some interior spaces to reduce risk of transmission; and
- Signage and other communication reinforcing messaging regarding physical distancing, mask wearing, and personal hygiene.
The College's Return to Campus plan also explains how we will be social distancing in classrooms and in the hallways; the rigorous cleaning schedule and testing of the building; the requirement of face coverings; and much more.
Yes. Face coverings are mandatory. According to the CDC, “it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.”
During the week of August 24:
- Tucson Campus: Masks will be available at the Medical Bookstore on the Tucson campus, just to the north of the College. Bring your CatCard with you to identify yourself as a member of the University of Arizona community and they will provide you with a reusable mask.
- Phoenix Campus: Face coverings are expected to be available in the HSEB building lobby M-F 9am to 3pm next week. CatCard or student/employee ID number is needed. Students will also receive a thermometer.
UArizona Safe Return to Work guidance (June 4, 2020) provides, “Cloth face coverings, surgical masks and/or face shields must be donned (put on) before entering and occupying any UArizona work location, except single occupancy offices and single occupancy vehicles. Face coverings must be donned (put on) before entering all shared spaces including, but not limited to, restrooms, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and lobbies. Face coverings must be worn when you are in transit in indoor spaces and outdoors. Employees should keep a face covering available at all times while at the workplace. Employees should continue to use face coverings even when physical distancing (e.g., greater than 6 feet between individuals, low density occupancy of ≥144 square feet per person) is practiced, especially indoors.”
Additionally, the University announced on June 16, 2020, that face coverings are required on campus. The City of Tucson also issued a Proclamation effective June 20 to require face coverings in public settings. Signs around the College of Pharmacy and information on the College’s COVID-19 information web page inform the community about mandatory face coverings in College of Pharmacy buildings. If you come to campus, please wear a face covering and keep it on while you are in the College of Pharmacy, including in the UAHS Library.
Employees should use the CDC guidance, and the following information to ensure they are utilized properly:
- Face coverings are any material that covers the nose, mouth, and chin of the wearer; they can be cloth masks, homemade or purchased, or even disposable surgical masks.
- Employees should only ever use their own personal face covering; no swapping between employees is permitted.
- Cloth face coverings should be made of a washable, reusable fabric (such as a 100% cotton t-shirt or tea towel). Disposable coverings are also acceptable.
- The number of times a face covering is donned (put on) and doffed (taken off) each day should be as few as possible, as each time it is removed, there is the potential for contamination to the inside of the face covering and thus a potential exposure to the wearer.
- Cloth face coverings should be cleaned regularly, depending on the frequency and intensity of use (e.g., coverings that are sweaty, sneezed on, etc. should be cleaned more frequently).
- Best practices are to clean coverings at the end of each day of use, using soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- DO NOT USE A MASK WITH EXHALATION VALVES OR VENTS. The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, which should remain the primary means of preventing transmission.
The College will also be providing face shields to those who need them for labs or close-proximity group work. Instructions for the use of these face shields can be found here.
We recognize that not every person is capable of wearing a face covering. As with individuals who cannot meet other requirements in this plan, those who cannot wear protective face coverings will participate in College of Pharmacy activities remotely.
The College of Pharmacy, through a Safe Return Pledge (coming soon), will expect all members of the PharmCAT community to embrace the plan and follow the guidelines set by the University and the College in our Return to Campus plan.
We are all in this together and we need everyone’s cooperation in order to keep the College of Pharmacy campus as safe as possible for those learning, teaching, and working on campus. Those who cannot or do not wish to follow the plan will participate in College of Pharmacy activities remotely.
Additionally, for all matters involving university rules and regulations, we will consult with human resources for appropriate remedies and resolutions.
The College of Pharmacy adopts the UArizona COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Notification Protocol, for faculty, staff, and the Postive Case Notiifcation Protocol for Students. Under these guidelines, persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, or are known to have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, will not be permitted back on campus unless/until they have complied with certain quarantine and/or testing protocols, including free testing provided by the University. Details below:
- Exposure to positive COVID-19 individual, but experiencing no symptoms consistent with COVID-19: Individual may return to work after 14 days of quarantine after remaining fever-free and symptom-free for the duration of that period.
- Positive COVID-19 test, but experiencing no symptoms consistent with COVID- 19: Individual may return to work after 14 days of quarantine after remaining fever-free and symptom-free for that period.
- Positive COVID-19 test, and experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
- Individual may return to work after fever-free for 72 hours (3 full days) without fever-reducing medication; AND
- All other symptoms have resolved (e.g. symptoms are no longer present). If you are unsure if your symptoms are fully resolved, contact your primary care provider; AND
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Not tested or results unknown, but is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 OR Negative COVID-19 test, but is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
- No fever for 72 hours (3 full days) without using fever reducing medication; AND
- All other symptoms have resolved; AND
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If any member of the College of Pharmacy community is experiencing symptoms and has not had a test, they are strongly encouraged to get tested.
Classes, rotations, and residency programs will all have processes in place to facilitate remote participation if a student is unable to participate in person. Students will also have access to customary University medical services.
The University is committed to providing wrap-around support for students diagnosed with COVID-19. (Guiding Principles #3.)
Students who live off-campus should isolate at home and not return to campus until cleared by their physician. UArizona will be providing a comprehensive guide to those isolating at home and telehealth options. We are actively urging University administration to provide assistance such as medicine, meals, and grocery deliveries.
Professors and employers will be flexible with students who become ill during the semester. The College will make every effort to work with students so that they are able to complete their work and have a successful semester.
Students who become ill should contact Jeannie Lee, PharmD, Assistant Dean of Student Services, and Terri Warholak, PhD, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs/Assessment, to discuss accommodations related to the illness and options for completing the semester. A wide array of options are available depending on each student’s individual situation.
Finally, students are welcome to contact the CAPS program through Campus Health for referrals in the community for counseling, accessing basic needs, and other services.
In addition to the UArizona guidance cited above, this issue will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Generally, if a professor becomes incapacitated, another member of the COP faculty will cover classes until the professor is able to return to teaching. A professor who is unable to enter campus but is able to teach remotely may elect to teach a class or clinic remotely. If this is not feasible then a professor’s absence will be treated just like any other absence due to illness, and alternative arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis.
There are three types of tests that are being deployed during the pandemic – two that diagnose whether an individual is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus (“diagnostic tests”), and one that determines whether an individual has developed an immune response against the COVID-19 virus (“antibody test”). The diagnostic tests will be deployed for both students and employees, while the antibody test is currently only being deployed for employees through the statewide antibody testing program, which is an IRB-approved research study.
Find details about the different types of tests available and how to sign up for testing online here.
Jeannie Lee, PharmD, Assistant Dean of Student Services, can approve a Leave of Absence request from a 2L or 3L for one semester or one year. A leave request during the course of the semester must be approved by Dr. Lee. Full withdrawal in the middle of the semester is also subject to University rules, especially pertaining to refunds, which often require medical documentation past a to-be-determined date.
Incoming students who wish to explore a deferral should contact their respective admissions officer.
Scholarships are handled on an individual basis in tandem with the Leave of Absence or Deferment request. The effect of a leave of absence on financial aid and student loans depends on the loan and the lender. Many, but not all, lenders provide students with a six-month grace period. For additional information, please contact Barbara Collins, MEd, Director of Student Services. You may find this FAQ helpful, too: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.
We are not planning to adjust or change tuition for College of Pharmacy fall courses. Any adjustments to tuition must be approved by the Provost and President, who have indicated there will be no changes to tuition for the fall semester. The faculty and staff are fully committed to supporting the education of pharmacy students who want to proceed with their education. This summer, faculty have all been working to deliver fall courses in hybrid -- and if necessary fully online -- modes. The College is preparing to offer many of its classes in three formats -- in person, live online, and a hybrid model -- so that students can move from one format to another as they need during the semester. This effort involves more, not less, human and capital resources.
Fall semester class modalities have been listed in the UAccess schedule of classes. Four types of classes will be offered in Fall 2020, ranging from fully in-person to fully online.
- In-person: The courses will be offered in the classroom but with modifications for social distancing. Instructors will communicate how their class will be structured
- Flex in-person: The course will offer some class times in the classroom and some class times live online using the Zoom platform. Instructors will communicate how each class time will meet.
- live online: The course is only offered through Zoom and will not meet in the classroom.
- iCourse: This course is online but not necessarily “live”.
Example of what you may see in UAccess:
The Schedule of Classes image below shows that PHPR 812 will be Flex In-person from 8/24-12/9, however the course will only be in Live Online from 11/26-12/9/20. Each course will indicate the course modality in this way. If it is an in-person course, it will only show the classroom number and then indicate the Live Online starting 11/26/2020.
Please note the following:
- All in-person and flex in-person lecture courses will have Zoom live connection, so if you cannot come to campus for any reason, you will still have the opportunity to attend class. If there is a lab or workshop portion to the class, attendance may be required. The course coordinator will inform you of requirements at the start of the semester. Please communicate with the course coordinator as soon as possible if you feel it is not appropriate for you to participate in face to face activities.
- All courses will still be recorded and available through the D2L course site.
Fall class schedule has had to be changed to accommodate the different course modalities. The new class grid can be found here. Please use this grid as your schedule, the UAccess schedule does not have updated times and days, currently. We will do our best not to change class times, modalities or rooms but the schedule is subject to change.
Technology needs are listed on the helpdesk website. Please be sure you have the upgraded technology needs for online learning and D2L.
Please note: You will need access to either a laptop or desktop computer for course exams. Phones, tablets, or iPad will NOT run the software needed for exams.
Yes and Yes. In line with University guidance, the College of Pharmacy is committed to maximum flexibility for our students. We understand the myriad reasons that may prevent students from attending classes in person or even live online (synchronously). Therefore, every class offered at the College of Pharmacy will be available online in and have both a live and asynchronous component. Students may choose to switch from in-person to online at any time during the semester.
These opportunities will be accomplished through the following:
- Recording synchronous sessions and making them available for students through D2L
- Providing slides, readings, video content, guided exercises, etc.
- Providing office hours weekly through Zoom and allow for telephone-based office hours (particularly important for rural and Native American students).
Please note, that not every pharmacy class will have an in-person component. Some classes, for a variety of reasons, will be fully online. Those will be noted in the catalog. Additionally, some experiential classes may necessarily retain an in-person component.
Students who wish to attend in-person classes will be on a rotating course schedule in which 50% of the student body will alternate days on campus for in-person classes, library access, and other College of Pharmacy activities. All in-person classes will be delivered live online, and also recorded.
The College is redesigning the layout of all classrooms (moving tables, removing chairs) to achieve the CDC social distancing guidance of 6 feet. This means classroom capacity has been greatly reduced in all room (classrooms, breakout rooms, conference rooms).
All instruction and assessments will be conducted via Online/Remote Modes only after Thanksgiving (except in a few exceptional cases) in order to reduce student travel when both flu and coronavirus are expected to be circulating simultaneously.
After imposing stricter guidelines on July 6th, ICE rescinded the directive on July 14th and returned to the same policy set forth at the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency. That policy allows current F-1 students to pursue their courses remotely, with no limitation on the number of online credits taken. Note that students must still maintain a full course load (a minimum of 9 credits for graduation/professional students). We strongly encourage students to monitor their e-mail for communications from International Student Services (ISS). ISS will alert students when/if ICE issues any new guidelines. F-1 students should also notify ISS if their address has changed.
We were planning to return to traditional grading for fall classes, based on guidance from the University. We moved to mandatory pass/fail in the spring because there was so little time to prepare for the transition and because all of the changes occurred within the middle of the semester.
There are costs and benefits to any grading format. We had planned to return to traditional grading because, in general, the pass/fail system is neither the best way to encourage and assess a rigorous, high-quality legal education, nor is it favored by employers.
The attendance and participation policies will be in accordance with University policy: https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/class-attendance-participation-and-administrative-drop. If students have concerns about their attendance or participation, they should address that with their professor as soon as possible.
Your courses from Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 that normally would have been in-person will count as normal whether they are offered online or whether you choose to take them remotely. Courses that would have normally been graded in Spring 2020 will count towards your graduation requirements.
The College of Pharmacy and the University provides support and training to our faculty on best practices for online and hybrid courses. The College has a faculty committee dedicated to online learning who have compiled resources on hybrid and online course designs that will be shared with the faculty.
In addition, we are developing a studio where faculty can record high quality sessions.
Supported by our online team, and a special faculty committee, faculty have been working all summer to improve online and hybrid teaching and learning.
The University of Arizona has compiled a list of resources for online learning
Students began RHPP rotations at the end of June 2020. These are a mix of in-person rotations and remote rotations.
Should students become symptomatic while on rotation:
- Notify preceptor, site and school.
- Obtain testing as soon as possible
- Isolate or self-quarantine until results are obtained.
- Consult with school and preceptor to determine next steps.
- If a student comes back as positive, the continuation of the rotation will be at the discretion of the EE team and the preceptor. The student will stay home from the rotation for at least 14 days.
- If the test comes back negative, the student won’t be allowed back at the rotation site until they are 24 hours symptom free or as allowed by the site.
We understand that this is a challenging time and we all need to be flexible and understanding as situations rapidly change. Additionally, we understand that you may have additional life stressors, besides rotations. Please reach out to the EE team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any concerns.
As you resume rotations, we are asking you to complete an additional COVID-19 related requirements. All students must review the UA COP COVID Rotation Policies document with their preceptor. Complete the checklist, sign the document and upload as a “Field Encounter” in CORE. This must be done on the first day of rotation.
In addition, students are expected to follow all policies set by the rotation sites.
If students have any concerns related to their rotations, they should be in touch with Dr. Cooley, COOLEY@PHARMACY.ARIZONA.EDU.
Students should continue to monitor the Research Innovation & Impact restart plan for the most up-to-date guidance on research activities at the University.