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.
- D2L and Zoom Class Support from COP IT
- Online Teaching Resources
- The College's Return to Campus task force has compiled resources on hybrid and online course design
- Face shields have been acquired for faculty and students to utilize in certain settings. Instructions on how to assemble these face shields can be found Here.
- Additional Instructor FAQ's developed by the University
- The Working & Teaching Remotely pages from the University provide additional resources and tips to help you develop a strategy to transition from in-person teaching to online course delivery.
- University of Arizona Faculty Affairs COVID-19 page, including resources for:
- Updated promotion and tenure policies
- Class absence practices
- Teaching resources
- COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Protocol For Supervisors
- Positive Case Notification Protocol for Students
- Sign up for campus wellness checks through the Wildcat Wellcheck system
- Visit the University of Arizona Human Resources page with information for faculty and staff regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). This page includes resources for:
- Working remotely
- Time reporting
- Supervisor guidance
- Employee guidance
Online Teaching & Technology Support
For recommendations on IT resources during this time, visit COP IT'S COVID-19 RESOURCES PAGE.
The College of Pharmacy has asked staff and faculty to begin returning to campus on August 17. Those who return to campus in any capacity must follow the UArizona policy and guidance for Safe Return to Work outlined by the University on the Return to Workspace webpage.
If you wish to request a work modification, we encourage you to follow the below steps and contact your supervisor as soon as possible.
In preparation for your return to work, we encourage you to:
- Evaluate personal risk: Begin to think about you and your family's risk tolerance and the impact in the event you were to contract coronavirus.
- Review CDC guidelines: Carefully review the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, review specific information about the disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups.
- Consult your PCP as needed: If you have questions about your own risk factors after reviewing the information provided by the CDC, we strongly encourage you to consult with your Primary Care Physician or a medical specialist (as appropriate).
If you do not wish to discuss temporary workplace modifications, continue to work with your supervisor on a return-to-work plan.
If you wish to discuss temporary modifications
We strongly encourage you to initiate a discussion with your manager/supervisor about possible temporary modified work conditions and/or expectations as soon as possible.
- If, after discussing temporary modifications, you have concerns based on your own disability or medical condition, please connect with the DRC for options. The DRC may ask for medical documentation to assess reasonable accommodation. Medical information will be kept confidential. Contact the DRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-621-3268.
- If, after discussing temporary modifications, you have concerns based on other risk-factors or related issues (e.g., age-related or caregiver concerns) please connect with Human Resources for support in working with your manager/supervisor. Contact Human Resources at HR-COVID19-Questions@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-3660.
The College’s plan follows UArizona guidance for meetings:
- All meetings should be held using an online platform unless the meeting’s content will be significantly compromised by doing so.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people are discouraged at any University worksite.
- In-person meetings may be held only if 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained throughout the meeting.
- Online participation must be offered to anyone unable to attend the meeting in person.
Safety measures for those on campus will include:
- Daily screening questionnaire (covering symptoms and exposure history) and temperature checks through the Wildcat Wellcheck sign up 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, in the hallways; the rigorous cleaning schedule and testing of the building; the requirement of face coverings; and much more.
During the week of August 24, masks will be available at the Medical Bookstore, 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.
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.”
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 shields have also been purchased for use by faculty and students. Assembly instructions for the face shields can be found here.
Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, which should remain the primary means of preventing transmission.
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.
Per the UArizona Administrative Directive, one must always wear a mask in University buildings unless in an office alone with the door shut – this means masks must be worn while teaching live in a classroom. The plexiglass shield is on the lectern for extra protection for the professor/students – so if teaching behind it with a mask on – a face shield does not also have to be worn. Face shields have been provided in case a faculty member wants to walk away from the lectern during teaching (away from the plexiglass) or if the faculty member needs to get closer than 6 feet to the student for whatever reason (labs, questions, etc). Assembly instructions for the face shields can be found here.
A commonly asked question, “Can you wear a plastic face shield instead of a cloth face covering?”:
- Per UArizona guidance, “using a face shield alone does not satisfy the UArizona Adminstrative Direction on face coverings.” For teaching, it is recommended that you stay behind plexiglass (in classrooms with this option) while wearing your face mask. If no plexiglass in the classroom or for some reason you cannot remain behind the plexiglass then it is recommended to wear the face mask with face shield.
More information on the expectations and compliance protocols for face coverings can be found on the UA return to campus website here.
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 Safe Return 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 is redesigning the layout of all classrooms (moving tables, blocking off chairs, etc.) to achieve 6-ft distancing with in-person attendees. Additionally, class sizes will be limited (half of the students in-person and half online on a rotating 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.
As we provided in the plan, the College of Pharmacy adopts the UArizona COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Notification Protocol, for faculty, staff, and the Positive Case Notification 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, clinics, and externships 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, Assistance 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 Erin Lowry, LCSW, 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.
Zoom and IT Support
An on campus, in classroom training will be hosted by Biocom, Instructional Support, & COP IT on the dates listed below. These training sessions will focus on the classroom technology used when conducting a class with a zoom audience, Tucson audience, & a Phoenix audience in a single, synchronous class session.
- 8/10: 2:00 to 4:00pm
- 8/11: 2:00 to 4:00pm
- 8/20: 1:00 to 4:00pm
How to sign-up: Use this link to select a day and time to attend training. Each session is 30 min long and will have a max of 3 faculty per location. This will allow each faculty member an opportunity to practice. We recommend that you bring copies of presentations, videos, etc. that you use when teaching so that you can perform a mini trial-run using the technology.
More dates and times will be added as needed/requested.
A faculty committee dedicated to online learning have also compiled resources on hybrid and online course designs. Please use the following link to access a folder with resources. The committee plans to continue to add items to this folder and invite others to add files & share resources they have found to be helpful.
In addition, we are developing a studio where faculty can record high quality sessions.
In an effort to assist with the change in the way that Faulty will be teaching this year, COP IT has created a page on our site to assist with some of the questions that may arise.
Key points to keep in mind when using Zoom and D2L:
- Please log into Zoom with your email.arizona.edu account
- If you are having issues with your Zoom account and not seeing meetings, please notify the Helpdesk
- Please use the Zoom link found under the UA Tools section within D2L to create your class meetings for easy integration
- COP IT will assist with D2L quiz/test creation
- BioCom will work with you to make sure your class will connect to PHX and to your Zoom meeting
- BioCom will be onsite for each class for each class
- BioCom will assist if you need help editing your recording before posting to class Panopto folder
Please contact the helpdesk if you have any further questions.
COP IT is requesting that the Course Coordinators are the ones to schedule the meetings.
COP IT has recently added a page to our website that has information on how to properly use Zoom while teaching, how to create meetings, and much more. We recommend that you visit this site to find answers regarding Zoom for class use.
- RECURRING MEETING: Selecting this will allow your Zoom meeting to have the same meeting ID and link for the whole semester.
- ALTERNATIVE HOSTS: Please include all alternative hosts (instructors) that may also be teaching and include the corresponding mediatech email address as a co-host. (Including the mediatech email address will allow for BioCommunications to assist if problems occur) Find mediatech email addresses on the site listed above.
- ENABLE JOIN BEFORE HOST: It is important to have this option enabled because Rooms B109 and B111 require this in order to start the meeting.
- RECORD THE MEETING AUTOMATICALLY: All classes should have this option enabled so classes get recorded. (Save to the cloud NOT to your computer)
If you have correctly selected the "Save to Cloud" option when setting up your meeting, the recording will be emailed to whoever created the meeting after the session has ended. You should also be able to find your recording in Zoom under "Recordings".
Recordings should be trimmed and uploaded by the course coordinators. BioCom and COP IT may not be available to support editing and uploading videos.
Please visit the links below for instructions and information.
Yes, if you have an in-person class and would like to teach from your office or home BioCom will set up the in-person class.
AFTER YOUR CLASS MEETING IS CREATED PLEASE SEND THE LINK TO BARRY BERNARD SO HE CAN INCLUDE IT IN THE SYSTEM FOR B109 & B111.
Barry Bernard email@example.com (520) 626-2110.
Additional Instructor FAQs from the University
Additional UArizona HR FAQs regarding work accomodations