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.
New Student Orientation
Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation: All orientation activites for undergraduate programs will take place online. Visit the University of Arizona Digital Orientation webpage for more information on how to sign up.
PharmD Orientation: All orientation activities will take place online, in a combination of live and pre-recorded sessions.
- Date: Tuesday, Aug 18th - Thurs, Aug 20th from 8 am -12pm
- Location: d2l.arizona.edu
Please explore these resources for learning more about our programs while campus is closed to visitors:
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;
- 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.”
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.
he use of face coverings is important in preventing the wearer from spreading respiratory droplets to others around them when talking, sneezing, or coughing (which may transmit the virus). 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 and students 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).
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.
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.
As we provided in the plan, the College of Pharmacy adopts the UArizona COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Notification Protocol, for faculty, staff, and Campus Health's positive case recommendations for students returning to campus after failing the daily screening process or receiving a positive test for COVID-19. 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, 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.
Starting July 18, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a free, voluntary and confidential COVID-19 antibody research program. This joint university – state of Arizona initiative will identify whether you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and have developed antibodies in response to it.
If you would like to participate, please follow these steps:
- Visit the antibody testing initiative’s webpage and explore the information and FAQs to learn more about this research study.
- Click on the “Sign-Up” link to complete the study consent, fill out a health survey and select a convenient testing date, time and location.
- After your appointment, your blood sample will be processed and you will receive an email when your test results are ready to view. Your results will be confidentially communicated to you via email. If you have questions, please send them to email@example.com.
While participation in this COVID-19 antibody research study is voluntary, we hope that you will consider this opportunity. Please note: If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19 or were notified that you have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Campus Health or your health care provider.
*Please note* that while this opportunity is open to all faculty, staff and students, the testing locations are all currently in Tucson. If you are on the Phoenix campus, we are working to determine the best course of action if you wish to be tested. More information to come.
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.
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. Therefore, every class offered at the College of Pharmacy, except in a few cases, will be available online in both live and online formats. Students may choose to switch from in-person to online at any time during the semester.
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 recorded as well.
The College is redesigning the layout of all classrooms (moving tables, removing chairs) to achieve 6-ft distancing with in-person attendees. Additionally, class sizes will be limited.
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.