COVID-19 Guidance for Employees

Last updated  3:00 pm MST, Jan. 5

The information on this page is consolidated for employees. Please consult the University’s COVID-19 website as the main central source of all expectations, precautions, and guidelines for campus stakeholders. The Public Health Advisory COVID Team and COVID Response Team continue to inform these efforts.

The Division of Human Resources can help answer questions and direct you to resources.

University's COVID-19 page      Contact Human Resources

Employee Vaccine Requirement

Update - 3:00 pm, Jan. 5 Due to an injunction issued by a federal court, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is not currently enforcing the federal contractor vaccine requirement. At this time, and consistent with Task Force guidance, the University will similarly not enforce the federal contractor vaccine requirement. We continue to strongly encourage employees to get vaccinated and verify their vaccination status.

Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Page

Transitioning Back to Campus

The University is encouraging employees and supervisors to have individual discussions about expectations and the ability to return to workspaces. Please consider the following.

Self assessment

In preparation for the transition back to campus, we encourage employees 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 employees wish to discuss temporary modified work conditions

We strongly encourage employees to have a discussion with their manager/supervisor about possible temporary modified work conditions and/or expectations as soon as possible.

  • If, after discussing temporary modified work conditions, the employee has concerns based on their own disability or medical condition
    You may 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 or 520-621-3268.
  • If, after discussing temporary modified work conditions, the employee has concerns based on other risk-factors or related issues (e.g., age-related or caregiver concerns)
    You  may connect with Human Resources for support in working together. Contact Human Resources at or 520-621-3660.


Weekly COVID-19 testing is strongly encouraged for students and employees. The University continues to offer voluntary, free, and convenient COVID-19 testing for employees and Designated Campus Colleagues on main campus.

Testing Webpage

Employee Vaccine Guidance

Information about the Employee Vaccine Requirement, including recent updates, how to show your are fully vaccinated, accommodations, and frequently asked questions.

Employee Vaccine Requirement

Face Coverings

The University requires a surgical- or higher-grade mask in indoor spaces at all campus locations when six feet of continuous physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Face Coverings Guidance

To help ensure the health and well-being of our entire campus community, the University will continue to monitor public health conditions and engage in preventive efforts based on the advice of Arizona public health officials and experts. Please note that, in accordance with Section 15-1650.05 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, the University may require students and/or employees to comply with mandatory COVID-19 testing in the event of a significant outbreak, as determined by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Protocol

A positive case occurs when:

  • An employee tests positive for COVID-19.

  • An employee experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but does not yet have a test result.

Please review the required processes for supervisors and employees for when someone working onsite experiences a positive case of COVID-19. These protocols must be initiated immediately after learning of a positive case.

View the Employee Protocols

Flexible Work Resources

Help for employees and supervisors in structuring and planning for flexible work arrangements.

Flexible Work Guidelines

Tools, information, and ideas for navigating flexible schedules and flexplace agreements.

Guidance for flexible work

Technical Support

Information Technology can provide support working from a flexplace.

Contact the 24/7 Support Center

Do you need more assistance?

Please email Human Resources with questions.