COVID-19 Guidance for Employees
Last updated 8:15 am MST, March 21
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 HR-COVID19-Questions@email.arizona.edu.
Cats TakeAway Testing is available for students, employees and DCCs with NetIDs.
Employee Vaccine Guidance
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.
Based on current public health conditions and aligned with CDC guidance, masks are recommended, but not required, in most indoor spaces including classrooms.
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.
Flexible Work Resources
Help for employees and supervisors in structuring and planning for flexible work arrangements.