Human Resources COVID-19 Guidance

Last updated  11:15 am MST, Feb. 15, 2021

Review this page for updates and guidance from Human Resources on COVID-19. Information is updated often, so please check back regularly.

Contact Human Resources with additional questions

Be sure to also visit the University's central COVID-19 webpage.

Vaccinations: Current Worksite Expectations

Whether or not employees are fully vaccinated, the University continues to expect remote work where feasible through at least the end of the spring semester. As expressed by President Robbins, employees’ vaccination status should not be used to dictate their work location or change existing remote work agreements. All on-site safety protocols remain in effect.

View The Employee Vaccine FAQ

Return to Workspaces

The University is preparing for the re-introduction of in-person activities on our campuses. Your department/unit and direct supervisor will provide more specific information in the coming months, including an anticipated return-to-campus date for your role. In preparation, please review this information.

Return to Workspaces Employee

All Employees

Employees who return to campus in any capacity must follow the UArizona policy and guidance for Safe Return to Workspaces outlined on this page.

Information for All Employees

Return to Workspaces Supervisor


Supervisors, visit this page to familiarize yourself with our positive case protocols, the process for prepping your workspaces, and guidance on speaking with employees.

Information for Supervisors

Face Coverings

The University has issued a university-wide Administrative Directive requiring the use of face coverings to promote campus health and safety.

Guidance          Compliance

Take These THREE Steps Before Returning to Workspaces

1. Watch Required Employee Safety Training (16 minutes)

Special guest Brian Jeffries (The "Voice of the Wildcats") narrates this training exclusively for University employees, DCCs, and volunteers. Please help support health and safety in our University workspaces.

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Log in and search for "UA COVID-19 Return to Work Safety Training"

2. Sign Up For Wildcat WellCheck

University employees and DCCs are required to complete the Wildcat WellCheck every day they plan to be onsite at any UArizona location.

Learn About Wildcat Wellcheck

3. Review Mandatory Testing Information

Unvaccinated employees who perform certain on-site job duties are required to test weekly and report through Wildcat WellCheck.

Learn More About Testing

Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs

The Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs are in effect August 10, 2020 – June 30, 2021. As announced by President Robbins on December 30, 2020, employee participation in the programs has been reduced from the original expectation. This included an end to pay reductions in December.

Furlough Program

The Furlough Program will be implemented only for employees who have time funded by sponsored awards. If you charge any time to sponsored projects, you will participate in this program only.

Learn About the Furlough Program

Furlough-Based Salary Program

The Furlough-Based Salary Program will be implemented for all other participating employees.

Learn About the Furlough-Based Salary Program

Important Dates


Dec. 1, 2020:

Pay reductions end for employees paid over the 9-month academic year. Retroactive adjustments to pay will be made in early 2021.
Why the earlier end date? View the FAQ here.


Dec. 27, 2020:

Pay reductions end for fiscal employees, including employees on the 9/12 Pay Plan Option.


May 23, 2021:

The last day for academic employees, including those paid on the 9/12 Pay Plan Option, to take furlough or Personal Flex Time.


June 30, 2021:

The last day for fiscal employees to take furlough or Personal Flex Time.

Remote Work Resources

Help for employees and supervisors in structuring and planning for remote work.

Remote/Flexible Work Guidelines

Tools, information, and ideas for navigating remote work.

Guidance for working remotely

Technical Support

Information Technology’s COVID-19 web page for support working remotely.

Support for Working Remotely

Leaves and Support for Families

Human Resources encourages employees to consider their individual situation and review all options and support available to them. Please review these options available to you.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave/Expanded Family Medical Leave

The American Rescue Plan allows employers to continue the leaves created under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (PDF), to offer additional paid sick leave, and to expand the eligible reasons for taking paid sick leave. 

Learn how to request and report Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FML.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FML

For Parents

We know that parents are facing additional challenges with childcare and schooling during this difficult time. We also know that there’s no one-size-fits all solution that will work for everyone. Review the University's variety of resources to support employees' diverse family needs.

Support for Parents

Supervisor COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 poses many challenges for managers. The Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs reduced capacity, while individual needs and temporary modified work conditions change duties and how we communicate.

Re-Prioritize, Re-Assess,

To help you manage your team during this time, we offer resources categorized in three steps: Re-Prioritize, Re-Assess, and Re-Launch.

View Three-Steps Guidance

On-Demand Webinar Recordings

On-Demand Recordings

Recorded, virtual workshops and meetings, hosted by Human Resources, to support supervisors. Connect, learn, and share experiences.

View The Recordings

Return to Workspaces Supervisor

Return to Workspaces

Supervisors, visit this page to familiarize yourself with our positive case protocols, the process for prepping your workspaces, and guidance on speaking with employees.

View The Return Guidance

Have you seen the UArizona Support and Resiliency Hub?

Coaching, articles, and daily digital meetups, just for UArizona employees during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Visit the Support and Resiliency Hub