WHEN: Beginning the week of January 18.
Employees who perform the following job duties on Tucson Main Campus (including the UAHS) at least one day per week:
- In-person instruction or in-person meetings with students.
- Facilities management/operations duties, such as custodial or maintenance work.
- Transportation duties in vehicles with co-workers or other passengers.
- Food preparation, service, delivery, or clean-up.
- Point of sale transactions or interactions.
- Research duties within six feet of other individuals in campus labs or research support spaces.
- Other duties that involve in-person proximity (e.g., six feet or closer) with others for more than 15 minutes cumulatively during a work shift.
WHERE: Testing Locations & Hours
Wildcat WellCheck Registration
- Employees are required to self-report whether they perform these job duties when they register for Wildcat WellCheck.
- Text JOIN to 35106 or update your enrollment online.
How to Report Testing Information
- All Employees, regardless of testing exemption status, are required to use Wildcat WellCheck each day before they are on a University of Arizona campus or begin campus-based activities.
- If employees test at a non-University location, they are required to report that information through Wildcat WellCheck.
- If employees test at a UA testing location, this will be tracked through the UA testing system.
Frequently Asked Questions
The state of Arizona and Pima County are experiencing unprecedented high rates of COVID-19 cases. Increased testing of our student and employee populations who come to campus and have contact with others is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Employees who work at least one day per week on Main Campus (including the Health Sciences Center) and who perform the job duties below are required to test on a weekly basis.
In-person instruction or in-person meetings with students.
Facilities management or operations duties, such as custodial or maintenance work, or transportation duties in vehicles with co-workers or other passengers.
Food preparation, service, delivery, or clean-up.
Point of sale transactions or interactions.
Research duties within six feet of other individuals in campus labs or research support spaces.
Other duties that involve in-person proximity (e.g., six feet or closer) with others for more than 15 minutes cumulatively during a work shift.
The testing requirement will begin the week of January 18th and the first test should be taken by Sunday January 24th.
Students and employees who are required to participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing are eligible to receive an exemption two weeks after receiving their second/final dose of the vaccine. To receive this exemption, you must submit documentation of full COVID-19 vaccination. The exemption applies for the Spring 2021 semester.
- Once you have received your second/final dose, upload your vaccine document to the secure, HIPAA-compliant Campus Health system.
- A green icon with the letters VX will appear on your Wildcat OneStop page two weeks after the date of your second/final dose or when your vaccine documentation is verified, whichever is later (document verification may take 1-2 business days). This green VX icon indicates that you are exempt from mandatory testing for the Spring 2021 semester.
- You must adhere to mandatory testing requirements until the green VX icon displays on your Wildcat OneStop page.
Note: If you received both doses of your vaccine at Campus Health, you do not need to provide this documentation. If you received your vaccine at any other vaccination site, including the UA vaccination site, you will need to upload your vaccine document.
All University of Arizona students, employees, and DCCs, regardless of testing exemption status, must complete their Wildcat WellCheck every day they plan to be on-site at any University location.
No. The instructor will not be required to test until the first week that the instructor begins in-person instruction.
Yes, student employees are required to follow these testing requirements and should be paid for this time, even if they are also required to test in their capacity as students.
Although DCCs who spend time on campus or in close contact with UArizona students or employees are strongly encouraged to get tested regularly, testing is not mandatory. To apply, visit: DCC COVID-19 Test Request.
No. Although contractors who spend time on campus or in close contact with UArizona students or employees are strongly encouraged to get tested regularly, testing is not mandatory. Currently only UArizona students, staff and DCCs can test on campus. No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies.
Based on CDC guidance, employees with a positive PCR or antigen test will be exempt from mandatory testing for 90 days. Participation in regular testing will resume at the end of the 90 day period.
If your positive test result was received from a UArizona test site, your 90-day exemption will be granted automatically.
If you tested positive at an off campus testing site, you must upload your off-campus test result for review by Campus Health.
Currently, employees with a positive antibody test must still participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing. We are working closely with our internationally recognized experts who oversee the University’s antibody testing program and we look forward to providing an antibody exemption soon.
Contact your Human Resources Consultant for guidance: https://hr.arizona.edu/content/consulting. If the employee needs to request a reasonable accommodation, they should contact:
Yes. Regardless of testing exemption status, you must complete your Wildcat WellCheck every day you plan to be on-site at any UArizona location. Even after being fully vaccinated, some risk for infection does remain. It is important that you continue to monitor for symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection even after completing your vaccination. In addition, you should remain cautious and continue practicing additional mitigation strategies such as mask wearing, physical distancing, and good hand hygiene.
Scheduling and Test Reporting
Employees can receive a free test at a UA testing site. Employees are strongly encouraged to test at a UA testing site so there is not additional strain on county resources. Employees may test at non-UA locations. However, hourly employees who work shifts when UA test sites are open may be required by their supervisors to test on-campus during their shift.
No. COVID-19 testing is free for all UArizona students, faculty, and staff.
Yes. Employees are strongly encouraged, and in some instances may be required, to use UA testing locations (e.g., hourly employees who work shifts when UA testing locations are open).
If an employee tests at a UA testing site (Test All Test Smart or Campus Health), this will be tracked through the testing system. If employees test at non-UA locations, they can report this through Wildcat Wellcheck.