Guiding Principles

Reopening Campus for the University of Arizona

The following principles have guided our prioritization of approaches for reopening campus to University of Arizona students, staff, and faculty:

Equitable outcomes for all students, staff, and faculty regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or their need to refrain from in-person activities due to concerns about COVID-19.

Vigilance in regular review and updating of approaches according to a rapidly emerging evidence base with active monitoring by key advisors from across University of Arizona colleges and support units.

On-campus and off-campus self-quarantine options and wraparound wellness services for students, staff, and faculty with confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Protection of individuals in our University of Arizona community, and their family members, who are vulnerable to severe COVID-19 disease, or to harassment or discrimination.

Commitment to transparent and participatory decision making with regard to reopening University of Arizona campuses with clear and consistent communication protocols.

Rapid identification and isolation of COVID-19 case clusters in University of Arizona communities.

An infographic of these Guiding Principles is also available as a PDF document


The Campus Reentry Plan Working Group has identified the following seven public health domains that should be applied to our campus planning process:


Offer prompt and readily accessible viral (PCR) testing to all symptomatic individuals, as well as strategic sampling of asymptomatic individuals, and offer prompt and readily accessible antibody testing to members of the UArizona community.


Actively trace contacts of all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 using the Covid Watch Arizona exposure notification app.


Provide health care supportaffordable housing and wrap-around wellness services for individuals with COVID-19.
Read more about the Test, Trace, Treat plan here

Offer flexible participation

Offer remote and hybrid learning, working, and teaching options for students, staff, and faculty to protect individuals vulnerable to COVID-19 and reduce crowding.

Minimize contact and reduce crowding

Reduce instances of close physical contact among students, faculty, staff, and visitors during on-campus activities.

Minimize transmission

Reduce the probability of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 during in-person campus activities.


Maintain an active COVID-19 Reopening Campus communication plan.