Coronavirus Information for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are encouraged to work from home but are permitted to be on campus. 

The university's Safe Return to Work working group has stated that the most effective method for preventing disease transmission in the workplace is to stay home and continue working remotely until otherwise notified by your supervisor and/or university guidance. 

The College of Law New Safe Return Committee is drafting a college plan, with details coming soon. Please read your email for information on upcoming faculty and staff town halls and for a copy of the DRAFT plan.

Resources

Online Teaching & Technology Support

Visit the college Fall 2020 Teaching Resources & Strategies intranet page to quickly find access to resources that will help you find support and to develop teaching strategies. 

 

College of Law COVID-19 Information

FAQ's

No, we will (and must) follow the University’s lead. On July 27, the Provost Folks shared with us that the University of Arizona will have a staged start to the fall semester, beginning with Stage 1 on August 17.  Stage 1 is fully online, with the exception of “Essential In-person” courses, such as labs, performances, and some experiential learning. 

For the College of Law, this means: 

  • The vast majority of classes will be fully online (with synchronous/live and asynchronous/not-live options) with no in-person (on campus) components when we begin on August 17.

  • Per Provost Folks’s communication:

    • the duration of this fully online Stage 1 has not yet been established, and 

    • the decision to move to Stage 2 will be guided by the epidemiology of COVID-19 in our area. 

  • The College has determined that all of our clinics and externships will be designated as “Essential In-Person” courses for purposes of Stage 1. This means that the director of each clinic and externship will have the option of holding in-person elements, e.g., client meetings or court proceedings, during Stage 1.

  • Each clinic director and each externship host will discuss the in-person elements with enrolled students. 

  • “Essential In-Person” Stage 1 courses will comply with the directives and guidelines in the College of Law’s New Safe Return Plan.  

  • For our incoming 1L students: all of your classes will be fully online during Stage 1. 

When we return to campus, the vast majority of classes at the College of Law are Flex In-Person (with red/blue teams) or Live Online. 

Regardless of assigned modality, all classes will be recorded and available for download via Zoom or D2L (confirm with your professor) so that students can participate fully remotely (synchronously (live) or asynchronously (not live)) if they choose. Students can move among learning methods during the semester as well.

 

Thank you for your patience as we worked through getting approval for these changes. Here is our schedule:

  •  Our fall break was scheduled for Oct. 5-9.  We will shorten it by three days, holding classes on Mon. Oct. 5 - Wed. Oct. 7.  Thus, fall break will be two days, Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 8-9.  
  • The three days gained from shortening fall break allows us to cancel classes the week of Thanksgiving, Mon. - Wed., Nov. 23-25.
  • When students leave for Thanksgiving break, they will not return to campus until their next term. 
  • Per UA guidelines, classes after Thanksgiving (Mon. Nov 30 - Wed., Dec 2) will be fully remote. 
  • Tues., Dec. 1, will be an instructional day for classes normally held on Thursdays.
  • The last day of classes remains the same: Dec 2. 
  • Our exam schedule remains the same: Mon. Dec. 7 - Wed. Dec.16, with exams being fully remote. 

This calendar applies to our JD, LLM, SJD students. Most other classes, including BA in Law, MLS 500-level courses, and UA Online courses will run with the University’s Academic Calendar.

Some staff members can perform core duties working remotely; others must be in the building to perform their functions; still others can complete their work in a mix of in-person and off-campus.

Supervisors have been meeting with every employee to determine remote work opportunities. Supervisors are currently submitting plans to the Chief of Staff.

Supervisors will complete the UArizona COVID-19 Workplace Prevention Checklist  and consult with the Dean or the Chief of Staff. The Plan (Sec. 5.1) aims to complete these determinations by July 15, 2020.

The College’s draft Plan (Sec. 11.4) follows UArizona guidance for meetings:   

  • All meetings should be held using an online platform unless the meeting’s content will be significantly compromised by doing so.

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are discouraged at any University worksite

  • In-person meetings may be held only if 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained throughout the meeting. 

  • Online participation must be offered to anyone unable to attend the meeting in person.

The draft Plan created by the New Safe Return Committee outlines the College of Law’s plan for testing, tracing, and treating members of the Arizona Law Community (Sec. 4.0). The Plan is consistent with the University’s Test, Trace, Treat plan but goes a few steps further since we are able to provide a more insular campus.
 

  • Campus access restricted to Arizona Law faculty, staff, and students with limited exceptions;

  • Daily screening questionnaire (covering symptoms and exposure history) and temperature checks;

  • University-provided biofluid testing - i.e. nasal and/or blood testing - through University Health Service, for those in need of confirmatory diagnosis and medical care;

  • Student schedule, classroom, and teaching modifications to limit on-campus population density and facilitate social distancing;

  • Requiring masks of all persons on campus, subject to limited exceptions (e.g., medical conditions);

  • Providing hand-sanitization stations in logical spaces throughout campus;

  • Increasing physical plant monitoring and sanitization measures;

  • Redesigning traffic flow patterns and some interior spaces to reduce risk of transmission; and

  • Signage and other communication reinforcing messaging regarding physical distancing, mask wearing, and personal hygiene.

Additionally, all members of the University will be required to attend online training before returning to campus. Arizona Law will make available to all members of the community a “Safe Return to Campus” packet of information, along with a mask, touch key, and refillable disinfectant spray bottle.

The draft Plan also explains how we will be social distancing in classrooms, in the hallways, in the law library; the rigorous cleaning schedule and testing of the building; the requirement of face coverings; and much more.

Yes. Face coverings are mandatory. According to the CDC, “it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.”

The university announced on June 16, 2020, that face coverings are required on campus. The City of Tucson also issued a Proclamation effective June 20 to require face coverings in public settings. Signs around the College of Law and information on the College’s COVID-19 information web page inform the community about mandatory face coverings in College of Law buildings. If you come to campus, please wear a face covering and keep it on while you are in the College of Law, including in the Law Library. 

UArizona recently issued directives on complying with Face Coverings:

We recognize that not every person is capable of wearing a face covering. As with individuals who cannot meet other requirements in this Plan, those who cannot wear protective face coverings will participate in College of Law activities remotely. DRC explains accessibility considerations.

The College of Law, through a Responsibility Pledge, will expect all members of the Arizona Law community to embrace the Plan and follow the guidelines set by the University and the College in our Safe Return Plan. We are all in this together and we need everyone’s cooperation in order to keep the College of Law campus as safe as possible for those learning, teaching, and working on campus.

Those who cannot or do not wish to follow the Plan will participate in College of Law Activities remotely. Additionally, for all matters involving university rules and regulations, we will consult with the Dean of Students for appropriate remedies and resolutions.

 

The College is redesigning the layout of all classrooms (moving tables, removing chairs) to achieve 6’ distancing with in-person attendees. Additionally, class times will be adjusted and class sizes will be limited by the Red and Blue schedule (half of the students in-person and half online every other week). Please see the College’s draft Plan, Sec. 6.0 for additional details.

Yes. All parts of the College of Law, including the law commons, will have restricted access while the Plan is in effect. Subject to limited exceptions, only Arizona Law faculty, staff, and students will be permitted entry, and only after a temperature check and answering a questionnaire regarding symptoms and exposure history. Inside the law commons, seating capacity will be reduced to allow for social distancing.

Our draft Plan (Sec. 4.2) provides for student access to the College of Law campus for class, work, and clinics. These restrictions leverage the relatively insular and nonporous character of the Arizona Law community and physical plant to protect Arizona Law against viral transmission in the broader UArizona community. At the same time and in the same way, the restrictions protect the broader UArizona community from viral transmission at Arizona Law. The restrictions also make possible more robust screening and monitoring of the Arizona Law community, which will generate information about likely infection more broadly and enable a university-wide response.  Any approved individual accessing the College of Law, not from the Arizona Law community, will be subject to the same health questionnaire, temperature check and masking requirement employed by Arizona Law community members.

The University in partnership with the State of Arizona is now offering free antibody testing to all members of the University community in conjunction with a research study. This testing is completely voluntary and open to faculty and staff (and soon, students).

Arizona Law will adhere to the COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Notification Protocol and Related Personnel Actions. This guidance provides step-by-step instructions for employees, supervisors, and department heads in the event of a COVID-positive employee in the building. It includes notification protocol to public health, close contacts, facilities management, and everyone in the building. It also includes important privacy guidelines when an employee tests positive. The University has similar protocol and privacy requirements in the event a student tests positive, as noted in the Instructor FAQ. Campus Health also has SAFER guidelines and forms for self-reporting and supervisory reporting of a positive COVID test.

Classes, clinics, and externships will all have processes in place to facilitate remote participation if a student is unable to participate in person. Students will also have access to customary University and College of Law medical services.

The University is committed to providing wrap-around support for students diagnosed with COVID-19. (Guiding Principles #3.)

Students who live in La Aldea will be asked to isolate in their assigned room since each resident lives in a single room with restroom. However, there may be circumstances where campus health will recommend a resident of La Aldea isolate in the Babcock dorm, the designated isolation dorm for residential students. Regardless of isolation location, the graduate student will have the same support and resources including tele-medicine and meal plan support if requested.

Students who live off-campus should isolate at home and not return to campus until cleared by their physician. UArizona will be providing a comprehensive guide to those isolating at home and telehealth options. We are actively urging University administration to provide assistance such as medicine, meals, and grocery deliveries.

Professors and employers will be flexible with students who become ill during the semester. The College will make every effort to work with students so that they are able to complete their work and have a successful semester. 

Students who become ill should contact Dean Jordan-Curtis, Dean of Students, and Dean Brooks, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, to discuss accommodations related to the illness and options for completing the semester. A wide array of options are available depending on each student’s individual situation.

Additional return to campus guidance is in the draft Plan, section 4.7.

Please remember there is an Emergency Fund for students who are struggling financially. There is also a UA Campus Pantry where any member of our community can obtain free groceries.

Finally, students are welcome to contact Erin Lowry, LCSW, for referrals in the community for counseling, accessing basic needs, and other services. Students in need of more personal support can contact Dr. Jordan-Curtis, Dean of Students.

In addition to the UArizona guidance cited above, this issue will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Generally, if a professor becomes incapacitated, another member of the Arizona Law faculty will cover classes until the professor is able to return to teaching.  A professor who is unable to enter campus but is able to teach remotely may elect to teach a class or clinic remotely. If this is not feasible then a professor’s absence will be treated just like any other absence due to illness, and alternative arrangements will be made on a case by case basis.The College of Law will follow ABA Standards (see Ch. 3, Sec. 310) for the guidelines on classroom instruction.

The College of Law and the University provide support and training to our faculty on best practices for online and hybrid courses. The College has a faculty committee dedicated to online learning. We have a studio where faculty can record high quality sessions.

We are awaiting guidance from the university on the details of what Stage 1 allows and precludes. There will likely be very limited access to campus and, therefore, to the library. However, we will make those decisions when we have more information.

The library will offer a full array of remote services during stage 1 including scanning, interlibrary loan, and research support via email and zoom. 

The law library will post access, hours, and services on the law library’s homepage as soon as possible. We will also send out a note to the community with details.

If a student is experiencing challenges during the semester, they should reach out to Dean Jordan-Curtis immediately and we will work with them to help them be successful this fall however we can.

Please remember, there is an Emergency Fund for students who are struggling financially. 

The University Library has a robust Technology borrowing program: https://new.library.arizona.edu/tech/borrow

The University has remote wifi hotspots around the state:  https://it.arizona.edu/documentation/remote-uawifi-hotspots

For students in Tucson, remember there is a UA Campus Pantry where any member of our community can obtain free groceries.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) are also available to students through Campus Health. https://health.arizona.edu/counseling-psych-services

Every College of Law class is assigned a classroom whether Flex In-Person or Live Online. During the weeks when you are on campus per the red/blue team plan, you will be able to participate in your Live Online class in the assigned classroom indicated in your course schedule. You may also participate in your Live Online class from elsewhere on the university campus, such as an outdoor space. You do not have to be in the assigned classroom. However, please do not try to find space in the Law Library or elsewhere in the College of Law since your participation might be distracting to those around you. Additionally, in an effort to reduce density and practice social distancing, we prefer that students not wander around the building looking for space to learn and work. (Note: if you happen to be on campus for an essential in-person element during Stage 1 and are not able to return home before your Live Online class, please arrange for a space in advance with Bryan Wilson (baw@arizona.edu) or Bernadette Wilkinson (bwilkins@arizona.edu).)