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Arizona Law "New Safe Return" Plan: OVERVIEW

Guidelines for the College of Law's new safe return to campus



The University of Arizona James E. Rogers Arizona Law (“Arizona Law”) has developed a comprehensive operations plan, entitled “New Safe Return,” to reopen and continue its overall mission of delivering a high quality legal education as safely as possible.

The New Safe Return Plan builds upon and is consistent with all recommendations of the University of Arizona Campus Re-entry Plan Working Group, including directives and guidance from the Test, Trace and Treat Team, the Implementation Planning Team, and Return to the University Workplace Team. It consists of a pyramid of layered mitigation measures, designed to leverage Arizona Law’s relatively insular environment and to work as an integrated whole. These are listed below and illustrated in the accompanying figure:

  1. Recommended at-home mitigation (social distancing, personal hygiene, etc.);
  2. On-campus mitigation:
    1. Voluntary baseline blood testing for antibodies provided by UArizona
    2. Mandatory participation in Wildcat WellCheck screening, covering symptoms, exposure history, and temperature check, and mandatory COVID testing by the University;
    3. Daily screening questionnaire (covering symptoms and exposure history) and temperature checks;
    4. Student schedule, teaching, classroom, library, and other space modifications to limit on-campus population density and facilitate social distancing;
    5. Adherence to face coverings and other personal protection measures in all Arizona Law operations;
    6. Physical plant monitoring and augmented sanitation practices; and
  3. Enhanced viral monitoring: serial testing for SARS CoV-2 and rhinoviruses of a voluntary cohort of the Arizona Law community -- a research component under IRB supervision, conducted by Arizona Law.


This Plan is dynamic. To implement, evaluate, and update the Plan as circumstances and University guidance evolve, Arizona Law will establish a COVID Task Force, whose members shall be appointed by the Dean’s Office.

To ensure maximum safety and confidence, all members of the Arizona Law community, both on and off campus, will participate in this comprehensive Plan. Members of the Arizona Law community who return to campus must adhere to the safety protocols set forth in this New Safe Return Plan as a prerequisite for physical presence on the Arizona Law campus. Individuals who opt out for any reason will participate in Arizona Law activities remotely.

Arizona Law is committed to communicating frequently and substantively with the community throughout this process and will continue to give the community opportunities for input and feedback.

All data collected or used for research purposes will be obtained with appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and supervision.

This Plan shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and university laws and regulations regarding privacy, equality, and other rights. This Plan will be reviewed by the Provost or its designee and we will adjust this Plan accordingly as needed. We will inform the Provost of any substantial changes to this Plan.