UArizona to shift to online instruction for the rest of fall semester

Posted at 9:27 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 13:06:56-05

University of Arizona students will be headed back to online classes after Thanksgiving break.

The announcement was made Monday alongside the announcement of expanded COVID-19 testing for students.

UArizona President Robert C. Robbins said Monday marks the first day of pre-holiday testing aimed toward students who have travel plans. Main campus students have also been asked to outline their Thanksgiving travel plans in surveys before Thanksgiving break, which begins on Nov. 26.

Following the break, UArizona says all courses will move to an online format for the rest of the semester. Currently, up to 50 students are allowed to meet in person as the university remains in stage two of its reentry plan.

The university says coronavirus cases on campus remain "relatively low" despite rising numbers across the state and country. Their most recent data shows a positivity rate of 0.9%.

Spring course registration has also started and all students attending in-person will be required to take a COVID-19 test with negative results. Exceptions will be made for religious or disability reasons.

Classes with more than 100 students will be fully online for the spring semester.