All members of the campus community (faculty, staff, and students) must strictly adhere to the University’s Health and Safety Guidelines, including:

  • appropriate use of face coverings
  • social distancing; and
  • restrictions on large social gatherings

The intent of these guidelines is to mitigate health and safety risks associated with COVID-19 to protect all members of our campus and surrounding communities.

To emphasize the importance of adhering to the University’s Health and Safety Guidelines, stringent sanctions and discipline will be administered for violations.   While the University expects all faculty, staff, and students will be responsible and compliant members of the campus community, any violations will be met with consequences to strongly address the risks their behavior creates.

The following disciplinary measures serve only as a guideline and may be adjusted as needed to properly address the severity of any situation.  Interim measures may be used to remove an individual or organization from campus.

Individual Students

CAMPUS RETURN REQUIREMENTS – To return to campus or campus activities, including class, students must complete required COVID-19 testing on-campus*, COVID-19 training and enroll in the UA Healthcheck. Failure to complete the COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 training or to enroll in the UA Healthcheck will result in being denied re-entry.

*Only on-campus residents or those affiliated with designated groups are required to test. A free re-entry test is offered on campus, but results from private physicians between Jan. 2 and 12 can be submitted.

The Office of Student Conduct will oversee student violations.  Repeat offenders will face increasingly greater sanctions.  Egregious offenders will be met with significant sanctions up to and including suspension after as little as one offense.  Given the expectations for compliance and the need to mitigate risks, leniency in the implementation of sanctions will be limited.

Following is a general guideline for sanctions that can be accelerated or modified as needed to address the specific situation.

First Violation — A letter will be sent to the student documenting the violation (e.g., failure to wear a face covering or practice social distancing) with a warning that future violations will warrant more significant action.  The student will be required to take additional health and safety training related to COVID-19.

Second Violation — The student will receive a formal conduct charge. If found responsible, the student will receive a written disciplinary warning, which will be reflected on their student disciplinary record.  The student will also be required to take additional health and safety training related to COVID-19.

Third Violation — The student will receive a formal conduct charge.  If found responsible, the student will receive disciplinary probation for up to two semesters and be required to complete the Capstone Character Workshop.

**All violations after the third violation may result in suspension for up to one year.**


Student Organizations

All students must comply with rules related to events and gatherings.  Student organizations that violate these provisions will be sanctioned.  If an improper event or gathering occurs that was not organized by a recognized student organization, conduct charges will be brought against individual students responsible

for the event.  Repeat offenders will face increasingly greater sanctions.  Egregious offenders will be met with significant sanctions up to and including suspension after as little as one offense.

Off-campus student events sponsored by, or on behalf of, student organizations are strictly prohibited, absent special approval from the Vice President of Student Life. Off-campus events, if approved, must also comply with all University, local, and state requirements.  No out-of-town events will be approved.  

The following is a general sanctioning guideline for violations of the student event requirements:

First Violation — A written warning will be issued to the group and the group will lose the ability to host on or off-campus student events for a designated period of time. The group’s executive officers and advisor will be required to take additional health and safety training related to COVID-19. Depending on the seriousness of the violation regarding risk to health or safety, additional and more severe sanctions, including probation, more significant loss of privileges, or removal from campus may be imposed.

Second Violation — The student organization will be placed on probation and lose its ability to host any events for at least the remainder of the semester.  The entire student organization and its advisor will be required to take additional health and safety training related to COVID-19.  Depending on the seriousness of the violation regarding risk to health or safety, additional and more severe sanctions, including probation, more significant loss of privileges, or removal from campus may be imposed.

Third Violation — The student organization will lose all privileges for the remainder of the academic year.  To the extent the organization provides food service to its members, that — and only that — may continue.  Depending on the seriousness of the violation regarding risk to health or safety, additional and more severe sanctions, including removal from campus may be imposed.

Fourth Violation — The student organization will be removed from campus for one academic year.


Employees

On-Campus Safety Requirements

Once an employee returns to work on campus, certain COVID-19 safety measures, such as wearing a face mask, completing the required reports on the UA Healthcheck, social distancing, etc., must be followed.  If an employee fails to follow the on-campus safety requirements, the following progressive discipline by a supervisor may apply:

First Violation — Verbal counseling

Second Violation — Written counseling

Third Violation — Final warning and a three-day unpaid suspension

Fourth Violation — Termination of employment

**Employees who believe they need a medical or other accommodation to enable them to complete the steps required to return to campus or, upon returning, comply with all mandated safety measures should address those issues with and obtain approval from their supervisor and Human Resources prior to returning to campus