CAPLA COVID-19 Resources & FAQs

 

Last updated: August 23, 2022
 

The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture urges CAPLA students, faculty and staff to check email regularly for the latest updates from the university and college regarding COVID-19 and related guidelines and resources.
 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Students and UArizona Community

 
We are adding all CAPLA administration communications to students to this page as a central resource for our students.

The CAPLA West Building Foundation Studio and CAPLA East Building are now open with the following operating hours: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F, closed weekends; students have additional access 24 hours/day, seven days/week with their CatCard, pending any changes due to university and public health guidelines.


 


CAPLA Fall 2022 COVID and Building Use FAQs

These frequently asked questions are designed for CAPLA students, faculty and staff.

Check back often for responses to CAPLA COVID and building use frequently asked questions, which are updated as new information becomes available, and be sure to check the University of Arizona COVID-19 Response website for updates, as well.

General Questions

The college formed a Re-Entry Task Force comprised of faculty, staff and students and, like other colleges at the university, worked hard to ensure that we are fully prepared for returning to campus.

We created the CAPLA Re-Entry Operating Plan for the Provost’s review and approval under the task force leadership of Barbara Bryson, associate dean for research, who also serves as the college's liaison with the university's Re-Entry Task Force. In December 2020 re-entry moved under the direction of Laura Hollengreen, associate dean for academics. The CAPLA Re-Entry Task Force specifically planned around:

  • Materials Lab, Model Shop, HED and Research Spaces
  • Classroom, Computer Lab and Studio Capacities and Teaching/Scheduling Strategies
  • Building Circulation, Technology, Safety and Security
  • Cleaning Strategies for All Areas
  • Events and Visitors
  • Work from Home Strategies and Policies
  • Office Separation and Policies
  • Signage, Communications and Culture of Compliance
  • Student Needs (such as advising), Equity and Wellness

Within each of these areas we identified key milestones, goals and tasks, data management and assessment, budget requirements and other parameters. The final plan was submitted to the Provost on July 15, 2020.

View the CAPLA Re-Entry Plan:

At CAPLA we are focusing on a culture of support and encouragement rather than pure enforcement. Our hope is that as members of a community who support each other, students, faculty and staff will follow university and CAPLA social distancing, face covering and other encouragements to protect themselves and their fellow students, faculty and staff. 

A number of measures will be put into place, including print and digital signage, activities coordinated with CAPLA student ambassadors and student organizations and more.

Additionally, communications will be sent to students, faculty and staff via email, provided on this page and shared via social media.

As with Fall 2021, no signed building agreement is required to use the CAPLA building for Fall 2022.

Building and Facilities Access and Use

The CAPLA West Building Foundation Studio and CAPLA East Building is open 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F, closed weekends; students have additional access 24 hours/day, seven days/week with their CatCard.

Note that, due to renovation, the rest of CAPLA West is not open (pending some first-floor spaces for advising, TBD), and no restrooms are available in the West Building.

No, face coverings are not required (per university policy) but the use of face coverings by students, faculty and staff is strongly encouraged when inside the building or adequate spacing is not available outside the building.

 

Yes, the CAPLA West Building Foundation Studio and CAPLA East Building are open 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F, closed weekends; students have additional access 24 hours/day, seven days/week with their CatCard.

Access to the Materials Labs and Model Lab and all facilities is available to students. We will also have a number of computers specifically for remote access. More information will be provided by course instructors at the beginning of the semester.

  • To enter the building, we request that you wear a face covering and keep it on at all times and maintain appropriate social distancing between desks and people. 
  • Certain spaces, or the building at certain times, may be controlled by CatCard, even during the day, so that those who do not have desks or classes in those spaces do not enter them. This is particularly true during CAPLA West Building renovation, when no restrooms are available in the West Building.
  • Classroom spaces will be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis. We ask you to remove all your possessions and not to eat in the building.
  • We have added additional spaces to sit comfortably to eat outside of the CAPLA building.
  • Cleaning materials will be available to faculty and students for cleaning their work areas before and after class, in the computer lab and in studios.

The building is open 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F, closed weekends; students have additional access 24 hours/day, seven days/week with their CatCard.

For additional guidance and information about visits and tours, please visit the CAPLA Visit page.

We are currently offering limited in-person tours, and you may also view a video tour from https://capla.arizona.edu/admissions/tours. For tour information, please visit our Tour CAPLA page.

Most CAPLA Lecture Series will be in person this fall. Other event locations and formats are determined on a case-by-case basis. Check the course syllabus, D2L or the CAPLA events calendar for scheduled events.

Health and Safety

Testing is available to all faculty, staff and students. Find more information, visit https://covid19.arizona.edu/covid19-testing.

Students are urged to be tested prior to coming to campus; however, this is not mandatory.

In addition to UArizona's on-site COVID-19 testing at the Student Union (3rd level, former Cactus Grill; M-F 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with 7:30-9:45 a.m. reserved for faculty and staff) we have two nearby locations for Cats TakeAway Testing, which uses the PCR methodology (saline gargle) for those who do not have symptoms.

For take-away testing, you can grab the test kit, perform the test nearby or at home, and return it to any Cats TakeAway Testing location (after scanning the tube and logging it in via NetID). The time between scanning, taking the test and returning your vial should be no more than four hours.

Our closest locations for Cats TakeAway Testing are the Fred Fox School of Music, across Olive Street, near the elevators, and the 2nd floor of McClelland Hall (near the restrooms or near the elevator, depending on activities in the building), home of Eller College of Management, under the Speedway underpass.

If you have symptoms, you should either contact Campus Health (https://health.arizona.edu/) or your healthcare provider, or use the Campus Health Cats TakeAway Testing location (main entrance, outside, 1224 E. Lowell St., northwest corner of Highland/6th St., M-F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.). The stations near us and all other take-away stations except for that at Campus Health are for those who do not have symptoms.

For information about student positive case protocol, see https://covid19.arizona.edu/positive-case-protocol-students.

Currently, face masks are not required but are encouraged to enter the CAPLA building. See https://covid19.arizona.edu/face-coverings for additional information.

Face coverings, when worn by the majority of people in a community, can help prevent the transmission of viral particles into the air and onto common surfaces, thereby reducing potential exposures and rates of transmission in the community.

Suggested face masks are N95, KN95, and surgical masks.

Face Mask Usage

Face masks:

  • Should cover the nose, mouth, and chin of the wearer
  • Should be disposable N95, KN95 or surgical masks.
  • Are meant to protect the community from you; many cases of COVID-19 are spread by people who may not even realize they are sick (asymptomatic).
  • Are not a substitute for physical distancing, which should remain the primary means of preventing transmission.
  • See also CDC information on face coverings

Additionally, face shields may be required in the CAPLA Materials Labs and/or studios, and will be provided by CAPLA. Face masks will also be available in studio spaces and classrooms, though students are encouraged to use their own clean face masks.

Expectations and Compliance

The latest University of Arizona information about health, safety and equity is available at https://covid19.arizona.edu. Additional information related to COVID-19 and health may be found at https://health.arizona.edu/healthalerts.

Download the Covid Watch Arizona Exposure Notification App, the university's free and anonymous exposure notification app. View details at https://covid19.arizona.edu/covidwatch.

Additionally, the university is encouraging employees and students to join Wildcat WellCheck, which screens employees and students before they are on campus or in class. This advanced screening will help reduce your risk of COVID-19 and ensure that our campus remains open for in-person learning, teaching, and research.

There are no apps to download or complicated systems to navigate, just answer a few brief questions on your phone via text message.

Here’s how Wildcat WellCheck works:

  1. Employees and students sign up on their phone. Text JOIN to 1-833-339-0504.

  2. After enrolling, Wildcat WellCheck sends brief, daily health screens via text message

  3. WellCheck participants receive tailored health and safety information, which results in helping to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading the virus.

University of Arizona students who participate in on-campus activities are strongly encouraged to self-report positive COVID-19 tests and participate in contact tracing. See the protocol at https://covid19.arizona.edu/test-trace-treat/positive-case-protocol for how to report a positive case. Employees should refer to the COVID-19 Workplace Case Notification Protocol.

Expectations

All Wildcat students, as well as all employees and visitors, are strongly encouraged to:  

  • Wear face coverings (required in CAPLA Building).
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Use the Wildcat Wellcheck for daily wellness screening.
  • Follow posted instructions and signage while in any UArizona facilities.
  • Participate in contact tracing if they participate in activities in UArizona facilities.

In addition, students are asked to download and use the CovidWatch Smartphone App to support digital exposure notifications.

Student COVID-19 Case Notification Protocol

Any student who:

  • Has symptoms of COVID-19 and has been tested for infection, but has not yet received the test result, or
  • Has had a recent close contact (within 6 ft for 15 or more minutes) with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, or
  • Is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection,

should quarantine at home and contact Campus Health (or another healthcare provider) for healthcare support immediately.

Student Actions

Students are strongly encouraged to self-report positive COVID-19 test results that they have received from testing outside of the University as soon as possible to Campus Health, which will share relevant information with our SAFER contact tracing team.

Once a positive test is reported to SAFER, the team will reach out to the student for case investigation and contact tracing, education on self-isolation, and needed wrap-around health support services. Students are required to answer the questions posed by the SAFER team honestly and as accurately as possible.

If the student is also a DCC or a student employee, the Case Notification Protocol for employees should also be followed.

Employee Actions

UArizona employees who know of a student who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 should:

  1. Remind the student of their opportunity to self-report the test outcome to Campus Health using the online form or by phone (if the test was performed by healthcare provider other than Campus Health).
  2. Direct the student to immediately go home, self-quarantine and contact Campus Health or another healthcare provider for care and support.

Non-Compliance 

Failure of students to follow safety and health requirements, including reporting of a positive test for COVID-19 to Campus Health, may result in disciplinary action consistent with the Student Code of Conduct and applicable policies. Reports of student non-compliance should be made to the Dean of Students Office.

Privacy

A student’s medical information, such as a positive COVID-19 test result, will be considered and treated as confidential and private. We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic and the exceptional circumstances it presents require a careful balance between maintaining a safe campus and protecting a student’s privacy.

A student’s medical information will only be disclosed to University personnel responsible for the public health of our campuses, and only on a need to know basis and in the least intrusive manner possible.

The University provides training to personnel responsible for managing your confidential information and has provided the COVID-19 specific FERPA and HIPAA privacy guidance for your protection.

COVID-19 in UArizona Class Settings

There are many symptoms of COVID-19, and almost all COVID-19 symptoms are also possible indicators of other diseases (e.g. influenza). As a result, most symptomatic individuals (e.g., 80-95%) who are tested for COVID-19 do not receive a positive result.  Accordingly, no individual should be assumed to be infected with COVID-19 on the basis of apparent symptoms.

After receiving notification of a positive student case, SAFER will initiate our campus manual contact tracing protocol and seek to alert all recent close contacts (6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more) of the infected individual that they may have been exposed. If a student who has tested positive attended an in-person class or activity, students and instructors in that same in-person class or activity will only be contacted by SAFER if they had close contact with the student who tested positive. The University will NOT notify or send a general message to all other students or instructors about test-positive individuals who attended an in-person class or activity.

Note that all classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned by Facilities Management regularly to minimize the risk of disease spread. No special cleaning requests are needed for classrooms.

We recognize that it is likely that more students than usual may choose to spend time away from in-person learning settings during the pandemic. Consistent with the University’s Class Absence Practices guidance, students are responsible for communicating to their instructor(s) that they will be away from in-person classes and remaining current with their coursework.  All students should be familiar with and follow the University’s Class Absence Practices guidance for information about how to deal with absences during the pandemic. Instructors and staff should not ask students about health information and students should not share any health information with instructors or staff.

Related Information

If the University of Arizona discovers a student has contracted COVID-19, there is a mechanism in place to track the student and trace their contacts within a given period of time using an app (Covid Watch Arizona, https://covid19.arizona.edu/covidwatch) the students are asked to install upon arriving on campus and using traditional tracing. If the student is in campus housing (a dormitory), they will be moved from their regular dorm room and placed in the Isolation Dorm (Babcock) until they are recovered. If the student lives off campus, they will be expected to isolate wherever they may be living until they recover. No instructors or college administration will be notified of a positive tested student in any class.

There is no mechanism for those conducting traditional tracing to access a student’s course list and inform the deans, nor should they as there are a host of privacy, HIPAA and FERPA issues. The UArizona Contact Tracing Team conducts a thorough case investigation with the person who has tested positive, asks for all of their contacts and then initiates contact tracing by reaching out to those people to let them know they have been exposed and need to quarantine. 

It is very likely the student will contact the faculty member directly, especially when UArizona moves to in-person classes, because being in isolation means the student have to move to an online format. If that occurs, the instructor MUST keep all student health information strictly in confidence. The Contact Tracing Team will reach out to close contacts of the test-positive individual.

Advising and Faculty Resources

Advising in the Fall 2022 semester will be a mix of in-person and online until further notice. Appointments (scheduled meetings) will be available virtually via Zoom and in person, depending on the advisor and space availability given CAPLA West Building renovation. Please check the Trellis calendars to see your advisor’s availability and format of meetings.

The University of Arizona has created Instructor FAQs that include information on logistics (on campus, in the classroom), technology, communication with students and course modalities.

View UArizona Instructor FAQs at covid19.arizona.edu/instructor-faq.

Technology

Please notify your instructor right away if you do not have the technology resources you need. Enrolled students may borrow laptops from the university library and in some circumstances may be loaned to you directly by CAPLA Information Technology.

Remote Lab Access is now open to students. Instructions for this can be found at https://arizona.box.com/v/RemoteLabAccess.

  • Access to the directions requires people to log into Box to help maintain security.
  • Access to the computers are limited to CAPLA faculty, staff and students and Architectural Engineering students.

Check OSCR Labs software and availability at https://oscr.arizona.edu/software.

Log onto VCAT at http://vcat.arizona.edu.

ArcGIS Online at http://uagis.maps.arcgis.com. Create an account using your UA email address.

Before printing, you should verify course requirements with your instructor. In most cases, you should not need to submit printed work while courses are moved online. In the case you need to print or scan images, below is a list where you can do this off campus. If you are not in Tucson, please check for available print shops in your town.

Secure WiFi access is available from many University of Arizona parking lots on main campus, at University of Arizona South and at the Oro Valley Vet School (1580 E. Hanley Blvd., Oro Valley, AZ). A map of university parking lots with WiFi access is available at https://it.arizona.edu/documentation/remote-uawifi-hotspots. Be sure to ensure social distancing.


CAPLA Communications to Students

All communications regarding COVID-19 and related concerns from CAPLA administration to students will be included here. Communications from the university to students are included on the University of Arizona Coronavirus Information and Resources website.

This does not include individual communications from instructors about courses, nor general communications from administration or your advisors. Please check your email or D2L for course communications and always check your email for the latest communications in general.

Fall 2022 Semester

We have not yet sent communications regarding COVID-19 from CAPLA administration. Once sent, those communications will be posted here.

Spring 2022 Semester

Dear CAPLA students,
 
If you’ve followed President Robbins’ messages, you know that the university is planning to relax the mask mandate on campus beginning on Monday, March 21. We will continue to encourage mask-wearing and explain its benefits, but will no longer require it in any of our spaces. The language of the COVID mask signage around the building will be changed this weekend from “required” to “recommended”.
 
I know that this news is meeting with a mixed reaction among both faculty/staff and students. Some are relieved by a step toward renewed “normalcy,” others are fearful of another omicron or other variant surge. Each of you has an individual choice to make in whether you continue to wear a mask in CAPLA buildings and how you talk with others about the level of risk you—and they—may feel.  
I encourage you to remain attentive and generous in respecting one another’s choices and in protecting one another from serious illness. Please be aware that some members of our community have small children at home who cannot be or have not yet been vaccinated; some are essential care-givers for others; and some have underlying health conditions that make them especially vulnerable to infection—or live with others who do. In those circumstances, you may be asked if you would be willing to continue wearing a mask in a certain class or in a certain space in order to prevent catastrophic illness. I hope you will consider what you can do as a member of our tight-knit community.
 
Please let me know if you want to talk through scenarios for how to broach these topics with fellow students or faculty and staff.
 
Best wishes—
Laura
 
Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

CAPLA Students,

In addition to UArizona's on-site COVID-19 testing at the Student Union (3rd level, former Cactus Grill; M-F 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with 7:30-9:45 a.m. reserved for faculty and staff) we have two nearby locations for Cats TakeAway Testing, which uses the PCR methodology (saline gargle) for those who do not have symptoms.

For take-away testing, you can grab the test kit, perform the test nearby or at home, and return it to any Cats TakeAway Testing location (after scanning the tube and logging it in via NetID). The time between scanning, taking the test and returning your vial should be no more than four hours.

Our closest locations for Cats TakeAway Testing are the Fred Fox School of Music, across Olive Street, near the elevators, and the 2nd floor of McClelland Hall (near the restrooms or near the elevator, depending on activities in the building), home of Eller College of Management, under the Speedway underpass.

If you have symptoms, you should either contact Campus Health (https://health.arizona.edu/) or your healthcare provider, or use the Campus Health Cats TakeAway Testing location (main entrance, outside, 1224 E. Lowell St., northwest corner of Highland/6th St., M-F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.). The stations near us and all other take-away stations except for that at Campus Health are for those who do not have symptoms.

For all information and locations on testing, please visit https://covid19.arizona.edu/covid19-testing.

For information about student positive case protocol, see https://covid19.arizona.edu/positive-case-protocol-students.

Thank you,

Simmons

Simmons Buntin
Director of Marketing and Communications

Dear CAPLA students,

My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus tomorrow. I hope you have had a restful break in the meantime!

As you may have seen in other messages from the university, all classes are to be taught in the modalities specified last semester and published in the Schedule of Classes. This is a decision made at the highest level of the university and one we must follow unless or until other guidance comes. That means that if you are registered for classes where the modality is "In Person," you should plan to be physically present in the classroom when your classes meet for the first time.

I realize that, with the current omicron surge, this may worry you. Please know that ALL CAPLA faculty and staff are incredibly careful when it comes to COVID protocols. We will continue to require masks in all CAPLA spaces (except single-occupancy offices) and will encourage and enforce good mask protocols on the part of students. In addition, the university is calling for new forms of masks—it will not be possible to wear only a cloth mask, bandana, or a gaiter going forward; instead, you will need at least a surgical mask or, even better, a KN95 mask or double masking with a surgical mask as the layer closest to your face.

In general: you will protect yourself best if you get vaccinated and get a booster shot, get tested regularly (which is easy on campus), and wear an appropriate mask at all times on campus. With measures like that in place already last semester, CAPLA really did well, with relatively few infections and disruptions. Let’s stay the course!

All best wishes—

Laura

Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Fall 2021 Semester

Hello CAPLA students, faculty, and staff,

I hope you enjoyed a little rest and relaxation over the Thanksgiving Break!

Good luck to all as we enter the final weeks of the semester—they will be very busy for everyone. I hope you can stay calm, stay focused and stay healthy.

With respect to health, Dean Pollock-Ellwand and I want to thank the large majority of you who have consistently worn your masks, practiced social distancing and refrained from eating in the building. As a result of your faithful adherence to our guidelines, we have had a successful and relatively smooth semester, with few infections reported overall.

We know, however, that not all students have been on board. In particular, video footage shows that sizable numbers of B.Arch students were in the building late at night in late October when they should not have been (i.e., before we opened things up for 24/7 access).

Students, let me be very clear: continued participation in the CAPLA student body you prize is dependent in part on your adherence to the stated rules for building use and interaction with others. With the recent announcement of a new COVID-19 variant of unknown severity, we must maintain our vigilance individually and as a community.

All faculty and staff, as well as students, are invited and expected to help with implementation and enforcement of these rules. If you see something wrong, please address it in the moment; if you see repeated wrongdoing, please report it.  

Let’s prepare ourselves for a satisfying end to the fall semester and an exciting beginning to the new semester in January.

Best wishes—

Laura
 

Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Dear CAPLA students (especially Main Campus students),

Based on good experience with our classes to date this semester, the CAPLA administration has decided to re-open CAPLA buildings for 24/7 access beginning today, Monday, October 25.  

During regular business and instructional hours, the building is of course accessible to all; after hours access, by CATCard, will be expanded to include overnight hours. This means that the Computer Lab, Photo Lab and Model Lab will be accessible 24/7. The Materials Lab, however, will continue to be accessible to individual students (i.e., outside scheduled class time) only by appointment.

We trust that this change will allow you to make the best decision about where to keep your computer, for instance: if you feel that you have been only partly present in studio—maybe just "camping out”—due to a large desktop computer that you have had to keep at home, you now have a chance to revisit your work location and schedule. We hope this will make you and your faculty feel more fully engaged and invested in our work together.

Please be aware that the following rules will still apply and be enforced:

  • Masks are obligatory at all times while in the building.
  • Eating and drinking are allowed only in the Underwood Garden.

Please also be aware that student building monitors and security cameras will continue to monitor activity in all CAPLA instructional and common spaces. Any student who does not abide by the rules will be warned on the first documented instance, lose after-hours building access for a week on the second documented instance and lose after-hours access for the remainder of the semester on the third documented instance. 

We are happy that things have been relatively stable in COVID terms with no big outbreaks in our college. Please stay vigilant in order to keep yourselves and everyone else safe and to continue to have access to all our facilities.

Thank you and best wishes for the remainder of the semester—

Laura
 

Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Dear CAPLA students,

Please read this entire message carefully, as it applies to everyone.

I write with good news about an extension of CAPLA Building hours:  beginning on Monday, September 20, CAPLA buildings will be open and accessible 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight every day of the week. On weekdays, the building is open to all 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and then will be accessible by CATCard only 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight. At all times on weekends, you will continue to need your CATCard to access our spaces.  

The senior administrators and faculty and staff leaders of the college trust that these extended hours will ease some of the current difficulties you are facing in choosing where to work in order to maximize the continuity and productivity of your efforts.  

For the moment, eating will continue to be restricted to the Underwood garden only and the Materials Labs will be accessible to you individually by reservation only. You can find more information and, if you’ve completed your safety training and certification, make a reservation here:

We very much want to east the restrictions on hours and other rules further, but that is in part directly dependent on you. We will do so only when data suggests that it is safe. At this point in time, 1 in 8 people in Pima County has contracted COVID. Don’t be one of the remaining 7 to fall sick.

By far most students are adhering to the rules about masking, eating, etc. However, we have a small but growing number of positive COVID diagnoses among students, a small but growing number of students who appear to be unwell but are still coming to class, a small but growing number of students not wearing masks as they should and growing anxiety among the community. Already some written warnings and reports to the Dean of Students have been issued.

So:

If you don’t feel well, sit out a day or two; don’t bring infection into the building! If you develop COVID symptoms, get a test. That way, you and we will know whether it’s safe for you to be here or whether you should undertake your work remotely for a while. And it’s really easy and quick: you can register for a 15-minute time slot at North Rec and all it involves is swishing/gargling saline solution in your mouth for 1 minute. You’ll be notified by email and text when your results are in. If you do a test before 9:00 a.m., you’ll get the results the same day.

Wear a mask or risk losing building access.

Final note: in every case in which student non-cooperation with the mask rules has been reported, the report has come initially from a fellow student or students. Most of those who want to enjoy the spaces they are paying for are keeping things safe and doing what they have to do in conjunction with faculty and staff. Is it convenient? No. Is it necessary and right? Yes.  

Please get with the program.

Thank you—

Laura

Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Dear CAPLA students,

By far the majority of you have been conscientiously wearing your masks in CAPLA buildings. Thank you! However, a few are still not doing so and they endanger the health and building access of everyone.  

Please see below for information about the penalties if you do not abide by the mask requirement in all CAPLA spaces at all times. We hope to be able to ease some of our COVID-related policies in coming weeks, but doing so is dependent on your cooperation. Please be aware that all those who occupy our buildings are captured on cameras. These have been in place for some time (long before COVID) to protect the safety of people and equipment.

Here are the details of what can happen if you don’t regularly wear a mask:

  1. You will be politely reminded to put one on.
  2. If you have to be reminded a second time, a written warning will be issued and a report filed with the Dean of Students.
  3. If you are witnessed without a mask a third time, you will lose after hours (i.e., early morning and evening) access to the building for a week and a report will again be made to the Dean of Students. Anyone who lets another student into the building whose access has been revoked will receive similar sanction.
  4. If, after the measures above, you enter the building when you should not or are seen a fourth time not wearing a mask, you will lose access to the building after hours for the remainder of the semester.

Want to be in studio? Want to work with your friends? Put your mask on and keep it on!

Your faculty, staff, and fellow students thank you—

Laura

Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Dear CAPLA students,

We are very lucky that we have had no big incidence of COVID among those currently attending class and working in CAPLA buildings. I hope that will not change, but if you feel sick at any point, please follow these steps:

1.  Do not come to campus. Stay home to rest and recuperate, per CDC guidelines, and seek medical care if you get worse.  

2.  Inform all your instructors directly by email or whatever method is most used in the class.

3.  If you have COVID-like symptoms, contact the Student Health Center and get a COVID test here.
 

If you test positive for COVID:

4.  You should upload your test information here, if your test was done off-campus. (Tests done on campus are already “in the system.) Your privacy will be protected.

5.  You are obligated to report the diagnosis via the SAFER site.

6.  Contact all your instructors again. They will take it from there but in every case will protect your identity and privacy and inform only those few administrators and staff who must be alerted.

Let’s keep everyone healthy and productive!

Laura

Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Hello Everyone,

There has been some confusion about areas that are designated for eating. The only spots designated for eating at CAPLA are the Garden area, the West and South sides of CAPLA and the 2East Balcony at the designated spots. You are allowed to take off your mask briefly to take a drink while in studio, but please put it back on right away.

Please note that the stairwell and the tables/benches at the landings are still “mask required” spaces due to the density of traffic that passes through this area.

Thank you for your help ensuring that our students, faculty and staff stay safe during this period.

Sine Cere -- Lucas

Director of Information Technology and Facilities
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Dear CAPLA students,

CAPLA staff are already observing some students not wearing masks in CAPLA buildings or not wearing them appropriately (fully covering nose, mouth, and chin). It’s only Thursday of the first week of classes—and there are reports of COVID cases in other colleges. The nearby Banner UMC hospital is treating people in the halls because they are so full.

Listen, we know it’s a pain to wear masks. We feel it, too. But it is a requirement for you to continue in your classes and have access to the building. I don’t think I can say it any more clearly: If you are inside, you MUST be masked. When you need a break, please step outside the building to take your mask off.  

If you are seen not wearing a mask, this is what’s going to happen:

  • You will be asked to put one on immediately.
  • If you don’t comply, the incident will be documented and you will receive a warning. If this occurs in class, a report will be sent to the Dean of Students office by your instructor—as per the instructions we have from the central administration.
  • If there is a second incident, whether in class or out, a report will be sent to the Dean of Students.
  • Disciplinary measures through the Dean of Students office extend from administrative drop from one or more classes to suspension to expulsion, depending on the pattern of behavior.

Let’s not risk those outcomes!  

So many of you want to be on campus and in CAPLA spaces. Help us to help you! The better we take care of ourselves and each other now, the sooner we’ll beat this virus and return to some semblance of life as it was pre-pandemic. What you do individually now really matters.

Best wishes—

Laura

Laura Hollengreen / PhD
Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Dear CAPLA students, old and new,

I am thrilled to welcome you for the 2021-22 academic year! Administrators, faculty and staff are planning a return to in-person instruction for many of our classes and we look forward to recovering some of the pleasures and benefits of being together. Whatever modality you are studying in, we look forward to supporting you.

Please read this message carefully as it contains information you will need for next week.

The first thing you should know is that there are a lot of you this year! All of our programs have grown, so we are welcoming more new students than in the past. That’s a wonderful circumstance due to the hard work of our faculty and staff. As a result of the growth in student numbers, some of our spaces will be cramped, which means that the COVID precautions described below are doubly important:

  • Consider getting the COVID vaccine, if you haven’t already. You can receive the vaccination at many Tucson locations. Anyone who is vaccinated should upload their vaccination documentation, so we can track the percentage of the community that has been vaccinated.
  • Please continue to observe social distancing wherever possible. The Delta variant particles are smaller than those of earlier variants, which aids in their spread and makes this variant more contagious.
  • You will be required to wear a face covering over your nose, mouth and chin at all times and in all spaces in CAPLA buildings. This applies to administrators, faculty and staff as well, unless they are alone in their offices. The provost’s office has laid out stiff penalties for students who do not comply with this requirement, up to and including suspension and expulsion. More importantly, this is one of the most powerful measures each of us can undertake to keep everyone healthy and allow us all to maintain access to the spaces of our building. So: join in the effort and make it a habit! You are expected to bring and wear your own face covering; we will have a limited number of disposable masks on hand for anyone who forgets.
  • CAPLA buildings will be accessible during regular weekday business hours, though some entrances will require your CatCard. To gain CatCard access, please set up a PIN here. After hours (Monday-Friday, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.) and on weekends (noon - 10 p.m.), the building will be accessible only by CatCard. Please pay attention to all building signs. During weekday evening and weekend hours, student monitors will be in the buildings to ensure your cooperation with our COVID protocols.  
  • Individual access to the Model and Materials Labs (i.e., access outside of times scheduled for a class you’re taking) will be by advance online appointment only. You will be required to wear both a mask and a face shield (the latter provided to you) at all times in the shop. Please consult your instructors for more information.
  • The UA has a website for all things COVID. Please check it regularly for updates. 
  • The plans below show the locations for different studios. If you see a fellow student who appears to be lost, help that person find the right studio or classroom.

 

Questions?  You may direct them as follows:

One of the best things about CAPLA is our sense of community. Let’s keep it strong and safe! Please do your part—and have a great year!

All best wishes,

Laura Hollengreen

Laura Hollengreen / PhD

Associate Professor / Associate Director
School of Architecture

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

 
View prior communications and FAQs here: Fall 2020/Spring 2021 and Spring 2020.


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Students, please address any questions or concerns to your advisor. Faculty and staff, please address any questions or concerns to Laura Hollengreen, associate dean for academic affairs. Thank you.