CAPLA Re-Entry Resources & FAQs

Last updated: October 25, 2020

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 re-entry for Fall 2020, as well as coronavirus resources.

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

It is our plan for the CAPLA Building to re-open to students beginning Monday, November 2.

These will be the terms:

  1. Building access will be by CatCard only.
     
  2. CatCard access is granted to you only upon your completion of the building/pandemic safety training and signature of the Building Use Agreement. These should be accessible to you on your studio D2L site or, for those not in studios, via one of your other courses. If you are only now getting around to this, you should probably notify your instructor when you’ve done it.
     
  3. The building hours will be 10 a.m - 10 p.m. on weekdays, Noon - 5 p.m. on weekends.
     
  4. There are new protocols, including sign-ups, for use of the Materials Labs and Model Lab. Please look for more information on this in coming days.
     
  5. Studio and classroom spaces in CAPLA can be used only at half capacity (e.g., every other desk in studios). You will find signage in the building reminding you of this.
     
  6. The building will close for the semester on Wednesday, November 25, before Thanksgiving, and remain closed until the first day of classes in the Spring 2021 semester. You may not leave anything in the building over the break—in case the spring semester begins mostly or entirely online. 

Because the stakes of our spatial practice during the pandemic are everyone’s health and wellbeing, we wish to be quite explicit about the expectations for your use of the building.  If you do not adhere to the practices to which you have agreed by signing the Building Use Agreement (mask wearing, social distancing, hygiene, etc.), the penalties will be substantial:

  • First infraction (of your own or that you facilitate on the part of someone else): loss of access to the building for a week; access restored only upon re-doing the safety training and Building Use Agreement
  • Second infraction: loss of building access for the semester
  • Third infraction: referral to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action

CAPLA Re-Entry Procedures for Students

CAPLA Re-Entry Plan

The final CAPLA RE-Entry Plan includes the Re-Entry Operating Plan, Re-Entry Communications Plan and Building Re-Entry and Circulation Plan. These plans are not static but rather are evolving, and will be updated and reposted here as we progress into the fall semester. If you would like to provide suggestions or other feedback on the CAPLA Re-Entry Plan, please use the form below.

View the CAPLA Re-Entry Plan:


CAPLA Re-Entry FAQs

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

Check back often for responses to CAPLA re-entry 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 re-entry updates, as well.

Looking for the CAPLA Student Coronavirus Information, Resources & FAQs from Spring 2020? View those older resources here.

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 were fully prepared for re-entry in the fall.

We created a re-entry 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. 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.

At CAPLA we are focusing on a culture of compliance 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 requirements to protect themselves and their fellow students, faculty and staff. 

A number of measures will be put into place to support a culture of compliance, including print and digital signage, activities coordinated with CAPLA student ambassadors and student organizations, a student exhibition, bystander intervention training and more.

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

Yes, CAPLA students must complete online training and sign a student agreement for using our Materials Labs and facilities before they may be used in the fall. The training and agreement will be provided via select courses (studios and others) through D2L.

Students will also be required to watch the following two University of Arizona videos:

CAPLA faculty and staff must complete a mandatory training module on COVID-19 mitigations and obligations for all employees, hosted within UAccess Learning. This is required by the university:

Building and Facilities Access and Use

The CAPLA building is open to CAPLA faculty and staff. The building is also open to students in Stage 1 essential in-person courses. Access will be restricted and social distancing and face coverings are required (see below).

Students, please check the latest information in the Information for Current Students section on University of Arizona Coronavirus Information.

Faculty and staff, please review University of Arizona COVID-19 Return to Campus: University Employees.

Please watch this video for CAPLA student re-entry procedures to the CAPLA building:

Yes. Access to the building is restricted to faculty, staff and students, who will need to use their CatCards and individual codes to enter the building. Guests, such as those on a recruiting visit, may be allowed into the building with authorization from and accompanied by CAPLA faculty or staff, and will be required to follow social distancing and face covering requirements.

CAPLA CatCard Building Access Locations

Access to the Materials Labs and all facilities will be available to students, but restrictions to the numbers of students and times available will be in place. 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, you will need to wear a face mask and keep it on at all times and maintain appropriate social distancing between desks and people. 
  • Students and classes will rotate through classrooms and labs in appropriate numbers to maintain social distancing.
  • New circulation routes through the building will be indicated clearly, in order to prevent groups of people gathering at bottlenecks. You will need to comply with these routes.
  • Certain spaces 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.
  • The university is implementing touchless controls for main doors.
  • Classroom spaces will be cleaned thoroughly once per day. We ask you to remove all your possessions and not to eat in the building.
  • We will be adding 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.

While faculty and staff may visit the CAPLA building, only students participating in Stage 1 courses and students with approved research access may enter the building once it opens on August 24. No other visitors are currently allowed until Stage 2 is announced by the University of Arizona.

Once visitors other than students, faculty and staff are allowed, they will only be able to access the CAPLA West Building via the east entrance (see below). Additional procedures will be added here once visitors are allowed.

For additional guidance, pleaser view the UArizona's Visitor Expectations and Compliance Process for the Use of Face Coverings.

Visitor/Delivery Access to CAPLA Building (Once Allowed)

We are not currently offering in-person tours, but you may view a video tour from https://capla.arizona.edu/admissions/tours. We do anticipate limited tours with recruiters in the fall, and will post information on how to schedule those tours when available.

All CAPLA public events, juried events and exhibitions will be held online this fall.* Check the course syllabus, D2L or the CAPLA events calendar for scheduled events.

Health and Safety

Antigen testing will be provided to all faculty, staff, and students. It is mandatory for all dorm residents. Find more information on antigen testing at https://covid19.arizona.edu/covid19-testing.

Students are urged to be tested prior to coming to campus; however, this is not mandatory. The focus will be on antigen testing.

Yes. Per https://covid19.arizona.edu/face-coverings:

Employees, students, and visitors must use face coverings in all UArizona locations, both indoors and outdoors, in accordance with UArizona’s Administrative Directive. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, which should remain the primary means of preventing transmission.

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.

Face Covering Usage

CLASSROOMS – You are required to wear a face covering in all classrooms and other group instructional settings.

INDOORS – You are required to wear a face covering in all University Buildings, unless you are alone in a single occupancy office.

OUTDOORS – You are required to wear a face covering while in any University of Arizona outdoor space where continuous physical distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult or impossible to maintain.

Face coverings:

  • Must cover the nose, mouth, and chin of the wearer
  • Can be cloth masks, homemade or purchased, or disposable 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.
  • Are NOT Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 maskswhich are designed to protect you from hazards in your environment and are used in health care settings.
  • 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.

 

Mask Distribution

The University of Arizona will provide two face coverings at no cost to students, staff, and faculty that will be on Campus this fall, additionally students will also receive a thermometer.

See Mask Distribution Times and Locations

Accessibility and Accommodations

If you are concerned about your ability to comply with this directive due to a medical condition or for religious reasons, you should contact your supervisor to discuss your concerns and, if necessary, your supervisor may refer you to other campus resources, including but not limited to, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) or Human Resources (HR). You may also contact the DRC or HR directly if you would prefer not to address the issue with your supervisor. Potential accommodations may include, but are not limited to, remote work arrangements.

In applying and enforcing this directive, the University follows all applicable laws and University policies prohibiting harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Upon request, the University will evaluate the basis and feasibility of potential accommodations and will provide reasonable accommodations as required by law to ensure equal access to employment, educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities.

Expectations and Compliance

 

The university will provide two reusable, washable, cloth masks to each student. CAPLA will also have a limited supply of disposable masks on hand for visitors and students who forget their masks. There will also be a CAPLA face mask station available so you may make your own masks.

Also, reusable masks can be washed with soap by hand in the sink at home. You don't have to wait for your regular laundry load to wash the face masks.

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 new, 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 it 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 required 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 required to:  

  • Wear Face Coverings in all UArizona facilities in accordance with the University’s Administrative Directive.
  • 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.

Required Student Actions

Students must 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.

Required Employee Actions

UArizona employees who know of a student who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 must;

  1. Remind the student of their obligation 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 mandatory 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’ or less for 15 mins 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 every day, 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.

Courses, Studios, Classrooms, Advising and International Students

Last updated: July 31, 2020, 1 p.m.

University of Arizona President Robbins and Provost Folks have announced that we will undertake a staged return to campus.

Here is how we will return to CAPLA:

Stage 1:  Only classes that have been certified as “Essential In-person” or that will be taught outdoors will convene in person. CAPLA has identified only one class as “Essential in person”: Mary Hardin’s Design-Build studio in Architecture (ARC 410F/510F). All other classes, even those designed as “In person” or “Flex in person” will begin the semester online. 

Graduate students engaged in research requiring access to CAPLA spaces or equipment may apply for access to the CAPLA Building in order to conduct their research. If you are such a student, please consult with your faculty advisor for guidance. If your faculty advisor supports your request, please visit the following webpage for more information and to complete the research checklist: https://research.arizona.edu/covid19/research-restart. The application will be reviewed for approval by the CAPLA Associate Dean for Research Barbara Bryson and the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact. Students must wait for approval before conducting research in CAPLA during in any stage.

ONLY those students in ARC 410F/510F and approved graduate students may access the CAPLA Building during Stage 1.

Stage 2:  On campus instruction will expand to In-Person and Flex In-Person classes that have no more than 30 students. Your instructor will notify you if your class qualifies as Stage 2.

Stage 3:  All classes, of any size, that are designated In-Person and Flex In-Person will begin instruction on campus.

President Robbins estimates that stages 1 and 2 will last for only a week each and thus that in-person components of all classes that have them may begin as early as September 8. However, this depends on the safe conduct of students and faculty on campus (i.e., your adherence to the safety precautions we have announced as mandatory), a non-increasing rate of coronavirus infections on and around campus, and the particular way your instructors are designing and sequencing the elements of their classes. I will encourage all instructors to be in touch with their students soon, regularly, and forthrightly about their class plans.

For additional information, view the UArizona Returning to Classrooms guide.

There are multiple options for how to take most of your classes, including full or partial online options for classes that are normally taught fully in-person. Be sure to check the latest information at:

https://registrar.arizona.edu/fall-2020-information-and-updates

Watch CAPLA advisor Sean Kramer-Lazar walk you through the course modalities using Class Search in UAccess Student Center:

 

Also, view the University of Arizona's The Road Back Fall 2020 Class Guide video, which explains Arizona's four class formats, at:

https://arizona.wistia.com/medias/lqj5u0xwdk


The four modalities are:

In-Person Courses

Students and instructors all attend class in person with enhanced physical distancing and cleaning protocols. These classes require "enhanced protections" for all, such as:

  • Required face coverings for instructors and students.
  • Providing disinfectant for students to clean their individual spaces.
  • Increased air flows.
  • Classes moved into larger classrooms, for physical distancing.

Flex In-Person Courses

In these courses, students participate in a mix of in-person and online modes. For example:

  • Your instructor may divide your class into rotating groups that alternate between in-person and online meetings following the weekly class schedule.
  • Or your instructor may divide the class into separate in-person and online groups on a rotating basis. They will then lead the course for students in-person and at a separate time for the remainder of the class via Zoom or a similar app.

Live Online

In Live Online courses, the instructor and students are online simultaneously, and your instructor provides content via Zoom, Panopto or Google. Live Online courses are a good option if you're planning to engage remotely for the duration of the semester.

iCourse

In iCourses, students and instructors are not required to be online simultaneously, and students complete their work independently through D2L. Like Live Online courses, iCourses are a good option if you're planning to remain remote for the duration of the semester.


All courses will provide options for students who are unable to come to campus due to illness or other temporary circumstances. Students planning to learn remotely online should enroll in Live Online or iCourses, but can request a special exemption if needed for degree progress or completion. In-Person and Flex In-Person classes will finish the in-person meetings by Thanksgiving, with the remainder of the class being held in online or remote formats, to allow students to choose to remain at home after the Thanksgiving break if they wish.

What's Next?

You can go to the redesigned UAccess Student Center to see the Fall 2020 class schedule updated with the planned class format and information about any new meeting locations. If you are already enrolled, please access your class schedule online and review for any updates. A guide on how to review the schedule is available here.

You can adjust your selected classes through UAccess to meet your individual needs. Please connect with your academic advisor to determine what options will help you continue on your path to graduation.

As you know, the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, so some classes may still have updates prior to the beginning of the semester. Please be sure to check your schedule and connect with your advisor again as the start of term draws closer to make sure your schedule continues to align with your needs and preferences.

If you have questions about campus support or resources, contact SOS.

Every student who would like to take their courses online can. Please reach out to your individual course instructor to notify them of your decision. The course instructor will provide information on accessing the course remotely.

Social distancing in studios will be possible by spreading studio desks into some of the common spaces of the building and by only allowing 50% occupancy at any given time.

All advising in the fall semester will be online only. Appointments (scheduled meetings) will be available virtually  via Zoom. Please check the Trellis calendars to see your advisor’s availability and format of meetings.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released new guidance for the Fall 2020 semester. The guidance contains the following points:

  • Continuing students on main campus can enroll in 100% online coursework and maintain Active status in SEVIS. There is no restriction on the number of online classes that count toward full-time enrollment.
  • You can enroll on main campus from outside the U.S. The University of Arizona will need to update your I-20 with the following comment in the remarks field: “Outside the United States due to COVID-19.” No action is needed at this time. UArizona International Student Services will provide instructions soon for how to request this.
  • New students and continuing students in Initial status in SEVIS who intend to enroll in 100% online coursework will likely not be able to obtain an F-1 visa or enter the U.S. Be prepared to explain that you do not intend to enroll in 100% online coursework.
  • You should download and print the University of Arizona Hybrid Model & Electronic Form I-20 Issuance letter here, to carry with your I-20 and passport when you reenter the U.S.

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 complete our student survey (deadline 7/20) and then notify your instructor right away if you do not have the technology resources you need. Enrolled students may borrow laptops from the university library.

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.

Additionally, Pima County Public Libraries, though closed, are maintaining WiFi access from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. at most of their branches’ parking lots. View library locations.


CAPLA Communications to Students

All communications 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. Please check your email or D2L for course communications and always check your email for the latest communications in general.

Dear CAPLA students,

A small number of you are in classes that will be going to in-person instruction tomorrow, Monday, October 26. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have not been contacted by your instructor that your class is going to in-person instruction, you will not be able to access the CAPLA buildings this week.

However, it our plan is to re-open the building to CAPLA students beginning Monday, November 2.

These will be the terms:

  1. Building access will be by CatCard only.
     
  2. CatCard access is granted to you only upon your completion of the building/pandemic safety training and signature of the Building Use Agreement. These should be accessible to you on your studio D2L site or, for those not in studios, via one of your other courses. If you are only now getting around to this, you should probably notify your instructor when you’ve done it.
     
  3. The building hours will be 10 a.m - 10 p.m. on weekdays, Noon - 5 p.m. on weekends.
     
  4. There are new protocols, including sign-ups, for use of the Materials Labs and Model Lab. Please look for more information on this in coming days.
     
  5. Studio and classroom spaces in CAPLA can be used only at half capacity (e.g., every other desk in studios). You will find signage in the building reminding you of this.
     
  6. The building will close for the semester on Wednesday, November 25, before Thanksgiving, and remain closed until the first day of classes in the Spring 2021 semester. You may not leave anything in the building over the break—in case the spring semester begins mostly or entirely online. 

Because the stakes of our spatial practice during the pandemic are everyone’s health and wellbeing, we wish to be quite explicit about the expectations for your use of the building. If you do not adhere to the practices to which you have agreed by signing the Building Use Agreement (mask wearing, social distancing, hygiene, etc.), the penalties will be substantial:

  • First infraction (of your own or that you facilitate on the part of someone else): loss of access to the building for a week; access restored only upon re-doing the safety training and Building Use Agreement
  • Second infraction: loss of building access for the semester
  • Third infraction: referral to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action

Administrators, faculty, staff and student employees who are in the building will monitor things and report any violations they witness. Please help keep yourselves and everyone else safe and healthy. Your continued use of the building depends on it!

Thanks for your partnership in this unprecedented situation—

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,

A number of you have inquired about study abroad in recent weeks and I wanted to send an update for your planning purposes.

At the moment, due to the continuing course of the pandemic here and abroad, UArizona is not approving any UArizona faculty-led programs for Spring 2020. As a result, the semester program we had originally planned for Barcelona [Spain], to be led by School of Architecture Professor of Practice Elena Cánovas, will not take place this Spring. I hope very much that it will be possible to offer it later on.

UArizona IS allowing faculty to plan programs for Summer 2020, including the CAPLA in Orvieto [Italy] program. Of course, the situation remains fluid and the decision may change, but for now School of Architecture Assistant Professor of Practice Teresa Rosano is planning for Orvieto. Please feel free to contact Teresa (teresarosano@arizona.edu) or me for further information as we have it.

Thanks for your patience—I know how frustrating and disappointing the situation has been this year!

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 faculty and students,

You may feel a bit confused by different messaging from university officials lately, so I am seeking to clarify things for you in this message:

1.  In-Person classes may begin meeting in person next Monday, IF both the instructor and a majority of students wish to do so.  No one is obligated to meet in person who does not feel safe doing so; if you fall into this category, you will be able to continue your work remotely.  If you are in a class with the modality listed as “In-Person” that has not yet met in person (this includes only a small handful of LAR and RED classes), you should have been polled by your instructor about your wishes and your instructor should have communicated those to me.

In CAPLA, the only original “In-Person” courses that will begin meeting in person next week are:

LAR 254/554:  Site Engineering (Dimond)

2.  A very small number of classes originally designated “Flex In-Person” will be re-designated “In-Person” and may begin meeting in person next week as well, under the same conditions listed above and if a request is made to the Registrar. 

In CAPLA, these courses are:

ARC 410F/510F/601:  Options Studio II/Design Studio II/Research Studio (Dickinson + Ida)

ARC 461I:  Materials Properties and Tests (Ida)

 ARC 510B:  Design Studio II (Trumble)

ARC 510D:  Advanced Design Studio I (Lopez)

LAR 201/510:  Design Studio I (Mueller)

SBE 195A:  Introduction to Sustainability (Iroz-Elardo)

Students in these classes should seek further information from their instructors about exactly when and where to meet.

3.  In-Person classes will be allowed to meet in CAPLA spaces ONLY if all those students who wish to attend in person have completed the Building Safety training and quizzes and signed the Building Use Agreement, their names have been reported to the appropriate School staff person, and there is supervision during class time.  Students, if you have not yet completed the training, now is the time!

4.  If you wish to be tested for the coronavirus, you may do so on campus for free (https://covid19.arizona.edu/covid19-testing).  You are encouraged to report your health status daily via Wildcat Wellcheck (https://wellcheck.arizona.edu).

5.  As always, you will find all the latest info about CAPLA Re-Entry on our website:  https://capla.arizona.edu/re-entry.

We look forward to seeing some of you in person next week and others in the near future!

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

 
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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture! Despite the challenges of the pandemic and moving back to our classes and our building in stages, I am excited about the year ahead and what it holds for CAPLA and for you, and how we will all grow during our time together.

Know that we have done and are doing everything within our power to keep you and our faculty and staff safe, whether that’s in studio, in the classroom, or in the field. Your safety and success are our top priorities, in our college.

This semester will be different for all of us. We’d love for it to be a return to normal but that won’t be the case, just yet. Undoubtedly, there will be stress, I want to urge you to approach the semester in a spirit of adventure and flexibility.  This is what life is about!

We will all have successes and failures, but nothing we will face cannot be overcome, and as they say, “Keep Calm and Carry On”.   We achieve this, if we ensure we are kind and respectful to each other. Supporting each other is at the heart of what the CAPLA community is about—and I urge you not only to be supportive, but to reach out to your advisors or instructors if you have concerns, or if you are concerned about a fellow student. We are here for you, but we don’t always know if you need help, so don’t be afraid to tell us.

There is a lot happening at CAPLA this year. I want to mention a few initiatives, in particular. First, we take seriously our responsibility to foster an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are implementing several measures this year in support of social and racial justice, including required training for all faculty and staff, and if you have concerns—or would like to play a larger role, such as joining the college’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee—please reach out to me and I will connect you to the right people.

Second, all of our public events this fall and perhaps into the spring, will be virtual.  BUT attending these events and participating in networking opportunities around them is a very important part of your experience here – you will learn lots, meet others, and advance you education further in the built environment.

In addition, to this, here are a list of other things to do:

  • Become a member of one of our outstanding student organizations.
  • Attend School of Architecture and School of Landscape Architecture and Planning lectures.
  • Participate in HeadSPACE wellness activities.
  • Be a part of the mentoring experience, either as a mentee or a mentor.

My major advice to you:

It is easy to become isolated in this virtual world we’re living in, so actively work against that—the payoff will be immense, and you’ll have a richer experience because of your involvement.

You are entering an amazing time of your life, studying in rigorous academic programs. So, be sure to take care of yourself and don’t forget to have fun!

Thank you for becoming an essential part of the CAPLA community, and have a wonderful semester!

 

Dear new and continuing students,

We are almost a week out from the first day of classes and looking forward to getting the new semester underway!

Based on student inquiries, here is information you need to know:

  • University, CAPLA, School, and instructor messages are going out regularly even now, so please check your UA email account at least once per day, beginning now and continuing throughout the semester. After your admission and matriculation, we do not use other email addresses to communicate with you.
     
  • Please be on the lookout for two videos to be made available next week welcoming you to the college and focusing on safety measures for the year.
     
  • ALL students enrolled in Main Campus (not Arizona Online) classes will be required to complete a Pandemic Safety training module made available via the D2L site of one of your courses. After doing the training, you will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to abide by the safety protocols laid out in a new CAPLA Building Use Agreement. A signed contract, due by the end of the first week of classes, will be necessary in order for you to gain CatCard access to the building. Please be on the lookout for more information about this from your studio instructor, if you are in a studio this semester, or from another faculty member teaching one of your required classes.
     
  • The current UA “staging” of classes means that there will be few to no students in the CAPLA building during stage 1, which will last for at least one week and maybe longer.  (The only classes that may have an in-person component during stage 1 are two sections of ARC 410F/510F.)
     
  • For all other In-Person or Flex In-Person classes, please await information from your instructors about when and how in-person contact will begin.  It may not be the same for all classes, even those which are designated with the same stage (2 for small classes, 3 for large classes).  When in-person contact does begin, it most likely will not involve all the students together in the classroom space at the same time.
     
  • Your academic advisor is available via email or Trellis appointment to field questions and provide assistance.
     
  • Please check the CAPLA Re-Entry page (https://capla.arizona.edu/re-entry) often for the latest information.
     
  • Finally, if you are a continuing student who wants to retrieve items left in the building when we pivoted to online instruction last semester, please contact your advisor to say that you have things to pick up. Your advisor will verify your student status and then forward your request to Lucas Guthrie, CAPLA Facilities and IT Director, who will schedule a time for the pick-up between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., August 24-28. Anything not retrieved by 2 pm on Friday, August 28 (other than chairs) will be thrown out. Chairs may be picked up on the first day of in-person classes.

Until August 24, stay safe and healthy.  We know this is an unprecedented time of pressure and anxiety—for everyone—and we look forward to working with you towards the best educational educational experience possible in these difficult circumstances.

Onward!

Laura

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

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

Dear new and continuing CAPLA students, 

In recent days, the University of Arizona’s President Robbins and Provost Folks have announced that we will undertake a staged return to campus.

Here is how we will return to CAPLA:

Stage 1: Only classes that have been certified as “Essential In-person” or that will be taught outdoors will convene in person. CAPLA has identified only one class as “Essential in person”: Mary Hardin’s Design-Build studio in Architecture (ARC 410F/510F). All other classes, even those designed as “In person” or “Flex in person” will begin the semester online. 

Graduate students engaged in research requiring access to CAPLA spaces or equipment may apply for access to the CAPLA Building in order to conduct their research. If you are such a student, please consult with your faculty advisor for guidance. If your faculty advisor supports your request, please visit the following webpage for more information and to complete the research checklist: https://research.arizona.edu/covid19/research-restart. The application will be reviewed for approval by the CAPLA Associate Dean for Research Barbara Bryson and the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact. Students must wait for approval before conducting research in CAPLA during in any stage.

ONLY those students in ARC 410F/510F and approved graduate students may access the CAPLA Building during Stage 1.

Stage 2: On campus instruction will expand to In-Person and Flex In-Person classes that have no more than 30 students. Your instructor will notify you if your class qualifies as Stage 2.

Stage 3: All classes, of any size, that are designated In-Person and Flex In-Person will begin instruction on campus.

President Robbins estimates that stages 1 and 2 will last for only a week each and thus that in-person components of all classes that have them may begin as early as September 8. However, this depends on the safe conduct of students and faculty on campus (i.e., your adherence to the safety precautions we have announced as mandatory), a non-increasing rate of coronavirus infections on and around campus, and the particular way your instructors are designing and sequencing the elements of their classes. I will encourage all instructors to be in touch with their students soon, regularly, and forthrightly about their class plans. In the meantime, please continue to monitor the CAPLA webpage on Re-Entry Resources and FAQs: https://capla.arizona.edu/re-entry

For information about computer requirements and resources, please visit: https://capla.arizona.edu/student-resources/tools-resources/computer-requirements. If you have questions about the information on this page or relating to your personal computer/technology circumstances, please email our IT staff at caplait@list.arizona.edu.

We appreciate your patience as we thread the needle between our desire to resume normal operations and our efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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

Hello all,

The Office of the Registrar has put together a continuously updated webpage with a lot of information for courses this fall:

https://registrar.arizona.edu/fall-2020-information-and-updates

If you remain confused or uncertain about things, please take a look and scroll down to the sub-categories, including FAQs.  Click on each sub-heading for additional information specific to that topic.

Students, please also reach out to your academic advisor if you have questions specific to your situation.

Have a great weekend!
Laura

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

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

Students,

As we move closer to the fall semester in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, we need your feedback to help guide us on your plans and needs. By the end of the day on Monday, July 20, please complete the following student survey:

https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Xq9piB3uvpGotL

Additionally, we have just launched our CAPLA Re-Entry Resources & FAQs web page, at https://www.capla.arizona.edu/re-entry.

Here you'll find regularly updated responses to Fall 2020 frequently asked questions in such areas as building and facilities access and use, health and safety, courses and advising, and technology. We'll also post all college administration email communications to students here, as well as links to University of Arizona re-entry and COVID-19 information. Be sure to check the site often--though we'll always communicate important matters by email and/or D2L, as well.

Thanks very much, and we look forward to seeing you this fall.

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,

I hope you are staying safe and healthy, physically and mentally. 

Faculty, staff, and select students have been meeting intensively throughout the summer as members of the CAPLA Re-Entry Task Group to plan for the fall as best we can in adherence to the recommendations of the CDC and other scientific and government bodies. We expect that you will join us in our efforts to keep everyone safe from the debilitating and sometimes deadly coronavirus.

Here are some of the plans and policies we are putting into place as of today: 

The university and CAPLA are instituting a number of provisions to keep our community members safe on campus. If you can’t or don’t want to return to campus or cannot be here for the whole semester, you have multiple options for how to take most of your classes, including full or partial online options for classes that are normally taught fully in-person. Please see the attached infographic for more information. And, remember, the university has declared that after Thanksgiving all classes will complete the remainder of the semester online.

On campus, there will be daily cleaning of every classroom to kill germs. Faculty and students will also be responsible for cleaning before and after using common spaces, including studio spaces, and common resources such as shared computers and tools in the Materials Labs. In addition, circulation patterns and access to different parts of the CAPLA building will be regulated to reduce the numbers of people at any one time in any one space.

In addition, we will implement social distancing in the classroom/studio/lab. For large enrollment classes that meet in person, the plan is to rotate sub-groups of students through the classroom/studio/lab spaces over time.  For spaces like the Materials Lab and the Model Shop, there will be reduced access in general.

Finally, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear face masks while in the building. You will not be allowed to enter CAPLA facilities without a mask on. The university will issue two washable, reusable masks to each student. If you cannot or will not abide by this regulation, your option is to shift your class enrollment to online courses.

With input from students on the CAPLA Re-Entry Task Group, we will continue to flesh out and publicize our policies and procedures over the rest of the summer, so stay tuned! Please keep an eye on your email, too, for a survey about your plans and needs, which will help to inform our finalization of plans.

Thank you in advance for your feedback, patience, and flexibility. We look forward to welcoming you back to classes in August.

Best wishes,

Laura

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

Dear CAPLA international students,

The recent announcement of the US federal government with respect to students with F-1 and M-1 visas has taken us all by surprise. Not all aspects of the situation are clear yet, but please know that University of Arizona and CAPLA staff are working tirelessly to make it possible for you to study legally and safely in the US, if that is your wish.

As you can imagine, in addition to academic factors, there are political, financial and public health conditions to be considered. In all settings, we affirm without hesitation that you are important members of our community.  

Please stay tuned for additional information. We will get it to you just as soon as it becomes available.

In solidarity,

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,

I hope this finds you well a little more than a month after the end of the spring semester and a few days before the summer solstice!  

Faculty, staff, and administrators have been very busy since mid-May preparing for the fall semester. While not everything is certain yet, please read below for what we can say. Please also note that you should wait for official notification like this from authorized UA sources before making your plans; sometimes information that comes indirectly through the grapevine gets mangled in transmission.

At the level of the university: Several “re-entry” teams have been working to clarify course policies and course delivery modalities as well as guidelines for safe use of our spaces and for public hygiene practices meant to reduce everyone’s exposure to the coronavirus. As of this point, we know that courses will be offered in one of four modalities (“in-person," “flex in-person”—partly in person and partly online, “live online”—synchronous online, and iCourse—asynchronous online). Because of social distancing factors, it will not be possible to offer all of every class in person, but we are doing our best to prepare to offer as much in person as we can, consonant with faculty health and student numbers. Stay tuned for more.  

The university will specify protocols for personal safety (via use of face masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) and will offer COVID-19 testing. There will be further instructions forthcoming, including provisions for self-quarantining if you fall ill. The UA has also now decided that after the Thanksgiving break faculty and students will not return to campus but will finish their classes online.

At the level of the college: A CAPLA Re-Entry Team with several sub-task forces (which include student members Sara Ghaemi, Hunter Lohse, Hannah McCormick, Athena Myers, and Georgia Pennington) has been planning how to use our buildings’ spaces (classrooms/studios/labs) and how to direct movement between those spaces. For some classes, it will not be possible for all the students enrolled to meet in person at one time, so we are thinking about how to rotate groups of students through the spaces to maximize in-person instruction and student safety. We are also considering how to capture adjacent outdoor spaces for teaching and how best to keep the building clean and germ-free.

At the level of individual courses: Safety measures will be baked into the design of every course and may well provide an opportunity for class bonding around shared safety goals and means. Faculty are thinking creatively about how to re-engineer their classes for good learning outcomes, safety and fun. We want to make it possible for every student to return safely and to continue to learn and grow in our programs.

We look forward to beginning the new school year in August and will continue to issue updates in the meantime, as we have new information to share. In particular, look for another message next week that will share elements of the college re-entry plan and solicit your input to help shape the document.

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


Provide Feedback

Please complete the form below to provide any suggestions or other feedback on the CAPLA Re-Entry Plan or process:


Students, please address any questions or concerns to your advisor. Faculty and staff, please address any questions or concerns to Barbara Bryson, associate dean for research. Thank you.