University Of Arizona To Require COVID Testing For Students On Campus

Published: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 11:26am
Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 5:26pm
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The University of Arizona will offer a variety of options for its students when the campus reopens this fall.

Students are choosing class schedules that best meet their needs — and those who intend to live on campus must be tested for the coronavirus.

UA President Robert Robbins said more than 50% of classes at the university have some type of in-person component.

As a result, those choosing that mode of instruction are also required to undergo antigen testing.

“If a student tests positive, she or he will be required to isolate for a 10-day period at a designated isolation facility or space,” said Robbins.

He also said testing will also be available for all faculty and staff as well as those living off campus.

UA alumnus and former Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona, said Robbins will shut down the campus if people don’t comply with testing.

“The president has made it clear,” said Carmona. “If there’s not compliance, at every level, in the best public health practices, he’s ready to shut it down and go all digital if he has to.”

The antigen testing will be free to all students, faculty and staff.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The headline of this story has been updated to clarify that testing will be required for some students.

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