COVID-19 UPDATE

AS OF MARCH 16, 2020, ALL CLASSES ARE VIRTUAL

CAMPUS, FOUNDERS HALL AND DINING HALL (to go) REMAIN OPEN

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

UAT continues to actively monitor the worldwide spread of the respiratory illness novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization has formally designated a “pandemic.” This is an unprecedented situation that continues to evolve. UAT is committed to sharing as much information as possible for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff, and community.

Although there are no known COVID-19 cases within the UAT family, we are taking necessary precautions to protect our community and family. UAT classes will continue in a virtual instruction format beginning March 16th for a period of 2 weeks through May11. We will monitor the situation and determine if additional time is needed.

At this point, the UAT Campus, Founders Hall, and the UAT dining hall (to go) remains open for access. We ask all of the community to practice safe health practices. Remain home if you are not feeling well, have a weakened immune system or displaying any signs of fever, cough or sickness. 

UAT will continue to follow CDC guidelines and do what is in the best interest of our community. We will continue to email, post in Canvas, and update our Student Intranet as updates occur. Please be sure to continue to check for any updates. 

We want to keep the UAT family and community healthy and safe. At this point closures have not been mandated, but we are choosing to maximize our “Advancing Technology” community and stay healthy as a precautionary method.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our team at studentaffairsteam@uat.edu or 480-351-7879.

 

CURRENT UPDATES

5/11/2020 - UAT Re-Opening Plan Announcement 1

UAT is actively preparing a staged re-opening plan. Students can expect to see some on-campus classes resume in person as early as June 15, 2020. It is our intent that, barring any change in directives by health authorities, we are planning for on-campus classes and services to have resumed by the start of our fall semester, September 8, 2020. Until September, all on-campus courses will retain a virtual component so students who are unable to or do not feel safe returning to campus early, can choose to continue attending virtually without any interruption to their summer semester.

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to provide updates regarding specific details, and plans regarding the safety and sanitation precautions UAT is taking.

 

4/30/2020 - Virtual Classes Extended

On April 29, 2020 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey extended the stay-at-home order until May 15, 2020. In response to this, classes will remain virtual until Monday, May 18, 2020.

4/28/2020 - Summer 2020 Parking Permit Fees Waived

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be charging the $75 parking pass fee for the upcoming summer semester. We understand these times are difficult, and we want to help our students and employees who may have unexpected expenses to take care of during this time.

However, you will be required to apply on the Intranet per usual, to register your vehicle’s make, model, and license plate. Starting now, “Apply For Your Parking Permit” on the Intranet to register your vehicle, and rest assured that you will not be charged a parking pass fee this summer semester. Please note, this will only be for the summer 2020 semester.

04/21/2020 - TEMPORARY GRADING POLICY CHANGES

We understand the complexity of challenges you may be encountering during this unprecedented pandemic. We get it, because we’re living it too, and we know that some days are just not the day…and that’s okay. We’ve made some temporary policy changes that we hope you will find helpful in response to what’s going on right now:

1. One extra week to turn in work with no penalty. Although classes end this week, we are granting everyone an additional week to turn in any projects, assignments, and quizzes. The new due date is Friday, May 1st. Talk to your instructor if you need an assignment opened up.

2. Option for Pass/Fail grades for the Spring 2020 semester. 
  • Students have the option to keep their current standard grade, or receive a Pass/Fail instead. Students may submit a request to receive a P/F using this form.
  • A “P” will be received if the student earns a 60% or higher in the course.
  • “P” grades still earn credit towards the student’s degree, but do not count towards GPA calculations.
  • You can choose which of your classes you would like to earn a pass/fail grade in, you are not required to choose the same option for all courses one way or the other.
3. Increased flexibility of incomplete grades. If you cannot manage to complete the class with a passing grade, please reach out to your professor to discuss an incomplete grade. As long as you have made reasonable progress in the class, UAT is offering flexibility in the rules for granting incomplete grades.
 
We are so proud of each and every one of you for all that you have done to navigate this sudden change in our world. We hope that these options will provide our students with the flexibility they need to finish classes successfully amidst this chaos.

04/06/2020 - COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

While we want to recognize our graduates at the time they were intended to commence, we understand that family is such an important part of commencement and that there is simply no replacement for a physical, in-person ceremony. With that in mind, UAT's 2020 commencement ceremony has been rescheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Scottsdale center for the arts. Additional details will be updated at https://www.uat.edu/commencement. Remember, the postponement of this ceremony date will not affect the actual graduation of those students who were on track to complete their degrees at the end of this term, this is simply a delay of the celebration.

Additionally, a student-driven virtual celebration and moments of recognition will be held near the original commencement date, during the week of May 4-8. Keep an eye on UAT's social media channels for updates.
 

03/30/2020 - GUBERNATORIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Doug Ducey has issued an Executive Order to "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected". This does not alter the already virtual operations at UAT. The campus will remain closed to the public, but open for residents of Founder's Hall. The UAT restaurant will continue to serve to-go meals. The full Executive Order can be found here

 

03/24/2020 - COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

We have begun the process of planning for the fall Commencement ceremony. Due to venue traffic, it will likely be 4-6 weeks before we have a confirmed date and venue, but we will keep you posted.

In the mean time, we are planning a virtual celebration to coincide with the original May 8 ceremony date. Be on the lookout for an email survey from your Advisor, we want to hear some ideas from you on how you'd like to be celebrated at the end of your final semester!

 

03/20/2020 - COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell has declared an “extraordinary local emergency” and has mandated closures of all public gathering places. In response to his message we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Commencement Ceremony until the fall of 2020. We deeply understand the disappointment of your years of work culminating with a postponement of your celebration. While we are super high-tech and could likely come up with a cool virtual substitute, we are also a family and we understand the importance of having a live, physical ceremony for you and your families in addition to a virtual option.

We assessed every possible option prior to making this decision. Knowing you and your families are waiting on our word for planning purposes, we feel this is the best course of action.

We want to be clear that the postponement of the ceremony is NOT a postponement of your graduation. Students on track to graduate this semester will still do so; it is simply the ceremony that will be delayed.

While we can appreciate firsthand the monumental undertaking earning your degree has been, we cannot imagine how disappointing this must be for you. In the coming weeks, expect to hear from us about what comes next as we navigate the next steps in ensuring that you all feel recognized and celebrated for your achievement. We don’t know exactly how this will play out, but it will be great.

If you have any additional questions at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at studentaffairsteam@uat.edu.

We are unimaginably proud of each and every one of you.

 

03/20/2020 - UPDATE: VIRTUAL CLASSES EXTENDED

In response to Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell’s declaration of an “extraordinary local emergency” and mandated closures of all public gathering places (you can read the announcement here), we have decided that all UAT classes will remain virtual for the remainder of the semester. Barring any major announcements from the CDC, classes will resume in their normal fashion on Monday, May 11, 2020.

While this time is challenging and unpredictable, being a UAT student provides you a unique benefit and opportunity that your peers attending other universities do not have: flexibility and continuity. Because of the flexibility provided through our SyncFlex delivery model, if by some chance we get the all-clear to resume gathering prior to May 11, we will resume ground classes early and students will have the option to attend in person immediately at that time at their discretion.

As the situation has changed every day – and today is only day 4 – the future is obviously very unpredictable. We will continue to keep you updated and until then, we hope to see your faces in real life on May 11th. In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying meeting each other’s pets and checking out the posters on everyone’s walls.

If you have any additional questions at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at studentaffairsteam@uat.edu.

 

03/19/2020
All UAT students now have access to Adobe Creative Cloud from their personal devices. To access, visit https://creativecloud.adobe.com and sign in with your student credentials (the same login you use for Canvas, etc.).
*ETA: This is a licensing exception granted by Adobe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adobe CC will be available on students' personal devices for 60 days.

03/18/2020
Beginning today, March 18, 2020 the UAT Restaurant will only be serving meals for pickup and to-go. We ask that students do not congregate and consume any meals in the UAT Restaurant at this time.

03/18/2020
Effective immediately, outside non-resident visitors are not permitted to enter or visit Founder's Hall. Please be respectful to your neighbors as we do our best to protect our little "bubble".

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