The health of the Sun Devil community is a top priority. This situation has raised many questions; we have tried to answer many of them here. If you have an issue that is not addressed below, please call 1-833-525-0610 or use the live-chat option at uto.asu.edu/experiencecenter.
Visitors must follow the same guidelines as students and employees.
Please visit the university's contractors and suppliers webpage for additional health and safety requirements.
ASU requests that visitors ask themselves the following questions, according to CDC guidelines. Be honest; please do not go inside if you answer “yes” to any of the questions below. Go home and contact your health care provider before returning to campus. If we can help to meet your needs without you needing to enter the building, we will do so.
- Are you sick, or do you feel ill?
- Do you have a fever of 100.4 or higher?
- Have you experienced any new respiratory symptoms, such as a cough or shortness of breath, within the last 14 days?
- Have you had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who has been tested and is waiting for results while they had symptoms or in the two weeks before they began showing symptoms? Note: The CDC defines close contact as a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case; or b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case, for example, being coughed on.
Some buildings or locations may have screeners or visitor kiosks to monitor the symptoms of those entering.
Regardless of the system in place in each location, ASU asks that visitors ask themselves the following questions, the same used by the screeners according to CDC guidelines. Be honest; if you can say “yes” to any of these, please do not go inside. Go home and contact your health care provider and your supervisor before returning to campus. If we can help meet your needs without you needing to enter the building, we will do so.
- Do you feel sick?
- Do you have a fever?
- Have you been around someone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine by a health professional?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, it’s best to stay home. Contact your health care provider of symptoms if you believe they are related to COVID-19.
Yes, all ASU Library locations on all campuses are open with normal semester hours, including Hayden Library, which is open 24 hours a day/five days a week during the semester.
Additionally, the library has a vast number of digital services, including One Search, which provides access to online-only resources at ASU; library guides for help with research and citations; and Ask A Librarian, online chat library assistance.
ASU complies with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ recommendations for maintaining healthy buildings during the pandemic, including maximizing fresh air intake, minimizing cross-flow of air in occupied spaces and optimizing system filtration to the greatest extent possible. ASU averages six to eight air exchanges per hour in our buildings, which meets or exceeds ASHRAE recommendations, and significantly more outside air in our laboratory spaces. In its numerous campus heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, ASU uses air filtration designed for optimum performance and efficacy, including MERV 13 air filters in our larger HVAC systems. ASU also employs a cadre of filter changers and HVAC mechanics to ensure all HVAC systems are properly maintained, cleaned and operated at peak performance for air quality and temperature and humidity control.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a list of approved disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. If a product is not on this list, review the product’s label to confirm it has an EPA registration number and that human coronavirus is listed as a target pathogen.
The following disinfectants are approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You may place orders for these items through ASU Materials Management.
- 70% isopropanol is preferred when available.
- 70% ethanol also may be used.
Caution: Isopropanol and ethanol vapors may be irritating. Do not use ethanol, isopropanol or other flammable solutions in the vicinity of electrical outlets, hot surfaces or open flames. Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 480-965-1823 for more information.
All on-campus students have access to ASU Health Services, a fully accredited health care provider operating in five locations across ASU campuses. Our more than 20 physicians and nurse practitioners are board-certified in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology and sports medicine. Telehealth services will also be available to students.
Find locations and hours at https://eoss.asu.edu/health/contact.
Yes. ASU Counseling Services has expanded services to include 24/7 Open Call, Open Chat and telehealth individual sessions for Sun Devils anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night. To learn more, visit Open Call and Open Chat and Where to Start.
As always, we will talk with you, help you identify solutions or support, and connect you with those services at ASU or in the community. Something as simple as talking to someone can help you feel better, improve your grades and manage stress. Learn more at https://eoss.asu.edu/Counseling.
For students enrolled through ASU Online, counseling is available through 360 Life Services, a free, 24/7 counseling and crisis intervention service. Staff can be contacted at 833-223-9883 or visit https://goto.asuonline.asu.edu/360lifeservices.
Many campus events remain virtual, but some have returned in person. See the ASU Events website for more information.
Sun Devil Athletics plans to have a full spring schedule. We will continue to work closely with health officials to evaluate fan protocols and will have detailed plans to share with our fan base in the weeks leading up to kickoff.
Get the latest updates on all sports at thesundevils.com.
Yes. Visit the Guidelines for In-Person Events and Meetings webpage for information.
Please visit https://issc.asu.edu/coronavirusfaqs for more information.
Recognizing that students need two on-campus semesters before they are eligible for a CPT or an off-campus internship, students can arrive physically by the beginning of fall 2021 session B and remain eligible for off-campus internships in summer 2022. If you cannot arrive by the beginning of fall 2021 session B, you will not be able to hold a summer 2022 internship unless your program requires you to be in an off-campus internship in the summer.
You can work with your academic unit to see if there is an iCourse/ASU Sync option for your program, or defer to a future semester.
At this time, remote TA and RA positions are not allowed. If you are not able to obtain your visa and/or arrive at ASU per your appointment details, you will need to resign the appointment. If you have not already started your graduate degree program, you will may to contact Admissions at Grad20@asu.edu to defer your I-20 start date to the appropriate session or semester.
Stipends may be payable via a U.S. bank account for individuals in the U.S.
Students, not ASU, will be responsible for knowing tax liability.
Income from the TA/RA position is not taxable until the student arrives in the U.S. except for students with a green card or dual citizenship.
ASU will not subsidize or pay for the internet access for anyone holding an TA/RA position.
ASU Sun Devil Campus Stores are open online for all students, including course material needs for international students. Visit sundevilcampusstores.com for digital and physical materials, technology, supplies and more.
We encourage all students to order online early. Please allow as much time as possible for processing international course material orders due to various shipping charges, taxes and potential delays. Visit shipping details for the most current information.
Please visit the International Students and Scholars Center website for additional FAQs for international students.
Defense committees and students should discuss which defense option they would like to utilize for their defense (virtual or in-person).
Yes! There are many strategies that can be employed to ensure a smooth, virtual defense. The Graduate College has a webpage that includes a guide to online defenses to help with planning and conducting a remote defense.
The requirement to hold public defenses is met by inviting an audience to attend either in person (following physical distance guidelines), virtually via Zoom, or a mix of both (ASU Sync). It is also advertised on the Graduate College’s website on the defense calendar.
All graduate students are encouraged to have a conversation with their faculty committee and staff adviser to discuss your options. You may have to adjust your timeline based on the progress of your academics or research. It is important to discuss your options and find out what, if any, flexibility exists.
Custodial staff will clean and disinfect room interior surfaces such as furniture, appliances, restrooms, light switches, door hardware and mattresses, prior to check in. Students will be responsible for obtaining cleaning and disinfecting supplies and for cleaning and disinfecting their own spaces. A list of recommended supplies will be provided to students.
University Housing has various room configurations. Sharing a bathroom depends on the residence hall and the room configuration. You may log on to My ASU and view your housing portal, where a description of your room assignment is listed, or visit housing.asu.edu for details on your assigned room layout.
Any students living on campus will be supported in adherence to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidance.
Yes, the Sun Devil Fitness Centers on the four Valley campuses are open. As of the start of the fall 2021 semester, the locker rooms and showers have reopened, and courts are hosting group sports. Group fitness classes require reservations; go to fitness.asu.edu to reserve a spot.
Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (or symptoms of other illnesses) should not enter the building. In addition, those using the gym are asked to clean equipment before and after use.
For more information regarding study abroad during COVID-19, please visit https://goglobal.asu.edu/content/study-abroad-coronavirus-faq.
If your employer has changed your internship offer, discuss the changed offer with your internship coordinator to confirm whether it will still fulfill your internship credit. If it will not fulfill your credit or your offer has been rescinded, here are some ways to find another internship opportunity:
- Search Handshake for current internship postings locally, nationally and globally. You can use keywords such as “remote” or “virtual” in your search.
- Connect with the internship staff/faculty in your academic program to learn about how alternative, project-based internships may count towards your internship credit.
- Schedule an appointment with Career and Professional Development Services to discuss internship search strategies and learn more about the hiring trends in your field.
ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services offers virtual drop-in career and internship advising.
Devils’ drop-off uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis, which is the preferred and recommended COVID-19 testing method. Employee Health has a limited amount of rapid antigen tests available for special circumstances. Additionally, employees whose permanent physical work location is not near a Devils’ drop-off location can have their business operations manager request an antigen test from inventory in FMS (Workday). Depending on the situation, additional training to conduct the test and manage any medical records may be required. Please contact Employee Health at EmployeeHealth@asu.edu for more information.
For individuals who are immunocompromised, the CDC offers guidance on how to protect yourself. You can also apply for a workplace accommodation through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Contact them to discuss a possible accommodation that may allow you to perform your position’s essential functions.
Employees may be eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) through March 31, 2022. Please refer to FFCRA time reporting process guide. After March 31, 2022, employees should use sick time for any absences related to COVID-19.
If the employee is feeling well enough to work and if remote work is possible for their position, coordinate with them so that they have what they need to work from home.
If they are experiencing symptoms and need to take time off work, record it as sick time in PeopleSoft.
Do not share information about the employee’s health with others or keep records regarding the illness in personnel files. That information is confidential by law, and any written records must be stored separately from personnel files.
Please refer to ASU’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act time reporting process guide at https://www.asu.edu/hr/wellness/FFCRA-reporting-process.pdf for guidance on how to report time if the employee is unable to work due to COVID-19. After March 31, 2022, employees will need to record sick time for any COVID-19-related absences.
Employees who are ill should not be in the workplace, even if they are ill with something other than COVID-19. Please contact your internal HR department or your OHR Partner for more information and guidance.