Fraternity & Sorority Programs COVID-19 Implications
Fraternity & Sorority Programs staff are ready to welcome our 51 unique Greek organizations back for a new school year. As you probably know, due to COVID-19 your classes this fall will look a little different than usual. The same will be true for your sorority or fraternity experience.
This page serves as the central location for updates and guidance from Fraternity and Sorority Programs on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and our plans for reentry for fall 2020. Dont forget to visit https://covid19.arizona.edu for all the latest university updates. Fraternity & Sorority Programs staff ask that all members and parents who have questions about housing, cost of membership, and other internal operational matters contact their fraternity or sorority directly. Fraternity & Sorority Programs does not oversee the internal operations of the organizations.
As the ICS team has advised UA President Dr. Robert Robbins, there are no risk-free options in a return to campus. All University of Arizona students have agreed to abide by the standards for behavior set forth by the Arizona Board of Regents. The Code is in place to create a safe, healthy, and responsible environment that allows UA students, faculty, and staff to be successful in their daily endeavors and to achieve long term goals. Student Code of Conduct. If you believe a student or a recognized student organization has violated the student code of conduct, please complete this Public Incident Report.
Testing for Students
Students who are symptomatic or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive should stay isolated and contact Campus Health or their healthcare provider. The Arizona Department of Health Services is offering free COVID-19 testing in Pima County.
Antibody tests that determine whether an individual has developed an immune response against the COVID-19 virus are not currently available for students, but may be available at a later date.
All students who are currently living out-of-town are strongly encouraged to have a diagnostic test in their hometown within 5-days of their planned return to campus. Those who test positive should remain isolated at home and should only come to campus after quarantine/isolation in accord with CDC quarantine and isolation guidance.
The University of Arizona uses both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and antigen testing to detect active viral infections. Our goals is to provide antigen test results within 1 hour and PCR test results within 48-72 hours.
All asymptomatic students should follow the links below to sign-up for a free antigen test at the University of Arizona:
All asymptomatic students who will live off campus, including fraternities and sororities, are strongly encouraged to have a free antigen test offered by the University of Arizona before spending any time on-campus.
Off-campus student testing will begin August 10 at the North Rec Center. Sign Up For Antigen Testing (Off-Campus)
All asymptomatic students who will live on-campus are required to have a free antigen test offered by the University of Arizona before moving into the dorm.
On-campus student testing will begin on August 14 at the McKale Center.
Learn more at Housing and Residential Life move-In information
Students who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 can follow the links above to sign up for a free antigen test.
Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
Click the following link - https://redcap.link/CovidReporting
The following policy updates are effective for the Fall 2020 semester. Chapters are required to adhere to these changes. The Fraternity & Sorority Programs Office will not monitor social events. The Fraternity & Sorority Programs Office will respond to reports of any failure to comply with these policy updates. If you would like to report an alleged incident to the Greek Standards Board, please submit a complaint and be sure to include as many details as possible.
Fraternity & Sorority Programs offers the following considerations for ways in which house corporation members responsible for fraternity or sorority chapter facilities can help protect residents, workers, visitors, and the Greek community and slow the spread of COVID-19. House corporations can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which fraternity and sorority facilities must comply. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each organization.
Greek organizations may consider implementing several strategies to maintain healthy operations.
The Interfraternity Council is home to 17 men's fraternities.
Guiding Principals to Keep in Mind
The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, and/or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection.
Levels of Risk - Low, Moderate, High
- Low Risk: Chapter members engage in virtual-only meetings, activities, and events.
- Moderate Risk: Small in-person meetings, activities, and events. Individuals remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects.
- High Risk: Full-sized in-person meetings, activities, and events. Members are not spaced apart, share materials or supplies, and mix between meetings and activities.