Relief funding

SUVA is participating in the use and distribution of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Information about this can be found here.

Covid-19 safety plan Fall 2020

For many, life is changing on a daily basis as we respond to COVID-19. For this reason, SUVA has developed a highly flexible plan for the Fall 2020 semester, accounting for a wide range of possibilities as the situation evolves. Our priority is to keep our community safe while providing a superior learning environment for our students.

One of the benefits SUVA provides is the individualized attention our students receive. Our small class sizes have an additional benefit, as we are able to socially distance in our classrooms.

As such, we intend to host on-campus classes at the start of the fall semester, as long as state and local governments allow, and it is deemed safe to gather with social distancing measures in place.

Below you will find a general outline of SUVA’s plan to keep students, faculty, and staff safe this fall. Additional policies and procedures are under development and will be shared with the SUVA community when they become available.

Following best practice guidelines

Following Best Practice Guidelines SUVA continues to employ practices recommended by the CDC, the AZDHS, and other government agencies.

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to wear a face covering at all times while on campus and practice social distancing at all times (remaining at least six feet apart).

Upon entry to the building, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to:

  • Have their temperature taken with a forehead thermometer to ensure that they are not running a fever. Those with a fever will be sent home immediately and instructed to submit the self-reporting form.
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided at the door.


SUVA employs a professional cleaning crew that disinfects offices and classroom spaces daily. Additionally, we are implementing the following measures to minimize the risk of infection:

  • Faculty will be trained in best practices to ensure social distancing and sanitation protocols are enforced.
  • Frequently touched surfaces (desks, computer keyboards, etc.) will be scrubbed with disinfectant wipes (provided by SUVA) by faculty at the end of each class meeting.
  • Classrooms and common areas will have air purifiers with UV sanitizers.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be dispersed throughout the building.
  • Thermostats will be set to maximize air flow throughout out the building. The HVAC in our building was designed to pull air from the outside, so no one has to breathe recycled air.

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

We have designed the fall schedule to promote social distancing and, ultimately, safety for students, faculty, and staff.

SUVA is implementing a block schedule for the fall semester, where the term is split into two, 8-week sessions. Under the block schedule, full-time students will take 2-3 classes at a time for a total of 4-5 classes throughout the semester. The modified schedule will reduce the total number of students on campus at any given time and will also reduce the disruption to students’ learning, should it be deemed unsafe for classes to be held on campus at any point during the semester. The block schedule will not change the time required to complete a degree.

Classrooms have been assigned to serve one student per 100 square feet of learning space. Class times have been staggered to minimize the number of students gathering in the halls. Whenever possible, students will be required to be on campus only 2-3 days per week.

To address the many possibilities of how COVID-19 will impact our delivery of course content, SUVA will utilize a variety of approaches to deliver educational content. These formats were designed to maximize student and faculty safety while maintaining SUVA’s standards for student learning.

Recognizing that face-to-face instruction is preferred for art/design courses, most studio courses have been scheduled for delivery in the classroom. Contingency plans have been developed to facilitate a quick transition to online delivery in the event of a shelter in place order from the government. Studio class periods have been reduced to two hours each to minimize interpersonal exposure.

Some courses will be taught using a “blended” format, in which students will be scheduled for reduced face-to-face classroom time with faculty on campus. Additional coursework will be completed online.

Some courses, such as those in the General Education program, will be delivered entirely online.

Students will have limited access to SUVA facilities outside of class time to ensure social distancing practices are followed. Students wishing to use classrooms to work outside of class must schedule their time slot 24-48 hours in advance. More information about classroom space reservations will be distributed prior to the start of the semester.

We recognize that it is possible that students and/or faculty may need to self-quarantine at some point in the semester. All students entering quarantine as a result of COVID-19 exposure and/or infection will be provided the necessary resources to continue their coursework online. All classes will be set up to facilitate continued learning under these circumstances using an online learning management system.

We are happy to work with all students to develop solutions during this time of uncertainty. Recognizing that some students are concerned about the possible risks of returning to campus in the fall, the University will provide the option to complete all coursework online. Students wishing to pursue this option must submit a formal request to the Chief Academic Officer at


Students, faculty, and staff are required to report any possible/suspected exposure to COVID-19 and/or a confirmed COVID-19 test through the self-reporting form so the Student Services department can notify those who have come into contact with the individual. Those individuals will not be given any names; all form submissions will remain anonymous outside the Student Services department.

All members of the SUVA community (students, faculty, and staff) are required to self-isolate for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test if they:

  • Come in close contact for at least 15 minutes with an individual confirmed to either have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or who has a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19 (not tested, but diagnosed by a physician as likely to have the infection).
  • Are listed as recent, close contacts on an individual’s COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form.
  • Experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

Quarantined students/employees may return to the SUVA campus if COVID-19 test results come back negative upon presentation of those results to Student Services.

Students/employees who test positive and do not experience symptoms may return to the SUVA campus 10 days after receiving their test results, provided they have gone at least three consecutive days without experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.

Students/employees who test positive and experience symptoms may return to the SUVA campus under the following conditions:

  • 3 days with no fever or other COVID symptoms and
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and
  • 10 days have past since symptoms first appeared

Students who self-isolate as a result of possible exposure and/or infection will be provided the necessary resources to continue their coursework online throughout the duration of their quarantine.