Universities and Community College Updates

Last updated 12/11/2020

Arizona State University: ASU resumed on-campus, in-person classes on Aug. 20, 2020. The University offers courses in a variety of learning environments to accommodate students’ needs depending on location or circumstance as a result of COVID-19. For the majority of classes, immersion (on-campus) students will have access to the three learning environments (ASU immersion, ASU Sync, or iCourses). Many classes will include a blend of in-person and ASU Sync experiences. Some labs, clinical experiences and fine arts courses that do not lend themselves to remote instruction will only be available through on-campus, in-person instruction.

These class formats will continue with the spring 2021 semester. For spring 2021, classes with capacity of 115 or more students have either been moved to ASU Sync only (this is reflected in a student’s class list in My ASU as “ASU Sync only”) or will have enrollment reduced by adding additional sections to help further reduce density in classrooms.

Learn more: coronavirus.asu.edu.

Sept. 14 update: Session C will now end on Friday, Dec. 4. The final-exam week originally scheduled Dec. 7–12 will not take place. All instruction after the Thanksgiving break will be remote. Final exams, where applicable, should be held on the last day of class during the week of Nov. 30. Session B will conclude on Dec. 4 as originally scheduled.

Fall 2020 commencement: Current health circumstances will not permit ASU to host in-person commencement ceremonies in December. The fall 2020 university commencement ceremony and special-interest convocations scheduled for the week of Dec. 14 will be converted to a virtual format. More information will be available soon at graduation.asu.edu.

Dec. 4 update: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for quarantine after exposure, shortening the period to 10 days (from 14 days) if no symptoms are reported during quarantine. People also may be released from quarantine after a full seven days if they never had symptoms after exposure and have a negative PCR test collected at least five days after exposure. As always, students should work with ASU Health Services on their release from quarantine because there may be circumstances that might mean longer quarantine periods.

Northern Arizona University: Classes began on Aug. 12 for all students—Flagstaff, statewide, and online—and will wrap up by Thanksgiving. Flagstaff and statewide campuses offers classes in-person and through NAUFlex. Learn more: nau.edu/jacks-are-back.

  • From Sept. 2 through Nov. 24, in partnership with Coconino County and the State of Arizona, NAU administered over 34,000 COVID-19 tests, with an overall positivity rate of 4.5 percent.
  • As a testament to its mitigation efforts, NAU’s positivity rate remained below 4 percent since the week of October 12, and under 3 percent in the final 3 weeks of the semester, while testing approximately 2,800 faculty, staff, students, and members of the community per week.
  • NAU will resume mitigation testing in January. Learn more: nau.edu/coronavirus.

Spring 2021 Semester

    • Jan. 11: Spring 2021 classes begin.
    • Jan. 11-22: NAUFlex remote delivery will be the primary method of instruction for the first two weeks.
    • Jan. 10-24: Move-in begins. University Housing will send detailed information and instructions for moving back and the required testing.
    • Jan. 25: In-person instruction, coupled with ongoing NAUFlex delivery, begins.
    • April 29: Classes end, allowing for an early start to summer.

University of Arizona:

  • Week of 11/16: Stage 2 – In-Person and flex in-person classes of under 50 continue to meet on campus.
  • All classes and final exams will finish online after Thanksgiving Break.
  • More info: covid19.arizona.edu/updates.

Course registration for the Spring Semester began November 9, and the university will continue to offer four course formats: in-person, flex in-person, live online, and iCourses. For courses with in-person components, they anticipate starting the semester in Stage 2, described below, based on the most current data trends and continued consultation with our public health experts, epidemiologists, and campus community.

They also will have an enhanced Test, Trace, and Treat protocol in place for spring to support the health of the Wildcat community, including a requirement that all students coming on campus for in-person classes will be tested for coronavirus. Per CDC guidance, students who have received a positive antigen, PCR, or antibody test within 90 days of the start of the spring semester will not be required to retest but must provide documentation.

Adjusted reentry stage classifications and ramp-up for spring are:

Stage 1: In-person instruction limited to classes designated as essential in-person.

Stage 2: In-person instruction expanded to include in-person and flex in-person classes with projected classroom capacities of no more than 50 people. The attendance schedule will be designed so that no more than 50 people (including instructors and course assistants) will be present in person at each meeting time.

Stage 3: In-person instruction expanded to include In-person and flex in-person classes with projected classroom capacities of up to 100 people. The attendance schedule will be designed so that no more than 100 people (including instructors and course assistants) will be present in person at each meeting time.

Classes with attendance of more than 100 people will be delivered remotely in either the live online or iCourse format for the entire semester. Learn more from the Office of the Registrar.


Arizona Western College: The college maintains two guiding interests in making decisions about the Spring 2021 semester:

  1. Keeping students, faculty, staff and our communities safe; and
  2. Helping students achieve their academic goals.

The college will adhere to CDC guidelines regarding stopping the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing and meeting in groups of 10 people or fewer. Classes will be offered in four formats this Spring to maximize the opportunity to keep the college community safe while still offering access to higher educational programs. Faculty and student choice are emphasized in these formats. Students will have an extended 2-week drop/add period (previously drop-add was 1 week.). On-campus classes will be offered in one of three modalities: Blended Real-Time Classes, Remote Real-Time Classes and In-Person Real-Time Classes. Online / Web-based classes will not change. Learn more: azwestern.edu/COVID.

Cochise College: Will delay the start of the spring semester classes to Tuesday, Jan. 19. As a result of the late start, spring break will be canceled. To slow the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate any risks from traveling or gathering during the holidays, for your safety, the return to campus plan for students, faculty and staff has been modified. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19. The college will reopen to assist students and accommodate registration on Monday, Jan. 4. Students enrolled for spring will have access to view their classes in Moodle the week of Jan. 11. All new students coming to campus for a class or using on-campus resources must sign the Student Waiver and Student Acknowledgement forms.

Coconino Community College:  Offering three instruction methods to deliver the best possible learning environments for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Spring 2021, the college will be gradually reintroducing in-person classes at CCC. Although most of our classes will still be offered online through Zoom and Canvas, they will be making a limited number of classes available to take in person on its Lone Tree, Fourth Street, and Page campuses. Social distancing, masks, and other health measures will be in place to protect students and instructors. Learn more: coconino.edu/coronavirus.

Diné College: Classes being delivered online. Spring semester will begin on January 11, 2021. Check out the general catalog, academic calendar and deadlines. Learn more: dinecollege.edu.

Eastern Arizona College: Faculty returns on Aug. 17 and students begin in-person classes on Aug. 24. Learn more: eac.edu/safety. EAC also announced the establishment of the COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant to help students who are financially impacted as result of the global pandemic. This grant pertains to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that was signed into law on March 27 and includes grants for college and university students across the nation. This funding is intended to help students weather the storm and continue pursuing their academic goals. EAC’s Financial Aid Department will review applications to determine eligibility and award grants in the amount of $600 to qualifying students. Learn more: eac.edu/safety/CARES/caresapp.pdf.

Embry Riddle: Embry-Riddle’s strict safety requirements and rigorous contact-tracing protocols helped us keep the incidence of Covid-19 low during the fall 2020 semester. Building on that success as well as lessons learned along the way, we look forward to the spring 2021 semester. On Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses in Prescott, Arizona and Daytona Beach, Florida, orientation will begin on Jan. 19. Following the fall 2020 semester and winter break, face-to-face instruction will resume on Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Learn more: https://erau.edu/coronavirus

Gila Community College: Spring semester classes will begin Jan. 19. Registration is now open. Learn more: classsearch.eac.edu.

Grand Canyon University: Classes will start as scheduled on Jan. 4, with the first week occurring online for most courses. Move-In will occur Jan. 2-10. In-person instruction will end April 1 for about 80% of classes (exceptions being some programs in nursing, athletic training and senior-level engineering), followed by two weeks of online instruction April 5-16 and spring break April 19-25. The end of the spring term remains April 25. Learn more: gcu.edu/coronavirus-disease-2019-information.

Maricopa Community Colleges: The Maricopa Community Colleges will invest $13.5M for additional FAFSA-based Student Scholarship Grants for credit and clock hour students, which includes last dollar grants for partial-Pell-eligible students and up to $400 grants for non-Pell-eligible students. The Board also approved a ‘Flat Rate Full-Time’ for students taking more than 12 credit hours. Students registering for more than 12 credits per term will receive the discounted Full-Time Flat-Rate Tuition. Learn more: maricopa.edu/coronavirus-covid-19

Northland Pioneer College: NPC’s spring ’21 semester will include a blend of in-person and online classes. Most NPC spring semester classes start Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Whiteriver, Hopi, and Kayenta Centers will be operating remotely only starting Tuesday, Dec. 8 through January 13. Learn more: npc.edu/covid-19

Pima Community College: Spring classes restart on Jan. 4 and registration is open now. Learn more: pima.edu/news/coronavirus/index.html.

Prescott College: Prescott College will pivot to a “block schedule” for our on-campus students beginning August 25 and is offeruing a blended block/traditional academic semester through its online degree programs. Learn more: prescottcollege.lpages.co/new-block-schedule-2.

University of Phoenix: While campus-based courses will continue to meet virtually in Blackboard Collaborate through Spring 2021, we are tentatively planning to reopen our Student Resource Centers, contingent upon local city, county, and state health orders, for current students on January 11, 2021 with limited hours and service. Learn more: phoenix.edu/news/covid19.html.

Yavapai College: Spring semester classes begin Jan. 19 and registration is currently open. Learn more: yc.edu/v6/college-police/covid-19/reentry.