Fall 2020

Utah Valley University will begin its fall semester on August 24. Students will have a variety of course delivery options, including face-to-face instruction, that comply with safety guidelines outlined by the state’s COVID-19 Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).

At the onset of the pandemic, UVU moved thousands of courses online, accelerating its digital transformation initiative and exposing more students and faculty to remote-learning opportunities. As the university is preparing for fall, it will be leveraging digital technologies and an innovative approach to scheduling to support a wide range of course options — from face-to-face instruction, remote learning, and hybrid classes that include both in-person and online education.

For the upcoming fall semester, all but a very few courses will move to live remote delivery after Thanksgiving break to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Remote delivery will continue from then through December 10, when classes end. Finals will be held remotely from December 14-18.

Campus Safety Precautions

We have put additional environmental controls, Human Resources employee health and wellness, and individual protective measures in place and are using the following strategies to maintain campus safety:

  • Staffing: Increase staffing incrementally to gradually expand operations while maintaining recommended social-distancing guidelines
  • Hygiene: Increased hygiene and sanitation practices
  • Innovation: Continue to promote innovative work practices
  • Monitoring: Monitor health to ensure the well-being of our campus community
  • Minimize non-essential travel: Any approved UVU travel is subject to national, state, and local regulations and guidance

We ask that you read the UVU COVID-19 Recovery Plan document to ensure that you understand the expectations and requirements of returning to campus and are aware of the resources and options available to you.

In addition, we recognize that this is a fluid situation that requires flexibility. The decisions made now are informed by data, done in conjunction with local health and governmental leaders, and aligned with the Utah System of Higher Education. Updates will continue as conclusions are made, as changes are needed, and as we move into the “new normal.” As we do so, we encourage you to communicate your concerns and questions.

For updates regarding cleaning and facilities services during covid-19, please visit the Facility Operations & Maintenance website.

As you get ready to return back to campus, we know you may have several questions. To help you navigate through this process, we’ve put together several trainings for students, faculty, and staff to complete. As we continue to navigate changes during this unprecedented time, we thank you for your leadership and individual efforts in helping everyone adapt.

Employee Training Supervisor Training

Protective Measures

Face Covering Requirements

Environmental Control Measures:

  • Increased hand sanitization stations across campus (high-traffic areas).
  • Provide one mask for every employee.
  • Continue to use and maintain filters in the HVAC system, increase the airflow, and, where possible, over-pressurize the buildings.
  • Provide protective barriers (sneeze guards) in high-traffic, public-facing areas (locations where two people must come into closer contact with each other to complete the service).
  • Intensify the regular cleaning and disinfecting of facilities (Custodial Services). Please note that departments/areas should implement additional cleaning for high-touch areas in their locations.
  • If an employee or student is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and it has been less than 14 days since they were in the area for an extended length of time, the area will be closed. Those areas accessed by the sick person will be cleaned and disinfected before reopened.
  • UVU reserves the right to select areas that may be subject to a health screening. Examples of possible areas include Culinary Arts, the Wee Care Center, the Student Life and Wellness Center, food services, and others.

General Measures:

  • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene to help stop the spread throughout the workplace (e.g., classrooms, high-traffic entrances, bathrooms, food service areas, the Fulton Library, etc.).
  • Provide education, regular communication, and training to faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • Minimize non-essential travel; any approved UVU travel is subject to national, state, and local regulations and guidance.

Human Resources’ Employee Health and Wellness Measures:

  • Employees who are not feeling well must not come to work. Employees are to notify their supervisors of their absence due to illness.
  • If a supervisor observes an employee with symptoms, the supervisor will send the employee home.
  • Employees being tested for COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • Employees who have been asked to quarantine by the health department or a healthcare provider must stay home for 14 days as directed. Employees are expected to notify their supervisor of their health status and the possibility of working from home during this time.
  • Employees who are ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are to self-isolate at home. This includes an employee who tested positive, negative, or did not test at all for the coronavirus. The employee cannot return to work until they are without a fever (taking no fever-reducing medication) AND have improved symptoms for at least 24 hours. Time away must equal at least 10 days (per CDC recommendations).
  • Employees who have been working remotely and became ill at any time 14 days prior to their return to campus must complete the Recent Illness Release Form BEFORE returning to work on campus.
  • Employees who live with or are caring for someone who is ill should contact HR to review leave options.

Individual Protective Measures:

  • Personal responsibility: Not every unique, individual situation can be anticipated. UVU students, staff, and faculty must take personal responsibility to be informed and take actions based on their common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support the safe operation of the university’s programs, services, and facilities.
  • Self-monitoring: If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are otherwise ill, please notify your supervisor of your absence due to illness.
  • Self-isolation: If you have been asked to self-isolate or self-quarantine, please notify your supervisor. As possible, you may be able to perform your work remotely during this time.
  • Protective hygiene and cleaning: Each individual must exercise personal protective practices (hygiene and cleaning regimens) to minimize the spread of the virus, including:
    • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • Before and after work shifts
      • Before and after work breaks
      • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After using the restroom
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings
    • Using hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) after interactions with people and objects, when hand washing is unavailable.
    • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue (or use the inside of the elbow) when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues into trash cans, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cleaning often high-touch surfaces (i.e., buttons, door handles, counters, keyboards, telephones, desks, handrails, work tools, etc.). Do not solely depend on custodial for cleaning — this responsibility belongs to everyone.
    • Avoiding the use of other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment when possible. Clean and disinfect any shared tools or equipment before and after use.
    • Refraining from shaking hands, and encouraging the use of other non-contact methods of greeting.
    • Maintaining social distancing standards in all situations.
    • In interacting:
      • Limit group sizes in accordance with current state guidance.
      • Limit face-to-face interactions by communicating and conducting business through email, phone, Microsoft Teams, or other technology.

Guidance:

  • Follow public health guidance (the Utah Department of Health and the Utah County Department of Health) to ensure campus is not required to return to more restrictive operations.

Criteria for moving between color-coded precaution levels

The state of Utah created a color-coded system that will determine social-distancing recommendations and health guidance. UVU will use these guidelines for campus and reserves the right to alter the specifics of the guidelines as needed. This may depend on the number of people testing positive, healthcare stabilization, and other factors in Utah County and other service area counties.

Four guiding principles and metrics that will help determine which color-coded level precautions are in place:

  • The number of new cases in Utah and Utah County and other service-area counties (with added attention to Utah County)
  • The capacity of hospitals in Utah and Utah County and other service-area counties (ability to see patients and the numbers of beds and ventilators available)
  • The prevalence of disease, the number of current cases, community spread (even if unknown how a person got the virus), etc.
  • The rate of increase of the disease.

The university will also monitor and participate in testing as possible (under the direction of the county health department):

  • Testing with swabs, possibly saliva.
  • Antibody testing (blood sample).


For more details on UVU’s color-coded precaution levels, please see the UVU COVID-19 Recovery Plan.