Wednesday, March 25: COVID-19 Update: Grading and Facilities

Grading Options

 COVID-19 has unexpectedly changed the 2019-20 school year in profound ways. The shift to remote/online courses has created circumstances that may require flexibility in grading options. Academic and administrative leadership is currently exploring various grading options for spring semester. Careful consideration is being given to all aspects of this decision to ensure there are no adverse effects on financial aid or a student’s long-term success. An announcement on the grading policy will be released shortly. We appreciate your patience as we support the academic persistence of UVU students and protect their future educational opportunities.

Recognizing the need to give students flexibility, we have changed the deadline to withdraw from classes from April 3 to April 24.

Changes to Orem Campus Hours

Utah Valley University continues to operate under modified conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Course instruction continues online. The Orem Campus is open, but access to physical facilities is now available on a revised schedule.

From March 24 through May 1, Orem Campus physical facilities will be open from

  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Closed Sundays (no change)

Fulton Library hours are not impacted by these changes. The library will remain open on Sundays.

*Note: The sidewalk from parking lot M-26 to the Woodbury Building will be closed starting Thursday, March 26, for at least one week. You may access campus using the entryway between the Sparks Automotive and Gunther Trades buildings. Signs will be placed to help direct foot traffic.

Changes to Satellite Campus Hours

Thanksgiving Point Campus: Closed

Wasatch Campus: Open 8 a.m. — 6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Provo Airport Campus:

  • ES Building: Closed (including UFRA)
  • All flights are suspended at this time — staff access only to Hangar A and Hangar B for aircraft and equipment maintenance.

Canyon Park Building: Closed

For detailed information regarding service, hours, and building closures, please visit uvu.info.

Food Services

Grab-and-go food services are available Mondays-Fridays at these Orem Campus locations:

Chick-fil-A                   9 a.m. —  4 p.m.

Mom Fulton's Café     8 a.m. —  4 p.m.

Taco Bell                     9 a.m. —  3 p.m.

Scoops (SC only)         8 a.m. —  5 p.m.

Guru’s                         11 a.m.­— 2 p.m.

All food franchises will open and close at the owner’s discretion.

For detailed information regarding service, hours, and building closures, please visit uvu.info.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to transition to fulfill the needs of our campus community.

 

Monday, March 23: A Video Message from President Astrid S. Tuminez on UVU's Modified Conditions

The past week has brought significant changes and new challenges to our Wolverine community and the world as we strive to ensure everyone’s health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. I applaud your grit and determination to persevere in these uncertain times, and I ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to pursue exceptional learning opportunities under unique circumstances. 

My thoughts are with each one of you at this time, and I thank you for everything you do for our school and our community. Please take a moment to watch this message.

Best regards,

President Astrid S. Tuminez

Wednesday, March 18: COVID-19 Commencement, Study Abroad, and Travel Updates

Subject: COVID-19 Commencement, Study Abroad, and Travel Updates

1. Commencement 2020 – Postponed 

Due to the unforeseeable impact of COVID-19, all institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education have decided to postpone their 2020 commencement ceremonies. For the protection of our students and their guests, faculty, and staff, UVU will postpone its commencement and convocations that were originally scheduled for April 30 and May 1. A new date will be announced shortly. We hope that our graduates and their families will join us then to celebrate their academic success. Planning is underway and we will provide additional details when confirmed. 

2. Update on UVU Travel and Study Abroad Programs

  • All UVU-sponsored Study Abroad programs (credit- or non-credit bearing) and any other UVU-sponsored international student travel are canceled through the end of the Summer first block (through June 26).
  • All other UVU-sponsored domestic and international travel for faculty and staff remain suspended through May 1.  

The International Travel Oversight Committee and Office of Global Engagement will continue to stay in contact with students and faculty already abroad to review their situations case-by-case.

For more information, see the Travel FAQ at uvu.info

 

Tuesday, March 17: COVID-19 Campus Update: Services & Staffing

Subject: COVID-19 Campus Update: Services & Staffing

Dear Wolverines,

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we navigate through the COVID-19 situation together. Our faculty, staff, and administrators have demonstrated great sensitivity, creativity, and resolve during this unusual time on your behalf. We particularly want to acknowledge those who answered the call to move more than 4,000 course sections from face-to-face to alternate and remote instruction and those working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and employees.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, UVU will implement the following changes while remaining open and operating under modified conditions. Supervisors will immediately begin to work to determine which employees must be on campus to carry out essential university functions and which can telecommute. Please work with your supervisor to establish your work plan. Also, as part of UVU’s modified operations, the following facilities and service changes are effective immediately:

  1. During the remainder of Spring Break (March 17-19), the Orem campus will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. As scheduled, all campus locations are closed Friday, March 20 as part of Spring Break.
  2. UVU’s Wee Care Center (child care) is closed until further notice.
  3. The fitness center, bowling alley, and game section in the Student Life and Wellness Center (SLWC) are closed through May 1; all other SLWC services remain open.
  4. The Testing Center will remain closed until further notice.
  5. The computer lab in the Fulton Library and the SC 215 lab in the Sorensen Student Center will remain open; all other open labs will be closed until further notice.
  6. Academic advising services will be conducted predominantly online.
  7. Effective immediately, please use the grab-and-go options in dining services and practice social distancing while eating.
  8. An announcement regarding Commencement 2020 will be forthcoming.

Please note that essential service areas will remain open, with limited in-person staff. 

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the FAQs listed on uvu.info will continue to be updated for your information and resource. Employees, please continue to work with your supervisors to clarify how your job function is impacted by this situation.

As a reminder, if you are sick, please stay home.

Thank you to the entire campus community for demonstrating exceptional care and accountability as we continue to deliver a meaningful education while protecting the health and safety of everyone.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work through these extraordinary times. 

Sincerely,

Astrid S. Tuminez
President

Wayne Vaught
Provost

 

Sunday, March 15: Campus COVID-19 Update

Subject: Campus COVID-19 Update

UVU remains open, even through Spring Break, and is operating under modified conditions. We continue to monitor Utah’s evolving situation and COVID-19’s impact on your health and safety. Please review uvu.info for the latest information, posted on March 12 and 13. You can anticipate updated guidance Tuesday morning, March 17.

 

Friday, March 13Response to Utah K-12 school closures

Subject: Response to Utah K-12 school closures

On March 13, Governor Herbert announced the closing of public K-12 schools from March 16-27. Utah Valley University remains open under modified operations. We understand that these K-12 closures may cause unexpected disruptions for a portion of our employees in balancing their work responsibilities and childcare needs.

For employees in this situation, the university is providing additional flexibility for work schedules, including work from home, during the week of March 16. We hope this allows employees to address childcare arrangements. Employees must contact their supervisor to determine appropriate modifications to work schedules and/or location. Please note that Friday, March 20 is a UVU holiday and campus will be closed. More information from Human Resources will be coming early next week.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this global issue together. As the university continues to serve our students, this situation requires us to use our best judgment to balance exceptional care with exceptional accountability.

Marilyn Meyer
Associate Vice President Human Resources
Chief Human Resources Officer
Utah Valley University

Thursday, March 12: UVU COVID-19 Update: Classes, Events, Travel

Subject: UVU COVID-19 Update: Classes, Events, Travel

Dear University Community,

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious but manageable threat to our community and state. As leaders of Utah Valley University, and in coordination with the Governor’s Office and the Utah System of Higher Education, we are taking thoughtful and deliberate action regarding COVID-19. Our primary objective is to protect your health and safety, especially those who are most vulnerable to this illness.

The following actions are being taken to slow the spread of the virus, while maintaining our mission to provide an exceptional educational experience. We understand that implementing these decisions will not be without challenges, but we are committed to the well-being of those we serve.

  • UVU is now at Code Yellow Alert
    There are no recorded cases of coronavirus among the UVU community, but due to current circumstances within Utah we are raising the level of alert to Code Yellow. All campus locations remain open while practicing social distancing. For up-to-date information about alert status, protective measures, and communication about COVID-19 contingency plans, please visit uvu.info.
  • Classes
    Effective Monday, March 23, Utah Valley University will begin offering most of its current face-to-face courses in an online format (Canvas) for the duration of spring semester, including final exams. Faculty are asked to begin that transition immediately. Online courses will continue uninterrupted. To allow transition time, modified courses will resume no later than Wednesday, March 25. Faculty will remain available for online consultation with students. Faculty must communicate their plans via Canvas announcements by March 18. If you have questions or concerns, send an email to academiccontinuity@uvu.edu.

    Faculty
    : For guidance and answers on how to move your classes online, please refer to the Office of Teaching and Learning. OTL will offer multiple training opportunities, including Canvas, Microsoft Teams, and Kaltura video recording. View training times and sign up for a spot. If you desire additional training, please contact OTL. Expect more detailed information from Faculty Senate President Anne Arendt in an email that will follow. Exceptions to online instruction may exist where classes require technical, hands-on, or laboratory instruction. Your dean, in consultation with Academic Affairs, will make decisions on which courses will continue to meet face-to-face.

    Students:
    Please log in to Canvas and check announcements to determine if your courses are being taught online or within the usual classroom setting. Instructors will post the status of each course by Wednesday, March 18, in Canvas announcements.
  • Events, Conferences, and Gatherings
    Effective Monday, March 16 through Friday, May 1, all university-sponsored events, conferences, and large gatherings are postponed or cancelled. Additional information will be forthcoming before that deadline. Visit this FAQ page for more details.

    No decision has been made regarding Commencement 2020 and related activities at this time. Expect more information regarding end-of-semester activities via email, Canvas, and uvu.info.
  • Travel
    All non-essential university-related travel, whether domestic or international, must be cancelled immediately through May 1, 2020. All study abroad and other educational programs that require travel are currently under review. Visit uvu.info for more.
  • Faculty and staff expectations
    At this point, all UVU campuses will remain open. All faculty and staff should continue to work as scheduled.
  • High-Risk Employees
    Those with elevated risk should work with Human Resources (HR) and supervisors for appropriate accommodations. Supervisors will consider job duties and individual circumstances when approving or assigning employees to telecommute. For more information, please visit the UVU HR Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employee Guide.
  • Campus Services
    All campus services will remain open, except for the testing center, while exercising necessary precautions. Visit uvu.info for more.
  • Performances
    Effective Monday, March 16, all performances at The Noorda and all other performing arts venues are cancelled through Friday, May 1.

    For the most up-to-date information regarding performances at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, visit The Noorda’s website. You may call the center’s Box Office at (801) 863-7529 for ticket information.
  • Athletics
    All Western Athletic Conference (WAC) competitions are cancelled until further notice. For updates and to continue following Wolverine sports, visit gouvu.com.

Students, we understand that our responses to COVID-19 dramatically disrupts your academic year, social aspects of your college experience, and schedules. We are empathetic to these concerns, but are taking these measures to protect you and those you care about. We appreciate the additional efforts our faculty and staff will make to ensure that, despite these trying circumstances, our students receive the best education possible. We are also grateful for our hardworking staff and their assistance in the implementation of these measures and the support provided to our university community.

We understand these changes and the uncertainty created by COVID-19 may have an impact on the emotional and/or mental well-being of some individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shared resources regarding mental health and coping. Students may seek assistance through UVU’s Student Health Services if needed. Employees may seek help through the Employee Assistance Program.

Our campus is a welcoming environment, a tight-knit community of people who genuinely care for one another. It is within our mission to ensure the success of each of you. We know that while physical distance is necessary at this time, together we will endure this unique challenge.

Sincerely,

Astrid S. Tuminez
President

Utah Valley University

Wayne Vaught
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Utah Valley University

Tuesday, March 10: Coronavirus Impact on Spring Break

Subject: Coronavirus Impact on Spring Break

Dear UVU Students,

As you begin preparations for the upcoming Spring Break, we ask that your planning includes being attentive to the changing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. Here are a few resources available to help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable experience, wherever your travels may take you.

Please avoid traveling to areas to which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assigned a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (restriction), such as China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. Also, please note that the State Department is discouraging all non-essential international travel. If your personal circumstances necessitate travel to a restricted destination or a high-risk area, please notify the Dean of Students Office (801-863-8311; palmeral@uvu.edu). Doing this will coordinate your return with CDC protocols (including self-isolating for 14 days) and help ensure the safety of our Wolverine community. Be advised that additional restrictions may occur without notice, and airlines may cancel flights without warning.

In order to stay safe and have a memorable Spring Break for all the right reasons, please:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a cough and fever.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Minimize communal food.
  • Please stay home if you feel sick, and urge others to do the same.

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to work diligently to keep you and all our fellow Wolverines safe. For many of you, the steps we are taking to protect the health of the community may involve significant inconvenience. Please accept my gratitude in advance for your goodwill and understanding. We are here to support you. Please continue to check uvu.info for the latest information about UVU’s actions pertaining to COVID-19. Most of all, take the opportunity of Spring Break to recharge your batteries, have some fun, and be safe.

Sincerely,
Kyle Reyes, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
Utah Valley University

Friday, March 6: UVU’s plan and latest response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Subject: UVU’s plan and latest response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Dear UVU Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As we shared with you via email on January 30 and February 27, UVU is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak domestically and internationally. Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us, and we want you to know we are prepared and have a plan in place to address the impact of the virus. UVU leaders have successfully navigated this type of situation before with H1N1 and SARS, and we are confident we will do so again with COVID-19.

Here is what we currently know about COVID-19
The virus is slowly spreading in the U.S., and we are monitoring the situation closely. The best way to protect yourself is to be educated and prepared, and that is the purpose of this email, uvu.info, and future updates.

UVU has a COVID-19 response plan in place

You can find UVU’s COVID-19 response plan at uvu.info (please bookmark the page), where we will also post timely updates and other helpful information. It is UVU’s official source of COVID-19 and other campus operating conditions. We will also send you updates via UVUNeedtoKnow and the University’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

UVU’s COVID-19 phone line
You may call UVU’s main phone line at 801-863-8888, where operators will help you find answers to your COVID-19 questions. Please review uvu.info before calling.

University travel update

Pursuant to UVU policy #252, institutional travel to countries under travel restrictions by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at a level 3 is cancelled effective immediately. To date, that includes UVU’s 2020 spring semester China and Italy study abroad programs. Should travel restrictions be put in place for additional international destinations where UVU students and employees are on university business, immediate arrangements will be made for them to return home. UVU requests that any students, faculty, and staff that have traveled to Level 3 countries (as defined by the CDC) self-isolate and practice social distancing upon their return for a minimum of 14 days.

Domestic travel on university business is not currently restricted. However, if a student or employee does not want to travel due to the COVID-19 situation, they may choose to cancel their travel arrangements. If travel arrangements were made with university funds, the UVU department that authorized the travel will manage any cancellation fees or other fees.

More information regarding other domestic and international planned travel programs will be forthcoming as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

UVU’s COVID-19 workgroup and the sources of our information

Pursuant to Gov. Herbert’s and the Utah System of Higher Education’s direction, UVU has established a COVID-19 working group, led by Robin Ebmeyer, our director of Emergency Management/Safety. The working group is monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and routinely updates President Tuminez, UVU’s central administration, and state officials. The group also monitors the CDC and U.S. State Department websites and other information sources.

As part of Robin’s responsibilities, she routinely meets with state and local health departments. Additionally, she works in a local hospital emergency room as a registered nurse.

UVU’s COVID-19 plan

UVU has created a four-tier, color-coded, infectious disease response plan that can be accessed at uvu.info. Currently, that website has a green banner at the top of the page, which indicates UVU is at Level 1 and operating under normal conditions. If the situation changes significantly, the level, color, and headline will be updated, and you will receive notifications through email, UVUNeedtoKnow, and social media. Descriptions of the four levels are listed below, and the complete plan can be found at uvu.info.

We have been working diligently on this plan for a long time. Our current information is available on uvu.info, and you can access UVU’s COVID-19 information phone line at 801-863-8888 should you have more questions.

Sincerely,

Astrid S. Tuminez
President
Utah Valley University

Wayne Vaught
Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
Utah Valley University

Anne Arendt
Faculty Senate President
Utah Valley University

Thursday, February 27: UVU continues to monitor coronavirus

Subject: UVU continues to monitor coronavirus

UVU Continues to Monitor Coronavirus This is a coronavirus update as of 2/27/2020. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, including CDC updates and website. Locally, we are communicating daily with state and county health departments and emergency rooms. We and they have plans in place to handle the virus should it appear in Utah.

UVU’s Health Services clinic has seen cases of the flu, but no coronavirus. We are vigilant about our students’ safety. We have a protocol and alert systems in place to immediately warn everyone if the virus is detected, and instructions of what to do.

We recommend you see your doctor if you develop flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, headache, chills, etc.). Currently, the virus has not been detected in Utah, but we will send immediate warnings if that should change.

For the latest coronavirus summary, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the UVU Safety/Emergency Management website.

Robin Ebmeyer
Director
Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety
Utah Valley University

Thursday, January 30: UVU monitoring coronavirus

Subject: UVU monitoring coronavirus

Dear students, faculty, and staff:

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in China. Locally, we are communicating daily with state and county health departments and emergency rooms. They have plans in place to handle the virus should it appear in Utah.

UVU’s Health Services clinic has seen cases of the flu, but no coronavirus. We are vigilant about our students’ safety. We have a protocol and alert systems in place to immediately warn everyone if the virus is detected, and instructions of what to do.

We recommend you see your doctor if you develop flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, headache, chills, etc.). Currently, state health officials say there is no need to worry that the virus is in Utah, but we will send immediate warnings if that should change.

For the latest coronavirus summary see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the UVU Safety/Emergency Management website.

Robin Ebmeyer
Director
Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety
Utah Valley University

Laptop computer with a medical mask sitting on the keyboard.

Color-Coded Alert Levels

Read the Full Plan

Level 1: Green

  • COVID-19 has been detected around the world, but it is not a threat in Utah.
  • Everyone comes to work, unless sick.
  • All UVU campuses: Normal operations.

Read the Full Level 1: Green Plan

Level 1: Green: Normal Operations, Get Ready

Criteria: An emerging and novel virus (COVID-19) has been detected around the world, but is not a major threat in Utah. Everyone comes to work unless sick.

Campus Status: All UVU campuses are at normal operations.

Travel Restriction:

  • Review all UVU-associated travel.
  • If there are people in countries that are affected, consider their evacuation.
  • Monitor the U.S. State Department's website for their travel advisories.
  • Consider cancelling study abroad to affected countries.

Employees:

  • Everyone comes to work unless sick.
  • Communicate to campus community the situation is being monitored and there will be continued communications.

Human Resources:

  • Review policies for telework, time off, sick time off, quarantine or self-isolating, time off, etc.

Campus Communication:

  • Begin communication of protective actions.
  • Create a communications plan for campus - how often, who says what, and when.
  • Set up uvu.info with information and continuing updates.

Activation of an EOC:

  • Consider a modified group to meet and create a work group to assess, monitor, evaluate, assist in information gathering, status updates, and communication with administration.
  • Consider convening employee and student forums to give information and field questions and concerns.
  • Monitor the state and local health departments, CDC, U.S. State Department, regarding the progression of the virus.

Personal Protective Measures:

  • Encourage employees to participate in self-care - wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home if sick, etc.
  • Work with supervisors if appropriate to work from home.
  • Review social distancing and cough and sneeze etiquette.

Environmental Actions:

  • Custodial will increase focus on cleaning surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, bathroom doors, bathrooms, flat surfaces, and so on.
  • Monitor cleaning supplies and other needed supplies.

Academics:

  • Communicate plans for the rest of the semester and beyond.
  • Review courses and how to continue if not in the classrooms.
  • Consider how to continue with labs or other face-to-face situations using social distancing.

IT:

  • Review processes for moving course work online or using other technology.
  • What is the capacity and current capability?
  • What can be completed now to make the transition easier in future weeks or months?
  • Create training for staff and faculty on how to use technology platforms going forward.

Campus Services:

  • Review and explore options for offering business services online, such as cashier, financial aid, and others.

Athletics:

  • Review NCAA guidelines regarding the situation. Are there specific guidelines?

Events (UCCU Center, UCCU Ballpark, and Lockhart Arena):

  • Review contracts with upcoming events.

Student Health Services:

  • Review protocols and guidelines of caring for sick students.
  • Monitor CDC recommendations for healthcare workers and others caring for the sick.
  • Provide education to health clinic employees as needed.
  • Consider ordering additional supplies.

Supplies and equipment:

  • Review emergency supplies, such as N-95 masks, surgical masks, fit-test kits, other medical supplies.

Level 2: Yellow

  • COVID-19 continues to spread to many countries, and confirmed cases are in Utah.
  • It is possible that some on campus could have the virus, but no confirmation.
  • There may have been a death in Utah.
  • All UVU campuses: Modified operations.

Read the Full Level 2: Yellow Plan

Level 2: Yellow: Normal Operations, Get Set

Criteria: COVID-19 continues to spread to many countries, and confirmed cases are in Utah. It is possible that some on campus could have the virus, but no confirmation. There have been a few deaths in Utah.

Campus Status: Modified operations may occur.

Travel Restriction:

  • Review all upcoming UVU-associated travel, study abroad, athletics, conferences, etc.
  • Review if UVU has anyone in updated CDC-restricted countries and consider their evacuation.
  • Continue to monitor the U.S. State Department website for advisories.

Employees:

  • Everyone comes to work unless sick.
  • Continue regular communication of the situation and update uvu.info at least weekly.
  • If sick, do not come to work.
  • If employees are caring for ill at home, decide if they may still work from home.
  • Enforce sick procedures for the day care.

Human Resources:

  • Review procedures and guidelines for telework, time off, sick time off, quarantine or self-isolating, etc.
  • Consider communication with campus community of these procedures and guidelines.
  • Could post information on uvu.info.
  • Monitor and report absenteeism of employees.

Campus Communication:

  • Continue updating campus by way of uvu.info, emails, and other outlets as needed.
  • Continue to monitor the CDC, State Department, and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Continue contact with state and local health departments.

Activation of an EOC:

  • Select those people needed to assemble regularly and review overall operations and upcoming issues.
  • This group is a cross-section of campus and would or take away add people as necessary.
  • Monitor K-12 actions (class cancellations).

Personal Protective Measures:

  • Continue encouraging employees to participate in self-care.
  • Wash hands, don’t touch your face, stay home if sick, etc.
  • Work with supervisors if appropriate to work from home.
  • Review social distancing and cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Consider holding scheduled face-to-face meetings in another way by using technology.

Environmental Actions:

  • Custodial will continue the focus on cleaning surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, bathroom doors, bathrooms, flat surfaces, and so on.
  • Consider additional trash cans.
  • Consider additional hand sanitizer.

Academics:

  • Request volunteers to move to online teaching.
  • Consider how to continue with labs using social distancing.
  • Monitor absenteeism of faculty and students.

IT:

  • Continue to support IT operations that assist in classes being moved to an online format.
  • Support and educate employees on how to use technology (Microsoft Teams, video conferencing, etc.)
  • What is the capacity and capability now?

Campus Services:

  • Continue the review of offering business services online, such as cashier, financial aid, and others.

Athletics:

  • Review NCAA guidelines as they come out.
  • Communicate with students and coaches.

Events (UCCU Center, UCCU Ballpark, and Lockhart Arena):

  • Continue to review upcoming events and monitor recommendations regarding mass gatherings.

Student Health Services:

  • Monitor the number of sick students being seen.
  • Report any unusual conditions.
  • Monitor state and local health departments for recommendations.
  • Monitor the CDC for recommendations of caring for the sick.
  • Monitor medical supplies.
  • Order extra supplies that may be needed.

Supplies/equipment:

  • Monitor custodial supplies.
  • Monitor emergency supplies.
  • Monitor medical supplies.
  • Monitor other applicable supplies.

Level 3: Orange

  • COVID-19 is widespread.
  • Hundreds of people have the virus in Utah.
  • UVU students, faculty, and staff may be sick and staying away from campus.
  • Absenteeism is 20-30% or higher.
  • There have been multiple deaths from  the virus.

Read the Full Level 3: Orange Plan

Level 3: Orange: Go

Criteria: The virus is widespread. Hundreds of people have the virus in Utah. Many UVU students, faculty, and staff are sick and staying away from campus. There have been multiple deaths from the virus in Utah.

Campus Status: Following state and university officials’ directions on closings; classes and meetings online.

  • Essential services may remain open; to be determined by administration.
  • Some classes may still be held; to be determined by faculty leadership.
  • Classes will transition online as possible.

Travel Restriction:

  • Continue monitoring UVU-associated travel, study abroad, athletics, and conferences.
  • Review if UVU has anyone in updated CDC-restricted countries and consider their evacuation.
  • Continue to monitor the U.S. State Department website for advisories.

Employees:

  • Consider telework options as possible.
  • No face-to-face meetings, unless social distancing can be maintained.
  • Maintain regular communication of the situation and update the uvu.info website at least weekly.
  • Consider closing the day care.

Human Resources:

  • Assist with telework.
  • Post updates for employees on uvu.info.
  • Monitor and report absenteeism of employees.
  • Communicate protocols or employees who run out of sick time or PTO.

Campus Communication:

  • Continue updating campus by way of uvu.info, emails, and other outlets as needed.
  • Continue contact with state and local health departments.

Activation of an EOC:

  • Meet regularly (using technology or face-to-face if necessary).
  • Increase or decrease those involved as necessary.
  • Monitor the CDC, State Department, WHO.
  • Monitor K-12 actions (class cancellations).

Personal Protective Measures:

  • Continue encouraging employees to participate in self-care.
  • Wash hands, don’t touch your face, stay home if sick, etc.
  • Work with supervisors if appropriate to work from home.
  • Review social distancing and cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Discontinue face-to-face meetings, continue to meet in other ways using technology.

Environmental Actions:

  • Custodial will continue the focus on cleaning surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, bathroom doors, bathrooms, flat surfaces, and so on.

Academics:

  • Move to online teaching. There should be very little classroom gathering.
  • Any gathering would need to be approved of by academic leadership.
  • Monitor absenteeism of faculty and students.

IT:

  • Continue to support IT operations that assist in classes being moved to an online format.
  • Support and educate employees to use technology. (Microsoft Teams, video conferencing, etc.)
  • What is the current capacity and capability?

Campus Services:

  • Consider closing some campus services.
  • Maintain other campus services through online options.

Athletics:

  • Review NCAA guidelines as they come out.
  • Communicate with students and coaches.
  • Consider sports events without the audience, unless otherwise directed by NCAA.

Events (UCCU Center, UCCU Ballpark, and Lockhart Arena):

  • Consider the cancellation of events. This should be based on recommendations from health departments regarding mass gathering protocols.

Student Health Services:

  • Monitor number of sick students being seen.
  • Report any unusual conditions to local health department.
  • Monitor state and local health departments for recommendations.
  • Monitor CDC for recommendations of caring for the sick.
  • Monitor medical supplies.
  • Consider closure of clinic.

Supplies/equipment:

  • Monitor custodial, emergency, and medical supplies.

Level 4: Red

  • The virus has affected thousands in Utah.
  • The death rate has increased dramatically.
  • Possible death of UVU student or faculty or staff member.
  • All UVU campuses: Closed.

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Level 4: Red: Closed Until Further Notice

Criteria: The virus has affected thousands in Utah. The death rate has increased dramatically. Possible deaths of UVU student or faculty or staff member.

Campus Status:

  • Campus is closed.
  • Determine what will stay open, if anything.
  • Provide security for the campus.

Travel Restriction:

  • Monitoring UVU associated travel for the future.
  • Continue to monitor the U.S. State Department website for advisories.

Employees:

  • Employees are home.
  • As many as possible will work from home.
  • Maintain regular communicate of the situation and update the uvu.info website at least weekly.
  • Day care is closed.
  • Some essential staff will continue to come to work, to be determined by administration.

Human Resources:

  • Assist with telework.
  • Post updates for employees on uvu.info.
  • Communicate what happens for employees who can only work while on campus.
  • Communicate protocols or employees who run out of sick time or PTO.

Campus Communication:

  • Continue updating campus by way of uvu.info, emails, and other outlets as needed.
  • Continue contact with state and local health departments.

Activation of an EOC:

  • Meet regularly (using technology or face-to-face if necessary).
  • Increase or decrease those involved as necessary.
  • Monitor the CDC, State Department, and WHO.
  • Monitor K-12 actions (class cancellations).
  • Review protocols for reopening campus and what criteria must be met to open.

Personal Protective Measures:

  • Continue encouraging employees to participate in self-care.
  • Wash hands, don’t touch your face, stay home if sick, etc.

Environmental Actions:

  • Limited custodial services to maintain campus cleanliness.

Academics:

  • Monitor online classes.
  • Create a way to communicate issues, challenges, or problems with online courses.
  • Communicate any academic updates to faculty.
  • Consider course cancellations if online delivery and facilitation do not meet what is needed.

IT:

  • Support IT operations that assist online classes.
  • Address what may be going wrong with online classes.
  • Continue to support and educate employeesin using technology. (Microsoft Teams, video conferencing, etc.)
  • What is the current capacity and capability?

Campus Services:

  • Maintain select campus services through online options.

Athletics:

  • Follow NCAA guidelines as they come out.
  • Communicate with student-athletes and coaches.

Events (UCCU Center, UCCU Ballpark, and Lockhart Arena):

  • Consider cancellation of events. This should be based off recommendations from health departments regarding mass gathering protocols.

Student Health Services:

  • Clinic closure.
  • Review what supplies will be needed to reopen.

Supplies/equipment:

  • Resupply any needs.

Recovery: Return to Normal

  • Monitor the CDC and state and local health departments for information about reopening.
  • Determine criteria for reopening.
  • Review all business services.
  • Consider economic impact.
  • Consider reputational issues.
  • Consider compliance issues as the campus reopens, if any.
  • Other.

How to Protect Your Health

Coronavirus spreads in the same way as influenza. You can protect yourself by taking common sense precautions used to avoid other viruses.

  • Avoid shaking hands. Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap for 10-20 seconds and use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you have been in contact with other people.
  • Use your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc. Lift gasoline dispensers with a paper towel or gloves.
  • Avoid public door handles. Use a paper towel, fist, or hip to open doors if possible.
  • Use disinfectant wipes at stores where available. Wipe the handle and child seat of grocery carts.
  • Get an appropriate amount of sleep.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat healthy food.
  • Stay home if you become ill (fever, cough, and body aches).
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard it, or cough or sneeze against your arm (not into your hands) if you don’t have a tissue.
  • Seek medical treatment if necessary.

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Coronavirus Q&A

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus (aka COVID-19, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan China) is a new strain of an existing virus. COVID-19 follows outbreaks of other coronaviruses such as “SARS”in 2003-2004, and “MERS” in 2013-2015. COVID-19 has been found in humans in numerous countries including the United States.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of Novel Coronavirus range from mild to severe, and include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Symptoms are similar to pneumonia, influenza, and the common cold. Only a diagnostic test can confirm if an individual has coronavirus.

How is it transmitted?

Person-to-person transmission is likely between people in close contact (six feet). When an infected person coughs or sneezes, respiratory droplets could land on nearby people and inhaled. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

What is the incubation period?

The incubation is about the same time it takes between exposure and the onset of symptoms. This information is not yet known for COVID-19, but based on other coronavirus outbreaks it is thought to be between two and seven days, with rare cases of up to two weeks.

Should I wear a face mask?

The CDC doesn’t currently recommend any healthy person wear a mask, and doctors warn adjusting, putting on, and taking off a mask could backfire by exposing your face to your hands.

How concerned should I be?

Cases range from mild to severe. The fatality rate is not yet known but is projected to be at 3%. The fatality rate is higher than annual influenza rates. Prior outbreaks of coronavirus also had higher fatality rates. Stay on top of CDC updates and guidance, as well as information from state and local health departments.

How is the coronavirus treated?

There is no known effective treatment for the virus. There is not currently a vaccine. Severe symptoms are medically treated under quarantine protocol in a hospital setting. Complications, such as respiratory failure, may be treated with mechanical ventilation.