COVID-19 facts and general info

If I'm exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?

Exposure occurs when you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure. If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What is the definition of a “close contact” or “significant exposure?” 

Someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19-like symptoms.

What does it mean to quarantine?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who may have been exposed to COVD-19 away from others. It helps prevent the spread of the virus before they experience symptoms and know they are ill. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow the directions from state and local health departments.

When should I get tested if I am in quarantine but do not have symptoms?

You may test out of the 10-day quarrantine by testing on day 7 -- if you test negative you may return to regular activities.

If I get sick with COVID-19-like symptoms, what should I do?

Stay home, do NOT go out and about, stay away from people, and isolate yourself in a room. Clean any common areas that you must use (e.g., kitchens, bathrooms, etc.). Check in with a healthcare provider and make an appointment to get a free test at UVU.

Does UVU require that I test negative to return to work?

No. UVU does require that you complete the Returning to Work After Illness or Exposure Form before you return to work.

Is there a form I should fill out when I am exposed or sick?

Yes, there is a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form for Illness or Exposure.  This form alerts the university you have been exposed or are ill.  This is critical information as the university then conducts contact tracing (assisting the health department) — this means we are able to contact anyone on campus who may have been exposed.

What is the isolation period if I get sick with COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms? 

Starting on the day when symptoms begin, 10 days.  In order to return to work or school, you would need to complete the 10-day isolation period and improved respirtory symptoms and no fever.

What is the quarantine period if I am exposed?

10 days. Most people are ill 3-5 days after exposure although this can stretch out to 10 days.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

What if I test positive but have no symptoms?

Stay home for 10 days starting from the day of the test. After that, complete the Returning to Work after Illness or Exposure Form to return to work.

What happens when someone at UVU tests positive for COVID-19?

 If you utilize UVU COVID-19 testing services, you will receive results with a few hours. If the test comes back positive, you will be asked to complete the self-reporting form that will alert the UVU contact tracing team to contact you. They will help guide you through the isolation period and answer any questions you may have. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you may also want to contact your healthcare professional.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolation separates people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to the disease but who do not have symptoms or a diagnosis. It is a monitoring period to see if they become ill.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

CDC states the following as symptoms

  • 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
  • Diarrhea

What if I only have intestinal issues?

Because of the pandemic, we suggest you check in with a health care provider and follow their advice.

How do I decrease my chances of getting COVID-19?

Evidence has changed over the course of this pandemic, but today we know that the tried-and-true infection control measures absolutely work. Stay away from large gatherings, wear a mask when in public or common areas shared by others, keep your distance (six feet at least), wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. These precautions cannot be overstated.

What if my symptoms are not very bad? Do I really need to stay home from school or work?

Yes, in this environment especially. There is a risk of spreading the virus to others inadvertently. The virus looks different on each person it encounters. Some people have only slight symptoms, while others get very ill and at times need to be hospitalized.

When am I contagious?  When am I more likely to pass the virus to another person?

This answer changes as the evidence becomes clearer —currently, studies suggest the most contagious timeframes are one day before you begin to show symptoms and the first few days when the symptoms are the worst. After that, it decreases quickly.

What does contact tracing mean?  Why should I care about this?

This is generally a function of the local health department — however, during pandemic times, other groups get involved. UVU is assisting the local health department with this obligation. When someone becomes sick on campus, we look at where they have been starting two days before they became sick with symptoms to the first few days of symptoms. We then figure out who they have been in “close contact” with. We trace where they have been on campus. We then contact people who meet the criteria of a “close exposure,” and we send them home for 10 days to quarantine. The sooner we can do this, the better chance we have of not spreading the virus to others on campus.

Can I get this virus from touching objects that are touched a lot by others?

 Theoretically is unlikely, however, we still encourage you to frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and to not touch your face. Your hands would be the vehicle spreading this virus from an object to your face (e.g., mouth, nose, eyes).

What is the most common way to spread this virus?

The most common way to spread the virus is to be in the breathing space of a person who is infected. Close contact (i.e., being within six feet of an infected person for longer than 15 minutes with or without a mask) is the easiest way to spread the virus.

Scenario: If my spouse’s co-worker gets sick, should I stay home and let everyone at work know they should stay home?

 If your spouse meets the criteria of a “close contact” with their coworker, they would be exposed and would need to quarantine (i.e., stay away from all people and wait to see if they get sick). You and your coworkers do not need to quarantine unless your spouse becomes ill or tests positive.

Scenario: If my roommate tests positive for COVID-19 and we share a room and bathroom, should I quarantine?

Possibly. You would most likely meet the criteria of “close contact” due to sleeping in close quarters all night and sharing breathing space. If the room were well-ventilated (e.g., open windows, fans) with a lot of space between the beds, you may be OK. You would likely need to quarantine.

Scenario: If I have exchanged a prolonged kiss with a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend and they have symptoms during this time, what should I do?

You have met the criteria of a close contact and would quarantine for 14 days.

Scenario: If a person I work with or know tests positive and shows symptoms of COVID-19 and I have not seen or talked with them, but I walked into their office or workspace and touched some common objects, what should I do?

Wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. It is much harder to spread the virus this way.

Scenario: If my symptoms are not that bad, is it OK to come to work if I stay away from everyone?

No, it is not OK to come to work. Please stay home. This is exactly how we are spreading the virus by thinking the precautions do not apply to us.

COVID-19 testing

How can I receive the COVID-19 Test?

The location for both testing and vaccinations has changed. It is now located on the second floor of the Sorensen Student Center, above the ballroom and across from Student Health Services. Students, faculty, and staff can make an appointment.

  • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Open late on Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to get a test. Drive-thru testing for symptomatic students is located in lot L10, north of the Wolverine Services Center, between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday.

Students currently experiencing symptoms must make an appointment for drive-thru testing. To schedule a testing appointment (only available to UVU students, faculty or staff), visit  https://www.uvu.edu/campuscovidtest.

Testing will be done using the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen COVID-19 test. This test only requires an anterior nasal swab, making it more comfortable than previous COVID-19 testing. This is  not  an antibody test. Participants can leave at the completion of the nasal swab procedures. Results will be emailed within a couple of hours. Your results will be sent to your UVU email. The testing process should take no more than ten minutes. Testing is free and only available to UVU students, faculty, and staff. Individuals must have an active UVID and sign in to be tested. Symptoms and/or exposure are not required for testing.

Please  make an appointment  for all testing services. Photo identification and your university ID number are required.

If you are not a UVU student, faculty, or staff member, you may visit the Test Utah website  to determine a testing location.

Is there a mandate for staff and faculty to be tested?

There is no mandate at this time, although we encourage them to be tested.

Where can I go for more information?

To sign up for testing on campus, go to uvu.edu/campuscovidtest

Financial assistance

What if I lost my job due to COVID-19?

Please contact the Department of Workforce Services to determine resources. You can also dial 211 to access the United Way of Utah County.

What if I can’t pay a bill or have an urgent, unexpected expense?

You may be eligible for institutional emergency funds. Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information.

You may also be interested in working with UVU’s Money Management Resource Center, which can help with managing money. Virtual appointments are available.

How do I access Financial Aid?

Schedule an appointment via website, email, or call (801) 863-8442. Students can also meet with a counselor by visiting BA 103.

Masks

Are masks required on campus?

Masks are NOT required on campus. We encourage those not vaccinated to wear a mask when around people, this is a CDC recommendation. The local health department has the authority to mandate mask-wearing in certain places and under certain circumstances, and we would take direction regarding masks from them.

What if I am harassed, threatened, or bullied by anyone regarding mask decisions?

Report any student instances of threats, bullying, or harassment, either online or in person, to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If you feel your safety may be in imminent danger, notify campus police immediately by calling 801-863-5555 or dialing 911.

Remote Work

What is the status of remote work across campus? Are there plans for a permanent remote work policy? If so, when will the policy details be shared with faculty and staff?

Temporary Remote Work Agreements ended on May 31, 2021.

A Remote Work Task Force, under the direction of President Tuminez, has put together a new permanent remote work process. For more information, please review the files on the HR Remote Work webpage in myUVU.

Each vice president has reviewed and identifying positions that must work on campus, those that may use a hybrid approach (partial work on campus/partial work remote), and those that may work on a fully remote basis. HR has developed training for supervisors and employees.

The work an employee performs when working remotely is no different from the work performed while working on campus. This option gives employees flexibility in where the work is done, allowing them to save time and money from having to commute to their campus workspace every day. Working remotely is not an entitlement nor is it a university-wide benefit. Remote work does not change the terms and conditions of employment with the university. Visit the Remote Work Information section of the Human Resources Website within myUVU for additional information.

Travel

View the Travel FAQ for information about travel guidelines.

Am I allowed to travel out of the state/country on personal travel?

We encourage you, when considering your personal travel choices, to follow travel advisories issued by the CDC and local and state authorities. Refer to the Travel FAQ for guidelines and more details.

Can I travel for business purposes?

University-related travel is allowed. Please refer to the Travel FAQ for guidance.

You may also contact the UVU Travel Office at travel@uvu.edu or ext. 8965 with any questions about these guidelines.

Vaccines

General Information

Where can I get a vaccine on campus?

In an ongoing effort to ensure fall 2021 is healthy, safe, and successful, free COVID-19 testing and vaccination continue. The vaccination clinic offers the Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines to those over age 18. Vaccines are available to all students, faculty, and staff (and their immediate family). Booster vaccines are also available to those who meet the standards established by the CDC for immunocompromised individuals. No proof is required.

The location for both testing and vaccinations has changed. It is now located on the second floor of the Sorensen Student Center, above the ballroom and across from Student Health Services. Students, faculty, and staff can make an appointment.

  • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Open late on Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Will I test positive after receiving the vaccine?

No. You will not test positive unless you have COVID-19. The non-invasive tests being performed at UVU test for infection, not antibodies.

Can my family also be vaccinated?

Yes — students, staff, faculty, and their immediate families are welcome to be vaccinated at UVU.

Policy

What is the policy on COVID-19 vaccines at UVU?

All registered students, with the exception of those participating in high school concurrent enrollment, must be fully vaccinated before spring semester 2021 or have declared an exemption for religious, medical, or personal reasons.

Why is there a vaccine requirement now?

This year, the legislature passed H.B. 233, Education Immunization Modifications, which authorizes higher education institutions to require vaccinations as a condition of enrollment, provided the exemptions listed above are included. Further, the increased COVID-19 infection rate in the community and moderateimmunization rate, combined with a sincere desire to protect the health and safety of our campus community, necessitates the need for a vaccine requirement. Our goal is to stay open and provide uninterrupted classes and activities.

Why is there a vaccination requirement and not a mask mandate?

Utah law only allows state and local health departments, with the approval from the relevant county legislative body, to issue mask mandates. 

How will UVU know if I am vaccinated?

All students are required to complete a vaccination status questionnaire within their myUVU portal declaring their vaccination or exemption status. Students will see the survey on their myUVU page during the week of September 13, 2021. 

When does this policy go into effect? 

The policy takes effect immediately with a systemwide deadline for submitting proof of vaccination or exemption by December 27, 2021 (two weeks before class starts).

Does the policy require vaccination for all students or only those who participate in on-site activities?

The requirement to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or to submit a request for exemption based on medical, religious, or personal grounds) takes effect for all students, with the exception of those who are concurrent enrollment high school students.

Does this policy apply to employees of the university who are also students?

Yes. All enrolled students must show proof of vaccination or apply for an exemption.

Is this a one-time mandate, or will I be required to get boosters or annual shots?

This will be determined by infectious disease experts and state and local leaders. Students need only to document their initial vaccination at this time.

What does “fully” vaccinated mean? Does it include a period of time after the dose for the immune response?

A person is considered fully vaccinated when two weeks have passed since they completed a COVID-19 vaccine series (for example, one dose of the J&J vaccine, or two doses within no more than 12 weeks of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) as well as any boosters consistent with manufacturer’s instructions and applicable agency approval.

How do I document proof of vaccination? Who will maintain the student documentation?

A questionnaire will be provided through the myUVU student portal. Students will complete the survey by providing an image of the vaccine card with the date and type of vaccine received or filling out an exemption request within the survey. Data from the survey will be stored securely with other student records. The data is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and will not be shared with unauthorized individuals.

 The survey will become available during the week of September 13, 2021. 

Will I have to complete this survey every semester?

No, once you have completed the survey, it will not be necessary to repeat the process.

What about students who register late?

They will receive a prompt to complete the questionnaire when they log in to their myUVU portal for the first time.

Are medical or personal exemptions allowed?

Yes. By state law, the university is required to offer exemptions to individuals who object to vaccination based on sincerely held religious or personal beliefs, or those who qualify for an exemption for medical reasons. Vaccination against the virus that causes COVID-19 is a critical step for protecting the health and safety of our communities and ending the pandemic. Students in healthcare majors where clinical placement sites require vaccinations may not be able to claim certain exemptions. This is determined by the clinical site; please check with your program coordinator to explore these situations.

Will I be required to prove that an exemption is needed?

No proof will be needed for medical or religious exemptions. Students seeking a personal exemption will be asked to provide a short explanation.

Will those who ask for an exemption be subject to early detection methods (frequent COVID-19 testing) in order to participate in in-person courses, events, and activities?

At this time, testing may be required for those not vaccinated for certain types of classes in which close proximity of students occurs (i.e., labs, dance, healthcare, public service, aviation). Students in these types of classes work in close contact with others, increasing the risk of contracting COVID-19. UVU has been doing this type of testing since testing began in October 2020. Testing has been, and remains, independent of the vaccine mandate and exemptions.

I was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and had an antibody test that shows I have natural immunity. Does this support a medical exemption?

Yes. There is immunity to COVID if you have had the disease. We know that the immunity is greatest during the first 90 days after the illness. After that, the immunity starts to wane. We do not know how long this immunity lasts, which is why vaccines are encouraged. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a positive result from an antibody test does not mean you have a specific amount of immunity or protection against COVID-19. In both cases, vaccination is still recommended.

Will a vaccine under emergency use authorization and not final FDA approval satisfy the vaccine requirement?

Yes, all COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use authorization, or fully approved by the FDA, will satisfy the requirement.

Who will pay for the vaccine, and where can I get one?

Vaccines are free. Moderna vaccines are available by appointment at the UVU clinic. (Utah Valley University expects to once again have the J&J vaccine by Oct. 1 and will begin offering Pfizer in mid-September.) Those who wish to receive a Pfizer vaccine can now make an appointment at an off-campus location.

What if I experience flu-like symptoms as a result of the vaccine and cannot attend classes?

Students should contact their faculty or instructors regarding minor illnesses or contact disability services to address significant issues.

Student Rights

Will I have to quarantine if I get a vaccine and people around me are sick with COVID-19?

No, current CDC guidelines indicate that if you have been vaccinated, you will not need to quarantine. If you are exposed to someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, we ask you to assess your health every day. If the slightest symptoms begin to show, get tested.

Isn’t requiring vaccination records a violation of HIPAA? 

No, HIPAA does not apply to universities in this situation.

What if I refuse to participate in the recording of my vaccination status?

You will not be able to access any resources you may need from myUVU.

Isn’t this a form of discrimination? How is this allowed?

No, our greatest concern is for the health and safety of our campus. Vaccines are a tool that helps us stay open and continue to offer face-to-face courses, activities, and engaged-learning experiences. All students will be able to make their own choices. If they do not wish to be vaccinated, they may select a qualifying exemption. They may also be asked to test if they are enrolled in a class that requires testing (i.e., labs, dance, athletics, healthcare labs, others).

Will UVU-approved housing, meaning apartment complexes that require students to sign leases and the UVU code of conduct, require vaccination as well?

Student housing owners make their own decisions as it relates to their individual properties.

Vaccine Facts

Are COVID-19 vaccines dangerous?

The COVID-19 vaccines are considered safe and effective. There can be side effects, but very few poor outcomes. To read more about the COVID-19 vaccines, please go to edu/covidinfo/testing/index.html.

Why is UVU recommending a vaccine that hasn’t gone through appropriate trials?

UVU offers the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and will soon offer Pfizer (fully approved by the FDA as of 8/20/2021). Moderna submitted an application for FDA approval (8/25/2021) and is expected to be approved. All vaccines underwent rigorous and robust testing to qualify for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status through the FDA as well.

You can still get COVID if you are vaccinated, so why is vaccination necessary?

No vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness. It is expected that some people will get a breakthrough case of COVID — however, it is just a fraction of those who are vaccinated that are able to avoid illness because they received the vaccine. There is mounting evidence that shows fully vaccinated people have less severe illness — most DO NOT require hospitalization or die (according to the CDC). Unvaccinated Utahns are at 5.8 times greater risk of dying of COVID-19 (according to the Utah Department of Health).

Since UVU is mandating vaccines, will the university be liable for any bad reaction I have as a result of the vaccine? 

Ultimately, the decision to vaccinate is personal; the liability lies with the individual. Utah state law has always indicated if vaccines are mandated, exemptions of medical, religious, and personal beliefs must be allowed. If a person does not wish to vaccinate, they may select an exemption.

If I have COVID-19, can I still get vaccinated?

You can be vaccinated if you have passed the necessary isolation period of 10 days. It is recommended that you have no symptoms before you get vaccinated.

Will UVU give a booster vaccine?

Yes, if you meet the criteria for receiving a booster vaccination, we can provide it. We will not ask for proof that you meet the criteria.

If I got the Moderna vaccine, can the booster be another brand?

Yes, but this only works with Moderna and Pfizer. If you received Moderna (two shots), you may have a Pfizer booster or a Moderna booster and vice versa.

Will UVU get the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine?

Yes, we are working through that process right now. It takes time to receive approval as a vaccination site for the Pfizer vaccine.

Will UVU begin to require other vaccines as well?

There is no plan for additional vaccine mandates.

Academics

Course Modalities

General Information

Are classes being taught in person?

Yes. State legislation passed in 2021 requires UVU to offer at least 75% of the number of in-person courses that UVU offered in Fall 2019.

Can classes that begin in person switch to online later?

To comply with state law, all classes must be taught in the delivery modality as scheduled for fall 2021. Faculty members are not permitted to change the delivery modality without authorization from Academic Affairs. (For example, instructors cannot tell students without authorization that their course is moving from a face-to-face class to some form of remote delivery.) Should instructors have health-related concerns, they must seek accommodation through HR.

The majority of students in a class ask that the course be switched to remote delivery. Can the course modality be changed?

No. The course must be taught in the modality as scheduled for the fall semester.
Will in-person classrooms be at full capacity?

 

All classrooms can be scheduled to full capacity. If the size and enrollment in a particular room allow for social distancing, instructors can discuss appropriate seating arrangements with students.
Can student attendance be required in face-to-face classes?
Yes. However, instructors should be flexible to allow students to miss class due to COVID-related issues. Even if a student has mild symptoms (e.g., perhaps they think they have an allergy), they should stay away from campus until their COVID status can be confirmed.  Students with unvaccinated children forced to quarantine may also find they have to miss classes. Students who are otherwise healthy are expected to attend their face-to-face classes.
Could a face-to-face course be moved to remote delivery?
Yes. It is possible, due to high infection rates, that a class may be temporarily moved to remote delivery. In this case, the class will be notified and given a likely timeframe for the switch of modality. This will be coordinated by Academic Affairs. For more information, scroll to “Classroom COVID Monitoring.”

Faculty Information

Can I divide students into groups based on whether they will wear a mask or are vaccinated or not?

No. The health benefits of segregating students in a classroom are not proven. We suggest encouraging students to wear their masks and not attempt further classroom manipulation.

Student Information

My instructor switched my face-to-face course to remote delivery — what can I do?

Face-to-face courses should be taught in the modality as listed in the fall schedule. If an instructor permanently switches a course to a different modality, you may ask the instructor for an explanation. You may also contact the department chair or write to us at askacademics@uvu.edu and we will review the situation.

My instructor has temporarily moved my face-to-face course online — what can I do?

It is possible that the instructor is ill, needs to quarantine, or is away from campus due to a conference and has elected to conduct class remotely. Instructors may hold class remotely until they have recovered, and it is safe for them to return to campus. This should be temporary, and your instructor should communicate the reason for the temporary change of modality. If you have questions, start by contacting the instructor. If you have additional concerns, contact the department chair or send us a message at askacademics@uvu.edu.

Face-to-Face Course Recordings

General Information

Will all classes be recorded this year?

: Yes. All face-to-face classes (where technology is available) will be recorded, and the recordings will be posted to the course Canvas website. Canvas is set up to automatically allow students access to the recordings. This is to ensure students in face-to-face courses can access their courses while they are away from campus due to COVID-related issues. Instructors have the ability to disable access to the recordings in Canvas. You may only use video or audio recordings of your class for the purpose of participating in your class. You may not use these video or audio recordings for any other purposes.

Why are we automatically recording all classes this fall?

We all hoped by this time the COVID-19 pandemic would be largely over, and we could return to normal. This is not the case. We are expecting a high rate of COVID-related absenteeism this semester as we encourage those ill to not come to campus and require quarantine in cases of exposure. We expect some students may need to miss potentially weeks at a time. Providing access to course recordings is a way to deal with potentially high rates of absence while still ensuring that students have all they need to succeed in their courses. Our focus is on student success.

What if an instructor does not want a course recorded?

All face-to-face courses (where recording technology is available) will be automatically recorded and posted to Canvas. There is no opt-out for the recording. However, instructors can control whether or not students will have access. Classes will be set up with the functionality turned on automatically — the instructor needs to go into Canvas and turn off access.
What if an instructor chooses not to make recordings available to the class?

 

Due to COVID and in anticipation of a high rate of absenteeism, instructors will need to make classroom content available to absent students who are symptomatic, ill, quarantined, or directly caring for quarantined individuals. Making a classroom recording available is the easiest way to do this. If instructors turn off access to the recordings, they will need to inform the department chair and explain how they will make the course content available to students who missed class (telling students to “Just read the book” or “Get notes from another student” are not acceptable options). If the chair does not approve of an alternative, students should be given access to class recordings.
Is it possible that a course may not be recorded?
Yes. There are classrooms that do not have the capability of recording, and there may be some highly sensitive situations (very rare exceptions) where recording a class is not permissible. In these situations, recordings may not be available.
Will all classes be livestreamed?
No. However, we strongly encourage instructors to use Microsoft Teams for livestreaming in face-to-face classes to accommodate students who are absent due to COVID-related issues so they can listen in on the lecture in real time. Students will not be able to view the auto-recordings posted to Canvas in real time. You must use Microsoft Teams for this functionality.
How is UVU making people aware that classes are being recorded?
Faculty, staff, and students have been informed of the recordings. Notices have been posted at the classroom entry that the room is being recorded and livestreamed. Faculty members should remind students that the class is being recorded.

Faculty Information

Can an instructor limit access to course recordings to only those students who have COVID-related absences?

Not easily. Canvas functionality is all or nothing — all students have access, or no students have access. It is possible that a recording could be downloaded by the instructor and shared with select students, but this would require additional effort and technical skill from the instructor.

Why should I livestream a class if it is recorded?

Livestreaming allows students to have access to the class in real time when away from campus due to COVID. Using it from day one will also allow faculty and students to remember how to use it in the event that a class should be shifted to remote delivery due to high infection rates in a given class. It is NOT a substitute for attending a class when otherwise healthy.

If a face-to-face class is shifted to remote delivery, can an instructor still use the classroom to deliver the course?

Yes. The instructors may still use the classroom as long as they are not ill or symptomatic.
Does UVU administration monitor classroom recordings?

 

No. The administration does not monitor classroom recordings. The recordings are for instructional purposes. They are to be used by instructors and students enrolled in the course. Should additional access to a recording be necessary, the instructor would be notified.
Can an instructor delete the recordings?
Yes. An instructor may delete class recordings when they are no longer useful for classroom purposes.
What happens to the recordings after the semester ends?
The recordings will be purged from the system at the end of the semester.

Student Information

My instructor requires me to participate to prove I have viewed the recordings. Is that allowed?

Yes, instructors may require students to demonstrate through various assessments that absent students have viewed the recordings and are learning the required content.

What if my instructor does not allow access to the recordings and does not have another means of providing access to course content?

Contact the department chair or send an email to askacademics@uvu.edu.

Masks

General Information

Can instructors force students to wear masks in the classroom?

No. However, masks are encouraged on campus. We can no longer require them in accordance with Utah state law. Please be respectful of an individual’s choice regarding this topic. If you feel unsafe in an unmasked environment due to your health concerns, it is acceptable to ask those around you to wear a mask.

Is it possible that there could be a mask mandate?

Yes — if the state or county health departments issue a mask mandate, then masks could be required. At the county level, a mask recommendation by the health department would have to be approved by the county commissioners. At this time (August 2021), they have indicated that they do not intend to approve a mask mandate. In accordance with state law, UVU is not authorized to require masks on its own.

Can instructors ask students in a classroom to wear masks?

Yes. An instructor may, due to health and safety concerns, ask students to please consider wearing a mask. We would ask that students be sensitive to the health and safety concerns of those around them and comply with the request. However, masks cannot be required.
Can instructors (or anyone) require masks to be worn in their offices?
We cannot require masks to be worn anywhere on campus. We ask that when visiting with someone in a personal space that you respect their request to wear a mask. You are not, however, required to allow someone into your office who refuses to wear a mask at your request. In that case, you should make  arrangements  to hold the meeting in an alternative setting (i.e. meeting in a more public space or remotely via Teams).

Student Information

Isn’t it my right to not wear a mask? Why should I even be asked to wear one?

Currently, masks are not required and will not be required unless the health department mandates that masks be worn. If you are asked to wear a mask, the request is to be respectful of the health concerns of those around you. You have the right to choose not to wear a mask and assume any personal health consequences for doing so. We are not trying to restrict anyone’s rights — we are asking that you respect the rights of others and be sensitive to the health and safety of the UVU community.

Vaccine and the Classroom

General Information

Are vaccinations required to be on campus or in classrooms this fall?

Vaccinations are not required to be on campus this fall. 

As announced on August 30, 2021, COVID-19 vaccination will be required for UVU students starting spring semester 2022. Read the full statement here.

Can an instructor ask students if they have been vaccinated?

No, though there may be special circumstances where close monitoring of students is required.  This only involves courses that require close and prolonged personal contact or in confined spaces (e.g., dance classes, flying planes, dental hygiene, etc.). If you believe your course is eligible for an exception based on the course’s requirement for close and prolonged personal contact, please contact your department chair who will contact Robin Ebmeyer.

Are vaccinations strongly encouraged?

Yes. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to consider vaccination as it provides the greatest opportunity to limit the risk of transmission and maintain a relatively normal campus experience this fall.

Can students, faculty, and staff get tested for COVID and vaccinated on campus?

Yes. Current UVU faculty, staff, and students can be tested for COVID and vaccinated on campus.

Faculty Information

Can I give extra credit to students who show evidence of being vaccinated?

No. Some students cannot be vaccinated due to health or other issues. They cannot be discriminated against. Further, it is not appropriate to ask students their vaccination status as that is private health information.

Classroom COVID Monitoring

What if a particular class has an outbreak of COVID-19?

UVU will continue monitoring classes, programs, and buildings to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Instructors and students may be contacted if case counts hit a “trigger point,” and classes may be moved online at that time.

If a student is (or several are) diagnosed with COVID, will the entire class have to quarantine, and will the class be moved to remote delivery?

If we receive a report of a positive case, students who are unvaccinated may be asked to quarantine. Those who are vaccinated may continue to attend their face-to-face classes. A class may move to remote delivery only if a certain trigger point is met.

Health Accomodations

General Information

Can students be required to socially distance in the classroom?

If space permits, students may be asked to spread out to allow for as much social distancing as is practical.

Faculty Information

I am teaching a face-to-face course but have health-related concerns. What should I do?

Contact Cameron Evans in HR immediately for consideration and possible accommodations.

Student Information

Will accommodations be made for students who are sick or otherwise have health concerns?

We ask everyone to be as accommodative as possible for students with health concerns. Ill students, faculty, and staff should remain off campus. Students who are ill and absent for more than two weeks should contact the Office of Accessibility Services to determine whether they are eligible for accommodation.

More Questions

My question is not answered here. What do I do now?

Check with your instructor or department chair, or send us an email.