*Note: This page contains a full record of the messages UVU sent to the campus community from March 2020 to the present relating to COVID-19. This list does not necessarily contain the most recent information.

For the most up-to-date information for faculty and staff, go to the Return to Campus page. For student information, go to the Fall 2020 page.

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Tuesday, July 28: Important Return to Campus Management and Travel Guidance

On August 3, 2020, all offices on campus will officially reopen. Doors will be open to our students as they prepare for the beginning of fall semester on the 24th.
 
We are excited to start another academic year, but we recognize that fall 2020 is unlike any other semester in the history of our university. The pandemic creates the need for new rules for travel and new guidelines for employees and leadership. In this email, please review the documents, expectations, and assistance available to you.
 
Our primary goal is to ensure employee safety and well-being while continuing to offer a high-quality educational experience that promotes student success and transforms lives. 
 
The transition from remote to in-office work will depend on the activities and functions occurring on campus, the duties and tasks performed by each employee, and the need to have a staff presence for student, faculty, staff, and visitor support. As our students return to campus this fall, it is critical that the college and departmental offices that engage with students and visitors are staffed during regular business office hours. The best way to do that is at the respective area’s discretion, following the guidelines below. 
 
As employees continue returning to campus, we expect supervisors to complete the Pre-Return Checklist below for employees that do not already have a Temporary Remote Work Agreement that extends past August 3. We have also enclosed a checklist to complete as employees return to campus and a checklist to complete after employees return. For convenience, we make reference to a Staff Planning Tool, which links to an Excel document that corresponds with the checklists. 
 
Pre-Return Checklist
 
  • Using the Staffing Planning Tool, determine the required work responsibilities and tasks in your department, division, college, or area to ensure employee and student success. Determine the number of employees required to be on campus to perform this work. Identify individual employees whose job responsibilities require them to be primarily on campus. Limiting the number of people on campus reduces potential exposure. 
  • To help ensure flexibility and social distancing, adjust work schedules — including how and when employees report to work. (For example, implement staggered arrival and departure times, create A and B teams so the entire workforce is not in the office on the same days, etc.). 
  • Continue to encourage and allow remote work as much as possible. Supervisors have the authority to approve remote work or alternative work schedules throughout the end of the calendar year when an employee has completed a Temporary Remote Work Agreement that extends past August 3
  • Make adjustments as appropriate for employees who are members of a high-risk population or live with a high-risk individual. Temporary Remote Work Agreements and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations are available. Do not attempt to identify and target high-risk category employees but communicate adjustment and accommodation options to all employees. Work duties and tasks may be temporarily adjusted if a Temporary Remote Work Agreement and/or ADA accommodations are approved. 
  • Consider your area’s workspace, workflow, and work priorities. Determine whether you have adequate spacing to maintain social distancing or if adjustments can be made to allow for social distancing. 
  • Order appropriate PPE and sanitation supplies (hand sanitizer, disinfectant, face coverings, etc.) through the UVU Warehouse using Wolverine Marketplace
  • Review return-to-campus guidelines on the Return to Campus website
  • After completing the Staffing Planning Tool for each job position in your department, review your department’s return-to-campus plans with the appropriate dean or AVP. 
Checklist as Employees Return to Campus 
Note: Custodial resources will be allocated to prioritize cleaning classroom environments. Departments should not contact Facilities to request additional services. Cleaning schedules for non-classroom environments have already been increased and can be viewed on the Custodial Services webpage
  • Ensure that you have sufficient signage to direct traffic flow and to communicate that face coverings and social distancing are required. Signage is available on the Return to Campus website
  • Communicate the return-to-campus plan to your department and employees, giving as much advance notice as possible. 
  • Remind employees to return all university technology equipment and materials they need to resume work on campus. 
 
Post-Return Checklist 
  • Emphasize the requirement of face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, staying home when ill, and other safety considerations
  • Encourage employees to practice hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and rigorous sanitation. 
  • Minimize in-person meetings; utilizing Microsoft Teams for meetings even when employees are working on campus. When needed, keep in-person meetings to no more than 10 people maintaining social distancing. 
  • Discourage employees from sharing other employees’ desks or equipment. When sharing is unavoidable, encourage employees to wipe down desks and equipment between uses. Sanitize shared equipment before and after each use.
  • Remind employees to self-screen daily, including taking their temperature before leaving home and staying home if they exhibit any symptoms. 
  • If an employee shows COVID-19 symptoms, they must leave work immediately and contact their healthcare provider for further guidance. They may need to complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form for Illness or Exposure
  • Refer to the Employee and Supervisor Guidance documents if an employee shows symptoms or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. 
  • Refer employees to the Employee Assistance Program if needed. Please see the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webpage for additional resources available related to COVID-19. 
  • Be compassionate and flexible. Check in with employees often to discuss their challenges, concerns, and questions. Contact Human Resources at (801) 863-8207 for additional assistance. 
Travel Update 
 
Travel increases the risks of coronavirus exposure for your family, friends, community, and you. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a global level-3 warning to avoid nonessential travel and continues to discourage domestic travel. The state has also issued travel precautionary guidelines
 
Acknowledging the risks and recommendations and to preserve the health of our UVU community, the following travel restrictions are extended through the end of the calendar year, effective immediately. 
 
All nonessential university-related travel, whether in state, out of state, or international, through December 31, 2020, must be cancelled. All UVU-sponsored Study Abroad programs (credit or non-credit bearing) and any other UVU-sponsored international student travel must also be cancelled through December 31, 2020. 
 
As an exception to the above travel restriction, travel considered business essential for the university must be approved by the divisional vice president prior to making travel arrangements. Additionally, until further notice, all future airfare must be purchased through Concur or the State Travel Office. 
 
We continue to encourage you, when considering your personal travel choices, to follow travel advisories issued by the CDC and local and state authorities. If you plan to travel for personal reasons or recently traveled out of the state (domestic or international), you MUST fill out UVU's Self-Reporting Travel Questionnaire.
 
Please follow these guidelines: 
  • Travel within the state is discouraged. Use internet video conferencing (Microsoft Teams is preferred) as much as possible to facilitate these meetings.
  • Deans and vice presidents will review plans for bringing visiting scholars, speakers, and consultants to campus, and postpone anything not essential to the core mission of teaching and learning. 
  • All employees and students must complete the Self-Reporting Travel Questionnaire before returning to campus to document planned and recent out-of-state travel, whether it is personal or university-related. Travelers may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. 
  • For job interviews, supervisors should discuss options for avoiding travel for the benefit of all parties. 
  • The International Travel Oversight Committee and Global Engagement will continue to stay in contact with any students who may be studying abroad and will continue to review these situations on a case-by-case basis. 
 
Recent travelers to CDC level-3 countries: If you are returning from a country for which the CDC has issued a level-3 travel warning, you MUST self-isolate for 14 days upon returning home. Students, please contact the Dean of Students. Faculty and staff, please contact Human Resources
 
Recent travelers to CDC level-2 countries: Those returning from a country with a CDC level-2 travel warning, watch for symptoms and practice social distancing for 14 days. If symptoms arise, please contact your medical provider. 
 
Domestic travelers who have had close contact with anyone on the trip who has tested positive for COVID-19 should disclose the exposure, practice social distancing, and contact your medical provider if you become symptomatic. 
 
Additional travel guidelines 
 
Following December 31, 2020, all travel is still required to be mission-critical AND approved by an executive. Please read the Temporary Travel Request Guidelines for additional details and answers to your questions regarding these new guidelines. Please contact the UVU Travel Office at travel@uvu.edu or ext. 8965 with any questions. 
 
Thank you for your dedication to Utah Valley University. Your flexibility, patience, and care for our Wolverine community are appreciated. If you have questions or concerns, please communicate with your supervisor or Human Resources. 
 
With sincere thanks, 
 
Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs  
 
Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration 
 
Marilyn Meyer
Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Chief Human Resource Officer

Wednesday, July 9: Required Face Coverings for UVU Students and the Student Code 

Students at Utah Valley University are members of a community committed to maintaining a healthy and safe campus. While enrolled at UVU, students must follow the Student Code of Conduct, UVU Policy 541, and other policies. The Student Code supports the intellectual, personal, social, and ethical development of all community members by promoting the values of civility, integrity, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. The Student Code also establishes the conduct expectations for students of UVU and outlines students’ rights and due process procedures for addressing alleged student violations of university policies.

To ensure everyone’s safe return for fall semester, we want to remind students of their responsibility to uphold the safety precautions outlined here. Guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities indicates that wearing face coverings (e.g., masks, scarves, gaiters, bandanas, visors) significantly reduces the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, students are required to wear face coverings inside university buildings, in common areas, including classrooms, while also maintaining a six-foot physical distance. Students must wear facial coverings outside when maintaining a six-foot distance is not possible outside. Face coverings must cover both the nose and the mouth. Students who cannot feasibly wear a mask due to a disability, phobia, or other reasons should contact the Office of Accessibility Services — that office will determine appropriate accommodations as needed. Additionally, face coverings are not required for individuals eating or drinking and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from any other individual who is not from the same household or residence.

Students who disregard the requirement to wear face coverings may be in violation of the Student Code for endangering the health or safety of others (See Student Code section 4.3.2.12.) and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Faculty and staff are encouraged first to discuss concerns with the student involved; however, when appropriate, they may refer a student to the Office of Student Conduct at 801-863-8952 or marent@uvu.edu. University community members may also submit an online report via a reporting link.

Our university is committed to providing balanced and fair systems of resolution, and we encourage an education-based, informal resolution process, which includes conversations to deepen understanding about community responsibility. Repeated violations of the Student Code may be subject to progressive sanctions, including written warning, probation, and suspension from the university. Please refer to the Student Code for more information on expectations of student conduct.

Wednesday, July 9: Required Face Coverings for UVU Employees

As faculty, staff, and students return to campus, we ask everyone in the UVU community to exercise the utmost caution to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Maintaining health and safety on campus is a shared responsibility. To protect the campus community and prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, certain safety procedures are being implemented. Based on CDC guidelines, UVU is requiring everyone to wear a face covering in shared public spaces on campus, including our classrooms. To help make this possible, the university has provided a face covering for each faculty and staff member. Masks have also been ordered for students.
 
It is important to recognize that the primary purpose of wearing a face covering is to prevent the spread of the disease by those with the virus — when you wear a face covering, you protect those around you. When others wear a face covering, they protect you. Together, we protect our community. 
 
Face coverings (e.g., masks, scarves, gaiters, bandanas) are required inside university buildings. They are also required outside when maintaining a 6-foot physical distance is not possible. Face coverings must cover both the nose and the mouth.
 
The following guidelines are intended to minimize ambiguity and promote consistency across campus in complying with face-covering requirements:
 
  • All employees of the university are required to wear a face covering while working on campus as a condition of their employment. Employees who disregard the requirement to wear a face covering may be in violation of UVU policy and state and federal law or regulation and subject to corrective action.
  • Face coverings are required in all shared public spaces such as hallways, restrooms, study and breakroom areas, classrooms, conference rooms, etc., and when maintaining a 6-foot distance is not possible outside.
  • Employees working in an open office environment (e.g., cubicles), where multiple individuals may be in close proximity to one another for extended periods of time, must each wear a face covering while others are present.
  • While others are not present, face coverings are not required to be worn by an employee who is:
    • The sole occupant of a fully enclosed room or office;
    • The sole occupant of a partially enclosed room, office, or similar space, including a cubicle, that is enclosed on at least three sides by walls or other physical barriers or dividers at a height that reaches no lower than the top of the employee’s head when the employee is seated; or
    • Seated or stationary and maintains a physical distance of at least six feet from any other individual.
  • Face coverings are not required outside of buildings if 6-foot physical distancing is maintained.
  • Face coverings are not required for individuals traveling alone in a university vehicle.
  • Face coverings are not required for individuals eating or drinking and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from any other individual who is not from the same household or residence.
  • In certain cases, the use of a face covering is not advised. These cases should be addressed on a case-by-case basis with the employee’s supervisor and, if necessary, with the employee accommodations coordinator in Human Resources. Such cases include:
    • Individuals with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could cause harm or obstruct breathing.
    • Individuals with hearing impairment or communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Face coverings may be temporarily removed when obtaining a service involving the nose, mouth, or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
    • Face coverings should be changed or laundered routinely.
We are all anxious for everyday living to return to normal, but we must recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic may be with us for some time. We are thoughtfully modifying how we teach, interact with, and serve one another. We are diligently monitoring national, state, and local health reports and guidelines. We are working with the other institutions of higher education to develop best practices, and we are implementing safety measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are motivated by an overriding desire to protect the health and well-being of our Wolverine community while continuing to deliver an exceptional educational experience.

Thank you for your patience, perseverance, and adaptability as we navigate this unusual time and evolving needs.

Sincerely,
Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Wednesday, July 2: UVU Commencement 2020 Update

Utah Valley University will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a historic graduation event that combines innovative and engaging celebratory elements with the traditions of the university’s ceremonial commencement while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. The unique August 19 festivities will allow for appropriate COVID-19 health and safety precautions and open up new opportunities for celebrating UVU’s largest graduating class. 
 
“The goal is to honor the graduates of 2020 with a celebration that is worthy of the grit and determination that they have exhibited to arrive at this moment of achievement,” said President Astrid S. Tuminez. “The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to gather in traditional ways, but it hasn’t changed our desire to recognize these remarkable students. We are excited to provide a safe, creative, high-energy commencement, unlike any other in the state.”
 
The event will begin at 5 p.m. as graduates, their families, and friends are invited to the graduates’ respective college or school’s unique “drive-thru” convocation. The format will highlight each student with the graduates’ names individually announced as they move to the curb in front of a UVU backdrop to receive a diploma cover from their respective college or school dean. The convocations will occur simultaneously by college and school in multiple parking lots across the UVU campus. 
 
Immediately following the “drive-thru” convocation, there will be a “drive-in” commencement celebration where graduates and guests will enjoy the festivities from the comfort of their vehicles — decorated to show Wolverine spirit. The unique commencement event will begin with pre-show entertainment, as well as a historic UVU flyover featuring the university’s renowned aviation team. The pre-show will also be streamed from a main outdoor stage to multiple large LED movie screens and heard on a dedicated FM radio station.
 
The commencement program will feature the traditional bagpipe music from the Payson High School Pipe and Drum and culminate with an inspiring keynote address by Gail Miller, owner and chairwoman of the Board of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. The festivities will end with fireworks. Other exciting details will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
Graduates will also have several photo opportunities at numerous locations on campus throughout the evening. 
 
All graduates desiring to participate in these celebrations are required to register. The free and simple registration can be done online at uvu.edu/graduation before August 1, 2020. If a graduate has already registered for the August ceremonies, they do not need to register again. 
 
Caps and gowns are available for purchase at Jostens through July 27 and during Grad Fest on August 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grad Fest is your one-stop grad shop for all graduation regalia (cap, gown, tassel, etc.) and memorabilia (announcements, diploma frames, zipper pulls, apparel, and more from the UVU Bookstore & Alumni). All graduates desiring to attend Grad Fest must sign up for a time slot at uvualumni.org/gradfest2020
 
“This is a celebration of our students and for our students,” said Kevin Walkenhorst, senior director of UVU alumni relations. “We want to give them the opportunity to enjoy the recognition that they deserve.” 
 
Additional details and plans about this special edition of Utah Valley University commencement and convocations will be made available to students through the Graduation Office and at uvu.edu/graduation.

Friday, June 26: UVU and the Governor's Executive Order on Masks

Wolverines, 
 
On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert signed an executive order that requires face coverings at all state facilities under his office's purview, including state higher educational facilities. 
 
Per this executive order, the wearing of masks while in public spaces at Utah Valley University is required. It is not necessary to wear a mask when alone in an office or space. Remember, this mandate protects those around you. To protect each other, we must ALL wear face coverings. We understand there are situations when a student cannot feasibly wear a mask due to a disability, phobia, or other reasons. These cases should be referred to the Office of Accessibility Services, and that office will determine if an accommodation is needed. Employees who cannot wear a face covering may contact Human Resources. 
 
In conjunction with the governor's mandate, we also ask that you continue to follow other health and safety guidelines, including: 
 
  • If you are ill, please stay home: If you become ill with respiratory symptoms (even if they seem to be minor) such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, etc., you need to stay home and are expected to contact your supervisor. Please check for symptoms each day before coming to campus.

  • Practice social distancing: To the extent possible, social distancing, with a distance of at least six feet from the next person, will continue. This means meetings should continue via Microsoft Teams or in large spaces that allow appropriate social distancing. 

  • Practice good hygiene: Continue to follow hygiene standards, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs or sneezes. 

  • Do not congregate: For your health and the safety of others, do not gather in break rooms or other small spaces for breaks or lunch. Utilize the many large areas available on UVU campuses where you and others can safely practice social distancing. 
 
Thank you for your assistance in maintaining a healthy environment for our Utah Valley University community. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Wayne Vaught
Provost 
Vice President of Academic Affairs 
 
Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration 

Wednesday, June 24: Important Update: Return to Campus and Work, Events, and Travel

To Our UVU Community, 

 
As we continue to monitor the evolving situation created by COVID-19, we want to let you know that we are modifying some of the dates related to travel, events, and our return to campus. With the increase of cases both statewide and in Utah County, and out of an abundance of caution, we are making the following adjustments: 
 
Employees scheduled to return to campus on July 6 will continue to work remotely until August 3, 2020. 
 
Employees who have already returned to campus may have a conversation with their supervisor to see if there is flexibility with their individual position to include full or partial remote work. Supervisors have full authority to approve employee requests to work remotely and are encouraged to be accommodating when possible. If you have not already completed a Temporary Remote Work Agreement that extends past August 3 and you plan to continue working from home, a new agreement must be completed. For our employees who would like to come back to campus before August 3, please talk with your supervisor about returning early and maintaining social distancing and health guidelines. Your supervisor is the best resource to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your work situation. For more information about what to expect when returning to work on campus, and training for both supervisors and employees, visit the Return to Campus webpage. 
 
All university-sponsored events, conferences, large gatherings, and on-campus events are now cancelled until August 3, 2020. 
 
Per Utah guidelines and recommendations of local health authorities, on-campus events are cancelled throughout the summer semester. Pre-designated face-to-face second block courses will continue as scheduled. 
 
Commencement 2020 will also occur under modified conditions on August 19. More information regarding celebration plans for UVU graduates will be released later this week. 
 
All non-essential university-related travel, whether in state, out of state, or international, through August 3, 2020, should be cancelled. 
 
All UVU-sponsored study abroad programs (credit- or non-credit bearing) and any other UVU-sponsored student, faculty, and staff travel must also be cancelled through August 3. Due to the increasing number of COVID cases in the state, all in-state travel considered business essential for the university must be approved by the divisional vice president. If travel involves the participation of students, it will also need Provost Wayne Vaught’s approval. For updated information on travel restrictions, visit the Travel FAQ. Additionally, until further notice, all future airfare must be purchased through Concur or the State Travel Office. 
 
Please communicate with your supervisors if you have questions regarding the extension of these dates or any other concerns. 
 
The health of our Utah Valley University community remains our number one priority as we continue to work together diligently to meet the needs and expectations of our students. Thank you for your flexibility, resilience, and dedication during these unusual circumstances. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs 
 
Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Thursday, May 21: Phased Plan For Returning to Work: COVID-19 Update

Dear Colleagues,

We have begun our coordinated, phased return to on-campus work announced on May 15.  As we move forward, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors remain the number one priority.

The “Stabilization Phase” of Returning to Campus

Like several other universities, UVU is currently in the Stabilization Phase, which is anticipated to last until September 30, 2020. This specific phase applies to campuses currently operating under Yellow Level state recommendations. 

The different phases are determined by the level of disease transmission in the community and the resources that are available to protect the safety and health of employees and students. Managing health risks during all phases will require the identification, containment, and mitigation of the virus. It will also require diligence and a commitment from all of us to keep everyone safe. 

The timing and specifics of the plan are contingent on the progression of COVID-19 in our area, and local, state, and federal guidelines. We must also consider the complex structure of UVU and reserve the right to make decisions based on the specific needs of our campus community, which means that some decisions may look different than those of the nation, state, or county based on case numbers within our service area, specific situation, hospitalizations, the university’s ability to maintain safety measures, and readiness.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with the documents outlining the protocol for this Stabilization Phase

Target Return Dates for Category II Employees 

We have already welcomed our first employee group (Category I) back to campus, and the next wave of employees (Category II) will be returning to campus in the coming weeks. As we move through this phase, the divisional/school leadership teams are working with their respective employees to determine who is considered a Category II employee. 

We are using the following schedule to bring back our Category II employees: 

      Group A: Employees return June 8 

      Group B: Employees return June 22

      Group C: Employees return July 6

      Group D: High Risk: Consult supervisors regarding a continued remote work agreement

As we carefully bring back additional personnel in a phased approach, supervisors are determining how to increase functionality and meet the needs of their division, students, and employees on campus. Supervisors will be contacting employees to identify the specific date of return. Those who are in the high-risk category or feel they cannot return to campus are encouraged to communicate with their managers or Human Resources.  

In addition, on June 8, all buildings on UVU’s Orem, West, Airport, and Lehi campuses will reopen and resume normal hours of operation. When Wasatch County is transitioned from Orange to a Yellow Health Risk status by the state, the Wasatch Campus will also reopen 21 days after that announcement.

Our Return-to-Campus Strategies 

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 bring employees back to campus: 

  • 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 documents provided to ensure that you understand the expectations and requirements of returning to work on campus, and are aware of the resources and options available to you. 

In addition, we recognize that this 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. 

Finally, and most importantly, we want to thank you for your efforts to provide essential services to our students as they further their education, and we extend our sincere appreciation for the collegiality, care, and assistance you have provided to each other.

 

Sincerely,

Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Marilyn Meyer
Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Chief Human Resource Officer

 

 

 

Friday, May 15: Moving from Orange to Yellow Phase

Wolverines,

Governor Gary Herbert announced on Thursday that a majority of the state, including Utah County, will transition from orange, the moderate risk phase, to the yellow phase, or the low-risk phase, on Saturday as part of the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan for reopening Utah amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move from orange to yellow impacts everyone except high-risk individuals.

You may now be wondering what this means for our Utah Valley University campus community.

Under the state’s yellow level, groups of 50 or fewer are allowed to interact. Some sports can resume with advised symptom health checks, and limited out-of-state travel can occur.

Employers are to exercise discretion with remote work and returning to onsite work and are encouraged to make flexible work arrangements, follow hygiene guidelines, and continue social distancing in the workplace. Face coverings are to be worn when social distancing is difficult. No one who is ill should be on campus. Safety remains the number one priority.

For most students and employees, the move will not significantly impact your current learning and working activities. Still, it will guide the future expansion of activities as we continue the transition into the “new normal.”

A majority of students will continue the first block of the summer semester in all online courses. We hope to provide some face-to-face learning opportunities during the second block summer session. The university plans a mixture of online, blended, and face-to-face learning opportunities during the fall semester. The details of this phased approach are currently in the works, and you can expect more communication regarding UVU’s plans soon.

As we announced during the “Talk With Tuminez” Town Hall on Wednesday, employees will continue to work remotely, if possible, for the time being. Employees will return to campus in phases depending on the work that needs to be completed. For the coming months, it is likely that many staff who are now working remotely will continue to do so. Some may also work part of the time on campus, and remotely. Your supervisors will communicate specific guidance going forward.

Meanwhile, the following buildings will reopen for limited usage on Monday, May 18:

  • The dōTERRA Wolverine Training Dome
    • Open to specific athletes and trainers 
  • Health Sciences Building
    • Open to specific training programs 
  • Utah Fire and Rescue Academy
    • Open to specific training programs 
  • Aviation
    • Open to specific training programs 

 We are pleased to see the progress that has been made through the efforts of everyone to stop the spread of COVID-19. An abundance of caution remains necessary as we work together to continue to provide an environment where educational opportunities transform lives, and where exceptional care for one another and exceptional accountability lead to exceptional results.

Thank you for your patience and efforts during this unusual period. We look forward to a time when we can all be together again on UVU campuses.

Sincerely,

Wayne Vaught
Provost/Vice President – Academic Affairs 

Friday, May 1: Response to the Governor’s Restriction Change 

Governor Gary Herbert announced the relaxing of restrictions implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus, as part of Utah Leads Together 2.0. The changes that take effect today will allow the reopening of some sectors of the economy with restrictions and provide for the return of some employees to work. So, what does that mean for all of us?

The Utah System of Higher Education’s COVID-19 Task Force is planning for future operations at the state’s universities and colleges in a way that protects the safety of students, faculty, and staff. As previously communicated, we anticipate UVU employees designated as Category 2, who are currently working remotely, will continue to work remotely through the end of May.

In order to facilitate academic and operational continuity, some UVU employees may have been or may be notified by their supervisors that they will be returning to work on a UVU campus before May 31. Please be assured that UVU is following the directives of the governor’s plan, the State Health Department, and the CDC as we begin to reopen facilities and as more employees return to campus.

In order to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy, all employees working on any campus (including high-risk employees and those who live with individuals who may be high risk) are requested to adhere to the following:

  • If you are ill, please stay home:
    • If you become ill with respiratory symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, etc., you need to stay home and are expected to contact your supervisor.
  • Wear a mask:
    • A mask is required to be worn while in public spaces at all times. It is not necessary to wear a mask when you are alone in an office or a space. Remember that wearing a mask protects those around you. To really protect each other, we must ALL wear a mask.
  • Practice social distancing:
    • To the extent possible, social distancing, with a distance of at least six feet from the next person, will continue. This means that meetings should continue via Microsoft Teams or in large spaces that allow appropriate social distancing.  
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Continue to follow hygiene standards, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs or sneezes.
  • Do not congregate:
    • For your health and the safety of others, do not congregate in break rooms or other small spaces for breaks or lunch. Utilize the many large spaces available on UVU campuses where you and others can safely practice social distancing.

For UVU to maintain a healthy workplace environment, we must each act on these directives and demonstrate exceptional care and exceptional accountability for ourselves and our colleagues during this time.

Utah Valley University continues to employ a variety of measures to manage the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, with maximum safety for every Wolverine as our number one priority. We particularly appreciate the care provided by our facilities teams to create and maintain a healthy work environment. 

We will continue to communicate information and guidance as UVU moves forward and begins to reopen facilities, programs, and services. We look forward to the safe return of employees and students to all campuses. 

Sincerely,

 

Marilyn Meyer
AVP of Human Resources
Chief Human Resource Officer 

Robin Ebmeyer
Director of Emergency Management, Environmental Health, and Safety

Wednesday, April 29: CARES Act Emergency Funding

UVU announced today that it will begin distributing $11,474,604 to students who qualify for CARES Act funding. The university is scheduled to receive a total of $22,949,207 in relief funding. In accordance with federal guidelines, UVU will distribute half of the funds directly to students, and the other half will be used for institutional expenses incurred due to COVID-19.

The university’s goal is to distribute $11,474,604 to qualifying students as quickly as possible, which can be used for expenses directly related to coronavirus disruptions, such as food, housing, healthcare, technology, course materials, and childcare.

“One of our main goals as a university is to provide exceptional care to our students,” said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of UVU. “One way to demonstrate that care is to make sure our students receive their funding as quickly as possible. We know this time has been difficult, and we want them to succeed.”

In order to receive funding, the Department of Education requires that students be Title IV-aid-eligible, meaning UVU will base funding decisions on either a 2019­–2020 or 2020–2021 FAFSA application.

Students may receive funding in three ways:

  • Students will receive a one-time cash grant based on the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on their FAFSA applications. The EFC is an index number that colleges use to determine financial aid. It is established by law and can include a student family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, size of family, etc.
  • A portion (not EFC-based but requires a completed FAFSA) of federal funds will be available to students who need funding to stay in school.
  • A portion of funds will be available for students who are within 15 credit hours of graduating.  

 Students will be notified via their UVU Gmail accounts if they are identified as potentially eligible to receive funding under federal guidelines. The emails were sent today to those who previously qualified for financial aid. If students have signed up for direct deposit, the funds will be transferred into their bank accounts; otherwise, checks will be mailed.

In addition, students will be sent a Qualtrics survey to certify they experienced financial hardship due to the disruption of campus from COVID-19.

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The act provides financial compensation and support to multiple layers of the U.S. economy, including businesses, individuals, unemployment benefits, and education.

Tuesday, April 28: COVID-19 Employee Remote Work Protocol Update 

As part of Utah’s recovery efforts, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has organized a special USHE COVID-19 Task Force that is actively planning for future operations in a way that protects the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

The task force recognizes that “recovery is not like flipping a switch; it’s more like moving a dial.” The work of this task force will continue to be in step with the governor’s Utah Leads Together 2.0 as they develop a comprehensive plan and timeline. We expect Utah Valley University’s return to normal operating conditions to be a phased approach.

As we await specific guidance from the USHE COVID-19 Task Force, UVU will continue to operate under modified conditions. Thus, employees designated as Category 2, who are currently working remotely, will continue to do so through May 31. Human Resources will update all agreements to align with university direction, and no new agreements will need to be signed.

Thank you for your efforts to help UVU fulfill its mission while adhering to public health recommendations to keep our community healthy. We will continue to inform you of UVU’s plans to reopen facilities and services, and we invite you to access updated information regarding UVU’s response to COVID-19 at uvu.info.

Stay healthy and safe! 

Monday, April 27: Video: United in Wolverine Pride 

Finals week at UVU is usually filled with energy and activity as students, faculty, staff, and community finish strong for another semester. Things are quite a bit different this year. But amid the quiet halls and empty seats, we want every Wolverine to know how proud we are of you, and we can’t wait to celebrate your achievements together.

Take a minute to watch this video and reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Stay safe. Take care of yourselves and each other. And if you’re feeling alone, remember: You belong to our den.

Saturday, April 18: Updated Library Hours

Wolverines,

The Fulton Library is extending its hours to meet the needs of students and faculty from April 20–30. This will allow additional access to computer resources during finals.

New hours:
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Only the first two floors remain accessible. All patrons are expected to practice appropriate social distancing according to CDC guidelines

Friday, April 10: UVU's 79th Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies Rescheduled for Aug. 19 and 20

Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez announced today that this year’s 79th commencement exercises and convocations will be held Aug. 19 – 20, respectively. The rescheduling of the graduation ceremonies reflects UVU’s commitment to both care for its students and celebrates the exceptional results of the Class of 2020.

“Graduation marks the completion of a remarkable educational journey and the celebration of a true achievement,” said UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez. “It is a unique opportunity to celebrate years of hard work, persistence, and sacrifice by our students and all who supported them throughout their UVU years. We promise our Class of 2020 and their families and friends a memorable celebration in August.”

Commencement will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the UCCU Center on the Orem Campus. Convocations of UVU’s colleges and schools will be held the next day, Aug. 20, at various venues and times.

Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and chair of the Board of Directors of the Larry H. Miller Management Corporation, will give the keynote address at commencement. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to speak to the graduates of Utah Valley University at this time. Graduation is the celebration of tremendous achievement and the hallmark of a new beginning in their lives,” she said. “This class has persisted through years of education as well as the unusual circumstance created by a historic worldwide medical crisis. There is much to celebrate.”

Students who previously registered for the April commencement and one of the May convocations will need to reregister on UVU’s graduation website. The Graduation Office will post registration information on the site in mid-April. Answers to questions regarding UVU graduation ceremonies, including Grad Fest and availability of regalia, can be found on the same website. For those who cannot attend, the commencement ceremony will be live-streamed on UVU’s YouTube channel.

 

Wednesday, April 8: COVID-19 Travel and Summer Events Update

For the protection of Utah Valley University students, faculty, and staff, and in accordance with CDC and state guidelines for COVID-19, all non-essential university-related travel is cancelled through June 26, 2020. This includes all Study Abroad programs (credit- or non-credit-bearing), and any other UVU-sponsored international and domestic student, faculty, and staff travel. This date is subject to change based on the direction received from the state. Please visit uvu.info for detailed information.

In addition, all university-sponsored events are cancelled through June 26. 

We appreciate your patience as we continue to make adjustments to align with current conditions and governmental recommendations.

Wednesday, April 1: Temporary Facilities Access and Closure Changes

Utah Valley University supports Governor Gary Herbert’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive. For the safety of the community, UVU will temporarily close a majority of buildings on the Orem Campus to the public. Employees who must be on campus will continue to have access via their proximity cards. All other employees who can work from home are asked to do so. This is necessary to keep our university community and Utah residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While there is a limited number of employees on campus, nearly all services are now available through teleservices. Please continue to utilize the help and tools available to ensure your success. For a list of available services for students and employees, please visit uvu.info.

Employees working on campus must adhere to safety procedures, including social distancing, hand washing, avoiding face touching, and not coming to campus if ill. No guests or visitors should be in university facilities at this time.

UVU Temporary Building Closures:

Effective April 2, only the following buildings will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.—5 p.m. to UVU students and employees without the use of proximity cards. 

  • Fulton Library (access is limited to the first two floors only)
  • Browning Administration Building
  • Facilities Building
  • UVU Warehouse 

The Student Center’s U.S. Postal Office, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, and Mom Fulton’s will remain open to those who must be on campus. On-campus employees include:

  • Facilities, Campus Services, Custodial Services, Auxiliary Services, and other employees who cannot perform their work from home. Reduced levels of service should be expected.
  • Emergency response, including police, fire, emergency medical services, and environmental health and safety.
  • Emergency management.
  • IT services associated with on-site support of campus IT infrastructure and remote learning and working.
  • Classroom and laboratory instruction support services for remote learning (deans and chairs will determine what essential on-campus support may be needed).
  • Animal care or other physical research.
  • The library and its open computer lab.
  • Warehouse/Receiving.

For a full list of impacted buildings and services on the Orem Campus, as well as emergency contact information, please visit the Campus Facilities and Services FAQ.

Remote Campus Closures: 

Wasatch Campus

The Wasatch Campus is now closed to all — except essential employees.

Lehi Campus

Offices and classrooms are closed.

Provo Airport Campus

  • UFRA Building: Closed.
  • ES Building: Closed. Staff access only to Hangar A and Hangar B for aircraft and equipment maintenance.

Canyon Park Building

This building is closed.

While we understand that working remotely may result in minor university disruptions and inconveniences, following the governor’s directive now will help us avoid greater hardship later. Thank you for your cooperation.

UTA Schedule Adjustment:

UTA has seen a significant decrease in ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Service will be temporarily reduced beginning April 5, 2020. For more information regarding transportation to and from UVU, visit UTA’s COVID-19 website.  

Monday, March 30: Grading Instructions, Summer Classes

Wolverines,

There are two important announcements today. The following changes were made after careful consideration of their impact on our campus community and you personally. Please reach out to your advisors with any questions you may have.

Spring 2020 Grading Options

With a commitment to exceptional care for our students during these extraordinary times, UVU is preparing to offer students the option on a class-by-class basis to receive credit or no credit in lieu of a traditional letter grade for spring 2020 classes that were converted to online or had other significant changes in course delivery or experience. Before choosing credit or no credit, it is imperative that students fully understand the potential negative consequences, which can be different based on major and other factors. Each student will receive an email from their college or school giving specific considerations for their students.

Letter grades will still be available for all students who want it.

Later this week, each student will receive an additional email directing them to a website about spring 2020 grading that details each option; students must review and agree to understanding the consequences before they can proceed with a grade change option. It is imperative that students thoroughly evaluate their own situation to be sure the decision minimizes the potential negative consequences.

Summer Courses 2020

Utah Valley University is moving all credit-bearing summer semester courses to a remote delivery model. This decision was made out of respect for students and faculty who need time to prepare and plan in an ever-changing environment. Limited face-to-face offerings of specialized courses and condensed delivery may occur in the second block of summer 2020. A decision on those courses will be made after May 1.

We understand these announcements may present challenges for some. Faculty are working to ensure students can stay on track with their academic plans. Faculty are also working on additional course listings that may include condensed courses (one week, etc.) as circumstances allow. Please regularly check for those options, and contact your advisor for detailed guidance.

Federal financial aid may have changed due to the pandemic. Please check with the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.

All other university-related summer activities during May have been cancelled or postponed.

All academic international travel — including study abroad, internships, exchanges, etc. — has been cancelled until the end of the first block of summer 2020, June 26. International travel for all employees is cancelled until May 1.

This is a time of rapid change, and we understand it may be unsettling. While many things have changed regarding schedules and how you are receiving your education, one thing has not changed — our commitment to your academic success. Do not delay your bright future, persist, and complete your courses. The support you need to achieve your educational goals is here for you at UVU.

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

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