Required Face Coverings for UVU Employees and Students

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

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.