Fall semester at UVU during COVID-19

Fall 2020 semester begins on Monday, August 24. You’ll notice various changes to help protect our campus community. We understand these changes may be difficult, but it will take a unified effort for the semester to be successful, especially for our students. Our goal is to collaboratively ensure you feel safe and secure, so together we can navigate the complexities of our “new normal.” We created resources to assist you in understanding best practices and guidelines to ensure a safe work environment for everyone. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments. If you are in doubt about a situation or how to proceed, please reach out to Human Resources at (801) 863-8207.

What you need to know

  • For now, we are a mask-required university. Face coverings over the nose and mouth are required in all campus buildings. This includes instruction during class when students are present. If you cannot wear a mask, please contact Human Resources. If one of your students cannot wear a mask, please have them contact Accessibility Services at (801) 863-8747. 
  • We are providing one UVU mask for each employee. To get yours, contact your supervisor. Departments may provide additional masks during the semester.
  • For the first two weeks of fall semester, we will distribute disposable masks to anyone who doesn't have one. The masks will be available at the entrances of most buildings on the Orem Campus from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • We have revamped class schedules for social distancing and safety guidelines. Students will attend face-to-face classes various days of the week based on their birthdate.
  • We need you to take care of yourself and stay mindful of the symptoms of COVID-19. The symptoms include fever or chills, loss of taste or smell, nausea, and sore throat. For convenience, we provided a self-assessment checklist.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have other respiratory illness-related symptoms, we ask you to fill out this form. This information will help us keep others safe.
  • If you have been ill and are ready to return to work on campus, we need you to complete our Return to Work after Illness or Exposure Form.  
  • We want to be as accomodating and flexible to your needs as possible. Supervisors are authorized to approve remote work through the end of 2020 for positions that can be done remotely and not impede university functions.  Contact your supervisor for more info, and be sure to fill out our Temporary Remote Work Agreement.


More on face coverings

All employees of the university are required to wear a face covering while working on campus as a condition of their employment. You do not have to wear a mask while alone in an office. Employees who disregard the requirement to wear a face covering while around at least one other person may be in violation of UVU policy and state and federal law or regulation and subject to corrective action.  Guidelines we will continue to follow are available under Protective Measures.


Trainings and support

For more on the university's response to COVID-19, please see the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. For HR forms and resources related to COVID-19 please see the COVID-19 Employee Guide.

Throughout the pandemic, the university provided training to employees and managers.

How to protect your health

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

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

If you become sick: 

10 things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home

COVID-19: Quarantine vs. Isolation


Current self-reported case count

Updated November 17, 2020

Graph showing weekly change in COVID positive self-reported case count.


UVU COVID-19 case count
Self-Reported Case Count at UVU Students Staff & Faculty
Positive cases since 11/13 28 0
Total positive cases since August 24 836