Campus Safety Precautions

Since early on in the pandemic, we implemented and maintain the following strategies to promote campus safety:

  • Embrace social distancing: Our faculty and staff came back to campus incrementally (with some still working remotely) to gradually expand operations and maintain social-distancing guidelines
  • Increase in cleaning frequency: We increased hygiene and sanitation practices, including making hand sanitizer available throughout campus
  • Promote consistent monitoring: We conduct regular safety checks and encourage our employees to self-monitor to promote the well-being of our campus community
  • Minimize essential travel: We cancelled any university travel through 2020 deemed not completely necessary 
  • Require face coverings: We require everyone in UVU buildings, especially classrooms, to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth while in public

We ask that you read the UVU COVID-19 Recovery Plan document to ensure that you understand the full context and are aware of the resources and options available to you. 

Other protective measures

  • Increased hand sanitization stations across campus (especially in high-traffic areas).
  • Provide one mask for every employee.
  • Continue to use and maintain filters in the HVAC system, increasing the airflow, and, where possible, over-pressurizing the buildings.
  • Provide protective barriers (sneeze guards) in high-traffic, public-facing areas (locations where two people must come into close contact).
  • Intensify the regular cleaning and disinfecting of facilities and encourage departments and areas to implement additional cleaning for high-touch areas.
  • Place posters throughout campuses that encourage hand hygiene and provide tips to help stop the spread.
  • Provide regular communication and training to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Continue to follow guidance from public health officials.

 

Campus policies and expectations

  • If an employee or student is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and it has been less than 14 days since they were in the area for an extended length of time, we close the area. The areas the sick person accessed will be cleaned and disinfected before reopened.
  • UVU reserves the right to select areas that may be subject to a health screening.
  • Employees who are not feeling well must not come to work. Employees are to notify their supervisors of their absence due to illness.
  • If a supervisor observes an employee with symptoms, the supervisor will send the employee home.
  • Employees being tested for COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • Employees who have contracted COVID-19 must stay away from campus for the number of days directed. Employees are expected to keep in touch with their supervisor.
  • Employees who are ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are to self-isolate at home. This includes an employee who tested positive, negative, or did not test at all for the coronavirus. The employee cannot return to work until they are without a fever (taking no fever-reducing medication) AND have improved symptoms for at least 24 hours. Time away must equal at least 10 days (per CDC recommendations).
  • Employees who have been working remotely and became ill at any time 14 days prior to their return to campus must complete the Recent Illness Release Form BEFORE returning to work on campus.
  • Employees who live with or are caring for someone who is ill should contact HR to review leave options.
  • Personal responsibility: Not every unique, individual situation can be anticipated. UVU students, staff, and faculty must take personal responsibility to be informed and take actions based on their common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support the safe operation of the university’s programs, services, and facilities.
  • Self-monitoring: If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are otherwise ill, please notify your supervisor of your absence due to illness.
  • Self-isolation: If you have been asked to self-isolate or self-quarantine, please notify your supervisor. As possible, you may be able to perform your work remotely during this time.
  • Protective hygiene and cleaning: Each individual must exercise personal protective practices (hygiene and cleaning regimens) to minimize the spread of the virus, including:
    • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • Before and after work shifts
      • Before and after work breaks
      • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After using the restroom
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings
    • Using hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) after interactions with people and objects, when hand washing is unavailable.
    • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue (or use the inside of the elbow) when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues into trash cans, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cleaning often high-touch surfaces (i.e., buttons, door handles, counters, keyboards, telephones, desks, handrails, work tools, etc.). Do not solely depend on custodial for cleaning — this responsibility belongs to everyone.
    • Avoiding the use of other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment when possible. Clean and disinfect any shared tools or equipment before and after use.
    • Refraining from shaking hands, and encouraging the use of other non-contact methods of greeting.
    • Maintaining social distancing standards in all situations.
    • In interacting, limit group sizes in accordance with current state guidance. Limit face-to-face interactions by communicating and conducting business through email, phone, Microsoft Teams, or other technology.