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Welcome, Wolverines!

Fall semester is almost in the books and it was a memorable one! Not just because we got to wear a mask, stay inside, and wash your hands a bit more, but because we all worked together as Wolverines and made it work.

We all learned a lot over the past seven months, let’s get ready for a great spring semester. This page will give you all the information you need to get started.

Class logistics

 

Classes will be offered in three different modalities — face-to-face, livestream, and online. We have optimized each course to meet our safety precautions while still providing you a high-caliber education.

Face-to-face:

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Face-to-face classes will rotate between attending in person and livestream. The rotation is based on your birthday (odd and even days). For example, Jan. 11 is odd, and Jan. 12 is even. Those with even-numbered birthdays will meet face-to-face on Monday and Tuesday; odd-numbered birthdays will meet face-to-face on Wednesday and Thursday. Your professor may adjust this depending on class needs.
Learn more

Traditional online:

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Online classes will function as usual. No changes made.
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Livestream (new):

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Your class will be livestreamed to you at home (or anywhere else). You will participate in class sessions and interact with the instructor and others on camera.
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Safety precautions

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Masks:

Masks are mandatory while on campus. Don’t have one? Pick up your free UVU cloth mask at Campus Connection or the Fulton Library Circulation Desk.

More information about masks.

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Hand sanitizer stations:

They’re located throughout campus and in high-touch areas.

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Desk cleaning materials:

Spray bottles, along with paper towels or disinfectant wipes are available in each classroom. Use before and after your in-person classes.

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Social distancing:

Classrooms and gathering areas have been adjusted to help you socially distance.

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If sick, stay home:

Work with your professors — they will work with you!

 

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There's still a place
for you at UVU

What do COVID and these plans have in common? They're up in the air.

As the world’s situation changes, so do our plans. Protecting our den is our top priority, so please be patient as we work to provide the safest atmosphere possible.

 

We are the proud Wolverines.

Strong in battle ’til the game is done.

 

Continuing your education is one of the safest bets you can place right now. So, embrace it. Embrace it the way you can’t embrace your friends (hey! Six feet apart, please). Continue your journey to a secure future. Keep both hands and legs inside your six-foot bubble, and enjoy the ride.

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Spring FAQ

Health

Student resources FAQ

How can I receive the COVID-19 Test?

To schedule a testing appointment (only available to UVU students, faculty or staff), visit https://www.uvu.edu/campuscovidtest or call 801-863-8952. Testing will be done using the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen COVID test. This test only requires a nasal swab, making it more comfortable than previous COVID testing. This is NOT an antibody test. Participants can leave at the completion of the nasal swab procedures. Results will be emailed within about an hour or less. Your results will be sent to your UV email. The testing process should take no more than ten minutes. Testing is free and only available to UVU students, faculty, and staff. Individuals must have an active UVID and sign in to be tested. Symptoms and/or exposure are not required for testing. Testing is available M-F, 9-2, in the Sorensen Student Center Ballroom.

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

What resources are available at Student Health Services?

The following resources are available:

How can I access Student Health Services (SHS)?

Please see the Student Health website for information on how to access SHS, including mental health therapists and the crisis team. SHS is not a test site for COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call SHS at 801-863-8876 rather than coming to campus. SHS will answer questions and give referrals to COVID-19 testing.

Do you have tips to help me manage my stress and anxiety related to COVID-19?

Yes. SHS has resources available to help students that are dealing with stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

If you are experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19, you can also call Intermountain Healthcare’s COVID-19 Emotional Health Relief Hotline at 833-442-2211. There is no cost to call, and the hotline will be staffed every day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

If you are in crisis, please access the SafeUT app, which will connect you to licensed counselors who are ready to respond 24/7 at no cost. You can text, call, or submit a tip anonymously.

Here are additional resources:

Financial assistance

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

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

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

If you have a specific expense that threatens your housing, health, or safety, you can apply for the expense to be covered by the UVU Emergency Fund. These funds are usually given in amounts ranging from $50-$500. You are only eligible for this funding if you are enrolled in the current semester and have already accepted all grants and/or scholarships available to you. Fill out the Emergency Fund application to submit your request. 

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

How do I access Financial Aid?

Schedule an appointment via website,  email, or call 801.863.8442. Students can also meet with a counselor by visiting BA 103.

How can I access the CARES Act funding as a student?

Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

Food and housing

How can I access food resources?

Please visit the UVU Food Pantry website for details.

If you have children, all area school districts have been authorized to offer free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for all children ages 0–18. For a list of locations, please contact your child’s school district. 

Are there community resources available to students who are facing food or housing insecurity? 

Yes. Please visit the Student CARE website to access community resources or dial 211 to access the United Way of Utah County or visit their website to help support food or housing insecurity. 

Can I get out of my housing contract? 

In consultation with federal, state, and local officials, UVU made the determination to offer a variety of course delivery options, including face-to-face, livestreaming, and online. This was not an easy or light decision, as UVU is aware there are many affected by this decision, including students who signed housing contracts for the 2020-2021 academic year. The UVU community understands what a difficult situation this creates, but the safety and security of UVU students, faculty, and staff are of the highest importance. COVID-19 has created is unprecedented challenges. It has disrupted almost every aspect of daily life. Since UVU is not a party to the rental agreements, UVU unfortunately cannot provide legal advice or representation for students to cancel their housing contracts. We have reached out to several apartment complexes encouraging them and are hopeful the apartment managers will be willing to work with students as their living arrangements have changed. UVU apologizes for any inconvenience. The Ombuds can assist with housing issues if needed.

Scheduling and deadlines

Will the spring semester start as scheduled?

Yes, spring semester begins on January 11. See all semester dates and deadlines.

What if I need to drop my classes? When is the last day to drop?

The drop deadlines for spring semester are as follows:January 15: First block classes
January 25: Full semester classes
February 1: Weekend classes
March 17: Second block classes
Check out all registration dates and deadlines on the Registrar page.

Will Spring Break be cancelled?

No, spring break will continue to be offered March 8-13.

Tuition and fees

How is tuition handled at UVU?

For a full explanation, visit tuition details.

Course delivery

How are classes being offered for the this semester?

Learn about the three different modalities being offered.

How will I know how my course will be delivered?

When you register, you will see each course designated as “face-to-face,” “online,” or “livestream.” Be sure to check the delivery method for each of your courses.

Do I need specialized equipment to access my classes?

Usually no. If you have questions, please see the basic computer requirements for Canvas. We also recommend that you download the Canvas app from the UVU Canvas website.

Will I need to go to the Bookstore to buy my textbooks?

All textbook purchases have been moved online, and you can now order your textbooks via Bookmatch. Your required textbooks for classes will automatically upload so you can easily add them to your online cart for purchase.

Some courses, including labs, may be difficult to take online. How will these courses be offered?

We are making every possible effort to keep labs and certain courses as face-to-face delivery to provide the best possible mode of instruction. When you register for the course, you will see the course delivery method.

If I take an online or livestreamed course, how do I access a webcam?

You purchase a webcam online or through a number of retailers. If you cannot purchase one, webcams are now available to check out from the Fulton Library. Please go to the first floor Circulation Desk during the FL modified hours. To check out a laptop or tablet, you must provide your UVU ID and be a current undergraduate or graduate student registered for classes. This service is only available to actively enrolled students.

What’s the difference between live interactive and livestream?

Live interactive classes are held live but students join via broadcast at a UVU remote site or classroom. Livestream classes are also held live but students join from home or wherever they want.

Do I need a different login to access my online or livestreamed course?

No. You will log in to myUVU with your UV ID and password, then click on the Canvas link.

Technology assistance

What if I do not have a computer to participate in online classes?

If you don’t have a computer, laptop, tablet, or hot spot, laptops and tablets are now available to check out from the UVU Fulton Library. Only the student signing the agreement is allowed to pick up a laptop or tablet at checkout. Each student is limited to one (1) laptop or tablet to check out at a time. Laptops and tablets are subject to availability.

What do I do if I don’t have access to internet at home and I’m taking an online class?

If you don’t have a reliable internet connection at home, you can use student study areas on campus or visit other places where the internet is publicly available.

What should I do if I need assistance with my computer?

Contact the UVU Service Desk for technical support. Call (801) 863-8888. Help is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional assistance

Are there resources to help me in becoming an online student?

Please visit the Office of Teaching and Learning's Being an Online Student page, which provides tips to help you adjust. You can also contact a student success specialist for additional assistance. You can also contact a student success specialist or academic tutoring for additional assistance.

What should I do if I need academic accomodations due to the changes from the pandemic?

Students who need accommodations due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility via email at accessibilityservices@uvu.edu or 801-863-8747 located in Losee Center 312.

Examples may include having a mild hearing impairment that you did not previously need an accommodation for but now find it difficult to hear an instructor who is wearing a face mask, or an inability to wear a face covering due a health condition, or difficulty testing at home for your online class due a disability, or concern attending face-to-face classes due to being in a high-risk category.

Campus safety

What safety precautions are being taken on campus?

View information about the safety precautions being taken on campus.

Masks and face coverings

Will masks be required on campus?

Yes, we are a mask-required university. In accordance with state requirements, masks are required for all students, faculty, and staff when in buildings and classrooms.

Why do I have to wear a mask or alternate facial covering on campus?

UVU is following both CDC guidelines and Governor Herbert’s mandate that facial masks or alternate facial coverings be worn when entering any state facility with shared public spaces. This procedure will continue even if Governor Herbert rescinds the mandate.

When do I have to wear a mask or alternate facial covering on campus?

Everyone must properly wear appropriate facial coverings or masks (must always cover both mouth and nose) when on campus (e.g., in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, open office spaces, etc.). Facial coverings MUST be worn at any time when near another person. You do not need to wear a mask in a private office when working alone. You may remove your facial covering when eating or drinking. View more information about UVU students, the Student Code, and face coverings.

Will UVU provide free masks and/or face shields for students?

Students may also receive one free cloth mask by visiting one of the following locations:

  • Campus Connection, second floor of the Sorensen Student Center (M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Library Circulation Desk (M-F, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 – 5 p.m.)
  • Blair Box Office, 6th floor of The Noorda Center (first level) (M-F, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • SLWC Control Desk, gym entrance on the second floor of SLWC (M-F, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • UCCU Center Box Office, garden/basement level (M-TH, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

If students have questions about acquiring a face mask or alternate facial coverings, please contact UVU Wellness Programs at (801) 863-7579 or uvuwellnessprograms@uvu.edu.  For questions on what to do if you are a student and test positive for COVID-19, please complete the self-reporting form.

Who do I talk to if I have questions about acquiring a face mask or alternate facial coverings?

UVU Wellness Programs can answer your questions. They can be reached at 801-863-7579 or uvuwellnessprograms@uvu.edu.

I have a medical condition and can’t wear a face mask or alternate facial covering. Who do I need to talk to?

Students will need to talk to the Office of Accessibility Services. They can be reached at 801-863-8747 or accessibilityservices@uvu.edu. OAS will work with you to find a suitable alternative. 

What if I am harassed, threatened, or bullied (“mask shamed”) by students, faculty, or staff regarding my decision to wear or not wear a mask?

All individuals are required to wear a face covering for safety reasons. If you feel you have been harassed, please contact Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution at (801) 863-5841 or email the Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Maren Turnidge, at marent@uvu.edu, or Talatou Abdoulaye at talatoua@uvu.edu.

I refuse to wear a mask or alternate facial covering. What should I do?

Masks or alternate facial coverings are required in order to be inside campus buildings. Please contact the Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Maren Turnidge, at marent@uvu.edu, or Talatou Abdoulaye, at talatoua@uvu.edu.

Can I organize a mask-/facial covering-wearing protest (an organized protest against mandated mask-wearing at UVU)?

Organized protests may take any place outside. Inside protests are subject to time, manner, and place restrictions. Refer to Policy 161, Freedom of Speech. You may also contact the Dean of Students' office at (801) 863-8311 or via email at deanofstudents@uvu.edu.

Do I call the police if someone isn’t wearing a mask or facial covering?

Only call the police at (801) 863-5555 in the case of an emergency or in response to physical violence (i.e., forcibly removing another’s mask, grabbing someone, intentionally coughing or sneezing on others, or any other kind of violent emergency).

Campus services

Is the SLWC open?

Yes. Masks are required in the SLWC. Visit the Campus Recreation site for more information.

What hours will the UVU Orem Campus be open?

Utah Valley University continues to operate under normal hours of operation during the current COVID-19 pandemic conditions. 

At the Orem Campus all physical facilities are open with these hours of operation:

  • Monday – Friday: 6 a.m – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Sunday: Closed

What hours is the Fulton Library open?

For hours and information, visit the Fulton Library website.

What hours are UVU's satellite campuses open?

Lehi Campus: 

  • Monday and Wednesday: 8 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday : Closed 

Wasatch Campus: 

  • MondayFriday: 8 a.m. 8 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed  

Provo Airport Campus: 

  • ES Building: Closed (including UFRA)
  • The airport is open for flight operations including night flights. Please contact dispatcher for details. 

Canyon Park Building L:

  • Monday and Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Thursday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Open by reservation

Which dining options are open?

For information about dining options and hours, visit Dining services

When is the Bookstore open?

The Bookstore is currently located at Center Stage during their remodel. Vistit the Bookstore website for hours.

Will I be able to use UTA to get to the Orem Campus?

UTA continues to offer full services to UVU students and dependents with use of the free UVU UTA Transit Pass. UVX weekday buses run approximately 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. every 10 minutes.  UTA requires all riders and employees to wear face coverings system-wide until further notice.

Additional information

What if I decline to adhere to social-distancing guidelines in the classroom?

Classroom seating will be arranged to promote social-distancing guidelines and students are encouraged to leave the seating arrangements where they are. Should you decline to adhere to social-distancing guidelines, faculty may ask you to leave the classroom and not return until you have met with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

May I come to campus if I am sick?

First, if you are waiting for test results, you must stay off campus until you know the results of your test. Please complete the COVID-19 reporting form.

Second, if you test positive for COVID-19, you must stay off campus for 14 days after you are tested and have no fever for 24 hours (using no fever-reducing medication) and 24 hours of improved other symptoms. Please complete the COVID-19 reporting form.

Third, if you have any of the following symptoms, do not come to campus:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What if I feel ill but don’t get tested?

If you feel ill but are unable to get tested, please stay off campus for 14 days beginning with the day the symptoms began. You must also have 24 hours of no fever (using no fever-reducing medications) and 24 hours of improved symptoms.

What if I tested positive for COVID-19?

Please complete the UVU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Are athletic events cancelled?

For the latest on UVU Athletics, visit gouvu.com.

Are clubs and student organization events cancelled?

No. Events and activities hosted by clubs, student government, and other student organizations are being offered through virtual means. For more information, visit the upcoming student events/activities website.

Are Noorda or similar performances cancelled for the foreseeable future?

For the latest information, visit The Noorda website.

Which UVU campuses are involved with the cancellation of events?

All UVU campuses. For more information, visit Event Services.

COVID-19 testing

What does Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s executive public health order mean to UVU students?

Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced a new executive public health order requiring Utah Valley University to provide weekly coronavirus tests to every student who has at least one face-to-face class on campus.

What type of testing is this?

It is antigen testing based on an anterior nasal swab. It only requires a short swab, unlike previous testing.

Who will be administering the tests?

UVU’s student emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and other hired medical professionals.

Will there be PCR or saliva testing available at UVU?

Saliva and PCR testing are not available at this time.

Students

According to the Governor’s plan, who must be tested?

Any student who has a face-to-face class.

When should I begin getting tested?

Each week that you have face-to-face classes. For some students, that will end after November 24. Others will continue until the end of the semester. On-campus testing will resume on January 4, the week before the spring semester begins. Students with at least one face-to-face class will be expected to take a COVID-19 test once a week.

Is testing mandatory?

The University will provide COVID-19 testing for students weekly. We intend to comply with Governor Herbert's executive order and help our students access free COVID testing that offers quick and reliable results.

If I don't have to take a test to fly on an airplane, enter a grocery store, why do I need to take one for school?

Governor Herbert has mandated testing. As a State institution of higher education, we intend to comply with his executive order. "We can reach a large portion of Utah's population through our campus communities, and, through increased and consistent testing, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Utah," said Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Commissioner of Higher Education. "We are supportive of the requirement to test our students weekly for COVID-19, and we are in the position to make a positive impact."

What if I already tested positive for COVID-19? Do I need to be tested weekly?

You have immunity for about 90 days after COVID. We ask that you test weekly 90 days after COVID. You may test before that period ends if you wish.

Do I need to make an appointment to be tested?

Yes, anyone with a UVID can make an appointment. The tests are free, and provide results within hours.

Where can I take the test?

Currently, testing is offered at the Grand Ballroom in Sorensen Student Center

When will testing be offered?

9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What if I can't make the current times for testing?

We are looking at adjusting times, offering longer windows of availability, including at least one evening a week.

What if I don't have a parking pass for campus?

There is free parking near the HP building. The UVU Pedestrian Bridge will be completed and accessible for the spring semester, making the campus easily accessible, utilizing free public transportation on UVX, buses, and Frontrunner. Low cost short-term paid parking is available in the parking terrace and other areas on campus.

How long will it take to be tested?

Approximately 10 minutes.

How long will it take to receive my test results?

Your results will be emailed to you within two hours.

What will happen if I test positive?

You will be contacted by UVU contact tracers who will have you complete a self-reporting form. This will help guide you through the isolation period.

How are we regulating the testing?

The State has requested that our plan is in place by January 1. We are in the process of formulating that plan right now. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Who can I contact for more information about testing?

covidtesting@uvu.edu

Will testing be offered after Thanksgiving break?

Most UVU face to face classes will move to online only following Thanksgiving. Testing will not be required until the start of Spring semester (January 11). Testing will still be available until the semester ends in December for those who want them with limited testing will be available until campus closes for the holidays.

Community

How many UVU students will be tested every week?

Approximately 12,000 UVU students who have at least one face-to-face class on campus.

I’m not a UVU student. Can I be tested for free, too?

Unfortunately we cannot test those who do not have a current UVUID number. However, free testing is available through Test Utah.

How can I sign up for Test Utah?

The next community-wide free COVID-19 testing date is Nov. 18. Registration begins on Nov. 16. Testing will occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m, in the UCCU Event Center.

Testing will also continue at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem and Provo Towne Center in Provo.