WSU COVID-19 Protocols Extended Through June 25
This communication was sent campuswide March 31, 2021.
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The news regarding Utah’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 continues to be positive. The number of cases being reported has gone down, and the number of Utahns who have received the vaccine continues to climb.
As we approach the start of April, I wanted to address Weber State University’s COVID-19 protocols for the remainder of spring semester and the start of summer session.
Last week, Gov. Spencer Cox signed legislation (HB294) that will lift significant portions of Utah’s statewide mask mandate on April 10.
While more and more Utahns have been able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we know that many of our students have not. As a result, Weber State will continue to require all members of our campus community to properly wear face coverings while in university facilities through at least June 25.
Keeping mask requirements in place through the first block of summer session allows us to offer more in-person courses and experiences, and aligns with practices happening in K-12 education.
Our current guidelines for domestic travel for university business, effective March 15, will remain in place through June 25. We encourage you to consider flexible travel arrangements when making reservations, in case circumstances change.
Individuals who wish to travel on university business will need to test negative for COVID-19 within three days prior to travel, and must receive a negative test result upon their return prior to returning to work on campus. These testing protocols for travel include individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, per current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
International Travel and Study Abroad:
University-related international travel should not occur through June 25.
No study abroad trips will occur during summer 2021.
Current motor pool guidelines will remain in place through June 25.
- Motor pool vehicles are available for university-related travel.
- The university motor pool will allow more than one person in a vehicle, provided that all occupants wear face coverings while inside the vehicle.
- Employees using motor pool vehicles will be expected to test for COVID-19 pre and post travel as outlined above.
- The number of occupants in a motor pool vehicle should not exceed 50% of the vehicle occupancy rating.
Our current event guidelines will remain in place through June 25.
Event organizers may consider hosting events with the following stipulations:
- No third-party events*
- No overnight stays
- No food or drink served at public events
- No conferencing or conference services
- All state and local COVID-19 mitigation protocols must be observed
- Venue hosts must adhere to COVID-19 spacing restrictions, as outlined by Facilities Management
- Venue occupancy must be no less than 36 square feet per person
(*We are working with the Weber-Morgan Health Department and our local school districts to see about hosting high school graduation ceremonies on campus this spring.)
These protocols are subject to change based on revised guidance from the state or local health departments and/or new direction from the CDC.
Recent developments in our fight against COVID-19 are promising. We will revisit our current COVID-19 guidelines at the end of June.
In the meantime, I thank you for your continued vigilance and adherence to these guidelines in an effort to keep campus safe for all.
Director of Public Safety
Additional information: weber.edu/coronavirus