Current date: 4/6/2020
Last updated: April 5, 2020 — (10 a.m. MDT)
After consultation with deans, faculty senate leadership and administrators, Weber State University has decided to hold our summer session as scheduled (May 4-Aug. 7). We plan to offer all our courses online or in a virtual format. Weber State anticipates employees will need to continue to work from home until at least May 10.
While we recognize that many of you long for a return to in-person classroom instruction, it is impossible to know how soon that might occur. With summer registration opening for students on Monday, March 30, it was imperative that we make this decision now in order to give students ample time to make decisions related to summer semester.
WSU had already moved to online/remote instruction through the end of the 2020 spring semester to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Access to all Weber State University buildings, with the exception of the residence halls, is now limited to faculty and staff, as we continue to adhere to social-distancing protocols. As many faculty and staff as possible have been asked to work from home. In an effort to ensure as few people on campus as possible, the university will monitor building access.
We recognize these decisions impact students who rely on access to campus resources. The university is in the process of providing technology to students who lack computer resources. Students who need to check out a computer can complete the form located at Laptop Checkout.
Heeding the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local health departments, the university is also cancelling all in-person WSU events scheduled through May 10. This cancellation may be extended, depending on public health recommendations.
This webpage will provide the latest information and updates on the university’s response to COVID-19. It will be updated every 48 hours, or more frequently if developments warrant.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19 cases in Utah, visit the Utah Department of Health’s website.
While classes have moved online for the remainder of the spring semester and the entirety of the summer semester, resources such as residence halls and dining services will remain open for students who do not have an alternative place to live or can’t travel home at this time.
You can find more information about student resources and services on the Student Affairs site, or visit the registrar's website for more information on questions about withdrawals, enrollment changes, final grades and more.
Specific questions about how classes will proceed from this point forward should be directed to class instructors. You can find resources for moving to online classes here.
Testing Centers and Computer Labs: All testing centers and computer labs are now closed. Our testing centers website will have the latest information.
Labs for Courses: All Weber State University courses, including those with labs, have moved online as of Wednesday, March 18. Please watch for information from your professor for details about what is required to successfully complete the semester.
Residence Halls & Dining Services: Residence halls and dining services will remain open for students who do not have an alternative place to live or can’t travel home at this time. To protect the university community from the spread of COVID-19, students who have a housing alternative were asked to check out of on-campus housing by March 25. For more information, please visit the Housing and Residence Life website. If you’re experiencing anxiety or stress, please feel free to utilize resources at weber.edu/counselingcenter.
Graduation: On March 18, the Utah System of Higher Education, in consultation with university presidents, decided to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies at all institutions, including Weber State. Weber State will begin looking for a date — after the current public health crisis passes — when we can gather in person preferably, but virtually if necessary, to acknowledge the accomplishments of our Class of 2020. We will let you know as soon as possible.
Student Health Center: The Weber State Student Health Center has closed. Appointments will be available on a case-by-case basis. Please call the Student Health Center and leave a voicemail. Staff will return your call to discuss appropriate arrangements.
Counseling and Psychological Services Center: The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is committed to providing mental health resources for the Weber State community and supporting students during this uncertain time. If you are a current client or student seeking mental health care, please access updates here.
The university has moved to online/remote instruction for the rest of the 2020 spring semester and the entire summer 2020 semester.
Based on state and local public health orders, Weber State anticipates employees will need to continue to work from home until at least May 10.
Depending on the status of Utah’s public health situation, the university may need to revisit this date and potentially extend the remote-work time frame. Our plan is to provide an update on the duration of the remote-work arrangement on, or before, May 1.
On-campus staffing will continue to meet mission-critical operations such as student housing and dining services.
Vice presidents and deans will identify faculty and staff who must work on campus in order to fulfill essential functions as soon as possible. All other employees must work from home.
In an effort to ensure as few people on campus as possible, the university will monitor building access.
To ensure safety for those still on campus, our cleaning crews are using stringent cleaning protocols. A few of the measures being taken to help prevent the spread of viral infection include:
- Virex — a disinfectant commonly used in hospitals — is being used to clean surfaces including bathrooms, doors, tables, desks, work stations and door handles.
- Color-coded rags are used to make sure no cross contamination takes place, specifically in bathrooms and break rooms.
- Chlorine tab spray guns are being used everyday in open, common spaces due to the high potency.
- Kaivac machines are being used around campus to deep clean bathrooms, showers and locker rooms
- Please note that in private office spaces it is the occupant's responsibility to clean surfaces in the workspace.
We ask that faculty members move to an alternative assessment method immediately. Testing centers are closed and remote proctoring is not available.
In light of the State Office of Education announcement to move all Utah public schools (K-12) to online instruction through May 1, Weber State will work to accommodate employees who are responsible for dependent children. Employees and their supervisors have received more detailed information in an email from Human Resources. We also developed these coloring and activity pages to help you keep your restless kids occupied at home.
Here are a few resources available as you transition your classes online:
- The technology workshops “Tools for the Virtual Classroom” were recorded and are now posted on the Rapid Online Course Development website.
- The Course Instruction During Emergency Shutdown Committee has been developing a plan for providing support to faculty for course instruction in the event of an emergency such as this to develop recommendations for managing an online classroom, which will be posted online soon.
- Additionally, there is a self-paced online training module for Canvas. This will teach you skills such as how to set up your Canvas account and customize your online courses.
Weber State University has suspended all international and out-of-state university-sponsored travel through April 20, 2020. This includes club sports. Study abroad trips are canceled through May 10.
As of March 19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a level 4 global travel advisory, urging U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19, and asking those who are already outside the U.S. to consider returning to their country of residence immediately. Those who choose to travel internationally may have travel plans severely disrupted, or may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite time frame.
You can view individual travel advisories at travel.state.gov.
The CDC is asking all individuals who have traveled to level 3 countries to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread. (See CDC after-travel guidelines.) People who have been in impacted areas are asked to practice social distancing upon their return.
In addition, as of Tuesday, March 24, federal officials are asking anyone leaving the New York City metropolitan area to self-isolate and monitor themselves carefully for 14 days.
Faculty and staff returning from these areas should contact their department chair, dean or supervisor to address how they will fulfill their professional obligations.
In light of the COVID-19 virus, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has asked all of the USHE schools to implement travel surveys for students, faculty and staff to self-report any travel taken outside the state of Utah since Feb.15.
Please complete this form for any domestic or international travel you have completed since February 15, 2020. The COVID-19 outbreak is evolving daily, and we encourage you to self report any recent travel so that the University may better evaluate and make decisions regarding this situation. You must register university funded travel, and we encourage self reporting personal travel.
The information will be kept as confidential as possible, however should there be a credible need, the information may be shared with those who are legally authorized to receive it.
You can take simple steps to limit the spread of this or any virus:
CDC Recommendations to Prevent Spread of Disease
- Stay home when you are sick until:
- You have had no fever for 72 hours without medicine, your other symptoms have improved and it has been at least 7 days since symptoms began, or
- You have received 2 negative tests in a row (24 hours apart), no fever and other symptoms have improved.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, use the inside of your elbow, never your hand.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you have a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough or have trouble breathing:
- Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
If you're worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.
Caring for Others
As new information emerges, please remember the risk of COVID-19 is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of those who may be tested for or have confirmed coronavirus infection. Sharing accurate information from only reliable sources is the best thing community members can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.
For the latest coronavirus summary, see the CDC website.
WSU’s Student Health Center and the Utah Department of Health are excellent resources for more information. The state has also set up a hotline at 1-800-456-7707.
Depending on where you call home, you may also want to consult with local resources such as the following:
- Davis County Health Department
- Weber Morgan Health Department
- Bear River Health Department
- Salt Lake County Health Department
We care about the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff both here and abroad.
This is an evolving situation. We will continue to monitor developments and follow the recommendations of the CDC, Utah Department of Health and our local health departments.
Weber State University has sent the following campuswide communications with information about coronavirus.
- March 30, 2020: Virtual Updates and Resources
- March 27, 2020: Message from Chief Diversity Officer
- March 26, 2020: Update on summer semester 2020
- March 25, 2020: COVID Updates: Feedback, Town Hall, Resources
- March 21, 2020: WSU's First COVID-19 Case Confirmed
- March 18, 2020: Press release
- March 18, 2020: Commencement, Events and Closures
- March 17, 2020: Deadline extensions for students
- March 17, 2020: Courses Resume Online
- March 16, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- March 15, 2020: Letter From President Mortensen, Work From Home
- March 12, 2020: Press release about moving classes online
- March 12, 2020: Letter from President Mortensen
- March 11, 2020: COVID-19 Travel Survey
- March 6, 2020: WSU Coronavirus Update
- Feb. 28, 2020: Update COVID-19
- Jan. 31, 2020: Preventing Viral Infections
This website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.