Student Fall 2020 Update

This communication was sent campuswide Aug. 12, 2020.

Hello Weber State students,

We are excited to kick off fall semester in just a couple weeks. You may be asking what the fall 2020 semester will be like as a student at Weber State University. There will be quite a few changes to your experience this fall. Below we detail some of those changes, and we answer some of your questions and concerns from our most recent student survey.

The faculty and staff have been working hard to create a high-quality educational experience for students. We updated the fall schedule with more flexible course options and have put together a checklist of things to consider:

  • Check your schedule. We are offering a variety of flexible course options. We have a few videos that describe the various formats if you’re interested in learning more. If you have questions about particular courses, please email your professor.
    • If you’re interested in changing your schedule or have not yet enrolled in classes, we encourage you to reach out to your Academic Advisor.
    • We are still adding seats and sections of courses (including new in person options for GEO 1030, ANTH 1010, and MATH 1030). If a course you wanted was not available before, it may be now! Make sure to keep checking back!
    • You can use the following resources to find and register for new classes or to drop classes that you no longer want to attend. Remember, you must both register for new and drop old courses.
  • If you’re attending class on campus or visiting campus to utilize student services, make sure you bring and wear a face covering. If you believe that you need an accommodation to the university requirement, please email Disability Services at dsc@weber.edu. Students who refuse to properly wear face coverings when directed or violate other coronavirus mitigation protocols may violate PPM 6-22, the Student Code. 
    • Plan to attend one of our upcoming events before the semester begins:
      • Student Town Hall, Monday, Aug. 17, 1 p.m. Click here to access the Town Hall. At this event, we will have a panel of administrators including our President, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Public Safety Director and others answering your questions! Please submit questions ahead of time to covid19@weber.edu.
    • Back-to-School Virtual Kickoff, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Please join us to get the fall semester off to a great start! You will have a chance to hear from alumni, your WSUSA leadership, and administrators at this not so traditional start of the semester event! Click here to access the Kickoff.
  • Do NOT come to campus if you have symptoms associated with coronavirus. Our goal is to keep campus healthy and open. If you are experiencing symptoms, please let your professor know that you will be missing class, work to stay on top of assignments, and complete our self report form. You should complete this form if you have suspected or confirmed coronavirus symptoms.
  • Plan your visits to campus ahead of time.
    • Our goal is to keep gatherings of groups on campus limited in nature. Some buildings (e.g., Stewart Library) will require appointments to enter.  Information about the building and spaces that will require appointments will be on our Keeping Connected website prior to the start of the semester. 
    • Some students coming to campus for a class may also have a virtual class scheduled just before or after that face-to-face session, or you may just be coming to campus to utilize the computer labs or Internet. To ensure social distancing, we are identifying spaces for students needing to complete their virtual class when it comes just before or after an on-campus class. Many of these spaces will be by appointment, so please look for more information about the appointment-based scheduling of spaces for students to log in to their virtual courses. 
  • Make sure you have all the technology requirements for all your courses. Many class formats will have digital elements (e.g., required online videos, discussion boards, etc.). If you login to a live or recorded lecture in a public space, we recommend using headphones with a built-in microphone. This protects the instructor in delivering the class content and the privacy of other students in the class. Weber State can offer some assistance to students who need to secure technology for courses, including laptop and hotspot checkouts.  
  • Keep in touch with your instructor. Communication during this time is key! If you want information or have questions or concerns about a course, the best place to get them addressed is by connecting with your instructor during office hours or via email. Instructors have the option of providing virtual or in-person office hours for students, and this time is intended for you to ask questions. Information about office hours, along with how to contact your instructor, is in the syllabus. 
  • Look into student services that you’ll want to utilize before and during the semester. Interested in what tutoring, testing, computer labs, counseling, and other services will look like in the fall? Visit our Keeping Connected website for a list of what services are available in-person, online, or both. We will be having virtual and on campus Saturday hours at our Ogden and Davis locations for most of our services on Aug. 22 to ensure you have everything you need to kick off the fall semester. 
  • Review the following statement as it provides the guiding expectations for students for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. All students are expected to adhere to these expectations.
    • I understand the reasons for social distancing, good personal hygiene, and requirement for face coverings in all indoor and some outdoor spaces, staying home if I am sick, and other rules as further outlined at weber.edu/coronavirus. I will contribute to the health and safety of the Weber State community by following the mitigation protocols required on-campus that reflect the university's core value of respect for other people. I understand the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and that no one can guarantee there will be no transmission of communicable diseases. I understand that I must follow mitigation protocols and use common sense and wise judgment to help protect the health of myself and others. I understand that Weber State University will make appropriate accommodations when warranted as well as enforce rules according to existing policies (See PPM 6-22, Student Code, PPM 3-34, Americans with Disabilities Act & Section 504 Request for Accommodation). Violation of these requirements may result in removal from the classroom (or other spaces) or lead to disciplinary action under the Student Code.

In the fall, most classrooms will have six feet between seated students, hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms, and there will be plexiglass located at teaching stations. Facilities Management (FM) will be implementing its normal cleaning protocols in the fall while putting more emphasis on common touch points (e.g., door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, hand railings, drinking fountains). FM will continue to clean and disinfect faculty/staff common spaces, classrooms, and bathrooms on a daily basis. Disinfectants will also be available in each classroom space so students can wipe down their spaces when they arrive.

If you have questions, please reach out. Your professors, your advisors, individuals in our student services, and our administrators want to help you to be successful. If you aren’t sure who to contact, please email covid19@weber.edu. 

While the fall may look different in many aspects from previous semesters, we are providing courses and student services to meet you where you are and are excited for Aug. 24! Welcome back Wildcats.

Sincerely,

Brett Perozzi                            
Vice President for Student Affairs 

Ravi Krovi
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs