WSU COVID-19 Recovering Protocols for August
This communication was sent campuswide Aug. 4, 2020.
Dear Weber State Family:
Providing personalized educational experiences is the core of our university. We do it as well or better than anyone else. As students or as members of the faculty and staff, we choose Weber State because of this interpersonal connection.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupts this in many ways. Faculty, staff, and student leaders have worked painstakingly to move many courses, services, and programs to a remote format while maintaining their excellence in individualized support. At the same time, coming together in physical spaces is one way to realize important elements of our Weber State mission.
To keep our campuses healthy and open, we must rely on each one of us to take actions that may help protect ourselves and others from the spread of COVID-19 and other transmissible diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the best course of action is social distancing measures and good personal hygiene (What we Know About the COVID-19). In addition, an important measure to protect others is the proper wearing of face coverings. Please make sure to review: CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19).
Because individuals can be infected but show no signs of illness, the CDC indicates the risk of spreading COVID-19 is lowered when all faculty, staff, students and visitors follow a full range of protective measures. Following the virus mitigation protocols decreases the likelihood of Weber State needing to close facilities and move to a virtual environment. Again, the priority is to keep our campuses healthy and open.
To that end, we are requiring the following practices for Fall 2020 at Weber State:
- All individuals (faculty, staff, students, visitors) are required to wear face coverings when indoors on university property with limited exceptions.
- Face coverings should also be worn outdoors where 6-foot distancing is difficult to maintain. For additional information and resources on face coverings, visit WSU’s Mask Up page.
- There may be legitimate reasons for being unable to wear a face covering. Employees should work with their direct supervisors and/or Human Resources, and students should work with Disability Services to request an accommodation. Medical information should not be requested outside of these processes.
- All WSU employees, students, and visitors are expected to comply with this requirement. Anyone not wearing a face covering consistent with the requirement may be asked to leave the WSU facility immediately; will be subject to corrective action or disciplinary process as appropriate for failure to comply; and/or may lose any privileges or ability to access WSU facilities.
Stay Home When Sick:
- If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, stay home.
- If you are a student, please reach out to and work with your faculty member while you are sick.
- If you are an employee you should contact your supervisor if you are unable to come to work due to illness.
Self Reporting/Contact Tracing:
- Self reporting is a critical component to track COVID-19 trends and outbreaks and to inform local contact tracing efforts.
- Students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tested positive or have themselves been tested for COVID-19, should complete the self-report form immediately. The university maintains the confidentiality of health information and only shares information with those who need the information to take the necessary and appropriate actions.
In these times, concern about COVID-19 can sometimes lead to stigma and bias. Please remember to show compassion and support for each other and those who are impacted by COVID-19.
For more information regarding these requirements, including answers to commonly asked questions, please visit weber.edu/coronavirus/
We are here to work through this together. Striving to fulfill these shared responsibilities requires individual flexibility and prioritizing the safety and well-being of our university community. Thank you for doing your part by following these requirements to help keep us all safe.
Brad Mortensen, President
Ravi Krovi, Provost
Brett Perozzi, Vice President for Student Affairs
Jessica Oyler, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Dane LeBlanc, Director of Public Safety