WSU COVID-19 Recovering Protocols for August

This communication was sent campuswide July 30, 2020. 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we approach the end of July, I wanted to update you on WSU’s COVID-19 phased-recovery efforts and what to expect as we move into August and begin to see more people returning to our campuses. 

The university remains under the state’s yellow, Low Risk Phase at this time. 

As we prepare to repopulate our campuses and resume some in-person operations for fall 2020, we continue to follow the Weber State University Phased Guidelines for Pandemic Recovery.

Here are our latest guidelines and what to expect next month.

Mitigation protocols:

  • If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, stay home.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the best course of action is maintaining 6-feet social distancing and good personal hygiene.
  • All individuals (faculty, staff, students, visitors) are required to wear face coverings when indoors on university property with limited exceptions. For additional information and resources on face coverings, visit our 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.

Buildings:

  • As more employees begin to return to campus Aug. 3, additional offices/buildings will start to open in a limited capacity to provide services to our students.

Travel guidelines:

  • University-related travel (domestic and international) should not occur through Nov. 1. Exceptions to this restriction must be done with an abundance of caution and be approved by the dean or vice president and the Executive Committee of the WSU COVID-19 Task Force.
  • Individuals traveling back from countries and regions of the United States with high COVID-19 transmission rates may be asked to self isolate for 14 days after their return.
  • Motor Pool vehicles will be available for single-occupancy use only and restricted to travel within the state of Utah.
  • We continue to encourage you, when considering your personal travel choices, to follow travel advisories issued by your local and state authorities. If you choose to travel, you may be restricted from returning to work, depending upon the specifics of your circumstances.

Events:

  • The university will not host any events through Aug. 21, 2020.
  • Effective Aug. 22, the university will begin allowing university-wide events to be hosted on campus, provided event organizers can meet the parameters outlined in the Weber State University Phased Guidelines.
  • Please watch for a communication in August with additional guidance regarding hosting events this fall.
  • WSU’s Keeping Connected site will continue to provide up-to-date information on available student resources.

For ongoing details regarding the recovery process and what to expect, please visit weber.edu/coronavirus. Specific questions or concerns may be emailed to covid19@weber.edu.

Thank you for your ongoing vigilance and patience. All of you have played an important role in helping the university move through the various phases of our COVID-19 response and recovery. This is an ongoing effort, and things may be updated as developments warrant.
As we prepare for fall semester, our shared responsibility is to work to keep our campus healthy and open.

Dane LeBlanc

Director of Public Safety