Keeping Campus Healthy and Open

This communication was sent campuswide June 19, 2020. 

Dear Weber State Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we approach the end of June, I wanted to provide an update on WSU’s COVID-19 phased-recovery efforts and what to expect as we move into July. 

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

Our university planning continues to focus on how we can safely repopulate our campuses and prepare to resume in-person operations for fall 2020, following the guidelines in the governor’s Utah Leads Together plan and Weber State University Phased Guidelines for Pandemic Recovery.

Our overarching goal in the coming months is to keep campus healthy and open.

Provost Ravi Krovi will send a message to campus early next week, outlining more details about our fall 2020 academic offerings and operations.

In the meantime, here is what you can expect as we enter the second block of summer session.

Repopulating Campuses:

We will continue bringing people back to campus in phases. Employees who are deemed essential to help the university prepare for students coming to campus in fall semester will be asked to return to campus July 13. Human Resources will send a communication in the coming week with more details.

Employees and students in “High Risk Populations” should continue to follow High Risk Phase guidelines.

When on campus, employees follow all recommended public health guidelines (monitoring symptoms, practicing social distancing of at least six feet, wearing protective face coverings, not congregating in groups larger than 50, cleaning their personal spaces, etc.)

Individuals exhibiting symptoms must stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact WSU Public Safety or email COVID19@weber.edu. See Appendix D of the Phased Guidelines for Pandemic Recovery regarding additional protocols for how to handle suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Most campus buildings will remain locked and require key/prox card access. As buildings become fully staffed, these facilities may be unlocked during normal business hours or as they reopen to the public. 

Face Coverings:

Consistent with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, faculty, staff and students are required to properly wear face coverings in settings that make social distancing difficult, or not practical, or under circumstances where it is otherwise mandated. The CDC recommends this may assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

As of June 19, Facilities Management has provided supervisors with face coverings for all of their direct reports, including hourly and student workers.

Travel guidelines:

University-related travel (domestic and international) should not occur through at least July 31. 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.

Effective July 1, 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 and Resources:

Effective July 27, the university will begin allowing events to be hosted on campus, provided event organizers can meet the parameters outlined on page 17 of the governor’s phased guidelines 4.6.

There will be a limited number of research or experiential learning programs hosted on campus (no more than 15 individuals each) during second block of summer session. These requests will be prioritized by deans.

A handful of campus facilities have reopened in a limited capacity (e.g., Wildcat Store, Shepherd Union Building, Outdoor Program, etc.). The university has established protocols for reopening facilities during the Low Risk Phase. Our approach to reopening facilities during the yellow phase continues to take into account the university’s capacity, resources and priorities. All offices or departments must submit reopening protocols and have them reviewed and approved prior to employees returning to campus.

WSU’s Keeping Connected site will continue to provide up-to-date information on available student resources.

Please watch for forthcoming communications from the Provost’s office, Human Resources and Student Affairs with additional guidance.

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