Utah Announces Plans to Move to Yellow Low Risk Stage

This communication was sent campuswide May 15, 2020. 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Yesterday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced that most of the state of Utah would move to the Yellow-Low Risk stage of recovery, effective Saturday, May 16.

This is good news as it signals that the state continues to make strides to effectively slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Weber State University plans to continue to operate as if we are in the Orange-Moderate Risk stage through May 31. 

Assuming the state and our local counties do not see a spike in COVID-19 cases, we anticipate moving operations to the Yellow-Low Risk stage on June 1.

What does this mean for you?

  • All summer session 2020 classes will be conducted online.
  • Testing centers and computer labs on campus will remain closed through the end of summer session 2020. Testing centers will provide online support for administering summer course exams.
  • All employees who can work remotely will be asked to continue to do so through at least May 31, unless instructed otherwise by your supervisor. (Employees should watch for additional guidance on how the university will approach having people return to campus during the Low Risk stage.)
  • Employees and students in CDC-defined “High Risk Populations” should continue to follow High Risk stage guidelines.
  • All campus buildings will remain locked. While employees are still asked to work from home, access to facilities will be eased, allowing people to access their offices or work spaces when necessary. When on campus, employees should 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 20, cleaning their personal space, etc.)
  • The university has established protocols for reopening some facilities during the Moderate Risk stage. Those same protocols will be followed during the Yellow-Low Risk stage. Our approach to reopening facilities during the orange and yellow phases will take into account the university’s capacity, resources and priorities.
  • All study abroad trips through June 1 are canceled.
  • University-related travel (domestic and international) should not occur through at least May 31.WSU’s Keeping Connected site will continue to provide up-to-date information on available student resources.  

The state’s stabilization phase is scheduled to last for 10-14 weeks, assuming our communities do not see an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Additional information about WSU’s move from the current Moderate Risk to Low Risk stage will be forthcoming before the end of May. I assure you, this transition will be a gradual process. 

The university is continuing to develop plans for fall semester 2020 and expects to have more clarity about these plans in June.

The university will approach recovery efforts in a deliberate, incremental process. By easing restrictions in small steps, the university will have time to assess the impact of lifting specific restrictions, and be able to return to previous guidelines if changes lead to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our community or among our campus populations.

For additional 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.

I appreciate the diligence of so many members of our campus community who are working long hours, nights and weekends to help Weber State navigate safely through this time. 

Thank you for your ongoing vigilance and patience. We all have a role to play in helping slow the spread of COVID-19, keeping our communities safe, and eventually returning to campus.

Dane LeBlanc
Director of Public Safety