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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Utah Valley University Outlines Plans for Fall Semester 2020

Utah Valley University today announced plans for this fall semester that offer students several course delivery options, including face-to-face instruction, that comply with safety guidelines outlined by the state’s COVID-19 Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). 

At the onset of the pandemic, UVU moved thousands of courses online, accelerating its digital transformation initiative and exposing more students and faculty to remote-learning opportunities. As the university is preparing for fall, it will be leveraging digital technologies and an innovative approach to scheduling to support a wide range of course options — from face-to-face instruction, remote learning, and hybrid classes that include both in-person and online education.

“We want to provide a safe, high-quality educational experience that meets the needs of our students,” said UVU Provost Wayne Vaught, who also serves on the USHE COVID-19 Task Force. “With our diverse student population and dual-mission model that provides both community college and university-level options, we’re utilizing technology in a way that supports learning, collaboration, flexibility, and a safe environment for our students and faculty.”

Safety remains a key consideration for all students, faculty, and staff. Social-distancing guidelines, facilities sanitation, hand sanitizer stations, increased airflow, and the recommendation of face masks are just some of the precautionary measures taken.

“At UVU, our core values of Exceptional Care, Exceptional Accountability, and Exceptional Results will continue to guide us during the complexities of these unusual times,” said UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez. “Our doors and our hearts will always be open to every student who desires an education — including those who choose to join us on campus and those who prefer to be together from afar. At UVU, we are one community. We are resilient, we are agile, and we are dedicated to student success.”

The fall semester begins on August 24. Registration is now underway. In addition, the university’s second summer block of classes begins on June 29, and students can register at uvu.edu/summer.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Phased Plan for Returning to Work: COVID-19 Update

Dear Colleagues, 

We have begun our coordinated, phased return to on-campus work announced on May 15. As we move forward, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors remain the number one priority. 

The “Stabilization Phase” of Returning to Campus 

Like several other universities, UVU is currently in the Stabilization Phase, which is anticipated to last until September 30, 2020. This specific phase applies to campuses currently operating under Yellow Level state recommendations. 

The different phases are determined by the level of disease transmission in the community and the resources that are available to protect the safety and health of employees and students. Managing health risks during all phases will require the identification, containment, and mitigation of the virus. It will also require diligence and a commitment from all of us to keep everyone safe. 

The timing and specifics of the plan are contingent on the progression of COVID-19 in our area, and local, state, and federal guidelines. We must also consider the complex structure of UVU and reserve the right to make decisions based on the specific needs of our campus community, which means that some decisions may look different than those of the nation, state, or county based on case numbers within our service area, specific situation, hospitalizations, the university’s ability to maintain safety measures, and readiness. 

We invite you to familiarize yourself with the documents outlining the protocol for this Stabilization Phase

Target Return Dates for Category II Employees 

We have already welcomed our first employee group (Category I) back to campus, and the next wave of employees (Category II) will be returning to campus in the coming weeks. As we move through this phase, the divisional/school leadership teams are working with their respective employees to determine who is considered a Category II employee. 

We are using the following schedule to bring back our Category II employees: 


  • Group A: Employees return June 8 
  • Group B: Employees return June 22 
  • Group C: Employees return July 6 
  • Group D: High Risk: Consult supervisors regarding a continued remote work agreement 


As we carefully bring back additional personnel in a phased approach, supervisors are determining how to increase functionality and meet the needs of their division, students, and employees on campus. Supervisors will be contacting employees to identify the specific date of return. Those who are in the high-risk category or feel they cannot return to campus are encouraged to communicate with their managers or Human Resources

In addition, on June 8, all buildings on UVU’s Orem, West, Airport, and Lehi campuses will reopen and resume normal hours of operation. When Wasatch County is transitioned from Orange to a Yellow Health Risk status by the state, the Wasatch Campus will also reopen 21 days after that announcement. 

Our Return-to-Campus Strategies 

We have put additional environmental controls, Human Resources employee health and wellness, and individual protective measures in place and are using the following strategies to bring employees back to campus: 


  • Staffing: Increase staffing incrementally to gradually expand operations while maintaining recommended social-distancing guidelines
  • Hygiene: Increased hygiene and sanitation practices
  • Innovation: Continue to promote innovative work practices
  • Monitoring: Monitor health to ensure the well-being of our campus community
  • Minimize non-essential travel: Any approved UVU travel is subject to national, state, and local regulations and guidance


We ask that you read the documents provided to ensure that you understand the expectations and requirements of returning to work on campus, and are aware of the resources and options available to you. 

In addition, we recognize that this a fluid situation that requires flexibility. The decisions made now are informed by data, done in conjunction with local health and governmental leaders, and aligned with the Utah System of Higher Education. Updates will continue as conclusions are made, as changes are needed, and as we move into the “new normal.” As we do so, we encourage you to communicate your concerns and questions. 

Finally, and most importantly, we want to thank you for your efforts to provide essential services to our students as they further their education, and we extend our sincere appreciation for the collegiality, care, and assistance you have provided to each other. 

Sincerely, 

Wayne Vaught
Provost 
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Marilyn Meyer 
Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Chief Human Resource Officer

Monday, May 18, 2020

May 13 Talk With Tuminez Highlights

On May 13, 2020, President Astrid S. Tuminez invited UVU employees to digitally join her for a “Talk with Tuminez” Town Hall meeting. The meeting has been broken up into the following clips for easier navigation.

Academic Instruction:




Awards of Excellence:




Compensation, work expectations, and risk:




Safe return to campus and athletic events:




Student enrollment and amenities:




Thanking #UVUHeroes: 



Friday, May 15, 2020

COVID-19: Moving From Orange to Yellow Phase

Wolverines,

Governor Gary Herbert announced on Thursday that a majority of the state, including Utah County, will transition from orange, the moderate risk phase, to the yellow phase, or the low-risk phase, on Saturday as part of the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan for reopening Utah amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move from orange to yellow impacts everyone except high-risk individuals.

You may now be wondering what this means for our Utah Valley University campus community.

Under the state’s yellow level, groups of 50 or fewer are allowed to interact. Some sports can resume with advised symptom health checks, and limited out-of-state travel can occur.

Employers are to exercise discretion with remote work and returning to onsite work and are encouraged to make flexible work arrangements, follow hygiene guidelines, and continue social distancing in the workplace. Face coverings are to be worn when social distancing is difficult. No one who is ill should be on campus. Safety remains the number one priority.

For most students and employees, the move will not significantly impact your current learning and working activities. Still, it will guide the future expansion of activities as we continue the transition into the “new normal.”

A majority of students will continue the first block of the summer semester in all online courses. We hope to provide some face-to-face learning opportunities during the second block summer session. The university plans a mixture of online, blended, and face-to-face learning opportunities during the fall semester. The details of this phased approach are currently in the works, and you can expect more communication regarding UVU’s plans soon.

As we announced during the “Talk With Tuminez” Town Hall on Wednesday, employees will continue to work remotely, if possible, for the time being. Employees will return to campus in phases depending on the work that needs to be completed. For the coming months, it is likely that many staff who are now working remotely will continue to do so. Some may also work part of the time on campus, and remotely. Your supervisors will communicate specific guidance going forward.

Meanwhile, the following buildings will reopen for limited usage on Monday, May 18:

The dōTERRA Wolverine Training Dome
— Open to specific athletes and trainers
Health Sciences Building
— Open to specific training programs
Utah Fire and Rescue Academy
— Open to specific training programs
Aviation
— Open to specific training programs

We are pleased to see the progress that has been made through the efforts of everyone to stop the spread of COVID-19. An abundance of caution remains necessary as we work together to continue to provide an environment where educational opportunities transform lives, and where exceptional care for one another and exceptional accountability lead to exceptional results.

Thank you for your patience and efforts during this unusual period. We look forward to a time when we can all be together again on UVU campuses.

Sincerely,

Wayne Vaught
Provost/Vice President – Academic Affairs

Friday, May 1, 2020

Response to the Governor’s Restriction Change

Governor Gary Herbert announced the relaxing of restrictions implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus, as part of Utah Leads Together 2.0. The changes that take effect today will allow the reopening of some sectors of the economy with restrictions and provide for the return of some employees to work. So, what does that mean for all of us?

The Utah System of Higher Education’s COVID-19 Task Force is planning for future operations at the state’s universities and colleges in a way that protects the safety of students, faculty, and staff. As previously communicated, we anticipate UVU employees designated as Category 2, who are currently working remotely, will continue to work remotely through the end of May. 

In order to facilitate academic and operational continuity, some UVU employees may have been or may be notified by their supervisors that they will be returning to work on a UVU campus before May 31. Please be assured that UVU is following the directives of the governor’s plan, the State Health Department, and the CDC as we begin to reopen facilities and as more employees return to campus. 

In order to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy, all employees working on any campus (including high-risk employees and those who live with individuals who may be high risk) are requested to adhere to the following: 


  • If you are ill, please stay home: If you become ill with respiratory symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, etc., you need to stay home and are expected to contact your supervisor. 

  • Wear a mask: A mask is required to be worn while in public spaces at all times. It is not necessary to wear a mask when you are alone in an office or a space. Remember that wearing a mask protects those around you. To really protect each other, we must ALL wear a mask. 

  • Practice social distancing: To the extent possible, social distancing, with a distance of at least six feet from the next person, will continue. This means that meetings should continue via Microsoft Teams or in large spaces that allow appropriate social distancing. 

  • Practice good hygiene: Continue to follow hygiene standards, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs or sneezes. 

  • Do not congregate: For your health and the safety of others, do not congregate in break rooms or other small spaces for breaks or lunch. Utilize the many large spaces available on UVU campuses where you and others can safely practice social distancing. 


For UVU to maintain a healthy workplace environment, we must each act on these directives and demonstrate exceptional care and exceptional accountability for ourselves and our colleagues during this time. 

Utah Valley University continues to employ a variety of measures to manage the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, with maximum safety for every Wolverine as our number one priority. We particularly appreciate the care provided by our facilities teams to create and maintain a healthy work environment. 

We will continue to communicate information and guidance as UVU moves forward and begins to reopen facilities, programs, and services. We look forward to the safe return of employees and students to all campuses. 

Sincerely, 

Marilyn Meyer 
AVP of Human Resources 
Chief Human Resource Officer 

Robin Ebmeyer 
Director of Emergency Management, Environmental Health, and Safety

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Utah Valley University Outlines Distribution Plan for Nearly $23 Million in Federal CARES Act Funds

UVU announced today that it will begin distributing $11,474,604 to students who qualify for CARES Act funding. The university is scheduled to receive a total of $22,949,207 in relief funding. In accordance with federal guidelines, UVU will distribute half of the funds directly to students, and the other half will be used for institutional expenses incurred due to COVID-19. 

The university’s goal is to distribute $11,474,604 to qualifying students as quickly as possible, which can be used for expenses directly related to coronavirus disruptions, such as food, housing, healthcare, technology, course materials, and childcare. 

“One of our main goals as a university is to provide exceptional care to our students,” said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of UVU. “One way to demonstrate that care is to make sure our students receive their funding as quickly as possible. We know this time has been difficult, and we want them to succeed.” 

In order to receive funding, the Department of Education requires that students be Title IV-aid-eligible, meaning UVU will base funding decisions on either a 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 FAFSA application. 

Students may receive funding in three ways: 

1) Students will receive a one-time cash grant based on the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on their FAFSA applications. The EFC is an index number that colleges use to determine financial aid. It is established by law and can include a student family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, size of family, etc. 

2) A portion (not EFC-based but requires a completed FAFSA) of federal funds will be available to students who need funding to stay in school. 

3) A portion of funds will be available for students who are within 15 credit hours of graduating. 

Students will be notified via their UVU Gmail accounts if they are identified as potentially eligible to receive funding under federal guidelines. The emails were sent today to those who previously qualified for financial aid. If students have signed up for direct deposit, the funds will be transferred into their bank accounts; otherwise, checks will be mailed. 

In addition, students will be sent a Qualtrics survey to certify they experienced financial hardship due to the disruption of campus from COVID-19. 

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The act provides financial compensation and support to multiple layers of the U.S. economy, including businesses, individuals, unemployment benefits, and education.

For more information about UVU student funding, visit the UVU CARES Act Emergency Funding FAQ.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Employee Remote Work Protocol Update

As part of Utah’s recovery efforts, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has organized a special USHE COVID-19 Task Force that is actively planning for future operations in a way that protects the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

The task force recognizes that “recovery is not like flipping a switch; it’s more like moving a dial.” The work of this task force will continue to be in step with the governor’s Utah Leads Together 2.0 as they develop a comprehensive plan and timeline. We expect Utah Valley University’s return to normal operating conditions to be a phased approach.

As we await specific guidance from the USHE COVID-19 Task Force, UVU will continue to operate under modified conditions. Thus, employees designated as Category 2, who are currently working remotely, will continue to do so through May 31. Human Resources will update all agreements to align with university direction, and no new agreements will need to be signed.

Thank you for your efforts to help UVU fulfill its mission while adhering to public health recommendations to keep our community healthy. We will continue to inform you of UVU’s plans to reopen facilities and services, and we invite you to access updated information regarding UVU’s response to COVID-19 at uvu.info.

Stay healthy and safe!

Monday, April 27, 2020

VIDEO: United in Wolverine Pride



Finals week at UVU is usually filled with energy and activity as students, faculty, staff, and community finish strong for another semester. Things are quite a bit different this year. But amid the quiet halls and empty seats, we want every Wolverine to know how proud we are of you, and we can’t wait to celebrate your achievements together.

Take a minute to watch this video and reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Stay safe. Take care of yourselves and each other. And if you’re feeling alone, remember: You belong to our den.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

COVID-19: Updated Library Hours

Wolverines, 

The Fulton Library is extending its hours to meet the needs of students and faculty from April 20–30. This will allow additional access to computer resources during finals. 

New hours
Monday–Friday:                    8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Saturday:                              9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Sunday:                                Closed 

Only the first two floors remain accessible. All patrons are expected to practice appropriate social distancing according to CDC guidelines.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Talk With Tuminez COVID-19 Student Town Hall



On April 8, 2020, President Astrid S. Tuminez invited students, faculty, and staff to digitally join “Talk with Tuminez” Town Hall meetings. The virtual gathering provided an opportunity for the campus community to ask questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Utah Valley University now and in the future. As many questions were addressed as time would allow, and the Student Town Hall meeting has been catalogued by topic and timestamp for easier navigation.

GRADING

How does offering the credit/no credit option provide benefit to students?

20:35-23:40


ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION

Due to not being able to meet face to face, it is increasingly difficult to meet with faculty. How are faculty members held responsible during this time?

23:46-25:05


SUMMER/FALL INSTRUCTION

What is the plan for summer classes?

25:05-28:30


TUITION

Why did UVU increase tuition at this time? Where does the money go, does it get spent on frivolous things? Tuition is always increasing. Why?

28:30-31:58


FINANCIAL AID AND STUDENT RESOURCES

As a student, the financial costs of not being able to work during social distancing have greatly impacted my ability to attend UVU in the future. Are there any resources available to help any students like me?

31:59-34:22


SCHOLARSHIPS AND CREDITS

What is the effect on scholarships if a student elects to take a pass/fail grade?

39:32-40:35


MENTAL HEALTH

Where can students struggling with coronavirus-related anxiety or mental health struggles in general turn to get support? What is UVU doing to ensure students’ emotional well-being during this crisis?

41:22-43:20


STUDENT INPUT

Why do decisions get made without student input?

43:22-46:52

Friday, April 10, 2020

UVU’s 79th Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies Rescheduled for Aug. 19 and 20


Commencement FAQ

Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez announced today that this year’s 79th commencement exercises and convocations will be held Aug. 19 – 20, respectively. The rescheduling of the graduation ceremonies reflects UVU’s commitment to both care for its students and celebrates the exceptional results of the Class of 2020. 

“Graduation marks the completion of a remarkable educational journey and the celebration of a true achievement,” said UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez. “It is a unique opportunity to celebrate years of hard work, persistence, and sacrifice by our students and all who supported them throughout their UVU years. We promise our Class of 2020 and their families and friends a memorable celebration in August.” 

Commencement will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the UCCU Center on the Orem Campus. Convocations of UVU’s colleges and schools will be held the next day, Aug. 20, at various venues and times. 

Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and chair of the Board of Directors of the Larry H. Miller Management Corporation, will give the keynote address at commencement. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to speak to the graduates of Utah Valley University at this time. Graduation is the celebration of tremendous achievement and the hallmark of a new beginning in their lives,” she said. “This class has persisted through years of education as well as the unusual circumstance created by a historic worldwide medical crisis. There is much to celebrate.” 

Students who previously registered for the April commencement and one of the May convocations will need to reregister on UVU’s graduation website. The Graduation Office will post registration information on the site in mid-April. Answers to questions regarding UVU graduation ceremonies, including Grad Fest and availability of regalia, can be found on the same website. For those who cannot attend, the commencement ceremony will be live-streamed on UVU’s YouTube channel.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

COVID-19: Travel and Summer Events Update

Attention: For the latest coronavirus summary, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For the latest from UVU on the coronavirus, go to the UVU Safety coronavirus website. For UVU’s full plan, click here.

If you have been on UVU campus and have tested positive for COVID-19, please fill out the UVU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

UVU FAQs by topic (updated frequently):
Employee FAQ
HR Employee Guide
Events FAQ
Travel FAQ
Faculty FAQ
Students FAQ
Campus Facilities and Services FAQ
UTA Public Transportation COVID-19 Updates


For the protection of Utah Valley University students, faculty, and staff, and in accordance with CDC and state guidelines for COVID-19, all non-essential university-related travel is cancelled through June 26, 2020. This includes all Study Abroad programs (credit- or non-credit-bearing), and any other UVU-sponsored international and domestic student, faculty, and staff travel. This date is subject to change based on the direction received from the state. Please visit the Events and Travel FAQs for detailed information. 

In addition, all university-sponsored events are cancelled through June 26

We appreciate your patience as we continue to make adjustments to align with current conditions and governmental recommendations.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Temporary Facilities Access and Closure

Attention: For the latest coronavirus summary, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For the latest from UVU on the coronavirus, go to the UVU Safety coronavirus website. For UVU’s full plan, click here.

If you have been on UVU campus and have tested positive for COVID-19, please fill out the UVU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

UVU FAQs by topic (updated frequently):
Employee FAQ
HR Employee Guide
Events FAQ
Travel FAQ
Faculty FAQ
Students FAQ
Campus Facilities and Services FAQ
UTA Public Transportation COVID-19 Updates


Utah Valley University supports Governor Gary Herbert’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive. For the safety of the community, UVU will temporarily close a majority of buildings on the Orem Campus to the public. Employees who must be on campus will continue to have access via their proximity cards. All other employees who can work from home are asked to do so. This is necessary to keep our university community and Utah residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While there is a limited number of employees on campus, nearly all services are now available through teleservices. Please continue to utilize the help and tools available to ensure your success. For a list of available services for students and employees, please visit the Campus Facilities and Services FAQ.

Employees working on campus must adhere to safety procedures, including social distancing, hand washing, avoiding face touching, and not coming to campus if ill. No guests or visitors should be in university facilities at this time.

UVU Temporary Building Closures:

Effective April 2, only the following buildings will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.—5 p.m. to UVU students and employees without the use of proximity cards.

  • Fulton Library (access is limited to the first two floors only)
  • Browning Administration Building
  • Facilities Building
  • UVU Warehouse
The Student Center’s U.S. Postal Office, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, and Mom Fulton’s will remain open to those who must be on campus. On-campus employees include:
  • Facilities, Campus Services, Custodial Services, Auxiliary Services, and other employees who cannot perform their work from home. Reduced levels of service should be expected.
  • Emergency response, including police, fire, emergency medical services, and environmental health and safety.
  • Emergency management.
  • IT services associated with on-site support of campus IT infrastructure and remote learning and working.
  • Classroom and laboratory instruction support services for remote learning (deans and chairs will determine what essential on-campus support may be needed).
  • Animal care or other physical research.
  • The library and its open computer lab.
  • Warehouse/Receiving.
For a full list of impacted buildings and services on the Orem Campus, as well as emergency contact information, please visit the Campus Facilities and Services FAQ.

Remote Campus Closures:

Wasatch Campus

The Wasatch Campus is now closed to all — except essential employees.

Lehi Campus

Offices and classrooms are closed.

Provo Airport Campus

  • UFRA Building: Closed.
  • ES Building: Closed. Staff access only to Hangar A and Hangar B for aircraft and equipment maintenance.
Canyon Park Building

This building is closed.

While we understand that working remotely may result in minor university disruptions and inconveniences, following the governor’s directive now will help us avoid greater hardship later. Thank you for your cooperation.

UTA Schedule Adjustment:

UTA has seen a significant decrease in ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Service will be temporarily reduced beginning April 5, 2020. For more information regarding transportation to and from UVU, visit UTA’s COVID-19 website.


Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Grading Instructions, Summer Classes


Attention: For the latest coronavirus summary, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For the latest from UVU on the coronavirus, go to the UVU Safety coronavirus website. For UVU’s full plan, click here.


UVU FAQs by topic (updated frequently):

Employee FAQ
HR Employee Guide
Events FAQ
Travel FAQ
Faculty FAQ
Students FAQ
Campus Services FAQ

Wolverines,

There are two important announcements today. The following changes were made after careful consideration of their impact on our campus community and you personally. Please reach out to your advisors with any questions you may have.

Spring 2020 Grading Options

With a commitment to exceptional care for our students during these extraordinary times, UVU is preparing to offer students the option on a class-by-class basis to receive credit or no credit in lieu of a traditional letter grade for spring 2020 classes that were converted to online or had other significant changes in course delivery or experience. Before choosing credit or no credit, it is imperative that students fully understand the potential negative consequences, which can be different based on major and other factors. Each student will receive an email from their college or school giving specific considerations for their students.

Letter grades will still be available for all students who want it.

Later this week, each student will receive an additional email directing them to a website about spring 2020 grading that details each option; students must review and agree to understanding the consequences before they can proceed with a grade change option. It is imperative that students thoroughly evaluate their own situation to be sure the decision minimizes the potential negative consequences.

Summer Courses 2020

Utah Valley University is moving all credit-bearing summer semester courses to a remote delivery model. This decision was made out of respect for students and faculty who need time to prepare and plan in an ever-changing environment. Limited face-to-face offerings of specialized courses and condensed delivery may occur in the second block of summer 2020. A decision on those courses will be made after May 1.

We understand these announcements may present challenges for some. Faculty are working to ensure students can stay on track with their academic plans. Faculty are also working on additional course listings that may include condensed courses (one week, etc.) as circumstances allow. Please regularly check for those options, and contact your advisor for detailed guidance.

Federal financial aid may have changed due to the pandemic. Please check with the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.

All other university-related summer activities during May have been cancelled or postponed.

All academic international travel — including study abroad, internships, exchanges, etc. — has been cancelled until the end of the first block of summer 2020, June 26. International travel for all employees is cancelled until May 1.


This is a time of rapid change, and we understand it may be unsettling. While many things have changed regarding schedules and how you are receiving your education, one thing has not changed — our commitment to your academic success. Do not delay your bright future, persist, and complete your courses. The support you need to achieve your educational goals is here for you at UVU.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Grading and Facilities

Attention: For the latest coronavirus summary, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For the latest from UVU on the coronavirus, go to the UVU Safety coronavirus website. For UVU’s full plan, click here.

UVU FAQs by topic (updated frequently):
Employee FAQ
HR Employee Guide
Events FAQ
Travel FAQ
Faculty FAQ
Students FAQ
Campus Services FAQ

Grading Options

COVID-19 has unexpectedly changed the 2019-20 school year in profound ways. The shift to remote/online courses has created circumstances that may require flexibility in grading options. Academic and administrative leadership is currently exploring various grading options for spring semester. Careful consideration is being given to all aspects of this decision to ensure there are no adverse effects on financial aid or a student’s long-term success. An announcement on the grading policy will be released shortly. We appreciate your patience as we support the academic persistence of UVU students and protect their future educational opportunities.

Recognizing the need to give students flexibility, we have changed the deadline to withdraw from classes from April 3 to April 24.

Changes to Orem Campus Hours

Utah Valley University continues to operate under modified conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Course instruction continues online. The Orem Campus is open, but access to physical facilities is now available on a revised schedule.

From March 24 through May 1, Orem Campus physical facilities will be open from


  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Closed Sundays (no change)


Fulton Library hours are not impacted by these changes. The library will remain open on Sundays.

*Note: The sidewalk from parking lot M-26 to the Woodbury Building will be closed starting Thursday, March 26, for at least one week. You may access campus using the entryway between the Sparks Automotive and Gunther Trades buildings. Signs will be placed to help direct foot traffic.

Changes to Satellite Campus Hours

Thanksgiving Point Campus: Closed

Wasatch Campus: Open 8 a.m. — 6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Provo Airport Campus:


  • ES Building: Closed (including UFRA)
  • All flights are suspended at this time — staff access only to Hangar A and Hangar B for aircraft and equipment maintenance.

Canyon Park Building: Closed

For detailed information regarding service, hours, and building closures, please visit https://www.uvu.edu/safety/coronavirus/campus-services-faq.html.

Food Services

Grab-and-go food services are available Mondays-Fridays at these Orem Campus locations:

Chick-fil-A: 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Mom Fulton's Café: 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Taco Bell: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Scoops (SC only): 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Guru’s: 11 a.m.­— 2 p.m.

All food franchises will open and close at the owner’s discretion.

For detailed information regarding service, hours, and building closures, please visit https://www.uvu.edu/safety/coronavirus/campus-services-faq.html.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to transition to fulfill the needs of our campus community.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Message from President Astrid S. Tuminez on UVU’s Modified Conditions




The past week has brought significant changes and new challenges to our Wolverine community and the world as we strive to ensure everyone’s health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. I applaud your grit and determination to persevere in these uncertain times, and I ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to pursue exceptional learning opportunities under unique circumstances.

My thoughts are with each one of you at this time, and I thank you for everything you do for our school and our community. Please take a moment to watch this message.


Best regards,

President Astrid S. Tuminez

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19: Commencement, Study Abroad, and Travel Update

Attention: For the latest coronavirus summary, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For the latest from UVU on the coronavirus, go to the UVU Safety coronavirus website. For UVU’s full plan, click here.

UVU FAQs by topic (updated frequently):
Employee FAQ

HR Employee Guide
Events FAQ
Travel FAQ
Faculty FAQ
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Two updates for your information:

Commencement 2020 – Postponed

Due to the unforeseeable impact of COVID-19, all institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education have decided to postpone their 2020 commencement ceremonies. For the protection of our students and their guests, faculty, and staff, UVU will postpone its commencement and convocations that were originally scheduled for April 30 and May 1. A new date will be announced shortly. We hope that our graduates and their families will join us then to celebrate their academic success. Planning is underway and we will provide additional details when confirmed.

Update on UVU Travel and Study Abroad Programs

· All UVU-sponsored Study Abroad programs (credit- or non-credit bearing) and any other UVU-sponsored international student travel are cancelled through the end of the Summer first block (through June 26).

· All other UVU-sponsored domestic and international travel for faculty and staff remain suspended through May 1.

The International Travel Oversight Committee and Office of Global Engagement will continue to stay in contact with students and faculty already abroad to review their situations case-by-case.

For more information, see the Travel FAQ.


UVU Reports No Damage from March 18 Earthquake

An earthquake was felt in Utah just after 7 a.m. this morning. The earthquake measured at a magnitude of 5.7, according to Utah’s geological society. Utah Valley University Police and facility staff immediately began a survey of campus. No damage has been reported at this time. We will inform the UVU community of any additional information as needed.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March 17 COVID-19 Campus Update: Services & Staffing

Attention: For the latest coronavirus summary, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For the latest from UVU on the coronavirus, go to the UVU Safety coronavirus website. For UVU’s full plan, click here.


Dear Wolverines,



Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we navigate through the COVID-19 situation together. Our faculty, staff, and administrators have demonstrated great sensitivity, creativity, and resolve during this unusual time on your behalf. We particularly want to acknowledge those who answered the call to move more than 4,000 course sections from face-to-face to alternate and remote instruction and those working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and employees.


In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, UVU will implement the following changes while remaining open and operating under modified conditions. Supervisors will immediately begin to work to determine which employees must be on campus to carry out essential university functions and which can telecommute. Please work with your supervisor to establish your work plan. Also, as part of UVU’s modified operations, the following facilities and service changes are effective immediately:

1.    During the remainder of Spring Break (March 17-19), the Orem campus will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. As scheduled, all campus locations are closed Friday, March 20 as part of Spring Break.

2.     UVU’s Wee Care Center (child care) is closed until further notice.

3.     The fitness center, bowling alley, and game section in the Student Life and Wellness Center (SLWC) are closed through May 1; all other SLWC services remain open.

4.     The Testing Center will remain closed until further notice.

5.     The computer lab in the Fulton Library and the SC 215 lab in the Sorensen Student Center will remain open; all other open labs will be closed until further notice.

6.     Academic advising services will be conducted predominantly online.

7.     Effective immediately, please use the grab-and-go options in dining services and practice social distancing while eating.

8.     An announcement regarding Commencement 2020 will be forthcoming.

Please note that essential service areas will remain open, with limited in-person staff. 

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the FAQs listed on this site will continue to be updated for your information and resource. Employees, please continue to work with your supervisors to clarify how your job function is impacted by this situation.

As a reminder, if you are sick, please stay home.

Thank you to the entire campus community for demonstrating exceptional care and accountability as we continue to deliver a meaningful education while protecting the health and safety of everyone.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work through these extraordinary times. 

Sincerely,

Astrid S. Tuminez
President

Wayne Vaught
Provost