Current Conditions


UVU is operating under MODIFIED conditions

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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 CafĂ©: 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
Students FAQ


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

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Campus COVID-19 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

Faculty, for assistance in transitioning your courses online, visit the Academic Continuity webpage.

UVU FAQs by topic:
Students FAQ

UVU remains open, even through Spring Break, and is operating under modified conditions. We continue to monitor Utah's evolving situation and COVID-19's impact on your health and safety. Please review uvu.info for the latest information, posted on March 12 and 13. You can anticipate updated guidance Tuesday morning, March 17.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Response to Utah K-12 school closures

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

Faculty, for assistance in transitioning your courses online, visit the Academic Continuity webpage.


On March 13, Governor Herbert announced the closing of public K-12 schools from March 16-27. Utah Valley University remains open under modified operations. We understand that these K-12 closures may cause unexpected disruptions for a portion of our employees in balancing their work responsibilities and childcare needs.

For employees in this situation, the university is providing additional flexibility for work schedules, including work from home, during the week of March 16. We hope this allows employees to address childcare arrangements. Employees must contact their supervisor to determine appropriate modifications to work schedules and/or location. Please note that Friday, March 20 is a UVU holiday and campus will be closed.  More information from Human Resources will be coming early next week.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this global issue together. As the university continues to serve our students, this situation requires us to use our best judgment to balance exceptional care with exceptional accountability.

Marilyn Meyer
Associate Vice President Human Resources
Chief Human Resources Officer
Utah Valley University


Thursday, March 12, 2020

UVU COVID-19 Update: Classes, Events, Travel

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 University Community,

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious but manageable threat to our community and state. As leaders of Utah Valley University, and in coordination with the Governor’s Office and the Utah System of Higher Education, we are taking thoughtful and deliberate action regarding COVID-19. Our primary objective is to protect your health and safety, especially those who are most vulnerable to this illness.

The following actions are being taken to slow the spread of the virus, while maintaining our mission to provide an exceptional educational experience. We understand that implementing these decisions will not be without challenges, but we are committed to the well-being of those we serve.

·       UVU is now at Code Yellow Alert
There are no recorded cases of coronavirus among the UVU community, but due to current circumstances within Utah we are raising the level of alert to Code Yellow. All campus locations remain open while practicing social distancing. For up-to-date information about alert status, protective measures, and communication about COVID-19 contingency plans, please visit https://www.uvu.edu/safety/coronavirus/.

·       Classes
Effective Monday, March 23, Utah Valley University will begin offering most of its current face-to-face courses in an online format (Canvas) for the duration of spring semester, including final exams. Faculty are asked to begin that transition immediately. Online courses will continue uninterrupted. To allow transition time, modified courses will resume no later than Wednesday, March 25. Faculty will remain available for online consultation with students. Faculty must communicate their plans via Canvas announcements by March 18. If you have questions or concerns, send an email to academiccontinuity@uvu.edu.

Faculty: For guidance and answers on how to move your classes online, please refer to the Office of Teaching and Learning. OTL will offer multiple training opportunities, including Canvas, Microsoft Teams, and Kaltura video recording. View training times and sign up for a spot. If you desire additional training, please contact OTL. Expect more detailed information from Faculty Senate President Anne Arendt in an email that will follow. Exceptions to online instruction may exist where classes require technical, hands-on, or laboratory instruction. Your dean, in consultation with Academic Affairs, will make decisions on which courses will continue to meet face-to-face.

Students: Please log in to Canvas and check announcements to determine if your courses are being taught online or within the usual classroom setting. Instructors will post the status of each course by Wednesday, March 18, in Canvas announcements.

·       Events, Conferences, and Gatherings
Effective Monday, March 16 through Friday, May 1, all university-sponsored events, conferences, and large gatherings are postponed or cancelled. Additional information will be forthcoming before that deadline. See the Events FAQ for more information. 
                 
No decision has been made regarding Commencement 2020 and related activities at this time. Expect more information regarding end-of-semester activities via email, Canvas, and uvu.info.

·       Travel
All non-essential university-related travel, whether domestic or international, must be cancelled immediately through May 1, 2020. All study abroad and other educational programs that require travel after May 1, 2020, are currently under review. See the Travel FAQ for more.

·       Faculty and staff expectations
At this point, all UVU campuses will remain open. All faculty and staff should continue to work as scheduled. See the Employee FAQ for more. 

·       High-Risk Employees
Those with elevated risk should work with Human Resources (HR) and supervisors for appropriate accommodations. Supervisors will consider job duties and individual circumstances when approving or assigning employees to telecommute. For more information, please visit the
UVU HR Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employee Guide.

·       Campus Services
All campus services will remain open, except for the testing center, while exercising necessary precautions. Visit uvu.info for more.

·       Performances
Effective Monday, March 16, all performances at The Noorda and all other performing arts venues are cancelled through Friday, May 1.

For the most up-to-date information regarding performances at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, visit The Noorda’s website. You may call the center’s Box Office at (801) 863-7529 for ticket information.

·       Athletics
All Western Athletic Conference (WAC) competitions are cancelled until further notice. For updates and to continue following Wolverine sports, visit gouvu.com.

Students, we understand that our responses to COVID-19 dramatically disrupts your academic year, social aspects of your college experience, and schedules. We are empathetic to these concerns, but are taking these measures to protect you and those you care about. We appreciate the additional efforts our faculty and staff will make to ensure that, despite these trying circumstances, our students receive the best education possible. We are also grateful for our hardworking staff and their assistance in the implementation of these measures and the support provided to our university community.

We understand these changes and the uncertainty created by COVID-19 may have an impact on the emotional and/or mental well-being of some individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shared resources regarding mental health and coping. Students may seek assistance through UVU’s Student Health Services if needed. Employees may seek help through the Employee Assistance Program.

Our campus is a welcoming environment, a tight-knit community of people who genuinely care for one another. It is within our mission to ensure the success of each of you. We know that while physical distance is necessary at this time, together we will endure this unique challenge.


Sincerely,

Astrid S. Tuminez
President
Utah Valley University

Wayne Vaught
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Utah Valley University

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Impact on Spring Break

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 UVU Students, 

As you begin preparations for the upcoming Spring Break, we ask that your planning includes being attentive to the changing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. Here are a few resources available to help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable experience, wherever your travels may take you.  

Please avoid traveling to areas to which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assigned a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (restriction), such as China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. Also, please note that the State Department is discouraging all non-essential international travel. If your personal circumstances necessitate travel to a restricted destination or a high-risk area, please notify the Dean of Students Office (801-863-8311; palmeral@uvu.edu). Doing this will coordinate your return with CDC protocols (including self-isolating for 14 days) and help ensure the safety of our Wolverine community. Be advised that additional restrictions may occur without notice, and airlines may cancel flights without warning.  

In order to stay safe and have a memorable Spring Break for all the right reasons, please:

•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  

•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a cough and fever.

•  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  

•  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

•  Minimize communal food.  

•  Please stay home if you feel sick, and urge others to do the same.  

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to work diligently to keep you and all our fellow Wolverines safe. For many of you, the steps we are taking to protect the health of the community may involve significant inconvenience. Please accept my gratitude in advance for your goodwill and understanding. We are here to support you. Please continue to check uvu.info for the latest information about UVU’s actions pertaining to COVID-19. Most of all, take the opportunity of Spring Break to recharge your batteries, have some fun, and be safe.

Sincerely,

Kyle Reyes, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
Utah Valley University