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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

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


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.


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



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?



What is the plan for summer classes?



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?



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?



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



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?



Why do decisions get made without student input?


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.