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Friday, June 26, 2020

UVU and the Governor's Executive Order on Masks

Wolverines, 

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert signed an executive order that requires face coverings at all state facilities under his office's purview, including state higher educational facilities. 

Per this executive order, the wearing of masks while in public spaces at Utah Valley University is required. It is not necessary to wear a mask when alone in an office or space. Remember, this mandate protects those around you. To protect each other, we must ALL wear face coverings. We understand there are situations when a student cannot feasibly wear a mask due to a disability, phobia, or other reasons. These cases should be referred to the Office of Accessibility Services, and that office will determine if an accommodation is needed. Employees who cannot wear a face covering may contact Human Resources. 

In conjunction with the governor's mandate, we also ask that you continue to follow other health and safety guidelines, including: 

  • If you are ill, please stay home: If you become ill with respiratory symptoms (even if they seem to be minor) such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, etc., you need to stay home and are expected to contact your supervisor. Please check for symptoms each day before coming to campus.

  • 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 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 gather in break rooms or other small spaces for breaks or lunch. Utilize the many large areas available on UVU campuses where you and others can safely practice social distancing. 

Thank you for your assistance in maintaining a healthy environment for our Utah Valley University community. 

Sincerely, 

Wayne Vaught
Provost 
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Important Update: Return to Campus and Work, Events, and Travel

To Our UVU Community, 

As we continue to monitor the evolving situation created by COVID-19, we want to let you know that we are modifying some of the dates related to travel, events, and our return to campus. With the increase of cases both statewide and in Utah County, and out of an abundance of caution, we are making the following adjustments: 

Employees scheduled to return to campus on July 6 will continue to work remotely until August 3, 2020. 

Employees who have already returned to campus may have a conversation with their supervisor to see if there is flexibility with their individual position to include full or partial remote work. Supervisors have full authority to approve employee requests to work remotely and are encouraged to be accommodating when possible. If you have not already completed a Temporary Remote Work Agreement that extends past August 3 and you plan to continue working from home, a new agreement must be completed. For our employees who would like to come back to campus before August 3, please talk with your supervisor about returning early and maintaining social distancing and health guidelines. Your supervisor is the best resource to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your work situation. For more information about what to expect when returning to work on campus, and training for both supervisors and employees, visit the Return to Campus webpage. 

All university-sponsored events, conferences, large gatherings, and on-campus events are now cancelled until August 3, 2020. 

Per Utah guidelines and recommendations of local health authorities, on-campus events are cancelled throughout the summer semester. Pre-designated face-to-face second block courses will continue as scheduled. 

Commencement 2020 will also occur under modified conditions on August 19. More information regarding celebration plans for UVU graduates will be released later this week. 

All non-essential university-related travel, whether in state, out of state, or international, through August 3, 2020, should be cancelled. 

All UVU-sponsored study abroad programs (credit- or non-credit bearing) and any other UVU-sponsored student, faculty, and staff travel must also be cancelled through August 3. Due to the increasing number of COVID cases in the state, all in-state travel considered business essential for the university must be approved by the divisional vice president. If travel involves the participation of students, it will also need Provost Wayne Vaught’s approval. For updated information on travel restrictions, visit the Travel FAQ. Additionally, until further notice, all future airfare must be purchased through Concur or the State Travel Office. 

Please communicate with your supervisors if you have questions regarding the extension of these dates or any other concerns. 

The health of our Utah Valley University community remains our number one priority as we continue to work together diligently to meet the needs and expectations of our students. Thank you for your flexibility, resilience, and dedication during these unusual circumstances. 

Sincerely, 

Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Friday, June 19, 2020

June 17 Talk With Tuminez

On June 17, 2020, President Astrid S. Tuminez invited UVU employees to digitally join her for a “Talk with Tuminez” Town Hall meeting. The full meeting is embedded below, along with clips for easier navigation.

Full video: 



Academic Affairs:



Finance & Administration:



Planning, Budgets & HR:



Emergency Management & Safety: 



Student Affairs:



Closing Questions:







Monday, June 8, 2020

Welcome Back to Campus, Wolverines

Dear Wolverines, 

Welcome back! This is a historic day as we welcome another group of employees back to campus after many of us have been working remotely since March. 

In the past few weeks, some of you have asked what returning to work will look like and have shared questions and concerns. I hope that you read the communications from HR that address your concerns and provide resources for a successful return to campus. 

I also hope that you read Provost Wayne Vaught and Vice President Val Peterson’s message to our community last Friday, June 5. I quote the first paragraph below: 

On Monday, June 8, we will welcome another portion of our community back to campus. As determined by their immediate supervisors, employees in categories one and two will again occupy the spaces left empty by COVID-19. We are looking forward to your return to UVU. We appreciate the flexibility, creativity, and collegiality demonstrated during these trying times. Other category two employees will return on June 22 and July 6. This phased approach of returning to work is being done in coordination with the state and the Utah System of Higher Education. For more information on the phased return to work, please refer to the Human Resources Coronavirus Employee Guide. You will also find updated information regarding how to keep you and those you care about healthy. We understand that some of you may have reservations about returning because you are a high-risk individual or live with a high-risk individual. If you fall into that category, please contact Human Resources. 

I would also refer you to the Return to Campus webpage for additional details on expectations and transition tips. 

As we slowly return to campus, a few things will remain the same. UVU’s leadership team will continue to make safety our highest priority. We will continue to apply our values of Exceptional Care and Exceptional Accountability. This means observing general rules of safety and hygiene; communicating with our direct supervisors when we have concerns; having direct supervisors listen and respond in a timely manner; communicating clearly, frequently and kindly across the university; and being prepared to pivot our actions as circumstances change. 

A few things will be different. We will wear masks in public spaces; use hand sanitizer and sneeze guards; observe social distancing as much as possible; thoroughly clean the campus in line with the realities of COVID-19; see fewer people on campus than before coronavirus; conduct more of our business remotely as part of the “new normal;” and continue to adjust to the evolving realities of the budget, enrollment, policy, health guidelines, and other changes. 

Many of us have experienced challenging circumstances, fear, and worry since the pandemic hit. I am proud of the cooperation, communication, professionalism, and resilience that we have exhibited as a community. We have deployed new reserves of care, compassion, and competence. We have done some heavy lifting. I know that this pandemic will pass. At the end of it, I see a university that is stronger, more digitally transformed, and better positioned to deliver relevant and life-changing higher education and experiences to so many individuals and families that count on us. 

At the beginning of April, we conducted a student survey to gauge how our students felt in adapting to the changes the pandemic created. We were pleased that 3,700 students responded, and 1,500 named 873 faculty and staff whose actions made a huge difference to individual students. This extraordinary care reflects who we are and what UVU is all about. 

As you find yourselves back at your desks and workspaces this week, please take time to reach out and listen to one another. As we support each other, we will more successfully make the transition. We will weather this storm together. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to welcoming you back!

Sincerely,

Astrid S. Tuminez
President


Friday, June 5, 2020

Return to Work at UVU

Wolverines, 

On Monday, June 8, we will welcome another portion of our community back to campus. As determined by their immediate supervisors, employees in categories one and two will again occupy the spaces left empty by COVID-19. We are looking forward to your return to UVU. We appreciate the flexibility, creativity, and collegiality demonstrated during these trying times. Other category two employees will return on June 22 and July 6. This phased approach of returning to work is being done in coordination with the state and the Utah System of Higher Education. For more information on the phased return to work, please refer to the Human Resources Coronavirus Employee Guide. You will also find updated information regarding how to keep you and those you care about healthy. We understand that some of you may have reservations about returning because you are a high-risk individual or live with a high-risk individual. If you fall into that category, please contact Human Resources.

Your well-being is essential. You will return to cleaned and sanitized workspaces. Other precautions are also being taken in conjunction with state and CDC guidelines:
  • Sick employees should stay at home.
  • Hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout campus.
  • Social distancing and healthy hygiene practices are expected.
  • Increased airflow has been added to buildings.
  • Masks are being provided to every employee and will be made available by contacting your supervisor. We strongly encourage you to wear the mask when you are near other people. As a campus community, we promise exceptional care. We are asking everyone to remember that you are protecting your co-workers and their families by wearing your mask. When you see them wearing a mask, they are doing so out of consideration for you. 

Please refer to the Return to Campus webpage for additional details on expectations and transition tips. All main campus facilities will be open beginning June 8 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday–Friday, with the exception of the McKay Education Building, the Melisa Nellesen Autism Center, and Wee Care Center. UVU’s Wasatch Campus will re-open June 15. 

The Student Life & Wellness Center will also re-open and will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Those who wish to utilize the facilities will be required to comply with state guidelines, which include maintaining a social distance of 10 feet and completing a health survey and temperature screening. Additional measures are being taken to sanitize equipment.

Grab-and-go food services are available Monday-Friday at these locations: 
  • Chick-fil-A 
  • Mom Fulton's CafĂ© 
  • Taco Bell 
Thank you again for your dedication, resilience, and all that you are doing to continue to support students and colleagues. We look forward to your return. 

Sincerely, 

Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration