Campus Coronavirus Updates
 

Campus FAQs


University Operations

No, there are very limited in-person services available on campus and it will remain that way through the rest of the semester. Most offices and many buildings are closed as faculty and staff have begun working remotely. However, everyone still stands ready to help, as we always do, but now we are connecting via video chats, phone calls, and emails rather than in person. As a University, we are following the instructions from our Governor and taking our responsibility very seriously to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep everyone healthy.
The PE Building’s recreation facilities (swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness center, climbing wall, etc.) are closed. All intramural and club sports are canceled for the remainder of spring semester.

We have decided, like all other universities in Utah, to plan for all summer classes to be offered remotely. We cannot forecast when we will be able to shift back from remote instruction to regular face-to-face classrooms and hope this will help you make your plans for the summer.

Please review this summer-specific FAQ for details.

Since the campus will remain open, we will still enforce the parking regulations through the end of the semester.

Yes, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is still available but moving to remote delivery of counseling/consultation as quickly as possible. If you are currently a client at CAPS you will be contacted by your individual counselor to discuss the transition.

If you are in immediate need of counseling support, please call CAPS at (435) 865-8621 or call SUU Police (435) 586-1911. See the full message from CAPS.

Package pickup will still be in the bookstore. You can request pickup from the loading dock by calling the SUU Bookstore at 435-586-7995.
No, the library has been closed as of March 27. The library will continue services remotely, though, including checking out materials, Interlibrary Loans, research help, Copy Shop, and research curriculum design. Please read the latest update from the Library for more details.
Yes, check the computer lab usage dashboard and select one of the many computer labs still open all across campus.

The in-person Testing Center and Tutoring Center services will not be offered for the remainder of the semester. However, both testing and tutoring services will be offered virtually.

The one exception to this is the specialized testing services for non-course exams including specialized exams, non-university agencies for licenses and certifications, national tests, Accuplacer Next Generation English, Accuplacer English Remote placement exams, and English 990 Test Out Exam. Contact specialtest@suu.edu if you need to schedule one of these tests.

The writing center will be fully staffed and functional for the remainder of the semester. However, all sessions will be conducted online. Read the latest update from the Writing Center for more details.
Yes! Hours have slightly adjusted and accommodations are being made to make book returns remote. Please read the latest update from the Bookstore for more details.
No Utah System of Higher Education institution will offer tuition reimbursement because classes are still being taught remotely.
No colleges or universities in the state of Utah are offering any sort of refund of tuition and fee dollars for the spring semester. We certainly understand students may be frustrated with this change in instruction. Asking faculty and students to transition from face-to-face learning to remote instruction is an unprecedented scenario. We've never done it at this scale, nor have any other universities around the country. Hopefully we can all do our best to work together to maintain a positive learning environment, even though it is not the ideal learning modality for everyone. Faculty have a number of options to deliver their courses. Among those options is to deliver lectures and engage in discussions through videoconferencing. While this is not the same as a classroom discussion, learning in this way is a valuable professional skill. We're asking that all students do their best under these trying circumstances. We recognize this is certainly not ideal, but if we work together, we can ensure that you'll have the opportunity to accomplish your educational goals.
All athletic practices and competitions are canceled.
All custodial managers have been trained and refreshed on high touch-point cleaning practices, which include handrails, chair arms, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, etc. and use Green Solutions Neutral Disinfectant for cleaning. Custodial Services has ordered and stocked extra quantities of restroom soap and paper towels, anticipating increased use rates of these products. Soap and hot water hand washing have been recommended by the WHO as the primary cleaning method for hand sanitation. If large-scale decontamination is needed, Facilities will contract with ServPro, an emergency mitigation and restoration service provider, to handle disinfection and cleaning in the case of viral contamination.

Commencement

Unfortunately, yes. The Utah System of Higher Education is requiring all public colleges and universities to postpone their commencement and graduation events scheduled for this spring.
We have already engaged the graduating student body officers and our Alumni Office for this cause. They will be seeking your input and offering suggestions as we work together on alternative commencement plans.
YES. Even though the actual event of commencement has been postponed for reasons out of our hands, you will still be an SUU graduate (assuming you pass all your courses and fulfill all graduation requirements).
Typically diplomas are available for pick-up and mailed out after final grades are posted, which happens between June and July. Any questions about diplomas can be directed to Sheila Johnson (johnson_s@suu.edu).

Yes! The refund will automatically be processed for everyone who has purchased their regalia. Graduates should see this processed within the week.

If anyone has questions about regalia refunds, please contact Kol Gibson (kolgibson@suu.edu).


Events

In the spirit of keeping students and the community healthy, effective immediately, the University will restrict any event on campus and large gatherings will be postponed, canceled, or offered virtually.

We also ask that those hosting events that involve visitors traveling to campus, of whatever size, consider alternatives or canceling those events, depending on the risks involved. If the event is sponsored by an off-campus entity such as a national governing body, please check with the entity's officials to understand their decisions related to the coronavirus.

Campus tours are being scheduled Monday through Friday, 11am to 2pm on a limited basis. We are also scheduling Zoom info sessions, video conferences with a real person that you can talk with and ask your questions while maintaining social distance. These are offered M-F, 9am-5pm Sign up and we'll meet you virtually!

You can also watch our newest campus tour video and experience SUU alongside three of our Presidential Ambassadors.

If you have specific questions about a tour, please contact the Admissions Office at (435) 586-7741.

All remaining Red Riots for this school year have been postponed. Please visit the Red Riot website for future dates.


Health and Prevention

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals including camels, cats and bats.

There are several known coronaviruses that infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. However, at least two previously identified coronaviruses have caused severe disease — severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV have been ruled out as the cause of the current outbreak.

While originally thought to spread from animal to person, recently, there have been indications that person-to-person spread is occurring in China and affected countries.

The infectious period for this virus is unknown. Based on other coronaviruses, people infected with COVID-19 should be considered to be contagious from the day of fever onset until 10 days after fever ends, or until appropriate laboratory testing shows the patient is no longer contagious.

Coronaviruses typically have an incubation period of 2‒14 days after exposure. The specific incubation period for this coronavirus is unknown.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses like the cold or flu.

Symptoms may include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
The incubation period (the time between exposure and symptoms) is unknown, though most coronaviruses have an incubation period of 2-14 days.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other viruses, follow these simple precautions:

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Don’t travel when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Reconsider travel to any country with a CDC level 3 or State Department level 4 advisory based on the novel coronavirus.

Public health agencies currently do not recommend that people wear masks when they are in public. Additionally, scientists are not sure whether wearing a mask in public actually keeps healthy people from getting sick.  It’s most important for people who are sick to wear a mask in a healthcare setting (such as a waiting room) to avoid exposing other people when they cough or sneeze.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, tables, keyboards light switches). Use a disinfectant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a 10% bleach/water solution to clean surfaces. Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless they have been indicated as safe to use on those devices.