Campus COVID-19 Information

Thank you for helping keep campus open and face-to-face this past year in a safe and responsible way. Our case numbers have remained low and that’s because of our shared commitment and diligence toward following effective health practices. With a challenging year behind us, we are excited to be moving back toward normal on campus. 

As we begin summer semester, COVID guidelines on campus are shifting and will include the following:  

  • SUU is now mask friendly. This means that students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome, but not required, to wear masks inside campus buildings.

    Spaces used by the Utah Shakespeare Festival (theatres, rehearsal halls, offices and shops) are under the Actors' Equity Association contract. The Union requires individuals to wear masks (regardless of their vaccination status). In order for the Festival to open this year, the Union's requirement will be in place. For more information about the Utah Shakespeare Festival COVID safety precautions visit their website.
  • Summer face-to-face classes will look like spring. In person attendance will not be required but students can be required to attend either in person or via Zoom. Face-to-face classes will be recorded, posted, and broadcasted. Extending this practice will allow an additional few months for those who are interested to receive the full vaccine cycle. 
  • The on-campus COVID testing site has been suspended until further notice (this does not alter COVID testing for the Utah Shakespeare Festival). Testing was available for the first two weeks of the summer term and only 66 tests had been conducted, with four resulting in positive cases. With fewer students on campus and more people being vaccinated, there is less demand for testing. For those who would like to be tested, community resources for testing are still available including Cedar City InstaCare and TestUtah.
  • Faculty, staff and students should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms daily before going to class, work or campus. If symptoms are present, please stay home. 
  • If you test positive for COVID 19, please quarantine and inform anyone that you have recently been in contact with. Self-reporting and contact tracing will no longer be conducted by the University. Isolation and quarantine requirements still apply to those that test positive or are exposed to a person who has COVID--the specific timeframes and requirements, which vary depending on the circumstances and vaccination status, are available at the Utah Coronavirus website
  • Stay diligent and help keep campus clean. University employees and students should participate in frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas. SUU Facilities will supply departments and instructional spaces with hand sanitizer, wipes, and cleaning disinfectant.
  • All Utahns 12 years and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All faculty, staff, and students who would like to receive the vaccination should work directly with the Southwest Utah Public Health Department and other local locations providing vaccines.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow all state and local procedures. We will update the campus community if anything changes or new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding during all of this. 

Weekly COVID-19 Case Count

Week

On-Campus Cases
- Face-to-face students
- Faculty or staff on campus
Off-Campus Cases
- Online students
- Concurrent enrollment
- Remote employees

Total Cases

May 17 - May 27 3 1 4

 

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