Student Expectations for Fall 2021
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As a student, Weber State knows you are committed to your education. Part of that commitment this fall will include you doing your part to keep the campus safe and open. Below is guidance to help keep everyone safe this fall based on policies that we hope you will find helpful. The guidance offered is based on current conditions. Requirements, courses and other elements of university services may be revised or suspended at any time as conditions change.
Planning Your Visit to Campus
As you begin to establish your fall semester routine, there are some things you need to remember when visiting our campuses and centers:
- Symptomatic testing and vaccinations will be available on campus, please check the testing and safety and the vaccines pages for times, days and locations.
- If you need to be tested but are unavailable during the available testing times on campus, visit the Utah Coronavirus website for testing locations, including free sites.
- All individuals need to assess themselves for symptoms of illness before coming to campus and to stay home if they are symptomatic. Visit the WSU COVID-19 website for more information.
- WSU recommends face coverings especially for unvaccinated individuals. Current guidance from the CDC can be found on their COVID-19 webpage.
- We will also have a limited-supply of additional masks available to students as we have in past semesters.
- Please be respectful and supportive of your fellow Wildcats.
- Students needing accommodations should contact Disability Services to discuss your specific situation.
- For the latest information about campus support service availability, please visit the Keeping Connected website.
Virus Mitigation Protocols
- Weber State strongly encourages all university students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. See the vaccines page for times, days and locations.
- If you test positive for the coronavirus:
- Immediately complete the self-report form. Public Safety will provide additional guidance.
- Notify your professor about the situation.
- If you suspect you have contracted COVID-19 by having symptoms:
- Immediately go home (unless you are already at home) and self-isolate.
- Make an appointment to get tested.
- Complete the self-report form.
- If not recommended to be tested or if your test is negative, you should follow the guidance provided by your healthcare provider before returning to campus.
- If you are fully vaccinated and exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, you do not need to quarantine unless you have symptoms. You should be tested 3-5 days after exposure and the CDC recommends wearing a mask for 14 days or until you receive a negative test. If you have not been vaccinated, you should quarantine for seven days with a negative test on the 7th day or 10 days with no symptoms if you have not been tested. If you live with the person you were exposed to, you must quarantine the full 10 days.
- Stay home when you are sick until:
- IF POSITIVE WITH SYMPTOMS:
- Individuals can return to campus if they have no symptoms for 24 hours AND at least 10 days have passed since initial symptoms first appeared unless otherwise advised by their healthcare provider.
- IF POSITIVE WITH NO SYMPTOMS:
- Individuals can return to campus 10 days after their positive test as long as no symptoms have appeared unless otherwise advised by their healthcare provider.
- If symptoms appear, follow the guidance in the previous bullet point.
- IF POSITIVE WITH SYMPTOMS:
- Engage in good general hygiene practices:
- 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.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, use the inside of your elbow, never your hand.
Many class formats will have digital elements (e.g., required online videos, discussion boards, etc.). The technology requirements (computer, software, headphones) for you to fully engage in the class's digital elements should be outlined in the syllabus. Please make sure you have all the technology requirements for this course.
If you log in to a live or recorded lecture in a public space, we recommend using headphones with a built-in microphone. This protects the class content and the privacy of other students in the class. Weber State can offer assistance to students who need to secure technology for courses, including laptop and hotspot checkouts through WSU Computer Labs or the Stewart Library.
The university has a prohibition against students recording class lectures unless the faculty member grants explicit permission (PPM 6-22.6.6). Any lectures recorded and posted on Canvas or shared to your Weber State University student email are for the exclusive use of students enrolled in the class and may not be shared without previous authorization. Violations will be referred to the Dean of Students for adjudication under PPM 6-22 (Student Code).