WSU COVID-19 Response Timeline

January 2020

Early to mid-Jan.: Office of Emergency Management begins monitoring COVID-19 and revises Pandemic Response Plan. 

Jan. 31: WSU sends its first communication campuswide about the virus titled “Preventing Viral Infections.”

March 2020

March 4: WSU activates COVID-19 Incident Management Team. 

March 6: Utah Department of Health reports the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Utah. 

March 11: WSU informs staff and students of a travel survey to self-report travel taken outside the U.S. since Feb. 15. 

March 12: At the instruction of Gov. Gary Herbert, WSU announces plans to:

  • Suspend classes from March 13-17.
  • Move as many courses as possible to remote or online delivery for the remainder of the spring semester. 
  • Suspend all international and out-of-state university-sponsored travel through April 20. 

March 15: WSU informs all supervisors that they need to identify all employees who can perform their primary responsibilities remotely, and begin phasing them into a work-from-home arrangement. 

March 16: 

  • The Stewart Library, Shepherd Union Building and Stromberg Complex close at the end of the day. 
  • Study abroad trips are canceled through May 10. 
  • Students are asked to remain off campus and to refrain from congregating anywhere per the latest federal coronavirus guidelines. 

March 17: 

  • All testing centers and computer labs are closed at the end of the day. 
  • WSU Athletics suspends all athletic activities.
  • Withdrawal, credit/no-credit, audit deadline is extended to April 17.

March 18:

  • Courses resume online.
  • Commencement is postponed.
  • Big Sky Conference cancels all spring competitions and championships, suspends all practices.

March 21: WSU’s first COVID-19 case is confirmed.

March 25: Students are asked to check out of on-campus housing if they are able.
March 26: WSU announces summer semester will be offered in an online/virtual format. 

April 2020

April 2: Governor Herbert issues "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive through May 10.

April 10: Credit/No-credit deadline further extended to April 24.

April 17: WSU announces Aug. 29 as new commencement date. 

May 2020

May 1: Weber State announces plans to move from High Risk Phase to Moderate Risk Phase.

May 11: Moderate Risk Phase begins. 

May 28: Weber State announces plans to move from Moderate Risk Phase to Low Risk Phase.

June 2020

June 1: Low Risk Phase begins.

August 2020

Aug. 24: The fall 2020 semester begins with classes offered in-person, online, virtual and hybrid.