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BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2020 Registration

With the anticipated approach of Fall Semester 2020, BYU-Idaho is coordinating a safe return to campus and continued delivery of high-quality, flexible education. University faculty and administrators have organized several course delivery options in order to better protect the health of students and employees and to meet the academic needs of all students wherever they are physically located. The course options for Fall Semester 2020 will include:

  • Fully Remote courses (like those offered in spring semester), with students meeting synchronously online;
  • Standard Online courses, with students working asynchronously, at their preferred times.

As allowed by civil health authorities, these other course options—all requiring face coverings in the classroom—will be offered:

  • On-campus Classroom courses, with appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols;
  • Blended courses that require both in-person learning and remote learning, on alternating days, with appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols;
  • Flexible courses that provide students the choice to gather in-person or remotely, within the constraints of physical distancing and safety protocols.

Registration for Fall Semester 2020 will open Tuesday, July 14, according to standard student prioritization. To determine registration dates, students can either log in to their my.byui.edu student account and then navigate to “Fall Term” or visit the When do I Register? website.

Students can view the Fall Semester Registration Guide to evaluate all course options as they plan a schedule that works best for them academically and personally. Additionally, a new “Location” column has been added to the online registration system. This information identifies where each specific class section will be delivered:

  1. On-campus (in-classroom) sections, if you prefer to participate in physical campus classrooms.
  2. Off-campus (remote/online) sections, if you prefer to not be in Rexburg or in a physical classroom.
  3. Campus OR Off-Campus (student choice) sections, for flexibility to participate on-campus or engage remotely.

For help in understanding these fall semester schedule options, students can contact the BYU-Idaho Support Center or Academic Advising by text or phone at (208) 496-1411.

We look forward to safely gathering with you soon. Further updates will be distributed as fall semester approaches. Please note that these decisions are subject to change based on trends in disease prevalence and according to updated state, federal, and Church guidelines.

Protective Face Coverings and Safety Precautions at BYU-Idaho

BYU-Idaho’s return to on-campus work and study will occur in a gradual manner as we continue to conservatively follow national and local policies and guidelines. If students and employees receive approval to be on campus, they should be prepared to provide their own protective face covering or mask and wear it inside all campus buildings. Here are a few guidelines to consider:

  1. Employees working in private offices may remove face coverings but are required to wear a face covering as they move within campus buildings and during interactions with others.
  2. Students and employees are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. However, six feet of physical distancing must be maintained.
  3. When face-to-face classes resume, students will be required to wear face coverings in the classroom. Faculty members can remove their face covering during class when additional safety precautions are in the classroom (such as a plexiglass barrier).

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in all public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer of sanitation and help prevent respiratory droplets from travelling through the air to other people and surfaces. When wearing a cloth face covering, please ensure it:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely covers the nose and mouth
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Can be laundered and machine dried daily without damage or change to shape
  • Does not display inappropriate words or graphics (consistent with Honor Code principles)

For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html.

We appreciate your participation in these safety protocols to help keep yourself and others healthy while at BYU-Idaho.

Stage Four Protocols and BYU-Idaho

On June 10, Governor Brad Little announced the beginning of Stage Four protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage Four is expected to take place over a two-week period (June 13–June 26). He also re-emphasized the associated Stay Healthy Guidelines. In order to advance to each stage, all state-identified criteria must be met. The governor noted that the state narrowly met the required criteria necessary to enter Stage Four; therefore, our future success requires everyone’s commitment to be part of the solution.

As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to the BYU-Idaho campus is subject to official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. Regardless of any announcements from federal, state, and local officials, we anticipate a return to on-campus work and study will occur in a gradual manner, as we continue conservatively following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a 1- to 2-week delay.

Here is what the Stage Four protocol means for BYU-Idaho students and employees:

  • Classes will continue remotely through Spring Semester 2020.
  • The university continues to actively plan for Summer Session and Fall Semester 2020.
  • Limited gatherings that are core to the mission of the university, with physical distancing and additional measures, may be considered and approved by line management, on a case-by-case basis. Large events such as devotional will continue to be held virtually, with adjustments being made as conditions and guidance permit.
  • Anyone on campus should follow the recommended Stay Healthy Guidance, including maintaining a six-foot physical distance, wearing protective face coverings, especially when physical distancing is not possible, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.
  • Departments have submitted operational plans for review. Employees’ telework or on-campus work will be determined by line management in accordance with state, federal, and Church guidelines.
  • Campus recreational facilities (i.e. play fields, pool, Fitness Center, etc.) will open gradually, with detailed sanitation protocol and limits on the number of patrons served. For details and reservations, visit www.byui.edu/recreational-facilities.
  • Vulnerable individuals should use caution in their public interactions and should minimize exposure to settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.
  • Any individuals returning to the Rexburg area should self-monitor for symptoms of illness. Those with any health concerns should contact the Health Center for care and guidance.

Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with government guidance:

  • The university is creating a plan for a safe return to campus in accordance with official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. This opening plan will be shared as it is developed and approved.
  • Vulnerable employees and students are encouraged to telework and/or pursue online options.
  • All university travel continues to be suspended.
  • All remaining, unopened campus services will continue to develop plans for reopening, as determined appropriate by the university.
  • The following facilities and services are open, and specific information is available by calling 208-496-1411 or visiting the BYU-Idaho Support Center:
    • Health Center (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except during devotionals)
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • University Store (pick-up service at the front entrance, Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and closed Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)
    • Crossroads (only open for pick-up Monday, Wednesday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday 12–2 p.m., and Monday–Friday 4–6 p.m.)
    • Outdoor Resource Center (curbside pick-up Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
    • Public Safety (24/7)
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other student services are accessible via phone, email, and online
    • Stores & Receiving (orders through Workday may be picked up at the warehouse)
    • Mail Services (daily mail may be picked up at Stores & Receiving warehouse)
    • Surplus Sales (Monday–Friday, 1–5 p.m.)
    • McKay Library (books may be picked up inside the south entrance of the Manwaring Center Tuesdays and Thursdays 1–3 p.m.)

We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and diligence in following governmental orders and guidance as responsible and good citizens. Thank you for protecting yourselves and for thinking of the vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.

For more information, visit the state of Idaho’s additional resources and official state COVID-19 website.

Stage Three Protocols and BYU-Idaho

On May 28, Governor Brad Little announced the beginning of Stage Three protocols for Idaho to reopen. He also issued an associated Stay Healthy Order . Stage Three is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 30–June 12). In order to advance to each stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.

As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to the BYU-Idaho campus is subject to official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. Regardless of any announcements from federal, state, and local officials, we anticipate a return to on-campus work and study will occur in a gradual manner, as we continue conservatively following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a 1- to 2-week delay.

Here is what the Stage Three protocol means for BYU-Idaho students and employees:

  • Classes will continue remotely through Spring Semester 2020.
  • The university continues to actively plan for Summer Session and Fall Semester 2020.
  • BYU-Idaho will not be opening campus buildings—including gyms and recreational facilities during Stage Three.
  • Limited gatherings of 10–50 with physical distancing and precautionary measures may be considered and approved by the university, on a case-by-case basis.
  • All employees who are able to work from home will continue to do so.
  • Limited personnel will continue to work on campus, with approval.
  • Additional, limited personnel may return, as determined appropriate by the university, based on area reports.
  • Departments should ensure operational plans and business protocols are in place to meet the governor’s allowance for returning to work at a to-be-determined date.
  • Vulnerable individuals should use caution in their public interactions, and should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.

Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with the order:

  • The university is creating a plan for a safe return to campus in accordance with official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. This opening plan will be shared as it is developed and approved.
  • All university travel continues to be suspended.
  • All remaining, unopened campus services will continue to develop plans for reopening.
  • Students and employees returning from another country or from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho are encouraged to honor the Governor’s request to observe state and CDC guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • While most facilities and services will remain closed, the following are open:
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • University Store (pick-up service at the front entrance, Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and closed Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)
    • Crossroads (only open for pick-up Monday, Wednesday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday 12–2 p.m., and Monday–Friday 4–6 p.m.)
    • Outdoor Resource Center (curbside pick-up Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
    • Public Safety
    • Print & Copy
    • Stores & Receiving (Warehouse is open for purchases and we are also accepting department orders through the workday requisition process.  Item ordered must be picked up at Stores & Receiving.)
    • Mail Services
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other student services are accessible via phone, email, and online
    • David O. McKay Library (book pickup location is inside the southeast entrance of the Manwaring Center on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1–3 p.m.)

We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and diligence in following governmental orders and guidance as responsible and good citizens. Thank you for protecting yourselves and for thinking of the vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.

For more information, visit the state of Idaho’s additional resources and official state COVID-19 website.

Stage Two Protocols and BYU-Idaho

On May 14, Governor Brad Little announced the state’s readiness to begin Stage Two protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage Two is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 16 – May 29). In order to advance to the next stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.

Here is what the Stage Two protocol means for BYU-Idaho students and employees in Idaho:

  • Classes will continue remotely through Spring Semester 2020.
  • We anticipate BYU-Idaho’s reopening process to occur in a gradual manner. We will act conservatively in following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a one to two-week delay.
  • Regardless of any announcements from federal, state, and local officials, a return to on-campus work and study will not take place immediately.
  • The university continues to actively plan for Fall Semester 2020. As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to campus is subject to official governmental, public health, and Church guidance.
As part of Stage Two, the governor announced a new Stay Healthy Order that includes:
  • Business and governmental agencies, unless otherwise noted, may continue to resume operations at physical locations with mandatory social distancing and sanitation requirements.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people, both public and private, should be avoided.
  • Non-essential travel should be avoided or minimized.
  • Individuals entering the state of Idaho from another country or from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Vulnerable individuals are strongly encouraged to stay home and limit their movement outside of their place of residence.
  • Practice social distancing, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, clean high-touch surfaces, cover coughs and sneezes, and do not shake hands. Wear protective face coverings and gloves in public places, as necessary.
Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with the order:
  • The university is creating a plan for a safe return to campus in accordance with official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. BYU-Idaho will not be opening campus buildings including gyms and recreational facilities at this time. We will share our opening plan as it continues to develop and approvals are given.
  • While most facilities and services will remain closed, the following are open:
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • University Store – limited service only (Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and closed Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)
    • Crossroads (only open for pick-up Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday 12 – 2 p.m., and Monday – Friday 4–6 p.m.)
    • Outdoor Resource Center (Curbside pick-up Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
    • Public Safety
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other students services are accessible via phone, email, and online
  • BYU-Idaho is not resuming small group activities and gatherings at this time. Employees may consult with their line management if individual departments need an exception. Approval should be sought through respective vice presidents before proceeding.

We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and diligence in following governmental orders and guidance as responsible and good citizens. Thank you for protecting yourselves and for thinking of the vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.

For more information, visit the state’s additional resources and official state COVID-19 website.

BYU–Idaho Shares Plan to Assist Students in Need

The University Decides Not to Accept CARES Act Funding

Beginning in March 2020, Brigham Young University–Idaho started helping students affected by COVID-19 through the distribution of need-based aid. Our intent is to help students who demonstrate need on an individual basis. Students received this message, which is an invitation to contact the Student Financial Aid Office. The invitation to students remains open.

BYU–Idaho deeply appreciates the support given to institutions of higher education through the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. At this time, the university is prepared to meet the needs of our students without accessing these federal funds. Therefore, BYU–Idaho has decided not to accept any part of the funds allocated to the university. The Department of Education has been notified of this decision.

BYU–Idaho is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience to our students. Thanks to the support of our sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are able to keep our tuition low.

In addition to financial aid support, BYU–Idaho provides a large number of student-employment positions. We continue to look for opportunities to assist students, who are our first priority.

Stage One Protocols and BYU-Idaho

On April 30, Governor Brad Little announced the state’s readiness to begin Stage One protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage One is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 1 – May 15). In order to advance to the next stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.

Here is what the Stage One protocol means for BYU-Idaho students and employees in Idaho:

  • Classes will continue remotely through Spring Semester 2020.
  • We anticipate BYU-Idaho’s reopening process to occur in a gradual manner. We will act conservatively in following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a one to two-week delay.
  • Regardless of any announcements from federal, state, and local officials, a return to on-campus work and study will not take place immediately.
  • The university continues to actively plan for Fall 2020 Semester. As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to campus is subject to official governmental and public health guidance.

As part of Stage One, the governor announced a new Stay Healthy Order that includes:

  • Gatherings, both public and private, should be avoided.
  • Non-essential travel should be avoided or minimized.
  • Any person entering the state of Idaho is required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This applies to all students and employees.
  • Vulnerable individuals are strongly encouraged to stay home and limit their movement outside of their place of residence.
  • Practice social distancing, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, clean high-touch surfaces, cover coughs and sneezes, and do not shake hands. Wear protective face coverings in public places and gloves, as necessary.

Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with the order:

  • While most facilities and services will remain closed, the following are open:
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • University Store (Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and closed Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)
    • Crossroads (only open for pick-up Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4–​​​​​​​6 p.m.)
    • Outdoor Resource Center (Curbside pick-up Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. –5 p.m.)
    • Public Safety
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other students services are accessible via phone, email, and online

We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and diligence in following governmental orders and guidance as responsible and good citizens. Thank you for protecting yourselves and for thinking of the vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.

For more information, visit the state’s additional resources and official state COVID-19 website.

Spring Semester and the Amended Stay-Home Order

Information on this page may now be outdated. Click here for the most current updates regarding the stay-at-home order and COVID-19.

On April 15, Governor Brad Little announced an extension of the statewide stay–home order. You can find the full text of the order, answers to frequently asked questions, and other official guidance and resources on the state’s official coronavirus website: coronavirus.idaho.gov. This order originally became effective at 1:30 p.m. on March 25, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

Here is what the order requires of BYU-Idaho students and employees in Idaho:

  • You must continue to self-isolate in your home.
  • Non-residents must self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after coming into the state.
  • All travel is prohibited, including but not limited to, travel on scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except for essential travel and essential activities, as defined in the order.
  • You may not host or participate in public or private gatherings regardless of the number of people involved, except as specifically permitted by the order. Gatherings for social, spiritual, and recreational purposes are not permitted.
  • You may only participate in individual outdoor activities near your home, but only if you comply with six-foot social distancing requirements. Outdoor group activities are prohibited and social distancing requirements are in all public and private outdoor spaces.
  • Practice social distancing, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, clean high touch surfaces, cover coughs and sneezes, and do not shake hands. Wear protective face coverings in public places and gloves, as necessary.
  • Violation of or failure to comply with this order could constitute a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
  • If you have questions about what is or isn’t permitted by the order, we encourage you to visit the state’s FAQ page.

Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with the order:

  • All non-essential facilities and services have closed.
  • Spring Semester 2020 courses are being held remotely and online.
  • Essential campus facilities and services will remain open.
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • Crossroads (limited options available for pick-up only from 11 am–2 pm and 4–6 pm)
    • Public Safety
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other students services are accessible via phone, email, and online
  • BYU-Idaho employees are instructed to work from home. Requests for exceptions will be handled by line management.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions, attending BYU-Idaho will be very different. We should not expect the same experience and in-person social interactions we’ve previously enjoyed. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves and others. There are many at-risk individuals that need all of us to be good citizens.

Despite these circumstances, good things are happening. There is still much to feel optimistic about this semester. The BYU-Idaho faculty and staff are working diligently to make sure this semester is the best it can be for everyone involved. With this in mind, please check out the new portal to help as you continue to study remotely. Once there, you will find a new Academic Resource page and can enjoy the following video from President Eyring.

Additional Information on the Idaho Stay-Home Order

Information on this page may now be outdated. Click here for the most current updates regarding the stay-at-home order and COVID-19.

On March 25, Governor Brad Little announced a statewide stayhome order for all of Idaho and signed an extreme emergency declaration. You can find the full text of the order, answers to frequently asked questions, and other official guidance and resources on the State’s official coronavirus website: coronavirus.idaho.gov. The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until at least 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020.

Here is what the order requires of BYU-Idaho students and employees in Idaho:

  • You must self-isolate in your home until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020. At that time, the order will either be lifted or extended, so this is not a guaranteed end date.
  • All travel is prohibited, including but not limited to, travel on scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except essential travel and essential activities as defined in the order.
  • You may not host or participate in public or private gatherings regardless of the number of people involved, except as specifically permitted by the order. Gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are not permitted.
  • You may only participate in individual outdoor activities near your home, and only if you comply with six-foot social distancing requirements. Outdoor group activities are prohibited and social distancing requirements are in all public and private outdoor spaces.
  • Failure to comply with the order may be punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
  • If you have questions about what is or isn’t permitted by the order, we encourage you to visit the State’s FAQ page.

Here is what BYU-Idaho is doing in accordance with the order:

  • Essential campus facilities and services will remain open.
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • Crossroads (limited options available for pick-up only at the MC Catering east door from 11-2 and 4-6)
    • Public Safety
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other students services are accessible via phone, email, and online
  • All non-essential facilities and services have closed.
  • Winter and Spring Semester courses are being held remotely and online.
  • BYU-Idaho employees are instructed to work from home. Requests for exceptions will be handled by line management.

Consistent with the order, and in support of actions and guidance from governing bodies (e.g. Federal Government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health authorities, etc.), we urge the following:

  • If you are currently living away from Rexburg, do not return. BYU-Idaho employees are working diligently to develop and deliver all current and Spring Semester academic courses and other services you will need for success remotely.
  • If you are currently in Rexburg, and choose to stay in Rexburg, please do not travel. Remember, Idaho’s state-wide stay-home order prohibits all non-essential travel.
  • Consolidate trips to grocery stores, gas stations, healthcare services, pharmacies, and other essential facilities.
  • Respect social distancing guidelines and avoid gathering in groups.
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect surfaces and items that you frequently use.
  • Contact your local public health authority for guidance if you’ve experienced one of the following:
    • Recently returned from travel to an area with community COVID-19 transmission
    • Been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
    • Had close contact with a household member who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Seek medical treatment by phone first if you experience the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Breathing difficulty

With current COVID-19 restrictions, attending BYU-Idaho will be very different. We should not expect the same experience and in-person social interactions we’ve previously enjoyed. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves and others. There are many at-risk individuals that need all of us to be good citizens.

Financial Aid Information

At BYU-Idaho we understand that students are being impacted financially due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to ensure that our students are aware that the Financial Aid Office is available to answer questions regarding options for student aid as a result of current circumstances. These options may include federal grants/loans, university need-based aid, or other emergency assistance.

Many students have already completed the application process for aid and are expecting previously awarded grants for Spring Semester based on their enrollment. In most cases it may not be necessary for these students to take any additional action.

If you feel that your financial circumstances merit reconsideration for Spring Semester 2020, please contact the Financial Aid Office through email at financialaid@byui.edu or by phone at 208-496-1411.

Also, it is not too late to begin planning for the upcoming academic year. The Financial Aid Office has reopened the 2020/2021 Thomas E. Ricks Grant Application. Students experiencing financial need are encouraged to complete the Thomas E. Ricks Grant Application at go.byui.edu/aid in conjunction with the 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. If you have already completed the Thomas E. Ricks Grant Application and FAFSA, you do not need to recomplete these applications.

As mentioned above, any assistance needed from the Financial Aid Office can be received through email at financialaid@byui.edu or by phone at 208-496-1411.