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Many BYU-Idaho Systems Currently Unavailable

Beginning early this morning, many BYU-Idaho Systems are down and inaccessible. This includes the BYU-Idaho login page. Many BYU-Idaho services including Canvas, Zoom, and email may be unavailable to you. I.T. is are aware of these issues and is working on a resolution. The current estimated resolution time is unknown. We thank you for your patience. More updates will be forthcoming.

BYU-Idaho Encourages Safe Thanksgiving Planning

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when friends and families travel and celebrate together. If you choose to travel this holiday season, please be informed of the risks involved. Also, be aware that travel may increase the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. According to public health officials, staying at your current residence for Thanksgiving is the best way to protect yourself and others from illness.

Growing evidence shows a risk of COVID-19 transmission from infected people who have no symptoms or before the onset of recognized symptoms. Even if you feel healthy, there is still a possibility of having and inadvertently spreading the virus to others. Keep yourself and loved ones safe by counseling with your family to determine the best option for travel this Thanksgiving. To help you make an informed decision, consider using the Student Scenarios webpage.

Should you choose to remain in Rexburg, you are invited to participate in A Campus Thanksgiving. Events will include safely planned activities such as a cinnamon roll breakfast, Thanksgiving take-home meal, indoor games, holiday movies, a fun run, laser tag, NFL football, and more. The meals and events will be provided by the university at little or no cost to students.

BYU-Idaho recognizes that circumstances around COVID-19 may require adjustments to your traditional holiday plans, and we appreciate your consideration and efforts. Have a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!

Considerations for Fall Semester 2020

BYU-Idaho is carefully monitoring COVID-19 and planning to potentially open campus this fall semester. While an official decision has not been made, the university is working to make the following course-delivery options available. Each option satisfies state, federal, and Church guidelines—with emphasis on health, sanitation, and safe practices.

  • Face-to-Face: offerings of in-person classroom gatherings each week
  • Hybrid: combination of in-person classroom gatherings AND remote instruction (both required)
  • HyFlex: in-person classroom gatherings OR remote instruction (student choice with instructor oversight)
  • Remote: virtual gatherings, same as spring semester, where students meet synchronously at the same time
  • Online: traditional online courses, where students meet asynchronously

In opening campus courses for fall semester, BYU-Idaho plans to adhere to recommended guidelines and sanitization needs for the campus community. These measures may include:

  • Classrooms arranged to meet social-distancing guidelines
  • Routes designated for entering and exiting each building to reduce cross-traffic contact
  • Building assistants employed to guide movement between classes
  • Buildings and classrooms thoroughly and regularly sanitized
  • Additional precautionary measures (masks, testing, quarantine, etc.)

Get Connected, student activities, events, and other social gatherings are being planned and modified to meet safety guidelines.

BYU-Idaho looks forward to welcoming back students for fall semester but remains flexible with these options, and the need to adjust them, depending on the status of COVID-19. As students plan for fall semester, they should consider their personal situations. In choosing to come to campus, the requirements of student housing contracts should also be carefully determined. Additional announcements and decisions regarding classes, registration, events, and safety regulations, etc., will be communicated as fall semester approaches. Students are encouraged to check www.byui.edu regularly.

Remote Commencement Service Announced for Spring Semester 2020

BYU-Idaho invites you to participate in a special, online commencement service recognizing and celebrating our Spring Semester 2020 graduates.

The service will be broadcast remotely from the BYU-Idaho Center on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m. (MDT). A link to the broadcast will be published on the university’s homepage and more details will be shared as they become available. Graduates are also invited to participate in any subsequent, in-person graduation ceremony of their choosing. While current circumstances prevent us from holding a physical gathering, we congratulate each graduate for this distinguished and significant accomplishment.

YSA Wards and Stakes to Resume Limited Campus Use

Beginning Tuesday, June 2, YSA wards and stakes have limited approval to resume the use of campus rooms and offices for interviews and leadership meetings. However, this approval is only for individual and small group ecclesiastical needs. Decisions about sacrament meetings and other Sunday gatherings have not been made, but planning is active and under review.

The transition back to campus will be gradual. For example, only buildings scheduled with the university will be opened for ecclesiastical use. Additionally, building use on Tuesdays and Sundays are only for limited windows of time.

Ecclesiastical leaders will be following the guidelines and protocols of the Church, government, and local leaders as they return to campus. BYU-Idaho is following strict safety and cleaning protocols while preparing the buildings for their return. As BYU-Idaho is continuing to encourage telework whenever possible, high-risk employees should not be impacted by ecclesiastical leaders’ return to campus. However, if any employees have a specific need or possible adverse impact as a result of this approval, please discuss it with your supervisor.

We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Fall 2020 Semester Update

BYU-Idaho hopes to have final decisions about Fall Semester 2020 by July

BYU-Idaho is considering a number of options for Fall Semester 2020 campus course instruction. Ideally, the university would like all campus students, faculty, and staff to be learning together at BYU-Idaho. The university’s first priority is the health and safety of the members of its campus community. For this reason, university leadership will continue to work closely with state and county health officials, as the school studies the possibility of holding classes on campus, continuing with remote learning, or creating a hybrid combination of both. Given the uncertain conditions in Idaho and elsewhere, there may not be a final decision until July.

The decision has been made to delay the start of registration for Fall Semester 2020 to a future date later this summer. The additional time will allow the university to evaluate campus course instruction options. BYU-Idaho will provide information and updates as soon as additional decisions are made.

Housing and Student Living Office advises students to read and carefully consider their Fall Semester 2020 contracts

BYU-Idaho understands that many students may have questions and concerns about their fall housing. The Housing and Student Living Office has provided information to students who have contracted or are considering contracting with approved housing this fall.

If you have already signed a housing contract with an approved housing provider for Fall Semester 2020, please read the contract again carefully in its entirety, including any addendum. Your contract is a binding legal agreement between you and your landlord. Approved housing landlords are not BYU-Idaho employees. The university does not have the authority to cancel your contract or release you from it.  The contract can only be canceled under certain conditions set out in the contract itself. It is important that you understand what those conditions are, especially as some are time sensitive.

We recognize that the pandemic and ensuing uncertainty are forcing a difficult decision on whether and when to sign an approved housing contract for fall semester. We wish we could give definitive guidance on how events will proceed, but these are very uncertain times. We encourage you to carefully consider your personal circumstances and all available options as you plan for the upcoming semester.

BYU-Idaho is committed to providing students with the best education possible in a spiritually enriching and safe environment. Whether in person, remotely, or both, we look forward to a wonderful fall together!

Commencement Service for Winter Semester 2020 Graduates

We are pleased to announce that BYU-Idaho will broadcast an online commencement service to celebrate and recognize our Winter Semester 2020 graduates. The service will be broadcast online Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. MDT. Links to the broadcast will be published to the BYU-Idaho homepage. While we are not able to have a physical gathering due to current circumstances, please know that we celebrate with you and your families at this time.

As you join us in this commencement service virtually, we encourage you to gather with your families, celebrate, take pictures, and share in your achievement with them. We commend and congratulate each graduate and hope you will join us virtually in this unique experience.

BYU-Idaho Financial Aid Assistance

With the beginning of a new semester, BYU-Idaho invites students who may have unexpected financial need, to contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@byui.edu or by text/phone at (208) 496-1411. To ensure you are able to continue your education, options for assistance may include federal grants/loans, university need-based aid, or other emergency assistance in addition to the financial aid that you’ve already applied for or received.  The Financial Aid Office is available to help you find the best option for your situation.

Information Regarding 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.

Idaho Governor Brad Little recently announced a 15-day extension of the statewide stay-home order. The order will now be in effect until at least April 30 and remains subject to further extension. The extended order requires all out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after coming into the state. Consequently, all students who come from out-of-state to Rexburg for Spring Semester 2020 must self-quarantine in accordance with the order.

Self-Quarantine means that:

  • You should remain in your apartment and limit contact and interaction with others.
  • You should stay in a well-ventilated room, preferably alone. If it is not possible for you to be alone, others in the room should remain about 2 meters (6 feet) away.
  • You should follow good hygiene practices, including:
    • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Covering your nose and mouth with cloth, tissues, or elbows when coughing or sneezing, followed by cleaning hands
    • Avoiding the sharing of personal items such as towels, drinks, or toothbrushes
    • Wearing a mask if you have any symptoms of respiratory illness (see below)

The CDC directs that you should contact a local health official for guidance if you have questions about appropriate quarantine procedures.

If you develop any of the following symptoms, please call the BYU-Idaho Student Health Center or your preferred medical provider.

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Upset Stomach

In addition to the Order, all students in Rexburg for Spring Semester 2020 will be subject to local health authority requirements and any other local, state, or federal guidance that has been or may be issued. We urge compliance with all such directives and encourage students to make responsible choices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Winter 2020 Grade Change Request Now Available

Given the impacts of COVID-19 and with a great desire to help students succeed, BYU-Idaho is providing students with the following options for Winter Semester 2020 Full-Semester and Second Block courses:

  • Keep your earned grade (as submitted by your instructor)
  • Request a pass grade (for earned grades of C- or higher)
  • Request a late withdrawal

You are encouraged to explore all options before acting and to counsel with your instructor(s), a trusted faculty mentor, or an academic advisor.

  1. View earned grades
    • log-in to myBYUI.edu
    • select “Student” tab
    • select “Unofficial Transcript” in left menu
  2. Request grade change (log-in required)

All requests must be submitted by Thursday, April 30.