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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.