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The University of Utah is planning on returning to Campus this Fall!

The University Return-to-Campus program centers on a hybrid approach of in-person/online instruction and on-campus engagement. Physical distancing protocols will be in place that will limit capacity in classrooms and laboratories. Learn more about the University's Return-to-Campus program below. 

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We are following guidance from health experts and state and federal authorities as we finalize the fall plan, which will closely align with what institutional peers in Utah and other states are doing.

The fundamental principle driving our decision-making is the high value we place in doing our part to protect the safety and well-being of our entire community—students, staff, faculty, patients and visitors.

This is a very fluid situation and we recognize that new developments—from surges in coronavirus cases to confirmation of a vaccine—may require us to adjust our plan and make new decisions in the weeks and months ahead.

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The University of Utah Return-to-Campus Program

Keep up-to-date with the latest developments by visiting the:

RETURN TO CAMPUS WEBSITE

Preserving the in-person college experience of our first-year students and helping seniors complete their degrees are among our top priorities for 2020-2021. We are in this together. Our success in meeting the challenges before us require a shared commitment to abide by our guidelines, to be agile and flexible as needed, and to treat each other with patience and kindness as we work together.



Important Dates


  • Classes will resume —in a mixture of in-person and hybrid delivery—on campus on August 24.
  • Fall break (October 4-11) will be canceled.
  • The in-class instruction will finish by Thanksgiving, November 26
  • Following Thanksgiving, instruction will shift online from November 30 to December 3
  • Final exams will be held online December 7-11.  



Changes in the Classroom


  • We anticipate that we will have hand sanitizer and wipes available in all classrooms and laboratories.
  • Physical distancing protocols will be in place that will limit capacity in classrooms and laboratories.
  • We will have a vibrant set of fully online courses to serve those whose health may limit their ability to attend in-person instruction.
  • Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to request temporary modifications in duties due to health concerns.




Face Coverings


  • University policy regarding the use of face coverings is that all individuals are expected to follow state and local guidelines. State guidelines are that face coverings (e.g. mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana) should be worn in public settings when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Everyone on campus will be expected to wear a face-covering in common areas in buildings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • To maintain health and safety on campus, students, faculty and staff will have shared responsibility for maintaining physical distance, wearing masks and keeping classroom and office spaces clean.




New Procedures & Policies


  • All students, staff and faculty will be required to complete a brief online public health and safety course prior to returning to campus and then engage in daily health monitoring.
  • Physical distancing protocols will be in place that will limit capacity in classrooms and laboratories.
  • Everyone on campus will be expected to wear a face-covering in common areas in buildings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Adjustments will be made to campus living, dining, study and recreational amenities to promote public health.
  • Physical distancing protocols will be in place, including reduced capacity in classrooms and laboratories, restricted traffic patterns in hallways and wearing of face coverings in common indoor areas, including classrooms, and when maintaining a 6-foot distance is not possible outside.
Last Updated: 6/3/20