Campus COVID-19 Information

We are looking forward to a vibrant semester while keeping everyone's health and safety a top priority. SUU operates under the direction and guidance of a number of entities including the Utah State Legislature, the Utah System of Higher Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the Utah Department of Health, the Southwest Department of Health, and various accrediting bodies.

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Latest Updates (10/01/2021)

Thank you for participating and engaging in the process of shared governance as we’ve discussed, debated, and explored the possibility of a vaccine requirement for students at SUU. We value the discussions we’ve had with the leadership of the faculty senate, the staff association, the student association, and hundreds of individuals across campus.

Based on our ongoing conversations with campus leadership, as well as with public health officials, local leaders, and members of the state legislature, one thing is very clear: this is a complicated issue! While we all share a common goal of health and safety, there are differing opinions and factors to consider in how we best reach that goal.

Due to these added complexities and additional conversations, we have determined it would not be prudent for our institution–at this time–to implement a vaccine requirement for students. Circumstances, available health solutions, and what is permitted under COVID-related laws may change. This is an evolving pandemic, and we will continue to evaluate all of this and engage with public health officials and our campus community.

In the meantime, we strongly encourage and ask you to become vaccinated. To help the University community get vaccinated and protect one another, SUU is hosting vaccination clinics for students, faculty, and staff. COVID-19 Vaccine Information

As a reminder, we encourage each member of the SUU community to complete the following:

  1. Get vaccinated: Learn more about vaccine safety from the CDC. On-campus vaccination clinics will be held throughout the semester. Vaccination can reduce or eliminate the need to quarantine or isolate. It also can help better protect not only you, but other campus community members.
  2. Wear a mask: SUU is a mask-recommended campus. The University strongly recommends that students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear masks inside campus buildings and when you can't social distance.
  3. If you are sick, please stay home and follow appropriate protocols: Your professors and supervisors will be flexible and work with you to make accommodations.
  4. Get Tested: If you have symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19, please get tested and stay away from other people to the greatest extent possible (including taking leave from work when needed) at least until you receive a negative test result. If you have symptoms of any communicable sickness even after a negative test result, please stay away from campus.
  5. Be Informed: Check this website often and follow the recommendations of the State of Utah and local public health department.
  6. Work as a T-Bird Family: Consistently consider the impact of your decisions and actions on other employees and students. We are all in this together.

Please review the following information and follow the recommendations as outlined on this page.

Guidelines & Recommendations

  • If you have symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19, get tested: please get tested and stay away from other persons to the greatest extent possible (including taking leave for work when needed) at least until you receive a negative test result. Even with a negative COVID test, please stay home with any illness until symptoms have improved and you’ve been fever-free (without fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours.
  • On-campus testing: The COVID-19 Testing Site is located in the parking lot of the J. Reuben Clark Center (formerly known as the Alumni House). It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Schedule an appointment. You can also get tested at Cedar City InstaCare and TestUtah. If you are ill or worried you may have been exposed, please mask up and get tested on campus.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay home and isolate in accordance with Utah public health guidelines. 

    • You should isolate until you have been:

      • Fever-free for 24 hours (this means you did not use medicine to lower your fever), and 

      • Your respiratory symptoms have improved for 24 hours, and

      • It has been at least 10 days since you first got sick. 

      • If you did not have symptoms, isolate for 10 days from the day you were tested. 

  • You are infectious and can spread the virus to others starting up to 2 days before you first had symptoms until your isolation period is over. If you never had symptoms, you are infectious starting 2 days before the day you were tested for COVID-19.

  • Please inform anyone that you have been in close contact with during the two days before symptoms or a positive test. Close contact means a person closer than six feet for a total of 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour period.

  • The University, once notified of a student’s positive test through the self report form linked below, will contact a student’s faculty members to request appropriate instruction adjustments, as well as inform other students in each class that a student has tested positive (with no identification of the COVID positive student to others in the class). The University retains discretion to enforce quarantine and isolation requirements in cases of non-compliance.  

If you have tested positive, please report your positive test 

The guidance for COVID-19 exposure is from the CDC and Utah Health Department and depends on if you are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated. 

Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine and can continue to go to work, school, and participate in events. We know there is a small chance vaccinated people can get COVID-19 (called a breakthrough case) and pass the virus to other people, so to be very safe we suggest vaccinated people get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after they were exposed to see if they are carrying the virus.

If you are not vaccinated, you must quarantine for 10 days if you live with, or have been fully exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms or test negative.  Individuals can get tested on day 7 of their quarantine and can end quarantine if their test is negative and they don't have any symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals must wait at least 7 days after their exposure to be tested.

  • SUU is a mask-recommended campus. Due to a recent spike in COVID cases in Iron County, SUU has moved from a mask-friendly to a mask-recommended environment. This means that the University recommends that students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear masks inside campus buildings (except within a private office), but the University does not require it. Should there be an improvement in the COVID environment, the campus may return to a Mask-Friendly Environment.
  • SUU will be open. In-person activities and events (e.g. Thunder U, student activities, and athletic events ) are on track to be held, with efforts to keep attendees safe and well.
  • SUU is working to keep the campus clean. University employees and students should participate in frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas. SUU Facilities will supply departments and instructional spaces with hand sanitizer, wipes, and cleaning disinfectant.
  • Practice good hygiene habits: Mask up indoors. Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer. Sneeze into your elbow. Don’t share food, utensils, and drinks.
  • SUU cares about your mental health. The pandemic and other circumstances can impact your mental health. It is ok to need help and support, and SUU has resources available. Students may contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for assistance. The Employee Assistance Program is available for employees.
  • The University retains discretion to enforce quarantine and isolation requirements in cases of non-compliance.

The following are general guidelines for the classroom environment. Detailed guidelines for faculty.

  • Class attendance is required: If you are registered for a face-to-face, synchronous remote, or hybrid course, face-to-face attendance is required. If you are ill or instructed to isolate or quarantine, you may request a faculty member record the class and share it with you, but evidence of your illness or other status may be required. In order for you to receive academic adjustments and ensure that your request is communicated to faculty, you must submit this self report form.
  • Course delivery modalities are posted online, but may be modified in response to COVID-19 conditions: SUU is employing every effort to maintain a learning environment that is engaging and safe. The course modality listed when you registered for courses should remain for the semester, however, due to COVID conditions, the delivery of modality for a specific course may change during the semester. The instructional shift can be short term (possibly the length of a quarantine or isolation time period), or in some cases longer. When such a modification is needed, faculty members will work with their department chair and/or dean, and the students to maintain an effective learning environment.
  • If you are a student who needs accommodation due to a documented disability, please contact the Disability Resource Center. Students should provide as much notice as possible for needed disability accommodations. Professors and instructors should contact the same office with questions about student accommodations.
  • Campus operations remain open: University departments and services should expect to continue regular operations through the academic year. Departments should maintain an in-person presence in addition to providing alternative ways to contact the office, like by phone or email. 
  • Remote work options: Employees who are well enough and able to perform their tasks remotely may do so during required quarantine or isolation periods by working remotely with the approval of their supervisor. Supervisors should be flexible with employees required to quarantine or isolate, particularly when remote work is possible.
    Policy 8.3.1 Flexible Work Arrangements outlines the process to establish a long-term flexible work arrangement for an employee. For circumstances directly related to COVID-19, temporary work adjustments may be made for a quarantine/isolation period with supervisor approval - it is not required to complete a remote work adjustment form.
  • Reporting leave: Time not performing work during a quarantine or isolation period must be reported on the leave report, using the employee’s accrued sick leave balance. For employees with required quarantine or isolation periods that extend beyond their accrued sick leave balance and who cannot perform their work remotely, the supervisor should request administrative leave through President Mindy Benson.
  • Accommodations: If you are an employee who needs an accommodation due to a disability in order to perform the essential functions of your job, please contact the HR Director/ADA Coordinator in Human Resources. Employees should provide as much notice as possible for needed disability accommodations.
  • Additional workplace guidance is available on the Utah Coronavirus website.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow all state and local requirements and standards. We will update the campus community if anything changes or new information becomes available; as this is always a developing situation with constant research behind it, please do not be surprised or alarmed if that happens. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Case Counts

Updated each Monday

Positive Tests

Week Community Students Faculty & Staff Total
August 30 - September 5 9 13 1 23
September 6 - September 12 10 20 5 35
September 13 - September 19 8 22 9 39
September 20 - September 26 6 28 5 39
September 27 - October 3 15 23 4 42
October 4 - October 10 11 15 3 29
October 11 - October 17 9 11 3 23
October 18 - October 24 7 8 1 16
Week Students Faculty & Staff Total*
August 30 - September 5 19 1 20
September 6 - September 12 34 5 39
September 13 - September 19 58 10 68
September 20 - September 26 49 6 55
September 27 - October 3 37 6 43
October 4 - October 10 26 5 31
October 11 - October 17 24 4 28
October 18 - October 24 12 1 13

*This table does not report community members who have tested positive at SUU's testing site.

Counts may change due to self-reports coming in after numbers were initially reported. 

The number of cases listed in this chart are those who have tested positive at SUU's testing site or have self-reported a positive COVID test to SUU within the prior week (Monday to Sunday). There may be other cases on campus that are not included as individuals may not have used the SUU testing site or self-reported a positive test result to SUU.The case counts shown here represent SUU's very best effort to capture the number of cases.

For more information on COVID cases in Iron County, please visit Southwest Utah Public Health.