COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

Dixie State University is vigilantly following local, state, national, and global agencies as they closely monitor the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The University is taking measures to ensure the safety of the entire campus community and has emergency operation plans in place. Be sure to check back often, as this site is updated frequently and will provide the most up-to-date information concerning the University’s response to COVID-19.

Webpage last updated at 9:55 a.m. on October 21, 2020.

COVID-19 cases at Dixie State University

UPDATED 10/21

New Cases This Week

Currently Active Cases

Recovered Cases for Fall 2020

Total Cases Since March 2020

Students3023152160
Faculty/Staff 55620
Total3528158180

New cases are defined as positive cases reported within the previous week. Sometimes cases are reported outside of the active case window due to a delay in reporting and may not be reflected in the active case count.

Active case counts are defined as reported current cases within the 10-day isolation period from symptom onset or to resolution of symptoms at which point a case is cleared to resume daily activities. See CDC: Duration of Isolation and Precautions for more information.

Numbers are based on DSU’s campus community of 13,500 people.

Self Reporting

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, we are asking DSU Students, Staff & Faculty to complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form if:

  • They have received positive test results of COVID-19
  • They are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Or have come into close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 test*

*Close contact is defined as contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 within less than six feet AND without wearing face coverings or barriers AND for longer than 15 minutes within 48 hours of the positive case’s onset of symptoms or when they received positive test results.

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Dixie State University COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

Face Coverings UPDATED 8/21
What is the purpose of a face covering?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of simple cloth face masks/coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Wearing a face covering may aid in preventing the spread of viruses in instances when:

  • 6-feet physical distancing is difficult, impracticable, or cannot be maintained
  • Persons are together in close proximity for 10 minutes or more
  • The nature of the interaction results in consistent talking, singing, or other verbal or respiratory exchanges within close proximity
  • The location is of a type where many people come and go and physical distancing is difficult to maintain

Face coverings are not a substitute for the surgical masks needed in health care settings or personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirators.

When should I wear a face covering?

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while in all hallways, public spaces (any indoor space other than your own private office; residence, including residence hall room or apartment; or personal vehicle), classrooms, and other common areas of campus buildings. Face coverings must also be properly worn when in offices, other work spaces, or outdoor settings and 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

What if I encounter a scenario in which I am unsure if I should wear a face covering?

When in doubt, wear your face covering.

Where do I get a face covering?

UPDATED 8/21

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are expected to provide their own face coverings (e.g. cloth or disposable face mask). However, if they forget to bring one to campus, face coverings are available in each campus building in the following individuals’ offices:

  • Merilee Gustafson – Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center 303
  • Alicia Frank – Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center 302
  • Sarah Strickley – Hurricane Education Center
  • Christine Loveless – Atwood Innovation Plaza 190
  • Amy Fletcher – Atwood Innovation Plaza 185
  • Francine Larger – University Plaza B115
  • Kristi Jones – University Plaza D 103
  • Cameo Webster – North Plaza 125 A
  • Sheila Cannon- North Plaza 142
  • Robyn Whipple – Edith S. Whitehead Education Building 118
  • Mary McFadden- Edith S. Whitehead Education Building 157
  • Michele Baker – Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center 115
  • Jan Maxfield – Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center 107
  • Cindi Jenkins – Snow Math & Science Center 134
  • Terry Harrison – Snow Math & Science Center 215
  • Ruth Bruckert – Snow Math & Science Center 231 A
  • Kathi Steadward – Science Building 101
  • Hannah Tua’one – Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center 117 A
  • Hope Mullins – Wellington & Margaret McDonald Center for Humanities & Social Sciences 226
  • Debi Robinson – Jennings Communications Building 124
  • Joshua Beal – Jennings Communications Building 123
  • Lory Matucci – Ernö and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business 362 A
  • Wendy Stabler – Ernö and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business 300
  • Circulation Desk – Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons 2nd Floor
  • Leslie Twitchell – Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons 324
  • Emma Lanners – Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons 355
  • Kat Preiss – Human Performance Center 322 or Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center 207
  • Patty Burton – Human Performance Center – 347
  • Deb Millet – Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center 202
  • Cari Heizer – Smith’s Computer Center 135
  • Human Resources Front Desk – M. Anthony Burns Offices 140
Do I wear a face covering while eating or drinking?

No. You do not need to wear a face covering while eating or drinking. After removing your face covering for eating, place the face covering into a bag to help keep the material clean and away from other people and items in your proximity. As soon as your meal is complete, wash your hands or clean your hands with hand sanitizer, replace your face covering, and clean your hands again.

Are face shields an acceptable form of face coverings?

The CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities as a substitute for cloth face masks/coverings. It is not known if face shields provide any benefit to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles.

Face shields are not a replacement for face coverings, except in approved instances such as:

  • While lecturing in a course to accommodate students who may rely on seeing the instructor’s mouth to clearly understand content
  • While lecturing or speaking to a group to support the ability to project better
  • Having received an exemption from the face covering policy from the appropriate university staff and a face shield is deemed a reasonable accommodation

Face shields must wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend below the chin. Disposable face shields should only be worn for a single use. Reusable face shields should be cleaned after each use.

Are there exceptions to wearing face coverings?

According to the CDC, cloth face coverings should not be worn by:

  • Children younger than 2 years old
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance

Employees who need reasonable accommodations related to the use of face coverings may contact Human Resources and students may contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance.

Do I need to wear a face covering it if impairs my ability to do my job?

To keep the campus community safe, a face covering must be worn in all public areas. If you believe that doing so impairs your ability to do your job, review the information about requesting an exemption.

I have already had COVID-19, do I have to wear a face covering?

Yes. Scientific understanding of COVID-19 is still evolving and it currently is not known if those who have had the disease can be re-infected and become contagious again.

How is the university promoting the use of face coverings?

Throughout campus, signage is posted and regularly updated according to current guidelines and protocol to remind individuals to wear face coverings. Additionally, course syllabi include notification of the requirement to wear a face covering in classrooms and other instructional areas and employee return-to-work training includes notifications.

How will  face covering guidelines be enforced on campus?

DSU expects everyone who comes to campus to observe the University’s health and wellness protocols that follow Governor Herbert’s mandate that masks be worn in all state facilities, as DSU is a state facility. Failure to comply with face covering requirements may result in denial of access to designated areas, participation in programs or activities, and/or discipline in accordance with applicable University policies. In classrooms, faculty have the right to deny a student entry into the room if the student is not wearing a face covering.

Can individuals be directed to vacate University property if they refuse to wear a face covering?

Yes, unless individuals have received an exemption to the face covering policy from DSU’s Disability Resource Center, Human Resources, and/or the Dean of Students. If individuals are not wearing face coverings in a public space, the first response should be to kindly remind the individual to wear a face covering and offer a clean one if one is available.  If the individual refuses to wear a face covering, a supervisor (for students, this could be a faculty member or a staff member overseeing the area) may direct the individual to leave. For example, a faculty member could direct a student to attend a class remotely rather than in person. As a last resort, if the person refuses to leave, the supervisor should inform the person that they are calling Campus Security/Police for assistance.

  • Campus Security: 435-236-4000
  • Campus Police Dispatch: 435-652-7300
How should I raise a concern about someone not adhering to the face covering requirement?

Employees should express their concerns to their immediate supervisors. Supervisors will follow appropriate protocols and are in a position to ascertain whether the person has an exemption and, if they don’t, to request the person wear a face covering or vacate the space. If the supervisor is uncertain of the exemption status of the individual, the supervisor should reach out to the Human Resources Office for further guidance.

Students and visitors should contact the faculty or staff member who is supervising the person or the space where the infraction occurred. The supervising party will be in a position to ascertain whether the person has an exemption and, if not, to request the person to wear a face covering or vacate the space.

As an instructor or advisor, how do I enforce wearing face coverings in my office, classroom, or other learning space?

If a student is not wearing a face covering, first kindly remind the student to wear a face covering and offer  a clean face one if one is available.  If the individual refuses to wear a face covering, you may direct the individual to leave the space, and if available, join the class remotely.

If the student refuses to leave, excuse the class and leave the room before calling Campus Security/Police to assist in removing the student. At no point should instructors or students put themselves into an unsafe situation while attempting to enforce the face covering policy.

  • Campus Security: 435-236-4000
  • Campus Police Dispatch: 435-652-7300
As a supervisor, how do I handle employees who do not comply with the face covering policy?

Employees are expected to comply with the face covering requirement as a condition of employment. Remind employees who do not comply of the policy and provide additional education and training as needed. If employees require accommodations, please direct them to Human Resources.

If the employee does not have an exemption and has received additional education and training, yet refuses to comply, you may direct the individual to leave the space. If the employee leaves without issue, proceed with disciplinary action in accordance with University policies. Human Resources is available to assist with guidance around disciplinary action.

As a last resort, if the employee refuses to leave, call Campus Security/Police to assist in removing the employee. At no point should the supervisor or other employees put themselves into an unsafe situation while attempting to enforce the face-covering policy.

  • Campus Security: 435-236-4000
  • Campus Police Dispatch: 435-652-7300

Following the removal of the employee, proceed with disciplinary action in accordance with University policies.

As a supervisor, I have been notified that a visitor, contractor, or vendor is not adhering to the face covering requirement. What are my next steps?

If an individual is not wearing a face covering, first kindly remind the individual to wear a face covering and offer  a clean face one if one is available.  If the individual refuses to wear a face covering, you may direct the individual to leave the space.

As a last resort, if the individual refuses to leave, call Campus Security/Police to assist in removing the individual. At no point should the supervisor or other employees put themselves into an unsafe situation while attempting to enforce the face-covering policy.

    • Campus Security: 435-236-4000
    • Campus Police Dispatch: 435-652-7300
Diagnostic Testing & Isolation UPDATED 9/11

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

UPDATED 9/11

Free testing is available through TestUtah and results are available in 24-72 hours.

Testing is also available through Intermountain Healthcare. The first test is free and the subsequent tests will be billed to insurance. Test results are available in 24-72 hours.

Soft Cell Laboratories also offers testing for individuals who have an order for a test from a healthcare provider. The fee is $80 cash or billed to insurance and results are available in 24 hours.

What is the University doing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 on campus?

UPDATED 9/11

  • DSU is working in collaboration with the Southwest Public Health Department (SWUPHD) to receive all positive test results of students, faculty, and staff who have addresses within the five county area.
  • If an individual reports an address outside the five county area and they have a positive COVID-19 result, contact tracing is performed through their reported county of residence. These individuals are encouraged to submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to the Booth Wellness Center to perform their contact tracing on DSU campus.
  • If you hear of someone who has been exposed to, is experiencing symptoms of, or has tested positive for COVID-19, please encourage them to self-quarantine and to fill out the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form.
  • You may provide the name of an individual you believe has tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19 by emailing the Booth Wellness Center at wellness@dixie.edu.
  • When necessary, contract tracing will be conducted utilizing seating charts submitted by faculty. If a positive case is reported, students seated within six feet of the positive case will be contacted and asked to quarantine, but the remaining students in the class will be able to continue attending class without disruption.
Is the University conducting contact tracing for COVID-19 testing?

UPDATED 9/11

Contact tracing for positive COVID-19 test cases and their close contacts (e.g. those who have come into contact with the positive case with less than 6-feet distance, for longer than 15 minutes within 48 hours of onset of symptoms) will be conducted by the the Booth Wellness Center in collaboration with the SWUPHD.

The measuring stick to assess for risk of exposure of close contacts is:

  • Contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19
  • With less than 6-feet distance
  • For longer than 15 minutes
  • Within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.

Employees and students determined to be at high risk of exposure will be sent home for quarantine and should monitor for developing symptoms. Employees will be instructed to contact their supervisor, inform them of their quarantine status, and work with HR and their supervisor to create a plan for remote work and compensation during quarantine. Students will be instructed to contact their professors/instructors and inform them of their quarantine status and arrange for remote delivery of courses.

Employees and students who quarantine as a result of close contact* to a person with positive test results are encouraged to submit a confidential self-reporting form. This form will be received by the Booth Wellness Center who will then contact the individual and provide them with information to connect to campus services during their quarantine.

  • Those who come into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are symptomatic will immediately be referred to a community partner for testing. If results are negative, they need to complete their 14-day quarantine and may return to work or school after 24 hours after fever resolves without the use of fever-reducing medications, or after symptoms have improved (at least 4-5 days after flu-like symptoms started).
  • Those who come into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are asymptomatic, will be sent home to quarantine for 14 days. If any time during their quarantine they develop COVID-19 symptoms, they are advised to submit a COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.
  • Those who come into close contact with a suspected** COVID-19 case and are not symptomatic are encouraged to submit a COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.

The measuring stick to assess for risk of exposure is a firsthand-exposure contact with less than 6-feet distance for longer than 15 minutes, per CDC guidelines.

 

*Close contact is defined as contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for longer than 15 minutes AND closer than six feet within 48 hours of the positive case’s onset of symptoms.

**A suspected COVID-19 case is close contact with someone who has COVID-19 related symptoms when no test results have been given.

What If I test positive for COVID-19?

UPDATED 8/20

If test results are positive, the individual will isolate at home and not return to work or school until a fever has resolved for 24 hours (without using fever reducing medications), symptoms have improved, and it has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared; the person will then report to work or and follow university facial covering, social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

  • Employees will submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form that indicates positive test results to the HR director, and will work with HR and their supervisor to explore possible plans for remote work and compensation during isolation.
  • Students are encouraged to submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to inform the Booth Wellness Center of their positive test results, contact professors to inform them of need to isolate, and work out a remote learning plan.
What If I test negative for COVID-19?

UPDATED 9/11

If a student or employee has come into close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 and has received a negative test result, the student or employee needs to quarantine for 14 days. After 14 days have passed and the fever has resolved (without using fever-reducing medication), the student or employee may return to campus if he or she complies with University guidelines of wearing face coverings while less than 6 feet apart from others (especially while in close proximity for longer than 15 minutes), following good sanitation practices, and daily self-monitoring for developing COVID-19 related symptoms.

If a student or employee has COVID-19 symptoms, but has had no known exposure to COVID-19 and has received a negative test result, the employee or student can return to work or school 24 hours after the fever has resolved (without using fever-reducing medication) if he or she complies with University guidelines of wearing face coverings while less than 6 feet apart from others (especially while in close proximity for longer than 15 minutes), following good sanitation practices, and daily self-monitoring for developing COVID-19 related symptoms.

What if my test results were invalid or inconclusive?

UPDATED 9/11

If a student or employee has come into close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 and has received an invalid or inconclusive test result, the student or employee needs to quarantine for 14 days. After 14 days have passed and the fever has resolved (without using fever-reducing medication), the student or employee may return to campus if he or she complies with University guidelines of wearing face coverings while less than 6 feet apart from others (especially while in close proximity for longer than 15 minutes), following good sanitation practices, and daily self-monitoring for developing COVID-19 related symptoms.

If a student or employee has COVID-19 symptoms, but has had no known exposure to COVID-19 and has received an invalid or inconclusive test result, the employee or student should re-test.

What does it mean to isolate?

UPDATED 7/28

To isolate, in relation to COVID-19, means that people infected with the virus, who exhibits symptoms, should isolate from others who are not infected (i.e. roommates or members of household). People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. Learn more about isolation from the CDC here.

Who should isolate?

UPDATED 7/28

People who have COVID-19:

  • Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home
  • Those who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for COVID-19
How do I isolate?

UPDATED 8/20

  • Please fill out a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form
  • Remain at home and stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if able
What does it mean to quarantine?

UPDATED 8/20

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.

Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. If you need to quarantine, stay home, separate yourself from others, monitor your health, and consider submitting to the University a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form.

Who should quarantine?

UPDATED 7/28

A person should quarantine if:

  • They have come into close contact with a person who has a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • They come into close contact with an individual suspected of having COVID-19, until the person they were in close contact with receives a negative test result.
How do I quarantine?

UPDATED 8/20

  • Please fill out a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk
How do I get approval for remote work (if an employee) or complete classwork (if a student) if I isolate?

UPDATED 6/12

Please communicate directly with your supervisor (if you’re an employee) and instructors (if you’re a student) about your situation. If additional support is needed for employees, please contact Human Resources; if additional support is needed for students, contact your academic advisor.

What if I develop symptoms while in quarantine?

UPDATED 9/11

If a person develops symptoms while in quarantine, they will inform the Booth Wellness Center of their status, be referred to a community partner for testing, and provide test results to the Booth Wellness Center.

  • If the results are positive, the employee or student will follow University isolation guidelines as outlined in “What if I test positive for COVID-19?”
  • If the results are negative, the employee or student can return to work 24 hours after fever has resolved (without using fever-reducing medication), the student or employee may return to campus if he or she complies with University guidelines of wearing face coverings while less than 6 feet apart from others (especially while in close proximity for longer than 15 minutes), following good sanitation practices, and daily self-monitoring for developing COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • If the employee or student lives with a person who is COVID-19 positive and they do not quarantine separately from them in their house, they must go through the 10-day quarantine period with the positive case and then begin their own 14-day quarantine.
    • If the employee or student remains asymptomatic, on day 7 of their quarantine, they may be tested and report results to the Booth Wellness Center.
    • If they choose to quarantine separately, they may conclude their quarantine with the positive test case on day 14, as long as they have not developed symptoms.
    • If they develop symptoms at any time during quarantine, they should be tested immediately and follow protocols based on negative or positive test results.

Find more information about when to end quarantine on the CDC’s website.

The Spread and Symptoms of COVID-19 UPDATED 9/11
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

UPDATED 9/11

Anyone may experience mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19, and vulnerable populations such as older adults and people with severe underlying medical conditions (e.g., heart or lung disease or diabetes) are at a higher risk of developing more serious complications from COVID-19. Please note symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

The most common symptoms associated with COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness

Less common symptoms include:

  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • A rash on your skin or discoloration of fingers or toes

Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of the following serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility. Serious symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of speech or movement

Students and employees are encouraged to download and install Utah’s Healthy Together app to help track symptoms, locate COVID-19 testing sites, and learn of potential exposure while maintaining privacy. Students and employees should also consider visiting the CDC’s Self-Checker tool, which provides recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and isolation, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.

What do I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

UPDATED 8/20

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (see above) stay home and self-monitor your symptoms according to directions outlined on the CDC’s website and utilizing the CDC’s Self-Checker symptom guide.​ Staying home and following CDC and local Public Health Department guidelines will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a suspected case of COVID-19 or have traveled to an impacted area, please contact The Booth Wellness Center or the Utah Coronavirus Information Line. The Booth Wellness Center is not equipped to test for COVID-19, but staff are available to answer questions regarding testing. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help keep the center’s healthcare professionals and other patients healthy, the Booth Wellness Center is open for Telehealth medical and mental health appointments only via Zoom or by phone. Please call their office to schedule an appointment.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, please submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form for assistance on access to campus resources should you need to quarantine or isolate.

Resources available to answer any questions about COVID-19 include:

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC) website
  • Utah Coronavirus Information Line: 1-800-456-7707
  • Intermountain Healthcare Connect Care
  • Intermountain Health Care’s Health Answers Line: 844-501-6600
  • DSU’s Booth Wellness Center: 435-652-7755
  • Utah Department of Health Resource Center: 888-222-2442
What can I do to protect myself and others from the virus?

UPDATED 7/28

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to others. COVID-19 is primarily spread through person-to-person contact and you can minimize risk of exposure by following CDC Guidelines to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19. Guidelines include:

  • Daily monitoring of your health. Be aware of COVID-19 symptoms, if experiencing symptoms, stay home, take your temperature, monitor symptoms and contact a healthcare provider.
  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering in public settings. Please be aware of the Governor of Utah’s Executive Order that mandates the use of face coverings in state facilities.
  • In public settings, maintain 6 feet (approximately 2 arms’ length) of distance from other people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time, especially after you have been in a public place, blown your nose, coughed, or sneezed. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If no tissue is immediately available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Boost your immune function by prioritizing sleep, eating a nutrient-rich diet, specifically Vitamins C, D, and Zinc, and managing stress.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Employee Information UPDATED 9/11
When Washington County is designated as “yellow” (or low risk) in Utah’s color-coded health guidance system, what does that mean in terms of working on campus?

UPDATED 7/28

When Washington County is designed as “yellow,” campus should take the appropriate safety precautions to prepare for the majority of employees working on campus. These preparations include displaying the appropriate signage, ensuring the necessary supplies and PPE are available to employees, putting enhanced sanitation practices in place, and maintaining proper social distancing. These measures are in place to reduce possible disease spread.

For employees returning to on-campus work, the following will be required of them prior to returning to campus:

  • Employees are to self-monitor their temperature to ensure it remains at 100.4 or lower and review any COVID-19 like symptoms each day prior to coming to campus. Should symptoms present, employees are to inform their supervisor via email or phone call and should not report to the workplace until COVID-19 testing has been completed, results are negative, and symptoms have not presented for 24 hours, and symptoms have resolved for 4-5 days from when they first appeared.
  • Employees are to review and sign the DSU COVID-19 Return-to-In-Person-Work Form and submit it to Human Resources prior to June 1 (or their first day back to work on-campus). This form is available to all full-time employees through the NEOGOV eForms system for completion. The form can be downloaded/signed through the above link, then emailed to hr@dixie.edu for part-time employees and volunteers coming to campus.
  • Full-time employees are to watch the video training “Preparing Your Workforce for COVID-19,” which is available within the NEOGOV Learn system and has been assigned to all full-time employees to complete. All active part-time employees (hourly & instructors), as well as student employees, have access to a series of comparable COVID-19 trainings within SafeColleges to complete – these SafeColleges trainings will also be available as suggested trainings for full-time employees.

Employees who are high-risk for COVID-19 (as outlined in the Return-to-In-Person Work Form cited above) are also able to return to work on-campus, but are asked to take extra precautions such as wearing a face mask when social distancing is not possible, diligent sanitation efforts, avoid crowd gatherings, etc. These employees should work with their supervisors to create a reasonable timeline for returning to work on-campus prior to the start of Fall Semester, which can include remote working and/or opting to take accrued leave.

Supervisors should read these important guidelines and general recommendations from the State of Utah Labor Commission to best protect themselves and their high-risk employees from exposure and continue the protocols established in category “orange” regarding sanitation, social distancing, and face coverings. Space occupancy levels should also be monitored within these levels, with structured events limited to no more than 50 individuals.

The University will continue its efforts in monitoring the situation at the state/regional level. Should our region or state color categorization change, the guidelines concerning working remotely will also change at that time.

What if I test negative for COVID-19?

UPDATED 9/11

Employees who experience COVID-19 related symptoms, receive testing, and test negative for COVID-19 can continue to work on campus after they have gone 24 hours without a fever (without using fever-reducing medication), it has been 4-5 days since symptoms first appeared, submitted a copy of their negative test results to the HR Director or hr@dixie.edu, and completed the return-to-in-person-work form and associated trainings. Once back to work, employees are asked to comply with university guidelines and wear face coverings while less than 6 feet apart from others (especially while in close proximity for longer than 15 minutes), follow good sanitation practices, and self-monitor daily for the development of COVID-19 related symptoms.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

UPDATED 9/11

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are asked to complete DSU’s COVID-19 Self Reporting Form and share this information only to their supervisor and Human Resources to ensure HIPAA compliance and employee privacy. These employees will quarantine (or self-isolate) themselves for a minimum of 10 days in which they do not have symptoms and will not report to work on campus. Employees can work with HR and their supervisors to explore possible plans for remote work and compensation during isolation.

Specific protocols for positive COVID-19 cases are as follows:

  1. Complete DSU’s COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.
  2. The employee notifies Human Resources of a positive test case by emailing the HR Director or hr@dixie.edu with confirmation of a positive test result.
  3. Human Resources directs the positive case to the Booth Wellness Center (BWC).
  4. BWC emails a template to the supervisor, outlining the protocol to follow, including patient expectations of privacy, remote work plan, and the following return-to-work guidelines.
  5. BWC performs initial on-campus contact tracing, including visiting with the parties involved (those who have a positive case or suspected case) and asking them about who they’ve come into contact with on campus within 48 hours prior to the development of symptoms and with less than 6 feet distance for longer than 15 minutes.
  6. BWC asks the employee for permission to contact those campus individuals to inform them of possible exposure to COVID-19. COVID-19 case name is kept private to comply with HIPAA regulations.
    • If the employee grants permission, HR works with the employee’s supervisor to contact those impacted employees that came into close contact* with positive or suspected case (“firsthand-exposure contact”) and recommends self-isolation and remote work/compensation during isolation.

Employees may not be able to return to work until the following criteria are met to verify fit-for-duty status.

If an employee comes into close contact with a known case, the employee will be advised to quarantine for 14 days. If at any point during their 14 day quarantine, employees develop COVID-19 symptoms, they are encouraged to submit a COVID-19 Self Reporting Form and obtain testing. If the test comes back negative, the employee should continue to quarantine until the original 14-day period has passed. If the test comes back positive, the employee should quarantine for 10 days from the date of development of symptoms.

If the employee tests positive but has no symptoms, the employee may return to work if:

  • 10 days have passed since the date of their positive COVID-19 test and
  • He/she has not subsequently developed symptoms since the positive test

Upon returning to work, employees will follow university social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

 

*Close contact is defined as contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for longer than 15 minutes AND closer than six feet within 48 hours of the positive case’s onset of symptoms.

What happens if my housemate tests positive for COVID-19?

UPDATED 9/11

If an employee or student lives with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and the employee or student does not quarantine separately from that individual in their home, the employee must go through the 10-day quarantine period with the individual with a positive case and then begin his/her own 14-day quarantine (totaling 24 days).

If the employee or student chooses to quarantine separately, they may conclude their quarantine with the positive test case on day 14, as long as they have not developed symptoms.

If the employee or student develops symptoms at any time during quarantine, they should be tested immediately and follow protocols based on negative or positive test results.

What happens if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

UPDATED 9/11

The measuring stick to assess for risk of exposure is a firsthand-exposure contact (coming into direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with less than 6 feet distance for longer than 15 minutes).

Employees who have had secondhand-exposure contact (not coming into contact with a positive COVID-19 case directly, but coming into contact with someone who has been in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case) are not required to work from home or quarantine. These individuals should monitor their health for COVID-19 related symptoms. One’s exposure to COVID-19 is diminished, in either a firsthand-exposure or secondhand-exposure contact situation if the employee was wearing a face covering while less than 6 feet apart from others (especially while in close proximity for longer than 15 minutes), and if they followed good sanitation practices of frequent handwashing or using hand sanitizer.

  • Those who come into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are symptomatic will immediately be referred to a community partner for testing. If results are negative, they may return to work or school 24 hours after fever has resolved, 4-5 days have passed since onset of symptoms, and symptoms have improved (without utilizing fever-reducing medications).
  • Those who come into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are asymptomatic will be sent home for a 14-day quarantine. If they do not develop symptoms within that time frame, they may return to work after their 14-day quarantine is completed.
  • Those who come into close contact with a suspected* COVID-19 case and are not symptomatic are encouraged to submit a COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.

*A suspected COVID-19 case is firsthand exposure to someone who has COVID-19 related symptoms when no test results have been given.

When Washington County is designated as “orange” (or moderate risk) in Utah’s color-coded health guidance system, what does that mean in terms of working on campus?

UPDATED 7/28

When Washington County is categorized as “Orange,” the University continues to encourage all employees to work remotely if they are able to complete their responsibilities remotely. Additionally, full-time employees who are considered to be at high risk for COVID-19 (e.g. over age 65, have underlying medical conditions, and/or are otherwise immunocompromised) and/or who are COVID-19-related caregivers including due to school or childcare closures, may take leave if they are unable to complete their work remotely. Employees should work with their supervisors to find assignments that can be completed remotely, utilizing the staff resources that have been in place since mid-March and/or opt to take accrued leave. If you have leave concerns, please contact the HR Director for assistance (435.652.7521).

The University will continue its efforts in monitoring the situation at the state/regional level. Should our region or state color categorization change, the guidelines concerning working remotely will also change at that time.

The following employees who are unable to complete their work remotely or have been invited to return to campus by their supervisor may return to work on campus (with restrictions):

  • Employees who are asymptomatic (e.g. do not have a fever, cough, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) and have not known to have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 nor have had any symptoms for the past 14 days.
  • Employees who have tested negative for COVID-19, have an alternative diagnosis (e.g. tested positive for influenza, etc.), have not presented with a fever for 24 hours, have let 4-5 days pass since the onset of symptoms, and have experienced an improvement in symptoms.
  • Employees who have been approved to work on campus by their immediate supervisor.

For all employees who return to work on campus, the following guidelines are in place:

  • Employees are encouraged to daily self-monitor their temperature and review any COVID-19 like symptoms. Should symptoms present, employees are to inform their supervisor via email or phone call and should leave or not report to the workplace until testing has been completed, results are negative, fever has resolved for 24 hours, symptoms have improved, and it has been 4-5 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • All full-time employees returning to campus should watch the video training “Preparing Your Workforce for COVID-19,” which is available within the NEOGOV Learn platform. A link to NEOGOV is available on our HR webpage. Supervisors should also read these important guidelines and general recommendations from the State of Utah Labor Commission to best protect themselves and their employees from exposure.
  • Employees should wear a face mask or cloth face covering when traversing campus, attending meetings or group settings of up to 20 individuals, and/or working within a public space (e.g. office cubicle, reception desk, public restrooms, elevators, hallways, etc.).
    • When working within a private office, with the door closed, it is not necessary to use a face mask.
    • Face masks are available through the State of Utah’s A Mask for Every Utahn initiative. Please contact the Campus Main Line (435.652.7500) if you are in need of instruction on how to use household materials to create an appropriate face coving yourself. It is the responsibility of employees to learn and follow the CDC’s instructions for properly using face masks or coverings.
  • Chairs/occupancy levels will be marked and limited in conference rooms to ensure a distance of at least 6 feet is maintained between attendees and room capacity is limited to no more than 20 people. Virtual meetings are still preferred and encouraged over face-to-face meetings, if feasible, utilizing Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
  • Common-touch areas (doorknobs, handrails, reception desks, equipment, etc.) should be sanitized by assigned office staff throughout the work day, and hand sanitizer will be provided for employees and visitors. Facilities Management can provide cleaner/training to assigned office staff across campus upon request. Requests can be made by calling 435.652.7556.
  • Signage should be posted throughout areas to remind visitors to practice healthy hygiene, be mindful of symptoms, etc. Click here for CDC-approved signage your office can display.

For reference, please see CDC COVID-19 Return to Work Guidelines and Utah Return to Work Guidelines.

How can employees work remotely if required to do so because of a positive test result, symptom-monitoring period awaiting test results, etc.?

UPDATED 4/13

Faculty resources to support remote teaching are available here.

Staff resources to support working remotely are available here.

IT resources to support all faculty and staff working remotely are available here.

A guide of best practices for working from home for all faculty and staff is available here.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Travel UPDATED 9/11
If I travel to another state, do I have to quarantine before returning to campus?

UPDATED 9/11

DSU is following all state guidelines pertaining to COVID-19, including travel recommendations. The state of Utah currently does not have any travel restrictions or requirements to quarantine after traveling.

Has University-sponsored travel been re-instated?

UPDATED 7/29

Dixie State University has canceled all University-sponsored domestic and international travel from March 23 through July 31, 2020. For travel being scheduled August 1 – December 31, 2020, DSU’s travel policies are to be followed with particular attention paid to the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories for international travel.

For University travel within the state of Utah*, depending on Utah’s color-coded health guidance system:

  • State travel to/from areas in the High-Risk (Red) Phase: Essential travel only. Travelers should quarantine for 14 days upon return if county face covering and sanitation guidelines were not followed.  President’s approval is required prior to traveling.
  • State travel to/from areas in the Moderate-Risk (Orange) Phase: Only mission-critical travel is allowed. Travelers may choose to self-isolate for 14 days upon return if county face covering and sanitation guidelines were not followed. Your Vice President’s approval is required prior to traveling.
  • State travel to/from areas in the Low-Risk (Yellow) Phase: Limit travel. Travelers should monitor symptoms for 14 days upon return and may opt to quarantine for 7 days upon return if county face covering and sanitation guidelines are not followed. Your Vice President’s approval is required prior to traveling.
  • State travel to/from areas in the New Normal (Green) Phase: Traveling restrictions are mostly lifted. Travelers should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return and avoid areas of high transmission.

For University travel outside the state of Utah*, depending on Harvard’s color categorization by county:

  • International Travel: Travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival/return. President’s approval is required prior to traveling.
  • Domestic Travel to/from Category Red: Essential travel only. Travelers should quarantine for 14 days upon return. Your Vice President’s approval is required prior to traveling.
  • Domestic Travel to/from Category Orange: Only mission-critical travel is allowed. Travelers may choose to quarantine for 14 days if they did not follow state guidelines for face coverings and sanitation. Your Vice President’s approval is required prior to traveling.
  • Domestic Travel to/from Category Yellow: Limit travel when possible. Travelers should monitor symptoms for 14 days upon return and may opt to quarantine for 7 days upon return if they did not follow state guidelines for face coverings and sanitation. Your Vice President’s approval is required prior to traveling.
  • Domestic Travel to/from Category Green: Traveling restrictions are mostly lifted. Travelers should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return and avoid areas of high transmission.

*Permission to book travel will be based on categorization of our region and the region you are traveling to at the time booking occurs. We encourage all employees to only book travel that can be refundable, since a change in categorization of either our region or the region you are traveling to occur between time of booking and actual travel may require additional approvals or cancellation of travel all together.

Will travel be rescheduled?

No.

Will I be reimbursed for my travel that was approved?

UPDATED 7/28

Travelers should contact the vendors they have worked with to determine what reimbursement options are available. If travelers are not eligible for refunds, they should obtain documentation and contact the DSU department involved with booking their travel to discuss details and reimbursements.

Can the Booth Wellness Center clear me to travel?

UPDATED 7/28

The Booth Wellness Center does not test for COVID-19 and consequently cannot provide travel clearance.

No new travel should be booked without receiving approval to travel from their vice president.

If I or someone I have come into close contact with has recently returned from traveling, such as an LDS missionary returning home, can I come to campus?

In line with the Southwest Utah Public Health Department’s recommendation, if an individual travels outside the community or has come into close contact with someone who has, that individual will be asked to monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days after the time of contact. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. If the individual develops COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) during their time of social distancing, they are then asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Taking this step is part of acting as a responsible member of the community.

Events, Meetings, and Athletic Games UPDATED 8/31
Are events happening on campus?

UPDATED 8/31

Yes, events may be scheduled on campus through Central Scheduling. Please visit their webpage for contact information. The State of Utah’s color-coded Health Guidance System is being adhered to and guidelines may be modified prior to an event. Please ensure that all current guidelines are followed, including hand hygiene, disinfectant cleaning, 6-foot physical distancing, and face coverings being worn as directed. Below are links to the state guidelines and DSU guidelines.

Should meetings still be held virtually?

UPDATED 8/31

Meetings are encouraged to be conducted via videoconferencing or teleconferencing. If this is not feasible, meetings may be held in appropriately sized spaces to allow for social distancing. The Central Scheduling office is happy to assist you in finding an appropriate venue for your meeting. Please ensure that all current guidelines are followed, including hand hygiene, disinfectant cleaning, 6-foot physical distancing, and face coverings being worn.

Where do i find updates on athletics for fall 2020 & beyond?

Get the latest updates from Dixie State Athletics here.

Are visitors allowed on campus?

Access is limited to certain campus’ physical facilities. Please review the information under the “Campus Operations” section of this website for more information about what areas are open for business this summer and their hours of operation.

Student Resources UPDATED 8/17
Will food be available on campus?

UPDATED 7/29

All dining locations will be open for fall semester. Go to dining.dixie.edu/dining-locations for hours of operation and menus. If you have any questions please call 435-652-7676 or email dining@dixie.edu

Is campus housing open?

UPDATED 7/30

Yes, on-campus student housing facilities are open and intend to remain open throughout the academic year. Procedural changes and various efforts are being made by the Housing and Resident Life department due to COVID-19.

Students also are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing in on-campus housing to the extent possible, and should discuss specific expectations/concerns with roommates. Face coverings should be worn in common areas when social distancing of at least six feet is difficult to maintain. Out of caution, visitors/guests are not allowed inside living spaces (e.g., rooms, living rooms) until further notice. Students are strongly encouraged to clean frequently touched areas within their living units often and should avoid sharing items that are difficult to clean.

Students in on-campus housing should notify their Resident Manager to discuss alternate accommodations and resources if they have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

Is the Testing Center open?

UPDATED 8/4

The Student Testing Center on DSU’s main campus and the Testing Lab at the Hurricane Education Center will re-open for Fall Semester 2020. Capacity will remain limited to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and masks will be required for all in-person testing. Student testing will be available on a walk-in basis at both operations for Fall Semester. The Professional Testing Center on DSU’s main campus will remain open for placement testing, entrance testing, and credit-by-exam testing.

Will student resources still be available?

UPDATED 4/7

Yes. Student services will be available. Check out each service’s webpage for details. To see which services are open in person, go to the Campus Operations section on this page. Below is contact information for some of the resources that are most frequently asked about:

Is the library open?

UPDATED 8/17

The Holland Centennial Commons is resuming regular hours for the fall semester (Monday-Thursday, 6:45-12 a.m.; Friday, 6:45 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday,12-7 p.m.; Sunday 2-10 p.m. ). Some materials will need to be quarantined and may not be immediately available.

Library and Learning Services encourages students to take advantage of the wide variety of electronic resources and services. Electronic books and journal articles are available from library.dixie.edu. To access these resources from home, log in with your Dixie ID and password. Students can use the Ask a Librarian feature by texting a question until 10 pm to 435-244-3781. They can also contact the library at 435.652.7714 or at library@dixie.edu from 8 am to 5 pm. You can email a librarian or “meet” with a librarian remotely. Help for remote learning classes is available online through the Academic Performance & Tutoring Center and Writing Center.

The Help Desk is available to assist with all campus technological needs. Students, faculty, and staff can get help with everything from working in Canvas to general computer or Dmail support. The Help Desk can be reached at 435-879-4357 or helpdesk@dixie.edu.

Are there any resources available if social distancing is affecting my mental health?

UPDATED 7/29

The Booth Wellness Center’s summer hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is offering telehealth mental health appointments for students currently in Utah. Please call the Wellness Center at 435.652.7755 to schedule an appointment.

StudentPulse, a texting system that checks in on students’ mental health, is being customized in response to the remote learning environment put in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Students who don’t opt out of this service will receive weekly messages, can confidentially respond with how they are feeling, and then receive appropriate tips, resources, and encouragement based on their responses.

If I moved home after classes transitioned to remote instruction, what location do I use as my residence on the 2020 Census?

UPDATED 4/6

If you lived in St. George while attending Dixie State this academic year (even if you moved home after classes transitioned to remote instruction due to our COVOD-19 Response Plan), please report St. George as your city of residence to the 2020 Census. Respond today at 2020census.gov.

Is COVID-19 information available in  languages other than English?

UPDATED 4/7

To further increase the distribution of consistent messaging around COVID-19, the Utah Coronavirus Task Force has translated multiple resources in 14 languages.

What should I do if I am experiencing an unwelcoming environment?

The University encourages the community to not stigmatize individuals of different nationalities during this stressful time. If students are subject to behavior that is unwelcoming, hostile, or makes them feel unsafe, they should reach out to DSU’s Chief Diversity Officer Tasha Toy at tasha.toy@dixie.edu or 435-652-7735.

Campus Operations UPDATED 8/17
Is the University open?

UPDATED 8/17

Yes. However, campus facilities are following CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all DSU students, faculty, and staff. Most campus services are open including:

  • Human Performance Center (Starting May 21, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed for holidays on May 25, July 4, and July 24 — 435.879.4825 — hpc.dixie.edu)
  • Subway (Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — 435-652-7681)
  • The Market (Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — 435-652-7681)
  • Campus Store (Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — campusstore.dixie.edu)
  • Admissions & Registrar’s Office (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in office – 435.652.7777, live chat at admissions.dixie.edu)
  • Advisement Center (Starting June 8, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. with limited staffing, so please call 435-652-7690 to make arrangement before coming in; live chat available at advisement.dixie.edu; remote and phone appointments  available through Navigate Student app and advisement@dixie.edu)
  • Campus Phone Operators (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – 435.652.7500)
  • Cashier’s Office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – 435.652.7605)
  • Disability Resource Center (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – 435.652.7516)
  • Facilities Management, including Custodial, Grounds, Operations/Energy (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – 435. 652.7566)
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in office – 435.652.7575, live chat at financialaid.dixie.edu)
  • Holland Centennial Commons Help Desk and Library Support (Monday-Thursday, 6:45-12 a.m.; Friday, 6:45 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday,12-7 p.m.; Sunday 2-10 p.m. – 435.879.4357)
  • HR Services (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – 435.879.4521)
  • International Student Services (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in office – 435-375-1245)
  • IT Services, including Networking and Virtual Systems Support (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – 435.879.4357)
  • New Student and Family Programs (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in office – 435.879.4691)
  • Public Safety (435.627.4300)
  • Risk Management & Safety (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – Josh Thayn – 435-652-7855)
  • Student Housing & Resident Life (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – 435.652.7570)
  • Veterans Services (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in office; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. remotely – 435.668.2561)

All employees working on campus or remotely can be reached via the email addresses listed on the DSU Employee Directory.

Is the library open?

UPDATED 8/17

The Holland Centennial Commons is resuming regular hours for the fall semester (Monday-Thursday, 6:45-12 a.m.; Friday, 6:45 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday,12-7 p.m.; Sunday 2-10 p.m. ). Some materials will need to be quarantined and may not be immediately available.

Library and Learning Services encourages students to take advantage of the wide variety of electronic resources and services. Electronic books and journal articles are available from library.dixie.edu. To access these resources from home, log in with your Dixie ID and password. Students can use the Ask a Librarian feature by texting a question until 10 pm to 435-244-3781. They can also contact the library at 435.652.7714 or at library@dixie.edu from 8 am to 5 pm. You can email a librarian or “meet” with a librarian remotely. Help for remote learning classes is available online through the Academic Performance & Tutoring Center and Writing Center.

The Help Desk is available to assist with all campus technological needs. Students, faculty, and staff can get help with everything from working in Canvas to general computer or Dmail support. The Help Desk can be reached at 435-879-4357 or at helpdesk@dixie.edu.

Is campus housing open?

UPDATED 7/30

Yes, on-campus student housing facilities are open and intend to remain open throughout the academic year. Procedural changes and various efforts are being made by the Housing and Resident Life department due to COVID-19.

Students also are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing in on-campus housing to the extent possible, and should discuss specific expectations/concerns with roommates. Face coverings should be worn in common areas when social distancing of at least six feet is difficult to maintain. Out of caution, visitors/guests are not allowed inside living spaces (e.g., rooms, living rooms) until further notice. Students are strongly encouraged to clean frequently touched areas within their living units often and should avoid sharing items that are difficult to clean.

Students in on-campus housing should notify their Resident Manager to discuss alternate accommodations and resources if they have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

Is DSU Preschool open?

No. DSU Preschool is closed until further notice.

What is the University doing to protect the community?

UPDATED 7/30

The health and success of our students, campus, and community is our top priority. To keep members of the campus community safe, DSU continues to adhere to guidance from state leaders as well as follow CDC guidelines. Specific details on how DSU is adhering to guidelines can be found throughout this webpage.

Students and employees representing areas from all across the globe call DSU and St. George home. The University encourages the community to not stigmatize individuals of different nationalities during this stressful time.

Commencement UPDATED 4/10
What is the plan for Commencement?

UPDATED 4/10

Dixie State University has rescheduled its 109th Commencement Ceremony for Friday, December 11, 2020, in the M. Anthony Burns Arena on the DSU campus. The University is so proud of our graduates and all the hard work they have exerted to reach this point in their academic journeys and is excited to celebrate their accomplishments. Please visit dixie.edu/commencement for updated details on specific information including ceremony start time, processional information, the Grad Fair, and more as it becomes available. If you have specific questions, please email commencement@dixie.edu.

Do I need to RSVP to participate in Commencement?

UPDATED 4/10

Yes. Graduates must RSVP on or before August 1, 2020, if they are planning on participating in the 109th Commencement Ceremony. To RSVP, visit dixie.edu/commencement and fill out the RSVP form.

Will I receive my diploma?

UPDATED 4/10

Yes. Diplomas will be mailed out after graduation requirements have been verified.

Will I receive my cap, gown, honors regalia, etc.?

UPDATED 4/10

Caps, gowns, honors stoles, and cords will be available at the Grad Fair, where all graduating students also will receive a gift from the DSU Alumni Association, enjoy snacks, and have the opportunity to purchase Dixie State memorabilia from the Campus Store booth and join the Alumni Association. Details regarding the date and time of the Grad Fair will be provided soon.

Do my family members need tickets to attend Commencement?

UPDATED 4/10

Further information regarding tickets will be provided following the August 1 RSVP deadline.

Are college receptions and other associated banquets and celebrations being held?

UPDATED 4/10

Yes. College receptions will be held Dec. 10. Details specific to your college’s reception will be sent to your Dmail account in the coming months.

Who is invited to walk in the 109th Commencement Ceremony?

UPDATED 4/10

Students who graduated with an associate, baccalaureate, or master’s degree in the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 semesters are invited to participate in the Dec. 11 ceremony.

If I graduate in Fall 2020, do I have to walk in December or can I choose to walk in Spring 2021?

UPDATED 4/10

Fall 2020 graduates may walk in the Dec. 11, 2020, ceremony or the May 7, 2021, ceremony.

Will the Commencement speaker still be Governor Herbert?

UPDATED 4/10

The University is working to confirm a speaker for the Dec. 11 ceremony and will make an announcement as soon as the details are coordinated.

Will I be reimbursed for my graduation fee if I can’t attend the Dec. 11 ceremony?

UPDATED 4/10

No. The graduation fee is being applied to costs associated with producing the Dec. 11 Commencement Ceremony, processing degrees, and printing and mailing diplomas. It is the University’s hope that with the eight months of advance notice, graduates will be able to make arrangements to come back to St. George to celebrate this monumental accomplishment with their classmates.

Could the December Commencement ceremony be postponed or canceled?

UPDATED 4/10

Yes. Dixie State will continue to follow local, state, and national guidelines for safeguarding against COVID-19, and all future plans are dependent on the recommendations being made at that time. Although we will move forward with planning Commencement, if any new directives or guidelines are provided that would impact the Commencement ceremony, we will postpone or cancel as advised.

The most up-to-date information about COVID-19

Contact

Southwest Utah Public Health Department

Phone: 1-800-456-7707

Utah Department of Health Resource Center

Phone: 888-222-2442

Intermountain Healthcare's Health Answers Line

Phone: 844-501-6600

DSU Booth Wellness Center

Phone: 435-652-7755

Office: 1037 E. 100 South