COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. on August 4, 2020. Please check back often, as this site is updated frequently.

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.

Dixie State University COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

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 7/30

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 4/7

The 2nd floor of the Holland Centennial Commons is available for computer and printer use only, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; however, students are encouraged to study remotely if possible and only come to the library if necessary. Limited library services of curbside delivery and checkout of books and laptops also are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 435.652.7714 or use the Chat with a Librarian feature to request this service. We will need your name, D#, item information (title & complete call # or specify laptop), and a time you would like to pick-up. For more information, please see library.dixie.edu.

Level one of the Holland Centennial Commons will remain open.

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.

Is the University open?

UPDATED 7/29

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-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 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 4/7

Effective April 8, the 2nd floor of the Holland Centennial Commons is available for computer and printer use only, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; however, students are encouraged to study remotely if possible and only come to the library if absolutely necessary. Limited library services of curbside delivery and checkout of books and laptops also are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 435.652.7714 or use the Chat with a Librarian feature to request this service. We will need your name, D#, item information (title & complete call # or specify laptop), and a time you would like to pick-up. For more information, please see library.dixie.edu.

Level one of the Holland Centennial Commons will remain open.

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.

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 7/28

Employees who are asymptomatic and opt to participate in the free COVID-19 testing offered through TestUtah June 29 – August 20, and who test negative for COVID-19, can continue to work on campus without any self-isolation required. These employees are asked to complete the required NEOGOV Learn or SafeColleges COVID-19 training, complete the return-to-in-person form, and 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.

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 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 7/28

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are asked to report 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. 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.
  2. Human Resources directs the positive case to the Booth Wellness Center (BWC).
  3. 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.
  4. 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 without wearing masks.
  5. 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 the employee is able to re-test, and the re-test results are negative, the employee can return to work if he/she has:

  • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and
  • Had a copy of the negative COVID-19 test results emailed to Human Resources (hr@dixie.edu) and received confirmation from HR that the employee may return to work.

If the employee is unable to re-test, the employee can return to work if:

  • At least 24 hours have passed since the fever resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved and
  • At least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 like symptoms first appeared and
  • An email has been sent to the HR Director or hr@dixie.edu, verifying the above timeline has been followed and the employee has confirmed receipt from HR that he/she may return to work.

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 and
  • Either a copy of a negative re-test results OR a copy of the positive test results of COVID-19 AND confirmation of ineligibility for retest have been emailed to the HR Director or hr@dixie.edu and the employee has confirmed receipt from HR that he/she may return to work.

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 AND without face coverings or barriers within 48 hours of the positive case’s onset of symptoms.

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

UPDATED 6/12

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 remains asymptomatic, on day 7 of their quarantine, they may be tested. If they receive a negative result, they may return to work or school.

If the employee or student chooses to quarantine separately, they may conclude their quarantine with the positive test case on day 10, 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 7/28

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 without wearing face coverings).

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 for 7 days from the date of possible exposure and if symptoms present, employees should notify their supervisors, stop working, get tested, then proceed based on their test results. 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 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 contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are asymptomatic, will be sent home to monitor for developing symptoms for 7 days. If they do not develop symptoms within that time frame, they may be tested and provide a negative test result to return to work 10 days after they receive their test or complete the 14-day quarantine and return to work.
  • Those who come into contact with a suspected* COVID-19 case and are not symptomatic will be instructed to stay home and monitor for the development of symptoms for 3 days or until the suspected case has received a negative test result, at which point they may return to work.

*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.

With many employees returning to work on campus under category “yellow” and in preparation for the fall semester, what is the University doing to monitor COVID-19 incidents?

UPDATED 7/28

To fully prepare to monitor incidents on campus, the University is providing free voluntary COVID-19 testing for faculty & staff through TestUtah, beginning Monday, June 29 and lasting through Thursday, August 20. This testing benefit is an effort to help our faculty and staff feel more comfortable returning to work, to gather better data on asymptomatic individuals, and to establish a baseline for the higher-risk population of the university prior to students returning in the fall.

Click here for information on testing procedural instructions, along with instructions to follow upon receiving negative or positive results.

Is the University conducting contact tracing for COVID-19 testing?

UPDATED 7/28

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, without wearing face coverings, and within 48 hours of onset of symptoms) will be conducted by SWUPHD, with support of DSU nursing students who will receive clinical hours for performing community health services.

Nursing students will also support the Booth Wellness Center staff on-site in initial contact tracing efforts to assess risk for close contacts of positive test cases and suspected cases* of COVID-19 to mitigate risk of spread as quickly as possible on campus.

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
  • Without wearing face coverings or barriers
  • 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 private self-reporting form that will be available soon. 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 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 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 contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are asymptomatic, will be sent home to monitor for developing symptoms for 7 days. If they do not develop symptoms within that time frame, they may be tested and provide a negative test result to return to work 10 days after they receive their test or complete the 14-day quarantine and return to work.
  • Those who come into contact with a suspected* COVID-19 case and are not symptomatic will be instructed to stay home and monitor for the development of symptoms for 3 days or until the suspected case has received a negative test result, at which point they may return to work.

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 without wearing face coverings, per CDC guidelines.

 

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

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

What If I test positive for COVID-19?

UPDATED 7/28

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 will be available soon 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 that will be available soon and 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 7/28

If a person received negative test results If the results are negative, the employee or student can return to work or school 24 hours after fever has resolved (without using fever-reducing medication and 4-5 days after flu-like symptoms started), will comply with university guidelines by wearing 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 daily self-monitor for developing COVID-19 related symptoms.

What if my test results were invalid or inconclusive?

UPDATED 7/28

If a person is symptomatic and receives invalid or inconclusive test result, they must get another COVID-19 test with a negative or positive result.

If a person was asymptomatic, was in close contact with a positive test case, and receives an invalid or inconclusive test result, and it has been over 7 days since they were last in contact with the positive case, they can return to work and/or school.

If a person was asymptomatic, opted into testing, and received an invalid or inconclusive test result, they may return to work immediately.

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 7/28

  • Please fill out a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form that will be available soon
  • 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 7/28

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 that will be available soon.

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 7/28

  • Please fill out a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form that will be available soona COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form that will be available soon
  • 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 7/28

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 and 4-5 days after flu-like symptoms started), will comply with university guidelines by wearing 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 daily self-monitor 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 with negative results, return to work or school.
    • If they choose to quarantine separately, they may conclude their quarantine with the positive test case on day 10, 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.

What can I do to protect myself and others from the virus?

UPDATE 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.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

UPDATED 7/28

Anyone may experience mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19 and vulnerable populations/groups 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 following are symptoms associated with COVID-19:

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  •  Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We encourage you to download and install Utah’s Healthy Together app to help you track your symptoms, provide you with local COVID-19 testing sites, and inform you of potential exposure while still maintaining your privacy. You may also visit the CDC’s Self-Checker tool. The tool provides CDC 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 7/28

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 that will be available soon 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

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.

Are events happening on campus?

Events may be scheduled on campus through Central Scheduling. Please visit their webpage here for contact information. Color-Coded Risk Phases are being adhered to and could be modified prior to the event date. Please ensure that all current guidelines are followed, including hand hygiene, disinfectant cleaning, 6 ft. social distancing, and face coverings worn as directed. Below are links to the state guidelines and DSU guidelines.

Should meetings still be held virtually?

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 ft. social distancing, and face coverings worn as directed here.

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.

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