Is USU requiring vaccines or masks?
After the Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to what has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, USU announced plans to require vaccines for students for the spring 2022 semester. Details are forthcoming.
State law prohibits state universities, including USU, from requiring masks.
Vaccines, masks, and social distancing are critical tools for reducing the transmission of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. The university enthusiasticallly asks all those who can to get the vaccine, to wear a mask in indoor spaces, and social distance to the greatest extent possible and whenever possible.
What is the university doing to help students, staff and faculty stay healthy?
USU is taking the following actions to protect campus communities:
- TheCOVID-19 vaccine is the best way you can protect yourself and others against the virus. The university will work with the local health departments to offer a series of vaccination clinics on campus as soon as students return for the fall semester. These clinics will be free and open to all students and employees.
- The university strongly encourages masks indoors, including classrooms, and will have signage across campus to that effect. Though state law requires that no one be excluded if they refuse to wear a mask, individuals are free to ask others if they will mask up together. Download approved COVID-19 signage for use in your office. Please note, disrespectful behavior or retaliation toward any member of the campus community based on a person’s use of face mask (or not) is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
- The university asks anyone who is ill to stay home and get tested for COVID-19. USU offers USU COVID-19 Paid Leave to all eligible employees in situations related to COVID-19.
- USU will continue to both perform case containment and monitor wastewater (sewage) on campus for enhanced levels of COVID-19. These tools help us determine when to target COVID-19 testing to specific groups, such as on-campus residence halls.
- Free COVID-19 testing on the Logan campus will continue to be offered to all current employees and students who have symptoms or think they may have been exposed to the virus. Free testing is also available throughout the state. Anyone can view the number of positive cases and trends over time on the USU COVID-19 dashboard.
Where can I get health care?
The Student Health and Wellness Center provides medical, psychiatry, and mental counseling services to students. Services can be provided in person or via telehealth per patient preference. To schedule an appointment, call 435-797-1660 or book online at aggiehealth.usu.edu. You will get a phone call to prescreen for COVID-19 symptoms and may be requested to have a rapid COVID test before your first in-person appointment. Students are highly encouraged to wear masks during their in-person visits to the center.
If you suspect that you might have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please visit USU’s testing page for more information.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 or have had a positive diagnosis?
Fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire immediately. Your information will help us ensure you are supported by the Case Containment and COVID CARE teams. The symptoms of COVID-19 are varied, and you should stay home and avoid contact with others if you are sick with any illness, however mild your symptoms. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate, complete the COVID-19 Questionnaire, and seek a COVID-19 test.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
I don't feel well, but I think it's not COVID. Can I come to class or work on campus?Stay home if you are sick. It may be that you just have a headache, allergies, or a cold, but COVID-19 has many different symptoms that may change with new variants. If you are sick or have been exposed, get a free test for COVID-19, and remember, you can become infected more than once with COVID-19.
What should I do if my housemate or roommate has COVID-19?
If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine. Fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire immediately to ensure you are supported by the Case Containment and COVID CARE teams during your quarantine. If you have not been vaccinated, you must quarantine.
If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks past your final dose of vaccine), you do not need to quarantine. However, you should submit a COVID-19 Questionnaire, upload your vaccine record to AggieHealth, and get tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Please wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result.
Where can I get help for increased anxiety?
USU provides a variety of mental health services for students at all campuses and locations. Access services at USU campuses.
Where can I learn more about the teaching formats for classes?
Students should visit https://www.usu.edu/academic-support/ to learn more about teaching formats. For more in-depth information, visit https://www.usu.edu/ais/scheduling/deliverymethods.
How can I access financial help?
USU provides financial support and emergency grants to those facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about student relief grants.
What should I do if I have a concern about accessibility in a course?
USU is committed to providing access to all of the programs, technology, and experiences that are part of the Utah State experience. If you have concerns, you should reach out to the Disability Resource Center or submit a complaint.
What is USU doing for high-risk students in the classroom?
Any student who is at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19 should reach out to the Disability Resource Center to coordinate academic accommodations. Students may also be eligible to receive help with housing accommodations if they live in USU housing.
What is USU doing for high-risk students who live in on-campus housing?
We encourage those students who are at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19 to reach out to the Disability Resource Center and talk about options as early as possible. It is much easier to provide accommodations before students return to campus and move in.
If someone I live with is high risk, and I don't feel comfortable attending in-person classes, what are my options?
We know that are some students anxious about the coronavirus and others anxious to get back on campus, and we encourage students to look at their own situation and make decisions that feel right for them. Most students will find that their fall classes will be offered in a variety of teaching formats, some requiring students to be in class and some allowing students to connect from outside of the classroom. For those classes that are in-person, face coverings will be required, seating will be marked to ensure social distancing, and high-touch surfaces cleaned regularly to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 to students and instructors.
If students have concerns about how their classes will be taught, they can reach out to the USU registrar to talk about options. Before changing classes, students should consult with their academic advisor to ensure if they change their schedule that they stay on track to graduate.
If I am living out of state due to COVID-19, how will that affect my residency status?
Residency requirements are set by the Utah System of Higher Education, and they have indicated that COVID-19 restrictions should not negatively impact residency. USU’s residency officers will look at the information a student submits to show whether the student would have been in Utah had it not been for COVID-19. Learn more at usu.edu/residency.
How is the Aggie Shuttle addressing the risk of infection?
On the Logan campus, passengers on the Aggie Shuttle are required to wear masks. This is in accordance with a CDC requirement for masks on any public conveyance in the U.S.