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Reminder of COVID-19 Protocols

Dear Colleagues,

With the recent spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 across Utah and the country, I wanted to remind all faculty members of the some processes we instituted last semester, which are still in place today, to help you and our students be safe and successful.

  • All students must wear masks when attending in-person classes regardless of vaccination status. Because classrooms will operate at normal capacity students will be unable to maintain physical distance in a way that is consistent and enforceable. Therefore, even vaccinated students must wear masks.  
  • Instructors must wear masks upon entering the classroom, during any pre-class conversations with students, and upon completion of their lesson. They should replace the mask when visiting with students as they exit the classroom.
  • Only those instructors who have been fully vaccinated may remove masks when they are teaching and while maintaining physical distance (6 feet) from students. Not all classrooms permit physical distancing between the teacher and the students; in those cases, even fully vaccinated instructors must always wear a mask. 
  • Teaching assistants must follow the same mask protocols as other students. If TAs are assigned to instruct the class directly, are fully vaccinated and maintain physical distance, they may remove the mask while in the act of teaching.
  • Supervision in laboratories and similar settings will generally require faculty and teaching assistants to wear masks since the nature of such supervision typically does not allow for physical distancing. 
  • Students who refuse to wear masks when asked to do so should be referred to the Dean of Students (deanofstudents@byu.edu).
  • Faculty may urge their students to obtain vaccinations. They should not make vaccinations a condition for access to class, study sessions or office hours, neither should they offer extra credit to vaccinated students.  
  • No doubt you have noticed that some of the provisions and associated incentives of our safety protocol are grounded in assumptions about integrity and honesty—foundational virtues that make the BYU experience possible. We are grateful to be part of a community where such assumptions can be made.