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Students & Coronavirus

The health and safety of our students is a primary concern. We encourage students to stay at their permanent homes for the duration of the spring semester. If students have individual concerns, contact askjoe@uidaho.edu.

Students

If you do not need to return to campus, please stay where you are. Students on campus can remain, but the statewide shelter-in-place order is in effect. All classes are online/remote.

ITS has Chromebooks and iPads available for check-out on the Moscow campus. Please consider your proximity to internet access when determining your plans for participating in classes.

No. The official delivery method will not change in VandalWeb and no fees will be charged.

No. The federal government has already communicated increased flexibility for financial aid regarding universities moving to online instruction. We do not expect any changes.

We are working through the details and will have more information soon. Impact of this closure on our students and their ability to achieve their higher education goals is a priority.

Students services are available remotely. Call or email the service office you are needing, staff will respond. You can also email askjoe@uidaho.edu if you are unsure how to connect with a needed service. All buildings are closed, including the Library and computer labs. The Hub is open for residence hall students but has limited hours and take-out only service.

No. If you need technology assistance or need a computing device to complete your studies, contact the ITS Student Technology Center.

A shelter-in-place order is in effect. Please limit your contact to those with whom you live in close quarters (i.e., residence hall floor or wing, Greek chapter house). Social distancing should be used at all times.

University Advising Services academic advisors are available to support you via phone or Zoom. Schedule appointments through VandalStar. Faculty advisor contact information is available through VandalStar in your My Success Network. Email advising@uidhao.edu for all other advising needs.

Tutoring for a wide variety of undergraduate subjects is available via Zoom during Pacific time. See the schedule. Email tcs@uidaho.edu for all other tutoring related questions.

Zoom and phone appointments can be made through VandalStar or by emailing acadcoaching@uidaho.edu.

All SI-PASS-supported courses are available via Zoom during Pacific time. See the schedule.

VandalStar offers online appointment scheduling, a place to connect with your campus community, a way to get help from your instructors, advisors, and others, and a searchable campus services listing featuring over 45 university services and programs. Email vandalstar@uidaho.edu for help with VandalStar.

Undergraduate and graduate students — except for law — can opt in to pass/fail grading for Spring 2020 courses. This option is available for all classes except for eight-week courses that have already concluded. You will have the ability to opt in to pass/fail grading for individual courses. You must opt in by May 1.

The College of Law will implement pass/no pass grading for all courses.

Undergraduate and graduate students considering opting in to pass/fail grading need to carefully consider your decision and reach out to your academic or faculty advisor with questions.

Grades of pass do not affect your GPA, but a grade of F will. If you need to raise your GPA to remain in school or to graduate, please contact your advisor before switching to pass/fail grading. Also, be aware that some colleges and universities do not accept pass/fail courses for transfer.

University Advising Services academic advisors are available to support you via phone or Zoom. Schedule appointments through VandalStar. Faculty advisor contact information is available through VandalStar in your My Success Network. Email advising@uidaho.edu for all other advising needs.

You can find directions for opting in to pass/fail grading online.

The course withdrawal date and semester withdrawal date have been extended to Friday, May 1, 2020, for Spring 2020.

You can also find directions for course withdrawal and semester withdrawal online.

Work Study

As President Green shared in his message, student-employees should check with their supervisor. Every effort will be made to help student employees maintain employment, which may mean a shift in work and/or work location, depending on the position.

We are assessing flexibility the Department of Education has provided us to assist affected students. If you receive work study as part of your financial aid package, you will receive more information as it becomes available.

We will share information as it becomes available.

Students cannot earn offered work study funds if they haven’t worked this academic year. Email (finaid@uidaho.edu) explaining your circumstances and a financial aid counselor will review your situation.

Withdraws

If you withdraw from all courses, it is possible you will owe back a portion of the financial aid you received for the semester. The guidance we currently have regarding withdraws has not changed from any other semester in which a student withdraws. If you feel like a medical withdraw would be appropriate, you should contact the Dean of Students office to discuss this option and the benefits associated with it. However, for any withdrawal (“regular” or medical) a review of financial aid eligibility will have to be performed and aid may potentially need to be returned. Currently, there are measures being discussed in Congress to assist with this issue, but we do not know any details or timeframes on what, when, or if things will change. We will notify students via email if we receive new guidance at a later time. Read our current withdrawal policy.

At the moment, we have no new guidance from the federal Department of Education regarding this situation as to how it impacts your financial aid. There are a few scenarios with this situations:

  • Pell grant recipient — Generally, dropping an individual course or two, but not all, would not impact your aid unless you are a Pell grant recipient. If you do not attend or participate academically in at least full time credits (12 credits), and you are a Pell grant recipient, you may owe a portion of your Pell grant back for the semester. However, it may be possible for you to add a late starting course (even some PEB courses are offered through an online format!) to maintain 12 credits for the semester. Contact your academic advisor with questions. If a course is dropped that was not begun, but you have more than 12 credits still, there should be no issues from the enrollment change as it relates to Pell (i.e. you had 15 credits and moved to 14 credits — still over 12!).
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan recipients — If you did not have Pell, your federal aid should not be impacted immediately by dropping a course. If you drop below 6 credits, however, your 6 month grace period would start on any borrowed federal student loans.
  • Idaho Opportunity Scholarship recipients — If you are an Idaho resident and receiving the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship, you must complete at least 24 credits each academic year as a criteria to receive the scholarship in the future, we have no new guidance on this regulation at this time. However, you can consider taking summer courses to meet the 24 credit requirement.

Appeals

You should email the Student Financial Aid Services office at finaid@uidaho.edu (from your VandalMail account) detailing the nature of your situation. Our staff will review the options available to you and provide advice on how to proceed. These options may include an adjustment to your available income on the FAFSA to increase your federal aid eligibility, a request that you borrow some or all off your Federal loan eligibility and/or consideration for other forms of assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Housing and Dining

Yes. Residence Halls will remain open and Vandals Dining will still offer meal services. To help in preparing staff for the remainder of the semester, we are asking every resident to complete the online Residence Hall Housing Intent Form.

The residence halls will also be accepting applications for students who may have become displaced by current events.

For more information and to keep up-to-date on the latest Housing information specific to COVID-19, check Housing and Residence Life’s FAQs.

Yes, though there is no need to rush on making your decision. You may list the date you plan to check-out on the Residence Hall Housing Intent Form. Once you have completed checking out, we will process a pro-rated housing/meal credit to your student account based on the actual date of check-out.

Whether you intend to stay or cancel your housing/dining agreement, please complete the online Residence Hall Housing Intent Form.

Once you have completed the cancellation form, you will be given information on how to check out. If you need to make any changes to your check-out date, you must send the new date to housing@uidaho.edu from your Vandal email.

For more information and to keep up-to-date on the latest Housing information specific to COVID-19, check Housing and Residence Life’s FAQs.

Yes. The Hub dining destination in the Wallace Residence Hall will remain open. However, all meals will now be served in a “to-go” only capacity, and seated dining will no longer be available. Meal periods will see a break in serving time as we work diligently to cleanse all contact surfaces before the next meal period begins. A Vandals Dining team member will be present to continually disinfect meal serving areas during serving times.

The practice of social distancing will be encouraged and implemented via designated waiting areas six feet apart before entering The Hub and during service.

Meal period serving times are available online.

To promote ease of service and remain cognizant of the health and wellness of our guests, Vandals Dining will be implementing an enhanced service style until further notice. Please see below for an overview of what to expect when dining with us in The Hub:

  • The Hub will be implementing a "to-go" only service style. To accommodate this, staff will be providing all guests with single-use containers, disposable cutlery packs, individually packaged condiments, pre-wrapped desserts and select fruits.
  • Vandals Dining will be implementing a monitored “self-swipe” entry to The Hub. Each guest will be monitored as they enter to ensure a form of payment has been made.
  • Beverages will be distributed via staff to guests in the form of bottled water, canned soda, a variety of milk cartons and juice bottles before their departure.
  • The Hub will be sure to allow for the service of vegan/vegetarian options or special dietary restrictions at all meal periods.

News and updates are available online.

The cancellation of dining plans is only available to students who also cancel their housing contracts. A pro-rated credit will be processed to the student's account based on the actual date of check-out.

To cancel you housing/dining agreement, please complete the online Residence Hall Housing Intent Form.

Rec Center

If you are a community member or affiliate, we can offer you one of two options:

  • We can extend your current membership type beyond your expiration date for the number of day that we are closed.
  • We can refund a prorated amount for the number of days you have remaining in your membership.

If you are faculty/staff member on payroll deduct, we can offer you one of two options:

  • We have put a hold on any payments deducted from your paycheck until further notice.
  • We can cancel your payroll deduction and you can elect to re-enroll when the SRC is reopened.

Please contact Ben at 208-885-2204 or bsturz@uidaho.edu.

We can offer you one of two options:

  • We can refund a prorated amount.
  • We can extend your current locker rental beyond your expiration date for the number of day that we are closed.

Please contact Ben at bsturz@uidaho.edu or 208-885-2204.

Please contact Sandra at 208-885-6170 or stownsend@uidaho.edu. Sandra will work with you on the details of your rental.

Please contact Ben Sturz at 208-885-2204 or bsturz@uidaho.edu to schedule a time to briefly meet at the SRC. We are asking that you schedule a time to promote social distancing and to guarantee a speedy process.

The Vandal Food Pantry also provides 7 additional food cabinets across campus that are available to everyone and open during building hours. For updated locations, please visit uidaho.edu/foodpantry.

The Student Rec Center is currently closed but you can reach us via email at recwell@uidaho.edu and we will respond as soon as possible.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

Directions to Vandal Health Clinic