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Students & Coronavirus

Last Updated: Aug. 6, 2020

Our ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus this fall and continue to offer in-person classes and the experiences you expect and deserve is up to you. It is up to each you to take personal responsibility and place the health and safety of everyone above your own preference or comfort.

If students have individual concerns, contact askjoe@uidaho.edu.

Students

Yes. We plan to deliver in-class learning in the fall for most classes. To maintain as safe a learning environment as possible, classes may:

  • Have on online element;
  • Be held in a larger-than-normal classroom;
  • Be split into more sections to decrease capacity;
  • Have other considerations your instructor will convey as classes near.

Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 24.

Online classes — even if traditionally in person — will be assessed a $25 per credit fee.

A face covering is an item that covers the nose and mouth, including cloth masks, scarves, bandanas or buffs or medical-grade masks. All faculty, staff, students and visitors across all U of I locations must use face coverings whenever in any U of I building, unless one of the following exceptions is met:

  • When working alone in an enclosed workspace;
  • In an office where 6 feet social distancing can be constantly maintained
  • When exercising in a fitness facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed;
  • When eating in a dining facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed; and
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers or consistent social distancing.

Face coverings are required on campus in outdoor settings where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

While instructors are not required to use BbLearn, we do encourage all instructors to establish ways you can continue to be engaged if there is a need to stay home for a period of time.

All instructors are encouraged to work with students and be as flexible as possible. We want you to stay home if you are sick and expect the same of the instructors. Communicate with your instructor if you need to miss class because you aren’t feeling well, have been potentially exposed or have tested positive for COVID-19. If you are concerned for your health and would like assistance, file a VandalCARE report.

You are always able to enroll in any of our online programs. If you want to continue in a in-person program but do so online in the fall, work with your academic advisor to identify classes and sections that may fit these criteria.

As many classes as possible will be recorded. Information Technology Services is actively working with academic partners to install equipment and help develop teaching methods that incorporate recordings. If you are unable to attend class due to COVID-19, or any other illness, you should communicate directly with your instructor.

Yes, the CTC has remained accessible throughout the spring and summer. While sessions may not be held in person, counselors are available by calling 208-885-6716.

Because we cannot feasibly test all students returning after Fall Break and many people travel over the holiday, we will move to online/remote delivery after the break. Classes will resume Monday, Nov. 30, using remote delivery systems. Campus will remain open and students wishing to return to campus may do so.

Safety

A face covering is an item that covers the nose and mouth, including cloth masks, scarves, bandanas or buffs or medical-grade masks. All faculty, staff, students and visitors across all U of I locations must use face coverings whenever in any U of I building, unless one of the following exceptions is met:

  • When working alone in an enclosed workspace;
  • In an office where 6 feet social distancing can be constantly maintained
  • When exercising in a fitness facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed;
  • When eating in a dining facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed; and
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers or consistent social distancing.

Face coverings are required on campus in outdoor settings where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

If you are not feeling well, you should stay home. Contact a medical professional if necessary or file a VandalCARE Report for additional assistance.

The protocols around COVID-19 testing is still be established. More details will be available later this summer. It is the intent of the university, however, to test all students upon arrival to campus in the fall.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you should quarantine. If you live in Residence Life or Greek Life, quarantine space is available on campus. Contact the Dean of Students to report your diagnosis by filing a VandalCARE Report or calling 208-885-6757 so assistance can be provided to you and proper contact tracing can begin.

If you live off campus or in any of the communities statewide, you should quarantine at your regular place of residence. Contact the Dean of Students by filing a VandalCARE Report or calling 208-885-6757.

You will not have to pay for any testing required by the university. If you have subsequent testing, you may be responsible.

SHIP, for those students insured this way, will provide diagnostic COVID-19 testing at approved location in accordance with CDC guidelines. UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR), the claims administrator, can assist students with information relative to their benefits including access to virtual care options. The UHCSR customer service number is 1-800-767-0700. Coverage brochures, network provider lists and links to other resources are available at uidaho.edu/SHIP and uhcsr.com/uidaho.

You can be retested upon request, although the expense of repeat testing will be your responsibility.

U of I is installing thermal scanner at the entrance of major public areas including the ISUB, Kibbie Dome and library. Protocols for use of these machines is being developed. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

If you have a fever or any other symptom of illness, you should stay home. If you suspect you have COVID-19, testing is available. Symptoms include:

  • 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

U of I has a contact tracing team working in conjunction is Idaho Public Health. At this time no app has been identified to help in this effort. If this changes, you will be notified.

Events

Events will be allowed, although they may look different. Each event application must be accompanied by a plan for proper social distancing, face coverings, if necessary, and any other safety protocols. All requests will be reviewed and allowed if they fit the guidelines of the state and the university.

We intend to have athletic events in the fall, although they may look different. For example, fewer fans may be allowed in the Kibbie Dome and face coverings may be required. Thermal scanning is planned for public areas, including the entrance to the dome. We are working closely with the NCAA and the Big Sky to develop plans for all athletic events.

This has not yet been decided. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Residential Life

Yes. Room in the tower will be single occupancy. Residents in the tower share common bathrooms and, as a result, Public Health has advised us to reduce the number of students on each floor.

No. Rooms in Wallace are suite-style with two students per room sharing a bathroom with one other set of students. Public Health has advised this family-style living meets safety standards.

No. Rooms in the LLCs are suite-style with a group of students sharing common areas and a bathroom. Public Health has advised this family-style living meets safety standards.

The live-on requirement for freshmen remains in place. If you feel you should not have to fulfill the live-on-campus requirement, fill out the exemption form for consideration.

Residence Halls rates will be adjusted for occupancy.

Specific residence life questions should be directed to Housing and Residence Life at housing@uidaho.edu.

Food Service

The Hub will be open to meet your dining needs. Things look different, though. The buffet-style has been replaced with staff-served meals but with the same great options you are accustomed. Seating is reduced and boxed meals to go are an option.

The food court will be open. Einstein’s is open this summer and the remainder of the services will be open before you return. Seating is reduced in the food court and social distancing is expected. Face coverings must be worn in the ISUB except when actively eating.

U of I contracts with Sodexo for our dining services. Sodexo is an international company with a robust delivery plan.

Greek Life

Yes. It may look a bit different. Details will be announced soon.

Yes. Each chapter presented a plan to the university addressing communal living concerns, sleeping porches, social activities and more. Contact your chapter leadership with chapter-specific questions.

These are being developed. If you have specific questions about a chapter, contact the chapter leadership or greek@uidaho.edu.

Cleaning

Regular cleaning of all public areas, including classrooms, will be a priority. But staffing and supply constraints won’t allow cleaning between every class. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be supplied in many areas and you are encouraged to use them.

Yes. Cleaning schedules have been increased for public areas. You should practice regular handwashing, using hand sanitizer and cleaning your work space to help prolong the effects of professional cleaning.

Yes. Hand sanitizer will be available in many locations. The sanitizer being used is more liquid than you may be accustomed. This sanitizer is safe for its intended purpose.

If at any time you have questions or concerns about the university’s response to COVID-19, you safety or the safety of others, file a VandalCARE Report.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

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