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Students & Coronavirus

Last Updated: Aug. 21, 2020

Aug. 13 Student Town Hall

U of I Leadership Presents the Plan to Re-Open

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 fees for Virtual Meeting, Hybrid, and Online (Web) have been waived for Fall 2020.

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.

There may be times that you need to confront members of our community who are not adhering to the Healthy Vandal Pledge. Here is a simple rubric to follow on confronting this behavior.

Step 1. Ask the person to follow the expectations outlined the Healthy Vandals Pledge and request the person correct their behavior in a polite and respectful manner.

Here are some examples of ways to address the behavior:

  • The university requires that all individuals on campus maintain appropriate social distancing, especially in classroom settings or in the presence of members of our community who are more susceptible to COVID-19. I need you to please practice proper social distancing to keep our community safe.
  • There is a requirement that all community members wear a face covering appropriately to keep us all safe and healthy. I need you to please wear your wear a face covering before continuing to be in this space.
  • I am asking you to do this to keep you and our community safe. Will you please wear you face covering?
  • I understand that you do not want to miss this class/event/meeting, but for the safety of our community, I cannot let you continue attending this class/event/meeting until you follow the appropriate expectations. How can I help you attend this class/event/meeting safely?
  • Can you please wear your face covering and/or maintain appropriate social distancing? All of us need to follow the expectations so we can remain on campus and not have to move to remote instruction. Will you please help keep our community safe and contribute to us being able to stay on campus?

Step 2. Inform the person of the importance of following the expectations in the Healthy Vandals Pledge.

Share resources regarding the safe practices.

  • uidaho.edu/coronavirus
  • Where can they get face coverings? All students should have received a face covering. If you need a single use face covering, contact covid19questions@uidaho.edu.
  • Where can I pursue accommodations if I have a medical reason to not wear a face covering? CDAR for student accommodations or HR for employee accommodations.

Step 3. When to report.

The health of our community includes healthy confrontation. Issues of non-compliance don’t always have to be reported. Accountability and corrective action are everyone’s responsibility and most of the situations will be resolved amicably. But sometimes we reach a point when reporting the behavior is the best action.

Here are some situations where reporting is appropriate:

  • The person has been reminded several times either within a class period or over many days.
  • The person has actively refused to comply with the request and responds disrespectfully.
  • The person has caused disruption in the educational or work environment.

When you get to this point of reporting, here are somethings to include and keep in mind:

  • If possible, follow up with the person privately (either in person or via email) to further determine if there is an issue with using face coverings and first try to resolve it through conversation.
  • It is important to let the person you are addressing know that the behavior in question will be reported either at the point of the conversation or as a follow up email.
  • It will be most helpful to have the name of the person you are reporting.
  • You are able to report anonymously, but it is better to include your information in case there are follow up questions.
  • To report the incident, please file a VandalCARE report. You can report both students and employees here. Employee reports will be sent to Human Resources. Student reports will be sent to the Dean of Students.

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

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

All Moscow-based students are required to be testing for COVID-19 and have a negative test or be cleared by Public Health or a physician to participate in in-class learning. All students living in Housing and Residence Life must be tested, even is participating in classes online.

If you test positive, you will receive a phone call from a physician giving you the diagnosis and next steps from a medical standpoint.

You will then be contacted by Idaho Public Health to help identify anyone you may have been in close contact with so contact tracing can begin. They will also discuss the isolation expectations around your diagnosis.

File a VandalCARE report with the Dean of Students Office. Someone from the office will be in contact to discuss next step. If you live in Housing and Residential Life or Greek chapter housing, you will be moved to an isolation space on campus. If you live off campus, you are expected to isolate in your residence.

No, you will not have to pay for any COVID-19 done by the university.

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.

Thermal scanners have been installed at the entrance to the ISUB food court and the HUB. If your temperature is too high to be admitted to these areas, Grab-and-go options are available.

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.

Yes. Idaho Public Health has trained more than 15 U of I employees to help with contact tracing. Names of those who may have had close contact to a positive case will be collected by Public Health and given to U of I’s contact tracing team for contact.

The Big Sky has postponed all fall sports.

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 is open for meals. Those opting to eat in the limited-seating area will be temperature tested before entering. Face coverings should be worn except when actively eating. Grab-and-go options are also available.

Yes. Thermal scanners have been installed at the entrance to the food court. If your temperature is too high to enter, Grab-and-go options are available. Seating is limited and face coverings should be worn 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. 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.

Boise

COVID-19 testing is not required to attend in-person classes at U of I Boise, but we encourage anyone who has been exposed or is showing symptoms to talk to their doctor about being tested.

The Central District Health website has a list of COVID-19 related resources and testing locations in the Treasure Valley, including St. Alphonsus and St. Luke’s testing sites.

St. Alphonsus has agreed to test U of I students for free at its Treasure Valley testing sites. You’ll need your VandalCard at the time of the appointment. Because of testing availability in the Treasure Valley, U of I Boise is not requiring testing but instead is encouraging all students and employees to get tested if they have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

Directions to Vandal Health Clinic