Summer and Fall Semester Updates

For the summer session and fall semester, the university will be providing some on-campus face-to-face course options while continuing to provide remote and online course options for those who prefer.

A Message from President Henry J. Eyring

August 11, 2020

President Henry J. Eyring in front of the Hart Pool

Watch President Eyring's Message

Fall Semester Registration above 14 Credits

July 28, 2020

Due to COVID-19, students registering to attend classes on campus (DAY students) for Fall Semester 2020 were initially limited to a maximum of 14 credits, allowing more students the opportunity to register for on-campus sections. To provide students with an optimal registration experience, registration for more than 14 credits will be Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 a.m. rather than Wednesday, July 29 as originally scheduled. This adjustment allows for Spring Semester’s final grade submission on Wednesday.

Welcome to Summer Session 2020

July 23, 2020

Welcome back to Rexburg and BYU-Idaho! Because life on campus is going to be different than ever before, please be aware of a few things that will help you have a healthy and successful experience. Over the next few days, you will receive a series of emails outlining important health precautions, campus services, events and activities, and more. Watch your student email closely for updates. You can also access new information online.

What is the university doing to help me stay healthy?

  • Health and safety protocols: Your health and safety are our top priority. Many measures are in place to promote a healthy return to campus. We are coordinating safety protocols with Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH), which has established risk levels regarding COVID-19. If government regulations or guidance from the Church require BYU-Idaho to adjust operating plans, we will communicate updates online, by email to your BYU-Idaho email account, and by text message.
  • Traffic patterns: Traffic patterns have been established for campus buildings, including designated entry and exit points. Some buildings may remain closed or have limited access. Please help us promote safety by following these protocols. More detailed information can be found here.
  • Physical facilities: Classroom space has been modified to facilitate physical distancing. Sanitizing supplies will also be made available for your use in campus classrooms and work areas.

What is expected of me?

  • Mask up: Students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a mask in order to receive campus services, attend on-campus courses, and participate in indoor activities. Students will need to provide their own masks. For guidelines on appropriate masks, click here.
  • Remember the basics: Please maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others when in public and on campus. Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer. Sanitize your living and work environment. If you’re feeling sick or have been around others who are sick, please stay home.
  • Follow the protocols: Safety protocols will only be effective if we all follow them. Because the health and safety of every student and employee is our top priority, anyone who chooses not to follow campus health protocols will be asked to leave classes, events, and activities. Working together we can all be safe and healthy!
  • Be good citizens: The city of Rexburg does not currently require the wearing of masks, although some local businesses are requiring masks for their patrons. When off-campus, please be a good community citizen by observing physical distancing protocols, respecting commercial guidelines for wearing a mask, and adhering to other safety requests. Above all, be respectful and kind to other people.  

Are Campus services available?

  • Remote services: Most campus services are still being operated remotely. If you need help of any kind, contact the BYU-Idaho Support Center at ask@byui.edu, (208) 496-1411, or search their database here. They can answer many of your questions and guide you to more specialized help when needed.
  • Face-to-face services: Some offices are offering in-person services with reduced staff and/or hours. For information on offices providing face-to-face services and hours of operation, check here.
  • Get Connected: Get Connected (new student orientation) for new BYU-Idaho students will begin on Monday, July 27. Don’t miss it! To learn more about how to participate click here.

What’s next?

  • Plenty to do: Although life in Rexburg will be unique during summer session, there will be a lot to do and get involved in!
  • Stay tuned: Over the next few days, more information will be sent to you about church meetings for students, campus events and activities, and student health and wellbeing.

Fall Semester 2020

July 7, 2020

With the anticipated approach of Fall Semester 2020, BYU-Idaho is coordinating a safe return to campus and continued delivery of high-quality, flexible education. University faculty and administrators have organized several course delivery options in order to better protect the health of students and employees and to meet the academic needs of all students wherever they are physically located. The course options for Fall Semester 2020 will include: 

  • Fully Remote courses (like those offered in spring semester), with students meeting synchronously online;
  • Standard Online courses, with students working asynchronously, at their preferred times.

As allowed by civil health authorities, these other course options—all requiring face coverings in the classroom—will be offered: 

  • On-campus  Classroom courses, with appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols;
  • Blended courses that require both in-person learning and remote learning, on alternating days, with appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols;
  • Flexible courses that provide students the choice to gather in-person or remotely, within the constraints of physical distancing and safety protocols.

Registration for Fall Semester 2020 will open Tuesday, July 14,  according to standard student prioritization. To determine registration dates, students can either log in to their my.byui.edu student account and then navigate to “Fall Term” or visit the  When do I Register? website. 

Students can view the  Fall Semester Registration Guide to evaluate all course options as they plan a schedule that works best for them academically and personally. Additionally, a new “Location” column has been added to the online registration system. This information identifies where each specific class section will be delivered:

  1. On-campus (in-classroom) sections, if you prefer to participate in physical campus classrooms.
  2. Off-campus (remote/online) sections, if you prefer to not be in Rexburg or in a physical classroom.
  3. Campus OR Off-Campus (student choice) sections, for flexibility to participate on-campus or engage remotely.

For help in understanding these fall semester schedule options, students can contact the  BYU-Idaho Support Center or Academic Advising by text or phone at (208) 496-1411.

We look forward to safely gathering with you soon. Further updates will be distributed as fall semester approaches. Please note that these decisions are subject to change based on trends in disease prevalence and according to updated state, federal, and Church guidelines.

Protective Face Coverings and Safety Precautions at BYU-Idaho

June 26, 2020



State and Campus Protocols

On June 10, Governor Brad Little announced the beginning of Stage Four protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage Four is expected to take place over a two-week period (June 13–June 26). He also re-emphasized the associated Stay Healthy Guidelines. In order to advance to each stage, all state-identified criteria must be met. The governor noted that the state narrowly met the required criteria necessary to enter Stage Four; therefore, our future success requires everyone’s commitment to be part of the solution.

COVID-19 and Responding to Eastern Idaho Public Health

August 4, 2020

Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) has been authorized by the State of Idaho to oversee COVID-19 investigations and cases. BYU-Idaho is working closely with EIPH to help ensure that students and our community remain healthy and safe during Fall Semester 2020.

As part of this initiative, an individual from EIPH will reach out to students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. They will also call and notify students who have been identified as a close contact (been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with a positive case during their infectious period.

If you see a call from (208) 533-3219 on your caller ID, recognize that EIPH is trying to contact you. Please respond quickly and follow their instructions. Should you miss a call from EIPH, be sure to call back promptly.  As we each work with local health professionals, we also help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Protective Face Coverings and Safety Precautions at BYU-Idaho

June 26, 2020

Stage Four Protocols and BYU-Idaho

June 20, 2020

As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to the BYU-Idaho campus is subject to official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. Regardless of any announcements from federal, state, and local officials, we anticipate a return to on-campus work and study will occur in a gradual manner, as we continue conservatively following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a 1- to 2-week delay.

Here is what the Stage Four protocol means for BYU-Idaho students and employees:

  • Classes will continue remotely through Spring Semester 2020.
  • The university  continues to actively plan for Summer Session and Fall Semester 2020.
  • Limited gatherings that are core to the mission of the university, with physical distancing and  additional measures, may be considered and approved by line management, on a case-by-case basis. Large events such as devotional will continue to be held virtually, with adjustments being made as conditions and guidance permit. 
  • Anyone on campus should follow the recommended Stay Healthy Guidance, including maintaining a six-foot physical distance, wearing protective face coverings, especially when physical distancing is not possible, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.
  • Departments have submitted operational plans for review. Employees’ telework or on-campus work will be determined by line management in accordance with state, federal, and Church guidelines.
  • Campus recreational facilities (i.e. play fields, pool, Fitness Center, etc.) will open gradually, with detailed sanitation protocol and limits on the number of patrons served. For details and reservations, visit www.byui.edu/recreational-facilities.
  • Vulnerable individuals should use caution in their public interactions and should minimize exposure to settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.
  • Any individuals returning to the Rexburg area should self-monitor for symptoms of illness. Those with any health concerns should contact the Health Center for care and guidance. 

Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with government guidance:

  • The university is creating a plan for a safe return to campus in accordance with official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. This opening plan will be shared as it is developed and approved.
  • Vulnerable employees and students are encouraged to telework and/or pursue online options.
  • All university travel continues to be suspended.
  • All remaining, unopened campus services will continue to develop plans for reopening, as determined appropriate by the university.
  • The following facilities and services are open, and specific information is available by calling 208-496-1411 or visiting the BYU-Idaho Support Center:
    • Health Center (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except during devotionals)
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • University Store (pick-up service at the front entrance, Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and closed Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)
    • Crossroads (only open for pick-up Monday, Wednesday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday 12–2 p.m., and Monday–Friday 4–6 p.m.)
    • Outdoor Resource Center (curbside pick-up Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
    • Public Safety (24/7)
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other student services are accessible via phone, email, and online
    • Stores & Receiving (orders through Workday may be picked up at the warehouse)
    • Mail Services (daily mail may be picked up at Stores & Receiving warehouse)
    • Surplus Sales (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except during devotionals)
    • McKay Library (books may be picked up inside the south entrance of the Manwaring Center Tuesdays and Thursdays 1–3 p.m.)

We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and diligence in following governmental orders and guidance as responsible and good citizens. Thank you for protecting yourselves and for thinking of the vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.

For more information, visit the state of Idaho’s  additional resources and official  state COVID-19 website.

Past Announcements
Stage Three Protocols and BYU-Idaho
Stage Two Protocols and BYU-Idaho
Stage One Protocols and BYU-Idaho
BYU–Idaho Shares Plan to Assist Students in Need



Campus Services Currently Available

Mental Health Resources Available to Students and Employees

August 3, 2020

Campus Services

July 27, 2020

The following facilities and services are open, and specific information is available by calling 208-496-1411 or visiting the  BYU-Idaho Support Center:

Office

Hours Open

Days Open

Admissions

Most services offered online

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Advising

By Appointment

M-F

Bookstore

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12:10 p.m. to 4 p.m.

M, W, T, F

T

Bowling Alley

Limited lanes open

1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

M, F, S

BYUI Support Center

MC Help Desk

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

M-Sat.

Phone Center, email, and chat

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

M-F

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sat

Campus Recreation

Activities and Involvement Center open daily with a reduced schedule

Available upon programming needs

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

M-F

Career Center

By Appointment - Remotely

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

M-F

By Appointment – Face to Face

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

M-F

Front Desk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

M-F

Catering

Curbside Pickup Only

11 a.m to 2 p.m.

M-F

Counseling Center

Offering remote services with face to face options on case to case basis.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Crossroads

Limited venues available. Carry out only. Masks Required.

Closed during devotional
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  

M-F

Dean of Students

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

M-F

Disability Offices

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

M-F

Financial Aid

All services available remotely with face-to-face options on a case by case basis.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Fitness Center

Schedule a 60-minute appointment at https://campusrec.byui.edu/
Masks required while working out

Limited to 20 patrons per hour

5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

M-S

Fitness Studios

Closed until further notice.

Health Center

Must enter through the west entrance.

Closed for Devotional

Pharmacy hours for the summer are Mon, Wed, Fri from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Honor Office

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

I-Center Courts

10 per court – no contact sports like basketball or soccer

5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

M-S

Indoor Track

No more than 25 users

5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

M-S

International Offices

Available by phone or remotely.  Office will open one week prior to Fall Semester

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Internship Services

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

M-F

Library

3 rd Floor Open Only

Access to the library will only be available via the Manwaring Center skybridge.

Books will be retrieved upon request.

Students can check the library website for any adjustments.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

MC Market

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12:10 p.m. to 4 p.m.

M, W, T, F

T

ORC

Open July 27

Curbside pickup available

Masks required to enter office for questions, shopping, and payments

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

M

T-F

S

Playing Fields and Outdoor Track

No more than 50 per field

Lights off at 9:00 pm

Lights off at 9 p.m. M-S

Print & Copy Services

Express Print and Copy is temporarily located in MC 174-A

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

M-F

Print & Copy Services, MC 191

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

M-F

Orders can be submitted anytime  online

Racquetball

Closed

Student Accounts & I-Cards

Preferred to email or call, but walk-ins welcome

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Student Records & Registration

Closed to walk-in traffic

Student Support

Activities and Involvement Center open daily with a reduced schedule.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

M-F

New Student Mentoring on campus by appointment

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Skills Mentoring via Zoom

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Other Student Support services provided online.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

M-F

Swimming Pool

Limited to 20 patrons, lap swimming only

Closed to the public
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. M – F

6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

M-S

Testing Center

Open During Scheduled Exam Times

Wellness Center

All services available in person or online. Masks are required.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

M-Th



Employee Info

We anticipate BYU-Idaho’s reopening process to occur in a gradual manner. We will act conservatively in following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a one to two-week delay.

Mental Health Resources Available to Students and Employees

August 3, 2020

BYU-Idaho offers a variety of remote mental health resources for students, including online counseling and a new anxiety and stress workshop available to all students and employees.

BYU-Idaho Counseling Center

Individual, group, and couples remote counseling is available to students. Contact the BYU-Idaho Counseling Center at (208) 496-9370.

Anxiety and Stress Workshop

The Counseling Center also provides an anxiety and stress workshop through Zoom that is open to all students and employees. Counselors in the BYUI Counseling Center will provide a 45-minute presentation and discussion on different mental health topics ranging from anxiety, depression, emotion management, and more.

  • Summer Session 2020
    The workshop will take place every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. (July 27 th – September 9 th).
  • Fall Semester 2020
    The workshop will take place every Tuesday at 2:00 pm and Wednesdays at 3:15 pm.

To join the discussion, login to Zoom and use the Meeting ID 91642514514 or click on the following link: https://byui.zoom.us/i/91642514514

Therapy Assistance Online (TOA)

Students and employees have full access to Therapy Assistance Online (TOA). TOA is an online self-help program that can aid individuals in improving mental health. It is available to all students and employees with a BYUI email address. 

This online program offers 8 models of dealing with a variety of mental wellness topics. For more information on what TOA can offer, please refer to their website

Visit the Counseling Center website for more information, including additional resources and the latest updates on services. 

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center, located in the Hart Building, is open Monday – Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm and can provide fitness and nutrition consultations and wellness assessments.  Walk into the Center at Hart 174 or call at (208) 496-7491 to schedule an appointment.  Additional information is available online on the Wellness Center website

Peer Mentors

Your fellow students can also be an important resource and support.  To connect with a Peer Mentor, visit the Peer Mentoring website for additional information or to request assistance.  

Social Activities and Events

Even with physical distancing and other safety protocols in place, getting outside, being physically active, and interacting with others can benefit your mental and emotional wellness. Here is a list of current activities and events provided by the university during summer session.  For additional information you can visit the Activities and Involvement Center in Manwaring Center 101 Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm or visit the website.

Student Employment for Fall 2020

July 29, 2020

With Fall Semester approaching, BYU-Idaho is planning for student employment with the following guidelines:

  1. Supervisors can continue to hire student employees residing/working in Idaho and Utah.
  2. Student employees in Idaho and Utah can continue to work remotely with a supervisor's approval (the requirement to have VP approval for this remote work is temporarily waived).
  3. Student employees can be scheduled for work on campus with a supervisor's approval when the work unit resumes campus operations with appropriate safety measures (which includes the use of remote work as outlined above to assist with physical distancing).
  4. Student employees who are currently working remotely in locations other than Idaho and Utah will need to return to a residence/work location where they will be eligible for BYU-Idaho employment. Supervisors are responsible to ensure this condition of employment is met for all student employees by the beginning of the Fall semester. Emergency exceptions provided previously due to COVID 19 should not continue past September 9, 2020.

Work From Home Guidelines

June 20, 2020

  • All employees who are able to work from home will continue to do so.
  • Limited personnel will continue to work on campus, with approval.
  • Additional, limited personnel may return, as determined appropriate by the university, based on area reports.
  • Departments should ensure operational plans and  business protocols are in place to meet the governor’s allowance for returning to work at a to-be-determined date.
  • Vulnerable individuals should use caution in their public interactions, and should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.

Internet Expenses Reimbursement Update

July 10, 2020

As a result of COVID-19, BYU-Idaho announced last March that employees were able to apply for reimbursement of their internet expenses through July 2020. The university will extend this option through Fall Semester 2020 since there will be employees still working from home. Individuals needing help with their internet expenses should apply for the assistance by following the guidelines and process outlined below. 

Guidelines:

  • Funds can be used to increase data speeds and usage limits.
  • Funds may cover expenses from September through December 2020.
  • Monthly reimbursement should not exceed $50/month.
  • Funds will be managed through an Expense Report in Workday. (Do not use OneCard .)

Process:

  • Employees should consult with supervisors about what is needed to accomplish their work from home.
  • If the supervisor approves the expense, the employee can submit a copy of their bill and request a portion of it to be reimbursed via an expense report in Workday. Questions about how to submit an expense report in Workday may be addressed to the Accounting Office.
  • Expenses incurred will be charged to the department cost center so that cost center managers will have accountability for ensuring the charges are not excessive and are discontinued when no longer necessary. (The spend category to be used is I:General and Administrative-Internet Reimbursement.)
  • To ensure employees receive payments in a timely manner, they should verify direct deposit is set up for Expense. (View Payment Elections by clicking on the Expenses Worklet on the Workday homepage and then select Payment Elections. Employees will see a list of their bank accounts, below this section shows Payment Elections. If the payment type for Expense is Check, please click on Edit to change to Direct Deposit. For questions please reach out to Dawn Shirley or Angie Martin.)

BYU-Idaho appreciates the work and sacrifices each employee is making as we continue to serve students. May the Lord bless you in your efforts.

Protective Face Coverings and Safety Precautions at BYU-Idaho

June 26, 2020 

BYU-Idaho’s return to on-campus work and study will occur in a gradual manner as we continue to conservatively follow national and local policies and guidelines. If students and employees receive approval to be on campus, they should be prepared to provide their own protective face covering or mask and wear it inside all campus buildings. Here are a few guidelines to consider:

  1. Employees working in private offices may remove face coverings but are required to wear a face covering as they move within campus buildings and during interactions with others.
  2. Students and employees are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. However, six feet of physical distancing must be maintained.
  3. When face-to-face classes resume, students will be required to wear face coverings in the classroom. Faculty members can remove their face covering during class when additional safety precautions are in the classroom (such as a plexiglass barrier).

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in all public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer of sanitation and help prevent respiratory droplets from travelling through the air to other people and surfaces. When wearing a cloth face covering, please ensure it:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely covers the nose and mouth
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Can be laundered and machine dried daily without damage or change to shape
  • Does not display inappropriate words or graphics (consistent with Honor Code principles)

For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html.



Gatherings and Events

Activities and Event for Summer Session

August 3, 2020

Visit the Summer Session Activities and Events page and find out how you can get involved and stay active during Summer Session.

Ward and Stake Information for Summer Session

July 23, 2020

Due to social distancing requirements, ward and stake location and meeting times will vary. For specific ward and stake information, students can contact their current Bishop listed on the Wards and Stake Directory or contact the Dean of Students office at 208-496-9200. 

YSA Wards and Stakes to Resume Limited Campus Use

June 1, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, June 2, YSA wards and stakes have limited approval to resume the use of campus rooms and offices for interviews and leadership meetings. However, this approval is only for individual and small group ecclesiastical needs. Decisions about sacrament meetings and other Sunday gatherings have not been made, but planning is active and under review.

The transition back to campus will be gradual. For example, only buildings scheduled with the university will be opened for ecclesiastical use. Additionally, building use on Tuesdays and Sundays are only for limited windows of time.

Ecclesiastical leaders will be following the guidelines and protocols of the Church, government, and local leaders as they return to campus. BYU-Idaho is following strict safety and cleaning protocols while preparing the buildings for their return. As BYU-Idaho is continuing to encourage telework whenever possible, high-risk employees should not be impacted by ecclesiastical leaders’ return to campus. However, if any employees have a specific need or possible adverse impact as a result of this approval, please discuss it with your supervisor.