College Updates

In this ever-changing world, college leadership is making adjustments for the health of our campus. Stay informed with campus updates.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Returning to Campus

A Westminster education prepares you for the world’s challenges.
We will meet this one together.

Westminster is excited to welcome Griffins home for Fall Semester. Some things are different and we will all need to make some adjustments. A few things will be improved (Shaw got a makeover!) and we’re working hard to preserve the enriching college experiences important to you.

Academics

Academic Calendar

The Fall Semester calendar was reorganized to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. Fall break is removed, instruction will be remote after Thanksgiving, and the semester will end earlier in December.

Course Instruction

Spring semester course instruction will engage students in a combination of face-to-face and technology-assisted instruction that emphasizes student learning, health and safety.

Being on Campus

The college’s ability to create a safe and healthy campus will be a community effort.  Do your part to keep fellow Griffins healthy and safe. Everyone, including contractors and visitors, must follow Westminster guidelines when on campus. Review the Policy on Complying with COVID-19 Guidance for more information.

Westminster’s grounds and buildings are closed to the general public during the pandemic.

The Office of Admissions continues to welcome prospective graduate and undergraduate students and families to campus by appointment only. Virtual appointments and tours are also available to prospective students and their families.

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Check for Symptoms

Check for Symptoms

Before coming to campus or leaving your residence hall, everyone, including contractors and visitors, must check themselves for symptoms. Do not come to campus if you are sick.

Stay Home When Sick

Stay Home When Sick

Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing and sneezing. Understand when to report COVID-19 and when it's safe to leave isolation or quarantine.

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Report Exposure or Diagnosis

Westminster employees and students are required to report COVID-19 exposure and diagnosis to Westminster College. If you are part of a testing schedule, you must also report a diagnosis you've recovered from and that was not previously reported.

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

Washing hands is often the number-one way to stop the spread of coronavirus (or germs) and to stay healthy. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available.

Wear a Face Covering

Wear a Face Covering

Everyone is required to wear a face covering while on campus. Wearing a cloth face covering in areas and situations that are required, or when you can't reliably social distance, is an important part of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Practice Social Distancing

Practice Social Distancing

Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means keeping at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others who live outside your home.

Avoid Touching Others' Hands

Avoid Touching Others’ Hands

Keep your hands to yourself. Avoid touching others’ hands (e.g., high-fives, handshakes). Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Keep Our Campus Clean

Keep Our Campus Clean

Disinfect shared surfaces when you arrive and when you leave. Request office cleaning from campus cleaning staff.

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Avoid Behaviors of Bias

Be aware that concern around this evolving issue can lead to stigma and bias.

Positive COVID-19 Cases on Campus

This is a count of new positive COVID-19 diagnoses in the Westminster community within the past week. Students, faculty, and staff are required to report a positive diagnosis or potential exposure to the college. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should also call Utah’s coronavirus hotline at 1.800.456.7707. And, the State of Utah wants residents to fill out an online survey if they think they need to be tested for COVID-19.

In the event of a positive on-campus test result, the college initiates contact tracing. Anyone with a known exposure is notified and appropriate quarantine arrangements are made. Relevant faculty and supervisors are notified of excused attendance. Westminster has sufficient capacity for on-campus isolation and quarantine in buildings dedicated to that purpose for residential students.

Week of Oct. 16–22, 2020


Positive Diagnoses Within the Past Week
12 New
Currently Isolated with COVID-19
12 Active
Cases to Date Since July 2020
51 Total

2,815 people in the campus community

Campus Life

Campus Services and Events

Many campus visits and events are canceled until further notice. Campus services are available, but may be limited or altered for public health.

ASW Town Halls

ASW, Westminster’s student government, hosts town hall meetings for students to voice their thoughts and concerns about academics, housing, and student life during the coronavirus pandemic. Check your email for login information. You can watch recordings of previous town halls through Google Drive.

Watch Town Halls

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life has reduced the density of the residential halls and increased cleaning of all common spaces. Traditional style double-occupancy rooms are being converted to single-occupancy rooms. There will be a strict no-guest policy enforced during the 2020–21 academic year.

All residential students must complete a COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), Antigen FIA test, or PCR test 96 hours prior to moving into the residence halls. You must upload your test results to the COVID-19 Test Form found at westminstercollege.erezlife.com. You will not be able to move in or receive keys without completing the form and submitting your results. If you want to be tested for COVID-19 on campus, call Student Health Services at 801.832.2239 to schedule an appointment. You can fill out appointment forms before arriving.

All courses will be completed remotely after the Thanksgiving break, but students in residence halls can remain on campus during and beyond Thanksgiving, until the end of the term, with the expectation that they stay in Utah while on break.

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Resources

Online Learning Resources

The Office of Student Success and Retention created a collection of tips for online learning that you may find useful as you transition to online courses. Information Services has also compiled a list of useful technology for online learning.

Emergency Financial Aid

Currently enrolled students who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can apply for emergency financial aid. Updates about funding are provided on a regular basis.

Other Financial Resources

Other financial resources are available to you, including internet access, food, utility bill assistance, and storage.

Westminster College will not approve college-sponsored travel to international destinations during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters. The college is cautiously proceeding with plans for 2021 May Term Study Experiences (MTSE). MTSE cancellation decisions will be made by Jan. 8, 2021 and the deposit will be refunded at that time if the college cancels an MTSE due to insufficient enrollment or to COVID-19.

Essential travel to domestic destinations will be approved by the appropriate cabinet member on a case-by-case basis. Potential travelers with essential travel needs will need to complete a Travel Policy and Assessment Tool and submit it to their cabinet member prior to departure.

The CDC has issued updated COVID-19 Risk Assessment Levels for international destinations and has current COVID-19 activity data available for domestic destinations. This information may have bearing on whether essential travel is approved, and is referenced in the assessment tool.

For travel within the U.S., check recommendations from local health departments at your destination. There may be local travel advisories or health orders in effect requiring travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days before travel.

After you travel, the CDC recommends that you take the following actions to protect others from getting sick when you return:

  • When around others, stay 6 feet from people outside your household, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth covered when you are outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when hand-washing facilities are not available.
  • Watch your health and monitor yourself for symptoms. Stay home if you feel sick.

Westminster College makes institutional decisions in consultation with federal, state, and local advisories. You’re encouraged to stay informed and follow guidance from these public health agencies, in addition to the Westminster College guidance for being on campus.

Federal Guidance and Resources


State Guidance and Resources


Local Guidance and Resources

Public Health Advisory Posters

The Westminster College community is welcome to print and post the posters below in their campus offices and buildings.

Support Westminster During the Coronavirus Crisis

Westminster is prioritizing ways to support students during the coronavirus crisis. There are 3 ways you can directly support Westminster's efforts in this time of need for students and the campus community: the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the Student Support Fund, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Fund.

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