The University Of Utah: Updated Masking Guidelines

University of Utah Communications

September 14, 2021

Colleagues, I know the start of the fall semester has been both rewarding and stimulating, with renewed student interactions and exciting new research and scholarships. I also know that teaching in these ever-evolving circumstances was challenging and stressful.

As we regularly assess the state of coronavirus infections on campus, I am writing to notify you of some policy changes regarding COVID-19 exposures in the classroom. These changes are designed to assist you and further reduce the spread of the coronavirus while maintaining our personal educational and campus activities and experiences.

If, as a lecturer, you become aware of an exposure in your classroom, you should contact your chair holder or dean to determine college-specific responses. At the same time, the contact tracing team contacts the students in your class and defines one of two ways with each student:

(1) Unvaccinated students– You are expected to be quarantined for 10 days from the date communicated to you by contact tracer and to wear a mask during class until 14 days after the date of exposure. Please get tested 3 to 5 days after exposure. You can coordinate with your teacher to receive online materials during your quarantine.

Unvaccinated students

(2) Vaccinated student– You are expected to wear a mask during class for 14 days from the date communicated to you by contact tracers. Please get tested 3 to 5 days after your exposure date. If you choose not to wear a mask during this time, you can coordinate with your teacher for online materials during distance learning.

Vaccinated student

The following changes are NEW after seeing a positive case in your class:

The following changes are NEW after seeing a positive case in your class:

As a teacher, you should inform your students that when they attend classes in person, they GOT TO Wear a mask for the next 14 days as per CDC instructions.

GOT TO

Any student who does not wear a mask during these 14 days must attend the class remotely.

Note that this mask requirement is supported by the same progressive disciplinary process for students that we used last year.

Note that this mask requirement is supported by the same progressive disciplinary process for students that we used last year.

  • As a teacher, you must provide appropriate educational content to all students who are distant, either because they are not vaccinated and need to be quarantined, or because they refuse to wear a mask for the 14 day period.
  • As a course instructor, should you become ill due to COVID-19 or any other reason, the procedures for providing alternative insurance for your class will apply as always. Please work with your chair and dean.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with ideas and suggestions that can further improve the safety and quality of our campus experience.

Important statistics on COVID-19 on campus

Important statistics on COVID-19 on campus

  • This fall, the US reported an average of about 8 COVID-19 cases per day. This number has not changed since the beginning of the semester (ie the number is flat).
  • Over 70% of our students are fully vaccinated and another 6% are partially vaccinated. The number of vaccinated students increases weekly.
  • Over 83% of the beneficiary teachers and staff are vaccinated. We’ll be releasing a new update on this number next week.
  • The University of Utah Health currently has the capacity to handle normal ER cases.

Sincere,

Dan Reed

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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