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      Fall Semester 2020
      BYU's plan for an in-person fall semester experience with adjustments for the health and safety of the campus community during the pandemic.

      Latest Updates

      Consistent with the state's COVID-19 Transmission Index , Utah County has been designated as a high transmission area. BYU is adhering to all applicable public health guidance for this designation.

      Any casual social gathering on or off campus should be limited to 10 people. A casual social gatherings means a group of individuals meeting for a common social or recreational purpose, either indoors or outdoors.

      Examples of casual social gatherings may include:

      • Get-togethers with friends, families, or neighbors
      • Celebrations of any kind that are not overseen by a formal organization (celebration of life events, baby showers, religious celebrations)
      • Potlucks, BBQs, or dinner parties
      • Book clubs
      • Game nights
      • Birthday parties
      • Graduation parties
      • Cultural celebrations (such as quincea?eras)

      Casual social gatherings do not include formal religious services or events with formal organizational oversight.

      Events

      All BYU events require approval by the responsible vice president. All in-person events require face masks and physical distancing. BYU vice presidents have approved very few in-person, BYU organized events. Previously-approved events may continue as planned as long as event organizers have received approval from BYU and completed the event management plan as required by the state’s high-transmission guidance. Further questions about BYU activity and event approval may be answered here .

      Winter Semester

      Winter semester is quickly approaching. BYU plans to continue with an in-person winter semester with the same modes of instruction as the current fall semester (remote, in-person and hybrid classes). This is subject to change depending on trends in disease prevalence and guidance from state and local governments.

      Students can begin adding winter semester classes to their registration carts now. Priority registration runs October 19–23.

      Winter semester classes will begin January 11 and end April 14. BYU is delaying the start of winter semester by a week to allow more time between the holidays and the first day of classes. The academic calendar will continue as previously scheduled, including holidays and exam preparation day.

      Confirmed BYU Cases

      Fall Semester 2020

      (as of Oct 15, 2020)

      Fall Semester Data
      Cases Percentage of Campus Community
      Active cases 147 0.34%
      Cases no longer in isolation 1,704
      Chart highlighting the number of active cases of COVID-19

      Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in isolation. The number of reported cases includes students, faculty and staff who tested positive while either working at BYU or enrolled in classes during fall semester (beginning August 28) and have been physically present in the local campus community. There are 43,000 people in the campus community this fall semester.

      Fall Semester Data
      Cases Percentage of Campus Community
      Total reported cases 1,851 4.3%
      Seven-day rolling average of new cases 23

      chart showing the average rise in new COVID-19 cases

      Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
      Week 1 (8/28–9/3) 11 77
      Week 2 (9/4–9/10) 31.9 223
      Week 3 (9/11–9/17) 65.7 460
      Week 4 (9/18–9/24) 67.9 475
      Week 5 (9/25–10/1) 40.7 285
      Week 6 (10/2–10/8) 25 175
      Week 7 (10/9–10/15) 22.3 156

      This data is based on the number of cases reported to BYU each week from a variety of sources including random testing, self-reporting, the BYU Student Health Center, the Healthy Together app and focused, risk-based testing.

      Total number of reported cases during summer term (166), spring term (16) and winter semester (21): 203.

      We ask the BYU campus community to help us track the spread of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please fill out this form.

      COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

      This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease by making sure appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected.

        Message from President Worthen


        This past March we saw an incredible effort take place on our campus as we moved to remote coursework. I am thankful for the work of our faculty and staff, who through innovation and determination, made sure our students continued to receive a superb education. I am also grateful to our students, who adapted almost overnight to a new and different way of learning. The swift action helped slow the pandemic's immediate impact on our campus community and allowed us to move forward as a university.

        With fall semester now approaching, safely returning to campus will be just as important and just as challenging. Thanks to the dedicated work of many BYU faculty, administrators and staff, we are now announcing plans for an in-person fall semester. This decision is subject to change depending on trends in disease prevalence and guidance from state and local governments.

        Fall semester 2020 will begin, and perhaps remain, unlike any other semester at BYU. The return to campus will involve a wide range of adjustments including:

        • Phased return of students to BYU on-campus housing
        • Hybrid classes that combine in-person and remote learning
        • Expanded number of BYU Online courses
        • COVID-19 testing for sick individuals and some testing of asymptomatic individuals
        • Contact tracing in partnership with the Utah County Health Department
        • Phased approach for reintroducing activities and events
        • Required use of masks by students, faculty, staff and visitors
        • A shift to remote instruction and exams after Thanksgiving

        We're sharing the general plans with you today and will keep detailed updates coming as fall semester draws near.

        For this to succeed, we all have to play our part. The BYU mission statement says that all relationships within the BYU community should reflect "a loving, genuine concern for the welfare of our neighbor." Certainly that can be our motivation for wearing a mask, washing our hands often, and staying home when we're sick. We can react with empathy when someone we know tests positive for COVID-19. We can fight the virus of contempt with kindness even as we debate how to best respond as a society to the pandemic.

        That genuine love for each other is what will make this year's BYU experience a remarkable period of growth for each one of us. We look forward to safely gathering soon.

        Kevin J Worthen
        BYU President