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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.

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The Utah Department of Health moved Provo and Orem back to a moderate level of restriction (from yellow to orange) at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday evening, September 23, 2020.

  • BYU's fall semester started with a hybrid of in-person, remote and hybrid classes, and significant efforts have been made to expand BYU's teaching spaces across campus. BYU's classroom procedures are consistent with an orange risk level and will continue to operate as previously outlined. Students should wear masks and be seated 6 feet apart from other individuals; when distancing is not possible, instructors must record attendance to assist in contact tracing.
  • BYU students and employees will continue to be required to download and use the Healthy Together App or complete either an online Passport form or hard copy Passport form to come to campus and access campus services. Professors and supervisors are authorized to verify this has been completed.
  • All campus recreational facilities are closed except for use by approved groups, including academic classes.
  • Intramural sports are suspended until further notice.
  • Guests are not be permitted to visit on-campus residence halls. Visiting hours are suspended and residence hall common areas are closed. Residence hall basketball and volleyball courts are closed as well.
  • The playgrounds at Wymount Terrace and Wyview Park are closed.
  • Dine-in seating at BYU has been limited and appropriately spaced. Customers must adhere to physical distancing requirements and are encouraged to order takeout.
  • BYU Football will play its next two home games against Troy and LA Tech without fans in LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Additionally, the Utah County Health Department has instituted a county-wide mask mandate effective immediately. The Provo city mask ordinance also remains in effect.

BYU implores students, faculty and staff to stay home except for in-person classes, work, church and other essentials. BYU asks that students, faculty and staff limit social interactions to only those within their household and avoid small gatherings where individuals aren’t wearing masks or maintaining physical distance. If you’re feeling sick, stay home. If you've had a known exposure to the virus, may test positive for the virus or are awaiting a test result, follow the quarantine guidelines of state and local health officials. BYU expects the campus community to follow all safety requirements on campus and all state and local mandates off campus.

Confirmed BYU Cases

Fall Semester 2020

(as of September 26, 2020)

Fall Semester Data
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Active cases 366 0.85%
Cases no longer in isolation 962
Total reported cases 1,328 3.1%

The above data is based on the date each positive test was conducted. There are 43,000 people in the campus community this fall semester.

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. Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in isolation.

Current 7-day rolling average 60
chart showing the average rise in COVID-19 cases

The chart above shows the seven-day rolling average of the number of cases reported to BYU each day.

Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
Week 1 (8/28–9/3) 10.9 76
Week 2 (9/4–9/10) 31.3 219
Week 3 (9/11–9/17) 64.9 454
Week 4 (918–9/24) 68.1 477

The weekly data is now based on the number of cases reported to BYU each week.

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