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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is BYU requiring a vaccination status report?

Utah County has been designated as a high transmission area again due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. The increasing prevalence of the new COVID-19 delta variant is concerning and BYU takes seriously the physical health and safety of our campus community, including those who are immunocompromised.

BYU will take a scaled approach to disease prevention that corresponds to vaccination rates among the campus community.

Are vaccinations required?

BYU strongly encourages but does not require every employee or student to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to be on campus in Provo this upcoming semester. However, vaccination may be required for certain travel, research, or other programs to be determined in conjunction with applicable regulations and other guidelines.

What if I choose not to submit a vaccination status report?

If you haven't reported your vaccination status by Thursday, August 19, your access to myBYU will be restricted until the report is received.

If I report that I have not been vaccinated will I still be able to access myBYU? Will BYU impose any other restrictions on me if I report that I am not vaccinated?

You will still be able to access myBYU if you report that you are not vaccinated. BYU is collecting this information in order to help inform COVID-19 protocol decisions for fall semester, such as mask requirements. BYU will not impose any restrictions if you report that you are not vaccinated.

Is BYU violating HIPAA regulations by requiring me to report my vaccination status?

No. HIPAA applies to personal health information collected and maintained by covered healthcare providers. It does not apply to BYU’s collection of vaccine information from its students and employees. However, privacy is important to BYU and personal information submitted in the survey will be kept private and secure. Only authorized BYU personnel with a need to know will have access to this personal information. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.

Is BYU violating state or federal law by requiring me to report my vaccination status?

No. BYU is legally permitted to ask students and employees about their vaccination status and require them to disclose that status. BYU will follow all applicable state and federal privacy laws and maintain confidential all reported vaccination status information. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.

Will BYU protect my privacy?

Personal information submitted in the survey will be kept private and secure. Only authorized BYU personnel with a need to know will have access to this personal information. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.

Why isn’t BYU asking about immunity from contracting COVID-19?

The COVID-19 delta variant is responsible for the vast majority of new COVID-19 infections in Utah and throughout the United States, and recent research indicates that people who have previously been infected and recovered from COVID-19 infection may not have enough antibodies to provide protection against re-infection with the delta variant. Public health authorities, including the CDC, recommend that all individuals, including those with a prior COVID-19 infection, be vaccinated for COVID-19. BYU strongly encourages every employee or student to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

What if my vaccination status changes?

When your vaccination status changes, please visit welcome-back.byu.edu to update your information.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Vaccine appointments are readily available throughout Utah, including at the former Provo High building and the BYU Student Health Center. You can also visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you.

What if I am non-compliant with campus policies (e.g., masks, physical distancing) related to COVID-19?

Non-compliant students may be referred to the disruptive student committee, non-compliant employees may be referred to Human Resources and non-compliant faculty may be referred to Faculty Relations.

Is there is a case count that would be the threshold at which BYU would need to move back to remote learning?

There is not a specific case threshold, but rather a variety of factors BYU is considering that would impact the ability to maintain an on-campus experience. This includes disease prevalence both on and off campus, local hospital capacity, and BYU's capacity to isolate or quarantine those living in on-campus housing.

What if I have a disability that impacts my ability to comply with campus policies (e.g., masks, testing) related to COVID-19?

Previously established processes will be followed for individuals with disabilities. Students are required to provide documentation of the condition to the University Accessibility Center. Employees are required to provide documentation of the disability to Faculty Relations or Human Resources.

How can I help address situations of non-compliance?

Hopefully, compassionate conversations will help others understand the requirements and the need to follow them. If non-compliance with BYU’s COVID-19 requirements continues, these situations can be reported at a local level and should be addressed by area supervisors, managers, building managers, etc. Reports of students who are non-compliant should be submitted to the Disruptive Student Committee within the Dean of Students Office. Non-compliant employees may be referred to Human Resources and non-compliant faculty may be referred to Faculty Relations.
Reports of members of the public who are non-compliant should be submitted to the BYU Office of the General Counsel.

Additional questions?

Contact the BYU COVID-19 Hotline at 801-422-7662 or email casemanagement@byu.edu.