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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 20, 2020 Update

Member of Campus Community Tests Positive for COVID-19

BYU–Hawaii learned today that an individual living in off-campus university housing has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual had recently traveled off island.

The university has been informed that the Hawaii State Department of Health has conducted contact tracing, which is the process of reaching out to individuals who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The university does not do contact tracing. Generally, if you aren’t contacted, health officials have determined that you weren’t exposed to COVID-19 through the individual who has tested positive.

To BYU–Hawaii’s knowledge, this is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campus. Please continue to follow public health recommendations that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


April 30, 2020 Update

Message From the University President


President John S. Tanner wrote a letter to the BYUH ohana on the first day of classes for spring semester. Read President Tanner's message.

Student Employment Announcement

As a result of the Stay At Home/Work From Home order, some students have been unable to work. During this time, the university has continued to pay wages to help students with basic living expenses while they wait to return home. Starting with the May 10 pay period, the university will provide work projects in essential function areas (e.g., facilities and maintenance group) to assist students who have jobs that are not available or have reduced hours. After May 10, student employees will only be paid for the hours they have actually worked. Students will still be limited to no more than 19 hours per week and must be enrolled full-time (8+ credit hours) to participate. Additional information regarding how to participate in these work projects will be available soon.


April 15, 2020 Update

Screening and Reporting

There will be a community drive-thru COVID-19 test site in the Polynesian Cultural Center parking lot this Saturday, April 18 from 9 am to 1 pm. Physicians will be on-site to do screenings and give tests to those who qualify.

If any student, faculty or staff are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have tested positive, please notify the Health Center by calling (808) 675-3510 to ensure that we are able to support you.

All employees who are out on sick leave 3 days or more due to COVID-19 or any other sickness are required to obtain and present a doctor’s note from the employee’s health care provider showing the employee is cleared to resume work.

Mask Mandate

Beginning on Monday, April 20, all people on Oahu are mandated to wear a mask, or some type of facial covering, when entering an essential business—or where there is social interaction. For example, if you go grocery shopping, you will be required to wear a non-medical mask or some type of facial covering such as a scarf or bandana. This also applies when using public transportation. A judge can impose a maximum penalty of a year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both if you violate the mandate.

Don’t have a mask? BYUH Safety has a few ways to make your own for many skill levels. Department heads can also order face coverings for employee use. Read more on the Campus Safety & Security Cloth Mask page.

Leave of Absence Requests

Students wishing to take a leave of absence during the Spring 2020 Semester should fill out this form.

Leaving a Vehicle on Campus

Students who plan to leave their vehicles on campus while they are away from BYUH should submit a waiver and request to Secuirty. Students must also have a current parking permit and current vehicle insurance on file. Security will then give these students instructions on where to park their vehicles. Those students who do not complete a waiver may have their vehicle towed or cited. BYUH will not be responsible for any vehicles left on campus without a waiver.


Read Past Updates

Confirmed Cases at BYUH
Total number of cases: 1
as of May 29 at 12 pm

This includes individuals either working or enrolled on campus during spring semester.
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