CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Past Updates
March 21, 2020 Update
As of 12:00 pm today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. The
Hawaii Department of Health has reported a total of 48 cases in the state as of noon on March 21, 2020.
There are 25 members of our university Ohana who are currently in isolation. Some are awaiting test results for COVID-19 and are required to isolate. Others have been asked to isolate to comply with the CDC’s recommendation of staying home for 14 days because they have come in close contact with individuals awaiting test results. Others have recently returned from international areas with widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19.
BYU–Hawaii will notify the campus community if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus among our students or employees. Notification will be posted to the BYU–Hawaii COVID-19 website and sent out via BYUH ALERTS, the university’s mass notification system.
March 20, 2020 Update
Students Traveling Home
As travel restrictions are being imposed worldwide, it is important for students who are wishing to leave to make travel plans
now. The university will provide travel assistance for students and dependents who qualify, including IWORK students.
Student needing financial assistance for travel should first contact their financial aid counselor.
Any students needing help with travel arrangements may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who are employed on campus or at the PCC must notify your employer if you plan on staying to coordinate work assignments.
Clarification on Spring Semester 2020
Spring semester 2020 will only be offered remotely. Students may stay on campus if they are unable to return home. Students that are able to return home should do so. This applies to all international students,
including IWORK students.
IWORK students who return home will not be responsible for any future paycheck withdrawals during Winter Semester. Please see your financial aid counselor for additional questions.
March 19, 2020 Update
Modifications to Spring Semester
Spring semester 2020 will only be offered remotely. Students may stay on campus if they are unable to return home. Students that are able to return home should do so. This includes international students. The university is exploring options to provide limited assistance to students unable to afford to return home who can also demonstrate significant financial need. More details will be posted as they are available.
Available Services During Spring Semester
Housing and limited work opportunities will be available for those who choose to remain on campus. Students should check with their supervisor to determine if there will be work available.
Enrolling in Spring Semester and Number of Semesters to Graduate
We anticipate students should still be able to complete their studies within the time allotment provided by current policy. A robust curriculum is being provided during spring semester. Specific situations precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic that affect the ability to graduate on time will be considered by the usual appeal process.
Read the Full FAQ on Spring Semester Modifications
- Academic Advising will be helping students remotely. You may contact your advisor by telephone, email, or Facebook. See the advisement website for details.
- PCC asks that any PCC student employees report first to their regular supervisor then if needed go to the Work Dispatch Center located in the Tram Depot just inside Gate 10A—the employee entrance. Read the full update in the employment FAQ under "Are PCC student employees not allowed to work until it opens again?"
March 18, 2020
Message From the University President
Message from President John S. Tanner prior to the Tuesday, March 17 Devotional.
Watch President Tanner's message.
Food Services Modifications
Food Services has modified hours and procedures for each establishment.
- Club Dining will have modified hours, plated to-go meals, and limited entrance and seating during peak hours. Read a full list of hours and modifications on the Club Dining website.
- The Seasider dining area will be closed. Ordering online is strongly encouraged. Entrance will be limited during peak hours. View a full list of hours and modifications on the Seasider webpage.
- The C-Store will still be open and entrance will be limited. View hours of operation on the C-Store webpage.
- The Micro Market is now closed.
- Catering will be offering take out services only. Full-service catering will be closed. View take out ordering options on the Catering webpage.
- Bookstore and Print Services are open.
- University Archives will be providing services through phone and email.
- Travel Services will also be handling travel arrangments through phone and email.
March 17, 2020
Keeping Our Employees and Missionaries Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In an ongoing effort to keep our employees and missionaries safe during the global pandemic of COVID-19, until further notice the following temporary guidelines and policies are being implemented, effective immediately.
All university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. This includes all international and domestic travel.
Work from Home Policy
Based on individual circumstances, employees may be authorized by their supervisors to work from home. Some considerations include:
- It is recommended or directed by government officials
- Their normal work location is closed
- They are in self-isolation but not ill
- They or a family member are immunocompromised
- They are caring for a family member with COVID-19
- They need to care for children during school closures related to COVID-19
Please work with your manager to receive direction on how your department is implementing this policy. Supervisors have the discretion on decisions about working from home for their full-time, part-time, on-call, temporary, intern, and student employees. They are encouraged to explore options whenever possible. When working from home is not practical, supervisors and employees should seek for ways to reduce possible exposure.
Employees should self-isolate or will be asked to self-isolate when:
- They have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms;
- It is recommended by their health care provider; or
- There is a likelihood that they have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. they have recently returned home from a high-risk area or have otherwise been exposed)
Social Distancing Guidelines
Based on local circumstances and/or government directions, the following social distancing practices should be implemented:
- Restrict meetings of large groups. The federal government currently discourages face-to-face meetings of more than ten people.
- Allow employees to work from home whenever possible. Please work with your manager to receive direction on how your department may be implementing this policy.
- If an office is closed, the workforce will be instructed to work remotely.
- Practice social distancing in personal interactions with others on campus.
Sick Leave Policies
Employees should not come to work if they are sick. If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the following policies apply:
Full-time employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19:
- Should use available sick leave.
- If available sick time is exhausted, they should contact Human Resources for assistance arranging for additional sick leave for COVID-19 recovery.
Part-time, on-call, temporary, intern, and student employees diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive their standard pay according to the hours they were scheduled to work (subject to ongoing review).
Employees who are not ill but are unable to work will receive their standard pay when:
- Normal work location is closed for COVID-19 related reasons and no alternative work assignments are available
- Employee is self-isolated (See Self-Isolation Practices)
- Employee is caring for children during school closures related to COVID-19
- Employee is caring for a family member who is in self-isolation or is ill with upper respiratory or influenza-like symptoms
This also applies to scheduled part-time, on-call, temporary, intern, and student employees.
Please note it is expected that employees falling into one of the above-mentioned categories will work from home whenever possible. Employees should work with their managers to receive direction on how their department may be implementing work-from-home policies.
We will be providing additional information and direction as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Ongoing updates can be found on byuh.edu/covid19. If you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources.
We join with you in remembering that Heavenly Father will provide peace, comfort, and hope in these times of uncertainty.
March 16, 2020
Letter to Campus Ohana From the University President
President Tanner has sent out a letter to the campus ohana. Read it here.
Frequently Asked Questions Updates
March 13, 2020
Letter to Students From the University President
President Tanner has sent out a letter to all students.
Read it here.
March 12, 2020
Remote ClassesBYU–Hawaii will begin teaching all classes remotely on Wednesday, March 18. Classes are canceled on March 13, 16, and 17 to allow faculty members to prepare their lessons for a remote learning environment. Some courses may not reasonably be conducted remotely, such as labs or performance-based courses. Deans for individual faculties will provide specific instructions for such courses.
DevotionalsDevotionals for the rest of Winter semester will also be delivered remotely. Students will not gather in the CAC, but will be able to watch online at the
BYU–Hawaii devotionals website.
EventsEffective immediately, all gatherings for performances, concerts, public lectures, and conferences will be canceled until further notice. This includes Culture Night and Winter 2020 Commencement. Graduates should direct questions to the
Office of the Registrar.
TravelAll university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. This includes all international and domestic travel.
Students have the choice to remain in the Laie area for the balance of this semester. For students who choose to stay, services, small-group activities, and approved student housing will continue to be available. Students who choose to go off-island may complete their courses remotely.
Additional updates will be posted as they become available.
March 11, 2020
CES Guidelines Related to COVID-19The Church Educational System (CES) has students around the world and higher education campuses in three states. CES is deeply interested in the health, education and spiritual growth of each of these students and those who serve them. Concerns related to COVID-19 have impacted every part of society, including education. After careful consideration of the present circumstances, the leadership of CES has adopted temporary guidelines which will be effective March 16, 2020.
The following applies to CES institutions of higher education:
Large GatheringsThere will be no gathering for large events such as commencements, convocations, devotionals, conferences, public lectures, performances and concerts. These events may be cancelled, streamed, or recorded and posted for on-demand use, as determined by leadership at each institution. Brigham Young University will make decisions regarding athletic events.
Classes and Small GatheringsCourses will continue, though faculty are encouraged to be flexible and consider remote alternatives when providing instruction. Each institution is asked to consider local circumstances and guidelines from public health and government agencies and comply with those directions.
BYU–Pathway WorldwideGatherings will follow the guidelines provided by the Area Presidency and employ virtual gathering where necessary.
The following applies to institutions within Seminaries and Institutes of Religion:
Seminaries and InstitutesDaily seminary and stake institute programs will follow the gathering decisions of local congregations. Release-time seminary and campus institutes will follow the gathering decisions of the local high schools or college campuses. When classes need to be canceled, seminary and institute classes may consider remote delivery options. Gatherings for local devotionals and graduations will follow the guidelines provided by the Area Presidency.
Church Primary and Secondary SchoolsThese schools will follow the guidelines provided by the Area Presidency for local gatherings.
The Church will continue to monitor these evolving circumstances and make adjustments as necessary.
View the original article in the Church Newsroom.
Updates on specific BYU–Hawaii events will be posted to the
byuh.edu/covid19 website as they become available.
March 9, 2020
There are currently two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state of Hawaii . The first presumptive positive case was announced Friday, March 6, 2020. That individual was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise in Mexico from Feb. 11-21. After arriving in Mexico, the individual traveled home to Honolulu with no symptoms. While home in Honolulu, the individual became ill on March 1, sought medical care and was tested on March 6. The individual is currently isolated at home and is being monitored daily by DOH. The department is conducting a detailed trace investigation to identify, notify, and provide guidance to all close contacts as quickly as possible. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced a second presumptive positive test result for an elderly adult who is hospitalized in serious condition on Oahu. The individual felt ill on March 2 in Washington State and traveled home to Honolulu on March 4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified and trace back investigations are being conducted.
March 3, 2020
The March 3 update from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) states that there are still no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Hawaii. There are several persons that are self-monitoring with supervision from the DOH. Foreign nationals that have visited China within the last 14 days are not being granted entry into the U.S.
February 25, 2020
The February 25 update from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) states that there are still no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hawaii. There are several persons that are self-monitoring with supervision from the DOH. Foreign nationals that have visited China within the last 14 days are not being granted entry into the U.S. The DOH recommends beginning preparations now for the risk of the spread of the disease. Recommended preparations include making a family plan, preparing a 14-day emergency kit, setting aside a three month supply of any needed medication, and preparing any supplies for pets. For this and more information, read more on the Department of Health website.