To Our Snow College Students:
We are excited to welcome you to campus in a few weeks. We are looking forward to a successful year and want you to know that you are crucial to our success. We have been planning and preparing for your return and want you to know that things will not be the same as they were in March. We are doing all we can to make our campus productive and enjoyable. There will be changes ahead, just as there have been in the past. Change is good and will always be a part of life.
One of the changes that has occurred is that our athletic teams will not be playing in the fall. They will move their seasons to Spring semester. Homecoming will also be part of Spring. We are planning activities and events, including intramurals, to help you enjoy your college experience; we want you to have fun as you study and prepare for your future.
As you prepare to return, we want you to be aware that we are planning on face-to-face classes. We will be encouraging protocols that will allow us to continue our face to face through the end of the year. Some of these will include social distancing, modifying some classes to accommodate appropriate group sizes, wearing face masks as determined by state health recommendations, self-disclosing if you have symptoms and having rooms available if you need self-isolation. Please plan to do your part in this shared responsibility of keeping our college community as healthy as possible.
As we open our campus to you, we want you to be aware that we will have Covid-19 cases. We are prepared to deal with these cases and plan to follow all guidelines to keep the virus from spreading. If you are in a high-risk category, we suggest you use extra caution in your activities to protect yourself. If you don’t feel like you can risk exposure, we are willing to work with you to develop an online schedule to fit your academic needs. We have flattened the curve and will continue to monitor our cases and work with the local hospital and health department to ensure we are not having more cases than we can handle. If you do contract Covid-19, we have plans in place to assist in your recovery – both physically, emotionally, mentally, and academically.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, have a great summer, wash your hands, wear that awesome mask, social distance, and do something amazing!
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 29, at 1:00 pm. The meeting will mostly focus on additional preparations and COVID-related procedures for fall semester, and any questions from the college-wide budget input meetings will be addressed. Please plan to attend.
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 15, at 10:00 11:00 am. Please plan to attend to get the latest updates and ask your questions.
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 1, at 10:00 am. Please plan to attend to get the latest updates and ask your questions.
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 10:00 am. Topics will include COVID planning/prep, the budget, and the strategic plan. Please plan to attend to get the latest updates and ask your questions.
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 3, at 10:00 am. Topics will include current events, enrollment, additional information on our pandemic safety plan, and a budget update.
During the May 20 Town Hall meeting, our pandemic safety plan was discussed. Yesterday the Utah System of Higher Education released its path for welcoming students back to institutions in the fall, and we were given permission to share our plan. USHE’s details are here, and our complete plan is here. We can’t wait to see students return in August!
The college’s pandemic safety plan will be discussed during the upcoming online town hall meeting. Many of you have helped with this phased stabilization plan, and your efforts are appreciated. Please plan to join on Wednesday, May 20, at 10:00 to hear details and ask questions.
All of Utah’s institutions of higher education are coming together to support ProjectProtect, a grass-roots initiative that has a goal to produce 5 million medical-grade masks to address the national shortage of personal protective equipment.
The collaborative effort between University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Latter-day Saint Charities, several Utah nonprofits, and tens of thousands of volunteer sewers across the state has already produced over 3 million masks to protect frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, universities, colleges and technical colleges are rallying together to take the project across the finish line. They are launching a “Sew Your True Colors” campaign, asking their campus communities to sew masks using thread in the color of their institution. When frontline caregivers use these masks, they will know that Utah’s higher education community supports them.
Thomas Jefferson said, "I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another." We have witnessed so much kindness and goodness during this COVID-19 pandemic and wanted to let you know of two volunteer opportunities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are suffering greatly on the Navajo reservation. The Navajo Nation has the third-highest COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S., after New York and New Jersey. The need for food and other supplies is great.
If you would like to assist, please drop off items from the list below to one of the following locations on Saturday, May 9.
Meeting houses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Moroni, Wales, and Fountain Green
Snow College faculty parking lot (200 E. Center Street, Ephraim)
Sponsor: Moroni Stake (assisted by the Sanpete Interfaith Council and Ephraim Lions Club)
Details about this project can be found at https://projectprotect.health
Sponsor: Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health and Latter-day Saint Charities
The Records Department for the State of Utah has taken the initiative to provide a centralized visualization of the Coronavirus outbreak across Utah. The department provides access to public records information published by the State of Utah, and for this project their goal is to provide the public with the most up to date - and visually easy to understand - public information gathered from official government sources on the spread of COVID-19. They have divided the data by county and will update it daily. While there are a number of sources online that publish information from a variety of commercial sources, Utah State Records only uses data from the State of Utah.
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 10:00am. We hope you will join us! Instructions for viewing and the link to watch is below.
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 22, at 10:00. Please plan to join us to get updates and ask questions. Instructions for viewing and the link to watch is below.
The next online town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 10:00. Please plan to join us to get updates and ask questions. Instructions for viewing and the link to watch is below.
With the stress of the Covid-19 outbreak and the related transition to remote learning and online courses, we are offering a pass/fail (P/F) option for students who are currently enrolled in courses. Each of your faculty members will be submitting traditional letter grades at the end of this semester. When you receive the grades for your courses, you may choose to convert a letter grade to a P/F option.
A Pass grade will not affect your GPA, but a Fail grade will be computed as an F. This link will take you to a form if you are interested in changing a letter grade to a P/F grade. You may change as many grades to P/F for this semester as you wish. Please read the form now, as it has important information that you should know about in regards to converting grades to P/F (you cannot submit this form until faculty have submitted final course grades).
The next online Q&A/Town Hall meeting will be held this week on Wednesday at 10:00am. Please plan to join us! Instructions for viewing and the link to watch is below.
Time: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10:00am
We hope students, faculty, and staff are adjusting well to this new remote learning/working environment! We know it may be difficult, and we appreciate your patience. Thanks to those who joined the Town Hall meeting. Here are some highlights from that:
We continue to receive helpful feedback during and about the live Q&A/Town Hall meetings. Please plan to join us this Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00am
We hope you are enjoying your Spring Break. We know this is a stressful, disruptive time of your life but working together we expect to get through this and still provide you a quality education.
We again ask you take this COVID-19 situation seriously and follow the CDC’s guidelines and the recommendations we have shared. Here are some specifics related to Snow College after Spring Break.
Please know we care about you, and these restrictions are being imposed to try to protect everyone. We also care about your mental health. Our Wellness Center has written a letter to you and your family. You can read it here. If you feel you need to speak to a mental health counselor, our Wellness Center is ready to help via a secure video conference. Details are in the letter or you can call 435-283-7136.
If you feel sick and think it is COVID-19 related, please read this and call the information line at 1.800.456.7707. Do NOT go directly to the ER, your doctor, or health department. Call the hotline first. Please also let us know if you are being tested or have tested positive. We would like to help, if possible. You can report your symptoms here.
Please be smart and stay healthy! We look forward to welcoming you back to campus when it is safe to do so!
We thank you for your patience, understanding, flexibility, and creativity during this uncertain time. It is important for all of us to take this situation seriously and be positive examples of social distancing. As announced during the live event today, we will be fully operational next week as our students begin their on-line learning. Our work will look different as we limit face-to-face interactions and increase teleservices, but we remain committed to helping our students succeed in their new environment. We have sent an internal communication to you with employment details, and we encourage you to stay engaged and let us know how we can support you during this time. We have a form on the webpage where you can submit a question; you are also encouraged to contact your supervisor or any member of the EOC team with questions. We appreciate you!
During the last online “live event” with President Cook, several people said they would like to have a similar meeting every week. Get your questions ready, and please plan to join us.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10:00am
As you know, we are in unprecedented times that require unprecedented actions. Our priority at this time is to keep Snow College students, staff, and faculty, as well as all of our families and communities, safe and healthy. We have had to make many decisions in a very short time period. Decisions have been altered or adapted as the situation has evolved and more changes are likely. We encourage all students to consider these recommendations.
Procedures for those living in on-campus housing.
We know these rapid changes have caused anxiety, and we greatly appreciate all of you for being flexible and understanding.
Snow College will postpone or cancel commencement on both the Ephraim and Richfield campus locations. The Emergency Operations Team is exploring options and a final announcement will be made on or before April 1, 2020. Students will not be held responsible for the cost of the caps and gowns ordered, though they may still purchase them from the campus store if desired.
President Bradley J. Cook expressed his regret that the school will not be able to hold the commencement ceremony as usual. He said, “We know this decision will be disappointing to many. We share that disappointment; however, our number one concern is the health and safety of the college community. In light of the recent CDC recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, we felt that the only responsible option was to not hold such a large gathering in May.”
Student Body President Ben Scheffner said, “I am sad to hear that the Class of 2020 will not be able to celebrate our graduation in May, but I support President Cook and other school leaders in this decision.”
We know this time is busy, stressful, and uncertain. On Thursday, March 19, at 10:00am President Cook will host an on-line meeting to answer any questions you have.
During this time campus facilities may be temporarily closed as a precaution due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A new status page has been created to allow you to quickly see the closure status of campus buildings and offices. This list will be updated as changes occur. As a reminder, non-college guests are discouraged from visiting campuses. Should there be a need to come to one of our campuses, please call prior to arriving to make appropriate arrangements.
Given the White House’s advice to avoid public groups of more than 10, the Horne Activity Center, the Bergesen Athletic Center, and the Richfield Campus Fitness Center will be closed effective March 18. The Little Badgers Early Learning Center will also close on March 18. Additional guidelines from the White House are here.
Non-college guests are discouraged from visiting campuses. Should there be a need to come to one of our campuses, please call prior to arriving to make appropriate arrangements.
In an effort to assist our students and employees in staying healthy, the college is asking employees and student to self-report travel outside of Utah upon return. The information gathered in the travel forms will help the college understand where our employees and students have been and evaluate emerging trendlines.
The COVID-19 public health situation continues to evolve. We know some in our college community are feeling overwhelmed, and we want to assure you we are working to find the best solution to each situation. Students, while in-person classes are not being held March 16-20, you should stay up-to-date with assignments and stay in touch with your instructors. Please continue to check Canvas, and if you have unresolved issues, contact the Academic Affairs Office. Campuses will remain open; still, the Student Success Office can help guide those choosing to leave through the process.
In addition to the information shared with employees this weekend, another communication with additional guidelines on helping students through this difficult time will be distributed on Monday.
After checking with available staff and assessing needs, the Little Badger Early Learning Center will remain open March 16-20.
Updated: 7:21 p.m.
The latest announcement from state leaders again requires us to reevaluate this fluid, dynamic situation. Classes will be cancelled next week, March 16-20. We know this complicates teaching and learning, and we – again – appreciate your flexibility and understanding. The college will remain open next week. Spring Break will be held on March 23-27. We will transition to on-line coursework on Monday, March 30. This is different than previously announced. On-campus Housing and Food Services will be available next week; we are re-evaluating the decision to keep the Little Badger Early Learning Center open. We will continue to share information as decisions are made.
Updated: 5:08 p.m.
We are aware of the recent announcement by Governor Gary Herbert regarding the soft closure of K-12 schools in Utah. We are working as quickly as possible to transition to online learning. Additional updates will be posted as decisions are made.
Posted: 3:29 p.m.
As you may know, President Trump has declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. We encourage you to remain calm and focus on the preventative measures we are taking. One of the best things we can do is focus on caring for our students, each other, and ourselves. We will continue to update you as we learn more about how this impacts education.
After the announcement made today by the Governor’s Office, Snow College is responding with the following statement:
As our country and state grapple with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), state leaders are determined to do their part to protect the health and safety of our communities. These decisions are not made lightly. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic. We are combining efforts as a system to slow the disease’s spread. As part of that initiative, Snow College will implement the following action plan:
Each day, new knowledge about this infectious disease is being developed by researchers and clinicians. The latest updates will continue to be posted on this page. We are adjusting our response daily based on the best recommendations of these scientists, after consultation with USHE institutions, and under the guidance of state and federal health officials.
Snow College will shift to online instruction beginning April 1 for the remainder of spring semester. Classes are cancelled Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, allowing faculty and staff time to prepare for the transition to online coursework. In these extraordinary circumstances, faculty are encouraged to streamline coursework as much as possible, be available for online consultation with students, and develop digital or take-home exams. Faculty, for guidance on how to move your class online, the Teaching and Technology Center (TTC) will remain open throughout Spring Break and on March 30 and 31 to help instructors transition to online offerings.
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, students will be able to access recorded lectures, homework assignments, and engage in video consultations with their instructors. More information will be forthcoming on considerations for classes where face-to-face is necessary (CTE programs, performing arts classes, labs, etc.). Requests for exceptions to online instruction should be rare and should come from individual deans to the Provost for review, subject to accreditation requirements.
College housing will remain open and food service will be available throughout the rest of the semester.
All college-sponsored meetings or gatherings expected to draw large crowds should be postponed or cancelled, starting immediately and continuing through Thursday, April 30. In making these decisions, please consider whether your meeting is mission critical. If not, please reschedule for later in the year, or consider ways to communicate through telephone or videoconferencing. The college remains open and operational as we do all we can to limit exposure to this highly contagious virus. Arrangements for non-college groups who have scheduled college space will be made on a case-by-case basis.
No decision has been made about Commencement, scheduled for May 1 (Richfield) and May 2 (Ephraim). This is the topic of an on-going conversation at the state level. The college is reviewing options, and we will keep members of the college community informed through email alerts and the website.
Although we are making changes to classes, the college remains open and operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. Faculty will be teaching classes, and staff who are well are expected to work as usual—either through telecommuting or on campus—in consultation with their supervisor. We encourage all members of the college community to remain flexible, patient, and understanding. We appreciate your willingness to assist in any capacity to support our efforts during this time.
The on-campus child care center, which provides care to dozens of children of staff, faculty and students, remains open at this time.
The college will comply with NJCAA recommendations regarding athletic contests. These decisions are still being made at a national, state, and regional level.
Students, we recognize our responses to COVID-19 have significantly disrupted the sense of academic accomplishment and celebration that come with the end of a school year. We hope you understand these changes are meant to protect you, your extended family, and members of our community.
Faculty members, we know these actions will make your teaching and service more challenging. We appreciate your patience and partnership.
Staff members, we know much of the implementation of these changes falls to you. Thank you for your quick and efficient work on behalf of the entire Snow College community.
We understand these major changes and uncertainty can create difficult decisions for you. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. We are proud to live in a caring community and to work with colleagues committed to our Tradition of Excellence, Culture of Innovation, and Atmosphere of Engagement. We will continue to keep these values in mind as we respond to daily changes in our understanding of this public health situation.
Please reach out to your supervisor, the emergency management team, or any member
of the President’s Cabinet when questions arise. We will do our very best to continue
to share additional information as this new direction continues to evolve.
What: The Utah COVID-19 Community Task force, in close consultation with the Utah Department of Health, the Utah System of Higher Education, and the Utah State Board of Education, which are represented on the council, has made recommendations to Utah’s institutions of public and higher education.
Gov. Herbert has approved those recommendations.
These recommendations are designed to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, while helping institutions continue to fulfill their core functions. Details will be shared at this event.
Who: Gov. Gary R. Herbert Lt. Governor Spencer J, Cox Harris Simmons, chair, Utah Board of Regents David R. Woolstenhume, Commissioner of Higher Education, Utah System of Higher Education Ruth Watkins, president, University of Utah Noelle Cockett, president, Utah State University Sydnee Dickson, superintendent, Utah State Board of Education
When: Thursday, March 12, at 12:00 p.m.
Where: State of Utah Emergency Operations Center
350 N. State Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 *See notes for location information
Notes: The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located on the west side of the Utah State Capitol in a secure area. Members of the media should arrive at the base of the exterior west steps of the Capitol building. From there, you will be escorted to the EOC. The approximate location of the EOC is here.
Posted: Mar. 11
Faculty were updated today on the possibility of moving classes to an online medium if the need arises. They were encouraged to be thoughtful about delivery, electronic communication, and flexibility with due dates for any student who comes down with the virus. Student success will continue to be our primary enterprise as we manage this very serious issue.
Posted: Mar. 10
As part of our continuing effort to keep the college informed of guidance and decisions regarding the public health concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are sharing another update. Your well-being is important to us, and we share and understand your concerns. The best way to be ready is to be in the know, and these websites will be helpful to you:
Here are some reminders about what we all can do – as well as what the college is doing – to keep you healthy and to protect the workplace. All employees are expected to follow these guidelines.
Again, our number one priority is your well-being, and we appreciate your efforts to pay attention to these guidelines as we continue to navigate through this situation. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency in response to the state’s first confirmed coronavirus patient late last week, and a second case has been confirmed this week. All of these changes are being made in an attempt to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. Your continued patience and flexibility are appreciated. We will continue to update you. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Staci Taylor, Derek Walk, or Marci Larsen.
For clarification: We are hearing there is some chatter about the disposition of classes after Spring Break. Rumors range from canceling classes for two weeks to only doing on-line to closing the college completely. None of these options is being considered at this time. We are simply in the data gathering stage to understand our capacity. That’s part of good planning. As of now, this statement from our earlier message stands, and we will continue to update you with changes in practice.
Posted: Mar. 7
We are aware of the first diagnosed case of COVID-19 in Utah. There are no reported cases in our six county area at this time. Our emergency management team is working with colleagues throughout the state this weekend and will share additional updates as they become available.
Posted: Mar. 4
The nature of the COVID-19 outbreak is changing daily, and we continue to monitor it. This website is being updated and will soon contain information about college-led travel restrictions, but we want you to know about those first.
While we are not aware of any college-sponsored international travel scheduled in the upcoming weeks, with guidance from the CDC, we are officially suspending all College-sponsored international travel (including applications for travel) at least through Spring semester.
While we are not suspending domestic travel at this time, it is important to note that things are also rapidly changing domestically. Florida and Washington have already declared states of emergency, and it is likely we will see more of that. If you have college-sponsored domestic travel planned, please consult with Risk Management.
And, most importantly, protect yourself: wash your hands, don’t shake hands, avoid touching your eyes and nose as much as possible. Stay well!
Posted: Mar. 3
We are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, including CDC updates and website information. Locally, we are communicating regularly with state and county health departments. We and they have plans in place to handle the virus should it appear in Utah. The Central Utah Public Health Department reports there are no cases of the coronavirus in the Six County Region.
Since February 1, our Campus Services team has been taking additional measures to disinfect and clean all areas of campus. They are doing as much as they possibly can, and you are encouraged to help reduce the number of spread germs. Washing your hands, limiting unnecessary travel, and staying home if you are sick are all good ways to be proactive. Additionally, we have ordered disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for offices, and they should arrive by the end of the week. Employees can call x7200 to express interest in receiving wipes, and they will be delivered until the supply is depleted. There’s been a bit of a shortage on hand sanitizer, and that may take longer to get in stock. Once you have your wipes, please regularly wipe down light switches, table tops, phones, door knobs, arm rests, and any other public surface.
In addition to taking preventative measures with our cleaning, we have protocol and alert systems in place to immediately warn everyone if the virus is detected. We will continue to update the Snow College Safety/Emergency Management website (that lists the hotline to call with questions) and send periodic messages if there are significant changes in the potential threat. We are vigilant about your safety and take this – and all safety concerns – seriously.
We recommend you see your doctor if you develop flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, headache, chills, etc.). A helpful comparison of the seasonal flu and pandemic flu is available at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. For the latest coronavirus news, please see updates from the CDC. Again, the virus has not been detected in Utah, and we will share updates if that should change.
Posted: Feb. 28
Snow College now has a public hotline—435.283.7200—for questions regarding the college's coronavirus response including: international travel, study abroad, work from home, campus visitors, student housing, protecting yourself, counseling, student or employee health, suspected exposure.
When you call, be prepared to leave a short message regarding your question or concern along with the following information:
A representative from Snow College will collect your information and respond within the next business day with further resources to help answer your question.
Posted: Feb. 27
Snow College has put together a coronavirus working group to track the risk of this disease to our campus community. The group is working in concert with the Central Utah Public Health Department and the Utah Department of Health to make plans on how to respond if and when COVID-19 is detected in Utah. To date, the virus has not been confirmed in Utah.
In addition to previous travel guidance Snow College recommends that students, faculty, and staff avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea and Italy.
Posted: February 6
Snow College is monitoring the risk of the coronavirus disease to our campus community. We will work in concert with the Central Utah Public Health Department and the Utah Department of Health to make plans on how to respond if and when coronavirus is detected in Utah. To date, the virus has not been confirmed in Utah.
Snow College now has a public hotline for questions regarding the college's coronavirus response including: international travel, study abroad, work from home, campus visitors, student housing, protecting yourself, counseling, student or employee health, suspected exposure.
When you call, be prepared to leave a short message regarding your question or concern along with the following information:
A representative from Snow College will collect your information and respond within the next business day with further resources to help answer your question.
Based on recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Snow College recommends non-essential travel to Europe, China, South Korea, and Iran be cancelled or rescheduled.
Employees and students that decide to travel outside of Utah should self-report to Snow College Human Resources using the following links.
Staff in Housing and Residential Life have protocols in place for flu/cold season including wiping down common area flat surfaces and door handles and rooms set aside specifically for sick students to help prevent the spread of illness. See full FAQ for details.
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