Dixie State University is thrilled to announce that with safety precautions in place, we are preparing to host classes on campus during the fall semester using an alternating in-person and interactive live stream format. Below you will find the information you need to have a successful semester. We are looking forward to seeing you this fall. Go Trailblazers!
DSU is excited to welcome back our Trailblazers for the 2020 Fall semester. Our goal is to provide a safe and quality education for every student.
- Face coverings that cover students’ noses and mouths, per CDC guidelines, must be worn by all students attending in-person classes and will be listed as a requirement in the course syllabus. Wearing a face covering will protect students and instructors, especially those who are most vulnerable, and will lower the risk of spreading the virus. Students who are unable to wear face coverings may remotely participate in the class via interactive live stream.
- Faculty will be provided with face shields to wear so that students can better see their instructors’ faces when they are speaking in class.
- Students will be expected to take personal responsibility for maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet between themselves and others when moving about campus and 3 feet when in class while wearing a face covering.
- Students should always wear a face covering when 6 feet distancing is not possible to maintain and wash their hands frequently in order to protect themselves and others.
Students with Symptoms
- If students feel sick or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell, they should not attend class in person. If able, a student with any of these symptoms should participate in the class via interactive live stream from a safe location. If their symptoms are too severe to participate in class remotely, students should contact the instructor and request future access to a recording of the class meeting if available.
- All student communications regarding fall classes will be delivered through Canvas. Students should frequently monitor Canvas for important updates and information from their instructors.
- Each student must check Canvas prior to attending the first class session to be certain they know what instructional format will be used for their classes. We are working to have all faculty provide class instructions to students at least two weeks prior to the beginning of fall classes.
- Instructors will send an email to the Dmail accounts of students on class waitlists.
Criteria for moving between color-coded precaution levels
- The state of Utah created a color-coded system that will determine social-distancing recommendations and health guidance. DSU will use these guidelines for campus and reserves the right to alter the specifics of the guidelines as needed. This may depend on the number of people testing positive, healthcare stabilization, and other factors in Washington County and other service area counties.
- The four guiding principles and metrics that will help determine which color-coded level precautions are in place include:
- The number of new cases in Utah and Washington County.
- The capacity of hospitals in Utah and Washington County and other service-area counties (ability to see patients and the numbers of beds and ventilators available)
- The prevalence of disease, the number of current cases, community spread (even if unknown how a person got the virus), etc.
- The rate of increase of the disease.
Traditional In-Person Classes
- Some DSU classes will be taught completely in person this fall. The instructor will decide whether a class can be taught completely in person based on enrollment and the room capacity allowances for proper physical distancing. If a class is being taught completely in person, students may request permission to participate via interactive live stream for personal health and safety reasons.
- Classes most likely to be taught completely in person are clinical health science classes, science laboratories, and fine/performing arts classes.
- Some lecture or seminar classes may also be taught completely in person if the classroom size is large enough.
Alternating In-Person and Interactive Live Stream Classes
- Most DSU classes will be taught using this alternating format. Students will attend class in person for half of the class meetings and will attend class through interactive live stream for the other half of the class meetings. In-person classes will be alternated with interactive live stream attendance so that students will be in person every other class session. By using this format, we can maintain required physical distancing in our classrooms and still provide an in-person learning experience.
- Students who have a DSU student ID number that is even (example: D0031432) will attend their classes in person on Monday and Tuesday and participate in classes via interactive live stream on Wednesday and Thursday. Students who have a DSU student ID number that is odd (example: D0031433) will participate in classes via interactive live stream on Monday and Tuesday and attend classes in person on Wednesday and Thursday. Instructors will provide guidelines through Canvas for Friday classes.
- Students in clinical health science classes, science laboratories, and fine/performing arts classes should check Canvas for details on any instructional modifications.
- Please be prepared for the possibility of minor adjustments to these instructional formats after the first week of classes.
Interactive Live Stream Classes Only
- Students may contact their instructors and request to participate in all their classes via interactive live stream only. In this format, the student must attend class during the scheduled time period but will be allowed to participate in the class session using an interactive live stream software selected by the instructor.
- Some instructors have been granted special permission to teach their classes completely via interactive live stream and there will be no in-person meetings for these classes. This permission has been granted to protect their health and safety.
- Standard online courses are available for designated classes. Fees associated with online classes, in which students complete the course on their own schedule and do not attend the class session at a specified time, still apply. Because this format offers greater flexibility, an elevated cost is associated with providing this type of class. However, no online or additional fees will be applied to traditional in-person classes taught in the interactive live stream or alternating in-person and interactive live stream formats.
- Students will be expected to attend all class sessions, either in person or through interactive live stream. Attendance will be taken by the instructor. If students cannot attend a class meeting, they should inform their instructors in advance and request a recording of the class meeting to review at a later time if available.
- Students attending in-person class meetings will be required to sit in the same seat each meeting to allow for contact tracing in the event that a fellow student is diagnosed with COVID-19. Classroom chairs will be spread out to allow for physical distancing of 3 feet between students.
Classroom Entry and Exit
- Students will be expected to enter and exit the classroom one at a time to avoid crowding at classroom entrances.
Participating in Interactive Live Stream Classes while on Campus
- If students wish to participate in interactive live stream classes while on campus, they are welcome to use the open computer labs but must provide their own headphones for listening.
- If students wish to participate in interactive live stream class on campus outside of the computer labs, they are encouraged to find a quiet and private location so they can concentrate on listening to the instructor and participate in activities.
- Students should practice physical distancing in any location on campus.
Access to Laptops
- Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester to participate in interactive live stream class meetings may do so through DSU’s Library at no cost. There will be a limited number of computers available for loan, so students should request a laptop from the circulation desk on the second floor of the Library in the Holland Centennial Commons during the first week of classes. Curbside delivery of laptops and checked-out books are available by calling 435-652-7714. Students will need to leave their name, Dixie ID number, item information (title and complete call # or specify laptop), and the time they would like to pick up materials. Students are expected to return the laptop to the Library in good condition by the end of the semester.
The Dixie Life
- The Dixie State University Student Association (DSUSA) is working creatively through the pandemic to build The Dixie Life that students have become accustomed to. While attending events during the Yellow Phase, students should practice physical distancing and wear face coverings that cover their noses and mouths.
- Large-scale events like the Foam Dance will be postponed with the hope of holding it in late April 2021. However, DSUSA will continue to hold weekly Wednesday events. The majority of events will have an online interactive element, so if students are feeling sick or would rather stay home, they can participate in the event from the comfort of their couches.
- To stay up to date on student events, follow @thedixielife on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook.
- With the current event guidelines in place, clubs are a great way to seek social interaction and connect to campus life. Find out which clubs exist on campus on Blazer Link or start your own club. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students can also expect to participate in service projects on campus and around the community. If you are interested in getting involved with service projects, email email@example.com to opt in to text messages about upcoming projects.
Dixie State Athletics
- Spectators are expected to wear face coverings at all DSU home games.
- As always, students get in free to games with their student ID. Organized by The Stampede, the student section provides incentives, celebrates themes, and offers exciting activities at home games.
- View the Dixie State Athletics schedule and receive the most up-to-date information at www.dixiestateathletics.com.
Booth Wellness Center
- The Booth Wellness Center’s health and counseling services are available by appointment only. Counseling services will be offered via Zoom to allow students to meet with therapists remotely. Medical services will be offered in person or via telehealth. Prior to in-person appointments, students will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening form.
- The Booth Wellness Center will continue to hold regularly scheduled events, such as Suicide Prevention Week, Wellness Fair, Decompress & Stress Less, and Love is…, but events will be modified to reflect physical distancing guidelines to help keep campus well together.
- The Booth Wellness Center is located at 1037 E. 100 South and the phone number is 435-652-7755.
- Student housing complexes intend to remain open throughout the academic year.
- Students are encouraged to practice social distancing to the extent possible and should discuss expectations with roommates.
- Students are encouraged to clean frequently touched areas within their living units often and should avoid sharing items that are difficult to clean.
- Guests/visitors are not allowed inside living units in on-campus student housing.
- Students living in on-campus housing should notify their resident manager to discuss alternate accommodations and resources if they have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
- All Dining Services locations will be open for the fall semester. Please go to dining.dixie.edu/dining-locations for hours of operation and menus.
- Those using Dining Services are expected maintain social distancing when entering locations and standing in line to order or pick up food.
- Dining Services follows the guidelines set by the Southern Utah Health Department.
- For information about Dining Services locations or menus, please contact the Dining Services Office at 435-652-7676 or firstname.lastname@example.org