Dixie State University

Return to campus

A student’s guide to navigating campus for the Spring 2021 semester

General Guidelines

Face Coverings

Classroom Guidelines

  • 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. Face shields are not a replacement for face coverings, except in approved instances, such as for instructors.

General Campus Guidelines

  • Per Governor Herbert’s mandate that masks be worn in all state facilities, all individuals must wear face coverings while in all hallways, public spaces, classrooms, and other common areas of campus buildings.

Securing a Mask

  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are expected to provide their own face coverings (e.g. cloth or disposable face mask). However, if they forget to bring one to campus, face coverings are available in each campus building in the following individuals’ offices:
    • Merilee Gustafson – Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center 303
    • Alicia Frank – Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center 302
    • Sarah Strickley – Hurricane Education Center
    • Christine Loveless – Atwood Innovation Plaza 190
    • Amy Fletcher – Atwood Innovation Plaza 185
    • Francine Larger – University Plaza B115
    • Kristi Jones – University Plaza D 103
    • Cameo Webster – North Plaza 125 A
    • Sheila Cannon- North Plaza 142
    • Robyn Whipple – Edith S. Whitehead Education Building 118
    • Mary McFadden- Edith S. Whitehead Education Building 157
    • Michele Baker – Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center 115
    • Jan Maxfield – Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center 107
    • Cindi Jenkins – Snow Math & Science Center 134
    • Terry Harrison – Snow Math & Science Center 215
    • Ruth Bruckert – Snow Math & Science Center 231 A
    • Kathi Steadward – Science Building 101
    • Hannah Tua’one – Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center 117 A
    • Hope Mullins – Wellington & Margaret McDonald Center for Humanities & Social Sciences 226
    • Debi Robinson – Jennings Communications Building 124
    • Joshua Beal – Jennings Communications Building 123
    • Lory Matucci – Ernö and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business 362 A
    • Wendy Stabler – Ernö and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business 300
    • Circulation Desk – Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons 2nd Floor
    • Leslie Twitchell – Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons 324
    • Emma Lanners – Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons 355
    • Kat Preiss – Human Performance Center 322 or Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center 207
    • Patty Burton – Human Performance Center 347
    • Deb Millet – Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center 202
    • Cari Heizer – Smith’s Computer Center 135
    • Human Resources Front Desk – M. Anthony Burns Offices 140

Enforcement

  • Failure to comply with face covering requirements may result in denial of access to designated areas, participation in programs or activities, and/or discipline in accordance with applicable University policies. In classrooms, faculty have the right to deny a student entry into the room if the student is not wearing a face covering.

Exceptions

  • Face coverings should not be worn by children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance. Students who need reasonable accommodations related to the use of face coverings may contact the Disability Resource Center and employees may contact Human Resources for assistance.

More Information

Health & Safety

Personal Responsibility

  • 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.
Communication Methods

Communications

  • All student communications regarding spring 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.
  • Instructors will send an email to the Dmail accounts of students on class waitlists.

Academic guidelines

Classroom Protocol

Instructional Formats

  • For the Spring 2021 semester, three general learning methods will be utilized:
    • On-campus learning (in-person and blended)
    • Remote/virtual (live streaming only, via Zoom for example)
    • Online learning (with a required online fee)
  • Within the on-campus learning category, there are four learning formats:
    • Fully in-person
    • HyFlex
    • Blended
    • Blended Repeat Instruction
  • More information about each of these learning formats is available here.
  • Most spring semester courses will be taught using the HyFlex method (alternating in-person with live streaming).  However, each faculty member has been given the option to select the format that will best meet the needs of their class.

Class Attendance

  • Students are required to attend and actively participate in each class, whether in-person or through live streaming. Absences may count against your grade.
  • If you are participating in class via live stream (e.g., Zoom), you will be expected to keep your video on throughout the class and be prepared to participate in classroom activities and discussions. Failure to participate in activities via live stream may affect your grade.
  • If you have health conditions that make it difficult for you to attend class meetings in-person for the entire semester, you will need to request accommodation through your instructor or other designated individual.  For your accommodation to be considered, an instructor must receive this request by 5 p.m. on January 22, 2021. Acceptable reasons to request a live stream only accommodation include:
    • A diagnosed health condition that elevates your risk of contracting coronavirus (Documentation from a licensed physician will be required)
    • Residing full-time with someone who has a health condition that elevates their risk of contracting coronavirus (Documentation may be required)
    • An identified mental health condition that prevents you from successfully participating in an in-person class during the pandemic (Documentation from a licensed mental healthcare provider will be required)
  • If a health condition arises during the semester, such as testing positive for COVID-19 or being exposed to someone who has tested positive, you must obtain a letter from your primary care provider, medical provider, or COVID testing site outlining the dates of your quarantine and then share the letter with your instructors to receive the accommodation. You will then be allowed to attend classes via live stream or receive an alternative accommodation during the prescribed quarantine period.  You will be required to resume in-person attendance following the conclusion of the quarantine period as outlined in your medical documentation.

Seat Assignments

  • 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.

Scheduling

  • We will not be using the odd/even day schedule for all classes, as was done in the Fall 2020 semester.  However, if you are enrolled in a HyFlex class, your instructor will likely alternate your in-person and live streaming attendance using their preferred course schedule.
Resources

Live Streaming 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.  Students can also request curbside delivery of laptops and books by calling 435-652-7714. Students will need to leave their name, Dixie ID number, item information, 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.

Campus Life Information

Student Life

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, students should practice physical distancing and wear face coverings that cover their noses and mouths.
  • 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.

Clubs

  • 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 dsusaclubs@dixie.edu.

Service Projects

  • 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 dsusaservice@dixie.edu 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.
Resources

Booth Wellness Center

  • The Booth Wellness Center’s 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

  • 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.

Campus Dining

  • All Dining Services locations will be open for the spring 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 dining@dixie.edu