Return to Campus - Fall 2020

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In these uncertain times, the first priority of the Department of Theatre is to protect the health and safety of our community: students, faculty, staff, and audiences. With that in mind, we are doing everything we can to provide a rich and challenging educational experience, with a variety of in-person experiences whenever and wherever it is safe to do so.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we anticipate that fall semester will remain tightly regulated from start to finish. Please familiarize yourself with the following safety information for the Department of Theatre. Prepare to observe these policies closely, and to support others in their efforts to do the same. Remember, the more we unify our efforts and follow the guidelines set by the university and the department, the better we will be able to identify areas where we can relax restrictions.

Communication will be crucial to our success this year. UMail and Canvas are the best ways to stay up-to-date on news and information about both the department and your major. If you are unfamiliar with Canvas, click here for more information.

    • BOOKMARK THIS PAGE AND CHECK IT REGULARLY FOR UPDATES. We will alert you via Canvas when major changes or updates have been made.
    • Check your Umail often and remember that it does not always forward properly to your personal email. We will only be contacting you through your UMail address, so start using it now!
    • Download the Canvas Student App (available on both Android and iOS) onto your phone and enable notifications so you can stay up to date with Department announcements as they are sent out.

If you have continuing questions or input, please feel free to share them with us by emailing , , or by calling our office at (801) 581-6448.

 

 

 

 

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  Safety  

 

The following is an outline of safety policies and initiatives to expect as you prepare to return to campus. As a university and as a department, our plans are based on current medical advice and scientific research from local and national public health sources. The safety of our community—students, faculty, staff, and audiences—is our top priority. Therefore, we will choose to err on the side of caution whenever consensus on best practices is not yet established. Remember, these safety guidelines are considered part of the Student Code for the University of Utah. Repeated violations may result in more progressive sanctions up to and including probation and suspension from the university. Students who repeatedly or deliberately violate the Student Code may also forfeit the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses.For more information on University policies, visit their COVID-19 page.

 

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 Facilities 

 

In-person classes will be taking place in a variety of spaces. Visit the University’s COVID-19 page for general information about campus facilities, including the following:

  • Student Housing
  • Computer Labs and Equipment
  • Campus Store Info

 

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 Resources 

FAQs - Under Construction

See below for answers to some frequently asked questions about returning to campus this semester. Watch Canvas and this space--we will post updates as we get new information. If you have additional questions, please contact us at .

 

  • What do I need to do if I get sick?
    • If you feel sick, please do not come to class.  If you exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider or call either the U Health COVID-19 hotline (801-587-0712) or the State of Utah COVID-19 hotline (801-456-7707) for testing advice. The Health Department may also ask you to get tested for COVID-19 if you were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, even if you don't feel sick. If you are symptomatic (coughing, fever, respiratory distress, flu or cold you should:
      • Self-isolate at home
      • Contact your health care provider for advice
      • Obtain a test for COVID-19 (visit this page for more information)

 

  • What happens if someone I live with or interact with regularly gets sick?
    • If you have had close contact with someone, or if you are a member of the same household or residence as someone, who is confirmed positive for COVID-19, then you must do the following:
      • If you are asymptomatic:
        • Quarantine at home, beginning on the date that the person tested positive
        • You should monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19
        • Stay away from others as much as possible, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
        • Contact your healthcare provider or call either the U Health COVID-19 hotline (801-587-0712) or the State of Utah COVID-19 hotline (801-456-7707) for testing advice. The Health Department may also ask you to get tested for COVID-19 if you were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, even if you don't feel sick.
      • If you are symptomatic (coughing, fever, respiratory distress, flu or cold symptoms)
        • Self-isolate at home, beginning on the date that the person tested positive or you become symptomatic (whichever is sooner)
        • Contact your health care provider for advice
        • Obtain a test for COVID-19 (visit this page for more information)

 

  • What happens if instructors get sick?
    • Instructors will not come to campus if they are ill.  If a substitute instructor or other change to class is required, you will be informed through CANVAS. 

 

  • What happens if the city goes back into a shutdown?
    • Always check the University's Coronavirus Response Page for the most up-to-date information. We will do our best to keep you notified via UMail and Canvas as well. Your safety is our first priority, and we are prepared to shift quickly to online instruction if necessary.

 

  • How are you planning to handle in-person experiences like performances, scene work, voice lessons, dance classes, etc.?
    • Working with the latest scientific information and CDC and State guidelines, the University and the Department is treating each situation on a case by case basis.   Some courses will be entirely virtual; other courses may be offered in a hybrid (part online/part in-person) or alternating attendance format. Online resources and digital technology will be maximized for every course. Faculty will provide syllabi and regular class communications through Canvas. Recorded and streamed lectures through Zoom and other digital technology will be used regularly. In-person physical distancing protocols will be in place, including reduced capacity in classrooms and performance spaces, restricted traffic patterns in hallways, and use of face coverings as outlined above.

 

  • Where am I supposed to go for Zoom dance classes/singing lessons on campus when I am living in a dorm?
    • Start by checking with your instructor. Most dance classes and singing lessons have been scheduled and adjusted to allow for safe practices. If you are looking for a place to rehearse, a limited number of study and rehearsal spaces are available through the Theatre Office. These must be reserved in advance through the Theatre Office. Watch this space or the Facilities section above for more information.

 

  • Can I use a locker? How will that work?
    • We are currently working to provide storage space in TAB for personal effects. We will update this question and the Facilities section with more information once it is available.

 

  • How many masks should I bring?
    • Masks can get damp with prolonged use, and accidents happen. On a daily basis, students should try to bring at least two masks or face coverings (gaiter, bandana, etc.) if they will be on campus. Although the Department has plans in place to provide disposable masks in emergency situations, disposable masks are a temporary solution to a situation that will last all semester. Remember that reusable masks need to be washed between uses, so keep your access to laundry facilities in mind and plan accordingly.

 

  • Do I need to bring gloves/hand sanitizer/wipes/etc.?
    • Students are not required to bring sanitizer, wipes, gloves or other cleaning supplies to class.  When necessary, these items will be provided for you. Also remember that careful hand washing is highly effective, and that the CDC recommends the use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Be sure to consider your plans for getting to school and getting around campus. You may feel more comfortable if you have access to a personal supply of hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.

 

  • What do I do if I need materials or equipment for a class?
    • Materials traditionally provided by an instructor will be made available through mail or a pick-up/delivery situation if a class has no on-campus component.  You will be notified through UMAIL and CANVAS if this is necessary.

 

  • I’m coming from _______. Do I need to self-quarantine?
    • Probably not, unless you are coming back from international travel. See the "Before You Return" section above for more info.

 

  • Will there be penalties for violating the university and department guidelines?
    • Safety guidelines for the Department are based on University guidelines and should be considered part of the Student Code. Repeated violations may result in more progressive sanctions up to and including probation and suspension from the university. Students who repeatedly or deliberately violate the Student Code may also forfeit the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses. For more information on University policies, visit their COVID-19 page.

 

  • I plan to work an off-campus job. How will this affect my ability to participate in classes?
    • Because safety is our first priority, we sincerely hope that any off-campus employment adheres to safety guidelines that meet or exceed those of the University and the Department. We would like to remind our students who are worried about unsafe working conditions that employment opportunities are often available through the University, as well as emergency financial aid. We ask that our students consider the safety of their colleagues and community--including their own friends, family, and loved ones, as well as those of their colleagues--when making decisions about off-campus behavior. We are currently awaiting clarification and guidance for responding to safety conditions that occur off-campus. Watch this space for more details.

 

  • What happens if I decide to change my enrollment status after classes start?
    • See the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar for dates and deadlines, and make sure you understand the difference between "dropping" classes and "withdrawing" from classes. Students have two weeks from the beginning of the semester--until September 4th--to drop classes and not pay tuition. After that, students can withdraw from classes until October 16th. Although you will still be charged tuition for the class, you will be assigned a "W" grade and your GPA will not be affected. Tuition decisions can be appealed under certain circumstances, and you can find that information here.

 

  • Will there be reduced tuition because of the different circumstances this semester?

 

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Links

 

For the most current University guidance and guidelines, visit the University's Coronavirus Information Page.

The Basic Needs Center at the Student Union is a fantastic resource, equipped to help you with a wide variety of services including victim advocacy, job support, a free meals finder, a free legal resource guide, counseling services, and much more.

  • Visit the University Counseling Center for assistance with any mental health needs and SafeUT for crisis chat and support. 
  • If you need emergency financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at  or at 801-581-6211 to discuss options for assistance, and visit this page for more info.
  • If you are experiencing food insecurity, visit the Feed U Pantry. The Feed U Pantry provides non-perishable, nourishing food for students, their families, faculty, and staff with a current University of Utah ID.
  • For money management and tax questions, visit the Student Financial Wellness Center.

 

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Other University of Utah Resources:

University of Utah Non-discrimination and Disability Policy

Center for Disability and Access

Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Title IX

Department of Public Safety

Women’s Center

American Indian Resource Center

Black Cultural Center

Center for Ethnic Student Affairs

LGBT Resource Center

Center for Student Wellness

 

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