SUU cutting fall semester fees by 40% amid COVID-19 pandemic


Southern Utah University is cutting student fees by 40% during the upcoming fall semester, the school announced Tuesday.

This one-time fee reduction will lower the fall semester's expenses by $152.70 for the average full-time SUU student.

This reduction exceeds the student athletic fee and several other fees charged along with tuition each semester, according to the announcement. SUU is part of the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference, but the Conference has postponed all fall sports until the spring semester.

“The University is committed to keeping the campus as safe as possible for all students, faculty, staff, and community members,” SUU President Scott L Wyatt said in the announcement. “We have been very careful with our budgets and can manage this fee reduction for one semester in order to help our students and their families who are supporting them.”


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SUU's COVID-19 response plan

SUU's fall 2020 semester will start on Sept. 9 with lectures offered face-to-face, streamed online and recorded for later access, The Spectrum previously reported.

This will continue until Thanksgiving Break on Nov. 24, after which classroom instruction will shift exclusively to remote delivery until Dec. 11. Final exams will be held remotely from Dec. 14-17, with some exceptions such as nursing clinicals.

The university is "very much planning" to be -in-person for the entirety of spring semester, which will begin on Jan. 7, 2021.

During fall semester, faculty, staff and students are expected to wear face coverings. Faculty reserves the right to request any student who attends a face-to-face course without a mask to leave the classroom. High-risk individuals are encouraged not to be on campus during fall semester 2020.

To help with contact tracing efforts, professors will keep seating charts and take attendance in classrooms. High-touch areas such as handrails and doorknobs will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.

On-campus dining locations such as Thunderbird Circle and Chick-Fil-A will be open this fall. Dining guests are "strongly advised" to wear masks except when eating, and all dining locations will be cashless operations.

Additionally, SUU is working towards having fans at home athletics events, according to its COVID-19 plan. Masks will be mandated at every event, social distancing will occur where possible and sanitation stations will be available.

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Performances and artistic events will also be offered "in a variety of presentational formats," including virtually, live-streamed, outdoors or in reduced-capacity venues.

For students planning on living in student housing, move-ins will occur over multiple days in order to provide a phased return to campus.

University housing will remain open after Thanksgiving when the university switches to remote instruction. If students are not returning to campus for spring semester, they can request a reimbursement for the final three weeks of fall semester.


If you test positive at SUU


Faculty, staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, participate in contact tracing and report their positive test results to the university. 

Additionally, if an individual living in on-campus housing is experiencing symptoms, they should report their symptoms to the Residence Life Staff and then isolate themselves for 14 days after a positive test result. Roommates of the sick individual should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Students who live in on-campus housing and who are isolating will use the Macbeth and Renaissance apartments, where they will have internet access to continue school and where SUU Dining Services will provide meals and snacks.

Students who live in on-campus housing who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine in their own apartments for 10 days. SUU Dining Services will provide meals and snacks.

Students who have signed contracts with off-campus housing entities will need to discuss their personal situation with the landlord prior to signing any contracts.

Students living off campus who test positive will be provided with instructions for self-isolation in their own homes, and the Student Health Center will regularly check in with them while they are recovering.


Kaitlyn Bancroft reports on faith, health, education, crime and under-served communities for The Spectrum & Daily News, a USA TODAY Network newsroom in St. George, Utah. You can reach her at KBancroft@thespectrum.com, or follow her on Twitter @katbancroft.


Source: The Spectrum