Frequently Asked Questions


What is the schedule for the fall semester?

  • Classes will begin as scheduled on August 24.
  • The fall break (October 4-11) is canceled. In-person classes may shift to online instruction this week due to the Vice Presidential Debate on October 7.
  • Instruction will shift online from November 30 to December 3, with final exams held online December 7-11.
  • This shift to all-online instruction and exams after Thanksgiving is based on the strong advice of U of U Health epidemiologists and mirrors the approach of many of our national peers.

What safety measures will be in place?

  • The University will provide at least one face covering for every student, faculty, and staff member.¬†
  • All buildings will provide hand sanitizer near entrances, elevators, and large classrooms.
  • Students will be provided with sanitizing wipes or other supplies at the entrance to classrooms and laboratory spaces.
  • Classrooms and public spaces will be cleaned daily.

What format will classes take?

  • All classes will be using Canvas. Students should ensure that they have access to Canvas and are familiar with its format.
  • Class formats are still being reviewed by the Registrar and the Department Chairs. As of mid-June, classes will fall into one of the following formats:
    • In-person classes will be held for courses that cannot move to an online format, such as laboratory courses.
    • Online classes (designated as Section 090 by the registrar's office). Students will access course content online.
    • Snychronous or Remote courses, in which the instructor will provide instruction during the scheduled course time. Snychronous courses can take place on campus in classrooms with the content available online, such as real-time webcasts.

We ask for student cooperation with the following:

  • Only come to campus if you are healthy. Contact your instructors if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Wear face coverings in all common areas in campus buildings.
  • Practice diligent personal hygiene and physical distancing.
  • Use sanitizing supplies provided as you enter classrooms and laboratories to wipe down your desk, table, chair, and/or bench top areas.
  • Follow instructions given by professors or instructors to maintain physical distancing guidelines during your class/lab.

Where can I get help?

The College of Science recognizes this is a challenging time for our students, faculty and staff. The University has provided several resources for your use.

Have another question? Email us at office@science.utah.edu. We're here to help you succeed.