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COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form

To assist with Ensign College's efforts to track the spread of COVID-19, please self-report through the form below if you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease in our campus community by ensuring appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected. The Salt Lake County Health Department will continue to perform contact tracing for confirmed cases within the county.

Confirmed Ensign College Cases

As of October 26, the Ensign College community of staff, faculty and students has had 42 self-reported cases during the Fall 2020 Semester.

WINTER SEMESTER PROTOCOL & EXPECTATIONS

Course Delivery Options

We've finalized the Winter 2021 schedule and invite you to register for the courses that best fit your needs. We are teaching in a variety of ways to adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep you safe. Here are the types of courses you will see when registering:

Online-Only Courses

These are courses that are strictly online with no specified time to meet with your instructor or classmates.

Zoom-Only Courses

These courses are administered through Zoom. There will be a date and a time to login for class.

Hybrid Courses

These courses are taught on campus and through Zoom. One day of the week will be on campus, and the other will be through Zoom. The class schedule will list which days you are to be on campus.

On-Campus Courses

These courses are taught 100% on campus.

Minor adjustments may still be made as departments adjust to meet the needs of their students. Please continue to monitor your registration for potential changes.

What is the College Doing to Keep Me Healthy?

  • Health and safety protocols: Your health and safety are our top priority.  Many measures are in place to promote a healthy return to campus.  If government regulations or guidance from the Church require Ensign College to adjust operating plans, we will communicate updates online and by email to your Ensign College email account.
  • Traffic patterns: Traffic patterns have been established for campus, including designated entry and exit points. Some floors or areas of campus may remain closed or have limited access. Please help us promote safety by following these protocols.
  • Physical facilities: Classroom space has been modified to facilitate appropriate physical distancing. Sanitizing supplies will also be made available for your use in campus classrooms and work areas. 

What is Expected of Me?

  • Mask up: Students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a mask in order to receive campus services or attend on-campus courses.  Students will be expected to provide their own reusable masks.  However, disposable masks will be available for students who forget their own mask.  Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for face masks. 
  • Remember the basics: Please maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others when in public and on campus. Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer. Sanitize your living and work environment. If you’re feeling sick or have been around others who are sick, please stay home.
  • Follow the protocols: Safety protocols will only be effective if we all follow them. Because the health and safety of every student and employee is our top priority, anyone who chooses not to follow campus health protocols will be asked to leave classes, events, and activities. Working together we can all be safe and healthy!
  • Be good citizens:  Currently, Salt Lake County is requiring the wearing of masks while in public.  Students are expected to adhere to local mandates while on and off-campus.  When off-campus, please be a good community citizen by observing physical distancing protocols, respecting guidelines for wearing a mask, and adhering to other safety requests.  Above all, be respectful and kind to other people.  
  • Help sanitize desks and chairs:  Each classroom will have disinfectant spray and cleaning cloths.  At the beginning of each class period, students are expected to use the disinfectant spray and cloths to wipe down their own chair and desk.

COVID-19 Exposure or Diagnosis

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 (receive a positive test result), or who know they have been exposed to someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19, should immediately self-isolate and fill out the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form online. Once the form is submitted, you may be contacted by a College representative with additional questions. Please be responsive to any inquiries from the College so that we can be more effective at keeping our campus community safe. Students who know they have been exposed to, or diagnosed with, COVID-19 should remain in self-isolation until they are free from symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

If you or someone else in a traditional face-to-face course or hybrid course tests positive for COVID-19, the impacted class(s) will temporarily suspend all face-to-face class sessions and meet via Zoom for two weeks.

Ensign College Update – 8/20/20

August 20, 2020.

Ensign College to transition to 100% remote classes after Thanksgiving

After careful consideration and extensive evaluation, Ensign College (formerly LDS Business College) announces it will transition to 100% remote classes following the Thanksgiving break this Fall 2020 Semester.

The Fall 2020 Semester will begin on September 14. Students may register for three types of instructional delivery: remote classes, hybrid classes (in-person and remote), and in-person classes (labs). Hybrid and in-person classes will be conducted with careful safety measures in place through November 24.

However, out of an abundance of caution, following Thanksgiving break (November 25-27) all classes will be conducted remotely until the semester ends on December 16.

Revised Academic Calendar

  • Sept. 14 – Classes begin (remote, hybrid and in-person)
  • Nov. 24 – All in-person instruction ends
  • Nov. 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break (campus open, no classes – 25, campus closed – 26, 27)
  • Dec. 16 – Classes end

Students traveling home for the Thanksgiving break are encouraged to finish the Fall Semester remotely from home to help limit any potential increase of COVID-19 in the campus community during the month of December.

Although many students are already planning to enroll in only remote classes for Fall Semester, each student should reevaluate their schedule and how this announcement affects them individually.

Current campus hours and services will remain unchanged before and after Thanksgiving break. The building is open regular hours Monday through Friday for students and employees to work, study and gain access to Wi-Fi and other resources. Essential student services on campus provide limited face-to-face hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.

Changing information, data and regulations from local and federal agencies are being closely monitored as plans for the Winter 2021 Semester are evaluated.

Ensign College Update – 7/10/20

July 10, 2020.

Ensign College statement on modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Ensign College is aware of the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) addressing the status of international students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensign College shares the concern of its international students and is working on their behalf to provide the best and most current information. The decisions by the USDHS are very new and the higher education community is working to understand and interpret them and what factors will define an international student’s compliance. Ensign College offers these observations to its international students and will provide updates as new information and insight becomes available.

Ensign College is confident that its plan to use a hybrid instructional model will allow it to continue to serve its valued population of international students while being in compliance with these new regulations. Please be advised, however, that the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and that Ensign College’s operational stance is subject to ongoing review, and appropriate changes as may be required by local, state or federal law.

When making decisions about the Fall 2020 Semester, Ensign College international students should consider carefully their approach to enrollment with specific attention to where they plan to live.

Students currently living in their home countries

  • Should they remain in country and enroll in all remote courses?
  • Should they travel back to the U.S. and enroll in at least one hybrid course?

The recent ruling indicates that international students residing in their home countries may continue to do so, but they will not maintain their SEVIS Active status while taking online-only courses. Students who return to the U.S. and take a hybrid course with an in-person component on campus in Salt Lake City will be in compliance. If conditions with COVID-19 change and local, state or federal laws require Ensign College to return to exclusively online instruction (Zoom classes), students will be required to either transfer to another U.S. institution that offers in-person instruction or return to their home country to continue Ensign College courses online.
Students currently living in the U.S.

  • Should they return to their home country and enroll in all remote courses?
  • Should they remain in the U.S. and enroll in at least one hybrid course?

The recent ruling indicates that international students living in the U.S. must take a hybrid course with an in-person component on campus in Salt Lake City to be in compliance. If conditions with COVID-19 change and local, state or federal laws require Ensign College to return to exclusively online instruction (Zoom classes), students will be required to either transfer to another U.S. institution that offers in-person instruction or return to their home country to continue Ensign College courses online. International students residing in their home countries while taking online-only courses will not maintain their SEVIS Active status.
The higher education community continues to confer with U.S. congressional leaders to determine if adjustments can be made to this ruling prior to the start of the Fall semester. Ensign College is closely monitoring these conversations and tracking relevant legal developments in the courts. Ensign College will promptly inform international students of any additional changes. During this challenging time, Ensign College, and in particular its dedicated faculty, are committed to providing international students with the best instructional approaches while also keeping students and employees safe and meeting government directives.

Updated on June 10.

Ensign College Update – 6/10/20

June 10, 2020.
Protocol for a Positive COVID-19 Test Result

Ensign College (formerly LDS Business College) will adhere to the following protocol if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19:

  1. The individual should be advised to complete the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form located on the COVID-19 webpage, if they have not done so already. The individual should self-isolate until free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days. Employees should not offer medical advice or attempt to diagnose symptoms.
  2. Individuals who disclose a positive test result on the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form will be contacted by a College representative to verify their diagnosis and confirm when they were last on campus.
    1. If the individual has been on campus within two weeks prior to experiencing any symptoms, the campus community will be notified of a positive COVID-19 test result on campus, without disclosing the name or other individually identifying details of the infected individual.
    2. Every reasonable effort will then be made to identify the specific locations on campus where the infected individual had visited in the last two weeks (e.g. classrooms, offices, etc.). Effort will then be made to thoroughly sanitize those areas of campus.
  3. Individuals who tested positive for COVD-19 are free to return to campus once they have been free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days.

Ensign College Update – 5/18/20

May 18, 2020.
Employees Returning to Campus: Update Monday, May 18

Much has been communicated, through the news and other methods, regarding Governor Herbert’s guidelines for Utah employers and workers returning to the workplace.

On Thursday, May 14, Governor Herbert announced that much of the state will be moving to the low-risk level (Yellow) while some areas, including Salt Lake City, will remain in the moderate-risk level (Orange).

Consistent with the counsel from the First Presidency, Ensign College will lag behind state recommendations by approximately two weeks. This means that those who can work efficiently from home should continue to do so.

In situations where work cannot be accomplished efficiently from home, a limited number of employees and service missionaries may be asked to return to campus if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • They cannot perform their normal job functions from home efficiently, as determined by their manager (e.g. because of equipment, internet connection or inability to perform their job)
  • They are healthy, with no symptoms of COVID-19
  • They are not in a vulnerable group (age 65+ or immuno-compromised)

As a reminder, the following guidelines should be applied for all employees and service missionaries currently working on campus, as well as those who may return:

  • Employees and service missionaries should stay home if they are:
    • Ill or have COVID-19 symptoms
    • Age 65+ or immuno-compromised
    • Caring for sick or vulnerable household members or have children requiring care due to a COVID-19 issue
  • Employees and service missionaries should continue to follow safe hygiene practices.
  • Physical distancing should be practiced at work. Employees and service missionaries should stay at least six feet from other individuals, and arrangements will need to be made to ensure that workstations provide for appropriate physical distancing.
  • If workforce members do not already have their own reusable masks, face masks will be provided by the College. These face masks may be obtained by going to the Enrollment Management Department on the second floor. Face masks should be worn in public settings such as in elevators, hallways, restrooms and breakrooms. Face masks brought from home should be conservative in nature and consistent with College dress and grooming standards.
  • Meetings should primarily be conducted electronically, even if all the individuals involved are working on campus.
  • Gatherings or meetings should not exceed 20 people, assuming they can follow proper physical distancing and face mask guidelines.
  • Avoid hand shaking or unnecessary physical contact.

If you have any questions, please contact Brady Kimber, Director of Human Resources (bkimber3@ensign.edu / 801.524.8171). For ongoing updates, visit our COVID-19 information site .

Ensign College Update – 4/29/20

April 29, 2020.
COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

To assist with Ensign College's efforts to track the spread of COVID-19, a self-reporting form has been created. This will help reduce the potential spread of the disease in our campus community by ensuring appropriate areas of campus remain thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Please click the following link and fill out the form if you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test: http://ldsbc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BdG9hcCOTSUOod . The form is also located on Ensign College’s coronavirus webpage .

The Salt Lake County Health Department will continue to perform contact tracing for confirmed cases within the county.

Ensign College Update – 4/23/20

April 23, 2020.
Installation of Plexiglass in Student-Facing Areas

As Ensign College continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to increase the safety and security of both students and employees, plexiglass shields have been installed at the windows for Financial Aid, Scholarships, Student Accounts, Cashier, Registration and Admissions. The continued well-being of those who come to campus remains a primary concern for leadership and the Ensign College COVID-19 Task Force.

Ensign College Update – 4/21/20

April 21, 2020.
Devotional Reminder

As we begin the Spring 2020 Semester virtually, please plan to join us for an 11:15 a.m. devotional each Tuesday morning. We begin the semester today with a devotional message from President and Sister Kusch.

While we will be unable to meet in-person in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, a devotional will be broadcast through the Church’s website. All devotionals for the semester will be accessed at the following link (the link will be updated each week): https://ensign.link/devotional

Here’s a complete list of devotional speakers for the semester:

Apr. 21
President & Sister Kusch

Apr. 28
President Clark G. Gilbert - President, BYU-Pathway Worldwide

May 5
Vanessa Quigley - Chatbooks Co-Founder

May 12
Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. - General Authority Seventy

May 19
Camila Guth Schick, Tsirison Rakotoniaina & Jared Tobler - Three Student Speakers

May 26
Burke Olsen - Head Digital Officer at Deseret News

June 2
Ahmad S. Corbitt - Young Men General Presidency

June 9
Michael Lindhardt - Institute of Religion Instructor

June 16
Maren Lythgoe - Director, Enrollment Management

June 23
Kevin Brower - BYU-Idaho Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies

June 30
Erin Gunnell - Manager, Student Development

July 7
Chris Reitz - Director, Finance & Controller

July 14
Steve Sandberg - Ensign College Legal Counsel

Speakers have taken a significant amount of time and preparation to ensure that the messages they deliver will be applicable to the Ensign College community. We encourage you to take notes as thoughts and impressions enter your mind while viewing devotional each week. We look forward to growing with you spiritually this semester!

Ensign College Update – 4/16/20

April 16, 2020.
Limited Masks Available for On-Campus Employees

In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone at Ensign College, student-facing employees working on campus are being offered a limited number of face masks to use in their interactions with students. The masks are reserved for employees (including student employees) who would feel more secure wearing them.

Ensign College Update – 4/15/20

April 15, 2020.
Coping with Worry and Anxiety

Congratulations to students and faculty for the successful completion of Winter Semester while managing so many big changes! Thank you for the significant efforts each of you has made.

With Spring Semester being taught using the same instructional-distancing methods used over the past several weeks, students and faculty are now veterans to the classroom changes that will remain in place through the semester. We’re excited to continue this journey with you as we navigate these unique circumstances.

We know this is a stressful time, with so many uncertainties surrounding us. To this end, we want to share some information on living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty: https://www.psychologytools.com/assets/covid-19/guide_to_living_with_worry_and_anxiety_amidst_global_uncertainty_en-us.pdf

We hope that you can enjoy the short break and take time to relax before the start of Spring Semester on April 20!

Ensign College Update – 4/14/20

April 14, 2020.

With the Spring 2020 semester approaching, adjustments have been made to ensure newly enrolled students are as familiar with the College as current students. Despite unusual circumstances, multiple phone calls and emails have been made to newcomers by advisors and peer mentors to assist them as they begin school.

Using instructional-distancing methods, new students are able to take a virtual tour of campus instead of touring in-person. All essential student services are available online, meaning they are able to pay tuition, apply for financial aid and scholarships, as well as meet their academic advisor without the need to visit campus. Students can also order textbooks online and view tutorial videos in Canvas to assist with questions that may arise.

Through the use of the College’s free Zoom licenses, new students are able to easily integrate with their student peers and program chairs. Additionally, orientation swag has been sent to help newcomers feel welcome and united with the College. Later this week, new students will receive a welcome video with a message of encouragement from President and Sister Kusch.

Ensign College Update – 4/10/20

April 10, 2020.

Ensign College held its 133rd Commencement exercises virtually for the first time due to current restrictions on group gatherings. A list of the graduates, as well as video, audio and a transcript of the day's events can be found in the News section of the website.

Ensign College Update – 4/8/20

April 8, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ensign College will not gather in person for its 133rd Commencement exercises. However, a broadcast of the event will be provided on the Church’s website on Friday, April 10, beginning at 10 a.m. View the broadcast here: https://ensign.link/commencement

Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, will be our guest speaker. President Kusch will conduct the meeting and offer remarks along with Eliza Petersen, a graduate in Paralegal Studies. Timothy Sloan, Vice President of Academics, will present the graduates before President Kusch confers the degrees.

Ensign College Update – 4/7/20

April 7, 2020.

Please take a moment to listen to a brief message of encouragement today from President Kusch (https://youtu.be/e0998i8uVKU ).

We hope that you continue to stay safe and vigilant as we work together through these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ensign College Update – 4/2/20

April 2, 2020.
Interior Design Virtual Portfolio Exhibit

We are excited to announce that we are converting our annual Interior Design Portfolio Event to a virtual experience.

Starting on Friday, April 3, you may review the student portfolios. This is a great #stayhome activity! We have 55 student portfolios to review. Even if you can't get to all of them, go through a few!

Then, by Monday, April 6 at midnight, vote for your top-five favorite portfolios for the new “People’s Choice” award category (you may only vote once).

On April 8 at 6 p.m., we will be streaming the announcements of the awards for all friends, family and anyone else who wants to join. Please join us in recognizing these amazing students!

Ensign College Update – 3/31/20

March 31, 2020.
Career Services Now Online

Our Career Services are now available online. We hope you are finding success with the new adjustments that Ensign College has been making due to the COVID-19 outbreak. To help assist you during this exciting period where most services are being offered online, Career Services has made some changes to better assist you in your career success plan.

The coaching services available online include:

  • Resume/Cover Letter
  • Internship Search
  • Job Search
  • Gallup Strengths Assessment
  • Interview Practice
  • Software Support
  • Life and Career Design
  • VMock Assistance

Please sign up now to our Ensign Connect platform and enjoy all the services available for you online. For questions please contact Career Services at (801) 524-1925. We find joy in your success.

Ensign College Update – 3/30/20

March 30, 2020.
President Kusch’s Message to Returned Missionaries

Please take a moment to view President Kusch’s message to recently returned missionaries (https://youtu.be/srWU3ozznYc ) and then share it with a returned missionary that you know. We hope that as many recently returned missionaries as possible will be able to benefit from Ensign College’s Returned Missionary Scholarship.

Also, if you weren’t able to last week, please take a few minutes to watch President Kusch’s message to students, staff and faculty (https://youtu.be/XycxKI3GGPw ).

Instructional Distancing Efforts

As we have all been affected by recent changes within the College, students, staff and faculty alike have contributed in continuing to make student learning our number one priority. Thank you for quickly embracing these continual changes as we work together through these challenging times.

Hear some additional messages of affirmation from students who have embraced learning through instructional distancing efforts:

“I get to still learn everything from class while being safe and comfortable in my own home. Also, I love how we can still invite the Spirit while we are learning over video chat!”

“I like that we can still see everyone's faces and feel like we are interacting with each other. Not having to travel has been a plus and not losing time away from my kids during all of this.”

“I’ve been able to take care of myself better, not having to travel into school but also being able to just focus on the class I’m in. While I do miss being with the class, I have had opportunities to actually get to know people better. And I can see their names with their faces too!”

Ensign College Update – 3/26/20

March 26, 2020.

Ensign College students – we’re still here for you! The Student Success Center will continue to offer academic advising, tutoring, disability services, counseling services and testing services while you’re accessing your courses remotely. The Student Success Center is open for phone calls and emails Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with doors open for walk-in visitors from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Our Advisors and our Manager of Counseling and Disability Services are available for appointments via Zoom meetings, phone and email. Contact our front desk at (801) 524-8151 to schedule your appointments. If you’d like to meet on campus, that option is still available on a limited basis.

Looking for tutoring? It’s now online! Contact your subject’s tutor directly via email to request an appointment via Zoom. On-campus tutoring is also available on a limited basis during face to face hours; however, group sizes will be restricted to less than 10 for your health and safety. Please note that online tutoring is preferred.

We hope you are adjusting well to this new learning environment. Here are some tips for success .

If you have questions, please contact our office. We’re here to support and serve you!

Ensign College Update – 3/25/20

March 25, 2020.
East Doors Locked

With continued concern for the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to follow state and federal guidelines by limiting gatherings, the East doors to campus will remain locked throughout the day. The West doors, however, will continue to remain unlocked for students, staff and faculty. Please help reduce foot traffic on campus whenever possible.

The building remains open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, for students and employees to work, study and gain access to Wi-Fi and other resources. Essential student services on campus will provide limited face-to-face hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.

Commencement Reminder

As a reminder, Ensign College will not hold its traditional Commencement exercises at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in 2020. Instead, a modified program will be broadcast from the Church’s website on April 10, beginning at 10 a.m. The specific link will be made available at a later date.

Additionally, diplomas, programs, tassels and a small gift will be mailed to each graduate. Those 2020 graduates who still wish to participate in Commencement exercises will be eligible to walk in 2021.

Ensign College Update – 3/24/20

March 24, 2020.

Now in its second week, Ensign College students and faculty continue instructional distancing to conclude Winter 2020 semester and begin Spring 2020 semester. Faculty and staff alike have worked tirelessly since the onset of worldwide COVID-19 concerns to make this a seamless transition for students.

Courses throughout the College have continued uninterrupted due to technology-enabled instructional distancing. Through the use of our free Zoom licenses, students and instructors are still able to learn and collaborate together to complete courses wherever they reside.

While this has certainly been an unexpected change in learning methods, Ensign College continues to collaborate with institutions of higher learning around the country, coupled with guidance from leadership within the Church Educational System, to ensure students receive the best education possible.

The following is a brief testimony from Ensign College student Maria Alvarez Galindo on how instructional distancing has helped her grow and excel in class:

“I am a very introverted person and I have always been. When I chose Leadership as the skill I wanted to develop, I was really challenging myself. I knew I was capable of being a leader, but what really was a struggle for me was the social part. It’s really hard for me to stand in front of people and talk to all and having everyone’s attention on me.

“When teaching the College-Wide Capability interaction on creative thinking with my team in Zoom, it was a blessing for me. I knew I was talking to everyone in my class, and it helped me get over that fear and be myself. Right now, the virtual classroom experiences are helping me get out of my comfort zone.

“Hopefully, when we get back to a physical classroom, I will be able to get over that social fear and truly be the leader I think I'm meant to be! Part of being a great leader is adjusting to unknown things, and that's exactly what I'm learning to do. I CAN do this.”

Ensign College Update – 3/23/20

March 23, 2020.
Devotional Reminder

As a reminder, devotionals will be streamed online on the Church’s website each Tuesday of the semester at 11:15 a.m. Tomorrow’s speaker is Michael Dunn, Managing Director of BYUtv and BYUradio.

Limited Student Service Hours Additions

Additionally, essential student services with limited hours now include the following (with additions in italics):

  • Testing Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Registrar and Enrollment
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring Center
  • Bookstore
  • The Summit Grill
  • Library
  • International Student Office
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Cashier’s Office

Ensign College Spring 2020 Semester Adjustments

With continued worldwide concern for those affected by COVID-19, Ensign College has announced the following adjustments to courses during the Spring 2020 semester:

  • All courses will be conducted utilizing technology-enabled instructional distancing.
  • Technology will be utilized to connect students and faculty remotely.
  • Students will be able to complete courses wherever they reside.
  • It is anticipated that campus will continue to be open with limited hours for essential student services.
  • All services can be accessed via phone, email and other remote connection methods during regular business hours.

These changes may require some adjustments to currently planned courses. Lab courses that cannot be adapted for remote delivery will be canceled. Students may find it necessary to adjust their schedules as a result of these changes and can do so by working with an academic advisor. Information regarding course cancellations will be available to students before the end of Winter 2020 semester.

For more information on Spring 2020 semester changes, refer to the Spring 2020 semester adjustments Q&A and visit our website at ensign.edu .

Spring 2020 Semester Adjustments Q&A

In response to the recent announcement that Spring 2020 semester courses will be held through technology-enabled instructional practices, the following information will assist Ensign College students in making decisions and determining their next steps.

1. Will there be a Spring semester or will Ensign College be closed?

  • Yes, we will have a Spring semester. However, Spring 2020 semester courses will only be offered through technology-enabled instructional practices. Students will be able to complete courses wherever they reside. We encourage all students, no matter where they live, to continue to register for classes so they can progress toward their degree. Campus will remain open with limited hours for essential student services.

2. What is instructional distancing?

  • Instructional distancing refers to the method by which classes will be delivered to students in the Spring 2020 semester away from the physical campus. The original days and times of scheduled classes will not change. Instead of gathering in a physical building and room, you will gather through technology and still be able to interact with your teachers and other students in real time. You will be instructed in how to connect with your instructors and fellow students through Zoom. Please ensure you are signed up for a free Zoom license by heading to ensign-edu.zoom.us

3. Will any of my classes be canceled entirely?

  • We anticipate that classes will be offered as scheduled with the possible exception of some lab courses. If adjustments to the Spring Semester schedule become necessary, information will be made available to students before the end of Winter 2020 semester.

4. What if I’m planning to graduate soon and a required course is canceled?

  • Ensign College academic leadership will work to identify alternate paths to graduation if a specific course cannot be offered in the Spring 2020 semester. They will look at all possibilities to continue moving students toward graduation with minimal delay.

5. Can I withdraw from all Spring 2020 semester courses and return at a future date?

  • Yes. Ensign College fully supports each student in making personal decisions that align with their individual needs and specific circumstances.

6. I am a new student and Spring 2020 was supposed to be my first semester at Ensign College; can I defer my start to Fall 2020 instead?

  • Yes. If you wish to postpone your enrollment to Fall 2020 semester, please email admissions@ensign.net . The Admissions Office will follow up with you to discuss your options.

7. Will my scholarship and/or financial aid be impacted if my schedule changes?

  • Awarded aid is determined by the number and type of registered credits. Contact finaid@ensign.edu with specific questions.

8. I am an international student; how will my student visa be impacted if I do not register for enough credits or if all of my credits are taken with online technology?

  • Continuing international students have been granted permission to take all credits using remote technology without affecting their visa status. For additional information, please contact the Ensign College International Student Office at international@ensign.net .
  • All newly admitted international students for the Spring 2020 semester have been deferred to the Fall 2020 semester.
  • International students will receive a separate communication with detailed information about enrollment requirements for Spring 2020 semester.

Ensign College Update – 3/20/20

March 20, 2020.
Limited hours for essential services

In an effort to be good citizens and support Church and government directives to limit gatherings and minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus, Ensign College will implement reduced hours of service effective Monday, March 23, as follows:

The Ensign College campus will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, for students and employees to work, study and gain access to Wi-Fi and other resources. However, beginning Monday, March 23, essential on-campus, face-to-face services will be limited to hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the remainder of business hours these services can be accessed through email, phone and other forms of remote communication.

Essential services include:

  • Testing Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Registrar and Enrollment
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring Center
  • Bookstore
  • Summit Café
  • Library

All other services are available remotely during regular business hours. College employees are working remotely and are ready to assist and serve students. A telephone directory of campus offices and services can be found here: https://www.ensign.edu/directory

Questions can also be directed to the correct department by calling the main Ensign College number at: 801-524-8100.

Additionally, if you are experiencing symptoms do not come to campus, especially to socialize. Please be sensitive to others and recognize that those who are fulfilling their responsibilities in the building are doing so at risk to themselves and their families.

Ensign College Update – 3/19/20

March 19, 2020.

Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 situation and the many changes taking place in and around the College, we will consistently provide an update with current Ensign College-related information to help keep you informed and safe. These updates will be emailed as well as posted on our COVID-19 website and our social media.

The Ensign College campus is open today (19 March 2020) following yesterday’s power outage resulting from earthquakes. The building has been checked by Facilities and has been deemed safe to re-enter.

However, to the extent possible, we would recommend and encourage all students to conduct College business through phone calls, email and other online tools rather than congregate at the building.

Additionally, remote classes have resumed following yesterday’s cancellation.

Ensign College Campus Closed and Classes Canceled (18 March 2020)

March 18, 2020.

The Ensign College campus is closed today (18 March 2020) due to a power outage caused by the earthquake this morning. It is anticipated that power will be restored by tomorrow, and that campus operations will resume at that time.

Additionally, all classes are canceled for the day.

STUDENT INFORMATION

Student FAQ for Fall Semester 

1. Will my schedule change? 

Most schedules are set for Fall, but there is a small chance of courses changing teaching methods. Be sure to check your schedule often for changes.

2. Will fall begin on time or will there be a delayed start? 

There is no delayed start. The regular Fall semester begins on September 14. Ensign College does have a select number of Block B courses, a condensed version of courses, that begins October 28. See the class schedule for details.

3. How can I tell if a course is hybrid, online, in-person, or Zoom? 

Check carefully the days and room numbers on the class schedule. More information, including screen shots, are available at https://www.ensign.edu/campus-news/fall-2020-registration-options

4. What if I have a lab class? 

Medical Assisting lab courses will be taught on campus. See the class schedule for details.

5. Is wearing a mask required? 

Yes. Masks are required in order to attend on-campus classes or receive on-campus services.

6. How do I know what Zoom link to use? 

The Zoom link will be available in Canvas prior to courses beginning.

7. What if I have a Zoom course immediately before or after a hybrid course and won’t make it home in time? 

There are available study areas at Ensign College, including the library and The Summit Grill, where you can use your laptop to participate via Zoom.

8. What if my internet connected is not reliable? 

Ensign College will be open if wi-fi is needed. Study areas include the library and The Summit Grill.

9. Who can I contact if I have issues with Zoom? 

Please contact the Helpdesk (801.524.8119 / helpdesk@ensign.edu ) if you are having any technology difficulties.

10. How do I request accommodations for accessibility? 

If you are new to Ensign College, go to https://elbert.accessiblelearning.com/s-Ensign/ApplicationStudent.aspx and fill out the information there. You will also need to submit documentation of a disability. After that, the disability services coordinator will set up a time to meet with you via Zoom and get to know you and your needs better. Your accommodations will get set up, and you can then request your accommodation letters sent to your teachers via e-mail. If you have further questions, e-mail disabilityservices@ensign.edu .

11. How do I drop my classes? What is the deadline? 

Start by logging in to your MyEnsign and selecting "Student Center". From there, select "Enroll" and then "Drop" from the options listed underneath. Once you've selected the class(es) you wish to drop, click on "Drop Selected Classes". Review the message that pops up, select "Ok" and confirm your request by selecting "Finish Dropping". You can confirm that the course was dropped by the green check mark that should appear. The deadline to drop classes for the Fall is September 21st. Please see the Academic Calendar for other important dates and deadlines.

12. Will classes be all Zoom after Thanksgiving? 

Yes. All classes will switch to 100% remote delivery (Zoom) after the Thanksgiving break.

13. What happens if I’ve come in contact with someone with COVID-19? 

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 (receive a positive test result), or who know they have been exposed to someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19, should immediately self-isolate and fill out the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form online. Once the form is submitted, you may be contacted by a College representative with additional questions. Please be responsive to any inquiries from the College so that we can be more effective at keeping our campus community safe. Students who know they have been exposed to, or diagnosed with, COVID-19 should remain in self-isolation until they are free from symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

14. How do I get my student ID? 

An online process has been created for students who need to request an ID card. Please visit the following link and complete the ID Card Request Form. For questions, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at regstaff@ensign.edu or call at 801-524-8140.

15. As an international student, how do I check-in?   

An email will be sent to international students on how to do the International Check-In.

16. Where can I find masks, hand sanitizer, and wipes? 

You should bring your own reusable face mask to wear each time you visit campus. However, disposable face masks will be provided for students who may forget to bring a mask. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout campus in common areas. Disinfectant spray and cleaning cloths will be located in each classroom to allow students to sanitize their desks and chairs at the beginning of each class.

17. How do I schedule an appointment with my Success Advisor? Can I do it remotely?  

Your Success Advisor is here for you! You can connect with your Advisor in person, by phone, or through a video chat. You can call (801)524-8151 any time to arrange an appointment (on campus, or remote).

18. Will it be safe to return to classes on campus in the Fall? 

The College will follow all guidelines provided by state and national governments, including the following recommendations:

  • Increased cleaning and hygiene regimen (including between class sessions) 
  • Minimized face-to-face contact 
  • Six-foot distance among employees and students 
  • Flexible hours or staggered shifts 
  • Masks and sanitizers provided for employees and students 
  • Physical classroom sizes limited to 20 people 

19. How will on-campus classes work in the Fall?

  • Classes on campus will be a hybrid of face-to-face and remote. Different class sections will be in the building at different times, on a rotational basis. Each section will have a maximum class size of 25 students. For example, one class section will be held on campus on Monday and meet remotely on Wednesday. Another class section may meet remotely on Monday and on campus on Wednesday. Sections will rotate to efficiently utilize on-campus space. 
  • Labs will be held on campus. 
  • As much as possible, lower levels of the building will be used for classes. Labs may continue to be used on higher levels. Classes may also be held at nearby off-campus sites. These adjustments will help to reduce student congestion in hallways, elevators and stairwells. 
  • In a further effort to help with congestion on campus, we will take advantage of unscheduled time on Fridays and evenings to hold classes. Classes will be held throughout the day and evening on a Monday-Friday schedule. 

20. Will remote sections of classes in the Fall be different from what I’m currently experiencing with Spring Semester classes? 

No. Classes provided in the Fall remotely will be taught with the same methods as they have been for the duration of the Spring 2020 Semester.

21. I’m an international student who can’t return to the U.S. How can I still take classes in the Fall? 

You may choose to take all of your Fall 2020 Semester classes remotely. Be sure to register for sections of classes listed as “Zoom-classroom only.”

22. Will all student services be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. like they used to be? 

Face-to-face hours will continue to be reduced. However, student services will be available by phone and through email from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A modified schedule of hours can be found at https://ensign.edu .

23. Will tutoring and advising resources still be available? 

Yes. Please reach out to your advisor and check ensign.edu for tutoring information.

24. Is tuition cheaper if I don’t come to campus? 

Tuition remains the same for students who choose to only take remote courses, a mix of on-campus and remote courses or only on-campus courses (labs).

25. Will there be a weekly devotional I can attend? 

The College will continue to monitor guidelines from the state and national level. If guidelines change allowing for groups consistent with the size of our normal devotional attendance, the College will consider hosting devotionals publicly again. However, for the foreseeable future, devotionals will continue to be held virtually and streamed on the Church’s website each Tuesday of the semester at 11:15 a.m.

26. Will there be any events on campus this Fall? 

Yes. Events that are able to follow state government guidelines regarding size and social distancing practices will continue to take place on campus this Fall.

LDS Business College Update – 8/20/20

August 20, 2020.

Ensign College to transition to 100% remote classes after Thanksgiving

After careful consideration and extensive evaluation, Ensign College (formerly LDS Business College) announces it will transition to 100% remote classes following the Thanksgiving break this Fall 2020 Semester.

The Fall 2020 Semester will begin on September 14. Students may register for three types of instructional delivery: remote classes, hybrid classes (in-person and remote), and in-person classes (labs). Hybrid and in-person classes will be conducted with careful safety measures in place through November 24. However, out of an abundance of caution, following Thanksgiving break (November 25-27) all classes will be conducted remotely until the semester ends on December 16.

Revised Academic Calendar

  • Sept. 14 – Classes begin (remote, hybrid and in-person)
  • Nov. 24 – All in-person instruction ends
  • Nov. 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break (campus open, no classes – 25, campus closed – 26, 27)
  • Dec. 16 – Classes end

Students traveling home for the Thanksgiving break are encouraged to finish the Fall Semester remotely from home to help limit any potential increase of COVID-19 in the campus community during the month of December.

Although many students are already planning to enroll in only remote classes for Fall Semester, each student should reevaluate their schedule and how this announcement affects them individually.

Current campus hours and services will remain unchanged before and after Thanksgiving break. The building is open regular hours Monday through Friday for students and employees to work, study and gain access to Wi-Fi and other resources. Essential student services on campus provide limited face-to-face hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.

Changing information, data and regulations from local and federal agencies are being closely monitored as plans for the Winter 2021 Semester are evaluated.

All courses at Ensign College will resume March 18 through remote instruction, to the extent possible. In the case of lab-based or other courses that cannot be conducted remotely, faculty members will provide guidelines directly to the affected students. All online courses will continue uninterrupted.

Ensign College has announced the following adjustments to courses during the Spring 2020 semester:

  • All courses will be conducted utilizing technology-enabled instructional distancing.
  • Technology will be utilized to connect students and faculty remotely.
  • Students will be able to complete courses wherever they reside.
  • It is anticipated that campus will continue to be open with limited hours for essential student services.
  • All services can be accessed via phone, email and other remote connection methods during regular business hours.

These changes may require some adjustments to currently planned courses. Lab courses that cannot be adapted for remote delivery will be canceled. Students may find it necessary to adjust their schedules as a result of these changes and can do so by working with an academic advisor. Information regarding course cancellations will be available to students before the end of Winter 2020 semester.

Remote classes and exams

Your professors will contact you regarding how your courses and exams will proceed. Try to be patient as they work out the details. Plan to keep your normal class time available until you hear otherwise. Most classes will happen via Zoom. Download your free zoom license now at ensign-edu.zoom.us to be prepared for Wednesday classes. Find a good spot with a solid internet connection. If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone for receiving video, you can use the computers at the library.

Travel between the break

Students have the choice to remain in the greater Salt Lake City area or return home for the balance of the semester, completing all coursework through remote instruction. For students who choose to stay, all campus services will continue to be available. Prior to the beginning of Spring semester, where possible, students are discouraged from traveling outside of the greater Wasatch Front where cases of the COVID-19 virus are more prominent.

Testing Center

The Testing Center will continue to administer exams. Visit the Testing Center page for more information.

Student FAQ (Click

HERE

for a PDF version)

Q1. What if I know that I was exposed to COVID-19, or what if I am experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19?

A1. You should immediately self-isolate when:

  • You have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms (e.g. cough, sore throat, congestion, fever).
  • Isolation is recommended by your medical practitioner.
  • There is a high likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. someone you were in close contact with recently tested positive for COVID-19, or you recently traveled to a high-risk area).
  • You have a loved one with a compromised immune system.

If you are practicing self-isolation due to one of the above conditions, you should notify your teachers of the situation and remain in self-isolation until you have been free of all symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

Q2. Will taking remote classes impact my international student status?

A2. No. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is temporarily permitting non-immigrant students to complete all courses via distance learning or remote methods. Non-immigrant students may engage in remote learning either within the U.S. or outside the country. It is likely that these temporary permissions granted by SEVP will continue into Spring Semester 2020. The International Student Office at Ensign College will provide additional information to non-immigrant students as it becomes available.

Q3. Will I keep my same teacher now that courses are being offered remotely?

A3. Yes, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Q4. What if my teacher cancels my class for the rest of the semester? Am I stuck with the grade that I have right now?

A4. Your teacher should not be canceling your class. You may contact Academic Administration at 801-524-8166 with any additional questions.

Q5. My class is a lab and/or applied hands-on class. Will my class still be taught remotely?

A5. Yes. Please check Canvas to determine how your class will be administered remotely.

Q6. Will I need to use Canvas or another program to access my class content remotely?

A6. All course instruction will be delivered via Zoom, and all course content will be available through Canvas.

Q7. Who should I contact on campus if I’m having problems accessing Canvas or Zoom?

A7. Please contact the Help Desk (echelpdesk@ensign.edu / 801.524.8119) for assistance with Canvas and Zoom access.

Q8. What if my professor is not responding or I have concerns about how my class is going?

A8. You may contact Academic Administration at 801-524-8166.

Q9. What if I need an accommodation to take my class remotely?

A9. Please submit all accommodation requests to disabilityservices@ensign.edu . Or, you may call 801-524-8151 to ask questions about accommodation.

Q10. How will testing work with remote delivery? Will the tests be proctored somehow?

A10. Your teacher will notify you about testing procedures.

Q11. What student services, if any, are still being offered on campus?

A11. The following student services are maintaining on-campus operations at this time:

  • The Summit Grill (Takeout Only)
  • The Outpost
  • Cashier’s Office
  • Financial Aid Office
  • International Student Office
  • Library
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Student Success Center

Please note that the above services may be operating with limited hours and/or staff.

EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

Staff FAQ for Fall Semester 

1. Are face masks required?  How do I handle a student who refuses to wear a mask? 

All students, employees and patrons who visit Ensign College will be required to wear a face mask. If a student without a face mask is seeking services from your department, first invite them to put on a face mask. Remind them that face masks are available at the first floor information desk. If the student refuses to wear a face mask, you should instruct the student that you cannot offer any services until they put on a face mask. Invite them to come back once they are willing to wear a face mask. In the rare event that a student becomes belligerent or defiant, calmly remove yourself from the situation and contact Church Security (801.240.2661) to assist you.

2. Will there be mask waivers for students with severe asthma or other medical conditions? 

No. Students who are unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions are in a high-risk category and should not be visiting campus. These students should be invited to obtain service through remote means.

3. Will Ensign College be providing face masks for students or staff? 

Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own reusable face masks. However, if you or one of our students forgets to bring a face mask, disposable masks may be obtained by going to the first floor information desk. Additionally, disposable face masks will be available in other common areas such as the Registrar’s Office, Cashier’s Office, and Student Success Center.

4. What happens if I’ve been in close contact with someone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, and I’m working on-campus? 

You should notify your manager right away, then self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form . If you develop any symptoms you should get tested as soon as possible, and avoid coming to campus until you are completely free of symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

5. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19? 

You should notify your manager right away, then self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form . You should avoid coming to campus until you’ve been free of symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

6. Will Ensign College be taking temperature readings of students and/or faculty?   

Students and campus visitors will not be required to have their temperature taken upon arrival to campus. However, all employees will be required to get a temperature reading when they first arrive to campus each day. Stations for taking employee temperatures will be set up in the P3 elevator lobby, and the first-floor information desk. Additionally, the Cashier’s Office, Registrar’s Office, and Student Success Center will have instant temperature readers for the staff that work in those areas. Employees who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher should leave campus and return home. Once the fever subsides, and if there are no accompanying COVID-19 symptoms, the employee may return to campus.

7. What happens if a student informs me that they have COVID-19 symptoms, or a positive COVID-19 test result? 

You should advise the student to complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form  located on the COVID-19 webpage, if they have not done so already. You should invite the student to self-isolate until they are free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days. Individuals who disclose a positive test result on the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form  will be contacted by a College representative to verify their diagnosis and confirm when they were last on campus.

  • If the individual has been on campus within two weeks prior to experiencing any symptoms, the campus community will be notified of a positive COVID-19 test result on campus, without disclosing the name or other individually identifying details of the infected individual.  
  • Every reasonable effort will then be made to identify the specific locations on campus where the infected individual had visited in the last two weeks (e.g. classrooms, offices, etc.). Effort will then be made to thoroughly sanitize those areas of campus.  

Individuals who tested positive for COVD-19 are free to return to campus once they have been free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days.

8. Should I be working from home at this time? 

Each vice president has the latitude to authorize their employees (including volunteers) to work from home, dependent upon the nature and scope of the work to be performed. If you are asked to perform your work on campus, you should strive to conduct business via email, telephone, videoconference or other means which do not necessitate face-to-face interactions, whenever feasible. Employees who are not permitted to work remotely should practice good hygiene and appropriate social distancing while on campus. Click HERE  for advice from the World Health Organization on basic protective measures against COVID-19. You should proactively ask your manager if you may work from home if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You are the caretaker of an individual who has tested positive for, or is displaying symptoms of, COVID-19. 
  • You are the parent or caretaker of children who have had a mandated school closure due to COVID-19. 
  • Your immune system is significantly compromised due to preexisting health conditions or current medical treatments. 
  • You have a loved one with a compromised immune system.  

9. What if my functional area is dismissed, or what if the entire campus is closed?  

If your functional area is temporarily dismissed, or if the entire campus is closed down due to COVID-19, you should work with your manager to identify meaningful work which may be done from home. If no appropriate remote work assignments can be given, all employees (full-time, part-time and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked. Whether performing work from home or being paid for dismissal or campus closure, you will still need to record your hours in Workday just as you normally would. Your manager will also need to approve your hours in Workday just as they normally would. The intent of Ensign College administration is to keep all of our employees financially “whole” in spite of any temporary work dismissals or campus closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

10. What if I proactively choose to self-isolate, but I don’t have symptoms of COVID-19? 

Volunteers may opt to self-isolate at home after notifying their manager. Employees who choose to self-isolate without prior authorization from their manager will be taking leave without pay and may be subject to formal discipline, including termination of employment, due to job abandonment. Therefore, employees are expected to explicitly communicate with their manager as soon as possible to seek prior approval for any self-isolation or work-from-home arrangements. 

11. What if I know that I was exposed to COVID-19, or what if I am experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19? 

You should immediately inform your manager when:

  • You have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms. 
  • Isolation is recommended by your health care provider. 
  • There is a high likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. someone you were in close contact with recently tested positive for COVID-19, or you recently traveled to a high-risk area). 

After notifying your manager of the above condition(s), you should then practice self-isolation at home until you have been free of all symptoms for 14 consecutive days. 

12. Can I use paid sick leave for COVID-19 illness even if I haven’t tested positive?  

Yes. As with any other illness, benefited employees should use paid sick leave if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, congestion). Non-benefited employees (part-time, adjuncts and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked while they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. In accordance with the current paid leave policy , a doctor’s note may be requested by the manager to certify the existence of an illness.  

13. How long will these practices and guidelines remain in effect? 

These practices and guidelines will be in effect at least through the remainder of the year. 

14. What is being done on campus to support a clean and germ-free work environment?  

The Church Headquarters Facilities custodial staff has implemented the following procedures to reduce the spread of germs, including COVID-19:

  • Use of a high-strength, hospital-grade disinfectant to disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day, including door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc. 
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting (multiple times a day) of restroom surfaces 
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of conference rooms and other shared spaces 
  • Frequently checking that soap and hand sanitizer supplies are maintained and available 

15. Am I allowed to take business trips at this time? 

No. A strict freeze on all business travel is in place at this time. Exceptions to this must be approved by the respective vice president.

Faculty FAQ for Fall Semester

COVID-19 Protocols

  1. Are face masks required?  How do I handle a student who refuses to wear a mask?

All students, employees and patrons who visit Ensign College will be required to wear a face mask. If a student comes to class without a face mask, first offer them a disposable face mask. Each classroom will have a small stockpile of disposable face masks located near the podium. If the student refuses to wear a face mask, you should instruct the student that they are not allowed to remain in class without a face mask. Invite them to come back to class once they are willing to wear a face mask. In the rare event that a student becomes belligerent or defiant, calmly remove yourself from the classroom and contact Church Security (801.240.2661) to assist you with the situation.

  1. Will there be mask waivers for students with severe asthma or other medical conditions?

No. Students who are unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions are in a high-risk category and should not be attending face-to-face classes. These students should be invited to register for Zoom or online course sections.

  1. What are the protocols for hygiene and sanitation in the classrooms?

Each classroom will have a sanitation kit comprised of disinfectant spray and cleaning cloths. Before each class begins, students and faculty should use the sanitation kits to spray and wipe down surfaces such as desks, chairs, podiums, and other commonly touched hard surfaces. Faculty are encouraged to bring their own dry erase markers for the white boards, and students should not share writing utensils, laptops, or other personal items. Student desks will be spaced six feet apart, and in-person class sizes will be limited to 19 students to maintain proper social distancing. Each night, classrooms will be thoroughly sanitized by custodial staff. Signage will be posted throughout the building reminding students to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing. You should reinforce these personal hygiene and sanitation measures in your classroom.

  1. Will Ensign College be providing face masks for students or faculty?

You and your students are encouraged to bring your own reusable face masks. However, if you or one of your students forgets to bring a face mask, each classroom will have a small stockpile of disposable face masks located near the podium. Additionally, disposable face masks will be available in common areas such as the first-floor lobby, Registrar’s Office, Cashier’s Office, and Student Success Center.

  1. What happens if I’ve been in close contact with someone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, and I’m teaching on-campus?

You should notify your program chair right away, and then self-isolate and avoid coming to campus for the next 14 days. You and your program chair will then determine how to best handle your class(es). If you are teaching a hybrid course, you may temporarily switch all your class sessions to Zoom. If you are teaching a traditional face-to-face course, your program chair will need to find a substitute instructor for you.

  1. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

You should notify your program chair right away, and then self-isolate and avoid coming to campus until you’ve been free of symptoms for 14 consecutive days. You should also complete the online COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form . You and your program chair will then determine how to best handle your class(es). If you are teaching a hybrid course, you may temporarily switch all your class sessions to Zoom. If you are teaching a traditional face-to-face course, or if you are too sick to teach remotely, your program chair will need to find a substitute instructor for you.

  1. Will Ensign College be taking temperature readings of students and/or faculty? 

Students and campus visitors will not be required to have their temperature taken upon arrival to campus. However, all employees will be required to get a temperature reading when they first arrive to campus each day. Stations for taking employee temperatures will be set up in the P3 elevator lobby, and the first-floor reception desk. Additionally, the Cashier’s Office, Registrar’s Office, and Student Success Center will have instant temperature readers for the staff that work in those areas. Employees who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to leave campus and return home. Once the fever subsides, and if there are no accompanying COVID-19 symptoms, the employee may return to campus.

  1. What happens if a student informs me that they have COVID-19 symptoms, or a positive COVID-19 test result?

You should advise the student to complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form located on the COVID-19 webpage, if they have not done so already. You should invite the student to self-isolate until they are free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days. You should not offer medical advice or attempt to diagnose symptoms. You should not disclose a student’s name or personally identifiable details to your class if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who disclose a positive test result on the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form will be contacted by a College representative to verify their diagnosis and confirm when they were last on campus.

  • If the individual has been on campus within two weeks prior to experiencing any symptoms, the campus community will be notified of a positive COVID-19 test result on campus, without disclosing the name or other individually identifying details of the infected individual. 
  • Every reasonable effort will then be made to identify the specific locations on campus where the infected individual had visited in the last two weeks (e.g. classrooms, offices, etc.). Effort will then be made to thoroughly sanitize those areas of campus. 

Individuals who tested positive for COVD-19 are free to return to campus once they have been free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days. If you are teaching a class that has a face-to-face component, and a student tests positive for COVID-19, your class will be switched to 100% Zoom delivery for a two-week period.

Remote (Zoom) Classroom Management

  1. What tools or features in Zoom should I use?

It's best to familiarize yourself with as many Zoom tools and features as possible. Some useful ones are breakout rooms, annotation/whiteboard, and nonverbal feedback. Breakout rooms get used extensively (especially for group work settings) but the others can be useful as well. All three need to be enabled within your Zoom settings. See Enabling breakout rooms , Managing breakout rooms , Using annotation tools on a shared screen or whiteboard , and Nonverbal feedback during meetings .

  1. How do I best engage students in class discussions?

Just like in the classroom, the question you ask is really important (i.e., good questions tend to get good answers). If your questions aren't producing answers, think of how you can restate them more effectively. When having discussions in Zoom, use the available resources to give students space to engage, like the Chat window. Encourage students to use it if they're not comfortable speaking up. If you happen to have a lot of engagement/comments, use the Raise hand feature, or the nonverbal feedback functionality, to manage who will speak in what order. People talking over each other on Zoom tends to be more distracting than in face-to-face environments.

  1. What should I do if students are not participating?

The first thing to do is a quick self-assessment of what you've been doing. Has it been a lot of monologue instead of dialogue? Have the students been expected to just listen for a long period of time? If so, give some thought to how you can engage students more directly, or in other words, give them something meaningful to do. Engage their brains and their hands. The more you're able to break up your virtual presentation the more likely you are to maintain student interest and engagement. A few ideas on how to do that include: share screens (e.g., watch brief videos, show and discuss an article, chart, etc.), use Polls, create interactive activities, etc. Plan your lessons in small bursts. This will help them stay focused. For example, instead of spending an hour talking about a subject try this sequence: 1) Review the preparation materials on SWOT Analysis [no more than 10 minutes], 2) Ask clarification questions to gauge understanding [5-10 minutes), 3) Share a screen showing a sample of a SWOT analysis and engage the class to help you fill out all four sections [10 minutes], and 4) Conduct a brief review to reaffirm understanding and answer any lingering questions [5 minutes]. One final consideration: some students struggle being on camera. Providing a few minutes in each class for a ponder or reflective period—where cameras can be turned off and microphones muted—will provide a space for those students to thrive. You may also find yourself and the other, more gregarious students benefiting from this quiet time.

  1. How do I handle students that continually turn off their cameras?  Should they always have their camera turned on?

Students should always have their cameras on, just as if they were present in the same room with you. Exceptions to this might be if a student needs to momentarily turn their camera off to use the restroom or take an emergency phone call. You should inform the students that having their cameras on lets you know that they are “present” for the class, so any attendance requirements you may have for the class pertain to having their cameras on.

  1. What do I do when students cannot participate because they do not have sufficient Internet access during class time, or when they have continuous connection problems? 

Students with consistent connectivity issues should be advised to find a more suitable source of internet connectivity. The College campus, for example, will have several places where students can setup their laptops and connect to the campus wi-fi. Public libraries may also serve as locations for reliable internet connectivity.

Working from home

Do not report to work in person if you feel sick. Until further notice, unit vice presidents have the discretion on decisions about working from home for student, part-time and full-time employees.

Employee travel

Ensign College has suspended all domestic and international travel by employees until further notice.

Student employment during COVID-19 closures

Students should work with their managers to determine the best course of action for employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be allowed to continue working for the College throughout any closures -- whether that be remotely or in-person.

Employee and Volunteer FAQ (Click

HERE

for a PDF version)

Q1. Should I be working from home at this time?

A1. Each vice president has the latitude to authorize their employees (including volunteers) to work from home, dependent upon the nature and scope of the work to be performed. If you are asked to perform your work on campus, you should strive to conduct business via email, telephone, videoconference or other means which do not necessitate face-to-face interactions, whenever feasible. Employees who are not permitted to work remotely should practice good hygiene and appropriate social distancing while on campus. Click HERE for advice from the World Health Organization on basic protective measures against COVID-19.

You should proactively ask your manager if you may work from home if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You are the caretaker of an individual who has tested positive for, or is displaying symptoms of, COVID-19.
  • You are the parent or caretaker of children who have had a mandated school closure due to COVID-19.
  • Your immune system is significantly compromised due to preexisting health conditions or current medical treatments.
  • You have a loved one with a compromised immune system.

Q2. What if my functional area is dismissed, or what if the entire campus is closed?

A2. If your functional area is temporarily dismissed, or if the entire campus is closed down due to COVID-19, you should work with your manager to identify meaningful work which may be done from home. If no appropriate remote work assignments can be given, all employees (full-time, part-time and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked. Whether performing work from home or being paid for dismissal or campus closure, you will still need to record your hours in Workday just as you normally would. Your manager will also need to approve your hours in Workday just as they normally would. The intent of Ensign College administration is to keep all of our employees financially “whole” in spite of any temporary work dismissals or campus closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q3. What if I proactively choose to self-isolate, but I don’t have symptoms of COVID-19?

A3. Volunteers may opt to self-isolate at home after notifying their manager. Employees who choose to self-isolate without prior authorization from their manager will be taking leave without pay and may be subject to formal discipline, including termination of employment, due to job abandonment. Therefore, employees are expected to explicitly communicate with their manager as soon as possible to seek prior approval for any self-isolation or work-from-home arrangements.

Q4. What if I know that I was exposed to COVID-19, or what if I am experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19?

A4. You should immediately inform your manager when:

  • You have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms.
  • Isolation is recommended by your health care provider.
  • There is a high likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. someone you were in close contact with recently tested positive for COVID-19, or you recently traveled to a high-risk area).

After notifying your manager of the above condition(s), you should then practice self-isolation at home until you have been free of all symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

Q5. Can I use paid sick leave for COVID-19 illness even if I haven’t tested positive?

A5. Yes. As with any other illness, benefited employees should use paid sick leave if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, congestion). Non-benefited employees (part-time, adjuncts and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked while they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. In accordance with the current paid leave policy , a doctor’s note may be requested by the manager to certify the existence of an illness.

Q6. How long will these practices and guidelines remain in effect?

A6. These practices and guidelines will be in effect until further notice from the Human Resources Department.

Q7. What is being done on campus to support a clean and germ-free work environment?

A7. The Church Headquarters Facilities custodial staff has implemented the following procedures to reduce the spread of germs, including COVID-19:

  • Use of a high-strength, hospital-grade disinfectant to disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day, including door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting (multiple times a day) of restroom surfaces
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of conference rooms and other shared spaces
  • Frequently checking that soap and hand sanitizer supplies are maintained and available

Q8. Am I allowed to take business trips at this time?

A8. No. A strict freeze on all business travel is in place at this time. If you have already made arrangements for a business trip that is scheduled to take place prior to June 1, 2020, you should cancel your trip and attempt to be refunded for all associated costs. If you have already made arrangements for a business trip that is scheduled to take place on or after June 1, 2020, you should work with your vice president to determine whether or not you should still plan on that business trip.

CAMPUS EVENTS

Updated on March 17.

Public events on campus

The majority of gatherings for public events have been canceled until further notice. These include:

  • March 19: Graduation Fair
  • March 20: Latin Dance
  • March 26: Cultural Variety Show
  • April 8: Interior Design Portfolio Exhibit
  • April 9: Graduate Celebration
  • April 9: Graduation Dance
  • April 17: New Student Orientation

Commencement and Graduate Celebration

Gathering for these events is canceled. A limited graduation ceremony will be broadcast. Details about the broadcast will be provided at a later date. Diplomas, programs, tassels and a small gift will be mailed to each graduate.

Devotionals

Gathering for Devotionals for winter semester at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square is canceled. A broadcast will be available on the Church's website each Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. Further information about each broadcast will be forthcoming.

FACULTY RESOURCES AND QUESTIONS

Updated on March 17.

Teach Anywhere: Transitioning to remote coursework

Information on remote collaboration and learning resources can be found on the Intranet . The College has also licensed Zoom, a leading video and audio conferencing platform, to facilitate remote teaching and learning. Specific training for this tool is available at https://employees.ensign.edu/zoom .

What precautions should I take to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19?

The College is actively monitoring this rapidly-changing situation and is taking precautionary measures in an effort to help reduce the risks of infection and prepare for potential impacts on campus. You can also find up-to-date information at the coronavirus websites of the Utah Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What should I do if I show symptoms of illness?

Stay home. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call to make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider or urgent care clinic to be seen. Follow the directions of the local health authority . You should notify your department and remain at home until your doctor indicates that it is appropriate for you to return to work. For any scheduled classes, take steps to find an appropriate substitute instructor.

What do I do if a student thinks that they have been exposed to COVID-19?

Encourage the student to contact the Utah Department of Health at 1-800-456-7707. Faculty are cautioned not to diagnose or provide medical advice to students.

What if I have a condition that makes me more vulnerable to illness?

Seek medical advice from your healthcare provider. If you have questions about accommodations, work with your direct supervisor and unit vice president on any accommodations that may be necessary.

How would the College’s response to COVID-19 impact compliance with higher education laws and accreditation standards?

The Department of Education (ED) has issued guidance authorizing institutions of higher education to take appropriate steps to accommodate students whose activities are impacted by COVID-19 and to allow distance education programs in place of regular classroom instruction. More detailed information can be found in the Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued by ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

PROTECT YOURSELF

Updated on March 17.

How do I protect myself?

You should take primary responsibility for protecting yourself and others against the novel coronavirus by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Maintain a 14-day supply of food and necessities, if possible, so that you have food on hand in case you become sick. The water supply is not expected to be disrupted.
  • Avoid direct contact with those who are sick.

What should I do if I think I'm sick?

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call to make an appointment with your primary health provider or urgent care clinic to be seen. Follow the directions of your local health authority . Remain at home until your doctor indicates that it is appropriate for you to go out.

Where can I get updated information on COVID-19?

We encourage any resident of Salt Lake County to visit coronavirus.utah.gov for more information, or to call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 if they are worried they might have COVID-19.

The Salt Lake County Health Department's website has additional information that will help students, staff, faculty and visitors in the wake of COVID-19.

Click here for specific information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on what colleges and universities can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.