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Phased Student Return to Campus

Details and requirements for safely returning to campus

This is an update of BYU–Hawaii’s plan to return students to campus in light of evolving local responses to the pandemic (see the City & County of Honolulu Reopening Strategy and the State of Hawaii pre-travel testing program).

Because there is low-level spread of COVID-19 in the Hawaii community right now, we currently have the opportunity for some students to experience in-person learning next semester. This unique privilege can only occur when we interact differently than we have in the past and is subject to change depending on trends in disease prevalence and guidance from state and local governments.

The following steps will help you plan for the upcoming semester.

Instructions for Returning to Campus


New health and safety standards are necessary to keep you, other students, staff, faculty, and our community healthy. This means “don’t share air” and these recommendations from the Hawaii Department of Health:

  • Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose whenever you are around other people outside your household.
  • Practice physical distancing when possible.
  • If you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or think you may be getting sick, stay home and let BYUH Health Services know immediately.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay in the local area. Limit your risk of getting COVID-19 by being around the same small group of people and not traveling. BYU–Hawaii will not provide financial support for repeated quarantine that is required as a result of discretionary travel.   

Your actions affect everyone around you. If there is a significant outbreak of COVID-19 among students, in-person learning will stop.

Students who break government or campus rules will be reported to the appropriate University and/or civil authorities. Students will be subject to the appropriate University and/or civil penalties and other disciplinary actions. This can include separation from the University.  

If you have questions about whether in-person learning is safe for you, contact your doctor. Students who are immunosuppressed, obese, or have underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness if they get COVID-19. We do not know the long-term effects of infection, and we do not know what the risk is of getting COVID-19 a second time.

Students who are unwilling or unable to follow all in-person health and safety standards should continue with remote learning.


Remote Learning

Courses will continue to be offered remotely. The word “remote” will be listed as the classroom for these course sections. Faculty will continue to deliver the best remote learning experience possible.

In-Person Learning

Sections of select courses will be offered in person (up to 10% of the winter 2021 course offerings). A list of the in-person courses available can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

In-person learning will occur in large, well-ventilated rooms and outdoor spaces. All students will be required to wear masks during in-person learning.

If you are registered for a course that adds an in-person learning option, you will be notified by email and given instructions on switching your enrollment if you will be present on Oahu and want to attend in person. The word “remote” will be replaced with a room assignment for sections of courses offered in person.


On-Campus Housing

BYU–Hawaii has a limited number of on-campus housing openings that incorporate increased safety measures for COVID-19.

All students who desire on-campus housing should apply by completing the return application through the Housing Portal.

  • These spots will be offered to full-time students based on university student employment priorities and expected graduation dates. Students graduating in April 2021 will be given high priority. Students graduating in December 2020 will not be eligible for on-campus housing.  
Complete the Navigating COVID-19 in Hawaii Training

All students who are applying for on-campus housing or plan to use on-campus resources must complete this online course. An invitation to return to campus will not be issued until this course is completed.

Off-Campus Housing

Students who live in off-campus housing must follow all applicable state regulations. Students are also required to provide an electronic copy of their rental agreement to Residential Life within 14 days of move-in.


Commit to safe behavior

All students who plan to use on-campus resources must certify that they will (1) follow all state and campus regulations and (2) follow the additional safety and testing protocols on our campus.

Apply for student employment

Students may still apply for employment on the Student Job Board. Contact Human Resources with any questions about specific positions.

Make travel arrangements

Students requesting financial assistance for travel MUST book travel through BYUH Travel Services to receive this benefit. Email with your location and desired travel dates to begin the process.

Students booking their own travel should wait to book travel until they have received confirmation of a requested quarantine date from Residential Life.


Students with an invitation to on-campus housing

  1. Travel directly from the airport via the University’s pre-arranged shuttle service.
  2. Follow the On-Campus Housing Entry and Quarantine Process. This includes:
    1. Students will complete Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine in designated BYUH quarantine housing; or
    2. Eligible students may use Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program. Please note that international travelers may not be able to use Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program. Students who test negative for COVID-19 through the state’s pre-travel testing program will still be required to quarantine for five days after arrival in designated university quarantine housing.

Read the complete quarantine process.

Students in off-campus housing

  1. Complete Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine or pre-travel testing program and comply with all other state and campus regulations.
  2. Update their residential address with BYU–Hawaii when they arrive in the area.
  3. Submit a copy of a current lease agreement or a housing waiver form if living with family members.

Congratulations, Seasiders! We are navigating a new learning environment. It has been challenging for each of us, and we thank you for your patience. Your resilience in the face of these challenges is inspiring. The University has set the bar for safe behavior higher than that of local and state regulations. This is intentional and motivated by our care for your safety and the safety of our community. This is an opportunity to live the second greatest commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

We look forward to connecting with you again – remotely and in person. If you have questions, please contact one of the areas below for additional assistance.