March 17, 2021 Update
BYU–Hawaii Plans for In-Person Fall 2021 Semester
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I am delighted to inform you that BYU–Hawaii plans to return to a traditional residential education with face-to-face, in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 Semester.
Data from our Seasider Testing program continue to show that COVID-19 cases on our campus are very low and remain manageable. Additionally, vaccine eligibility is expanding and BYU–Hawaii is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.
We will be releasing more details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please begin to make plans for an in-person fall semester. We appreciate all of the sacrifices you have made to continue learning and teaching during these challenging times.
We look forward to seeing you on campus this fall.
President John S.K. Kauwe III
March 9, 2021 Update
BYU–Hawaii encourages all to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines when possible according to the local vaccine distribution schedule. As part of Hawaii's Phase 1b, BYUH employees (including student employees) are eligible to receive vaccinations at this time. Those interested in getting vaccinated should contact Laurie Abregano in Health Services. Vaccinations are being distributed locally by Kahuku Medical Center and not at BYUH.
In-person students or employees who have been vaccinated should apply for an exemption to weekly Seasider Testing for COVID-19.
How and When to Apply for a Testing Exemption
Send a copy (photo, scan, or PDF) of your completed vaccination card or VAMS vaccination certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org soon after you have received your second dose. Campus Safety will confirm that they have received your vaccination verification and that you will be exempt from weekly testing beginning two weeks after your second dose.
March 4, 2021 Update
Register Early for COVID-19 Testing
The Seasider Testing site is open Monday–Friday, 7 am–2 pm, and Saturday, 9 am–12 pm. Nomi Health requests that all participants register early in the week and arrive at their scheduled appointment time. Timeslots are evenly spaced to avoid crowding and long lines. Once time slots are full for the day, the Nomi Health team can longer accept patients and will ask those participants to register for another day. In the event timeslots become full on Saturdays, the Nomi Health team will not be able to test additional patients.
January 14, 2021 Update
Seasider Testing Exemptions
The purpose of Seasider Testing is to keep everyone on campus safe and to get our students back on campus as soon as possible. During a pandemic, we often need to adjust policies and procedures—sometimes more than once—to keep up with the latest research and guidance. The following guidance replaces other communications you have received on this topic regardless of the source.
We need to adjust the procedures for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or been diagnosed with COVID-19, then you are exempt from testing for 90 days thereafter. Beginning immediately after that 90 day period, you are required to be tested weekly.
A couple of examples might help:
- Jason tested positive on Dec. 9 and ended isolation on Dec. 23. He does not need to be tested weekly until March 24. Jason should show proof of his test to the Safety office and will be placed on the exempt list.
- Suzy tested positive on Oct. 7 and has since recovered. Since it has been more than 90 days since she ended isolation, she needs to be tested weekly.
We thank you for your patience with this change. We want to keep things as smooth as possible for everyone, but also be as safe as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Safety at
The Seasider Safe Team
December 30, 2020 Update
Seasider Testing: Requirement and Consequences for Noncompliance
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Seasider Testing program so far—we’ve administered over 1,200 tests to date. As a reminder, testing is required weekly for all faculty and staff, and for students working or studying on campus or using on-campus resources. Beginning next week, on January 4, 2021, enforcement will begin under the updated COVID Policy: Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine. Regarding compliance with testing, isolation, and quarantine directives, it states:
Consequences of Noncompliance – Faculty/Staff
If an instance of employee noncompliance is reported, management, in consultation with the director of Human Resources, will determine whether the facts of the situation accurately describe an incident of noncompliance. If so, the following consequences may be applied:
- First violation: Three-day suspension without pay.
- Second violation: Disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Consequences of Noncompliance – Students
If an instance of student noncompliance is reported, the Dean of Students office will determine whether the facts of the situation accurately describe an incident of noncompliance. If so, the following consequences may be applied:
- First Violation: Verbal Warning; Discussion as to why the violation was committed for possible solutions including an explanation of consequences for a subsequent violation.
- Second Violation: Suspension from school. The student must reapply to continue school at BYUH.
We appreciate everyone’s continued efforts to keep our campus and our community safe.
Winter 2021 Town Hall Meetings
BYU–Hawaii will host a series of virtual town hall meetings to review the Seasider Testing program and answer questions about the Winter 2021 Semester. As stated above, testing is required weekly for all faculty and staff, and for students working or studying on campus or using on-campus resources.
- Faculty Town Hall: Monday, January 4 at 4 pm
- Employee Town Hall: Tuesday, January 5 at 11 am
- Student Town Hall: Tuesday, January 5 at 10 am
December 21, 2020 Update
Seasider Testing: Early Results
Thank you to everyone that came and completed a COVID test last Thursday and Friday. Nearly 400 students and employees were tested with only seven positive tests from BYU–Hawaii. This is much higher than we would like to see, but it is lower than the State of Hawaii’s overall positivity rate of 2.8% (as of Dec 18, 2020).
As we head into the holidays, we must continue to be vigilant in protecting our campus and our community. To support this effort please:
Complete your weekly COVID test through the Seasider Testing program. Testing is required weekly for all faculty and staff, and for students working or studying on campus or using on-campus resources.
- Register here and use this same link each week to schedule your test.
- Because of the holidays, testing will be provided from 7 am – 2 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of the year.
- Testing is provided for BYUH employees and students, as well as PCC employees. A valid BYUH or PCC ID is required.
Quarantine for 14 days after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID–19.
- It is NOT appropriate to leave isolation or quarantine to get a COVID-19 test.
- Stay home when you have any symptoms of illness.
- Avoid large gatherings and practice physical distancing whenever possible.
- Wear an appropriate face covering (mask) as directed by BYUH policy.
Mahalo for all that you are doing to keep others and yourself safe.
President John S.K. Kauwe III
*In this early stage of testing we are conducting follow-up tests on positive tests to confirm the status before results are reported to the Hawaii Department of Health. Final positive cases on campus will continue to be reported on the COVID Case Management website.
December 15, 2020 Update
BYU–Hawaii has partnered with Nomi Health to provide a saliva-based PCR testing program at no cost to employees and students. To ensure the safety of the campus, testing is required weekly for all faculty and staff, and for students working or studying on campus or using on-campus resources. The testing schedule and process can be found on the Seasider Testing page.
November 25, 2020 Update
Student Return to Campus
This is an invitation for all students to apply to return to campus.
Students who need on-campus housing should apply through the Housing Portal.
- Housing remains limited so BYU–Hawaii will bring students back to on-campus housing in phases.
- Sign up as soon as possible. Applications will be evaluated in the order they are received.
- Students who have already applied for housing do not need to apply again.
Students who choose to live in off-campus housing must provide Residential Life with a copy of their rental agreement or a housing waiver form if living with family members.
All students returning to campus must commit to following all state and campus regulations.
November 20, 2020 Update
Four new university policies regarding COVID have been established. Access to these policies requires BYU–Hawaii credentials. President Kauwe explained that the purpose of these policies is to help the BYUH community, “maintain a safe campus and bring our students back.”
- COVID Policy: Isolation and Quarantine
- COVID Policy: Face Coverings
- COVID Policy: Employees Returning to Campus
- COVID Policy: Employee Benefits for COVID Related Absences
A summary of the important information from these policies is included below. Employees are responsible for reviewing and being familiar with the complete policies listed above.
Face coverings are required to be worn:
- In public or common indoor areas.
- In indoor workspaces and offices when physical distancing is not feasible.
- Outdoors when a six-foot distance from others is not feasible.
Face coverings may be removed for eating or drinking but must be worn prior to and immediately after. Individuals should wash their hands after touching a face covering. Anyone who declines to properly wear a mask will not be able to access campus facilities or in-person services and will be asked to leave campus.
Isolation is for those who are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms. This includes those who feel sick and think they may have COVID-19. Isolation means keeping away from others, including those in your own home. Isolation begins from the day that symptoms started or from the day after the positive test (whichever date is later). Individuals may leave isolation after 14 days AND 72 hours after you no longer have symptoms without taking medication.
Quarantine is for those who have been or may have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is also for those who travel to Oahu without a qualifying negative pretest. Moving into on-campus student housing requires quarantine. Quarantine means keeping away from others for 14 days from the following:
- A date given by a contact tracer.
- The last date the individual was in close contact with someone in isolation, who has tested positive, or is symptomatic for COVID-19.
- The date of arrival on Oahu without a qualifying negative pretest. State granted essential worker travel exemption is a modified version of quarantine.
If checking into on-campus student housing, individuals may leave quarantine after five days if they test negative.
Working on Campus or Working From Home
All campus functions should be open for normal operating hours beginning no later than December 1. Enough essential workers must be present at all times to provide full services and a fully functional workplace within safety guidelines. Working from home will be coordinated and approved by appropriate supervisors. Living outside of the state of Hawaii and working remotely is not permitted.
Social distancing (of at least six feet) between employee workstations must be maintained. Workstations should be reconfigured or work schedules should be staggered. In-person meetings may be held only if masks are worn and social distancing (of at least six feet) can be achieved.
Employees in self-isolation or quarantine (but are not ill) may work from home (where possible) or use vacation or sick leave. Employees who are immunocompromised, or have a family member living in their home who is immunocompromised, should request an exception to work from home (where possible) from their supervisor.
Employees caring for immediate family members who are ill should use their sick or vacation benefit. After January 1, employees caring for dependents who are not in school due to school closures should use their sick leave, vacation benefit, or request a leave of absence.
Part-time employees and student employees required to isolate or quarantine who are unable to work remotely from home should work with their manager for alternative options (see complete policy for details).
Employees with no sick or vacation benefit who are required to isolate or quarantine as a result of elective choices they make will not receive pay for work missed due to isolation or quarantine.
Employees and students who willfully disregard and violate the requirements of isolation or quarantine will be subject to discipline including suspension or termination (see complete policy for details).
As a majority of local COVID-19 cases are linked to travel, employees are asked to eliminate all unessential out of state travel. Employees are encouraged to follow the same return to campus guidelines that students have been asked to follow, including a five-day quarantine and confirmatory negative test following a negative pre-travel test result.
November 16, 2020 Update
Winter In-Person Courses
As announced previously, several classes will be available for in-person instruction on campus during the Winter 2021 Semester. A list of these classes may be found on the Office of the Registrar website. If you are going to be living on Oahu during the Winter 2021 Semester and are interested in one or more of these offerings, you may register for them through the Student Center. The scheduled day, time, and room number of these in-person courses are also listed in the class schedule accessed through the Student Center. Instructions for coming to campus and applying for employment and housing are provided in the Phased Student Return to Campus plan.
October 26, 2020 Update
Update to Phased Student Return Plan
BYU–Hawaii is continuing its phased return of students to campus and will provide limited opportunities for in-person learning during the Winter 2021 Semester. This is possible because of a low-level spread of COVID-19 in the Hawaii community and local responses to the pandemic (see the City & County of Honolulu Reopening Strategy and the State of Hawaii pre-travel testing program ).
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.
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.
October 1, 2020 Update
Oahu's Reopening Plan
Oahu has now entered Tier 1 of reopening. Notable changes from the last order include the allowance of group gatherings of up to 5 people, the reopening of city/state parks and beaches, and the reopening of dine-in services at restaurants. Check out Oahu's interactive reopening strategy webpage for more information.
September 24, 2020 Update
Winter 2021 Update
As registration begins for next semester, here is an update on our plans for the Winter 2021 Semester.
We assure you that school will be in session, and all courses scheduled for next semester will be available regardless of where you are living during the semester. You should, therefore, register for classes to continue with your academic progress.
The details of course delivery are not yet available because necessary instructions from government agencies and other partners are still pending. For example, we are waiting for:
- guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, visa-granting agencies, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), our accreditor, about remote instruction,
- details from the U.S. State Department and Department of Homeland Security regarding visa extensions for students residing outside the U.S. during winter semester,
- and information on the applicability of Federal financial assistance to different modes of instruction during winter semester.
Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available. We appreciate everyone’s patience and continued cooperation as we safely reopen our BYU–Hawaii campus.
September 10, 2020 Update
Amended Second Stay at Home / Work From Home Order
The Stay at Home / Work From Home Order for the City and County of Honolulu has been extended until September 23, 2020. The restrictions of the previous order will continue, with the following changes:
- Beaches, parks, and hiking trails will reopen for individual use (e.g., walking, running, sitting, fishing, etc.) ONLY. Groups/gatherings, regardless of household affiliation, are not permitted.
- Bicycle paths and community garden plots may open, but basketball and tennis courts, swimming pools, playgrounds, gyms, and similar facilities will remain closed.
You can read the entire order on the City & County of Honolulu website.
August 31, 2020 Update
Understanding the Second Stay at Home / Work From Home Order
The following conditions apply to everyone on Oahu until September 9, 2020:
- Activities or tasks essential to health and safety.
- Obtaining services, goods, or supplies from essential businesses or government functions (including ordering takeout and delivery from restaurants).
- Outdoor activities and exercise in locations allowed by law with proper physical distancing.
- Essential work providing essential products and services at an essential business or government function.
- Care for a person or pet in another household.
- Visits to graveyards, mausoleums, and similar sites.
- Fishing in groups of two or less.
- Indoor and outdoor social gatherings of any type.
- Travel unrelated to essential activities.
- Singing, playing wind instruments, and similar activities are prohibited unless at a gathering, business, or operation authorized to do so.
- Retail businesses, real estate firms, auto dealerships, golf courses, gyms, salons, bars, and clubs are closed.
- Beaches, city/state parks, and hiking trails remain closed.
You can read the entire order from the Hawaii.gov website.
August 27, 2020 Update
PCC Student Employment
Today, the mandatory ‘stay at home order’ goes into effect. Students who are now working at the PCC will not be allowed to work there while this order remains in effect, which is currently scheduled to run from Thursday, August 27 through Wednesday, September 9. Managers or supervisors will notify anyone who qualifies for an exception because they are performing an essential function.
Students will be paid only for hours they actually work. Any full-time student employee unable to work due to the ‘stay at home order’ may apply for a COVID Work Project through BYUH Student Employment to receive a temporary work assignment. We appreciate your continued understanding during these difficult times.
August 20, 2020 Update
Off-Campus Housing Approvals
BYU–Hawaii is temporarily suspending its approval of University off-campus housing. This includes any type of property inspections or resolutions of disputes with off-campus landlords. Students are encouraged to remain at home as outlined in the August 4 announcement until invited back to campus. Students who still choose to lease off-campus properties do so independent of the university at their own risk.
August 4, 2020 Update
We continue to receive questions about when BYU–Hawaii will begin bringing students back to campus. While we know many are hoping to come back soon, the University has not changed the directive that students should complete their fall semester courses at home.
With health and safety as our guiding principles, the University has developed a phased plan for returning students to campus. This plan is directly linked to the re-opening plan for the State of Hawaii. Once the state moves to the green RECOVERY phase, BYU–Hawaii will begin the process of returning all students to campus. Students should not move to Laie or the surrounding areas until they have been invited to do so.
Until that time, only students who are already living on-campus or are unable to return to their homes due to COVID-19 travel restrictions will be accommodated in on-campus housing. Students who received temporary housing contracts during the summer break will be able to extend these contracts into fall semester starting on August 17 through the BYUH Residential Life website.
Aside from the students already on-campus, the only other students who will be invited to return to campus at this time are:
- Current international students who are still in the US but not presently on campus.
- Students who need to return to campus due to extreme hardship.
Any student that is invited to return now will be subject to the State of Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day travel quarantine. BYU–Hawaii also has COVID-19 testing capacity that will be used to monitor our students and ensure their safety and that of the community.
Based on the information outlined above, BYU–Hawaii plans to start the Fall 2020 semester with approximately 30% of our student population on campus. We appreciate everyone’s patience and continued cooperation as we follow the directives we have been given.
July 17, 2020 Update
Member of Campus Community Tests Positive for COVID-19
Last evening, BYU–Hawaii learned that a family member of two campus employees tested positive for COVID-19. The family member had recently traveled off-island.
The university has been informed that the Hawaii State Department of Health has conducted contact tracing, which is the process of reaching out to individuals who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Generally, if you aren’t contacted, health officials have determined that you weren’t exposed to COVID-19 through the individual who has tested positive.
BYU–Hawaii takes every precaution necessary to create a safe working environment for its students and employees. Please continue to follow public health recommendations that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Student Travel Update
As was stated in the June 24 Housing Update, any student who is currently here and can cover their expenses can remain in on-campus housing. As such, BYU–Hawaii will no longer provide special emergency travel funds to return students home at this time. Students with existing travel bookings should contact Travel Services for an update on their individual travel arrangements.
June 24, 2020 Update
Students who would like to remain in on-campus housing over the summer break must work to cover their housing, food, and other expenses. This applies to IWORK students as IWORK funding is not available over the summer (Wednesday, July 1 through Monday, August 24). Those who cannot cover their expenses should return home. All other students will be invited to campus as soon as it is safe and reasonable to do so.
Students may work 40-40-40-19 work schedules beginning Monday, June 29 until Saturday, August 29. Work projects are available for students needing employment or work hours in addition to their regular work schedule. Students must be enrolled full-time for the fall semester to qualify.
Emergency funding is available for students who are unable to meet their financial obligations even after working a full work schedule. Students may apply for this special funding with Financial Aid & Scholarship.
June 17, 2020 Update
Additional information has been added to the Mode of Instruction section on the Fall 2020 Semester page to regarding scheduling classes, avoiding class conflicts, and requesting exceptions for class registration.
June 12, 2020 Update
Fall 2020 Semester Details
Details about housing, tuition, and academics for BYU–Hawaii’s now remote fall semester have been released. New fall semester housing contracts will be canceled for on-campus single student housing though temporary housing will still be available for students who are unable to return home. Tuition will remain the same. Deans will be making adjustments to course offerings. Read the full details.
June 10, 2020 Update
BYU–Hawaii to Continue Remote Learning Fall Semester
University leadership has determined that all classes will be taught remotely during the Fall 2020 Semester. This evaluation has focused primarily on the safety of our students, our staff, and our local community. All continuing and new students are encouraged to register for classes. More information about what this means for fall services will be coming soon. Read the full news article.
May 20, 2020 Update
Member of Campus Community Tests Positive for COVID-19
BYU–Hawaii learned today that an individual living in off-campus university housing has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual had recently traveled off island.
The university has been informed that the Hawaii State Department of Health has conducted contact tracing, which is the process of reaching out to individuals who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The university does not do contact tracing. Generally, if you aren’t contacted, health officials have determined that you weren’t exposed to COVID-19 through the individual who has tested positive.
To BYU–Hawaii’s knowledge, this is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campus. Please continue to follow public health recommendations that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
April 30, 2020 Update
Message From the University President
President John S. Tanner wrote a letter to the BYUH ohana on the first day of classes for spring semester. Read President Tanner's message.
Student Employment Announcement
As a result of the Stay At Home/Work From Home order, some students have been unable to work. During this time, the university has continued to pay wages to help students with basic living expenses while they wait to return home. Starting with the May 10 pay period, the university will provide work projects in essential function areas (e.g., facilities and maintenance group) to assist students who have jobs that are not available or have reduced hours. After May 10, student employees will only be paid for the hours they have actually worked. Students will still be limited to no more than 19 hours per week and must be enrolled full-time (8+ credit hours) to participate. Additional information regarding how to participate in these work projects will be available soon.
April 15, 2020 Update
Screening and Reporting
There will be a community drive-thru COVID-19 test site in the Polynesian Cultural Center parking lot this Saturday, April 18 from 9 am to 1 pm. Physicians will be on-site to do screenings and give tests to those who qualify.
If any student, faculty or staff are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have tested positive, please notify the Health Center by calling (808) 675-3510 to ensure that we are able to support you.
All employees who are out on sick leave 3 days or more due to COVID-19 or any other sickness are required to obtain and present a doctor’s note from the employee’s health care provider showing the employee is cleared to resume work.
Beginning on Monday, April 20, all people on Oahu are mandated to wear a mask, or some type of facial covering, when entering an essential business—or where there is social interaction. For example, if you go grocery shopping, you will be required to wear a non-medical mask or some type of facial covering such as a scarf or bandana. This also applies when using public transportation. A judge can impose a maximum penalty of a year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both if you violate the mandate.
Don’t have a mask? BYUH Safety has a few ways to make your own for many skill levels. Department heads can also order face coverings for employee use. Read more on the Campus Safety & Security Cloth Mask page.
Leave of Absence Requests
Students wishing to take a leave of absence during the Spring 2020 Semester should fill out this form.
Leaving a Vehicle on Campus
Students who plan to leave their vehicles on campus while they are away from BYUH should submit a waiver and request to Secuirty. Students must also have a current parking permit and current vehicle insurance on file. Security will then give these students instructions on where to park their vehicles. Those students who do not complete a waiver may have their vehicle towed or cited. BYUH will not be responsible for any vehicles left on campus without a waiver.
April 14, 2020 Update
Letter to Parents
President Tanner has shared a letter for the parents of students at BYU–Hawaii. Students were asked to assist the university by forwarding the message along to their parents so they can stay up to date on the changes that are happening at the university during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 11, 2020 Update
Aloha! As a President’s Council, we have been wrestling with important decisions related to Spring 2020 Semester and beyond. We have met long and often (always virtually, of course!) to discuss possible scenarios and options. We have deliberated, studied, prayed, and counseled together. We have also sought and received counsel from our leaders in the Church Educational System.
Consistent with the counsel of our Church and government leaders, our priority is the health and safety of our campus and local community. This requires minimizing social interaction between non-related individuals. We are also aware of the need to reduce the psychological stress of students living in confined quarters. For these reasons, we have made our curriculum available remotely and have encouraged all students to return home if and when possible.
To further these objectives for Spring 2020 Semester, we announce the following additional actions. These are aimed at protecting the health and safety of our students and the community. They also greatly increase the likelihood that BYU–Hawaii will return to normal face-to-face instruction in the fall:
- We expect all students who can return home to do so as soon as possible.
- The Hales will be closed for Spring 2020 Semester, beginning April 29. Temporary housing will be available while students wait for flights home and borders to open.
- TVA will remain available for families who have no other options.
- Funding for travel home and return to campus in the fall will be provided for students and their dependents based on need.
- Classes will only be offered remotely.
- A leave of absence may be approved for students who cannot take classes remotely.
- Student services, such as cafeteria, bookstore, recreation/exercise facilities, library, and computer labs, will be limited or closed.
- After Hawaii’s “Stay At Home/Work From Home” order is lifted, we will do our best in cooperation with PCC to provide work projects until students can return home. Students will be paid only for hours worked.
- Spring tuition funding will continue to be provided for IWORK students.
- For IWORK students who leave campus, payback requirements will be waived for Spring.
We look forward to the day when this crisis is past and we can resume our normal activities on campus and in person with you and our partners at the PCC.
These temporary adjustments will make it more likely that we can offer regular face-to-face classes and provide a normal campus experience by Fall. We understand that implementing them will require some of you to change your plans. The University stands ready to help in your individual circumstances. We add our witness that Heavenly Father is mindful of us all and express our gratitude for the support we feel from you and from Him. There are blessings now and blessings to come as we face the future with faith.
We love you and pray for you.
BYU–Hawaii President’s Council
April 8, 2020 Update
What Hawaii’s Stay At Home Order Means for BYU–Hawaii Students
On March 25, 2020, a “Stay At Home/Work From Home Order” was issued for the state of Hawaii. The order states that “all individuals living on the island of Oahu are ordered to stay at home and work at home except for essential activities” through April 30, 2020.
Your “home” at BYUH is your unit if you live on-campus (Hales or TVA) or your apartment/house for students living off-campus. Students should remain at home as much as possible, with the following exceptions.
The Stay At Home order states people are allowed out for “essential activities” such as:
- Grocery shopping
- Medical care
- Individual outdoor exercise
- Work for those that perform an essential job function
Students should not remain out longer than necessary for any of these activities.
Other approved times you can go out include:
- To pick up your meals from the Cafeteria
- Studying in the Library
- Using one of the computer labs on campus
- To read, study, or do other unaccompanied activities on campus
Anytime you leave “home” for an approved activity, please take care to practice social distancing and remain at least 6ft away from other people. We have also been encouraged by the CDC, the Hawaii Department of Health, and the Mayor of Oahu to wear a mask when you are in public setting where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
At no time should students be gathering in groups.
Police have also started to ticket and fine those found violating the Stay At Home order. As of April 7, Honolulu police officers had issued 4,660 warnings to people for violating the order and 353 citations. Those who violate the order face up to a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
BYUH students who are found violating Hawaii’s Stay At Home order or campus curfew will be referred to the Office of Honor, which may lead to sanctioning, including separation from the university. Please stay at home so we don’t have to send you home.
Thank you for keeping yourselves and our community safe. We will get through this together.
April 1, 2020 Update
As you probably know, we recently announced that for this Winter 2020 Semester students will be able to choose how their final semester grade in each class is recorded. These frequently asked questions will provide you with additional details that you need to know to make and implement your decision.
Vice President for Academics
March 25, 2020 Update
Winter 2020 Final Grade Evaluations
We've received many questions concerning final grades at the end of this Winter 2020 Semester. Like other universities, we've decided to give students a choice regarding how their final grade in each class is recorded.
At the end of this semester (winter 2020), instructors will submit a letter grade for each course as per the standard grade scheme. After the letter grades are submitted by faculty, students can then choose for each of their courses whether to keep the standard letter grade given OR switch it to a Pass/No Pass as follows:
Standard letter grade A to C = Pass
Standard letter grade C– to F = No Pass
Pass and No Pass grades will not affect GPA. A "Pass" will count as a passing grade and completed academic credit. "No Pass" will not adversely affect GPA, and no credit will be given for that course. Again, those students who wish to keep the original letter grade for any or all of their courses will be able to do so.
We understand that there will be many questions about this decision for Winter 2020 Semester. Details about deadlines, where and how to submit your choices, implications for scholarships and progress through specific programs, etc. will be announced at a future time before the end of this semester. We ask you to wait with your questions until we can get these details worked out and announced. In the meantime, we hope this provides you with good options and that it helps reduce some of the stress you may be feeling.
March 24, 2020 Update
I have become aware that some of you have received messages causing you to worry that you were being evicted from campus housing, or that the campus was being closed, or that you had to leave immediately. The messages and the rumors they have spawned do not reflect what we have wanted to communicate as a President’s Council in substance or in tone. Let me remind you of what we have intended to communicate.
Yes, we are encouraging students to return home where and when possible. We recognize that this is not always possible. As I said in today’s devotional, circumstances differ greatly for individual students. There are so many individual variables, such as travel restrictions, marital status, health issues, etc. Hence, we encouraged you to discuss your individual circumstances with IWORK, ISS, or the Dean of Students. As a University, we think returning home is the right decision for most of you. We are providing support, including travel assistance, where needed. But in the end, each of you must decide if and when to return home.
I also want to reassure part-time student employees, including IWORK students, that we have committed to keep you whole through the semester. It will likely be harder to guarantee employment if the mandate to work from home continues. But we are particularly mindful of the needs of our neediest students and will do our best to help you manage.
Finally, I want to reassure you all that I love you. You are in my prayers day and night. I know that the Lord will help us get through this. I hope that many, if not most, of you can return to your families to be together in these uncertain times. But wherever you are, you are 'ohana! And we are in this together.
President John S. Tanner
March 23, 2020 Update
Stay At Home/Work From Home Order
Yesterday a Stay At Home/Work From Home Order was issued for the island of Oahu through April 30, 2020. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has ordered that “all individuals living on the island of Oahu are ordered to stay at home and work at home except for essential activities.”
The university will be making several changes in order to comply with this new order:
- Campus will be closed, effective immediately, to everyone except current students and employees. The campus will be closed to the public except for food service deliveries and other essential duties.
- Beginning at 4:30 pm today, employees should be working from home unless your department is performing an essential service to the university. Please check with your manager on the specifics for your area. Only essential employees will be allowed to work on campus.
- There will be a new campus curfew that will go into effect until further notice. During the hours of 9:00 pm to 5:00 am, campus will be closed to all individuals who are not residents of on-campus housing. Read more details on the curfew.
We again remind you to follow the social distancing measures that have been recommended by the CDC.
Students Should Return Home
All students who are able to return home should do so as soon as possible. In light of this new government order, we can no longer guarantee work for all student employees.
All students must let the university know what their plans are going forward. International students should contact International Student Services (ISS) at email@example.com. Domestic students can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Exceptions to remain on campus will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
The university will provide limited travel assistance to students who can demonstrate significant financial need. April 18 is the deadline for this travel assistance. Please fill out the emergency travel request form.
Closing of Certain On-Campus Facilities
The following facilities will be closed or discontinued in accordance with the City and County’s emergency order:
- Fitness Center
- McKay Pool
- The HUB Game Center
- Seasider Sports open gym activities
March 21, 2020 Update
As of 12:00 pm today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. The Hawaii Department of Health has reported a total of 48 cases in the state as of noon on March 21, 2020.
There are 25 members of our university Ohana who are currently in isolation. Some are awaiting test results for COVID-19 and are required to isolate. Others have been asked to isolate to comply with the CDC’s recommendation of staying home for 14 days because they have come in close contact with individuals awaiting test results. Others have recently returned from international areas with widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19.
BYU–Hawaii will notify the campus community if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus among our students or employees. Notification will be posted to the BYU–Hawaii COVID-19 website and sent out via BYUH ALERTS, the university’s mass notification system.
March 20, 2020 Update
Students Traveling Home
As travel restrictions are being imposed worldwide, it is important for students who are wishing to leave to make travel plans now. The university will provide travel assistance for students and dependents who qualify, including IWORK students.
Student needing financial assistance for travel should first contact their financial aid counselor.
Any students needing help with travel arrangements may contact email@example.com.
Students who are employed on campus or at the PCC must notify your employer if you plan on staying to coordinate work assignments.
Clarification on Spring 2020 Semester
Spring 2020 Semester will only be offered remotely. Students may stay on campus if they are unable to return home. Students that are able to return home should do so. This applies to all international students, including IWORK students.
IWORK students who return home will not be responsible for any future paycheck withdrawals during Winter 2020 Semester. Please see your financial aid counselor for additional questions.
March 19, 2020 Update
Modifications to Spring Semester
Spring 2020 Semester will only be offered remotely. Students may stay on campus if they are unable to return home. Students that are able to return home should do so. This includes international students. The university is exploring options to provide limited assistance to students unable to afford to return home who can also demonstrate significant financial need. More details will be posted as they are available.
Available Services During Spring Semester
Housing and limited work opportunities will be available for those who choose to remain on campus. Students should check with their supervisor to determine if there will be work available.
Enrolling in Spring Semester and Number of Semesters to Graduate
We anticipate students should still be able to complete their studies within the time allotment provided by current policy. A robust curriculum is being provided during the Spring 2020 Semester. Specific situations precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic that affect the ability to graduate on time will be considered by the usual appeal process.
Read the Full FAQ on Spring 2020 Semester Modifications
- Academic Advising will be helping students remotely. You may contact your advisor by telephone, email, or Facebook. See the advisement website for details.
- PCC asks that any PCC student employees report first to their regular supervisor then if needed go to the Work Dispatch Center located in the Tram Depot just inside Gate 10A—the employee entrance. Read the full update in the employment FAQ under "Are PCC student employees not allowed to work until it opens again?"
March 18, 2020 Update
Message From the University President
Message from President John S. Tanner prior to the Tuesday, March 17 Devotional. Watch President Tanner's message.
Food Services Modifications
Food Services has modified hours and procedures for each establishment.
- Club Dining will have modified hours, plated to-go meals, and limited entrance and seating during peak hours. Read a full list of hours and modifications on the Club Dining website.
- The Seasider dining area will be closed. Ordering online is strongly encouraged. Entrance will be limited during peak hours. View a full list of hours and modifications on the Seasider webpage.
- The C-Store will still be open and entrance will be limited. View hours of operation on the C-Store webpage.
- The Micro Market is now closed.
- Catering will be offering take out services only. Full-service catering will be closed. View take out ordering options on the Catering webpage.
Updates to on-campus facilities:
- Bookstore and Print Services are open.
- University Archives will be providing services through phone and email.
- Travel Services will also be handling travel arrangments through phone and email.
March 17, 2020 Update
Keeping Our Employees and Missionaries Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In an ongoing effort to keep our employees and missionaries safe during the global pandemic of COVID-19, until further notice, the following temporary guidelines and policies are being implemented, effective immediately.
All university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. This includes all international and domestic travel.
Work from Home Policy
Based on individual circumstances, employees may be authorized by their supervisors to work from home. Some considerations include:
- It is recommended or directed by government officials
- Their normal work location is closed
- They are in self-isolation but not ill
- They or a family member are immunocompromised
- They are caring for a family member with COVID-19
- They need to care for children during school closures related to COVID-19
Please work with your manager to receive direction on how your department is implementing this policy. Supervisors have the discretion on decisions about working from home for their full-time, part-time, on-call, temporary, intern, and student employees. They are encouraged to explore options whenever possible. When working from home is not practical, supervisors and employees should seek for ways to reduce possible exposure.
Employees should self-isolate or will be asked to self-isolate when:
- They have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms;
- It is recommended by their health care provider; or
- There is a likelihood that they have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. they have recently returned home from a high-risk area or have otherwise been exposed)
Social Distancing Guidelines
Based on local circumstances and/or government directions, the following social distancing practices should be implemented:
- Restrict meetings of large groups. The federal government currently discourages face-to-face meetings of more than ten people.
- Allow employees to work from home whenever possible. Please work with your manager to receive direction on how your department may be implementing this policy.
- If an office is closed, the workforce will be instructed to work remotely.
- Practice social distancing in personal interactions with others on campus.
Sick Leave Policies
Employees should not come to work if they are sick. If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the following policies apply:
Full-time employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19:
- Should use available sick leave.
- If available sick time is exhausted, they should contact Human Resources for assistance arranging for additional sick leave for COVID-19 recovery.
Part-time, on-call, temporary, intern, and student employees diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive their standard pay according to the hours they were scheduled to work (subject to ongoing review).
Employees who are not ill but are unable to work will receive their standard pay when:
- Normal work location is closed for COVID-19 related reasons and no alternative work assignments are available
- Employee is self-isolated (See Self-Isolation Practices)
- Employee is caring for children during school closures related to COVID-19
- Employee is caring for a family member who is in self-isolation or is ill with upper respiratory or influenza-like symptoms
This also applies to scheduled part-time, on-call, temporary, intern, and student employees.
Please note it is expected that employees falling into one of the above-mentioned categories will work from home whenever possible. Employees should work with their managers to receive direction on how their department may be implementing work-from-home policies.
We will be providing additional information and direction as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Ongoing updates can be found on byuh.edu/covid19. If you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources.
We join with you in remembering that Heavenly Father will provide peace, comfort, and hope in these times of uncertainty.
March 12, 2020 Update
BYU–Hawaii will begin teaching all classes remotely on Wednesday, March 18. Classes are canceled on March 13, 16, and 17 to allow faculty members to prepare their lessons for a remote learning environment. Some courses may not reasonably be conducted remotely, such as labs or performance-based courses. Deans for individual faculties will provide specific instructions for such courses.
DevotionalsDevotionals for the rest of Winter 2020 Semester will also be delivered remotely. Students will not gather in the CAC, but will be able to watch online at the BYU–Hawaii devotionals website.
EventsEffective immediately, all gatherings for performances, concerts, public lectures, and conferences will be canceled until further notice. This includes Culture Night and Winter 2020 Commencement. Graduates should direct questions to the Office of the Registrar.
TravelAll university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. This includes all international and domestic travel.
Students have the choice to remain in the Laie area for the balance of this semester. For students who choose to stay, services, small-group activities, and approved student housing will continue to be available. Students who choose to go off-island may complete their courses remotely.
Additional updates will be posted as they become available.
March 11, 2020 Update
CES Guidelines Related to COVID-19
The Church Educational System (CES) has students around the world and higher education campuses in three states. CES is deeply interested in the health, education and spiritual growth of each of these students and those who serve them. Concerns related to COVID-19 have impacted every part of society, including education. After careful consideration of the present circumstances, the leadership of CES has adopted temporary guidelines which will be effective March 16, 2020.
The following applies to CES institutions of higher education:
Large GatheringsThere will be no gathering for large events such as commencements, convocations, devotionals, conferences, public lectures, performances and concerts. These events may be cancelled, streamed, or recorded and posted for on-demand use, as determined by leadership at each institution. Brigham Young University will make decisions regarding athletic events.
Classes and Small GatheringsCourses will continue, though faculty are encouraged to be flexible and consider remote alternatives when providing instruction. Each institution is asked to consider local circumstances and guidelines from public health and government agencies and comply with those directions.
BYU–Pathway WorldwideGatherings will follow the guidelines provided by the Area Presidency and employ virtual gathering where necessary.
The following applies to institutions within Seminaries and Institutes of Religion:
Seminaries and InstitutesDaily seminary and stake institute programs will follow the gathering decisions of local congregations. Release-time seminary and campus institutes will follow the gathering decisions of the local high schools or college campuses. When classes need to be canceled, seminary and institute classes may consider remote delivery options. Gatherings for local devotionals and graduations will follow the guidelines provided by the Area Presidency.
Church Primary and Secondary SchoolsThese schools will follow the guidelines provided by the Area Presidency for local gatherings.
The Church will continue to monitor these evolving circumstances and make adjustments as necessary.
View the original article in the Church Newsroom.
Updates on specific BYU–Hawaii events will be posted to the byuh.edu/covid19 website as they become available.
March 9, 2020 Update
There are currently two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state of Hawaii. The first presumptive positive case was announced Friday, March 6, 2020. That individual was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise in Mexico from Feb. 11-21. After arriving in Mexico, the individual traveled home to Honolulu with no symptoms. While home in Honolulu, the individual became ill on March 1, sought medical care and was tested on March 6. The individual is currently isolated at home and is being monitored daily by DOH. The department is conducting a detailed trace investigation to identify, notify, and provide guidance to all close contacts as quickly as possible. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced a second presumptive positive test result for an elderly adult who is hospitalized in serious condition on Oahu. The individual felt ill on March 2 in Washington State and traveled home to Honolulu on March 4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified and trace back investigations are being conducted.
March 3, 2020 Update
The March 3 update from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) states that there are still no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Hawaii. There are several persons that are self-monitoring with supervision from the DOH. Foreign nationals that have visited China within the last 14 days are not being granted entry into the U.S.
February 25, 2020 Update
The February 25 update from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) states that there are still no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hawaii. There are several persons that are self-monitoring with supervision from the DOH. Foreign nationals that have visited China within the last 14 days are not being granted entry into the U.S. The DOH recommends beginning preparations now for the risk of the spread of the disease. Recommended preparations include making a family plan, preparing a 14-day emergency kit, setting aside a three month supply of any needed medication, and preparing any supplies for pets. For this and more information, read more on the Department of Health website.