Winter 2021 Semester
Details for a remote and in-person learning winter semester at BYU–Hawaii
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.
A limited number of on-campus housing openings that incorporate increased safety measures for COVID-19 will be available. 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.
Interested students should follow the phased student return to campus instructions in order to apply for these limited on-campus housing openings.
Academics and Curriculum
Both remote and in-person learning courses will be available. The word “remote” will be listed as the classroom for these course sections. Faculty will continue to deliver the best remote learning experience possible.
Sections of select courses will be offered in person (up to 10% of the winter 2021 offerings). A list of the in-person courses available can be found on the Office of the Registrar website. Students living on Oahu and interested in one or more of these offerings 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 .
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.
Students should follow the phased student return to campus instructions when deciding whether or not to register for in-person courses.
BYU–Hawaii is committed to safeguarding the campus and community. We must work together to protect each other from the spread of COVID-19. One way to accomplish this is to cooperate with our active monitoring efforts on campus.
Before coming to campus to access in-person services, work, or attend classes, students and employees are strongly encouraged to complete a daily wellness check. This will be done through a daily online form or printed symptom passport card. Students and employees who regularly use one of these methods to self-report their status relative to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure will be eligible for weekly and monthly incentives, as well as a grand prize at the end of the semester.
Through this honor system, we want to positively motivate students and employees to verify their daily wellness status. This includes making the wise and considerate decision to access campus services remotely if you are concerned or feeling unwell.