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Presidential Memos

Memos and other communications from University of Idaho President C. Scott Green and his leadership team are sent periodically to the university community.

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Nov. 22, 2021
SUBJECT:  County Data Will Drive Mask Mandates


Happy Thanksgiving! We have much to be thankful for as we head into Fall Break, and we sincerely hope each of you enjoys some downtime and can reflect on the amazing way our Vandal Family has come together and succeeded in the past year.

The end of the semester is a few weeks away and we want to head into finals and Winter Commencement healthy. The metrics in Latah County are headed in the right direction, with hospitalizations down and the positivity rate declining. But discussions with Gritman Medical Center and Public Health reveal that our positivity rate is still high enough that masks will be required upon your return after Thanksgiving. However, we will not wait three weeks to reevaluate the policy and instead will evaluate weekly.

We recognize our state is large and every county is different. So, while the mask requirement applies to Moscow and offices in Latah County, we are empowering our center executive officers, research center administrators and Extension leads across the state to determine whether masks are still required in their work areas. We expect these decisions will be data driven and, as such, expect most counties are not in a position to discontinue the practice.

Two students headed into the break with good news. They received the final tuition credit incentives drawn last week from the pool of 4,405 students who submitted proof of vaccination. Nicholas Wells, a senior civil engineering major from Nampa, won $1,000, and Noah Lucé, a graduate student in theater arts from Santa Cruz, California, won the $5,000 credit. Noah called it a “game changer” for him. Thank you to these students and to all of you who have worked so hard to keep our university healthy.

Vault tests remain available free of charge on the Moscow campus. Beginning Monday, Nov. 29, the tests can be picked up noon to 2 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

We do not have any further information about either the federal vaccination mandate or the state’s legal challenge of the mandate. The courts have agreed to a hearing in early December on the challenge to the federal contractor mandate and we expect more information and guidance at that time. As such, we have not imposed a vaccination mandate. But, if implemented, the federal mandate requires the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer be administered on or before Jan. 4 — and the proof submitted. Johnson & Johnson is one dose, and therefore could be administered Jan. 4, but it can be more difficult to find. All vaccines are free and many pharmacies administer them. We continue to hold vaccine clinics weekly on the Moscow campus. If the mandate is imposed, the university will have a process for religious and medical exemptions. Students who are not also employees would not be impacted by this vaccine mandate.

Thank you for your patience and for doing your part in helping us navigate the pandemic. We are truly grateful for each of you this Thanksgiving.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
DATE:  Nov. 18, 2021
SUBJECT:  Loss in the Vandal Family


It is a sad day in the Vandal Family. Steve Drown, ag seed technician in the Foundation Seed Program at the Kimberly Research and Extension Center (KREC) passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, after a short battle with cancer. Prior to his current position, Steve was a farm assistant for the station.

Steve was a person of many skills: farmer, mechanic, fabricator, seed production specialist, arborist, problem solver, innovator, mentor to many and recently added apiary/beekeeper to his long list of talents. He shared his love of cooking and canning with all. He was always the first to offer to be the lead cook at any gathering held at the station.

His passion for producing the best crops possible was second to none and this past season produced record-high yields in beans for the university’s Foundation Seed Program at KREC. He loved what he did and often said, “This is my dream job” and “If you couldn’t pay me, I would do it without pay.” Perhaps his greatest quality was his appreciation and value of everyone he worked with — those who worked with him became like family. He always encouraged and taught others to be better.

The passing of a Vandal Family member can understandably have significant impacts on those left behind. Faculty and staff needing assistance should use the free and confidential EAP resources available through your benefits.

Our condolences go to Steve’s family and friends and to all those who knew Steve. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Mountain time, Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the First Christian Church, 1005 Poplar St., Buhl. You can read his obituary online.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
DATE:  Nov. 15, 2021
SUBJECT:  Loss in the Vandal Family


It is a sad day in the Vandal Family. Daniel Noble, an employment services specialist in Human Resources, passed away Nov. 11 in Colorado with his family by his side.

Dan was a proud Vandal and graduate of the University of Idaho, receiving his bachelor’s degree in business finance in 2002 and bachelor’s degree in business/HR management in 2007. He was an active participant in the Vandal Marching Band and was Joe Vandal as a student.

Dan started his career at U of I in 1998 as a student employee and continued in various student and temporary help positions until 2003, when he accepted a position as a financial specialist working with gifts to the U of I Foundation and other university departments. In 2011, Dan moved to Human Resources as a senior financial specialist, and in 2019, he transitioned to an HR specialist where he remained until his passing. He served on numerous committees, including Staff Affairs.

A lifelong Vandal, Dan often attended sporting events and supported the Vandals in countless other ways. You could often find him on Hello Walk at lunchtime, or any time he could find a reason to venture there.

He had a passion for making others feel included. Dan participated in the Leadership Moscow program and volunteered in the community in many ways, most proudly as a member of the Alternative Giving Market on the Palouse. He was known by all who loved him as grill master and fun-loving prankster.

The passing of a Vandal Family member can understandably have significant impacts on those left behind. Faculty and staff needing assistance should use the free and confidential EAP resources available through your benefits.

Our condolences go to Dan’s family and friends and to all those who knew Dan. A celebration of his life will be held in Moscow in the spring and details will be shared at a later date.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Nov. 15, 2021
SUBJECT:  We Continue to Wait for Vaccine Mandate Guidance


The headlines are filled with news about the federal vaccine mandates and lawsuits opposing them. This could impact all university employees and students employed by the university. We continue to track these topics as they unfold and are working with our sister institutions and other impacted state agencies to decipher what this means for our university.

While the state of Idaho and the Idaho State Board of Education are parties to a lawsuit filed by the state of Georgia claiming federal overreach in the mandates and are asking for a quick decision on a stay, we are also facing a looming Jan. 4 deadline for vaccines for federal contractors. The university averages about $22 million in non-grant federal contracts each year. Given the continued uncertainty surrounding the situation, the university has not imposed a vaccination mandate. But President Biden’s mandate requires the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer be administered on or before Jan. 4 — and the proof submitted. Johnson & Johnson is one dose, therefore could be administered Jan. 4, but it can be more difficult to find. All vaccines are free and many pharmacies administer them. We continue to hold vaccine clinics weekly on the Moscow campus. We will continue to report on any progress, whether from the federal government, the state of Idaho or the courts.

This week we will draw the final student names for the vaccine incentive rewards. Most recently, Nickolas Buonarati, a civil engineering major from Meridian, and Kally Arnzen, a molecular biology and biotechnology major from Grangeville, each won a $1,000 tuition credit. We will announce the final $1,000 and $5,000 winners next week.

We recognize that the COVID-19 safety protocols are growing tiresome, yet you continue to do a great job keeping our classrooms safe. We have only four students in quarantine, zero students in our isolation facility and we still have zero cases traced back to contact in a classroom. But, the end of the semester is within reach and our local healthcare providers need us to continue our vigilance and follow the Healthy Vandal Pledge — this includes wearing a face mask in all university buildings.

As we head into Fall Break, we wish you well. If you are spending time with friends and family, please travel safely – and come back healthy and ready to finish the semester strong.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Nov. 1, 2021
SUBJECT:  Mask Requirement Remains, Vault Tests Available


Masks Requirement Continues

COVID-19 infection rates are slowly trending down across the country – and in Idaho – although hospitalizations and deaths remain at a concerning level.  After discussions with our local healthcare community, masks will continue to be required in all University of Idaho buildings and all university-sponsored events for another three weeks. This will be reviewed again and communicated by Monday, Nov. 22, which is during Fall Break, so be sure to check your email.

The mask requirement applies to all U of I offices, buildings owned by other entities (including our many research and UI Extension offices) and common areas on campus including those located in Housing and Residence Life. Face coverings can be removed in a shared office workspace where more than six feet of distance can be constantly maintained and within private residential rooms in Housing and Residence Life.

COVID-19 Testing

PCR testing remains available through Gritman Medical Center, with a physician’s referral. Call the Vandal Health Clinic at 208-885-6693 or your healthcare provider to schedule an appointment for a referral, if needed. Vault tests (saliva-based home tests) are available for pick-up without a referral from noon-2 p.m. weekdays at the tent in front of the Vandal Health Clinic on the Moscow campus. We have distributed 75 tests to date. Your VandalCard is required. As we have a limited supply of these tests, only those who are symptomatic can receive one. Test results typically arrive within 24-48 hours of the test being received by the testing lab. Specific instructions for completing the tests are provided and you should follow them carefully.

Student Vaccination Incentives

We continue to give away tuition incentives to students who submit proof of full vaccination. Ane Equiluz, a first-year student majoring in animal and veterinary science, is a recent winner of the $1,000 tuition credit drawing. Congratulations, Ane.

All student vaccination information must be turned in by Friday, Nov. 12, to be eligible to receive a $50 gift card and be entered into a tuition credit drawing.

Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccine clinics on the Moscow campus continue through the semester. The next one is Wednesday, Nov. 3. You can pre-register online for an upcoming campus clinic. These clinics also have flu shots, as time allows. If you are not on the Moscow campus or require other options, visit the COVID-19 vaccine locater. The CDC last week authorized emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11.

Lawsuit Against Federal Vaccination Mandate

On Friday, the state of Idaho joined a lawsuit led by Georgia to oppose the federal vaccination mandate for federal contractors imposed by President Biden’s Executive Order 14042. The Idaho State Board of Education is a named party in the suit. Watch for further communication this week as we better understand the timeline of this suit and the expectations for the federal vaccine mandate. There is no doubt this will be a distraction and we appreciate your patience.

The political landscape around COVID-19 is complicated. What we can do now is remain committed to helping our local healthcare providers battle the pandemic and return to a normalized standard of care.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
DATE:  Oct. 19, 2021
SUBJECT:  Enrollment up 4.7%, Revenue Exceeds Budget


The leaves are starting to turn into beautiful colors and the temperatures starting to dip, which means Homecoming is right around the corner. Homecoming is always an energizing time on campus and in our community. This year is extra special as we will also celebrate the grand opening of our ICCU Arena, plus launch our Brave. Bold. campaign. These events will bolster our traditional Homecoming events Friday evening, including the Vandal Rally in the Kibbie Dome parking lot with live music, food trucks, games and activities for all ages.

It is great to have our students back on campus and fully participating in their Vandal experience this fall. It is even better to see more students than we have seen in recent years. Enrollment at the University of Idaho is up 4.7% — to 11,303 — this fall. First-year undergraduate enrollment is 1,656, up 16.2% over enrollment of 1,425 in Fall 2020 and is the largest freshman class at the University of Idaho since 2016. New Idaho resident first-year enrollment is up 5.2%. Transfer enrollment is 524, up 11.7% over 2020.

This is the first increase in enrollment in four years and brings with it revenue that exceeds what was budgeted by $2.5 million.

The breakdown shows increases in nearly all categories.

Undergraduate Enrollment

  • Overall undergraduate enrollment, up 0.4%
  • Non-resident undergraduate enrollment, up 10.6%
  • WUE, up 15%
  • International undergraduate, up 38%
  • Total Idaho resident undergraduate, down 4.7%

Graduate and Professional Enrollment

  • Graduate, up 8.2%
  • Law, down 5.4% (This was expected as students who transferred from the now-defunct Concordia Law School graduate.)
  • WWAMI, remains full at 80 students

Diversity

  • Hispanic/Latino, up 8.5 %
  • Asian, up 13.2%
  • African American, up 4.9%
  • Students identifying as two or more races, up 9.3%

Dual Credit

Our student pipeline, those taking dual-credit classes while in high school, saw a significant increase this fall after plummeting in 2020, most likely due to the pandemic and the lack of in-person classes in Idaho high schools. Dual credit enrollment is up 19.96% over Fall 2020.

Retention

Our biggest decrease to overall enrollment comes from 2.2% decline in first-year retention. This will be a concentrated focus as we continue to build support systems and better processes to help students persist in a challenging pandemic environment.

Financial Impact

It is no secret that while overall enrollment is important, more important is the make-up of that enrollment. Finding the right balance to meet the financial needs of the university and provide the excellent education we are known for is even more important. Early indications show that we may end the year with a revenue excess of $2.5 million. This is money that will be reinvested in the university to build programs and further enhance our student experiences.

We seem to have turned a corner on enrollment and have succeeded in helping new students understand the value of a college education — and of being a Vandal. We have more work to do, especially on retention, but there is no doubt much hard work in the past year paid off.

Go Vandals!

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Oct. 11, 2021
SUBJECT:  Mask Requirement Remains in Place


It was an exciting weekend at the University of Idaho. Thanks to all of you who participated in Vandal Fest and Homecoming activities — and followed the COVID-19 protocols necessary for such events. These are the moments when we are reminded of what it means to be Vandals.

While we are pleased to be able to gather for events, we also know the pandemic continues to deeply impact our healthcare system. We are beginning to see declining numbers nationally, but that trend has not yet become a reality for our community and healthcare system. Because of this and because your wellbeing is our focus, we will continue the mask requirement in all university buildings statewide and at all university-sponsored indoor events. As a reminder, this includes face coverings in U of I offices, buildings owned by other entities (including our many research and UI Extension offices) and common areas on campus including those located in Housing and Residence Life. Face coverings can be removed in a shared office workspace where more than six feet of distance can be constantly maintained and within private residential rooms in Housing and Residence Life. The face covering policy will again be reviewed in three weeks and communicated by Monday, Nov. 1.

We had five students report positive infection last week and we currently have one student in our isolation unit.

The number of students voluntarily submitting proof of vaccine continues to grow. Sloan Strong, a first-year student from Virginia, is the $1,000 winner of our fourth tuition incentive drawing. Students, submit your proof now for the opportunity to win. We still have $11,000 to give away. All vaccination information must be turned in by Friday, Nov. 12, to be eligible to receive a $50 gift card and be entered into a tuition credit drawing. If you have not yet been vaccinated, find a vaccination site and roll up your sleeve. They are free, and studies show they are safe and effective.

You will notice the food court in the ISUB gradually reopening as we meet workforce and supply chain challenges. Qdoba is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Pom & Honey, Idaho Eats newest addition to on-campus dining, will open for mobile ordering Monday, Oct. 18, and plans to fully open later in the month. Other dining options will follow.

We strive to provide the best working and learning environment possible during these challenging times. We appreciate your continued commitment to your own health and that of those around you. Continue to follow the Healthy Vandal Pledge and be safe.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Oct. 4, 2021
SUBJECT:  Three Rounds of Tuition Incentives Given


Thank you to everyone who has rolled up their sleeves to be vaccinated in an effort to slow the sweeping spread of COVID-19. Audrey Atkin, a senior majoring in Music Education, and Maria Estrada, a senior majoring in Art, are the latest winners of $1,000 tuition credit incentives in our vaccination incentive drawings. They are two of more than 3,600 students who have submitted proof of their vaccination. At a recent dinner with students, a number of them said they were vaccinated but had not uploaded their vaccination card — they have missed out on $8,000 already. We are giving away $12,000 more over the coming weeks. Students, take the time to submit your proof of full vaccination for a chance to win in future drawings. You will never have better odds in life to win $1,000 or $5,000 for your education. All students submitting proof receive a $50 gift card to the VandalStore or Idaho Eats. You can’t lose, only win.

People who are vaccinated are:

  • More than five times less likely to get COVID-19.
  • More than six times less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, if infected.

(Data according to Idaho Public Health)

Vaccinations are indeed our best defense against the virus and the right thing to do to help our medical community which is continually working hard to treat the increase in patients seeking medical care. We must also be patient with the testing system — the nursing resources available to help a year ago have been redirected to our overtaxed healthcare system to care for the seriously ill and are simply not available this year. If you are feeling sick, contact your healthcare provider or the Vandal Health Clinic for a referral. A thoughtful and orderly approach to accessing healthcare is more important than ever.

We know life is challenging right now — balancing the already stressful life of higher education with a seemingly never-ending pandemic. Faculty are encouraged to work with students who miss class for any illness. Supervisors, work with your staff through illness, as well. Continue to wear your masks while indoors and follow the Healthy Vandal Pledge.

We have an exciting week ahead of us with Homecoming and Vandal Fest — celebrating our legacy and our future. That future begins today through the deliberate attention we give to the health and wellbeing of ourselves and our fellow Vandals.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
DATE:  Sept. 30, 2021
SUBJECT:  Join Us for Vandal Fest and Homecoming, Oct. 3-9


The leaves are starting to turn into beautiful colors and the temperatures starting to dip, which means Homecoming is right around the corner. Homecoming is always an energizing time on campus and in our community. This year is extra special as we will also celebrate the grand opening of our ICCU Arena, plus launch our Brave. Bold. campaign. These events will bolster our traditional Homecoming events Friday evening, including the Vandal Rally in the Kibbie Dome parking lot with live music, food trucks, games and activities for all ages.

I encourage you to participate in Homecoming and Vandal Fest activities Oct. 3-9. Participate in the blood drive, the food drive, the parade downtown and Vandal athletic competitions to name just a few. See the lineup of Homecoming activities.

Friday, Oct. 8, is a day for the history books. All activities are open to the public and free to attend. See the Vandal Fest lineup.

  • 2:15 p.m. Tree Planting in Honor of President Roosevelt – West Plaza of ICCU Arena
  • 5 p.m. ICCU Arena Ribbon Cutting – West Plaza of ICCU Arena
  • 5:30 p.m. Brave. Bold. Launch – Inside ICCU Arena
  • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Vandal Rally – Kibbie Dome Parking Lot
    • Live music, food trucks and beverages
    • Serpentine, bonfire and crowning of 2021 royalty
    • ICCU and Best Western Plus Homecoming Fireworks

There will be free tours of ICCU Arena from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. I encourage all of you to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opening of our arena and launch of the largest fundraising campaign in Idaho history. We welcome you to bring your family and friends to enjoy the parade and take in the innovative ICCU Arena before going into the football game. Don’t have your game tickets yet? Purchase your tickets.

It takes a team effort to pull off these activities all week long, and we couldn’t do it without volunteers. Consider volunteering for Vandal Fest.

For the safety and security of those participating, we will enforce several safety protocols, including a clear bag policy. There will also be metal detection at the football game Saturday. New this year is alcohol service during Vandal Rally and Saturday’s tailgate in the designated area and inside the Kibbie Dome for the football game. All parties will be asked to show identification and wear a wrist band for service.

Vandal Fest and Homecoming are calling Vandals “home,” and this means on-campus parking will be at a premium, particularly Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7, and 8. Students and employees are encouraged to use alternative transportation.

West Kibbie Dome parking lots will close to annual campus parking permit holders after 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, for Vandal Fest setup and will remain closed through the end of Homecoming game festivities Sunday, Oct. 9. Impacted campus permit holders can find alternative parking options in the highlighted lots shown on the Closed Parking Lot Relocation Options map.

Blue Lot 60, on the east end of campus behind the Intermodal Transit Center, will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, and will transform into overflow RV parking. Overflow RV parking in Blue Lot 60 is sold out, so those who regularly park in that lot are encouraged to plan a timely exit on Oct. 8.

The Moscow Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are important partners. They are hosting Moscowberfest Saturday, Oct. 2, in downtown Moscow’s newly minted entertainment district. This event is free to the community, with food and beverages available. These businesses help us create a great experience for our alumni when they return to Moscow, so I encourage you to support them this weekend and all year long.

This Vandal Fest and Homecoming week promise to be the best ever produced. It will be a fantastic celebration of a university on the rise. I look forward to seeing you there!

Go Vandals!

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Sept. 20, 2021
SUBJECT:  First Tuition Credit Incentives Given


Congratulations to the more than 3,100 students who stepped up to get a vaccine and were rewarded with $50 gift cards. A special shout out to Madilyn Sleight, the winner of our first $1,000 tuition credit drawing, and Monica Carrillo, the first $5,000 tuition credit winner. Our next $1,000 drawing will be Thursday, Sept. 23, and we will give away gift cards until Nov. 12. Simply submit your proof of full vaccination to be entered into the drawings and receive your gift card.

We continue to host vaccination clinics on the Moscow campus. Pre-register now for this free, convenient vaccination. Not on the Moscow campus or need more options? Find a vaccine distribution location near you.

COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the state, causing many hospitals to implement Crisis Standards of Care. Please stay home if you are feeling sick. Faculty, please work with students who are out of class for any illness. It is important we help each other through the challenging weeks ahead.

We will continue to require face coverings in all university buildings statewide and at all university-sponsored indoor events. As a reminder, this includes face coverings in U of I offices within buildings owned by other entities (including our many research and UI Extension offices) and common areas on campus including those located in Housing and Residence Life. Face coverings can be removed in a shared office workspace where more than six feet of distance can be maintained and within private residential rooms in Housing and Residence Life. The face covering policy will again be reviewed in three weeks and communicated by Oct. 11.

Our isolation unit continues to house students who have tested positive. There are two students in isolation and nine reported positive cases in the past week. If you test positive for COVID-19, please submit a VandalCARE Report to receive assistance.

Thank you for looking out for each other. We appreciate how you have adopted the Healthy Vandal Pledge and made decisions with your health and the health of those around you in mind. Taking precautions and getting vaccinated will help us keep our hospitals open and our community healthy. It is what Vandals do.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Aug. 11, 2021
SUBJECT:  COVID-19 Protocols Updated for In-Person Course Delivery


The Delta variant of COVID-19 is moving quickly through our communities. Idaho has seen a significant increase in cases in the past week, and most of the state is in the “High transmission” category, according to the CDC. In collaboration with our Board of Regents and Public Health, we will implement the following safety protocols to provide as many in-person experiences as possible:

  • Masks are required, effective immediately, in all university buildings.
  • All classes will be offered in the modality listed in the catalog.
  • All Vandals are highly encouraged to be vaccinated.
  • COVID-19 tests are not required to attend class in person.

Face Covering Requirement

Following CDC guidance and after consultation with Idaho Public Health, everyone must wear a face covering when in any indoor university-sponsored event or space, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement is effective immediately. We will review this requirement every three weeks and will communicate changes.

Faculty must wear face coverings or a face shield in the classroom (but if using a shield, must maintain at least 6 feet from any student or colleague).

Classrooms

Classroom capacity will remain at normal levels, and all classes will be delivered in the modality listed in the catalog. We ask faculty to communicate clearly with students about classroom attendance expectations.

Vaccinations

All Vandals are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective, according to the CDC. Vaccine sites are readily available across the state, and the vaccination is free. U of I will host free vaccination clinics at the start of fall semester. However, unvaccinated people should start the vaccination process immediately so they are more protected for the start of fall semester.

Vaccines cannot be required by the university as the result of a governor’s executive order. Therefore, it is up to us as individuals to do what is right for our fellow Vandals.

As a reminder, supervisors and instructors cannot ask the vaccination status of an employee or student for any reason. You can share your own status if you choose.

Vaccination Incentives for Students

Students who show proof of full vaccination will receive a $50 gift card to either the VandalStore or Idaho Eats. They will also be entered into a drawing for two $5,000 and 10 $1,000 awards. Directions will be emailed directly to students.

Testing

Last fall, the lack of access to COVID-19 testing and labs was a constraint on the ability of institutions to respond to the pandemic, therefore, the university opened and maintained a testing facility. Access to testing is no longer a limitation, so the university will rely on testing available through the healthcare system. Starting Monday, Aug. 16, the University will not be providing free COVID-testing like last academic year. Any individual showing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact their healthcare provider immediately. Students and employees are welcome at the Vandal Health Clinic. Testing for COVID-19 is available at several local pharmacies and health care providers.

The Delta variant is moving quickly, and studies show that those who are vaccinated and get the variant are not as likely to get extreme symptoms. This is why we are focusing on vaccinations more than on testing the entire community.

Isolation and Quarantine for Positive Cases

All positive COVID-19 tests should be reported through a VandalCare Report. This will allow U of I to offer support services to those individuals. Targhee Hall remains a dedicated isolation space for those living in campus residential facilities and Greek chapter facilities who test positive. Food and other support services will be provided. Students who need to quarantine due to exposure while living on campus (either a residence hall or a Greek chapter facility) are expected to quarantine in that location. Students, faculty and staff living off-campus are expected to follow isolation and quarantine protocols from their home.

Healthy Vandal Pledge

The pledge is being revised and will be implemented soon. You will be asked to acknowledge the pledge when you access VandalWeb.

Other Safety Measures

Our new dining partner, Chartwells, will make grab-and-go options available at the ISUB and from the dining hall. Hand sanitizing stations across campus will remain in place, as well as all disinfectant and cleaning supplies in classrooms and other common spaces. Every new student will receive a Vandal mask with hand sanitizer.

Events

All events must follow the mask requirements when indoors. Event planners are encouraged to plan events to allow for social distancing, when possible. Planners may encourage and provide masks in outdoor settings.

Meetings

All meetings must follow the mask requirement when indoors. Zoom and outdoor meetings are encouraged.

Requests for Flexible Work Space

Faculty and staff may request to work from other locations. Limited exceptions will be granted through the discretionary Flexwork process. Information about Flexwork arrangements is available from HR.

Factors for Future Decisions

Many factors contribute to decisions about how we provide a quality learning experience amidst a global pandemic. These include:

  • Government restrictions or directives (national, state, region and city)
  • Guidance from the U of I Board of Regents
  • Idaho Public Health recommendations
  • Gritman Medical Center recommendations
  • Isolation space utilization and capacity
  • Local hospitalization rate and hospital capacity
  • Positive case numbers and analysis within Latah County
  • Positive case numbers and analysis within the U of I community

Additional Resources

Information about COVID-19 and U of I safety protocols will continue to be posted on the COVID-19 website. Questions may be sent to covid19questions@uidaho.edu.

We will continue to monitor the increase of the Delta variant in our state and will work with our partners to determine what is best for our institution throughout the fall semester. As always, we appreciate your patience as well as your efforts to protect one another.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  Aug. 9, 2021
SUBJECT:  Changes Coming to Fall COVID-19 Safety Plans


The Vandal community worked diligently to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic the past 17 months. Many new freedoms have come from the availability of vaccines, but the virus continues to evolve and present new challenges.

Due to new data about the Delta variant, our safety protocols for the start of fall semester are being revised. We are working with Idaho Public Health, Gritman Medical Center and our Board of Regents to finalize the plans. Details will be available Wednesday.

As the CDC continues to tell us, vaccines are the key to beating this virus. They are proven to be safe and effective. Despite this, Idaho still has a low vaccination rate, and the Governor’s Executive Order #2021-04 prohibits any state entity from requiring vaccines. Vaccines are highly recommended but not required at the university. Vandals should be diligent, committed to each other and get vaccinated to have the best chance of success in returning to more traditional operations. Hospitals are seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients, and the number of deaths is also increasing, according to CDC data.

Vaccine sites are readily available across the state, and vaccination is free. U of I will host free vaccination clinics at the start of fall semester; however, unvaccinated people should start the vaccination process immediately so you are more protected for the start of classes.

We are committed to increasing our vaccination rate. All students who show proof of vaccination will receive a $50 gift card to either the VandalStore or Idaho Eats. You will also be entered into a drawing for two $5,000 and 10 $1,000 scholarships. Information about how to receive your gift card and be eligible for the drawing will be sent out in a later communication.

Wash your hands. Stay home if you feel ill. Get vaccinated. Take action so we can do the amazing things that Vandals do.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

TO:  University of Idaho Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Scott Green, President
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE:  July 30, 2021
SUBJECT:  Vandals Strongly Encouraged to Wear Masks Indoors


CDC guidance released this week advises all people, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, to wear masks indoors. As a result, all Vandals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in all university buildings statewide, unless you are alone in your workspace.

We continue to monitor the increase of the Delta variant in our state and will work with Public Health and Gritman Medical Center to determine what is best for our institution as we near the start of the fall semester.

All Vandals are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective, according to the CDC. Vaccine sites are readily available across the state, and the vaccination is free.

This situation is evolving quickly, and you can expect further guidance regarding fall semester safety protocols in the coming weeks.

Keep Calm and Vandal On.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President

provost@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/provost

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