LDSBC COVID-19 Information

LDSBC COVID-19 Information

Updated on June 10.

Information for LDSBC students, employees and others about the College's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latest Information

Read the latest updates on the College.

Updated on June 10.

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Student Information

Classes will be held remotely beginning March 18.

Updated on March 23.

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Employee Information

Information about working from home and impact on student jobs.

Updated on March 17.

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Campus Events

All campus events are canceled until further notice.

Updated on March 17.

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Faculty Resources and Questions

Resources for transitioning to remote coursework and other faculty FAQs.

Updated on March 17.

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Protect Yourself

How do I protect myself? What should I do if I think I'm sick?

Updated on March 17.

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Returned Missionaries

Recently home from your mission? We're excited to show you how easy it is to take the next step in your education.

Updated on March 31.

Returned Missionaries

Latest Information

Updated on June 10.

 

LDS Business College Update – 6/10/20

June 10, 2020.

Protocol for a Positive COVID-19 Test Result

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 5/18/20

May 18, 2020.

Employees Returning to Campus: Update Monday, May 18

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

On Thursday, May 14, Governor Herbert announced that much of the state will be moving to the low-risk level (Yellow) while some areas, including Salt Lake City, will remain in the moderate-risk level (Orange). Consistent with the counsel from the First Presidency, LDS Business College will lag behind state recommendations by approximately two weeks. This means that those who can work efficiently from home should continue to do so. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/29/20

April 29, 2020.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

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

Please click the following link and fill out the form if you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test:http://ldsbc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BdG9hcCOTSUOodThe form is also located on LDSBC’s coronavirus webpage: https://www.ldsbc.edu/coronavirus

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/23/20

April 23, 2020.

Installation of Plexiglass in Student-Facing Areas

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/21/20

April 21, 2020.

Devotional Reminder

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

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

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

Apr. 21
President & Sister Kusch 

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

May 5
Vanessa Quigley
Chatbooks Co-Founder 

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

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

May 26
Burke Olsen
Head Digital Officer at Deseret News 

June 2
Ahmad S. Corbitt
Young Men General Presidency 

June 9
Michael Lindhardt
Institute of Religion Instructor 

June 16
Maren Lythgoe
Director, Enrollment Management 

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

June 30
Erin Gunnell
Manager, Student Development 

July 7
Chris Reitz
Director, Finance & Controller 

July 14
Steve Sandberg
LDSBC Legal Counsel

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/16/20

April 16, 2020.

Limited Masks Available for On-Campus Employees

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/15/20

April 15, 2020.

Coping with Worry and Anxiety

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

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

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/14/20

April 14, 2020.

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

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/10/20

April 10, 2020.

LDS Business College held its 133rd Commencement exercises virtually for the first time due to current restrictions on group gatherings. A list of the graduates, as well as video, audio and a transcript of the day's events can be found in the News section of the website: https://www.ldsbc.edu/2020-commencement.

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/8/20

April 8, 2020.

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 4/7/20

April 7, 2020.

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

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


LDS Business College Update – 4/2/20

April 2, 2020.

Interior Design Virtual Portfolio Exhibit

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

Starting on Friday, April 3, you may go to this weblink (www.ldsbc.edu/IDPortfolios) and review the student portfolios. This is a great #stayhome activity! We have 55 student portfolios to review. Even if you can't get to all of them, go through a few!

Then, by Monday, April 6 at midnight, go to this weblink (www.ldsbc.edu/IDPortfolioVoting) and vote for your top-five favorite portfolios for the new “People’s Choice” award category (you may only vote once).

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/31/20

March 31, 2020.

Career Services Now Online

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

The coaching services available online include:

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/30/20

March 30, 2020.

President Kusch’s Message to Returned Missionaries

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

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

Instructional Distancing Efforts

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

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

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

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/26/20

March 26, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/25/20

March 25, 2020.

East Doors Locked

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

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

Commencement Reminder

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/24/20

March 24, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/23/20

March 23, 2020.

Devotional Reminder

As a reminder, devotionals will be streamed online on the Church’s website each Tuesday of the semester at 11:15 a.m. Tomorrow’s speaker is Michael Dunn, Managing Director of BYUtv and BYUradio. View his devotional address (and all subsequent devotionals) at the following link: https://ldsbc.in/devotional

 

Limited Student Service Hours Additions

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

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

 

LDS Business College Spring 2020 Semester Adjustments 

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

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

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

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

 

Spring 2020 Semester Adjustments Q&A

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

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

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


2. What is instructional distancing?

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


3. Will any of my classes be canceled entirely? 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/20/20

March 20, 2020.

Limited hours for essential services

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

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

Essential services include: 

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

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

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

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

 

LDS Business College Update – 3/19/20

March 19, 2020.

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

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

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

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

 

LDSBC Campus Closed and Classes Canceled (18 March 2020)

March 18, 2020.

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

Additionally, all classes are canceled for the day.

 

Student Information

Updated on March 23.


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

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

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

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

Remote classes and exams

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

Travel between the break

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

Testing Center

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

Student FAQ (Click HERE for a PDF version)

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

A1. You should immediately self-isolate when:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

A3. Yes, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

A10. Your teacher will notify you about testing procedures.

 

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

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

  • BC Café (Takeout Only)
  • Bookstore
  • Cashier’s Office
  • Financial Aid Office
  • International Student Office
  • Library
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Student Success Center

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

 

Employee Information

Updated on March 17.
 

Working from home

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

Employee travel

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

Student employment during COVID-19 closures

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

Employee and Volunteer FAQ (Click HERE for a PDF version)

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

A4. You should immediately inform your manager when:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Campus Events

Updated on March 17.
 

Public events on campus

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

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

Commencement and Graduate Celebration

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

Devotionals

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

 

Faculty Resources and Questions

Updated on March 17.
 

Teach Anywhere: Transitioning to remote coursework

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

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

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

What should I do if I show symptoms of illness?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Protect Yourself

Updated on March 17.
 

How do I protect myself?

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

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

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

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

Where can I get updated information on COVID-19?

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

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

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