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Design Dept COVID-19 Updates 5/17/2021



COVID-19 Protocol Updates
Lower disease prevalence of COVID-19 and increased availability of vaccines in our community continue to be encouraging. As a result of these recent developments, BYU will implement the following changes to its COVID-19 safety protocols beginning May 24:

Vaccines: BYU strongly urges members of the campus community to be vaccinated. Vaccine appointments are now readily available throughout Utah, including at the former Provo High building and the BYU Student Health Center.

Masks: Masks will be required only in certain areas and circumstances, including:Masks are encouraged for those who are not vaccinated when physical distancing is not maintained. Also, individuals may choose to wear a mask in any setting. Additional details and current mask requirements can be found here.

Distancing: Physical distancing, to the extent feasible, is encouraged. This includes classrooms, workspaces, and other locations on campus. Campus services should provide physical distancing in places where patrons gather to wait to receive services.

Events: Campus events may be planned and scheduled according to pre-pandemic processes and current BYU policies. As per policy, events that require Risk Management approval can be submitted here for review and approval.

Travel: Domestic university-related travel may resume under certain conditions. Employees and students who are fully vaccinated may travel domestically in accordance with pre-pandemic processes and current BYU policies if they are able to provide documentation of vaccination to their supervisor. Employees and students who are not vaccinated or who choose not to disclose vaccination status must seek approval from BYU’s Domestic Travel Group and may be required to participate in COVID-19 testing protocols to receive travel approval. The traveling student or employee or the sponsoring department will be responsible for covering the cost of testing if required.

International travel continues to require approval from both the line vice president and international vice president. All approved travel may begin to be scheduled on May 17 for a May 24 or later departure.

Business-related travel of guests that is paid for by BYU can resume in accordance with pre-pandemic processes and current BYU policies. These individuals must comply with current BYU COVID-19 protocols published in this update.

All travel must comply with state and local health regulations, including COVID-19 requirements imposed by the destination jurisdiction.

Testing: COVID-19 testing is still available at the BYU Student Health Center and at many locations throughout the State of Utah. BYU may require COVID-19 testing for employees or students prior to participation in certain programs or activities.

If necessary, the above protocols will change to best ensure the safety of the BYU community.

BYU's Returning to Workplace plan has been updated with changes related to this update, click here for details.

  • In classrooms through spring term (if trends continue, masks will not be required during summer term);
  • At Studio 1030 for both employees and patrons;
  • At the BYU Student Health Center for both employees and patrons;
  • For BYU Dining Services employees as directed by supervisors; and
  • In other areas where required or directed.


Print Lab: The Print Lab is open to Design students with limited access. An appointment is required to access the lab. Visit their website to set up a time.

Riso Lab: The Riso Lab is open to Design students with limited access. An appointment is required to access the lab. Visit their website to set up a time.

Friday Figure Drawing Lab: There is no open Friday Figure Drawing Lab for the Winter 2021 semester due to COVID precautions.

Graphic Design Digital Lab: If anyone needs assistance with technical support, we have great students available to help. Below is a link showing their hours and ways for them to sign up. This is the spreadsheet where TAs have posted their hours for the semester. They may adjust the hours between now and the add/drop deadline, but this is where students should go to find their zoom link and hours.

For official BYU policies and procedures regarding COVID-19, please visit:


While we are not hosting receptions of any kind, if you find yourself on campus, stop by the HFAC to see some current work by Art and Design students.


The wood shop in room B315 is open again for regular hours, 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Wood shop availability is subject to change at any time. Summer is always low-traffic anyways, but gallery staff may decide to limit capacity in the wood shop for social distancing safety purposes. A mask is required at all times in the wood shop; it is strongly recommended you bring your own but we do have a small supply of disposable masks available if you arrive without one. Students must have previously received training and present their shop card to gallery staff at time of use. If you need to use the wood shop but have not previously received training, please contact the gallery director-

For official BYU policies and procedures regarding COVID-19, please visit:


The CFAC Advisement Center is now working remotely. They will be available by phone M-F 8:00am - 11:00a, (801-422-3777), and will be working from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday. The advisement center website: will be updated as needed.