Chemistry and Biochemistry

COVID-19 Department Policy and Reporting

BYU COVID-19 Report Form

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry COVID-19 Case Policy

At all times:
  1. Practice proper hygiene at all times; this includes frequent hand-washing, minimal face-touching, and handling items with clean hands. 
  2. Wear a mask within the BNSN and NICB including hallways, restrooms, classrooms, offices, and common rooms. The sole exception to this rule: if you are alone in a room, you may lower your mask.
  3. Practice social distancing (six feet apart from other individuals) as much as possible within the BNSN and NICB. Lecture rooms, labs, and classrooms have been altered so that students may conduct work while socially distancing from one another.
  4. Sanitize frequently used and shared items and surfaces before and after use.

Click on the following terms to travel to fuller descriptions about each: general mask guidelines, sanitization guidelines, social distancing; lab and classroom mask guidelines; mask care and cleaning; BYU Health Center guidelines.

These links and more (all related to health and safety) may be found under the Safety tab of this website.

Suspected Diagnosis:

  1. Stay home from work or class immediately if you are experiencing or beginning to experience any symptoms of COVID-19; these symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and/or a newly persistent cough.
  2. Immediately inform your office or faculty supervisor or your professor if you are experiencing or are beginning to experience any symptoms of COVID-19, and be sure to inform your supervisor or professor of test results as soon as those results become available.
  3. Contact medical professionals in order to be tested for COVID-19 if you are experiencing or are beginning to experience any symptoms of COVID-19. The BYU Health Center (SHC) performs tests, accepts a broad range of medical insurances, and is relatively inexpensive. 
  4. If a member of a lab or office is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but has not yet tested positive, the lab or office may remain open if no other member of the lab or office is experiencing symptoms, so long as members continue to frequently wash their hands, avoid touching their faces, handle items with care, wear masks, practice social distancing, and sanitize frequently used and shared items and surfaces.

Positive Diagnosis:

  1. Report your positive COVID-19 diagnosis to BYU by completing the official BYU COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form (also linked above).
  2. Isolate for 14 days from the onset of symptoms unless a medical professional advises otherwise.
  3. If you have had prolonged interaction with a lab mate, office mate, or any other individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, get tested yourself, and follow isolation and notification procedures as described in Before Positive Diagnosis.
    • If a member of your lab or office tested positive for COVID-19, you and all other members of your lab or office may not return to work until the reception of negative test results or the expiration of the 14-day quarantine.
    • If a member of your lab or office tested positive for COVID-19, you and all other members of your lab or office may not return to work until the lab or office has been thoroughly disinfected.

      Last updated 26 January 2021