Chemistry and Biochemistry

COVID-19 Department Policy and Reporting

BYU Chemistry Department COVID-19 Report Form

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Provo and BYU COVID-19 safety policies, and the appearance of several COVID-19 cases in the BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry buildings themselves (the Benson (BNSN) and Nicholes (NICB) buildings), we of the Department have laid out procedures specific to our students, faculty, and employees.

If a student, faculty member, or employee of the BYU Chemistry & Biochemistry Department feels ill, they are required to follow the policy below.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry COVID-19 Case Policy

At all times:
  1. Practice proper hygiene at all times; this, of course, includes frequent handwashing, minimal touching of your face, and handling items with clean hands. 
  2. Wear a mask anywhere within the BNSN and NICB; this, of course, includes 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 (five 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 guidelinesBYU Chemistry Department Hygiene & Safety Plan.

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 or travel home 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. Enable the Department to trace potential COVID-19 cases if you are experiencing or are beginning to experience any symptoms of COVID-19. 
    • Follow the "BYU Chemistry Department COVID-19 Report Form" link located in large text at the top of the page in order to enable the Department to trace your contact.
    • Should you fill out the form, your name will be kept confidential unless you grant permission; other information will be shared as needed to continue contact tracing. 
  3. 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.
    • All test results, whether positive or negative, must be reported to the BYU Chemistry & Biochemistry Department chair, Dr. David Dearden. He may be contacted at dvd@chem.byu.edu
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  2. Report your positive COVID-19 diagnosis to the BYU Chemistry & Biochemistry Department and enable Department contact tracing by filling out the "BYU Chemistry Department COVID-19 Report Form" link located in large text at the top of the page if you have not already done so.
  3. Quarantine for at least 14 days from the onset of symptoms unless a medical professional advises otherwise.
  4. If you have had prolonged interaction with a lab mate, office mate, or any other individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, receive a test yourself, and follow isolation and notification procedures as described in Before Positive Diagnosis steps 5-7.
    • 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.