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BYU’s primary location of operations is in the state of Utah. BYU provides an educational experience where students, faculty, and employees physically gather in a “compact society” of “disciple-scholars.” The gathering of BYU’s campus community also benefits the surrounding community. Further, regular, long-term work by employees outside Utah could subject BYU to adverse tax, insurance, workers’ compensation, and employment law obligations in other states and countries. As a result, living and performing university work in Utah are both conditions of employment.
Exceptions to this policy are limited to the following:
- remote work outside Utah during isolated travel of up to 30 days;
- a university assignment or program that must be conducted outside Utah and is approved by the responsible vice president or assistant to the president;
- professional development leave, pursuant to the Faculty Leaves Policy;
- employment of an adjunct faculty member who lives outside Utah but within the United States and travels to Utah to perform university work;
- when necessary to meet a demonstrated academic department or college need, employment of an adjunct faculty member approved by the academic vice president to live and work outside Utah, provided the employment is through a BYU-owned subsidiary and complies with the legal and regulatory requirements of that location;
- employment of a non-benefited BYU Continuing Education employee approved by the international vice president to live and/or work outside Utah, provided the employment complies with the legal and regulatory requirements of that location; or
- temporary remote work outside Utah by a student employee during a break between consecutive semesters, provided the supervisor approves, the student meets the credit-hour requirements for student employment, and the position remains based in Utah.
 Kevin J Worthen, “Gathering: Education in a Compact Society,” BYU Devotional Address (Sept. 10, 2019) (quoting Joseph Smith’s statement about education being obtained in a compact society).