View answers to frequently asked questions regarding Southwest Baptist University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and campus operations plans for the fall 2020 semester. The Bearcat Blueprint provides the detailed plan for the fall 2020 semester.
Our goal is in-person, in-class instruction. We are planning for as many courses as possible to meet in classrooms where appropriate physical distancing is possible. In cases where physical distancing is not possible, we have developed options for a combination of in-person and online class sessions. In all cases, a majority of the instruction will be in-person.
For students on the Bolivar campus, the last two weeks of the semester will be all remote learning. Students on the Mountain View, Salem and Springfield campuses will receive information later this summer regarding the final two weeks of their semester.
Some interactive learning components, such as science labs, music lessons, healthcare clinical experiences, internships and student teaching, present some unique challenges for the Fall 2020 semester. We are working diligently to review these learning experiences and offer creative solutions. Details will be posted in your Blackboard courses by August 12 as part of the syllabus.
We strongly recommend each student bring a personal computer for completing coursework in between in-person class sessions and completing remote coursework during the final two weeks of the semester. The University recommends the use of a Windows PC or Apple computer. A Chromebook may not be the best choice for many disciplines. However, computer labs will be open for use by students who do not have a computer. Cleaning supplies will be available for students to clean computers before and after use.
Our deans and division chairs are working diligently to determine specific course delivery methods for each course. Your faculty members will communicate course-specific information through the Blackboard Learning Management System closer to the start of the semester.
Log in to the Blackboard Learning Management System after August 12 for details about the courses in which you are enrolled. The syllabus will include course delivery details.
Even though Commencement is planned prior to Thanksgiving, the official start and end dates are Aug. 17 through Dec. 11 and educational activities will continue to take place throughout this timeframe. These dates did not change from the original academic calendar.
Yes. A face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Face coverings are worn out of respect for others. Students, faculty and staff will wear face masks or other coverings in classrooms and public spaces.
Requiring face coverings is one way we are coming together to protect each other's health and safety in every way possible. This expectation:
Extra health and safety measures being taken on all campuses for Fall 2020 include:
Students, faculty and staff are asked to sign the Bearcat Blueprint Commitment, acknowleding the role and responsibility we all have in maintaining a healthy and safe campus environment.
Any student on any campus who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately notify the SBU Killian Health Center at (417) 328-1888.
In consultation with governmental health agencies, we have developed these guidelines for when we have a positive COVID-19 test on any of our campuses.
SBU’s nurse will coordinate contact tracing with the appropriate local governmental health agency.
On the Bolivar campus, same-day testing is available through the Polk County Health Center. On all other campuses, students should work directly with their local health department for testing.
The SBU Campus Store inside the Goodson Student Union is open with increased safety measures and operational changes.
Student are encouraged to order their textbooks online as soon as possible. With only 10 customers allowed in the store at a time, advanced ordering will expedite your textbook retrieval once you are on campus.
Follett Discover helps you determine what books you need. Select "Launch Follett Discover" within the Blackboard LMS and choose "Purchase All Materials." This link will take you straight to the SBU Campus Store website, where you can choose to purchase your textbooks.
Store Hours: Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday until July 31. Regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closing at 3 p.m. on Fridays) resume Monday, August 3, with expanded hours August 13-15.
Curbside service: Available by calling (417) 328-1530.
For more information, contact the SBU Campus Store at bookstore@SBUniv.edu or (417) 328-1530.
SBU continues to work closely with Fresh Ideas, the University’s food service provider, to implement protocols providing a safe dining environment. Changes to the dining experience include limited dining hall occupancy, pre-packaged to-go lunch options, and face covering requirements.
Because seating in Mabee Chapel is limited to comply with occupancy limitations as outlined by local governmental health authorities, a registration system will be used for students to sign up for in-person chapel services. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will receive two CLW points for each Chapel attended in-person. All chapel services will be available for viewing via livestream.
Effective for the Fall 2020 semester, the CLW point requirement is reduced to 14. Additional opportunities for CLW points will be available. Further communication will be provided by the Office of Spiritual Formation.
The temporary reduction to the CLW credit requirement will be re-evaluated for the Spring 2021 semester.
New students will move-in Friday, Aug. 14. Returning students will move-in Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16. To help with social distancing, each student will schedule a check-in time and can bring only two family members/guests. Residence Life will communicate directly with students regarding the process for selecting a check-in time.
We are still accepting students for our fall and summer classes, and financial aid is still available. Applications can be submitted online at any time.
SBU understands getting transcripts and/or taking the ACT/SAT is a struggle right now. To assist, SBU is temporarily moving to test optional and self-reported high school GPA for all admission. However, to potentially improve academic scholarship eligibility, students may elect to take the online CLT test.
Please contact your admissions counselor if you have questions or concerns.
If you have a question not answered above, please use this form to ask SBU.