Maintaining Pandemic Safety Protocols

December 9, 2020

While a low number of staff and students remain on campus until the end of the fall semester, the university maintains full adherence to all of the COVID-19 protocols that have helped keep the campus safe thus far. The health and safety of every member of the campus community remains our highest priority, along with our commitment to transparency and open communications throughout these challenging times.

BSU has several mechanisms in place to share current, factual information regarding the pandemic. We encourage everyone to consult the COVID-19 Updates web section, weekly email updates to the campus community, monthly recorded town hall meetings and the email account for any question or concern related to the university’s response to the pandemic. During these uncertain times, this simple step will help guard against the threat of misinformation that can quickly derail effective operations.

Expanded Safety Measures

Implementation of additional safety measures is underway in preparation for the return to work after winter break. All classrooms will be equipped with Plexiglas at professor stations and student seating spaced six feet apart. Faculty requests for any additional classroom modifications must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 14, so that there will be enough time to get everything set up for your first day of class. Please contact Darryl Williford ( with your requests.

Faculty Technology Requests

Faculty requests for technology enhancements to support hybrid or online instruction should be submitted to the Provost by emailing by Dec. 14. A limited number of loaner laptops, cell phones with hotspot capability and printers for home use are available.

Mark Your Calendar – Important Dates

  • Virtual Commencement – Dec. 18, 10 a.m.
  • Nutrition Lounge Open – through Dec. 23; resumes Jan. 4 (Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • University Reopens, Winter Session begins – Jan. 4 (teleworking encouraged; COVID-19 testing resumes)
  • In-person staffing resumes – Jan. 11
  • Housing move-in begins – Jan. 15
  • Spring classes begin – Jan 25
Thank you for your continued support of each other across the BSU campus community and the creative ways you are meeting the challenges presented by this pandemic. Please direct any questions or concerns to email at and visit the website at COVID19Updates for the most up-to-date information.