Coronavirus Update

May 4, 2022

BSU COVID-19 Protocols Move from Mandatory to Self-Responsibility

Bowie State University continues to transition campus COVID-19 management plans to reflect the growing endemic nature of the disease now presenting a much lower risk of serious illness and death in our state and local communities. The current environment of low positivity rates and hospitalizations enables relaxing mandates in favor of empowering faculty, staff and students to take responsibility for managing COVID-19 protections in accordance with your personal health needs. When you act to protect yourself, you also protect others around you.

The university moved to “mask optional” for indoor spaces on April 11. Beginning Monday, May 23, the following changes will be implemented:

  • The mandatory vaccination requirement will be discontinued for most individuals. The university still strongly encourages all members of the campus community to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date on all boosters, when eligible, as the best defense against COVID-19.
  • The vaccination and booster requirement remains in place for residential students and athletes as they live in close communal situations. Additional information will be provided from residential life.
  • Regular mandatory testing will end for all persons except residential students with exemptions. Twice-weekly testing will continue for this group. Broad testing may be implemented in certain situations.
  • Badge screening at campus entrances will end. No badge screening during commencement.

To assure that the campus continues to maintain a low instance of positive cases, each member of the community must take responsibility to do our part. Everyone is encouraged to take the following actions:

  • Monitor your personal health daily and complete the symptom screening survey in the Wellness Portal so that any patterns of change in the health of the campus can be identified.
  • Get tested every time you have symptoms or exposure to someone who tests positive.
  • Report any positive results, including from self-tests, through the Wellness Portal and isolate for five days.
  • Continue to wear masks indoors at your discretion, especially if you are in a high-risk group.
  • Keep your hands clean and use the sanitizer stations placed throughout the campus.

All of the safety measure instituted on campus during the pandemic remain in place and provide an additional layer of protection against the disease. HVAC systems in all buildings have UV light systems to sanitize airflow and portable air filters have been placed in classrooms and other spaces. Plexiglas barriers also remain in place.

As we move forward in the coming weeks and months, we will continue to monitor the course of COVID-19 on the campus and in the surrounding community and adjust these protocols as needed. Our goal continues to be protecting the health and safety of every member of the BSU community as we continue to stay focused on our education mission.

Please continue to check your email for updates and regularly check the Coronavirus Information webpage for the latest information. If you have questions, please email covid19@bowiestate.edu