BVU goes to online classes for rest of semester, commencement on hold

Sunday, March 22, 2020

STORM LAKE — In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect the campus community and beyond, Buena Vista University decided this week to move all Storm Lake campus classes online for the remainder of the spring semester beginning March 30. Earlier, BVU had extended spring break.

Students are strongly encouraged to remain at their home/permanent residence, and BVU will schedule time for each student to return to campus to gather any remaining belongings. Storm Lake off-campus students are being asked to fill out accommodation forms indicating their housing plans for the remainder of the semester.

If students don’t have the necessary tools they need in order to move forward with coursework, they are asked to contact their academic advisor.

For those students who do not have an option of returning home, BVU will try to accommodate them with dining. Those select students must fill out a health screening form before returning and follow social distancing restrictions. They may be asked to remain in Iowa for the remainder of the semester.

BVU has cancelled all BVU sponsored events and events hosted at the University through May 29. Commencement is currently on hold, with a decision expected by the end of April.

“Buena Vista University is committed to making it possible for all students to complete the academic work they already started this semester without losing financial aid or progress toward graduation,” the university said.

BVU staff and faculty training sessions and work to transition their courses to an online format will take place next week.

University offices, mailroom and bookstore will remain open at this time. The recreation center, swimming pool, weight room, stadium and all academic buildings are closed.

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