Campus Operations Update

Updated 3:34 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Continue to check this page for the latest updates regarding COVID-19-related changes. All information is subject to change based on health regulations and COVID-19 activity in each community where SBU operates a campus. These plans are developed in consultation with guidance from local health departments.

Summer Course Delivery

Due to continued developments in the COVID-19 outbreak within the United States, Southwest Baptist University moved all course delivery online for the June summer term (June 1-25). Course delivery methods for July session courses (June 29-July 23) have been made based on local guidance for each campus. See the MySBU portal for more information.

Housing is available for Bolivar students during the July term. Contact Michelle Martin at (417) 328-1885 for more information.

Current Operations Plan for Fall 2020

Southwest Baptist University is planning for in-person instruction on all campuses for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. This page will be updated throughout the summer with additional information regarding protocols for a safe and healthy fall semester on all SBU campuses. Here is a summary of the plan with additional details in the FAQ below.

All Campuses

Academic Calendar

Semester start and end dates remain the same, but classes will meet on Labor Day and the previously scheduled Fall Break dates. Course instruction moves online after Thanksgiving Break, and students are not required to return to campus. This is designed to limit the amount of student travel and thus potential exposure to COVID-19.

Significant dates throughout the semester include:

  • Friday, August 14: New students move in and Welcome Week begins
  • Saturday, August 15: Returning students move in
  • Monday, August 17: First day of classes
  • Monday, September 7: Labor Day; classes will meet
  • Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9: Fall Break canceled; classes will meet
  • Friday, November 20: Winter Commencement and last day of on-campus instruction
  • Monday, November 23-Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break — No classes
  • Monday, November 30-Friday, December 11: Remote learning period for Bolivar campus
  • Friday, December 11: Last day of the semester

In the Classroom

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.

Health and safety Precautions

Extra health and safety measures being taken on all campuses for Fall 2020 include:

  • Requiring all residential students to complete a health survey before arriving on campus. The survey will be sent in late July.
  • Providing each student with a self-care kit, including reusable face masks and thermometers.
  • Providing faculty with face masks and clear face shields for use in classrooms.
  • Requiring temperature checks and health questionnaires.
  • Increasing sanitization of facilities, including cleaning classrooms between sessions.
  • Installing plexiglass shields at various points of contact around each campus.
  • Installing temperature screening systems on all campuses.
  • Installing additional hand sanitizing stations on all campuses.

Bolivar Campus

Residence Life

In consultation with the local health department, we have protocols to determine when quarantine is necessary. We prefer for students to travel home during any necessary quarantine period, but we have a designated on-campus, limited-space facility for potential quarantine use. Additional information regarding residence hall, cafeteria and chapel protocols will be released in late July.


All sports will operate with a reduced competition schedule in accordance with NCAA and GLVC rules and guidelines. All decisions related to athletics, including dates for athletes returning to campus, will follow NCAA and GLVC guidance as it becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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.
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.
These changes to the academic calendar will limit the amount of student travel and thus potential exposure to COVID-19. 
SBU will provide students and employees with masks and strongly encourage masks to be worn in classrooms and other public spaces.

Campus Services

Call the ITS Help Desk at (417) 328-1702 or send an email to Contact the Help Desk if you are not able to access SBU resources such as MySBU or Blackboard. Students who do not have technology available for online course delivery should contact their professors.

The SBU Campus Store inside the Goodson Student Union is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday with increased safety measures and operational changes. Some changes include limited guest access, one-way aisles, closed textbook section with counter service, masks and gloves for all team members, continuous cleaning, and physical-distancing reminders. The number of guests in the store at one time is limited.

Curbside service also is available. For more information, call (417) 328-1530.

The store will resume regular hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. beginning on August 3. Curbside service will continue to be available.

Electronic resources are always available for students, faculty and staff on all campuses. All fines are waived until the Fall semester. Local students can drop items in the outside book drop at their convenience. Students who return in the fall can return items then. For students who are not returning, they can mail items back to: SBU Library, 1600 University Ave., Bolivar MO 65613.
The Meyer Wellness and Sports Center is open. Visit the Wellness Center page for current operating hours and guidelines.

Health Services

The Killian Health Center office is open by appointment only. Please call (417) 328-1888 to schedule an appointment. You will be asked about your symptoms, recent travel and any known exposure to someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 case. The Killian Health Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. After-hours phone messages will be returned promptly. 

Prevention & Personal Responsibility

In addition to our standard cleaning and disinfection protocols, we are adding new protocols to further ensure the cleanliness of all facilities. We already use a cleaning product daily that includes a disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs. Throughout campus, we are adding the use of a Protexus disinfecting sprayer that uses electrostatic delivery and Purtabs disinfectant to kill germs and viruses.
  • Wear masks in classrooms and public spaces. This is strongly recommended but not required. Masks will be provided by SBU.
  • Complete temperature checks and questionnaires as requested.
  • Stay home when sick. Notify your professor of your absence from class and seek medical attention.
  • Follow all quarantine instructions provided by campus officials or local health authorities.
  • Use provided cleaning supplies after using equipment or technology in the Wellness Center, computer labs and other common spaces.
  • Students living off-campus should follow appropriate health and safety practices in their own residences.

Campus Events

Campus life activities will continue where we can make adjustments with appropriate health protocols. We also will be increasing the number of events and activities we offer throughout the semester.
We are planning to hold an in-person ceremony on Friday, Nov. 20. That is subject to change based on local health guidelines.
Homecoming is planned for Oct. 2 and 3 with more information being distributed in August. As with all large events, plans could change based on guidance from local health officials.

Financial Information

Call the Office of Financial Aid at (417) 328-1822 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Call the Cashier’s Office at (417) 328-1523 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Residence Life

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.
The residence halls will be open the last two weeks of the semester (after Thanksgiving Break). Students will not be required to return to campus after the week of Thanksgiving but may choose to in order to facilitate a successful completion of the term.
We prefer for students to travel home during any necessary quarantine period, but we have a designated on-campus facility for potential quarantine use.


All University-sponsored travel, including summer trips organized through the Center for Global Connections, is cancelled through July 2020. We are continuing to monitor and make decisions on travel beyond July.

Anyone planning personal travel should monitor carefully the U.S. Department of State and CDC travel warnings, health notices and advisories prior to and during any travel. For current information, visit the CDC Traveler Information page.

Self-quarantine guidelines for COVID-19

Off-campus, 14-day self-quarantine is required for any student, faculty or staff member who has:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Come in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; or
  • Traveled to or through an area where you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

These individuals will not be allowed to return to residential housing, offices, or to be on campus during the 14-day self-quarantine period. The self-quarantine period is your personal responsibility.


  • In-person visits are being conducted with extra health and safety precautions in place.
  • Individual virtual visits are available.
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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.

Apply now!

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. 

More questions?

If you have a question not answered above, please use this form to ask SBU.


Important Resources

Residents of Polk County, Missouri may use the Community Connections Resources Helpline by calling (417) 777-7411. This helpline is a resource for those needing help finding supplies or connections, or who have questions about living needs. It is not an information line for COVID-19.

CARES Act funding distribution to students

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF),  Southwest Baptist University has received $1,150,794 in funding to provide emergency financial aid grants for students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Funds will be awarded to eligible students on all four campuses who have demonstrated the greatest need as determined by the FAFSA. In the initial round of distributions, Southwest Baptist University identified a pool of 1,537 eligible students who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 related disruptions to normal campus operations.

Disclosure Statement


Current degree-seeking students enrolled at least half time in spring 2020 in at least one seated course who have completed a 2019-20 FAFSA to determine Title IV eligibility and financial need. Students who were determined to meet the eligibility criteria will receive an email sent to their SBU email address.
Students who were not enrolled in the spring 2020 semester, students enrolled in fully online classes in spring 2020, international students, and undocumented students are not eligible.
Student eligibility was determined by guidance from the Department of Education and narrowed down by students showing financial need on FAFSA. Our selection was based on students with an EFC (estimated family contribution) of $20,000 or below.

Each student will receive $725.

Additional eligibility for a second round of emergency relief funds will require an application process. Details will be posted when available.

Checks will be mailed each Thursday. You must have completed the agreement process (explained in the next question) by 3 p.m. Tuesday for the check to be mailed Thursday of that week.

Students are directed to go to the Self-Service link in their mySBU portal to electronically sign the agreement listed below. More information will be posted on the portal and emailed to eligible students to their SBU email address.

"By electronically signing this agreement, I agree to the following statements:

I acknowledge I am accepting CARES Act funding to assist with expenses incurred from food, housing, course materials, technology, transportation, health care, childcare, or other related expenses as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 in the 2020 Spring semester.

Furthermore, I certify I meet the following eligibility criteria: I am a degree-seeking student who was enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester with at least one seated course prior to March 13. I submitted a 2019-20 FAFSA and was eligible to receive Title IV aid."

Please confirm your mailing address is correct on the User Profile section of Self Service (located in your mySBU student portal). If you need to make changes to the address where your check will be sent, please email the updated address to:

If you have questions about accepting these funds or your eligibility to receive funds, please contact the Financial Aid Office at

No. Any funds received through the CARES Act are to counteract disruption of campus services and will not be repaid.

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