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Safety Guidelines and More

Buena Vista University is committed to the health and safety of our our students, faculty, and staff, and work to provide updated health and safety guidance. We are Beavers and we will keep building together!

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Health & Safety

Vaccinations & Testing

  • Health Services has free tests for COVID-19 infection both students and employees. If a student or employee wishes to take a COVID-19 test they can Book an Appointment or walk-in Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Students who already received vaccine should submit their vaccination information through the BVU Student Health Portal: https://bvu.medicatconnect.com/.
  • The best protection against COVID-19 is to be fully vaccinated. While students are not required to have a booster to be considered fully vaccinated at BVU, employees will need to be up to date on their vaccinations according to our quarantine/isolation policies. You are eligible for a booster if you meet the following requirements: 
  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen: individuals who received this vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for vaccine boosters.
  • Pfizer or Moderna: individuals who received both doses of either of these vaccines at least six months ago are eligible for vaccine boosters.

Face Covering Policy

  • Mask wearing and physical distancing on campus is optional during the academic year. Fully-vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks. Following CDC guidance, unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear a face mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained. We will continue to evaluate our policies based on vaccination rate, community spread/transmission, and local case numbers.
  • Students and employees are expected to bring masks to campus. Students and employees should carry a mask with them when on campus as masks may be required in certain locations, as well as during certain events. A mask mandate may also be reinstated in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus. Students and employees are expected to comply with mask-wearing in spaces where it is designated as a requirement.
  • Individual decisions about mask wearing, or requesting mask wearing when meeting, should be honored and respected. Assumptions should not be made about a person’s vaccination status based on their mask-wearing decisions.

Hygiene

  • Please continue frequent handwashing following proper technique (20 seconds with friction rub) using soap and water or hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Please follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette (cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of an elbow).

Quarantine/Isolation/Testing Policies

Student Quarantine/Isolation

Quarantine/Isolation: BVU is using a modified version of the CDC’s recommendations for students:

  • Positive COVID-19 test: All students (regardless of vaccination status) who receive a positive COVID-19 test should isolate for 5 days. On Day 5, if you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (no fever for 24 hours), you will need to be cleared by Health Services to return from isolation. Students should wear a face cover for the following 5 days when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
  • COVID-19 Exposure:
    • Unvaccinated Individuals: Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 will isolate for 5 days, followed by 5 days of mask-wearing. Students need to consult with Health Services to determine a return date.  
    • Vaccinated Individuals: Students who have received both doses of a two-dose series or a single dose in a one-dose series (and those who have also received their booster shot) and are exposed to COVID-19 will be required to wear a face cover around others for 10 days following exposure. Students who are having symptoms on day 5 after exposure are encouraged to get tested.

Employee Quarantine/Isolation

Quarantine/Isolation: BVU is following the CDC’s recommendations for employees only (we will followed an adapted policy for students). Below you will find the CDC’s guidance which applies to employees.

  • Positive COVID-19 test: All employees (regardless of vaccination status) who receive a positive COVID-19 test should isolate for 5 days, then can leave isolation after day 5 if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours). The individual should wear a face cover for the following 5 days when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. Employees need to be cleared by Human Resources to return to work. 
  • COVID-19 Exposure:
    • Unvaccinated individuals and those who have not received a booster
      Employees who fall under the following categories will quarantine for 5 days, followed by 5 days of mask-wearing: These employees need to be cleared by Human Resources to return to work. A test is not required. 
      • Exposed to COVID-19 and are unvaccinated
      • Exposed to COVID-19 and received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago and are not boosted 
      • Exposed to COVID-19 and received a J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago and are not boosted.
    • Recently vaccinated individuals and those who have received a booster 
      Employees who fall under the following categories will be required to wear a face cover around others for 10 days following exposure: 
      • Exposed to COVID-19 and have received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the past 6 months
      • Exposed to COVID-19 and received a J&J vaccine within the past two months
       We encourage such employees to monitor their symptoms. 

If you have any questions about vaccinations or testing, please contact Health Services.

Human Resources Policies

Work-Related Travel

  • Travel for University business has resumed. When representing the University, employees are expected to follow COVID-19 safety protocol when traveling on planes, using public transportation, or entering other businesses. 
  • International trips for University business must be cleared by your supervisor, the relevant Vice President, and the Director of Human Resources. The United States State Department guidelines for travel abroad will be consulted when making these decisions.

Return to Work

  • All employees should work on campus full-time, unless otherwise approved by their site supervisor and/or Human Resources. 

Academics

  • Courses that are typically delivered in-person will be held face-to-face as normal. BVU will no longer offer Storm Lake remote as a learning option. Students who wish to learn remotely may enroll in BVU’s online and hybrid courses. Students can work with their academic advisor to determine their learning plan. 
     
  • Students must work directly with their faculty if they are required to quarantine/isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test result or exposure. 

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Residence Life

Masks and Face Coverings

Face coverings are optional on campus. Face covers may be required in certain campus locations.

Cleaning

Community spaces, including restrooms, are cleaned daily. 

Residence Hall Visitation Policy

Guests, including non-BVU visitors, are currently allowed in residence halls. Residents are limited to three (3) guests each. BVU will continue to evaluate this policy. 

Campus Dining

Dining services are fully open and operational.

 

CARES Act: on March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided emergency aid funds to institutions of higher education.  More information

Student Engagement

  • Student organization meetings and events may occur in-person as long as they do not exceed the established capacity limits in the space in which they are held. All student organization and student engagement events are expected to abide by all current University COVID-19 policies.
     
  • Student organizations may bring external guests to campus (i.e. speakers, performers, etc.) for club meetings and events. Students must submit the BVU Vendor and Visitor Clearance Form, which can be found at the Information Desk, ahead of the event and the guests must be approved by both the Director of Community & Student Engagement and the Vice President for Student Success.
     
  • Student organizations may travel for organization events and programs to domestic locations only. Travel must be approved by both the Director of Community & Student Engagement and the Vice President for Student Success prior to the trip.  

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Athletics

Fall Schedules: Athletic competitions/schedules continue as normal. 

COVID-19 Testing: Following NCAA, American Rivers Conference (ARC), and local health guidance, BVU administers COVID-19 antigen tests a minimum of two times per week for voluntarily undisclosed Tier 1 individuals who have high exposure including student-athletes, coaches, athletic-trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, and equipment staff who are officially practicing or in-season. 

Testing policies for all individuals are subject to change pending virus prevalence, risk of community spread, and state, local and organizational (NCAA and ARC) policies.

Fan Attendance: All athletic competitions will be open to spectators with no limit on attendance. BVU will continue to follow guidance from the NCAA, the ARC, and local and state health officials. The attendance policy is subject to change at any time and masks may be required.

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