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BVU remains dedicated to maintaining a safe, positive learning environment while reducing risk. Learn about our academic procedures and guidelines as we continue the academic year.

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BVU has updated the academic calendar for the 2021 Spring semester. See the Academic Calendar

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Lehnus Campus Bookstore

The bookstore will be open the following hours as the semester begins:

  • Jan. 11-15: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 17: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 through spring semester: 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

During the semester, the store is closed on Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays from noon-1 p.m.

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Virtual Student Resources

Even through distance learning, BVU continues to offer our key resources for students. You can virtually connect with librarians, meet with tutors through the Center for Academic Excellence, and schedule a telehealth appointment with Counseling Services.

Spring Semester

  • Sunday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m.: residence halls will reopen for the Spring Semester 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: classes will begin
  • Thursday, May 6: last day of Spring Semester classes
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Academic Calendar Changes

There will be no spring break, face-to-face, or travel courses in May term this year, however, students may still enroll in up to three credits of internship by working with their advisor to complete an academic action. Those seeking to learn remotely during the Spring Semester must make a request through BeaverNet by Dec. 11. 

Remote Learning: Spring 2021


The deadline to request remote learning for Spring 2021 was Dec. 11, 2020.

Financial Aid

If a student moves off campus, a student’s financial aid package is adjusted to reflect a decrease in the cost of attendance. This is different than the Fall Semester where students were able to maintain their full financial aid package when switching to remote learning. For any additional questions, please contact Financial Aid at

Campus Restrictions

Students who choose to go remote in Spring 2021 may not return to campus for the Spring 2021 Semester. This decision is an effort to keep our campus community safe and to help mitigate the risk for our students and employees. 


Remote students will not be able to participate in any BVU co-curricular activities (e.g. athletics) or on-campus events unless they are virtual events. 

Work Study

Remote students are not eligible to be a work-study student or an academic assistant. 

Academic Expectations

Remote students are held to the same academic standards as Storm Lake residential students. They will be expected to attend classes, participate fully, and check their emails. 

BVU considers campus to be a safe place in regard to COVID-19 mitigation. We have taken much stricter precautions than many organizations or public spaces which students typically visit off-campus. We will do whatever we can do accommodate remote students as well.

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Learning Options

Students have three learning options from which they can choose to best suit their personal situation and needs. Students may choose to be a) a Storm Lake student; b) a Storm Lake Remote student; or c) an online student through BVU’s Extended University Programs. Patti Demers in Financial Aid can provide additional information on students’ individual situations.  

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Storm Lake Campus

Students enrolled as a Storm Lake student in the usual fashion will take classes in person on the Storm Lake campus. This option includes both residential students who live in the residence halls and commuter students who live nearby but commute to campus to attend class.

Hybrid Courses

Storm Lake Remote

This option allows Storm Lake students to attend all of their Storm Lake classes from a remote location through Zoom or Canvas. Remote students still experience live interaction and join the daily instruction at the scheduled class time but are not physically on campus and do not live in the residence halls. If you choose to go remote, you cannot participate in activities on campus like athletics, or use the physical facilities until the spring semester begins. To explore this option please contact a school dean, who will work with academic advisors to find the best learning option available.

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BVU also has a fully-online program through our Extended University Programs. Students are asked to work with their dean and academic advisor to discuss whether this option is for them. To pursue this fully-online option, students need to withdraw from the Storm Lake program, apply to the fully-online program, and reapply for a different financial aid package.

Online Experience


BVU Students: if you have a medical condition and require accommodations, our disability services staff will be happy to assist.

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