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Residence Life

BVU will continue to provide double occupancy housing to students. If students are not comfortable with this living situation due to COVID-19 safety concerns, they have the option of remote learning. Students also have the option of being added to the single-room waiting list by contacting Residence Life.

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Spring 2021 Move-In

What to expect when you arrive on campus

  • Check in at the main entrance of the Siebens Fieldhouse during your allotted time and present your green check mark from your COVID-19 Self Assessment in the BVU app.
  • You MUST have your student ID to receive your COVID-19 test.
  • After you have received your test, move to a seating area while your test is processed (results will be ready within 15-20 minutes).

Once your test is processed, an employee will provide your test results and you will follow either of the below steps:  

  • Negative test result: Students will receive their room key and are cleared to enter residence halls and other campus buildings. 
  • Positive test result: Students will isolate either on-campus or return home if they live within six hours of campus and can safely isolate at home. A member of Student Success or Athletics will personally work with students who test positive. There is an appeals process for students who cannot safely isolate at home.

You need to be registered for classes to take your COVID-19 test and gain access to your room key. If you cannot make your scheduled testing time, please contact no later than Jan. 14. Students who do not arrive during their allotted time may have to wait to receive their COVID-19 test and may not be able to move-in on time. 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, and recovered, within the past 90 days of your move-in date, you will not need to take another COVID-19 test. If you fall into this category, you must contact Health Services at by Jan. 14 to confirm your previous test results. If you do not contact Health Services by Jan. 14, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test on campus before move-in. If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed within 10 days of your move-in date, you must contact Health Services to determine your new return to campus date. 

Available Offices

While the University is typically closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the following campus offices will be open on Jan. 18:

  • Human Resources
  • Business Office
  • Registrar
  • Financial Aid
  • Admissions
  • Mailroom (open 5-9 p.m.)
  • Lehnus Campus Bookstore (open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) More hours
  • Common Grounds Coffee Shop (7:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.)
  • Sodexo Campus Dining (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m.) More hours


Where do I arrive on campus to check-in for the spring semester move-in?

All students will report to the Siebens Fieldhouse during their scheduled COVID-19 testing time. 

What if I cannot make my scheduled testing time block?

If you cannot make your scheduled testing time, please contact no later than Jan. 14. Students who do not contact Residence Life and do not arrive during their allotted time may have to wait to receive their COVID-19 test and will not be allowed to move-in on time. Students unable to make their scheduled time can return on Monday, January 18 during the open testing period which is from 1 -4 p.m.

What if I am flying in and I get to campus after hours?

Contact Residence Life no later than Thurs., January 14 at for details on your return to campus.

Do I have to be registered for classes before I can test and move-in?

Yes, you must be registered before receiving your COVID-19 test and gaining access to your room key and residence hall.

If I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past, do I still need to test?

In accordance with local health guidance, if you tested positive for COVID-19, and recovered, in the past 90 days you will not need to take another COVID-19 test. During this timeframe, your body contains antibodies that will protect you against another infection. You must contact Health Services at by Jan. 14 to verify if you need to test. If you do not contact Health Services by Jan. 14, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test on campus.

What happens if I try to enter residence halls before I take my COVID-19 test?

If you enter the residence halls before testing, you are putting the health and safety of our students and employees at risk, and we take this very seriously. This noncompliance qualifies as an improper check-in and will result in disciplinary action. Residents who allow their roommates/suitemates to access the residence halls are also subject to disciplinary action.

Can I return to campus prior to Sunday, Jan. 17 or after Monday, Jan. 18?

You will not be allowed to return prior to the scheduled move-in/testing days. If you are ill, received a positive COVID-19 test, or have been exposed to COVID-19, you must contact Health Services to schedule a later move-in date. Please plan accordingly.

Am I required to take a COVID-19 test before starting classes if I am a commuter student? 

No. Since you do not live in a congregate living environment, testing will not be required. When commuter students are on campus, they are physically distanced in the classroom and are expected to follow all COVID-19 policies, including using the COVID-19 Self Assessment before entering campus. 

Can I take a COVID-19 test before arriving on campus so that I don’t have to wait for my results once I arrive? 

No. Although your test result may be negative, you may not have been infected at the time the sample was collected. 

Can I bring someone to help me move in? 

Guests and family members will not be allowed on campus during move-in. 

Updated Quarantine Policy

Individuals with symptoms who receive a positive test result will self-isolate until:

  • at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared
  • at least 48 hours have passed without a fever–without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

Individuals who are identified as a close contact will: 

  • Quarantine for 10 days.
  • Receive a COVID-19 on day seven of quarantine.
  • If the test is negative, and they have no symptoms, they will finish the 10-day quarantine and be cleared to return to classes or work.
  • If the test is positive:
    • An asymptomatic individual will self-isolate for a total of 10 days and be cleared to return to classes or work. 
    • A symptomatic individual will self-isolate until at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and

Residence Hall Policies

  • Campus Visitor/Guest Policies: No overnight guests will be allowed. 
  • On-campus resident: Students who report they have tested positive for COVID-19 will either be immediately moved to self-isolation on third floor of Liberty Hall or transportation will be arranged to return to their permanent home address (unless they require hospitalization).
  • Face Coverings and Distancing: Face covers and physical distancing will be required until further notice, and students will complete the daily COVID-19 Self Assessment once they return to campus. BVU will continue to follow the guidelines put in place during the Fall Semester including no outside guests and visitors.
  • Visitation: Resident visitation in campus housing is suspended until Feb. 1. On Feb. 1, we will reinstate visitation for residents back to the 1:1 guest to resident ratio and we will limit the maximum amount of people in each suite to eight people (eight includes residents and guests). Dining will open for the evening meal on Jan. 17. 

Residence Hall Facilities

  • Cleaning: Custodial cleaning in residence halls will increase to two times per day, seven days per week. 
  • Training: Videos will be made available on proper procedures for cleaning personal space. 
  • Staff entering living spaces: Custodial and Maintenance staff will appropriate protective equipment when entering student living space. When entering, they must leave a note on the door that they entered the space, why they entered, time, and name of individual who entered room.
  • Handwashing: Handwashing supplies will be continuously stocked with trash cans emptied regularly. Signage in bathrooms will be provided on how to wash hands properly and protect self.
  • Showers: Sanitizing materials will be available to for residents to sanitize in-between showers. 

Residence Hall Community Spaces

  • Lounges: Lounges will have a limited amount of space for students. Students must physically distance in all common areas. The floor/public lounges will be reserved for residents living in the community. Furniture will be arranged for physical distancing.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning and disinfecting shared areas will happen frequently throughout the day. 
  • Signage: Physical distancing expectations/rules will be posted throughout residence halls.  
  • Kitchens: Two students are permitted to use kitchens at one time. 
  • Laundry Rooms: No more than four residents may occupy the laundry room at a time in Pierce and White Halls. No more than two is the limit for for Liberty Hall and Grand Hall, and the limit is one for the suites. 

Room Checks and Events

  • Health and Safety Checks: Individual room checks will be conducted once a month to ensure compliance with University policies.
  • Events: Large events will be suspended or conducted virtually to help create a community atmosphere. 

Students will be required to complete a daily temperature and symptoms check.

Extra Face Coverings

Approved facial coverings include face masks, face shields, or a gaiter/bammie. A bandana is NOT an approved facial covering.

Cleaning Supplies

Disinfectant, wipes, and other supplies for sanitizing personal space, personal items, and workspaces.

Hand Sanitizer

Use sanitizer for your hands when soap and water are not immediately available.

What to Bring... and NOT to Bring

Help us by packing only the items most essential for your time on-campus. Packing only what you need also enables for a quick move-out process when it’s time to return home.

  • What To Bring
  • COVID-19 Related
  • What NOT To Bring

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