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Keeping Campus Safe: Students

Safety Practices and More

BVU has established health and safety practices for everyone to follow now that we have returned to campus. To mitigate risk and promote safety for our entire BVU community, please make note of the information on this page.

Last updated Sept. 21, 2020.
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Questions and answers about Buena Vista University's plan for keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during on-campus learning.

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Student Testing, Health, and Safety


Students: if you suspect you have COVID-19 here are the steps you should take:  

  • Remember to complete the COVID-19 Self Assessment on the BVU App daily. This assessment will help determine your next steps.  
  • If you receive a RED X from the COVID-19 Self Assessment, you should self-quarantine and will be contacted by Health Services or Athletic Training (if in season) and be asked to complete the Student Illness Report Form
  • Health Services or Athletics will then set up a telehealth or face-to-face appointment for further assistance and/or medical care. 

If it is determined that COVID-19 test is needed,  

  1. Student should complete the BVU TestIowa Student Assessment.  
  2. When completing the assessment, it is important students use their BVU address: 610 W 4th Street Campus Box: #, Storm Lake, IA 50588 
  3. When assessment is completed, contact Health Services at 712.732.1238 to schedule a time for testing.  

Testing will be available Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon in Health Services & Wellness located in the lower level of the Fieldhouse, L-25. 

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Health & Safety

  • Students will be expected to maintain six-foot physical distancing from others at all times including classrooms, hallways, the Serve, and all common areas on campus.
  • Students will be expected to limit face-to-face events and meetings that require close personal contact and replace those with virtual meetings or events. When physical distancing is possible, a minimum of six-feet should be maintained, and face coverings are required to be worn. Approved facial coverings include face masks, face shields, or a gaiter/bammie. A bandana is NOT an approved facial covering.
    Students will be required to correctly wear a face covering in classrooms, common areas, and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.  
  • Face coverings are also required outdoors if a minimum of six-feet of physical distancing is not possible.
  • While in common areas, students will have access to disinfectant spray and/or wipes and are required to disinfect personal space, personal items, and workspaces frequently before and after each use throughout the day.   
  • Due to limited quarantine and isolation space on campus—if a student is suspected or is confirmed as having COVID-19 or if they have worked with, lived with, or have been exposed to a person with a primary exposure—they will be asked to return home if they live within six hours of campus and have adequate transportation. 


  • Students received a list of items from Housing they are expected to bring to campus including a personal thermometer, extra face coverings, Kleenex, and disinfectant spray and/or wipes for cleaning personal items and their residence hall room. 
  • Students will be expected to perform frequent handwashing following proper technique (20 seconds with friction rub) using soap and water or hand sanitizer throughout the day. 
  • Students will be expected to follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette (cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of an elbow). Used tissues are expected to be thrown in the trash followed by washing or disinfected hands properly.

This page contains health and safety information for BVU students. Faculty and Staff Resources

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BVU App: Daily Check-In

The Buena Vista University app serves as a convenient location for our students, faculty and staff, families and guests, and alumni to access information and resources. The app includes the COVID-19 Symptom Checker, located at the top of the screen.

Students are required to complete the Symptom Checker before leaving their residence hall room, arriving on campus, or participating in any campus activity. Tap “COVID-19 Assessment,” answer all questions accurately, and submit. You will need a thermometer to take your temperature.

Users will receive either a green check or red X. A green check is your “cleared to enter” pass to campus for the day. When arriving on campus and throughout the day, students will be asked to show their green check in order to participate in daily activities such as attending class and entering Campus Dining.

Students receiving a red X must stay in their residence hall room and contact Health Services or Athletic Training (if in season) for further evaluation. 

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Beaver Commitment & Training

All BVU students will make the Beaver Commitment agreeing to take responsibility for their health, the protection of others, and take responsibility for helping keep the BVU community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other infections—as identified and instructed by the University. The Beaver Commitment was sent to students via email on Aug. 12.

Students will be required to complete the Student COVID-19 Training and Quiz before coming to campus. The deadline is Aug. 18, 2020.

The University will work closely with students who have self-identified as high risk for illness caused by COVID-19, and these individuals will work with Disability Services and Health Services as necessary to modify schedules, minimize presence on campus, work remotely, and/or learn remotely.

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Buena Vista University, in accordance with members of the American Rivers Conference, will postpone the start of winter sports seasons until Jan. 1, 2021. This will result in a later regular season start for women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and wrestling.

The conference has also postponed the fall sports seasons of football, volleyball, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer to the spring semester. While those contact sports are being suspended, BVU and other schools within the ARC endeavor to proceed with men’s and women’s cross country, golf, and tennis.

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We are excited to welcome students back to campus and are happy to share the plans which we hope will create a safe, positive learning environment. We remain dedicated to resuming face-to-face learning while also reducing as much risk as we can as we open classrooms, residence halls, and launch an exciting fall semester.

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For our health and safety, students are required to follow these practices. Noncompliance may lead to consequences as outlined in the student handbook. Student Handbook

Residence Life

BVU will continue to provide on-campus housing, with additional safeguards to mitigate the spread of illness. Changes have been made to move-in, cleaning protocols, and community spaces.

Learn more about these updated guidelines, as well as a list of additional items students can bring to campus.

Residence Life Information

Campus Dining

We are committed to food safety and the well-being of all those who dine on campus.

As we welcome students back to campus this fall, we will guide them through new dining procedures, walk them through expectations, and answer any questions they may have. Procedures to promote safety will be in place, such as a new entrance and signage, takeout/delivery packaging, and physical distancing.

Campus Dining Information

Guests & Events

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, BVU will not allow guests or visitors on campus through Dec. 31, 2020. 

Campus programming and student organization engagement will be planned in the fall in ways that accommodate all students, while maintaining University traditions. Events will be altered in various ways to reduce risk.

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Additional Resources

Contact Information

Health Services & Wellness

Available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Email | 712.749.1238

Campus Security

Available 24 Hours

Office of Admissions

Email | 800.383.9600

Center for Academic Excellence

Email | 712.749.1237

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