Spring 2020 Semester

University Resource Center

Information for Students and Families

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect our campus community and beyond, Buena Vista University is moving Storm Lake campus classes online for the remainder of the Spring Semester beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020. BVU’s student, faculty, and staff’s health and safety is our top priority, which compels us to move ahead with plans to mitigate spread of the virus as best we can. 

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This page contains resources and information for BVU students. Faculty & Staff Resources

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We are committed to making it possible for all students to complete their academic work without losing financial aid or progress toward graduation.

Our academic resources page contains information about:

  • Course Delivery
  • Canvas and Zoom
  • Academic Support
  • Advising & Registration

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Residence Life

Residence Halls

Due to the ever-changing climate surrounding COVID-19, we will be closing campus access to all students and guests at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. This closure does not apply to the very small number of students approved to stay—who were notified earlier today and are required to follow protocol in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Moving Off Campus

Since we will be closing campus access, all key cards will be turned off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. There will be no checkouts beyond Thursday. At this time, the University still plans to resume checkouts on April 6, 2020.

If government regulations change or we’re advised of an elevated level of risk to the health and well-being of our campus community, this date may change. Students may continue to store their items in the rooms until further notice. Please be sure to monitor this webpage for further updates. We appreciate your patience as we move through this uncharted territory.

Student Mail

If you need to retrieve a package or need to forward mail, please contact the mailroom for assistance. Some forwarding will incur a postage cost, which must be paid to the Business Office before forwarding will take place.

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Internet Access

As a way to help support students who do not have access to Internet service at home, Long Lines has offered to provide 60 days free unlimited Internet.  This offer is good in all communities Long Lines directly serves, wherever they have available network resources. There is no obligation to keep their service at the end of the 60 days, and no charges for installation (or anything associated with this connection).

If you would like to request service, please call Long Lines' customer care line at 712.271.4000. 

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Campus Information

Campus Dining Services 

Both Cru5h and Common Grounds Coffee Shop are closed until further notice.

Essential services like Campus Dining will be available to students who remain on campus. Campus Dining will reopen with modified hours beginning March 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. 

In following social distancing restrictions, all meals will be served in disposable to-go containers and should be consumed in your residence hall room. Sodexo will schedule out specific times for meal pick-up to lower the number of individuals in an area and help combat ongoing risk. 


Our BVU library is open virtually to students who remain on campus.

Our librarians have Zoom accounts so that they can interact with individual students for research assistance by appointment. They also have the ability to scan or send items out through the mail, if an electronic equivalent cannot be found. More information about their hours and contact information is below.

Until March 29
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Students can email, text, and chat with our librarians

Beginning March 30
Hours are extended to Sunday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Students can email, text, and chat with our librarians

Information Technology/2FIX

Our IT helpdesk remains open and available via phone (712.749.2349) and email. Please reach to them for your technical needs and questions.

Campus Location Updates

All academic buildings and classrooms are closed. The following locations are also closed until further notice: 

  • Lamberti Recreation Center  
  • Weight room 
  • Finkbine Natatorium 
  • J. Leslie Rollins Stadium/Peterson Field 
  • Outdoor Recreation House (Limited access will be provided for students looking to utilize the outdoors and practice social distancing)


The Lehnus Campus Bookstore is currently operating online only. The bookstore has partnered with RedShelf to offer our students access to free e-books. For more information, visit the bookstore's website here. Students can also explore the Free/Open Resources page to get more information about publishers and other educational organizations that are providing free access to materials. 

The bookstore will continue to handle online orders as well as rental returns. For more information, click the expandable menu below.

    • Rentals
    • Access Free Shipping Labels
    • Online & Hybrid Students: Book Selections for Terms 5 & 6
    • Book Selections for Fall 2020 Semester/Term 1
    • Online Orders

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    Student Support Services

    Health Services

    Our Health Services & Wellness office is open via phone and/or email for students who have been approved to stay on campus. Please do not visit our office, instead call or email us.

    Students can contact us Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: 712.749.1238 or healthservices@bvu.edu. Please contact campus security if you have a health need after hours and weekends.

    If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are showing symptoms, you must complete our Health Screening Form. After completing this form, please contact Health Services or Campus Security for next steps. A determination will be made whether isolation is necessary.  

    Any student identified for isolation will be moved to a residence hall away from other students. 

    Health Services and/or other Student Success staff will ensure that all medical and personal needs are met, including but not limited to monitoring of symptoms, medications, food, and other essentials. Students in isolation will be given a Coronavirus Kit and will be required to complete the Health Services Daily Illness Reporting Form as directed by Health Services & Wellness staff. 

    Counseling Services

    Mental Health Counseling Services is moving service delivery to telemental health (online) through Zoom counseling sessions or consultations.  

    Email Gina Hartman to set up an appointment. Students already receiving services will be contacted by their provider with instructions for how to resume services online. We invite all students to take advantage of these services, and are extending our counseling services to be available to Extended University Program (online, hybrid, and graduate) students during this time.

    Click here for more information about our counseling services. 

    Center for Academic Excellence

    Students can sign up for online tutoring appointments here. If you have any difficulties, please email Donna Musel. Online tutoring is also available through the Smart Thinking link in canvas course pages. If you already have prescheduled appointments, please work with Donna Musel to make sure these are updated to virtual meetings. 

    Career and Leadership Development

    Career and Leadership Development will continue supporting our students, especially graduating seniors who are in the midst of job searches and graduate school applications. Whether you’re questioning your major, updating your resume, or practicing for an interview, email us to schedule a virtual meeting. We also available to help with internship, employment, or graduate school applications.

    Contact Information

    Below is a list of contact information for any questions or immediate needs. 

    Office of Residence Life and Housing
    (Available Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

    Resident Assistant Staff
    (Available Monday-Friday after 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday any time)
    Pierce and White: 712.299.7134
    Grand and Liberty: 712.299.7129
    Suites: 712.299.1843

    Campus Security
    Available 24 Hours

    Health Services & Wellness
    Available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Email | 712.749.1238

    Office of Admissions
    Email | 800.383.9600

    BVU Mailroom

    Email | 712.749.2349

    BVU Library
    Email | 712.794.4288 | Chat

    BVU Bookstore

    Center for Academic Excellence
    Email | Schedule Appointment

    Career & Leadership Development

    Counseling Services

    Prospective Students

    Due to COVID-19, we have suspended all campus visits through April 6. In the meantime, BVU has set up virtual visits to campus. What this means is that you can do all the same things on campus, just online, including a virtual tour! Sign up today and we will schedule your virtual visit.
    Seniors- we are extending our Beaver Visit Grant deadline to April 30. If you virtually visit campus between now and April 30, we will give you $1,000 per year.

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