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 has moved Storm Lake campus classes online for the remainder of the Spring Semester. The University remains closed to the public through June 30, 2020.

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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

Victory Arch and Schaller Memorial Chapel, two campus landmarks

State of Iowa Virus Assessment

The state of Iowa is asking that ALL citizens complete the virus test assessment and be tested if qualified. Please go to TestIowa.com to complete the assessment and more information. For questions call 211 or 800.244.7431.  testiowa.com

Refund Information and More

Student Support

We know you have a lot of questions regarding room and board refunds, as well as the support services BVU is offering at this time. Our Student Support page contains information about:

  • Student Room and Board Refunds
  • Tuition Information
  • Health Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Center for Academic Excellence

BVU campus from the air

BVU Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund was created to help students financially in a time of serious need. This fund is intended to be a supplemental financial resource when students are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses due to a temporary hardship surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, natural disaster, or need for temporary housing. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.

In order to apply, please complete the BVU Student Emergency Fund application and send it to Mike Walker along with documentation for any expenses you are requesting to be paid.

Student Emergency Fund Application

  • Process Details
  • Guidelines/Qualifying Needs
  • Requirements
  • Expenses Not Covered

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

Fall 2020 Semester

Room Draw

Room Draw is a housing event held during the spring semester for returning students who intend to live on campus for the fall semester. Students must be registered for 12 fall credit hours to participate. Students who are not registered for classes may not select a fall housing assignment until fall course registration is verified. Learn more about this year's room draw process.

Students walking on campus

Moving Off Campus

Thank you for your patience. We’re happy to announce that semester checkouts are available May 4-18!
As we prepare to welcome you back and assist you with your transition, please remember to use best practices for COVID-19 safety:

  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible
  • Practice proper social distancing
  • Wash your hands before and after your move
  • Wear protective masks and gloves
  • Limit your moving groups to no more than 2 people per checkout.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or you have been exposed to someone with symptoms, please contact a medical provider and schedule another time to come to campus. 

Storage options are very limited and available based on need. Out-of-state, students will receive first priority.
To request storage, or if you are unable to complete your checkout within the May 4-18 timeline, please contact ResidenceLife@bvu.edu.

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Residence Life

Residence Halls

Due to the ever-changing climate surrounding COVID-19,  campus access was closed to all students and guests on Thursday, March 26, 2020. This closure does not apply to the very small number of students approved to stay—who are required to follow protocol in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

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.

Grand and Liberty Halls

BVU's commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Oct 11, 2020. Commencement Information

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

      The BVU Bookstore will continue to receive FedEx deliveries each business day and will check in all materials that have been returned for rental check-in. We are currently offering free shipping return labels. 

    • Access Free Shipping Labels

      •    Please visit the bookstore's website 
      •    Click on the More + button at the top right corner of the homepage
      •    Click on the Consumer Impact FAQs link 

    • Online & Hybrid Students: Book Selections for Terms 5 & 6

      Discover is now accessible for those who enter online adoptions for OSG.  Please be mindful that there are eBooks available as well as physical books for the selections made.  

    • Book Selections for Fall 2020 Semester/Term 1

      Once Canvas is available to faculty for next year’s courses, the BVU Bookstore will send training information to complete their adoptions online through canvas. 

    • Online Orders

      The BVU Bookstore will continue to fulfill online orders as they come in. We are currently offering free shipping for all online orders. All orders will be shipped once a day via FedEx, and anything ordered after 10am will ship the next day.

    See the latest updates on BVU's response to COVID-19. Coronavirus information

    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 in-person campus visits for the time being. 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.
    Students entering BVU in Fall 2021: you are eligible for the Beaver Visit Grant! If you virtually visit campus we will give you $1,000 per year.

    The Scout Park lighthouse at dusk