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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
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
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 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.
- Process Details
- You will be contacted via email or phone once the application has been received and reviewed. There may be follow-up questions or need for additional information before the review committee can make an award decision. Please be sure to respond to any communications regarding the request so it can be reviewed, and award decisions can be made in a timely manner.
- Once approved, students will work with staff from Student Success to ascertain the most efficient way to meet the approved financial request.
- Maximum Award: $500
- Guidelines/Qualifying Needs
- To minimize immediate critical needs of students caused by acute financial stress
- To provide for short-term financial assistance due to unusual or unforeseen medical expenses
- Support for temporary housing, and/or other essential needs such as food, due to displacement by fire or another unforeseen environmental hazard
- Support shelter for a student in a dangerous situation due to acts of violence or other victimization
- To fund travel or transportation of a student or a student's belongings home due to family emergency, crisis, or death.
- The student is currently enrolled at BVU;
- Need for financial assistance is not a result of student’s own actions
- The student has demonstrated a good faith effort to explore other funding options (e.g. insurance, free or low-cost services readily available, relatives).
- Student agrees to submit appropriate receipts and/or documentation of need when applicable
- The student has not received an award from this fund in the past 12 months
- Expenses Not Covered
- Parking tickets, library fines, or other expenses mistakenly incurred or preventable expenses
- Alcohol and drug related offenses, fines and court fees/ Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees, or jail bonds
- Car repairs
- Normal and anticipated academic expenses already covered through financial aid (tuition, housing, fees, health insurance, and books)
- Expenditures resulting from poor financial management.
- Computer replacement due to negligence
- Continuous fixed expenses (e.g. rent)
- Study abroad costs
- Non-essential utilities (phone, cable, etc.)
- Household furniture unrelated to damage or theft
- Costs of entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
- Legal counsel and fees
This page contains resources and information for BVU students. Faculty & Staff Resources
Fall 2020 Semester
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.
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.
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.
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.
BVU's commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Oct 11, 2020. Commencement Information
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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
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
Email | 712.749.2349