University Resource Center

Information for Faculty and Staff

Higher education continues to grapple with how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and BVU’s senior leadership team is continuously considering how to best keep our community safe. 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. Please use this page as an ongoing resource to address your questions and concerns.

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Campus Update

BVU student, faculty, and staff’s health and safety is our top priority, which requires us to extend the COVID-19 work-from-home policy for all non-essential employees through Friday, July 10, 2020. All Buena Vista University employees who have the ability to perform their duties from home are expected to do so. 

In order to protect students, employees, and the surrounding community, the University is only hosting internal, BVU events through December 2021. Any external events that were scheduled to be hosted by external parties on campus have been cancelled, postponed, or will be conducted virtually through the remainder of the calendar year. Please email Lori Ohlson-Townsend with questions or call her at 712.749.2151 or 712.229.5788.

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Faculty/Staff Support

The faculty/staff support page has information and resources regarding benefits, employee services and more:

  • Pay & Benefits
  • Work-From-Home Extension Q&A
  • Healthcare Information
  • Human Resources Questions
  • Employee Assistance Program

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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 to complete the assessment and more information. For questions call 211 or 800.244.7431.

Campus Information

Campus Dining Services

Both Cru5h and the 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.

BVU Library

The BVU Library is open virtually and our librarians are available online. 

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

They are also comfortable working with your students within Canvas. Feel free to add them as instructors to your class in Canvas, as they are also comfortable working with your students there.

If you are envisioning another way that the library would be more helpful for your students, please reach out them.
Phone: 712.794.4288

Health Services

Our Health Services & Wellness office remains open via phone and/or email for students. If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are showing symptoms, or feel sick, please go home and do not return to campus. 

If you have any questions, you may contact Health Services Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: 712.749.1238 or

Campus Location Updates

All academic buildings and classrooms are closed with the exception of staff and faculty who require their offices. 

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)


Beginning March 19, the mailroom window will remain closed. 

However the mailroom will work from 9 a.m. to noon during normal business days, allowing time to send/receive from all carriers. Departments will need to put a slip with the mail so that the mailroom will know where to charge it. All packages can be picked up and dropped off at the back door of the mailroom.


Our BVU 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 providing free access to materials for students. 

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

  • More Bookstore Information

This site contains resources and information for faculty and staff. Resources for students are also available.


Class Times

As we resume learning on March 30, please make your students are aware of their class times. Unless you decide otherwise, please communicate that your classes will virtually meet at their regularly scheduled times.

Pass/Fail Grading Options 

The deadline for changing to Pass/Fail (P/F) grading has been moved back to May 1, 2020. We have waived the P/F limit for students this term, which means that you can opt to take as many courses P/F as you wish. Please consult with your academic advisor if you at any point plan to switch your course(s) to P/F grading.

Center for Academic Excellence

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

Updated Registration Dates

On Thursday March 18, 2020 the registrar, Steph Wilhelm, sent you an email regarding registration timeline changes. Below is the new timeline for registration: 

Advising/Registration Schedule

Honors Program Students: March 31 
Seniors and Juniors: April 1-5
Sophomores: April 6-12
First year students: April 13-19
Special: April 20

Students can reach out to their academic advisors via email, phone, or text to set up an appointment to discuss course plans and register for classes next fall.


Buena Vista University's commencement ceremonies will be held on Oct 11, 2020, on the Sunday of the 2020 BVU Homecoming celebration. We look forward to making this a memorable event for our graduates!

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Program Evaluation

and Open Listening Sessions

Program Evaluation will continue as planned and the work of the Faculty Elected Body will move forward as planned. If you are interested in attending an online open listening session for faculty and staff, please email Katelyn Adams. Should demand for attending these listening sessions exceed the planned times, additional sessions will be added.

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Individual and group campus visits have been suspended for the time being.  Admissions will work closely with faculty, staff, and coaches to maximize virtual recruitment efforts. They are actively exploring alternative opportunities for our future students and families. Recruitment efforts via phone, text, Zoom, and other creative outlets are encouraged. 

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Ongoing Communication

Please work through University Marketing and Communications when sharing information on BVU procedures and communications regarding COVID-19 and BVU happenings related to the virus. This includes mass emails, posts on social media, messages via Canvas, messages posted in lounges, etc. If you feel that you must provide students or other groups with information that is not included on our University Resource page, please email Kelsey Clausen and/or Megan McKeever. Note that vice presidents from each division are working closely with UMC on messaging, and they can be a resource for relaying necessary communications to UMC as well. We plan to continue updating students, faculty, and staff regularly as information develops.

We will continue to communicate information to students, parents, faculty, and staff as it becomes available. Please see our COVID-19 website for additional, recent information and links to reliable resources. We want you to keep in mind this difficult decision is rooted in our campus community’s health and safety first and foremost. Thank you for your understanding and efforts to protect our campus community.

We thank you for your patience, grace, flexibility, and understanding. These are unprecedented times and we are doing our best to support our students and greater campus community. 

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