Navigating (Another) Semester during a Pandemic

Happy First Day of Classes!  Whether you are back on-campus or studying remotely, we wish you a safe, healthy, and successful spring semester.  Here we have compiled a list of tips and resources available to you at Baylor to help you navigate another semester during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academics:

  • Keep your planner/calendar updated.  Especially with hybrid and online classes, it can be easy to lose track of assignments, deadlines, and days to attend classes and labs in-person.
  • Communicate with your professors, especially if you need to quarantine.  Almost all of our classrooms have been equipped with recording/streaming technology for students to continue learning remotely.
  • If you are struggling in your classes, Baylor is still offering many of our academic support services virtually, including SI (Supplemental Instruction) sessions, free tutoring, the Learning Lab, 1:1 Academic Mentoring, and more.
  • For more online learning strategies and other programs, check out the resources provided by Baylor’s Academic Support Programs here.

 

COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, participate in weekly testing, avoid large groups, and follow other CDC-recommended guidelines.  They are meant to keep all of us safe with the hope of hosting more in-person events and gatherings this semester.
  • Make a COVID-19 action plan.  If you live on-campus, details about isolation housing and meal delivery will be communicated with you.  For students living off-campus, talk with your family, friends, and roommates about safety measures, meals, medical care, and more.
  • If you feel sick, stay home, and call the Baylor Health Center at 254-710-1010.  Follow their instructions with regards to testing, symptom monitoring, and isolation.
  • For more information, Baylor has compiled the Student Guide to Be Safe and Healthy on Campus.  This is a great resource with a wealth of information about managing anxiety, Baylor policies, available support programs, and more.

 

Other Tips and Resources:

  • Stay active and connected.  Student organizations have been so creative in finding ways to be safe while also promoting community, and Baylor has 350+ student organizations and a multitude of ways to get involved.  Baylor also has Student Involvement Specialists who would be happy to meet with you and help you find pathways to get involved based on your passions, interests, and calling.
  • The Office of Baylor Spiritual Life continues to offer pastoral care for students, and their staff is always happy to meet with students to offer prayer and care.  For on-campus students, each residence hall has a resident chaplain for students, and Burt Burleson and Kristen Richardson are also available to help all students.
  • The Baylor Counseling Center is also offering its services to students virtually.  If you are in crisis, you may call 254-710-2467 anytime 24/7 for help.
  • The Baylor Health Center remains open for routine health services, including basic injuries, labs, and medications, and is separate from the COVID-19 Testing Clinic and Respiratory Clinic in North Village.
  • The Store, an on-campus food pantry, is a resource available to all Baylor students and is still open with increased precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions for us, and we would be happy to point you in the right direction.  Happy spring!

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