Current Situation

As of: April 2, 2020 at 4:40 pm

Baylor University is providing limited, yet essential on-campus services.

  • Classes continue via online course delivery for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • From March 23 through April 21, the City of Waco and McLennan County, Texas are under a Shelter in Place order.
  • Everyone (including students) living in the Waco area is ordered to shelter at their residence (Baylor residence halls included). There are exceptions for essential services, which are addressed in FAQs on the city website. 
  • Baylor essential services: health, mail, financial, janitorial, maintenance, to-go food services, public safety, residence halls, technology support, scientific research & BU Shuttle.
  • Dallas County, home to Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, is operating under a similar Shelter in Place order.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

  • Texas Department of State Health Services reports 4,669 confirmed cases in Texas.
  • Waco/McLennan County reports 49 confirmed cases, including five (5) with connections to Baylor.

 

Student Hardship: Financial Support

Students experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 related changes can apply for a student emergency award. Read more about eligibility requirements and examples of needs that may qualify.

To those in the Baylor Family who are looking for tangible ways to help students who may have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, gifts can be made to the President’s Excellence Fund. The President's Excellence Fund was created as a place where the Baylor Family can make philanthropic gifts, allowing the University to respond to emerging needs at the University.

Tips for Staying Healthy

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Apr. 2, 2020
My Friends Just Lost Their Jobs. How Do I Respond?
WACO, Texas (April 2, 2020) – In the proverbial “blink of an eye,” many find their neighbors, friends, family – and even themselves – out of jobs that only a few weeks ago seemed safe and secure. The jobless are grieving. What’s our role? How do we help? How do we engage?
Mar. 31, 2020
‘Drinking Spirits to Lift Spirits’ May Hold Appeal Amid COVID-19 Stress, but Don’t Overdo, Cautions Baylor University Expert on Substance Abuse
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2020) – Drinking alcoholic beverages may be more appealing amid unease about the coronavirus, as people deal with shelter-at-home orders and fears about the economy, says a Baylor University researcher who studies alcohol use and misuse. But with regulations providing less access to alcohol, this may be a good time for substance abusers to seek recovery and for others to guard against over-reliance.
Mar. 31, 2020
Baylor Expert Shares Tips for Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners Navigating “Shock” of COVID-19 Crisis
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2020) – The impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis is acutely felt by entrepreneurs and the nearly 60 million people employed by small businesses across the U.S. As communities have sheltered in place and closed all but the most essential businesses, many entrepreneurs find themselves in survival mode amidst uncertain waters, seeking to keep their business afloat and retain employees.
Mar. 30, 2020
‘Grocery Stores are Perhaps the Most Resilient Supply Chains in the U.S.,’ Baylor Expert Says
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2020) – The initial spread of COVID-19 has created unprecedented situations for many Americans, causing significant disruptions to ordinarily consistent daily routines. These disruptions have led to widespread fear of a dynamic future and can be seen most tangibly on the empty shelves of grocery stores across the nation.

Latest Updates

Apr
2
2020
Over the past couple of weeks, I have heard of people hijacking the Wikipedia pages of several prominent universities, indicating they were a “private online university based in …”. I am happy to report that no one has commandeered our Wikipedia page so far. Baylor continues to be “a private Baptist Christian university in Waco, Texas.”
Mar
31
2020
Today we jointly want to provide two significant faculty-focused updates, based on our collaborative work and in recognition of the many professional and personal disruptions you have faced this semester due to COVID-19.
Mar
31
2020
Earlier today, the City of Waco and McLennan County announced an extension of their Shelter in Place orders through April 21. The City and County will continue to reevaluate the order for possible extension beyond the current date.
Mar
30
2020
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2020) - In response to the City of Waco’s call for shelter in place, Baylor University has temporarily closed the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat, a Class C Zoo, to visitors. Out of an abundance of caution, the facility will remain closed until group gatherings are deemed safe to resume.
Mar
30
2020
We are happy to share that the University will provide prorated credits for housing, meal plans, and parking permits and will pay students receiving federal work-study. In certain circumstances, the credits provided may result in a reimbursement, based on certain criteria. Below are the specifics of the plan.
Mar
26
2020
I am glad to be writing again to you on a Thursday afternoon for our weekly Presidential Perspective. Like me, I hope you see this as a sign of a return to normalcy, although it is indeed a new normal for Baylor.
Mar
25
2020
As we continue on this journey together forced upon us by the coronavirus (COVID-19), I continue to be impressed by the creativity, dedication and resilience of all of you. We have asked you to do the extraordinary for Baylor University over the past few weeks – all the while balancing family, church and community obligations during these unprecedented times.
Mar
24
2020
The spring 2020 semester has presented many unprecedented circumstances for Baylor University’s students, faculty and staff as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In recognition of these challenges, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to elect to convert any of their spring course grades to Pass/Fail at the end of the semester once their final grades have been submitted.
Mar
23
2020
We are doing our best to keep you informed during this rapidly evolving situation involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as we prioritize the health and safety of our campus community, the ongoing continuity of our academic mission and the continuity of business operations.

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