Current Situation

As of: Sept. 14, 2020 12:34 am 

The fall semester at Baylor University is underway.

  • Baylor University's dashboard is updated daily by 3 p.m. CT and includes the daily number of positive COVID-19 test results reported among members of the University community. Daily dashboards also are available from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, staff and contractors continues this week. This random testing will continue weekly throughout the fall semester. More information is available in Surveillance Testing FAQs.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals (faculty, staff, students and visitors) in ALL buildings on the Baylor campus and in ALL outside campus areas where social distancing is not possible, when in groups or where congestion is likely.
  • Interim COVID Policies: Please see Baylor University's Interim COVID Policies that cover:
    • Face coverings requirement
    • Notification procedures for individuals (Students, Employees, Contractors/Vendors) presumptively positive or with positive tests for COVID-19
    • COVID-19 testing for students
    • Self-quarantine for students residing in Baylor on-campus housing during COVID-19
    • Students residing in Baylor-provided self-isolation housing during COVID-19
  • If you see activity that does not support Baylor's COVID-19 prevention or mitigation efforts, please make a report through EthicsPoint.

Return to Campus

Students

Baylor is requiring a negative COVID-19 test of all students coming to campus for the fall semester. Learn more about the mandatory COVID-19 test kits that will be sent to students beginning next week.

Faculty & Staff

Baylor is preparing for a phased return to on-campus work. Informed by the latest guidance from local, state and federal government officials and public health authorities, the University COVID-19 Task Force has developed a five-phase strategic reopening of campus.

Latest Updates

Sep
17
2020
As we finish up our fourth week of the fall semester, I’d like to thank you all – students, faculty and staff – for your diligence and perseverance as we launched into a time of many unknowns. Because of your hard work, I am excited to share three noteworthy updates.
Sep
16
2020
Even as we began the Fall, we were looking ahead to the safest and most effective plan for our Spring semester. Our planning priority has been the safe completion of the Spring semester with campus-based instruction.
Sep
15
2020
Baylor is currently experiencing a decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases.
Sep
10
2020
Let me extend my sincerest appreciation for all of your efforts to date in the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 on our campus.
Sep
14
2020
Fall 2020 Staff Forum was a "virtual" or online event this year. Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Cheryl Gochis, was joined in the Zoom-hosted forum by Baylor Board Chair Mark Rountree, President Linda Livingstone, Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Staff Council Chaplain Jarrod Mathis and other Baylor senior leaders. Baylor leaders provided information for staff regarding Baylor’s COVID-19 efforts and plans for the academic school year.
Sep
3
2020
President Livingstone and Provost Brickhouse were joined by Board Chair Mark Rountree, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Paxton Riter, CEO of iDesign along with other Baylor leaders for the 2020 Virtual Fall Faculty Meeting.
Sep
3
2020
As we reach the end of the second week of the fall semester, I want to commend all of you for your continued wearing of facemasks, practicing social distancing and following University guidelines and policies during this unique time of COVID-19.
Sep
2
2020
As we responded over the weekend to the positive COVID-19 cases on the 3rd and 4th floors of Martin Hall, we identified the need to define and further clarify several common practices and terms that are used as part of Baylor’s COVID-19 response – Self-Isolation, Self-Quarantine, Reside in Place, Close Contact and Contact Tracing.
Aug
31
2020
As we have worked through the Martin Hall COVID-19 situation over the past few days, we realize there is some confusion within the campus community regarding oft-used terms – such as Self-Isolation, Self-Quarantine, Reside in Place, Close Contact and Contact Tracing – and what these actually mean for Baylor.

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