Current Situation

Operating on a shortened in-person fall academic calendar, Baylor University will complete the majority of on-campus course instruction on Nov. 25, ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays (Nov. 26-29). Additional instructional days will be held online Nov. 30-Dec. 1, and final exams will be conducted online Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 7-8.

  • 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.
  • The University is providing COVID-19 testing opportunities for students, faculty and staff for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester until Dec. 17. 
  • 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
    • Spring 2021 international travel
  • 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

Nov
24
2020
The University is providing COVID-19 testing opportunities for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester until Dec. 17. Due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays, on-campus COVID-19 testing will be closed from Friday, Dec. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 3.
Nov
20
2020
In light of the steadily increasing COVID-19 cases on Baylor’s campus and McLennan County, the President’s Council (based on the Baylor COVID-19 Health Management Team’s recommendation) has implemented a moratorium on all events until February 7.
Nov
19
2020
With Thanksgiving only a week away – and the end of the semester just beyond it – I want to offer my deepest gratitude for the strength of spirit and compassion you have shown to others throughout this fall.
Nov
16
2020
As we near the completion of on-campus instruction on Wednesday, Nov. 25, Baylor University is offering voluntary COVID-19 rapid testing (Nov. 23-25) at no cost for all students, faculty and staff before departing campus for the Thanksgiving holidays and the rest of the Fall semester. We encourage you to take advantage of this testing opportunity, especially if you plan to travel or gather with family or friends.
Nov
13
2020
As we near the completion of on-campus instruction on Wednesday, Nov. 25, Baylor University will be offering voluntary COVID-19 rapid testing at no cost for all students, faculty and staff before departing campus for the Thanksgiving holidays and the rest of the Fall semester. We encourage you to take advantage of this testing opportunity, especially if you plan to travel or gather with family or friends.
Nov
12
2020
As we look toward Thanksgiving, positive cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continue to increase dramatically across the country and Texas and within Waco-McLennan County. This is the feared “second spike” that so many medical experts predicted at the onset of the pandemic as the weather turns cooler and people spend more time indoors.
Nov
5
2020
Election Day has come and gone, but extended vote counting and the expected delay in results have captured the attention of the nation. As elections are decided, we begin to look to the future and how our country can come together amidst today’s polarized political climate. How can we model post-election civil discourse that bridges political, ideological and theological divides?
Oct
29
2020
Everyone continues to do an incredible job complying with Baylor’s COVID-19 prevention and mitigation initiatives. Just like you, I am weary of all the testing, mask wearing and social distancing, but we must continue to press on for the health not just of ourselves, but of our neighbors and community.
Oct
22
2020
It’s that time of year when many of you feel the weight of the semester, which certainly has been exacerbated by the ongoing effects of COVID-19. Stress and anxiety are felt by all people at varying levels of severity, and each of us reacts differently. Baylor has many resources available to you, and we all should employ helpful ways to manage our health and well-being, such as:

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