Current Situation

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

Oct
15
2020
Earlier this week we announced to students that Baylor would be partnering with the City of Waco and McLennan County for COVID-19 surge testing over the next two weeks. This announcement has generated many questions from students and parents alike, so I reached out to two Baylor faculty experts who serve on the University’s COVID-19 Health Management Team to explain the importance of this surge testing effort:
Oct
13
2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the State of Texas, is providing 40,000 COVID-19 tests to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District as part of a temporary surge testing program. Baylor has been allocated 5,000 tests to deploy over the next two weeks to test students.
Oct
8
2020
If you are at risk for complications from COVID-19, or live with someone who is, you may request to register for an online-only schedule by submitting the Spring 2021 Online Schedule Request Form.
Oct
8
2020
Like so many other things this fall, COVID-19 has brought many changes to Baylor Homecoming – the oldest collegiate homecoming in the nation – which we will celebrate next week, Oct. 15-17.
Oct
1
2020
This month Baylor joins 179 of our fellow members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities in the celebration of Christian Higher Education Month, which was established by the U.S. Congress in 2003.
Sep
30
2020
Across the country, professionals who work on COVID-19 prevention and mitigation are hearing a new term: “testing fatigue.” Its meaning is self-explanatory. People are growing tired of the testing protocols developed to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus.
Sep
24
2020
Our Illuminate vision – for Baylor to be recognized as a Tier 1/Research 1 university while holding firm to our Christian mission and Baptist heritage –requires a team effort to achieve. Tomorrow is National Research Administrator Day, a day set aside to celebrate the dedicated individuals who advance research in universities across the country.
Sep
23
2020
As Baylor’s Virtual Family Weekend approaches in just a few days, I write with gratitude for your partnership and support. Although the COVID-19 pandemic requires that we present this year’s events quite differently than we have in the past, our goal is the same as it has been since the first Family Weekend in 1960: to help families of Baylor students become better acquainted with the University and its beloved traditions.
Sep
18
2020
On Wednesday I shared with you our revised calendar for the spring semester, which establishes a framework for successfully completing the entire academic year with campus-based instruction. Today, I would like to provide a few more details regarding how the University is operationalizing this planned calendar.

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