University Updates

Mar
3
2022
It was such a joy last week to experience the musical and dance talents of the more than 1,500 students who participated in Sing this spring.
Feb
24
2022
One outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is that we have the ability to temporarily pivot to remote instruction and operations when winter weather conditions threaten. Gone are the days of waking up at 5 a.m. to see if it will be an ice or snow day. Of course, I fondly remember those snow days from when I was in college!
Feb
17
2022
Today we are announcing the rescission of the University's facemask policy for classrooms and labs when used in academic settings. In other words, facemasks will be optional at Baylor – other than when requested in private offices – effective this Monday, Feb. 21.
Feb
17
2022
As many of you are probably aware, many states, colleges and universities, and other organizations across the country are beginning to loosen their facemask requirements in response to the declining prevalence of COVID-19.
Feb
10
2022
What an exciting time for Baylor as we’ve surpassed the $1.1 billion fundraising goal of the Give Light campaign!
Feb
3
2022
My prayers have been with everyone as the winter weather has impacted our local community as well as Texans statewide.
Feb
2
2022
WACO, Texas (Feb. 2, 2022) - ***UPDATED 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2022: Baylor University will resume normal hours and operations on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.*** The National Weather Service has placed Central and North Texas under a Winter Storm Warning. With the high potential for hazardous icy conditions as a strong arctic front moves through Central Texas, Baylor University will hold classes via remote instruction and staff will telework on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3-4.
Jan
31
2022
In recognition of the improving COVID-19 environment and the campus community’s continued effective management of the virus, today we are announcing several updates to Baylor University’s COVID-19 interim policies and protocols.
Jan
27
2022
The "Spring Sprint" is definitely underway, and it's hard to believe Feb. 1 is this Tuesday.
Jan
20
2022
What a great start to the 2022 spring semester! I enjoyed greeting so many of you on the first day of class before heading to Indianapolis for the NCAA Convention this week.
Jan
18
2022
As we begin the Spring 2022 semester on our campus, Baylor University is required to send an Emergency Notification* under the Clery Act to all students and employees to ensure you are informed about where to access information regarding COVID-19 positive cases on our campus, important personal health and safety precautions and essential sources of information about the coronavirus.
Jan
18
2022
If you have recently received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through Baylor Health Services or an off-campus provider, please submit your completed vaccination card today to help the University understand how well protected we are as a campus community as we monitor the latest variant.
Jan
13
2022
As I've looked out my office window this week, I've enjoyed seeing our campus steadily come back to life with the return of more and more students. I am excited about the new semester and everything the next few months will bring.
Jan
13
2022
The following update was sent Jan. 13 to faculty, staff and student employees about requirements of the Biden Administration's OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) guidelines that were reversed today by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jan
12
2022
As we start the Spring 2022 semester, I want to provide you with guidance to help us keep the campus safe while also providing academic continuity for our students.
Jan
9
2022
IMPORTANT INFORMATION below regarding students' return to campus.
Jan
7
2022
The following message was sent Jan. 7 to faculty, staff and student employees about requirements of the Biden Administration's OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) guidelines that begin Monday, Jan. 10. The University continues to monitor the legal proceedings regarding the OSHA ETS closely and will provide updates to the campus as necessary.
Jan
6
2022
It’s been nearly a month since my last weekly Presidential Perspective and so much has happened as we concluded 2021 and ushered in the New Year.
Jan
3
2022
Spring semester to start in-person, related protocols
Today I would like to follow up on my message from Dec. 23, 2021, regarding the spread of the Omicron variant and offer a preview of what the spring semester will look like for the next several weeks.
Dec
28
2021
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and loved ones and you are looking forward to the Sugar Bowl, as our Baylor Bears face Ole Miss on New Year’s Day in New Orleans. I suspect many of you have been monitoring the spread of the latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, as its presence has gained a foothold in the United States over the past couple of weeks.
Dec
22
2021

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 omicron variant, which public health officials say is highly transmissible and expected to spread rapidly over the next few weeks.

Dec
9
2021
It’s hard to believe the fall semester has drawn to a close. God has blessed Baylor in so many ways as we’ve managed the COVID-19 pandemic, from a Big 12 Football Championship and top-10 basketball, football and volleyball teams to beautiful music and theatrical performances, as well as significant progress toward R1 status and our $1.1 billion Give Light goal – all while holding firm to and advancing our Christian mission
Dec
7
2021
Earlier today, Baylor University learned that a U.S. federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction against the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, which had included the University. In light of this ruling, Baylor University is no longer legally compelled to require that its employees be vaccinated and will not be requiring its employees to be vaccinated at this time.
Dec
2
2021
Christmas is always a special time at Baylor, and I cannot wait for Christmas on 5th this evening from 5-10 p.m. It's one of my favorite Baylor traditions. I've even heard there's a forecast of snow tonight! Be sure to check out the full schedule of activities to get everyone in the Christmas spirit as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Nov
22
2021
As it currently stands, Baylor must comply with President Biden’s Executive Order (EO) 14042 requiring those organizations that receive federal contracts and their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 18, 2022. Depending on the vaccine that you choose, you may need to obtain the first vaccination dose by Dec. 7, 2021.
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