Online Instruction Interest

July 24, 2020

Dear Students,

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainties and unique challenges as you plan to return to Baylor in the Fall. Our goal is to be responsive to the needs of our students as it relates to course scheduling. While we continue to prepare for face-to-face instruction, we understand that some students prefer online classes because of the unpredictability of the coronavirus situation. Since the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, we are prepared to receive requests for an entirely online class schedule, as space permits.

All of Baylor's courses—whether online, hybrid, or face-to-face—are taught by our exceptional faculty who have taken this summer to adapt and prepare their classes for the various instructional modalities. Regardless of the method of instruction, we are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience, the hallmark of Baylor.

Online Course Opt-in Information
Undergraduate students who wish to enroll entirely online must complete the Fall 2020 Online Only Interest Form by midnight CST on Sunday, August 2. This form expresses a student’s desire to take all their classes entirely online. However, Baylor cannot guarantee that all requests will be able to be accommodated. Students who are already enrolled in all online courses are asked to complete the interest form. Individual course needs and course availability may also impact a student’s ability to take courses online.  Academic advisors throughout Baylor, working closely with deans, the Office of the Registrar, and University Advisement, will review students’ specific curriculum requirements and communicate with those students directly regarding the academic program availability for entirely online courses.

Course Schedule Approval
Once the request is reviewed by the individual advising areas, students will be contacted directly through their Baylor email.  At that time, any changes to a student’s schedule will be handled by advising units and subject to course availability.

Housing Exemptions
All new or returning students currently assigned to on-campus housing with an approved online schedule are eligible to apply for a housing exemption and cancel their residence hall contract by completing the Housing Exemption form. Please note, this housing exemption must be submitted by August 15 to prevent a $300 late cancelation fee.

Students will have access to the exemption form on the MyHousing portal one business day after they receive their online schedule.

For freshmen students approved for all online courses, exemptions will be granted for the fall semester only, and students are expected to live in their permanent residence and not in off-campus apartments. Meal plans and parking permits will also not be required for the fall semester for this approved group of students. First-year students with all online courses may still choose to live in the residence halls. To increase social distancing for the fall semester, your housing assignment will be reallocated. You will be provided an assignment for the spring semester based upon your preferences. However, it will most likely not be the same space or location as you were originally assigned. This also includes your current roommate and room type.

Current students living on campus, who are approved for all online courses, are eligible to request a release from their contract for the entire academic year. Students are expected to live at their permanent residence and not in off-campus housing.

Financial Aid and Your Bill
Please note that students whose housing exemption request has been approved may have their bill adjusted to remove housing costs, parking permits, meal plans, etc. and have their financial aid awards reviewed.

FAQs
If you have questions, a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding online instruction is available at www.baylor.edu/coronavirus/FAQS.

Questions
If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate office.

Campus Living & Learning
Living@baylor.edu
(254) 710-3642

University Advisement
University_Advisement@baylor.edu
(254) 710-7280

Office of the Registrar
Registrar@baylor.edu
(254) 710-1181

Student Financial Services
baylor.edu/sfs/contactus
(254) 710-2611

Sincerely,

Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.
Provost

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