BU releases Bearcat Blueprint plan for the Fall 2020 semester

Southwest Baptist University's plan for opening its four campuses for the Fall 2020 semester, the Bearcat Blueprint, is now available on the University's website. 
"As we look ahead to the Fall 2020 semester, we still face many unknowns but are thankful for time to prepare for a variety of potential scenarios," said SBU President Dr. Eric A. Turner. "This Bearcat Blueprint is an overview of current plans for in-person instruction on all campuses during the Fall 2020 semester." 
The Bearcat Blueprint provides details in the areas of health and safety; academics; housing, dining and campus life; COVID-19 positive case plan; and the Bearcat Blueprint Commitment — a summary of responsibilities for all students, faculty and staff. 
 Face coverings required 
-Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear face masks or other coverings in classrooms and public spaces. SBU will provide each student and employee with fabric face coverings. Face shields will be provided for all instructors to facilitate effective communication for all students. This expectation:  
-Ensures SBU is meeting or exceeding requirements of government ordinances in all the communities it serves. 
-Increases classroom capacity from 40 percent to 65 percent, allowing for an additional 157 classes to have the potential to be conducted completely in-person this fall. 
-Enables students to live the SBU mission by loving their neighbors and caring for the vulnerable just as Jesus taught. 
-Classes meet fully face-to-face when possible. 
-Some classes will use a blended in-person and online approach. 
-Modified academic calendar ends in-person instruction before Thanksgiving. 
-Online textbook ordering now available. 
 Read the entire Bearcat Blueprint and read Frequently Asked Questions at SBUniv.info/fall2020.

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