Return to Campus
We’ve got this covered
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in every corner of the globe — and while we are committed to doing all we can as a university to minimize the spread of the virus and its traumatic consequences, it will take the work of everyone on campus to pull this off. It may sound like a lot to ask, but we are Broncos — and we care about each other and our community. In the end, it comes down to four major efforts:
- We will all have to wear facial coverings throughout campus — inside and, when distancing isn’t possible, out. The guidance from public health experts is as clear: even homemade cloth masks can help fight the spread of COVID-19.
- We will all have to stay at least six feet away from each other whenever possible. All classrooms and labs will have restricting seating and work stations. We’ll all have to use in-doors and out-doors, and watch for signs directing foot traffic in busy areas.
- We have to stay extra clean. Try not to touch your face. Clean your shared spaces. Wash your hands to the fight song!
- And we have to pay close attention to our own symptoms. Absences will be expected and excused.
You be you: We’ll be flexible
Broncos have been clear about what they are worried about the most this fall. They want to be safe, first and foremost. They want to stay on track academically. And they want to make and keep those lifelong friendships, memories and connections that the Boise State experience is all about.
What that means for individual students, though, can be pretty different.
Are you in a high-risk group for COVID-19, or just don’t want to cover your face much of the day? Look for remote and online sections of the classes you need. Do you crave that interpersonal dialogue and interaction and are comfortable with the extra steps you’ll need to take to keep yourself, your community and all of our loved ones as safe as possible? The in-person and hybrid classes are for you.
Faculty are adjusting their plans this summer, and will update the schedule of classes with these delivery modes by July 15. Look for emails detailing how to make any changes soon.
The (slightly altered, vastly safer) Boise State fall experience
So what can you expect in the fall 2020 semester?
In many ways, we will create the experience together — perhaps in some ways we still can’t envision. But we do know a few things. Classes will be smaller and more spread out. A few fewer students will live on campus. Dining options will look different than we’re used to. Campus staff will be cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. We’ll all be using Zoom and other technology a whole lot — for classes, for students groups and organizations, and more.
There are a few things we all will need to do together:
- We all have to take facial coverings and physical distancing seriously.
- We all have to stay home at the first sign of any symptoms — and don’t worry, absences will be excused and expected.
- We’ll have to treat shared desks and workspaces like equipment at the gym — clean them up for the next person!
- We’ll need to be open to new ways to engage and connect.
- We’ll need to treat each other with respect and kindness. This is hard on everyone — and we will all have our moments. But we must lift each other up, not put each other down.
Athletics and events
Student-athletes are returning to practice this summer, and the university is working with public health experts to keep them safe. How and when competitions will resume, however, is yet to be determined. Boise State officials will work with the NCAA, the Mountain West Conference and health experts to make these decisions when we can.
Boise State is proud that our campus is one of the best and best-used meeting spots in Idaho. But our highest priority is always our students — and we will need as much space as we can for classrooms that can accommodate the physical distancing needed to keep students safe. Even ExtraMile Arena will house classes this fall.
- All events for outside groups in all venues have been canceled through Sept. 4.
- All university and student events after July 5 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis that looks at safety measures, room and staff availability, and other factors.