COVID-19: The latest news from Boise State

Updated April 3, 2020

On Monday, March 16, Boise State University began delivering all Spring 2020 courses remotely through the end of the semester in an unprecedented campus move to help Idaho slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Thursday, March 19 the university announced it would be taking additional steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Boise metro area. The changes include urging the small percentage of students remaining in on-campus dormitory-style housing to relocate if at all possible and closing all facilities to the general public.

On Friday, March 20 the university was notified today that a member of the campus community tested positive for COVID-19, and an emergency alert was sent to all students, faculty and staff. It is the first confirmed case on campus.

Boise State is following the recommendations from the State of Idaho Coronavirus task force and asking all members of our community comply with the Governor’s stay-at-home order effective immediately to help stem the spread of the virus.

Current operations at Boise State


Beginning Saturday, March 14, the university is postponing, cancelling or moving online all campus events through the beginning of May  — including the university’s signature recruiting event, Bronco Day, which will be reimagined as a virtual experience for potential students and their families from around Idaho and the country. Commencement, originally scheduled for May 9, will be reimagined as a digital event.


The university is urging the small percentage of students remaining in on-campus dormitory-style housing to relocate if at all possible — though accommodations will be made for those who cannot. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for those students who may be facing homelessness, subject to visa restrictions, facing unsafe living situations, facing health concerns that may put them at risk, or working in the healthcare field in a position providing direct patient care. For the most up-to-date housing information, visit the Housing and Residence Life website.

Buildings and Operations

All facilities will close to the general public, including the Student Union Building and the Albertsons Library, and Bronco ID cards will be required for access across campus. For a current list of closures and operations, visit the campus services status webpage.

University Travel

In addition, on the advice of state and federal public health experts, effective March 13 Boise State is also suspending all official university travel through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, with the potential for approval of exceptions through divisional vice presidents.

What the CDC is saying

The Center for Disease Control continues to advise fundamental precautions – social distancing, handwashing, covering sneezes and coughs with an elbow, not touching faces – and they are regularly updating and refreshing online resources, available to the public, with the latest information and updates.

“I understand the personal toll this is taking on our students, our faculty and our staff. We will continue to do all we can to serve our students and our community through this crisis,” – Boise State president Dr. Marlene Tromp

Previous Updates

Update March 27, 2020

Boise State University is committed to doing everything to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Due to an abundance of caution, university leadership has made the proactive decision not to offer any on ground, face-to-face classes for the summer 2020 session.

Update March 25, 2020

Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans. He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic. The statewide stay-home order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 21 days. Governor Little and public health officials will evaluate later whether to extend the order past 21 days.

Update March 23, 2020

In the interest of public health, and following the City of Boise’s local disaster emergency, Mayor McLean issues a Social Distancing order for Boise. The Social Distancing Order will take effect at 12 a.m. March 24, and remains in effect for 30 days.

Update March 20, 2020

Boise State Campus Community Alerted to First COVID-19 Case

Update March 19, 2020

Boise State takes additional steps to preserve safety on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus in Idaho’s largest city

Update March 16, 2020
Update March 13, 2020
Update March 12, 2020
Update March 10, 2020

See this page for archived updates.

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