COVID-19: The latest news from Boise State
Updated May 22, 2020
On May 22, Boise State announced its current reintegration plan overseen by a campus committee with guidance from public health experts, state and local government officials, and other subject matter experts. The committee will continue to provide more specific information for all areas of the campus community as plans evolve.
The university will offer a blend of face-to-face, remote and hybrid educational experiences designed to keep students safe, on track and meaningfully engaged. We genuinely look forward to bringing our community back together. Barring any federal, state or local regulatory or public health prohibitions, the university intends to return, in part, to face-to-face, campus-based instruction this fall. In order to achieve appropriate physical distancing, small classes will be moved to larger classrooms, and large classes will either be reduced in size or relocated to large rooms in the Student Union Building (SUB) or other campus facilities. Because the university does not have the capacity to reduce the size or relocate all face-to-face classes, some classes will be delivered remotely and some will be a hybrid model, which combines the two. It is our hope that offering a range of course delivery options will give students maximum flexibility to choose the course delivery method(s) that best meets their needs.
By July 15, the university’s registration system will be updated to include modes of instruction, which will designate course sections as face-to-face, online, or hybrid. We are designing courses to ensure that students continue to progress in their educational goals and are meaningfully engaged with each other and their faculty — with a special emphasis on the experience of first-year students, general education at all levels, labs, studio-based courses, and capstone and seminar courses.
Current operations at Boise State
Athletic Practices and Competitions
The university will resume athletic practices and competitions when it is safe to do so. Our Broncos are eager to practice and compete. In order to keep our students healthy, student athletes will not be able to practice until they have a negative COVID-19 test result, and will undergo testing at regular intervals thereafter. Athletics’ staff will ensure that equipment, training tables and other high-touch surfaces are disinfected regularly. Contact-practice will occur under strict supervision with facial coverings (where appropriate), regular symptom checks and testing, and enhanced safety and hygiene measures.
Although the NCAA and the Mountain West Conference (MWC) have not issued final guidance, we are aware that games or competitions may be reduced, delayed by weeks or even months, may occur without spectators, or may be canceled entirely. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Departments and student organizations should leverage remote technology to reimagine traditional face-to-face meetings, conferences and events as virtual experiences through the fall semester. We know people are eager to connect with their teams and peers, but our aim is to keep everyone on campus, and every step we take to mitigate risk helps us do so. This fall, meeting and event space will be prioritized for academic course delivery, and thereafter to meet the essential service and business needs of the university. Additional updates regarding on-campus events will be shared as decisions are made.
The university will welcome residential students back to campus this fall, reserving adequate space to self-quarantine or isolate exposed or infected residential students. In order to keep our campus safe and open for instruction, campus residents may be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing immediately prior to leaving home, or upon arrival in Boise. Based on guidance from the university’s medical staff and public health professionals, additional periodic COVID-19 testing may be required over the course of the semester. The university is still exploring campus-based testing options and will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Buildings and Operations
Until at least July 7, all facilities are closed 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. There is also a webpage listing the current requirements for working on campus.
University-sponsored travel will be suspended through the end of the calendar year. We recognize that some travel is vital. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but those who travel may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return or until they complete COVID-19 testing and are cleared to return to campus in accordance with university-based standards.
Public Health Strategies
Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear facial coverings and observe physical distancing and other public health practices on campus for as long as university medical staff and public health professionals advise us to do so. These actions create a healthier environment and will help campus remain open. In addition, the university will employ enhanced cleaning protocols in all spaces, and classroom and common areas will be cleaned with greater frequency with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended disinfectants. The university may remove some interior doors to allow for touchless entry and exit, and will likely establish one-way pedestrian traffic patterns in campus buildings and on crowded pedestrian paths. The university will develop a brief safety and hygiene training video for faculty, staff and students to view before returning to campus.
“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
Update April 30, 2020
In anticipation of forthcoming changes to the Governor’s stay home order, information is being provided to the campus community regarding the university’s plans to safely scale back up to a fully open campus.
Update April 15, 2020
The university will suspend campus events and summer camps through July 5. University staff members are working with event organizers to reschedule events and to convert planned in-person gatherings into remote events. The university will review public health guidelines and recommendations in early June, and will announce an update on the status of remaining summer events on June 11.
Update April 15, 2020
Governor Brad Little has extended a statewide stay-home order for all Idahoans until April 30. Governor Little and public health officials will evaluate whether certain businesses and services can reopen amended safety protocols in place after April 30.
Update April 3, 2020
In recognition of many Boise State students being adversely impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – perhaps most significantly by the sudden transition from in-person to remote instruction on March 13 – all undergraduate and graduate students will be allowed to invoke pass/fail grading for their spring 2020 courses.
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
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
- Mayor McLean Announces Closure of City of Boise Facilities
- Governor, Legislature advance additional $1.3 million to ensure continuity of essential government services amid coronavirus concerns
Update March 13, 2020
- Boise State Will Deliver All Courses Remotely For The Remainder Of The Spring Semester; Research, Most Other Functions Will Continue
- Governor Little issues statement following first confirmed case of coronavirus in Idaho
- Idaho State Board of Education Back Institution Plans for Online Instruction in Wake of Coronavirus
- Governor Brad Little declares a State of Emergency in Idaho to free up resources to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
Update March 12, 2020
- Statement Regarding Athletic Events
- The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has posted Interim Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Public Events in Idaho.
Update March 10, 2020
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