In my personal conversations with students, student leaders, and our SGA, I know recent transitions in personal and school lives have been challenging. The same is true for our faculty and staff who had to quickly change to remote work while supporting all of you from a distance. One thing that drew me to MBU was the small campus and ability to connect and have relationships with students. The faculty and staff know about the lives of their students and are able to support them in unique ways.
Given the changes to Spring 2020 academic policy, we hope students understand the reasons behind the decision (located on the COVID-19 -> FAQs -> Students & Parents -> “How Will MBU Handle Grades”) as well as help you personally navigate the end of your classes and finals.
· Faculty understand the complexity of COVID-19 and the challenges it has created for students accessing technology and engaging in online learning. Be in contact with your faculty if you are experiencing difficulty that has affected your academics. Faculty will extend grace and will work individually with students to help best represent their academic ability. Dr. Chambers, MBU’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has provided many options to faculty on how they can work with students through a variety of ways due to these challenging times.
· Contact the Provost Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you feel unheard by a faculty member or are having difficulty reaching a faculty member. The Provost’s Office will communicate with your professor, and their Dean or Division Chair.
· If you are thinking about Withdrawing from any class by April 24, consider this a last option because we:
o First, encourage you to speak with your faculty member(s) and ask what options they can use to extend grace to you.
o Second, if you believe your final grade does not represent your academic ability consider filing a Final Grade Appeal. This process protects both students and faculty.
o Third, if you ultimately believe withdrawing is your best option, speak with the Academic Success Center or your Faculty Academic Advisor to understand how it may affect you specifically based on your current academics and future academics before withdrawing.
· Use your student success resources, which are still available online (all of these are listed on the Canvas “Walk to Class” course and click the “Student Resources” at the bottom of the homepage). Utilize those resources including:
o Video tutoring through the Academic Success Center
o Writing Lab
o Faculty to explain in course concepts
As we start summer, please know that MBU continues to be here for you and your success. COVID-19 has disrupted families, jobs, access to resources, and so much more. Please
, be in contact with the University about your unique situations. If your family has lost their jobs, if you are unable to find work, if you have trouble locating housing, or any number of things – please keep the Academic Success Center, Student Financial Services, and Student Development informed. To do that, you can contact email@example.com and the Division of Student Development will continue to work to help you continue as a student and be supported.
Make sure to check your MBU email frequently over the summer and watch for communications from MBU about university resources.
All of our faculty and staff are praying for our students and cannot wait for the day when we are able to come back together as a community in person.
I can’t wait to see you soon,
Dr. Benjamin Lion, Vice President for Student Development
Missouri Baptist University
Student Online Resources and Contact Information
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Graduate Affairs: Graduateoffice@mobap.edu
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Records Office: Recordsoffice@mobap.edu
Financial Services: FinancialServices@mobap.edu
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Office of Advisement: firstname.lastname@example.org