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MBU main campus courses to move online through April 3

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Saint Louis, March 12, 2020—In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, in-person courses offered on Missouri Baptist University’s main campus will temporarily transition to an online format from March 16-April 3.

The University is currently on spring break through March 15. In-person graduate and undergraduate courses that met on MBU’s main campus will resume online via Canvas, MBU’s Learning Management System, no later than Thursday, March 19. Students should, however, check Canvas daily for class updates beginning March 16.

Students should continue to monitor https://www.mobap.edu/coronavirus-advisory/. Additional questions can be directed to Covid19response@mobap.edu. Responses will be made within 60 minutes of receipt either by phone or email from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

The proactive move was made in an effort to protect the University community’s health and well-being while continuing to provide uninterrupted educational services to main campus students. Currently, there are no known cases of Coronavirus at MBU. If MBU were to learn that a student, faculty or staff member has been exposed to the virus the University would require a self-quarantine, along with notification to the St. Louis County Department of Health. If a member of the MBU community tests positive for the virus, notification will be immediately disseminated.

During the transition, MBU’s main campus will remain open. Student services, including resident life, library services, academic support and athletics, will be operational and available for students. Students are asked to seek every avenue to live off campus between now and April 5. 

The University’s main campus will undergo a deep cleaning of all surfaces as recommended by the CDC.

Given the potential for exposure and CDC recommendations for social distancing, MBU has made the following decisions:

  • If possible, all student programming scheduled through April 3 will transition to a virtual format, be postponed or canceled.
  • The University’s School of Nursing will continue to meet face-to-face. Any changes to classes offered at MBU’s Regional Learning Centers (RLCs) will be determined by the RLC dean/director and will be communicated on https://www.mobap.edu/coronavirus-advisory/.
  • Off-campus, experiential learning, including internships, student teaching and clinicals, will continue as planned (unless canceled by the host organization).
  • Student athletes will receive additional clarification related to team activities from the Athletics Department and their coaches.
  • All University-sponsored student and employee travel, both international and domestic, scheduled for March 16-April 5 has been cancelled unless approved by senior administrators.
  • Spectator-free athletic events will occur until further notice. MBU will work to live-stream as many competitions as possible. Live-streaming can be viewed at: https://mbuspartans.com/.
  • At this time, plans for MBU’s spring commencement remain unchanged.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.

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