Student Life FAQ

Student Life

How is JBU making decisions about what the fall looks like?
The COVID-19 Task Force has been working on the application of the ADH and CDC recommendations and requirements.  The president and the university cabinet have prayerfully continued to provide direction with input from faculty and staff.

Updated July 27, 2020 

What will chapel be like this semester?
We will still have chapel because the spiritual formation of our students is the most important part of our mission. It will just look a little different:

Tuesday/Thursday chapel services will now happen in Chapel Groups of about 20 students and be led jointly by faculty, staff and student leaders. A prerecorded worship and message segment will be viewed together, and then faculty/staff chapel hosts will engage students in discussion and prayer. Given space constraints, students will only attend a Tuesday or a Thursday session with their Chapel Group, and they will be required to attend 10 out of the 14 weeks. Students will register for their Chapel Group; information on how to do that will be sent out once the process is open.

Sunday evenings will feature Worship on the Quad, a weekly outdoor service that is encouraged but not required.  A special stage has been built on the quad near the fountain, and students will be asked to sit on the grass with their roommates/family groups and be physically distanced. We’ll require masks to be worn during any singing. Invited faculty and staff will be our speakers. We know that some of these services may inevitably have to be canceled due to weather, but students will be notified by email if that is the case.

Updated July 27, 2020  

Will the Walker Student Center and other hangout spaces be available to connect and study together?
Most of our gathering spaces will remain open, but it is likely that seating will be changed to accommodate physical distancing. JBU is also adding picnic tables and outdoor tents to create more gathering spaces outdoors that can be used for both casual and scheduled events. 

Updated July 27, 2020  


Will the Commuter Lounge be open?
Yes! The lounge will be available from 6 a.m. - midnight with COVID-19 protocols in place. We will limit the number of students in the lounge at any given time so there is room for everyone to be at least 6 feet apart.  We will have cleaning supplies available for anyone to wipe down high touch surfaces (i.e. fridge/freezer/microwave handles). We will require masks to be worn in the lounge except when eating, but we are recommending that students eat in the larger Walker Student Center common areas.

Updated July 31, 2020  

Will I be able to meet with faculty and staff face-to-face, or will all interactions be virtual?
Our student services offices (registrar, student accounts, student development, career development) will be staffed in-person to assist students with routine matters. Locations for face-to-face meetings may need to be adapted, and some will choose to provide some of their services virtually.  We are still focused on making sure that we meet the needs of students. 

Updated July 27, 2020  

Am I allowed to leave campus during the semester?
We are not restraining you to campus during the semester. However, we do ask that you take the JBU community into consideration in your plans and refrain from situations that would create unnecessary risk. We also ask that, per the covenant, you observe physical distancing and wear a mask when you are off campus. (Masks are state-mandated in Arkansas.) Also, please check with the ADH for any travel guidelines requiring quarantine upon arrival back in Arkansas. (There aren’t any currently.)

Updated July 27, 2020   

Am I allowed to travel outside Northwest Arkansas during the semester?
See above.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Can I socialize with non-JBU people off campus?
Of course. We just ask that you continue to observe the covenant requirements regarding physical distancing and mask wearing.

Updated July 27, 2020   

How will pedestrian “traffic patterns” change across campus as we try to physically distance?
In areas where students frequently line up, you’ll notice some “Stand Here” stickers to help with distancing. The cafeteria entrance process will also be different.  Please follow directional signs and please keep physical distance to at least six feet. Otherwise, use your good judgment and try to space yourself as best you can while passing people.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Will we still have fun campus activities?
Of course. Our residence life staff is going to work hard to create events that work within the health and safety parameters and still provide students with creative ways to connect and engage with one another.

Updated July 27, 2020   

What about big traditions like Homecoming, the TP game and Candlelight?
For visitors, Homecoming will be virtual this year because we want to limit the number of outside guests coming to JBU’s campus. Student-based homecoming activities will be determined based on what is allowed by the ADH guidelines at that time. The TP game and Candlelight are a little further off, but it is likely these events will not take place in their usual format.

Updated July 27, 2020   

Will there be a freshman play and fall musical?
We will not have any public performances, but our faculty are working to see what creative solutions they can apply that will fall within JBU’s guidelines, including the streaming of performances.

Updated July 27, 2020