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 

 

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