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COVID-19 Response

Since early 2020, Belmont University has worked closely with local and state public health officials and followed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of all campus members in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, six task teams are intensively working to learn, innovate and design solutions to the multitude of factors related to re-opening campus for the Fall 2020 semester. This site will provide ongoing updates, information and resources for Belmont students, faculty, staff and visitors. Please review the site content thoroughly and email with any questions.


Return to Learning Update  May 26, 2020

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher provided additional details on the University’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester in emails to students, faculty and staff based on the work of the Return to Learning team. All decisions are being made with the goal of continuing to offer students the opportunity to “Be Belmont” – and be AT Belmont – while minimizing risk to students, faculty and staff:

  • Students will have options to return to Belmont for on-campus classes that may have a mix of in-person and online features or to enroll in a semester of fully remote learning.
  • Start and end times for on campus classes will be staggered as a measure of density control.
  • The Academic Calendar for Fall 2020 will be shortened. Classes will begin Aug. 19, but final exams will be completed by Nov. 20. To allow this, classes will be held on Labor Day, Fall Break will be canceled and other adjustments will be made to class duration and the amount of outside-of-class engagement to ensure delivery of the full content of course work.

See the full May 26 announcement for additional details. 


Return to Work Update  May 27, 2020

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher announced a three-phase plan to gradually and carefully return employees to campus:

  • Phase 1 is currently underway with a small group of employees whose jobs are best done from campus or who are critical to ongoing operations.
  • Phase 2 will begin soon, with supervisors notifying selected additional employees to prepare for a return to campus as early as June 8.
  • Phase 3, the last phase of returns, will target late June/early July for a return with all employees returning by July 6.

See the full May 27 announcement for additional information on new campus safety protocols around social distancing, hand washing, wearing face masks and personal health screenings as well as for details about related campus supplies and upcoming required educational workshops. 



May 27, 2020: Return to Work Update

May 26, 2020: Return to Learning Update

May 12, 2020: Planning for Fall 2020

April 16, 2020: Details Announced on Pass/Fail Options 

April 9, 2020: Summer 2020 Courses Moving to Online Instruction 

April 8, 2020: Pass/Fail Grading Option Being Offered for Spring 2020 Courses 

April 8, 2020: Summer Orientation to Be Conducted Virtually, Summer Camps Cancelled 

April 6, 2020: Gratitude for Faculty and Staff Response 

April 6, 2020: Room and Board Refund Details Announced

March 31, 2020: New Maymester Course Options Announced 

March 22, 2020: Belmont Responds to Metro Nashville ‘Safer at Home’ Order 

March 20, 2020: Remote Learning Model Extended for Spring Semester, Commencement Postponed

March 18, 2020: Remote Student Support/Resource Information

March 16, 2020: Room and Board Refunds to Be Offered

March 10, 2020: Spring Semester Schedule Changes Announced in Light of Coronavirus

March 5, 2020: Health Guidelines Provided for Spring Break Travel

February 28, 2020: International Spring Break Study Abroad Programs, Mission Trips Cancelled

January 27, 2020: Health Information Update, Precautions Regarding Coronavirus