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Returning to Campus Life

Provost Dr. Thomas Burns and Vice President for institutional Effectiveness and Interim Dean of Students Dr. Paula Gill led a Student Care and Support Task Force to examine every aspect of students’ experience at Belmont outside of the classroom, including relevant areas of Campus Life including residential living, dining and student organizations.

Return to Campus Recommendations

In addition to requiring all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus to complete the Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker, Belmont also issued two recommendations for undergraduate students to consider before their return to campus:

Limit Exposure for 10 Days Before Returning to Campus
To the best of your ability, please limit your exposure for 10 days prior to your return to campus by avoiding unnecessary contact with people outside your immediate family. This applies to those returning for move-in to a residence hall and those returning for in-person attendance of HyFlex classes. 

Pre-Return Testing If Possible
While we are not requiring all students to get tested prior to arrival on campus (because access to testing and processing times vary across the country), those with easy access to testing are asked to strongly consider a test before returning. As our medical experts have continually advised us, pre-return testing is not a foolproof strategy as someone can be exposed and infected within minutes of sample collection. However, identification of any positive cases in advance of a return, and delaying the return of such cases, is just another step that can be taken to minimize the risk of an outbreak. If a yet-to-return student reports a positive test, our Health Services team will follow up with that student with the appropriate action plan. 

Residence Life & Spring Move In

Our goal is to accommodate as many students on campus as we can within the recommended guidelines while implementing practices that will prioritize safety.

  • Move-in for residential students is scheduled for January 10, 2021.

The University will be moving forward with traditional roommate/suitemate housing configurations in our residence halls, and all residential buildings will undergo enhanced and frequent cleaning protocols to aid in preventing disease transmission. In addition to the information below, please review the Res Life COVID-19 FAQ page for additional details about residential living this year, including information on visitation, events and social distancing.

  • Isolation/Quarantine Locations
  • Common Areas

Campus Dining

Belmont’s Dining Services provider, Sodexo, is a worldwide leader in food services and facilities operation. Sodexo is taking a cautious, measured approach that gives students the confidence to enjoy meals on campus, as well as the flexibility to choose the dining options that make them feel most comfortable.

  • New Safety Measures

Spiritual Life

University Ministries will continue to provide a variety of resources and opportunities for students to grow in their faith or explore the Christian faith. We will host a wide range of virtual Chapels with engaging Christian speakers this semester through the online WELL Core program. Other WELL Core events will be co-sponsored with various Belmont colleges to engage with Christian perspectives on topics such as politics, healthcare, music, filmmaking, science and law. We have worked with our 21 Faith Development Organizations to ensure students have the opportunity to connect with a Christian community or small group on campus. 

All University Ministries programming will follow the gathering guidelines established in Nashville’s Roadmap for Reopening as well as any additional University guidelines.

You can sign up for more information if you are interested in learning more about these or other opportunities to get connected to spiritual life on campus!

University Ministries will also continue to provide pastoral care for students. If you are in need of prayer or just need someone to talk to, let us know here and someone will be in touch with you. Please refer to our website for the most up to date information about programming and other opportunities!

Student Success & Support

A new “front porch” portal has been created to help connect Belmont students to a variety of support services across campus while also providing answers to many frequently asked questions: Ask BU.

In addition, the sites below may also be helpful for students looking for specific services.

  • Health Services & Pharmacy
  • Counseling Services
  • GPS: Growth & Purpose for Students
  • Multicultural Learning & Experience

Student Organizations & Events

To mitigate the spread of the virus and prevent cases on Belmont's campus, all Student Life programming will begin the semester virtually. To start the academic year, all Student Clubs and Organizations must adhere to the following policies:

  • Student Clubs and Organizations will not be permitted to meet in person or host in-person events on or off campus until further notice.
  • Student Clubs and Organizations will not be permitted to table in person until further notice.
  • Student Clubs and Organizations will not be permitted to travel until further notice.
  • Faculty/Staff advisors of Clubs and Organizations will not need to be present at virtual meetings and events.(Advisors will need to be present at in-person events and meetings as soon as they start back up.)

Belmont will work with student organizations to ensure campus events can move forward virtually. These policies and campus practices will be reevaluated throughout the semester and modified based on campus data and city-wide recommendations.

Fitness & Recreation

We all know the importance of exercise to our physical and mental health, and Belmont’s Fitness & Recreation team is working on innovative approaches to support our Be Well BU philosophies. While the Rec Gym, Fitness area, Group Fitness room, Tall Hall studio gym and the climbing wall are currently closed, FitRec staff are providing a number of online resources and videos, including free personal training, for all Belmont community members. Details can be found here.

University Travel

To prevent unnecessary risks, there will be no University-sponsored student or employee travel, either international or domestic, this spring unless specifically approved by senior leaders.