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Updated June 19, 2020 8:00 a.m.
Wayland Baptist University Releases Expanded Fall Dates
For the past five months, Wayland Baptist University president Dr. Bobby Hall has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 crisis. President Hall and the Cabinet leadership team, along with members of the WBU Emergency Response Team and other specialized workgroups created in response to COVID-19, have met weekly to discuss issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the Wayland family. We have been carefully and prayerfully planning for your safe return and stay with us during the coming academic year.
Our plan is the result of the detailed review of the most recent guidance available from national and state health authorities and consultation with top higher education and athletic associations - all with your well-being in mind. Wayland’s face-to-face classes held this summer at our external campus locations indicate our safety and sanitation measures worked well and it gives us confidence as we prepare to open the Plainview campus for the fall 2020 semester.
The move to open a week earlier than normal, offer no Fall break and wrap up classroom instruction before Thanksgiving is designed to minimize back-and-forth travel to different cities for students, faculty and staff. The earlier start along with a slightly compressed schedule also reduces the overall risk to our students and employees. The adjustments help us avoid the start of the traditional flu season when some experts predict a spike in COVID-19 cases. This model is supported by prevailing research and best practices and aligns WBU with the prevalent fall schedule emerging nationwide in higher education. Although it does not eliminate the possibility that the coronavirus may spread, this approach positions Wayland to provide the same high level of education, service and Christian care that it has been known for since 1908.
Wayland is committed to academic integrity. We will make every effort to provide the full range of course delivery options – face-to-face, hybrid and online – that we have successfully embraced for decades. Wayland has been teaching online since 1997 and our professors were prepared to move to real, meaningful college classes online due to the coronavirus outbreak last spring. If necessary, we are fully prepared to do so again. Please know that no matter how our instruction is delivered, we remain committed to providing you with the best education possible.
Wayland is also committed to a vibrant student life, athletic, and campus experience. The new calendar better positions us to align with the current sports schedules outlined by the Sooner Athletic Conference, the NAIA, and other athletic associations. Protocols for our student life and athletics will address how to safely navigate daily life on campus. Other adjustments will be made to benefit our students including revised room and meal plans to accommodate the new fall schedule. Details are being reviewed and will be made available soon.
We’ve heard you say you want to be back on campus and we are excited to get the Wayland Family back together again. We’ve missed you and look forward to seeing you back on campus this Fall.
Updated June 17, 2020 3:00 p.m.
Wayland Plainview Will Start Fall Classes Aug. 12
Dear Wayland Family:
I pray you are finding ways to enjoy and stay healthy this summer, even as your university is preparing in the current COVID-19 environment for the return of on-campus classes in Plainview this fall. All of our efforts center around supporting the health and safety of the Wayland community and providing the same high quality of Christian education expected at Wayland.
Our COVID-19 Response Team was charged with planning the fall semester. Evidence indicates that instances of the flu typically increase in the late fall and that COVID-19 could spread in a similar pattern during that same timeframe. It also appears that travel increases the potential for exposure to the virus. Based on this research and planning, a revised academic calendar has been adopted for the Plainview campus.
The results of the situational analysis allow us make the announcement today that the fall calendar for Plainview Campus instruction will be adjusted to begin classes on Wednesday, August 12, a week earlier than originally scheduled and students will not return to campus following Thanksgiving until Spring semester classes begin on January 11.
These changes apply to the Plainview Campus only. External campus and WBUonline schedules remain unchanged.
Listed below are the most pertinent details at this time. Please check our website as we will be providing more detail in the immediate future.
- Student Athlete move-in and training will begin Thursday & Friday, August 6th & 7th
- Faculty & Staff professional development meetings will be conducted on Friday, August 7th
- Koinonia begins Saturday, August 8th and continues through August 9th
- The dining hall will open Sunday, August 9th
- Plainview move-in for new students will be Monday, August 10th
- Add/Drop will be Monday, August 10th
- Late Registration will occur on Tuesday, August 11th
- Classes begin on Wednesday, August 12th
- Classes WILL meet on Labor Day, September 7th, and we will NOT have a Fall Break
- In-person classes end Friday, November 20th
- Final exams will be administered remotely November 30th - December 7th
- Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, December 12th, with appropriate protocols being taken to ensure the health and well-being of all those participating.
For a full 2020 Fall Semester Schedule please visit our website at: 2020-2021 Academic Calendar
While this semester will not follow our traditional schedule, we are committed to making it meaningful for our students. Please know we are taking the appropriate measures, as outlined by those at the CDC and state agencies, to ensure we do all we can to provide the safest and most secure environment for our Wayland Family. Thus, the challenges presented by COVID-19 give us the opportunity to once again be Pioneers and to become more innovative and imaginative in every attempt to maintain our quality Christian education in a safe and secure environment.
Please know that I begin each day in prayer for Wayland, specifically for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. I hope you will join me as I pray that the Lord provides protection for our community and moves us to continue to identify positive, creative learning experiences from the challenges we face in today’s world.
Bobby L. Hall, Ed.D.
Updated May 14, 2020 12:00 p.m.
UPDATE: Wayland issues statements on Returning to Campus, Room and Meal Refunds and the CARES Act.
Return to Campus
On May 18, many of the buildings on Wayland campuses will begin to reopen while carefully following recommended protocols to keep students, employees and visitors safe. Wayland continues to practice CDC and EPA approved disinfecting and sanitizing procedures to help keep our facilities clean and safe. Signage will be posted on campuses to remind everyone about social distancing and other CDC guidelines. It is important we do our part to keep our buildings, our visitors, and our Wayland family safe as we return to campus.
All employees will need to complete the Wayland Health Survey prior to May 18, 2020. Students taking May and Summer classes must also complete the survey prior to May 18.
Buildings will have a single point of entry for all students and visitors and everyone will be screened before entering the building. Everyone entering a Wayland building must complete the Wayland Health Survey prior to entry. Students and employees can complete the survey online while guests will have a paper option at the point of entry.
All Wayland employees and students will be required to wear a face covering while on campus. It is the responsibility of the employee and student to provide their own mask at this time. Visitors to any campus will also be required to wear face covering while on campus.
For a detailed look at the complete campus protocol as outlined by Wayland’s Emergency Response Team, click here.
Room and Meal Refunds
We have completed the process to determine room and meal cost adjustments for the spring semester as well as the potential refund or balance reduction to student accounts. We have contacted affected students via their Wayland email addresses outlining the process moving forward. Wayland has developed specific guidelines for adjustments as they apply to our Plainview Campus room and meal plans. To view those details, click here.
Room and Meal Refund Spring 2020 FAQs
To view some of the most common questions regarding the room and meal adjustments, click here.
CARES Act Grant for Affected Students
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Wayland has been allotted grant funds that are to be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. These funds are to be disbursed to students and will not be applied to any balance students may carry at Wayland. Federal guidance gives Wayland the discretion to determine the amount each grant, and Wayland has chosen to disburse those grants equitably across all students deemed eligible by federal regulation.
In an effort to make these funds available to our students as quickly as possible, Wayland is pleased to announce that the application process for these funds will open on May 15. This process will include completing a very brief institutional application and will also require that students complete a FAFSA if they have not already done so. It is important to understand that this is not a competitive process, and all applications will be reviewed. Note that due to federal regulation regarding grant eligibility, completing an application will not guarantee receipt of grant funds.
Much more information will be released in the coming days regarding these grant funds, including federal eligibility requirements and a link to the webpage housing the application, as well as instructions on how to apply.
Updated May 4, 2020 3:00 p.m.
UPDATE: WBU President Announces All Campuses Will Open This Fall
I am pleased to inform you that Wayland Baptist University classes will return to our normal schedule of on-campus delivery this Fall while continuing our traditional online course offerings. We are currently making arrangements to reopen all of our campuses this Fall and conduct operations as normal. I commend our students, employees, and supporters for their fortitude and commitment to Wayland during this unprecedented time.
I recognize the importance of the college experience for all students at all Wayland campuses and am confident that our faculty and staff will provide you with the best educational experience possible whether it be in person or online. With more than a century of experience in delivering classes on campus and more than two decades of teaching courses and full degree programs online, Wayland is well prepared for today’s changing higher education environment.
The decision to reopen our campuses was not made lightly. As we map out the plan to reopen our classrooms, laboratories and residence halls, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the communities we serve. We will continue to follow CDC-recommended protocols and governmental guidance to ensure a healthy experience for everyone.
Like most universities, Wayland was compelled to move all instruction online in March as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because we had been offering a significant number of courses fully online since 1997, our faculty and staff were well equipped to make the instructional adjustment and our students also did remarkably well adjusting so quickly.
Starting in August, we are planning a full return to campus life as before, but we will remain prepared to adjust to online delivery should conditions warrant. We know that relationships that are built through social proximity, achieved both face-to-face and online, are one of the best things about our Wayland family. Whether you are returning to a physical Wayland campus for face-to-face classes or continuing with a fully online degree program, we look forward to welcoming you home!
Here is my commitment to you. Wayland will remain vigilant and will adhere to any state and federal guidelines that may remain in place in order to protect you and our employees so we may offer you a world-class Christian education, now and in the future.
God bless you, stay healthy, and I look forward to welcoming you back on campus this Fall.
Bobby Hall, Ed.D.
Updated April 30, 2020 5:00 p.m.
We continue to pray for you as you navigate the final weeks of the spring term. We are proud of your resilience in these challenging times and we want you finish the semester strong.
Wayland is constantly monitoring the updates released by Governor Abbott and other health authorities surrounding the coronavirus. We remain committed to your safety and will follow those directives as they apply to higher education.
With registration for summer classes underway, we wanted to let you know that we are here to help. Wayland was well prepared for the disruptions caused by COVID-19, and we are committed to helping you as we all move forward. We are ready to deliver your education in an environment that is both safe and flexible enough to adapt to whatever comes our way – all while maintaining the quality you’ve come to expect from WBU.
Here are a few things we want you to know:
- Summer classes will continue at all campuses.
- Classes will be delivered in a face-to-face/hybrid format with the capability to shift online if needed.
- As always, online classes are available through WBUonline.
- Registration for the Summer term is open!