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Coronavirus Updates

All notifications about the coronavirus, BSC’s response to it, or any impact on students and operations, will be communicated here. 

Learn more about what to expect when students return to campus this fall here

BSC follows guidelines from the ND Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we are aligning our return with the ND Smart Restart Guidelines. The health of our community is our top priority.

JUNE 23 CAMPUS UPDATE: BSC open for Fall semester

Bismarck State College will be open for business this fall welcoming students back to the classrooms and the residence halls.
 
“Our staff and faculty are working diligently to ensure that we offer an outstanding and exceptionally safe campus experience to our students this fall and moving forward,” says BSC President Larry C. Skogen.

Classroom accommodations include technological investments allowing adaptable hybrid classes that will minimize the number of students gathered together, faculty training and socially distanced seating arrangements in gathering areas.

Students living on campus have staggered move-in dates and will be asked to abide by social distancing and hygiene recommendations. The college also has isolation plans in place should a student test positive for the virus. 

Across campus screening stations at building entrances check students, employees and guests for high temperatures and virus symptoms, and masks are recommended when social distance cannot be maintained. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures have been implemented. 

According to Skogen, the college’s return plan is updated regularly in response to changes in the COVID-19 response guidelines issued by the CDC and the state of North Dakota.

The college has been fully operational as a virtual campus since mid-March when classes moved online. Most employees worked from home over the past months providing student services via video, telephone and email. Beginning June 15, BSC employees directly involved with students began returning to campus, and others are scheduled to return by early August. But not all employees will be back on campus full time.  

“The pandemic has allowed us to rethink how our employees work, as well as how we do right by students. It’s likely more employees will work from home moving forward – we are looking at the opportunities this time brings to do our work better,” says BSC Chief Human Resources Officer Angie Friez.
 
Student service areas will continue to offer all virtual campus connection points (email, phone and/or video conferencing) while adding face-to-face options back in.
 
For more information about BSC’s return to campus plan go to bismarckstate.edu/ReturnToCampus.

Return to Campus FAQ

Academic

Q: Will BSC have face-to-face or online classes this fall? 

A: We expect a return to in-person instruction, including most regular campus activities, for the Fall 2020 semester. The key to doing this is to balance your college experience return with reasonable safety measures. We are exploring a variety of options to mitigate the risks including hybrid classes that create a flexible learning environment. We will be guided by best practices and advice from the CDC and the ND Department of Health. We will keep you informed as plans become more well developed. 

 

Q: I’ve heard talk about hybrid classes. What does that mean? 

A: BSC will begin using a technology-enhanced instructional model that allows students and faculty to fully interact in person or remotely beginning Fall 2020. This technology allows for live participation in both in-person and remote class periods and at the same time allows students and faculty that are vulnerable, in isolation or in quarantine to continue to effectively teach and learn. We hope this will help ease concerns as well as mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Most classrooms on the BSC campus will be equipped with the technology to hold hybrid classes, and faculty will be supported over the summer to train and prepare to teach in this innovative model. 

 

Q: Because transmission of COVID-19 will never be zero any time soon, and if a student is or lives with someone at high risk of the virus, how would that student conduct lab classes without putting their own or other’s lives at risk? 

A:?As BSC transitions back to more regular operations, learning will be conducted with the utmost caution following all the safety protocols outlined in the CAMPUS SAFETY section of this FAQ. 

 

Q: I am a returning BSC student. How do I register or get help registering for my Fall 2020 classes? 

A: Fall Registration is being done virtually. Students who were unable to connect with their assigned advisor before the end of the Spring 2020 semester can reach out to the advisors in the Mystic Advising & Counseling Center (MACC) at bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu.

Advisors are also available to assist students in the Energy programs by emailing bsc.energy@bismarckstate.edu

For assistance with registration review the Fall Current Student Registration Guide

 

Q: I already registered, and my courses are listed as on-campus in Campus Connection. What if I can’t attend class because I’ve been exposed to the virus? 

A: BSC will support students through any disruptions caused by exposure to the virus. Most General Education courses have been converted to the hybrid/blended mode for Fall. This allows instructors the flexibility to provide face-to-face instruction or, provide synchronous online instruction for a student who may need to self-quarantine due to exposure to the virus. Technical programs will continue in a face-to-face format and many are designed to provide student support due to health-related disruptions. As always, your instructor will be your first contact to gather more information as needed. 

 

Q: What if I get sick or one of my classmates does and we’ve been in class together? What will happen? 

A: BSC will follow ND Department of Health (NDDoH) protocols and work with the individual to ensure the NDDoH is made aware of the situation. NDDoH will make a determination about the possible exposure, complete contact tracing as needed, and determine the nature of the contact and possible monitoring requirements for the near future. At this time, anyone who came into direct, regular contact with the infected person will need to quarantine for 14 days. Students faced with this situation will work closely with their instructor to ensure their education is not disrupted. The hybrid/blended setup will make that possible. 

Admissions

Q: Can I still apply for admission to BSC for Fall 2020? 

A: BSC continues to accept applications for admission for this fall. Visit bismarckstate.edu/apply for procedures and the application. 

 

Q: Can I schedule a face-to-face campus visit? 

A: BSC face-to-face campus visits will resume on July 13. In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the BSC Admissions office will be guiding students through virtual visit until face-to-face visits resume. 

A virtual visit is a one-on-one with a BSC admissions representative. This customized visit allows for further discussion on the right degree program that matches your goals, financial questions and to review scholarship opportunities available.  

Email?bsc.admissions@bismarckstate.edu or text 701.390.1075 to set up your virtual visit or face-to-face campus visit. 

 

Q: When will the application for Fall 2021 open? 

A: Students interested in applying to BSC for Fall 2021 may begin applying in August. 

 

Q: Who should I contact if I still have questions? 

A: Whether it’s virtual or in-person, know that we are here to help you through this transition and we are all very excited to be part of the next stage in your journey. If you have questions related to your admission to BSC, please reach out to us: 

PHONE: 701.224.5429 | 1.800.445.5073 
TEXT: 701.390.1075
EMAIL: BSC.Admissions@bismarckstate.edu 

Athletics

Q: I am interested in competing in athletics at BSC but since all spring sports seasons were canceled it changed 2020-2021 recruiting. How can I let coaches know I am interested in becoming a BSC Mystic student athlete? 

A: If you are interested competing in college athletics as a Mystic we want to hear from you! Please complete the recruiting form on the BSC Mystics website. Your form will be submitted to each respective coach. 

 

Q: What will sports look like this year for the Mystics? 

A: Bismarck State College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. As of June 19, 2021 the NJCAA released a plan of action for the fall and winter sports season in response to COVID-19. The NJCAA National Office, along with the NJCAA Health and Safety Council, has also issued a list of safety protocol recommendations for member colleges during regular season competition and championship events. 

FALL SPORTS: At this time, the NJCAA will proceed with fall championship sports beginning practice and competition as planned. The volleyball start date for practice will be August 1, 2020, and the first competition date will be August 21, 2020. 

WINTER SPORTS: The NJCAA has carefully considered the winter 2020-21 sports season. With growing uncertainty and the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 later this year, the following changes that have been made and affect BSC are: 

  • The 2020-21 NJCAA Men's and Women's Basketball seasons will be permitted to begin practice starting September 14, 2020. Competition will be permitted to begin starting October 16, 2020 and will be limited between the Thanksgiving holiday and January 1, 2021. 

SPRING SPORTS: At this time, the NJCAA will proceed with spring championship sports, beginning practice and competition as planned. As the spring season approaches, the NJCAA National Office will provide additional guidance on any possible changes as necessary. 

Q: Will Mystics fans be able to attend home sporting events? 

A: At this time, BSC will not host fans at home games, but BSC will livestream all volleyball games at bismarckstate.edu. BSC will continue to revisit this decision as the NJCAA and ND Smart Restart recommendations evolve. More information regarding livestream access will be shared on the Mystic Athetics website and in the BSC Events section of bismarckstate.edu.

Campus Living

Q: What will on-campus living look like this fall? 

A: Residence Life will continue to provide students on-campus housing. Students who have concerns with living on campus are asked to discuss options with Residence Life. 

Students will move in over three days to control the number of people entering a single building at one time. 

Students who need to quarantine will do so in their own rooms. Rooms will be set aside for on-campus students who may need to isolate at any point during the semester. Meals will be delivered to the rooms and Residence Life will provide daily wellness checks to students in these situations. 

Planned day-to-day operational adaptations include providing disinfectant stations for student use and scheduling additional sanitation by campus custodians. We may limit the number of students in lounges and reconfigure furniture in common areas. 

Campus Health & Safety

Q: What safety measures are being implemented to keep the BSC community safe? 

A: To protect our students, employees and guests BSC is implementing the following measures and may modify this list depending on the ND Smart Restart Guidelines and the CDC: 

  • analyzing classrooms and class sizes to determine options for social distancing 

  • evaluating potential adjustments to seating arrangements 

  • acquiring technology to enhance instructional flexibility in classrooms, and allow for instances where an individual may need to be isolated to participate in real-time education 

  • examining course and semester schedules to maximize student experiences and minimize risk 

  • staggering the move-in dates for students living on campus 

  • asking students to abide by social distancing and hygiene recommendations 

  • implementing screening stations at building entrances to check students, employees and guests for high temperatures and virus symptoms 

  • recommending masks be worn when social distance cannot be maintained 

  • providing pre-plated and pre-package foods rather than self-serve and salad bars, and adjusting space-appropriate seating for dining 

 

Q: Will Mystic Marketplace be open to students this fall for dining? 

A: Mystic Marketplace is an important hub on campus for students living on and off campus. They will be open and providing all of their regular dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner but have added extra safety precautions and protocols: 

  • serving food rather than offering self-serve 

  • added signage to encourage social distancing in lines 

  • arranged seating areas to meet health department criteria for distancing 

  • conducting thorough cleaning and disinfecting on a regular and frequent basis, following state and federal public health agencies guidelines, utilizing EPA approved cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants 

  • offering take-out meals to allow students to eat in their rooms 

Event & Facility Rental

Q: Are any events being held on campus now? 

A: Following the guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, the ND Department of Health and the ND Governor’s Office regarding COVID-19, Bismarck State College is hosting very limited events. Events at BSC will be hosted with the utmost caution and event organizers and guests will be expected to follow all safety protocols outlined in the CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY section above. For more information or to inquire about facility rental availability visit bismarckstate.edu/rent.  

If you are interested in having an event on campus, we will do our best to accommodate you based on the current COVID-19 situation. Requests can be made by emailing BSC Campus Scheduling Associate Rachelle Smith at rachelle.smith@bismarckstate.edu

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The health and well-being of our students, employees, stakeholders and campus guests is our top priority. 

 

 

 

BSC Student Resources

Blackboard
All Bismarck State College departments and faculty have determined the best method for teaching their particular programs and classes remotely. BSC uses the Blackboard (Bb) Learning Management System for remote learning and most instruction will be delivered using Blackboard. A section has been created for every course and all students and faculty have been enrolled. Your instructor will be in contact with you regarding expectations during this period.

By clicking the button below, you will be directed to the BSC Blackboard login site.
 
  Blackboard Login    



1. Log in using your NDUS credentials and password.



2. You are now be in the Blackboard site.




3. Click on the MY BSC tab in the top right corner

4. Click on the course you would like to access. Your instructor will provide you with further information regarding what lessons to complete.

5. For assistance with Blackboard, please email bsc.distlearn@bismarckstate.edu
Campus Services Available
BSC campus buildings and offices are open to the public with limited staffing at this time. In order to protect our students, employees and guests we are:
  • Requiring masks
  • Conducting daily screenings at entry points for symptoms and exposure
  • Making hand sanitizer available
  • Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces more frequently
  • Maintaining social distancing
  • Limiting entry points to buildings­­­ to main entrances only

BSC departments continue to work virtually with those who need to do business but prefer to do so virtually. Contact information for those areas is listed below:
 
Coronavirus Financial Assistance
If you are a BSC student and have experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or child care, you may be eligible for emergency financial assistance through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act or the BSC Foundation’s Project Care. To apply, complete the CARES Act Application and someone from BSC will contact you with more information.

   
 
On-campus Labs & Clinicals Safety Protocols
BSC has received approval from the N.D. University System to allow students in a number of technical programs to return to campus to complete the hands-on portions of their coursework that could not be delivered online. All returning students, faculty and employees will be required to adhere to a number of health and safety guidelines. 

In order to protect you we are:

• Requiring masks
• Conducting daily screenings of students and employees at entry points for symptoms and exposure
• Making hand sanitizer available
• Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces more frequently
• Maintaining social distancing in classrooms and common spaces
• Limiting entry points to buildings­­­



If you are in any of these programs, you will receive detailed information regarding your return from your program or department chair.
 
Program  Return to Campus Date 
Auto Collision  May 18 
HVAC  May 18 
EMT  May 18 
Paramedic  May 18 
Medical Lab Tech  May 18 
Energy Services and Renewable Technician  June 1 
Power Generation Technology  June 1 
Instrumentation & Control  June 1, June 8 (specific student groups each date)
CNA Online Class Lab  June 1
CNA Evening F2F Class  June 1
BPS CNA Testing  June 9, 10, 16 & 17 
Welding  June 15 
Electrical Lineworker Group A  June 15
Electrical Lineworker Group B  June 24
Process Plant Technology  June 22 
Auto Technology 2nd Year Students  July 6 
Auto Technology 1st Year Students  July 13 
 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Reports

According to Education Department guidance, colleges that receive funding under Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) are required to report publicly on their websites how they’re distributing the funds.