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Coronavirus Updates

Bismarck State College is relying on the guidance of ND Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to plan the college’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The health of our community is our top priority.
 
This is a constantly changing situation, and the college will post all updates here. Students and employees will receive email communication with additional relevant details. 
 
In this time of uncertainty, the college is grateful for the strength, patience and understanding shown by our campus and larger community.
 

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
Student FAQ

(Updated: 04/23/2020) This FAQ is updated frequently. Check back often for answers to your questions. 
 

ACADEMIC QUESTIONS 

Q: When will we know if summer and fall classes will be switched to all online as well? 

A: Summer classes have all moved to a fully online format. At this time, Fall semester classes will be offered as normal with face-to-face, online and hybrid options.
 

Q: How should we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester? Do you feel in-person classes may be canceled? 

A: As of April 20, BSC, along with the other NDUS institutions, are hoping to have students back on campus learning in the classrooms. BSC will be ready to shift to an online setting should the need arise during the 2020-21 academic year. Our goal is to ensure that our students’ education will not be disrupted.


Q: Will the carpentry students time count to get their certificate? They aren't able to do much online. 

A: Our goal is to keep make sure you receive the degree you are pursuing. Students enrolled in an experiential learning lab or hands-on courses in programs like carpentry, will be able to complete their programs over the course of the coming year through a variety of options. The chair of your program department will contact you regarding those options and how to move forward. 
 

Q: Why can’t we do our labs so we can get our degree on time, go to work and not have to come back in the summer?

A: To complete your degree, you will need to complete your learning labs or hands-on requirements by Spring 2021. You will not be charged any additional tuition or fees, and a number of options will be available to you.
 

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. Depending on guidelines in place throughout the coming months, students and faculty may be required to wear masks and gloves. Classes may be limited to 10 or fewer, and entry points may include a temperature reading for each student. More information will be shared as those decisions are made.
 

Q: Is there any thought about moving the grading system to just a pass fail rather than letter grades for this semester?

A: BSC will not be adopting a pass/fail system. We have enacted a number of changes to ensure students can be successful. We extended the deadline for completing coursework related to incomplete grades from mid-Fall to the end of Spring 2021. At this time, any face-to-face coursework required will be scheduled beginning in early July. As such, flexibility has been given to the assignment of incomplete grades to help students complete coursework and minimize negative impact. Students should contact their instructors or department chairs with specific questions or the Mystic Advising & Counseling Center at 701.224.5752 for general questions about grades.


Q: Will final exams be held for dual credit/early entry classes? 

A: Yes. Dual credit/early entry classes will still have final exams.  
 

Q: Fall 2020 Current Student Registration began April 1. How do I register or get help registering if campus is closed to the public and operating as a virtual campus? 

A: Fall Registration will be done virtually.  

  • Fall 2020 class registration is now open.
  • Students are encouraged to connect with their assigned advisor via email for virtual assistance with class registration, degree planning and applying for graduation. Students can find their advisor’s contact information in Campus Connection.  
    • Follow the instructions here.
  • Students who are unable to connect with their assigned advisor can also 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: Since it is time to enroll for current students for the Fall 2020 semester, are the classes that are available to choose from the only ones being offered? 

A: All available classes can be found in the BSC Academic Catalog (catalog.bismarckstate.edu). The classes listed are the available classes. Should we need to transition online again, they will transition to an online format.  
 

Q: Do you anticipate changes to schedule options for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19? 

A: The fall semester classes are available for registration at this time. Unless the situation requires otherwise, BSC plans to resume regular operations during the fall semester.
 

Q: Where do I go for help accessing online courses? 

A: Your instructors will be in contact with you regarding expectations during this period. We anticipate most instructors will use Blackboard, BSC’s learning management system (LMS).

  • To learn more about how to access online classes go to bismarckstate.edu/coronavirus under the Student Resources for Online Learning header, click on Blackboard.
  • For additional BSC Blackboard assistance, email bsc.distlearn@bismarckstate.edu  
  • If you are having trouble accessing your courses, email your instructor.


Q: Is tutoring still available now that all classes are online only? 

A: Tutoring is available online.  The online tutoring schedule is available here.  

Q: Are student accessibility services still available now that all classes are online only? 

A: Student Accessibility Services are available for students needing to request accommodations. Students with disabilities can get more information by emailing bsc.accessibility@bismarckstate.edu or by calling 701-224-5671 (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


Q: What will happen to classes in programs that are almost completely hands-on like art, lineworker, carpentry, auto collision, etc? 

A: Decisions regarding hands-on technical courses, labs, studio time, ensembles and the like are still being determined. Students affected by these decisions will receive more information from their instructors. 


Q: I don’t have internet at home – how can I take online classes? 

A: Students are asked to alert their instructors if they don’t have the resources to complete their classes online and they will connect you with the BSC Information Technology (IT) department to help you access the resources you need. 
 

Q: Will we be forced to drop out if we do not have access to a computer and are not able to complete the courses? 

A: No. If you are struggling or in need of assistance (financial difficulties, technology barriers, personal concerns, general well-being) contact the MACC: 701.224.5752 or bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu and they will help you find the funding or services you need.

Also, temporary computer lab with four computers is set up in the BSC Student Union for student use only. The computers have course-specific software students and printing is available. The BSC Student Union hours are 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM. The computer lab in the BSC Library will be available during library hours

Students are asked to alert their instructors if they don’t have the resources to complete their classes online and they will connect you with the BSC Information Technology (IT) department to help you access the resources you need. 


Q: Can I meet with people on campus face to face? 

A: BSC is restricting public access to most buildings on campus, but the college will continue to provide academic and student support services throughout the end of the semester via telephone and email. 


Q: Will Summer 2020 registration still begin on March 23? 

A: No changes have been made to registration dates or starting dates for our summer or fall sessions at this time. We will keep you updated should that change. 

BSC Summer Registration opens Monday, March 23, 2020. All registration and advising will occur remotely. Please review your academic requirements report in Campus Connection and contact your advisor via telephone or email for assistance in selecting classes.

BSC Fall Advising and Registration for current students begins April 1. More information on this will be coming soon. 


Q: Will the BSC Bookstore be open if I need to purchase textbooks for a class? 

A: Books purchased from the BSC Bookstore will be available for pickup from 7:30 AM to 4 PM (M-F) at Mystic Java only, next to the BSC Bookstore. Students are encourage to order books online from the BSC Bookstore at bismarckstate.edu/bookstore. Shipping is FREE for all orders.

 

FINANCE QUESTIONS 

Q: I received an email from BankMobile regarding emergency funding. Is it legitimate or a scam?  

A: Bismarck State College, as well as many other higher education institutions, utilizes BankMobile for our refunding processes. The email is legitimate. The email is an effort by BankMobile to have students set up their refund preference and/or update their contact information for any future refunds they may be eligible for at the Institutions they are enrolled. BankMobile will be sending a follow up email to students to clarify the information they previously received.
 
A number of financial grants and assistance are available to college students through the CARES Act. Please contact the MACC to learn more at bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu or bsc.counseling@bismarckstate.edu.
 
BSC students should continue to check the BSC website COVID-19 updates as well as your campus email for any information regarding your student account at BSC.
 

Q: Will college students that are claimed on parents’ tax returns get any money out of the new plan?  

A: Any person age 17 to 24 who was claimed as a dependent won’t be eligible for the $1,200 payment or the $500 child bonus that is part of the stimulus act.
 

Q: Why should students only be refunded a third of the amount for dinning and housing services while they only used half of the semester’s worth of services?  

A: The refund was calculated using prorated credits to students for unused housing and dining services based on SBHE Policy 830.2 Refunds. Credit amounts were estimated at approximately 30% of billed and paid amounts; amounts may be prorated for students still residing in campus housing after April 10, 2020.
 

Q: Since everyone is now online, do those that were charged the online distance fee get reimbursed?  

A: They will not. Distance charges are built into the model that determines our tuition rates. However, if you are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, these costs could be reimbursed through our available emergency funds. Please contact the MACC: 701.224.5752 or bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu and they will help you find the funding or services you need.


Q: What if I am struggling to pay my bill for the Spring 2020 semester? Is there a payment plan option available?  

A: Bismarck State College is offering a monthly payment plan option to students with a Spring 2020 balance who may be experiencing challenges in paying their balance. You must enroll by May 1, 2020 to be eligible for a payment plan. Click here for more information and to enroll in the payment plan option.
 

Q: What if I can't make my payment this month?  

A: While we ask that students make their best effort to pay their bills, BSC Student Finance will not apply late fees during the month of April. If you have any issues making payments, contact Student Finance at bsc.studentfinance@bismarckstate.edu and we will work with you. 


Q: How do I make payment in my Campus Connection account?  

A: Online payments can be made through your student Campus Connection account.  Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your Campus Connection account. 
  2. Click on Financial Account > Pay Online Now.  (You will click Pay Online Now twice)
    • It may take up to a minute to connect to Touchnet, which is our payment gateway for online payments at Bismarck State College.
  3. Your student account balance screen will appear so click on Make Payment
  4. You will see options to pay current balance, amount due or pay by term. You can select any of these and then enter the amount you would like to pay in the empty box listed to the right of your selection. 
    • Payment can be made with credit/debit card or check
TIPS for paying online:
  • Internet Explorerer seems to work best with Pay Online Now.
  • If using Safari as your web browser, you will need to go into your Privacy Settings and turn off Cross-Site Tracking and Block All Cookies.
  • Is using Google Chrome as your web browser, you will also need to enable cookies.


Q: Can I still mail my payments?  

A: Yes, check payments can be mailed to our Student Finance office at the address listed below:
           Bismarck State College
           Student Finance
           PO Box 5587
           Bismarck, ND 58506

 

Q: How do I get my refund?  

A: Bismarck State College has partnered with BankMobile to deliver refunds to students.  If you have checked your Campus Connection account and see a credit on your account, or you are trying to access a refund already issued, you will want to set up your refund preference.  This can be done in your Campus Connection account by following these steps:

  • Click on Financial Account Direct Deposit BSC
  • Choose BSC as your school which will redirect you to BankMobile’s website
  • Follow the steps to set up your refund preference
  • For more information check out the BSC website


 

CAMPUS QUESTIONS 

Q: What student resources are available while BSC is operating as a virtual campus? 

A: BSC is restricting public access to most buildings on campus, but the college will continue to provide academic and student support services throughout the end of the semester via telephone, email and limited access to computer labs. 

  • Computer Labs:
    • Student Union – 4 computers available with course-specific software loaded, open 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., M-F.
    • BSC Library Computer Lab – open to BSC and NDUS students, faculty and staff with school ID during library hours
  • Library:
    • Virtual campus library hours and services available here

Other services available:

 


ON-CAMPUS RESIDENT QUESTIONS 

Q: Do students who live on campus need to return home to take classes online? 

A: Students who currently live on campus are being asked to return home to finish their classes online. Exceptions are being made for students who need to remain living on campus for various reasons.

Students who live on campus must complete the mandatory housing form found in the Housing Self Service. Sign in and find the form under Application/Contracts. All students – whether moving out or staying on campus through the semester – must complete this form. 

Students should not enter a residence hall unless they have completed the necessary forms. Students who need to enter their residence hall and have not completed the forms are asked to notify BSC Student and Residence Life at 701-224-5464 or bsc.housing@bismarckstate.edu to schedule an appointment for admittance.  


Q: If students are returning home, how will they retrieve their personal belongings? 

A: Students who are currently living on campus that need to move out of their residence hall should contact BSC Student and Residence Life at bsc.housing@bismarckstate.edu to make the necessary arrangements to check out. 

Students who need to enter their residence hall are asked to notify BSC Student and Residence Life at 701-224-5464 or bsc.housing@bismarckstate.edu to schedule an appointment for admittance. Students should not enter a residence hall unless they have an appointment. 


Q: Will students who do not return to campus receive a refund for residence hall expenses and meal plans? 

A: BSC will provide prorated credits to students for unused housing and dining services. Credit amounts will be estimated at approximately 30% of billed and paid amounts; amounts may be prorated for students still residing in campus housing after April 10, 2020.  


Q: What services will still be available for students who will continue to live on campus? 

A: Services such as security, food service and housing for students residing on campus will continue and BSC employees will be physically present in these areas as long as there are students living in the residence halls. The BSC Student Union (Doors B, D and F) will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those services. 

BSC Mystic Marketplace will be open to students living on campus. 
11 am–1 pm: Lunch Service/Grab & Go 
1–4:30 pm: Grab & Go 
4:30–6:30 pm: Supper Service/Grab & Go 
*All food service will be at the BSC Mystic Marketplace pick-up window only. The dining area will be closed and students are asked to take their meals back to their residence hall.

BSC Mystic Java will be open to students living on campus. 
7:30–11:30 am: Breakfast items will be available 

BSC Safety & Security will be working on campus. They can be reached at 701-224-2700. 


Q: What should students living on campus do if they think they’ve been exposed to the virus or if they get sick? 

A: Students who think they have been exposed COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are feeling ill are asked to notify their residence hall staff or BSC Student and Residence Life at 701-224-5645 or bsc.housing@bismarckstate.edu immediately. The student should immediately quarantine/self-isolate in their room and will receive further guidance and assistance from BSC Student and Residence Life. 

 

EVENT QUESTIONS 

Q: Are any events happening on campus now? 

A: All events held on campus now through Sunday, May 3, have been postponed or canceled in order to help mitigate spread of the disease. This date could be extended if necessary due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. 


Q: Will the BSC 2020 Commencement ceremony still take place? 

A: It was with very heavy hearts that Bismarck State College made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional 2020 BSC Commencement ceremony at the Bismarck Event Center because of the coronavirus pandemic. While an in-person commencement event can’t happen, we would like to officially recognize and celebrate you and your achievements in a new way.

BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. (CST) at bismarckstate.edu.


A BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement Watch Party will be held at the same time on the BSC Facebook page allowing students, family, and friends to watch together and share congratulatory messages for BSC graduates. Watch for more details coming soon on the BSC website and the BSC Facebook page.

All Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 graduates are encouraged to participate in the BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement. Details on how to participate have been emailed to all graduating students who have completed their Application for Degree. Students who have NOT completed their Application for Degree should do so here: bismarckstate.edu/applyforgraduation. Students must submit their Application for Degree by April 15 to participate in the BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement. Participation details will be emailed to you once your Application for Degree has been received and accepted. 

 

Virtual Campus Services Available
Campus buildings will not be open to the public and will remained locked during this time. BSC departments will work virtually with those who need to do business with those areas. 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 
 

BSC Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 8: BSC Student Update
BSC Students,  
 
It’s been a long couple of months, but the end is near! I know you are wrapping up your courses, finishing finals, and wondering how you’ll move forward. Read on to find out what BSC is planning over the next two terms, and how that affects you.
 
  • Fall Semester will occur in person: The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education has determined that the North Dakota University System colleges, including BSC, can plan for in-person education in the Fall. We are working diligently to incorporate a number of health and safety measures to ensure that you will be safe here and that our plans align with state and federal guidelines. When you return you will see precautions taken across campus possibly including temperature screenings at building entrance points, hybrid classes that limit the number of students gathered in person, embedded course technologies, as well as changes in residence halls, food services and accommodations to ensure social distancing. As these decisions are finalized in the coming months, you’ll receive additional information specific to your situation. Please know that while campus life will be altered, our commitment to your education and your college experience has not changed. And we are so looking forward to having you with us, safely, in the fall. 
    • Register today! IF you haven’t registered for fall, you are encouraged to connect with your advisor via email for virtual assistance with class registration and degree planning. Find your advisor’s contact information in Campus Connection.
    • For assistance with registration review the Fall Current Student Registration Guide
 
  • Summer labs and clinicals: 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. 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 
 
  • Summer classes: Other than the hands-on labs noted above, classes offered for the summer term will be offered online only. This especially impacts the following sessions:
    • 1st 4-week Session (06/08/2020 – 07/05/2020)
    • 8-week Session (06/08/2020 – 08/02/2020)
    • 2nd 4-week Session (07/06/2020 – 08/02/2020)
    • You can still register for summer on Campus Connection
    • Review the Student Registration Guide for help registering
  
  • Financial help is available: 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, fill out the application found here and someone from BSC will contact you with more information
    • If you have questions, please contact the BSC Mystic Advising and Counseling Center at bsc.counseling@bismarckstate.edu.
 
Other information to know: 
  • The 2020 BSC Virtual Commencement will be held Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m. online at bismarckstate.edu and a Watch Party will be held on the BSC Facebook page at the same time. Join us to virtually cheer on your graduating friends! On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the BSC 2020 [VIRTUAL] COMMENCEMENT will be televised on the KFYR-TV, KUMV-TV, KMOT-TV and KQCD-TV stations at 12 p.m. (cst).
     
  • Masks are mandatory: In order to ensure the safety and health of all students, employees and visitors, it is required that masks are worn on campus at all times, until further notice. 
     
  • If you need to return or sell your Spring semester books, go to https://bismarckstate.edu/forms/buyback/ to learn more about our free shipping.  
 
Thank you for your patience, persistence and resilience over these extraordinarily challenging weeks. Life as we’ve known it has seemed to be on hold during this pandemic, but, remember that your future is not. BSC is here to help you move toward your educational goals. We’re moving forward and looking forward to having you with us this fall and summer.  
 
Take care and stay well,

Daniel Leingang, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs

 
April 28: Positive COVID-19 Case

Earlier today the BSC community received notice that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. First and foremost, our thoughts are with that person as they combat their illness. This person was working on campus and thanks to the quick work of our team and the Department of Health all known contacts had been notified by BSC and the ND Department of Health by Tuesday, April 28 at 3 p.m. Any employee who has been in contact with this individual will be quarantined at home for 14 days as per the direction of Burleigh County Health and the ND Department of Health. Any buildings where this individual worked are receiving deep and repeated disinfection. Additionally, we are reviewing our practices to ensure safety for others currently working on campus, and our intention is to continue operating as a Virtual Campus through May 15 and maybe longer.

Employees and students will likely have a number of questions. Please refer to the ND Department of Health resources found here.

The North Dakota Department of Health conducts interviews with all persons diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine who their close contacts are. People who are identified as close contacts are notified by the North Dakota Department of Health and receive instruction on quarantine and monitoring. Click this link for a fact sheet on being a Close Contact.

If you have not been contacted by the North Dakota Department of Health after you have been in the same location with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, you are not considered a close contact but should continue to follow social distancing guidance, good handwashing hygiene and stay home if you become sick.

April 24: BSC Campus Operations Update
BSC will remain a Virtual Campus through May 15. This means very few employees will be physically on campus. Those on campus include limited Buildings & Grounds employees and those providing security, food, and housing for students who need to live on campus. All other office services will be working remotely. We will extend virtual operations as needed. 

Campus buildings will not be open to the public and will remained locked during this time. BSC departments will continue to work virtually with those who need to do business with those areas. Contact information for those areas is listed below:
 


CAMPUS EVENTS

BSC Celebrity Sighting BINGO Now through April 30, BSC students, employees and the community are invited to stroll the quiet sidewalks of campus – while practicing safe social distancing, of course – to hunt for celebrities in the windows of every campus building. Find celebrities. Play BINGO. Win prizes. Learn more HERE

The BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement and Facebook Watch Party will be held Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m. LIVE at bismarckstate.edu and on the BSC Facebook page. Come together with students and their families to watch the virtual commencement and share congratulatory messages with our BSC graduates.  
 
April 17: BSC Summer Semester Update

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, BSC has decided to move all summer courses online. The change will especially impact the following sessions: 

·      1st 4-week Session (06/08/2020 – 07/05/2020) 

·      8-week Session (06/08/2020 – 08/02/2020) 

·      2nd 4-week Session (07/06/2020 – 08/02/2020) 

In the short-term, the originally scheduled mode of instruction (online or face-to-face) will remain on the class schedule within Campus Connection; however, you will receive multiple communications from campus to ensure clarity around this change.  

If you are enrolled in an experiential learning lab or a hands-on course offered during other sessions during the summer semester, the chair of your program department will contact you regarding changes to those classes.  

Student support remains available: You are encouraged to use our resources to complete your educational goals.  

  • Before you make course enrollment adjustments, you are strongly encouraged to reach out to your advisor or to members of the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center (MACC). 
  • If you are struggling or in need of assistance (financial difficulties, technology barriers, personal concerns, general well-being), please don’t hesitate to contact the MACC for services and information.
  • Contact the MACC: 701.224.5752 or bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu.

On behalf of all BSC faculty and staff, we wish you the best as you pursue your academic goals during this challenging time. Be well and take care. 

April 14: BSC Student Town Hall Meeting set for April 17
Dear BSC students and families,  
 
Please join me, President Larry C. Skogen and other campus leaders for a Live Student Town Hall Meeting on Friday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. We’ll  answer your questions and talk about refunds, virtual student services, remote classes, and more during the coronavirus pandemic. This meeting will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. 
 
Join us for this live meeting by clicking here on Friday.   
 
Please submit your questions by Thursday at noon by clicking here.  
 
Feel free to invite your family members.  If you can’t attend the livestream, the Student Town Hall will be recorded and posted at bismarckstate.edu/coronavirus. All questions will be added to the Student FAQ found there also.   
 
Thank you and stay well! 
 
 

Larry C. Skogen, Ph.D.
President
Bismarck State College
PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
701.224.5431
 
April 8: BSC Student Academic Update

In order to better serve our students during the coronavirus pandemic, BSC has adapted a number of policies and procedures to better support you.  

Drop date moved to later date: To ensure all students have appropriate time to make decisions regarding their courses, BSC has extended the last official date to drop a course. The last date to drop for the regular 16-week session was moved from April 9 to May 8.  

  • Other sessions have been moved accordingly based on their unique start and end dates.  
  • This new information has been posted on the BSC Academic Records Website
     

Incomplete grades flexibility: The deadline for completing coursework related to incomplete grades given this spring and summer has been extended from mid-Fall to the end of Spring 2021. At this time, face-to-face coursework or required labs that haven’t been made available, or are not possible to complete online, will be scheduled for early July. Students in these courses will be hearing from their instructor and/or the Department Chair about the specific dates. At this time, any face-to-face coursework required will be scheduled for early July. As such, flexibility has been given to the assignment of incomplete grades to help students complete your coursework and minimize negative impact. Students will be contacted by the instructors to approve/sign a form noting they will receive an “I” (incomplete) in their course until the face-to-face portion of the course remaining is completed. 

If you plan to graduate in May, an incomplete grade will not hold up graduation; you can participate in the virtual graduation ceremony. Your official Certificate or Degree will be sent to you once your incomplete courses have been completed. 
 

Student support remains available: We encourage all students to stay in your courses, and work to earn the best possible grade. 

  • Before you make course enrollment adjustments, you are strongly encouraged to reach out to your advisor or to members of the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center (MACC).  
  • If you are struggling or in need of assistance (financial difficulties, technology barriers, personal concerns, general well-being), please don’t hesitate to contact the MACC for services and information.  
  • Contact the MACC: 701.224.5752 or bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu 


On behalf of all BSC faculty and staff, we wish you the best as you pursue your academic goals during this challenging time. Be well and take care. 

April 3: BSC Campus Operations Update
All Bismarck State College events are now cancelled through May 31: This includes all non-BSC events held on campus. Events were previously canceled through May 15 but that has been extended through the end of May.

BSC will remain a Virtual Campus through April 30. This means very few employees will be physically on campus. Those on campus include limited Buildings & Grounds employees and those providing security, food, and housing for students who need to live on campus. All other office services will be working remotely. We will extend virtual operations as needed. 

Campus buildings will not be open to the public and will remained locked during this time. BSC departments will continue to work virtually with those who need to do business with those areas. Contact information for those areas is listed below:
 
March 30: BSC Student Update

Thank you for your efforts in working with BSC faculty and staff as we move through this challenging situation. The following updates are provided as the college continues to prioritize the health and safety of the campus community. 

 

RESIDENCE LIFE ACTION ITEMS & REFUNDS 

Refunds and Resident Hall and Meal Plan Credits: BSC will provide prorated credits to students for unused housing and dining services. Credit amounts will be estimated at approximately 30% of billed and paid amounts; amounts may be prorated for students still residing in campus housing after April 10, 2020.  
  • Please refer to your CampusConnection account to view your account changes. 
  • If you are due a refund, ensure your refund preference is set up in CampusConnection. Student Finance office processes refunds weekly.  
  • Contact us or refer to the Student Finance area of the BSC website for tips on setting up your refund preference. 
On-campus residents action required: Students who live on campus must complete the mandatory housing form found in the Housing Self Service. Sign in and find the form under Application/Contracts. All students – whether moving out or staying on campus through the semester – must complete this form. 
  • Checkouts must be completed by April 10, 2020 at noon. For more information contact your residence hall coordinator or Student and Residence Life at 701.224.5464 or bsc.housing@bismarckstate.edu 

 

STUDENT FINANCE 

No late fees applied in April: While we ask that students make their best effort to pay their bills, BSC Student Finance will not apply late fees during the month of April.

 

ACADEMICS 

As we continue into this this week of online/remote teaching and learning, students are expected to: 

  • Regularly check their BSC e-mail and course Blackboard shells for ongoing communications from their faculty. Faculty members will share their expectations for course assignments, participation and engagement. 
  • Meet expectations outlined by faculty during this time just as they would if the course were being held face-to-face. 

If you have specific questions about a course or assignment, we encourage you to contact your instructor. If you are encountering other difficulties related to this transition to online/remote learning (financial difficulties, technology barriers, personal concerns, etc.) we encourage you to contact the Mystic Advising & Counseling Center (MACC) at 701.224.5752 or bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu or complete the Student General Concern Report at https://bismarckstate.edu/forms/GeneralConcernReport/ .   

Meeting with your advisor: Fall Registration will be done virtually.  

Academic Support 

EVENTS 

While plans have changed for an in-person Commencement, we are throwing a virtual event for our graduates! Join us for the BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. (CST) at bismarckstate.edu. 
 
A BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement Watch Party will be held at the same time on the BSC Facebook page allowing students, family, and friends to watch together and share congratulatory messages for BSC graduates. More details coming soon! 

Details on how to participate have been emailed to all graduating students who have completed their Application for Degree. Students who have NOT completed their Application for Degree should do so here: bismarckstate.edu/applyforgraduation. Students must submit their Application for Degree by April 15 to participate in the BSC 2020 Virtual Commencement. Participation details will be emailed to you once your Application for Degree has been received and accepted. 
 

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Go to the Student FAQ section at the top of this page.

 

March 25: BSC Student Update - Returning from Spring Break

Welcome back and welcome to the BSC Virtual Campus! 

As you dive into Spring semester fully online tomorrow, we want you to know that all of us at BSC – from President Skogen (see a message from him here), to your instructors, to the support staff on campus – are committed to your success during this unprecedented time.  

Make sure to reach out to your instructors with any questions or concerns and know that all the BSC services you expect – advising, counseling, tutoring and more – remain available to you in this virtual campus environment.   

Read on or go to bismarckstate.edu/coronavirus to access the following information and more.

 

Programs with Labs and Clinicals 
BSC is working diligently to move labs to a virtual setting. Where that isn’t possible, we are reviewing several scenarios that will ensure students learn the skills needed to earn their degrees. At this time, no labs will be held on campus. 

 

Blackboard 

To learn more about how to access online classes go to bismarckstate.edu/coronavirus. Under the Student Resources for Online Learning header, click on Blackboard. For additional BSC Blackboard assistance, email bsc.distlearn@bismarckstate.edu

 

Summer Registration

Summer registration opened Monday, March 23. All registration and advising will occur remotely. Review your academic requirements report in CampusConnection and contact your advisor via telephone or email for assistance in selecting classes. Fall advising and registration begins April 1. 

 

Room and Board Refunds 

Information regarding room and board refunds will be coming soon. 

 

BSC Virtual Graduation/Commencement

The traditional in-person Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony will be replaced with a BSC 2020 Virtual Graduation. This event will occur at the same time and on the same date: Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m. More information will be shared in coming weeks.  

 

All the best to you in the coming weeks. Stay well, stay healthy and know that we have faith in your abilities to thrive in hard times.  

March 20: BSC Student & Campus Update

As coronavirus spreads and additional recommendations have been provided by state and federal officials, BSC is taking additional significant steps to help slow the progression of this virus in order to protect our students, employees and community.  

We previously announced that BSC classes would be delivered online Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, April 5. This has changed. 
 

BSC classes will be delivered online beginning Thursday, March 26 through the last day of the semester Friday, May 15, 2020. Decisions regarding hands-on technical courses, labs, studio time and ensembles are still being determined, and you will receive more information soon.  


Your instructors will be in contact with you regarding course expectations through Blackboard or email once classes resume on Thursday, March 26.  Additional course details regarding the plan for the remaining semester will follow. We anticipate most instructors will use Blackboard, BSC’s learning management system (LMS). 

  • To learn more about how to access online classes go to bismarckstate.edu/coronavirus - under the Student Resources for Online Learning header, click on Blackboard
  • For additional BSC Blackboard assistance, email bsc.distlearn@bismarckstate.edu 
  • For students who do not have the technology needed to complete their classes online, please contact your instructor. 

Additionally, beginning Monday, March 23, BSC service areas will operate as a Virtual Campus until further notice. This means very few employees will be physically on campus. Those on campus include limited Buildings & Grounds employees and those providing security, food, and housing for students who need to live on campus. All other office services will be working remotely. We will extend virtual operations as needed. 


STUDENT RESOURCES – COMPUTER LABS, ACADEMIC ADVISING, ETC.
 
BSC is restricting public access to most buildings on campus, but the college will continue to provide academic and student support services throughout the end of the semester via telephone, email and limited access to computer labs.   

  • Computer Labs 
    • Student Union
      • 4 computers are available with some course-specific software loaded. 
      • Open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
    • Library  
      • Open Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
      • Additional computer lab access and/or hours of those noted above will be evaluated and adjusted as needed.
         
  • BSC Library  
    • Open Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
    • On-site use limited to current BSC students, faculty, and staff; NDUS students. Must show current BSC or NDUS ID. 
    • Library computer lab open  
    • Library online resources (e.g., online catalog, multidisciplinary databases, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, streaming music) available 24/7 
    • Ask a Librarian - Call, email, or schedule an online consultation 
    • Need more or updated information visit the Library’s website  
       
  • Academic Tutoring  
  • Advising 
  • Student Accessibility  
  • Personal Counseling  
    • Personal counseling is available during regular hours and after hours. 
    • Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or after hours call 701-224-5752 
    • bsc.counseling@bismarckstate.edu  

 

STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS 

While BSC is encouraging all students to return home, we know that some students may need to remain. BSC Residence Life has communicated with all campus residents regarding the safe collection of their belongings. If you have questions call or email 701-224-5464 or bsc.housing@bismarckstate.edu.  

  • Information regarding possible room and board refunds will be shared as those decisions are made. 
  • Security, food service and housing for students residing on campus will continue as long as students are living in the residence halls.  
    • The BSC Student Union is open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those services. 
  • Questions, please contact BSC Student and Residence Life: 

 

SUMMER AND FALL REGISTRATION 

No changes have been made to registration dates or starting dates for our summer or fall sessions at this time. We will keep you updated should that change. 

  • Summer registration opens Monday, March 23, 2020. All registration and advising will occur remotely. 
    • Please review your academic requirements report in CampusConnection and contact your advisor via telephone or email for assistance in selecting classes.
  • Summer Schedule of Classes 
  • For assistance with registration review the Summer Current Student Registration Guide
  • Fall advising and registration for current students begins April 1 
  • More information will be coming soon. 

 

EVENTS  

All events held on campus through May 3 are cancelled or postponed. We expect a decision to be made about Commencement within the week. We will make any announcement at that time.   

  • IF Commencement is cancelled, BSC will focus on how best to recognize and celebrate our 2020 BSC graduates in new ways.



During this unprecedented time, please know that BSC is fully committed to your education. Online learning can be challenging for many reasons and learning during a pandemic is new for all of us. Please do not hesitate to ask for help, guidance and support from your instructors and the many support services noted in this email. BSC will work with each student to help you succeed.  


HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Go to the Student FAQ section at the top of this page.

March 19: COVID-19 BSC Update
In light of most the recent information and guidance from the ND Governor’s Office and the ND Department of Health regarding COVID-19, beginning Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 5, Bismarck State College will revise daily operations and transition to a Virtual BSC Campus. This situation will be revisited regularly and virtual operations will be extended if needed.

During this time:
 
  • Services such as security, food service and housing for students residing on campus will continue and BSC employees will be physically present in these areas as long as there are students living in the residence halls. The BSC Student Union (Doors B, D and F) will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those services.
     
  • BSC Buildings & Grounds employees will provide continuing maintenance of the physical campus leveraging all social distancing and safety guidelines.
     
  • Campus buildings will not open to the public and will remained locked during this time. BSC departments will work virtually with those that need to do business with those areas. Contact information for those areas is listed below:
  • All BSC staff able to complete their duties remotely will be doing so. Arrangements are being made for those employees who cannot telecommute.
     
  • Beginning Thursday, March 26 most BSC classes will be delivered online through Sunday, April 5. As this situation evolves, this date may change. BSC will provide regular and ongoing communication to students during this time. Students will receive additional information and direction via email on Friday, March 20.
     
  • At this time, it is planned to have limited access to computers and printing for students. Hours and availability will be included in a future update.
     
  • All events held on campus now through Sunday, May 3, have been postponed or canceled in order to help mitigate spread of the disease. This date could be extended if necessary due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.
The college’s crisis management team will continue to assess the situation and will communicate with students, employees and the public on a regular basis.

If you have questions not answered here, contact BSC Dean of Students Jay Meier at jay.meier@bismarckstate.edu. For media inquiries, contact BSC Communications Manager Juanita Lee at juanita.lee@bismarckstate.edu.
March 16: NJCAA Activities Announcement

Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately.

"In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year," stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. "As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes."

Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play.

Regarding eligibility for spring sports, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation.

Along with the cancellation of competition, all on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15 with further evaluation to be assessed at that point in time. 

The NJCAA will explore the opportunity to expand allowable Letters of Intent for spring sports for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years under the recommendation of the NJCAA Eligibility Committee.

The NJCAA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

March 15: BSC Student Housing & Food Service Update
Beginning Thursday, March 26 most BSC classes will be delivered remotely through Sunday, April 5. As this situation evolves, this date may change. BSC will provide regular and ongoing communication to students, employees and the public.

Students are encouraged to remain away from campus during this time period. If necessary, students who have contracts for housing and dining will be able to live on campus. Additional information will be provided to students living in campus housing regarding how to request this accommodation.
March 15: COVID-19 BSC Update
In light of the most recent information regarding coronavirus and in order to help mitigate spread of the disease, BSC will extend its spring break for three days through end of day Wednesday, March 25. Beginning Thursday, March 26 most BSC classes will be delivered remotely through Sunday, April 5. As this situation evolves, this date may change. BSC will provide regular and ongoing communication to students, employees and the public.

STUDENT COURSEWORK
Students will receive more specific information regarding their programs, classes, labs and clinicals from their instructors or program directors via their bismarckstate.edu email and in Blackboard in the coming days.

STUDENT HOUSING AND FOOD SERVICE
We are encouraging students remain away from campus during this time period. If necessary, students who have contracts for housing and dining will be able to live on campus. Additional information will be provided to students living in campus housing regarding how to request this accommodation.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS
At this time, the college will continue daily operations. Employees should work with their supervisor regarding their work schedules. Employees are encouraged to practice social distancing (i.e., avoiding events and situations that put them in close contact with many people).

At this time, the BSC Aquatic and Wellness Center will be closed Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22.

NEXT STEPS
The college’s crisis management team will continue to assess the situation and will communicate with students, employees and the public on a regular basis. All student and public communications from BSC can be found at bismarckstate.edu/coronavirus.

If you have questions not answered here, contact BSC Dean of Students Jay Meier at 701-224-2701 or jay.meier@bismarckstate.edu. For media inquiries, contact BSC Communications Manager Juanita Lee at 701-224-2597 or juanita.lee@bismarckstate.edu.
March 15: BSC Student Coursework Update
Beginning Thursday, March 26 most BSC classes will be delivered remotely through Sunday, April 5. As this situation evolves, this date may change. BSC will provide regular and ongoing communication to students, employees and the public.

Students will receive more specific information regarding their programs, classes, labs and clinicals from their instructors or program directors via their bismarckstate.edu email and in Blackboard in the coming days.
March 15: BSC Campus Operations Update
Beginning Thursday, March 26 most BSC classes will be delivered remotely through Sunday, April 5. As this situation evolves, this date may change. BSC will provide regular and ongoing communication to students, employees and the public.

At this time, the college will continue daily operations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Employees should work with their supervisor regarding their work schedules. Employees are encouraged to practice social distancing (i.e., avoiding events and situations that put them in close contact with many people).

At this time, the BSC Aquatic and Wellness Center will be closed Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22.
March 13: NJCAA Activities Announcement
The BSC Mystics Baseball season was postponed today after the NJCAA suspended all spring competitions from Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 3. The NJCAA will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed. Learn more about the NJCAA decision here.
March 12: BSC Student Coursework Update
BSC Spring Break will take place March 16-20 and no classes will be held during this time. BSC classes will resume on Monday, March 23.
 
THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS THE SITUATION CHANGES. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF CHANGES VIA THE BSC EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM.
 
Students living on campus are asked to take essential belongings, academic materials, laptops and medications with them for Spring Break to be prepared for changes to this rapidly evolving situation that may occur while they are off campus.
 
Those students who would prefer not attending in-person classes, are free to make arrangements with their individual instructors. They will be accommodated to the extent possible in completing their courses online.

Faculty members who, for any reason, believe themselves to be at greater risk are encouraged, at their discretion and in consultation with their Dean, to arrange to offer the remainder of their courses for this semester online. We ask that students be respectful of this decision.
March 12: BSC Travel Update
COLLEGE-SPONSORED TRAVEL
As of today, all out-of-state college-sponsored travel is canceled until further notice.
 
Decisions regarding BSC athletic competitions will determined based on the direction of the conference, region, and national organizations. Refer to the BSC athletics website for the most updated information.
 
BSC PERSONAL TRAVEL
BSC is recommending employees follow CDC travel guidelines which include practicing social distancing by avoiding large crowds, keeping space between you and others, and frequent handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based product. Once you return home, please be vigilant for the development of any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. 
 
All campus community members should be aware that if you travel, it may be suggested that you self-isolate for 14 days depending on where you’ve traveled to and from, even if you do not exhibit symptoms. Review a list of currently impacted areas that require a self-quarantine here.
March 12: BSC Events Update
At this time, all BSC events will move forward as scheduled. This decision could change in the future as the situation evolves. Affected groups will be notified. Refer to the BSC events calendar for updated event information.

People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible. This includes older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes.
March 12: COVID-19 BSC Update II

As we are all aware, coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world. North Dakota currently has one reported case of COVID-19.  
 

  • COVID-19 appears to pose the greatest risk to older adults and those with underlying and chronic health conditions.
  • Although the health risks seem lower for younger, healthy adults when they contract the virus, they can still serve as carriers of the virus to more vulnerable individuals.
  • Large gatherings of persons in close quarters pose an increased risk.
 
Bismarck State College is approaching this from a Bismarck-Mandan community perspective, and today consulted with the University of Mary and United Tribes Technical College, our local school districts as well as the ND Department of Health, the Governor’s Office, Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota University System (NDUS) Chancellor. Across the NDUS, each institution is making decisions best for their community.
 
“All decisions are subject to change as this situation evolves. Our goal was to create the least amount of disruption to our students’ education. We will reassess the situation daily,” says BSC President Larry C. Skogen.
 

AT THIS TIME, BSC will take the following protective measures and actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 with the knowledge that this is a rapidly evolving situation that may change at any time:

CLASSES/ACADEMICS
BSC Spring Break will take place March 16-20 and no classes will be held during this time. BSC classes will resume on Monday, March 23.
 
THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS THE SITUATION CHANGES. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF CHANGES VIA THE BSC EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM.
 
Students living on campus are asked to take essential belongings, academic materials, laptops and medications with them for Spring Break to be prepared for changes to this rapidly evolving situation that may occur while they are off campus.
 
Those students who would prefer not attending in-person classes, are free to make arrangements with their individual instructors. They will be accommodated to the extent possible in completing their courses online.

Faculty members who, for any reason, believe themselves to be at greater risk are encouraged, at their discretion and in consultation with their Dean, to arrange to offer the remainder of their courses for this semester online. We ask that students be respectful of this decision.
 
CAMPUS OPERATIONS
Campus Operations will continue as usual. All employees should continue their regular work schedules unless advised otherwise by their supervisor. Employees are encouraged to practice social distancing (i.e., avoiding events and situations that put them in close contact with many people).
 
BSC Building & Grounds is following the best practices recommended by the ND Department of Health to maintain the health and safety on campus including frequent disinfecting of surfaces in common areas.  
 
The BSC Mystic Marketplace is enhancing all sanitation practices in the dining center and replacing self-serve items with individually packaged offerings. 
 
EVENTS
At this time, all events will move forward as scheduled. This decision could change in the future as the situation evolves. Affected groups will be notified. Refer to the BSC events calendar for updated event information.

People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible. This includes older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes.

COLLEGE-SPONSORED TRAVEL
As of today, all out-of-state college-sponsored travel is canceled until further notice.
 
Decisions regarding BSC athletic competitions will determined based on the direction of the conference, region, and national organizations. Refer to the BSC athletics website for the most updated information.
 
BSC PERSONAL TRAVEL
BSC is recommending employees follow CDC travel guidelines which include practicing social distancing by avoiding large crowds, keeping space between you and others, and frequent handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based product. Once you return home, please be vigilant for the development of any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. 
 
All campus community members should be aware that if you travel, it may be suggested that you self-isolate for 14 days depending on where you’ve traveled to and from, even if you do not exhibit symptoms. Review a list of currently impacted areas that require a self-quarantine here.

LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION

 
This is a new challenge not only for BSC, but for the broader community in Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota, our country, and our world. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation with local, state and federal public health officials. We encourage everyone in our campus community to take care of your physical and emotional health as we navigate this situation.

Finally, we understand that this decision may differ from other institutions’ decisions. But, as stated before, we made this decision in consultation with those agencies listed above with the best interests of our students and the Bismarck-Mandan community.  

If you have questions not answered here, contact BSC Dean of Students Jay Meier at 701-224-2701 or jay.meier@bismarckstate.edu. For media inquiries, contact BSC Communications Manager Juanita Lee at 701-224-2597 or juanita.lee@bismarckstate.edu.

March 12: COVID-19 BSC Update

This morning, BSC is meeting with our community partners to determine how best to move forward in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. There have been announcements from other ND schools and we are meeting to determine the best path for BSC and the rest of our community. We will share our plan of action with students, campus and the public by the end of the day, today.  

We encourage everyone to continue to take preventative measures to avoid this disease, colds and flu:  

  • Avoid contact with sick people  
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol 
  • If you are sick, stay home
March 12: BSC Campus Operations Update
Campus Operations will continue as usual. All employees should continue their regular work schedules unless advised otherwise by their supervisor. Employees are encouraged to practice social distancing (i.e., avoiding events and situations that put them in close contact with many people).
 
BSC Building & Grounds is following the best practices recommended by the ND Department of Health to maintain the health and safety on campus including frequent disinfecting of surfaces in common areas.  
 
The BSC Mystic Marketplace is enhancing all sanitation practices in the dining center and replacing self-serve items with individually packaged offerings. 
March 10: COVID-19 BSC Update

Spring break begins March 16. BSC will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and determine whether any change in our operations is needed. If BSC takes any action that affects students, you will receive an update during Spring Break via the BSC Emergency Notification System. 

North Dakota Department of Health reports ZERO CASES of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) reported in N.D., but BSC remains vigilant and prepared.?  

The NDDoH and our local public health unit encourage all persons to take preventative measures to avoid this disease, colds and flu: 

  • Avoid contact with sick people 

  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol 

  • If you are sick, stay home. 

If you are traveling over Spring Break: 

  • Avoid contact with sick people 

  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol 

  • Pay attention to your health for 14 days after your return 

  • Stay home and seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing 

  • Avoid travelling if you are sick 

 
Building and Grounds is following the best practices recommended by the ND Department of Health (NDDoH) to maintain the health and safety on campus including frequent disinfecting of surfaces in common areas.  

If you have questions, contact BSC Dean of Students Jay Meier at 701-224-2701 or jay.meier@bismarckstate.edu . For medical care contact your doctor or clinic. Additional information on coronavirus is available on Sanford Health and CHI-St. Alexius websites. 

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.