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BSC Smart Start


Bismarck State College is committed to providing the best possible in-person classroom and experience while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and the public.

The BSC COVID-19 Risk Levels Chart outlines the guidelines and protocols followed on campus at each risk level.

The BSC Smart Start Return to Campus Guide was originally published on Aug. 7, 2020 and is revised as necessary in response to changing circumstances and relevant guidance.
(Updated 10.16.2020)

What to do if you test positive or are a close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19

If you are a BSC on-campus resident or off-campus student and you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive, notify BSC so we can provide services during this time. Questions, call the BSC COVID Hotline at 701.224.2690.

 

BSC COVID-19 Dashboard

Updated 12/03/2020

 
 


ACTIVE
CASES


MONITORING
CASES


PENDING
CASES


RECOVERED
CASES

 BSC On-Campus
 Residents

1

9

1

 47

 BSC Off-Campus
 Students

10

21

0

143

 BSC Employees

4

3

1

45


Active Cases = Individuals who have tested positive
Monitoring Cases = Individuals who have been identified as a close contact by NDDoH or who have self-imposed quarantine/isolation as they believe to be a close contact
Pending Cases = Individuals who have self-imposed quarantine/isolation pending test results
Recovered Cases = Individuals who have recovered
BSC On-Campus Residents = Students living on campus at the time of diagnosis
BSC Off-Campus Students = Students not living on campus at the time of diagnosis
 

This dashboard reports the current BSC COVID case status. The data is self-reported by BSC students and employees and updated daily to reflect numbers from the previous day. Data from the weekend is included with Monday’s numbers. Cases have been tracked with this dashboard since August 24, 2020.

For information regarding COVID-19 in Burleigh/Morton County and the state of North Dakota, visit ND Department of Health

Questions? Contact:
BSC VP of Student Affairs Kaylyn Bondy
kaylyn.bondy@bismarckstate.edu

BSC Monday COVID Testing Events

BSC holds a free, one-hour COVID-19 testing event every Monday for BSC students and employees in the BSC Armory (use the east facing entrance) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to be tested should sign up for a time slot and pre-register at testreg.nd.gov to expedite the process on testing day. Anyone previously tested for COVID-19 does not need to pre-register at testreg.nd.gov.

BSC testing events are conducted by Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health. A statewide schedule of free testing event dates, times and locations can be found at ndus.edu/gettested.

BSC Smart Start Plans, Protocols & Information

Academics

ACADEMICS: BSC Smart Start


BSC classes will be offered in four different formats this fall:

· On Campus Face-to-face: The traditional classroom setting where the instructor and students are physically located in the same place and may incorporate the use of multiple supportive technologies as appropriate.

· Online Asynchronous: Online instruction occurring independent of time or location.

· Online Synchronous: Online instruction occurring independent of location, but at the same time (real time).

· Hybrid/Blended: A form of instruction that includes students from different locations and/or environments (face-to-face, online, IVN, etc.) for synchronous and/or asynchronous instruction. Students should be available on the days and times listed for the course, though the class may meet in the classroom in-person or online-live, while also allowing for release time to work online in lieu of a scheduled meeting.

These formats address the diverse programs and courses offered at BSC and allow faculty to design learning experiences that can shift based on the health needs of the community. Your instructors will provide a detailed description of their class plan to you during the first week of class.

The mode of instruction available for any particular class is partly dependent on the type of course a student enrolls in. For the most part, hands-on technical programs will continue in a face-to-face format with limited class sizes, social distancing, and mask requirements. General education classes will be offered in a hybrid format that, depending on the social distancing requirements in place, will allow face-to-face classroom instruction as well as a synchronous online classroom environment (online in real time). This hybrid structure allows instruction to continue should the health needs of faculty or students disrupt the classroom.

What you’ll see in your classes:

· Seating/desk arrangements adjusted to ensure social distancing is maintained for each student. Extra spacing will spread out student chairs in most rooms.

· Additional teaching technology that will enhance instructional flexibility in classrooms and allow students who may need to be isolated to participate in the real-time education experience.

· In rooms with two doors, designation of one as an entrance and the other as an exit to improve the flow of individuals and to reduce clustering.

· Schedules that maximize student experiences and minimize risk

· Enhanced cleaning protocols related to touch points within the room

· Enhanced safety measures – masks (required in all campus settings per policy), sanitation, distancing, etc.

 

ACADEMICS: BSC Initiatives to Ensure High Quality Education


With the goal of ensuring classroom excellence while reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 by students, faculty, and staff, BSC has prioritized new initiatives.

· Classroom Mapping: Every campus classroom was analyzed to determine optimal spacing. This process has spaced student chairs to ensure social distancing recommendations are met. Where needed, adjustments were made to the room layout.

· Teaching and Learning Center: A new Teaching and Learning Center began operation this summer to provide support for faculty as they enhance and design courses for student success.

· Classroom Technologies: BSC will enhance classroom technologies to provide the flexibility needed in an environment with possible COVID-19 related disruptions.

 

ACADEMICS: Common Student Questions


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

A: Bismarck State College will be open this fall and will provide the best possible in-person classroom and experience while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and the public. BSC recognizes that the threat from COVID-19 continues to impact our community and lives in different ways. However, BSC will strive to minimize that risk through planning, communication, and encouraging responsibility of all employees throughout this phase (and beyond).
 

BSC classes will be offered in four different formats this fall:

· On Campus Face-to-face

· Online Asynchronous

· Online Synchronous

· Hybrid/Blended


For the most part, hands-on technical programs will continue in a face-to-face format with limited class sizes, social distancing, and mask requirements. General education classes will be offered in a hybrid format that, depending on the social distancing requirements in place, will allow face-to-face classroom instruction as well as a synchronous online classroom environment (online in real time).  

Your instructors will provide a detailed desription of their class plan to you prior to the start of class. 
 

Q: I am a medically at-risk student and my classes are all delivered in a face-to-face/hybrid format. What do I do if I need to attend class in a virtual format only? 

A: Students that are at-risk can request accommodations based on their specific medical condition. Based on this request, BSC staff will work with the student to identify reasonable accommodations and support the student's ability to continue their education.

Students can request accommodations through:
BSC Student Accessibility Services
701.224.5671
bsc.accessibility@bismarckstate.edu
bismarckstate.edu/accessibility

 

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. 

Students should be available on the days and times listed for the course, though the class may meet in the classroom in-person or online-live, while also allowing for release time to work online in lieu of a scheduled meeting.

 

Q: How is the delivery method for each class decided?

A: The decision regarding method of delivery for each class is determined by the college on a case-by-case basis. BSC currently has both the online-only format and the face-to-face/hybrid format available on the schedule for many of our classes and students can enroll in the format that works best for them. However, there will be some classes that will only be available in one of the two formats because of the nature of the course such as labs, hands-on technical classes, an online-only program, etc.

 

Q: Technical, general education and energy courses are all very different types of courses. How will they all be conducted so that students stay safe but still get the same educational experience? 

A: Below are examples you will see in various courses offered this fall:

  • Transfer or General Education Courses:  A wide variety of courses are offered for transfer and how each addresses the current situation varies, but the following examples give an overview of what to expect. 
    • English instructors will separate their classes into two groups to allow for social distancing. In most cases, the first group will attend class in the classroom (face-to-face) on select days, while the other group listens and interacts live online from a remote location, and vice versa. In other classes, instructors will deliver the same lecture face-to-face to each group, while the group not on campus that day works on projects online during their off-campus day.
    • A typical science lab course this fall will have students divided into two groups to allow for social distancing as needed. While one group is working in the lab, the other group will either be working on projects in a nearby classroom or online. 
    • For more information on transfer courses, contact Dr. Amy Juhala at 701.224.5760 or Amy.Juhala@bismarckstate.edu  

       
  • Technical Education Courses:  Courses will be conducted in a manner that protects both students and instructors.  Nursing courses will be live broadcast to several classrooms at the same time to support social distancing. During hands-on, team-based exercises, masks and other personal protective equipment will be required. Students in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program have the option to complete theory courses via interactive learning tools, while hands-on laboratory exercises will be completed in person Tuesday evenings or one weekend a month to limit the number of students in the classroom. 
  • Energy Courses: Face-to-face offerings through the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) division will consist of classroom theory, virtual interactive learning tools, and hands-on lab competencies. Supplemental online based resources and technology will be used to improve learning, social distancing, and student/faculty safety. Masks will be mandatory in each area where 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. 

 

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

ADMISSIONS: BSC Smart Start

 

BSC is currently offering in-person tours as well as customized virtual visits.

Both the face-to-face and virtual visits will consist of a one-on-one with an admissions representative. Visits allow for further discussion on the right degree program that matches your goals, financial questions and to review scholarship opportunities available. Contact us with questions or schedule a visit. We look forward to connecting with you!
 

ADMISSIONS: Common Student Questions


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

ATHLETICS: BSC Smart Start


On July 13, 2020 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced that all close-contact fall sports will be shifted to the spring semester and the winter sports will have a revised season as well. This will mean changes in the BSC Mystics volleyball and basketball seasons.
 
Volleyball, which typically starts practice in August, has been moved to the spring semester. Practice can begin Jan. 11 with the first games on Jan. 29. Games will be capped at 21. Regional tournaments need to be completed by April 3 and nationals will be played April 15-17. BSC advanced to the national tournament last season (November of 2019).
 
Men’s and women’s basketball teams can also begin practice on Jan. 11. Basketball games can start Jan. 22 with a maximum of 22 games for the season, down more than 10 from a normal year. The seasons will be extended one month with national tournaments starting April 19.
 
The spring Mystics baseball and softball seasons will remain intact with minor adjustments to dates.

Players, coaches and staff will work through all protocols and processes recommended at the time they begin practicing to ensure the health of all student athletes and coaching staff.
 
"It's going to be a busy spring on campus. Right now we're just thankful there's going to be a season and the kids are going to get to compete," says BSC athletic director Buster Gilliss. "We're hoping in January we may be able to have fans at our games. I guess time will tell."

As each athletic season approaches, BSC will revisit the decision to host fans as the NJCAA and ND Smart Restart recommendations evolve. With or without fans in the stands, BSC will livestream home volleyball and basketball games. More information regarding livestream access will be shared on the Mystic Athetics website and in the BSC Events section of bismarckstate.edu.
 

ATHLETICS: Common Student Questions


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 (NJCAA). On July 13, 2020 the NJCAA announced that all close-contact fall sports will be shifted to the spring semester and the winter sports will have a revised season as well. This will mean changes in the BSC Mystics volleyball and basketball seasons. 

FALL SPORTS: Volleyball, which typically starts practice in August, has been moved to the spring semester. Practice can begin Jan. 11 with the first games on Jan. 29. Games will be capped at 21. Regional tournaments need to be completed by April 3 and nationals will be played April 15-17. 

WINTER SPORTS: Men’s and women’s basketball teams can also begin practice on Jan. 11. Basketball games can start Jan. 22 with a maximum of 22 games for the season, down more than 10 from a normal year. The seasons will be extended one month with national tournaments starting April 19.

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

Players, coaches and staff will work through all protocols and processes recommended at the time they begin practicing to ensure the health of all student athletes and coaching staff.

 

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

A: As each athletic season approaches, BSC will revisit the decision to host fans as the seasons approach and the NJCAA and ND Smart Restart recommendations evolve. With or without fans in the stands, BSC will livestream home volleyball and basketball games. More information regarding livestream access will be shared on the Mystic Athetics website and in the BSC Events section of bismarckstate.edu. 

Coronavirus Financial Assistance
Bismarck State College is no longer accepting student applications for additional CARES Act grants as the funding received from the U.S. Department of Education has been exhausted. Please continue to monitor this site to determine if there are any opportunities for additional grants in the future.

Students who are experiencing emergency financial hardship can contact the BSC Counseling at 224-5752 or bsc.counseling@bismarckstate.edu.
 
Dining Services

DINING SERVICES: BSC Smart Start


Students will be able to dine in the Mystic Marketplace seven days a week. The Mystic Marketplace is planning a number of modifications to ensure the health and safety of students and employees, including:

· Masks should be worn when entering Mystic Marketplace and placing orders. They may be removed when seated to eat.

· Signage is posted to encourage social distancing in lines

· Seating areas are arranged to meet health department criteria for distancing

· Thorough cleaning and disinfecting is completed on a regular and frequent basis, following state and federal public health agencies guidelines, utilizing EPA approved cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants

· Take-out meals are available to allow students to eat in their rooms

· Food will be pre-plated and pre-package rather than self-serve and salad bars

· Crowd size will be limited to ND health department restrictions, currently at 25-percent capacity, managed by Marketplace staff

Mystic Java in the Union, the Power Bean in the NECE, and the Well Bean in the BSC Health Sciences Building will offer their full-service coffee menu, self-serve snacks and meals and also will apply the modifications noted above.
 

DINING SERVICES: Common Student Questions

 

Q: How can I get meals if I have to quarantine/isolate on campus?

A: Students can participate in the BSC Meal Pick-up/Delivery Program and place online orders to have meals picked up by a friend and/or to have a grocery package delivered to their rooms when sick/quarantining/isolating.

Pick-up meals must be ordred prior to mealtime and picked-up within 15 minutes of your specified pick-up time or food will be discarded and your account will be charged accordingly. Orders must be placed at least 30 minutes prior to pick-up time. 

  • Breakfast orders must be placed by 8 a.m.
  • Lunch orders must be placed by 11 a.m.
  • Dinner orders must be placed by 4 p.m.
Grocery package deliveries must be ordered daily and will be delivered each afternoon.

Place your online meal orders HERE. Please call the BSC Foodservice team if you have any questions: 701.224.5452.

Events & Facility Rental

EVENTS: Student Performances
 

Music: All BSC music classes and practice groups plan will move forward with modifications that ensure proper social distancing as directed by the ND Smart Restart Guidelines, the State Board of Higher Ed and the CDC. All concerts and performances in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium would continue as scheduled with the recommended social distancing on stage for the performers and in the audience. In addition, all performances will be livestreamed in order to accommodate audience members (family and friends) who wish to see the students perform but are unable to attend due to COVID concerns.

Livestreaming would provide education opportunities for interdepartmental activities: mass communication, digital audio production, theater, and campus relations.

Theater: Plans regarding BSC's theatre production season are ongoing. More information will be presented as soon as plans are finalized. 

If ND Smart Restart guidelines allow the department to offer a live theater experience, we have the ability to sell only specifically chosen sections of the theatre, creating a reduced house for performances, maintaining a row of distance and at least one seat of distance between our patrons.
 

FACILITY RENTAL: BSC Smart Start


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 North Dakota Smart Restart Guidelines for Large Gatherings which also comply with the BSC Smart Start Return to Campus Guide. 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. 

 

 

 

Health, Safety & Testing

CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY: Student Health

BSC’s Student & Residence Life team has well-established protocols, updated and adapted to COVID-19, for screening, testing and working with students who report symptoms. Our student services teams have experience with and are prepared to support any students who are affected.

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will conduct contact tracing for any positive cases of the virus in an employee or student. In October the NDDoH announced that public health officials will no longer notify close contacts that they’ve been exposed to COVID-19. This change does NOT apply to healthcare settingsK-12 schools and students in the ND University System (NDUS). In those settings, the NDDoH will continue to notify close contacts.

BSC does not have a student health services, and students who believe they have been exposed or are infected with coronavirus, must follow the safety protocols put into place but the North Dakota Department of Health which you can find here.

BSC will support and accommodate the student within those protocols.

The Mystic Advising and Counseling Center (MACC) will continue to offer one-on-one counseling through telemedicine and in-person as possible for a variety of mental health concerns.

 

CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY: Testing

Bismarck State College and Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health will hold a free, one-hour COVID-19 testing event every Monday in the BSC Armory from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is open to all BSC students and employees. Those wishing to be tested should sign up for a time slot and pre-register at testreg.nd.gov to expedite the process on testing day. (If you have previously been tested for COVID-19, you do not need to pre-register at testreg.nd.gov.)

BSC Monday COVID Testing Events
Every Monday
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
BSC Armory

A statewide schedule of free testing event dates, times and locations can be found at ndus.edu/gettested.

 

CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY: Test Results Protocol

ON-CAMPUS RESIDENT that is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
If you have any questions, call the BSC COVID Hotline at 701.224.2690. If you call after hours or don't get an answer, the COVID Information Assistants are away from their desks or assisting other students. Leave your name, phone number and Student ID number and someone will return your call.
 
ON-CAMPUS RESIDENT that has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • ISOLATE immediately to prevent spreading COVID-19. Continue isolation until notified by the ND Dept. of Health that your isolation is complete
     
  • FOLLOW ND Dept of Health protocol given to you when they notify you that you have tested positive for COVID-19
     
  • COMPLETE the BSC COVID Online Reporting Form
     
  • ARRANGE room accommodations at bsc.housing@bismarckstate.edu or 701.224.5464
     
  • ARRANGE meal accommodations atbismarckstate.edu/mealdelivery
     
  • CONTACT your instructors to make arrangements to continue your classes

If you have any questions, call the BSC COVID Hotline at 701.224.2690. If you call after hours or don't get an answer, the COVID Information Assistants are away from their desks or assisting other students. Leave your name, phone number and Student ID number and someone will return your call.

 
OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT that is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • FOLLOW ND Dept of Health protocol given to you when they notify you that you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19
     
  • COMPLETE the BSC COVID Online Reporting Form 
     
  • CONTACT your instructors to make arrangements to continue your classes
If you have any questions, call the BSC COVID Hotline at 701.224.2690. If you call after hours or don't get an answer, the COVID Information Assistants are away from their desks or assisting other students. Leave your name, phone number and Student ID number and someone will return your call.
 
OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT that has tested positive for COVID-19
  • ISOLATE immediately to prevent spreading COVID-19. Continue isolation until notified by the ND Dept. of Health that your isolation is complete.
     
  • FOLLOW ND Dept of Health protocol given to you when they notify you that you have tested positive for COVID-19
     
  • COMPLETE the BSC COVID Online Reporting Form
     
  • CONTACT your instructors to make arrangements to continue your classes

If you have any questions, call the BSC COVID Hotline at 701.224.2690. If you call after hours or don't get an answer, the COVID Information Assistants are away from their desks or assisting other students. Leave your name, phone number and Student ID number and someone will return your call.
 

CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY: Reducing the Spread

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.

BSC is requiring face coverings in all campus settings per policy and following CDC guidelines on handwashing, respiratory etiquette, as well as social distancing. Students and employees will be reminded to stay home when sick.

BSC is working on or has already incorporated the following facility modifications:

  • Evaluating heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and controls for improved air quality options
  • Adjusting seating arrangements in classrooms and meeting rooms
  • Installing physical barriers in areas like Mystic Java, Mystic Marketplace, the Bookstore, and student services
  • Posting distancing reminders in areas where people wait in lines for services
  • Hand sanitizer stations in high traffic public areas in every building. Disinfecting solutions also will be available for students and faculty who want to clean desks, chairs or other surfaces
  • Hygiene reminders will be posted throughout campus
  • Remote work will continue for employees who need to remain home

Custodial cleaning and disinfecting has been enhanced for restrooms and classrooms, as well as areas like door handles, elevator controls, water bottle filling stations, hand rails and light switches.
 

CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY: Employee guidelines

  • As per CDC guidelines for college campuses, employees will wear face masks in all campus settings.
  • Employees will wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Employees who are sick will stay home.
  • All employees will continue good health habits including washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, keeping a supply of hand sanitizer on hand, covering coughs and sneezes and cleaning all high-touch areas.

 

CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY: Common Student Questions

Q: Does BSC require two negative COVID-19 tests before a student can return to class/campus? 

A: BSC does not have anything written or displayed to the public that requires two negative tests. The state has required two negative tests be received 24 hours apart for anyone who has tested positive. BSC does request a copy of the release document that the NDDoH gives the individual who has recovered from COVID-19. 
 

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
 
Q: Will there be testing and temperature checks like some businesses have implemented? 

A: BSC is no longer conducting temperature checks at building entry points. Students, employees and guests are encouraged to self-monitor their temperature at home prior to coming to campus or leaving their residence hall each day. All academic buildings and residence halls on campus do have touchless temperature screeners that individuals can use to monitor their temperature if they do not have the tools to do so in their rooms or homes.
 

Q: What will happen if someone on campus gets sick or is exposed? 

A: If an individual becomes ill and tests positive for COVID-19, we have procedures in place to coordinate awareness of the situation with the help of the ND Department of Health (NDDoH). The NDDoH will make a determination about the possible exposure, complete contact tracing as needed, and determine the nature of the contract and possible monitoring requirements for the near future. At this time, protocol is that anyone who came into direct, regular contact with the infected individual will need to quarantine for 14 days. The NDDoH will help us to determine who those individuals are. Students faced with this situation will work closely with their instructor to ensure their education is not disrupted. BSC would follow NDDoH guidelines regarding a safe return to campus.
 

Q: How can I get meals if I have to quarantine on campus?

A: Students can participate in the BSC Sick Tray Program and place online orders to have meals picked up for them and/or to have a bag of groceries delivered to their rooms when sick and/or quarantining.

Meals must be requested prior to mealtime and picked-up within 15 minutes of your specified pick-up time or food will be discarded and your account will be charged accordingly. Orders must be placed at least 30 minutes prior to pick-up time. 

  • Breakfast orders must be placed by 8 a.m.
  • Lunch orders must be placed by 11 a.m.
  • Dinner orders must be placed by 4 p.m.

Place your online meal orders HERE. Please call the BSC Foodservice team if you have any questions: 701.224.5452.

Housing/Campus Living

HOUSING/CAMPUS LIVING: BSC Smart Start


As we have in the past, our Residence Halls will offer double rooms and suites depending on the hall. Students who have concerns with living on campus are asked to discuss options with Student & Residence Life.

Move-In Days: This year, students will move in over multiple days to control the number of people entering a single building at one time. Move-in days will take place August 21-23 -- the weekend prior to the first day of class on Aug. 24.

Each student will be assigned a day and time for move-in, and someone from Student Life will contact individual residents prior to their assigned move in day to answer questions and provide additional information.

More communication will be provided directly to residents throughout the summer.

Coronavirus and quarantine in the residence Halls: Residential students will be asked to submit a quarantine plan before they move into the residence halls. When possible, students are asked to move off campus should they need to self-quarantine during the school year. When that is not possible, rooms will be set aside for residential students who need to isolate and cannot move off campus. Meals will be delivered to that room and the Student Life team will provide daily wellness checks to students in these situations.

Dining during self-isolation: A sick-tray system is in place to aid residential students not feeling well or with flu/COVID-19 symptoms or concerns that require self-isolation. Residents will fill out a form to arrange for sick tray options. Residents may arrange with a friend for meals to be dropped off. Where needed, a BSC Student Life staff member will drop meals off outside of the student’s room.

Cleaning and Hygiene: Residence halls will have a number of disinfectant stations for student use; and additional sanitation by campus custodians has been scheduled. The number of students in lounges will be limited, and furniture in common areas has been reconfigured to facilitate social distancing.


HOUSING/CAMPUS LIVING: Common Student Questions

 

Q: How is BSC handling BSC Move-In Weekend to keep students safe?

A: This year, students will move in over multiple days to control the number of people entering a single building at one time. Move-in days will take place August 21-23. Protocols are in place for BSC Move-In Days to better control traffic and congestion and to keep our campus residents and their families safe. Students MUST register for a check-in appointment on the BSC Self Service page in Campus Connection. Students who do not register will be assigned a time. Students should watch their email closely for additional information and instructions.

AUG 21 BSC Move-In Day: Swensen Hall & Lidstrom Hall
AUG 22 BSC Move-In Day: Gate City Bank Hall & Ritchie Hall
AUG 23 BSC Move-In Day: Mystic Hall & Werner Hall

For more information about Move-In Weekend dates visit: bismarckstate.edu/events/

 

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. 

Student Resources

STUDENT RESOURCES: BSC Smart Start

 
COVID-19 On-Campus Information Desks 

COVID-19 Information Desks can be found across campus. The COVID-19 support staff will help students, employees and visitors find the information they need to prevent and mitigate the spread of the disease and serve as a campus liaison for any students who contract COVID-19.
 
Community Resources

NDDoH Public Health Hotline:
1-866-207-2880 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday

CHI St. Alexius Medical Center
900 E. Broadway, Bismarck
st.alexius.org
Emergency Room 701-530-7001
Archway Mental Health 701-530-7333
Information 701-530-7000

Sanford Health
300 N. 7th Street, Bismarck
bismarck.sanfordhealth.org
Emergency Room 701-323-6150
Sanford Behavioral Health 701-323-6543
Information 701-323-6000
Walk in Clinic Appointments (North) 701-323-8300
Walk in Clinic Appointments (Downtown) 701-323-5740
 
Counseling 

The Mystic Advising and Counseling Center (MACC) will continue to offer individual counseling to BSC students through telehealth and in-person appointments as possible for a variety of mental health concerns. Call 701-224-5752 or email bsc.counseling@bismarckstate.edu for more information.

BSC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to employees and their families. This free and confidential service provides a access to professionals in a variety of areas ranging from mental health to financial counseling. Call 701-530-7195 for more information.
 
Academic Advising

Academic Advising will continue to be available through the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center for students who are unable to connect with their assigned academic advisor or who need assistance with general advising questions. Appointments may be offered through in person meetings, virtual appointments, phone contact, or email. Call 701-224-5752 or email bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu for more information.
 
Accessibility

Student Accessibility Services will continue to be offered to provide eligible students with accommodations. Students may visit with Student Accessibility staff through in person meetings, virtual appointments, phone contact, or email. Students can apply online at bismarckstate.edu/accessibility. Call 701-224-5671 or email bsc.accessibility@bismarckstate.edu for more information. Employees, contact your supervisor and work with Human Resources for accommodations. Call 701-224-5531 or email bsc.humanresources@bismarckstate.edu.
Student & Parent BSC Virtual Town Hall Recap

On Monday, Aug. 17, BSC President Doug Jensen, Vice President for Student Affairs Kaylyn Bondy and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Leingang held a live, virtual Student & Parent Town Hall Meeting to share with BSC students and their family how the BSC Smart Start Plan ensures students have the experience they desire at BSC this fall, in a safe and healthy environment. Discussion topics included classroom environment, student services, health and safety protocols and more.
 

 

Submitted Q&A:

Did you say that there will be testing sites available on campus? 

There will be on Friday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  in the Robert A Kuntz Physical Plant building which is building #17 on BSC’s Campus Map.  Others may be scheduled on campus in the future.  

If you are unable to be tested at BSC, there are s COVID-19 Testing Locations and Times for College Students as well as other Free Public Testing Events .  

Will the games in the Student Union still be available, such as pool and ping pong? 

Yes, but with precautions in place. Students will need to social distance, were facemasks and gloves (which will be provided). Disinfecting wipes will be available to wipe off equipment before and after use.  

What are the ways of notification that will be implemented if there is a change in the risk level thus changing in person instruction? 

Students will be made aware of changes in BSC’s risk level through our campus notification process (students must opt in for that notification on Campus Connection). That notification goes out via email and to the students’ cell phone via text and call. Any change to the risk level also will be noted at bismarckstate.edu, released to the media and posted on our official Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts.  

Additionally, faculty will post specific adjustments to BlackBoard as they apply to the students’ courses.   

Can you explain more about the compliance bracelet? 

Over the summer, BSC had Entry Control Points (ECPs) at most entrances where those entering were screened for temperature and provided a mask and a compliance bracelet to indicate they’d been screened. Beginning Aug. 24, we have replaced the ECPs with COVID-19 Information Centers where support staff can answer questions and help students connect with health and campus resources. We will not issue bracelets at this time.  

Are students REQUIRED to have a COVID test 3-5 days prior to school? 

No. Students are strongly encouraged to have a COVID test prior to the first day of classes. Testing is another layer of protection, precaution and awareness we are applying in our multi-layer strategy to protect and support our students, employees and community. Testing, masks, social distancing, hygiene and the Care19 Alert app – all are going to help us provide the best possible in-person classroom and campus experience for our students on a safe and healthy campus. 


 

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.