Dear BSU students,
We know what a challenging year this has been for you. As a result of the pandemic, you were unable to participate in much of the traditional college experience. In the fall, we are planning to be back fully in-person and on-campus.
Previously we announced that BSU is returning to a majority of its classes being offered in-person. What does a return to “normal” mean for students living on campus?
Our residence halls will be fully open in the fall. Any students looking to live on campus will be able to get a space. We anticipate that life in our residence halls will return to what it was like pre-pandemic. We want you to be able to reconnect with your friends, to have a social life. Students will be allowed to have guests from other residence halls visit their rooms. Common areas will be open for student gatherings, and in-person residence hall programming will return. We are excited to announce that we will be unveiling a program where resident students, who successfully refer a friend to come live on campus, will qualify for a $250 grant. We will also be offering weekly prize drawings for all residents living on campus next year. Yes, we really want you and your friends back! You deserve it.
In all of our decision making we have and will continue to put the safety of our students first. Together, we have kept our BSU community safe; since the start of the academic year, we have administered more than 36,000 COVID-19 tests and less than 1 percent of those tests have been positive. We are proud of how you have taken responsibility for yourselves and one another. Our recently announced requirement that all students living on campus receive the vaccination is critical to allowing us to come back together – to live together, eat together, go to classes together, socialize together and have fun together.
We are happy to announce that we will have three full dining halls open in the fall – more than any other state university. Each semester we expand and provide new offerings based on food trends and what you tell us you most want. Crimson Dining and Student Lounge will be fully operational and will feature enhanced menus at all the Crimson stations and new options, including Natural! - a vegan/vegetarian focused station open for breakfast and lunch. At the Bear’s Den we are introducing a new Park Ave Diner station. Starbucks will return to Maxwell Library and the Dunkin’ located in the ECC will now be included in the Bridgewater Dining program, accepting meal plans and offering an expanded menu. Each of our campus dining halls offer a variety of homestyle menus, vegan, vegetarian, international flavors, and gluten-free and allergen-free options. The Bear Trap in Tinsley Center will be reopening and once again offering smoothies and healthy snacks.
We will continue to feature mobile food ordering through GrubHub, our ever-popular Bear Bites food truck, and of course the newest addition to our campus, our robot food delivery service!
We have made major improvements to parking. At Tower Lot, we installed an array of solar canopies with 3,400 solar panels which will produce clean, renewable electricity and reduce BSU’s greenhouse gas emissions – by the equivalent to taking 238 cars off the road! The Tower Lot has been repaved, and additional lighting and new security cameras have been installed. BSU is freezing parking fees next year at 2019-2020 rates.
We will continue to provide you additional information in the weeks and months ahead. Next year is going to be very different from this past year. As this difficult year winds down, we wish you all the best with your finals. We cannot wait to welcome you back in the fall!