• Bellevue University’s campus remains open and operational. The campus will remain open unless officials in the government or health department direct us to close.
  • Bellevue University encourages all members of the campus community to take sensible precautions, including physical distancing on and off campus, and to stay home/go home if they are not feeling well.
  • Bellevue University’s goal is to sustain academic programs and operations with as little disruption to our students and other members of our campus community as possible. 

Updates for Residential Students

Academic Updates

  • Bellevue University fully intends to offer in-class options for the fall term, which begins August 31, 2020.
  • Residential, in-person classes are expected to resume the week of August 31. This includes day and evening residential classes scheduled on the Bellevue and Lozier campuses.
  • Students should contact their Academic Advisor/Student Coach if they have questions about class schedules or course options.
  • Faculty and Student Coaches are ready and able to support all students and will work with them if they are impacted by quarantine or illness. Faculty will work with individual students who may be impacted.
  • Students have virtual access to a variety of services such as the library, writing center, tutoring services, testing center, university bookstore, career services, Military Veteran Services Center and more. View all available resources under Student Support on the Bellevue.edu home page.
  • Students experiencing stress about recent events should see counseling through on-campus crisis counseling services. Support is also available via the TalkCampus Mobile App. 

Campus Updates

  • If students are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, they should:
    1. Stay home and do not come to campus.
    2. Notify their faculty / professors of absences and call or email Student Coach to report in.
    3. Contact the Sarpy County Health Department at 531-203-0322 or 402-506-1553, or Test Nebraska for medical or testing guidance.
  • Phase 2 Guidelines for learning, teaching and working on campus are available and provide guidance for staff, students and faculty.
  • BRUIN Return to Learn Screening Program online surveys will be distributed daily to students. Students are asked to complete the questions about common COVID-19 symptoms and at-risk activities before coming to campus.
    • People who self-report no symptoms or engagement in at-risk activities will be cleared to come to campus.
    • People who report active symptoms or participation in at-risk activities will be asked not to come to campus until they receive further guidance.
    • Participation in this program is optional. No one is required to complete the daily questionnaire. 
  • Students should review the Classroom Reminders about the behaviors that will be practiced in the classroom.
  • The Bellevue University campus remains open and operational. All campus buildings will be open, but some service areas may continue to provide service via email and phone. Check the list below for specific access information.
  • Building list
  • Campus visits have been authorized for prospective students. Visits are limited to individual visitors; not groups. Everyone must wear a mask on campus and in face-to-face meetings.
  • Student housing and dining services will remain open. Residents have received additional information and more details can be found in the COVID-19 section of the Student Housing web page.
  • Heightened cleaning and sanitizing protocols are in place in all campus buildings. Also, hand sanitizer is available in all buildings. 
  • Updates are being made starting Monday, Sept. 28 to the Bruin Return to Learn Survey questions and answers. The updates align with directed health measures from the State of Nebraska and the Sarpy County Health Department.

Campus Guidelines & Processes

  • Everyone must wear a face mask on campus and in classes and face-to-face meetings. Disposable masks are available on campus. Watch this welcome back video for more information. 
  • Students with concerns about wearing a face mask, should contact Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations.
    • Click here for more information about the difference between a medical accommodation vs. a medical concern.
  • Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be available in all campus buildings. Individuals should sanitize workspaces before and after use.
  • Plexiglass shields will be in place in classrooms and at service counters across campus. Most service areas will continue to provide service via email and phone. In-person meetings will be limited to small groups. 
  • Everyone should practice physical distancing, keeping at least 6’ between themselves and others, in the classroom and in campus interactions, if possible.
  • Bellevue University events that meet specific guidelines regarding gathering size and health standards may be held on campus starting August 1, 2020. For more information, contact EventSupport@Bellevue.edu.
  • NAIA conference athletic events are expected to be held this fall. For the most current information on athletic events, go to the Bruin Athletics website
  • For answers to specific questions or concerns, email the Dean of Students at DSO@Bellevue.edu.

Updates for Online students:

  • Current online classes continue with no change in schedule.
  • Students have virtual access to a variety of services such as the library, writing center, tutoring services, testing center, university bookstore, career services, Military Veteran Services Center and more. View all available resources under Student Support on the Bellevue.edu home page.
  • Students should stay in contact with their Academic Advisors/Student Coaches. Let them know if you are impacted by the coronavirus – because of quarantine or illness.
  • Students should stay in contact with your faculty. Faculty will work with individual students who may be impacted.
  • Students experiencing stress about recent events should see counseling through on-campus crisis counseling services. Support is also available via the TalkCampus Mobile App. 

Updates for International students:

  • Bellevue University fully intends to offer in-class options for the fall term, which begins August 31, 2020. 
  • Students already present in the United States with F-1 status through another higher education institution may be eligible to transfer to Bellevue University. These students are eligible to participate in classes online under temporary COVID-19 accommodations under federal immigration law. Please contact the Bellevue University International Student Office at internationalstudentservices@bellevue.edu or 402-293-2000 for more information on how to start the transfer process.
  • Students currently located inside the U.S. on a valid non-immigrant visa for a purpose other than attending school who want to enter Bellevue University as a new student may be eligible to enroll in classes without changing their immigration status. Some non-immigrant visas allow school attendance while located in the U.S. Please contact the Bellevue University International Student Office at internationalstudentservices@bellevue.edu  or 402-293-2000 for more information about whether your current status allows school attendance or would require a Change of Status.
  • Some immigration statuses do not allow school attendance. If you are currently located inside the U.S. on a valid non-immigrant visa for a purpose other than attending school and your current status does not allow school attendance, you are allowed to enroll in courses only after having a Change of Status approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Additional information about Change of Status can be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/change-of-status.
  • Students pursuing a Change of Status may be admitted and issued an initial Form I-20 by Bellevue University, but are not eligible to enroll in classes until USCIS has approved the Change of Status. Students are responsible for all required actions and costs related to the Change of Status and are strongly encouraged to consult with an immigration attorney. Students should also be aware that processing times for a Change of Status can be slow and may be delayed further at this time due to COVID-19 or other factors. You may not be eligible for a Change of Status if your period of authorized stay has already expired, if you have otherwise violated the conditions of your status, or if you hold a current status for which change of status is prohibited.
  • To obtain F-1 status at Bellevue University through a Change of Status, follow these steps:
    1. Apply and be admitted to Bellevue University.
    2. Contact the Bellevue University International Student Office to discuss your plans to obtain F-1 status.
    3. Obtain an initial Form I-20 from Bellevue University.
    4. File for your Change of Status with USCIS. We strongly encourage you to consult with an immigration attorney regarding your eligibility and the process for a Change of Status application.
    5. Provide a copy of your USCIS Receipt Notice to the Bellevue University International Student Office.
    6. Provide a copy of any subsequent USCIS correspondence to the Bellevue University International Student Office.
    7. If your application is still pending after your expected I-20 program start date, your start date will be deferred and a new I-20 will be issued. You must submit the new I-20 to USCIS with a copy of your Receipt Notice. This deferment process may occur more than once if the application remains pending across multiple terms.
    8. Remember that you must remain in the U.S. while your Change of Status application is pending. If you leave the U.S., your application may be considered abandoned and denied by USCIS. Consult with your immigration attorney in advance if you must leave the U.S. while your application is pending.
    9. Provide a copy of your I-797 Notice of Action from USCIS to Bellevue University. You may enroll in classes and begin your program of study once your approved Change of Status is verified.
  • The U.S. government has issued temporary guidance stating that students who have not arrived in the United States “should remain in their home country” and are not eligible for F-1 status based on online-only enrollment.
  • Individuals who have already been admitted to Bellevue University with F-1 status but have not yet arrived in the U.S. are eligible to have their admission deferred until normal operations resume and travel restrictions are lifted. Bellevue University will resume admitting international students located outside the United States once planning begins for the resumption of residential, in-person classes. At this time, no decision has been made regarding residential classes for the Fall 2020 term.
  • Please contact the Bellevue University International Student Office at internationalstudentservices@bellevue.edu  or 402-293-2000 for the most up-to-date information on current processing of new international students.
  • Students experiencing stress about recent events should see counseling through on-campus crisis counseling services. Support is also available via the TalkCampus Mobile App.