Back to Campus: Spring 2021

At Southern Seminary and Boyce College, we remain committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and campus community.

At this time, preparations are being made to resume on campus instruction for the 2020-2021 academic year. Our plans for reopening the campus comply with the latest government and public health directives. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving, it is possible we will need to adjust our plans as more information becomes available. Please click below to download our formal response plan for reopening the campus of Southern Seminary and Boyce College.
Download the Response Plan

Back to Campus Instructions

For Southern Seminary and Boyce College students returning to campus this spring, please click below for instructions.

Southern Seminary   

Boyce College

January 2021 Winter Term Courses

Students planning to attend winter term classes (modular courses, doctoral seminars, and j-term courses) in January need to abide by the following protocols:

  • Testing. Students must submit documentation of a negative test result to the Campus Clinic that is dated no earlier than 7 days prior to the first day of class. Or, they must be tested in the Campus Clinic upon arrival for his/her class.

    • Note: Test results obtained through an off-campus test must be uploaded through the student’s MySBTS portal.
    • On-Campus Testing: Testing will take place in Honeycutt 246 beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 11, and 18.
  • Boyce Students. Boyce students taking a j-term class during the week of January 18 AND enrolled for Spring 2021 classes simply need to follow the testing protocols outlined here. They will be permitted to move into the dorms when they arrive for the modular class.

Spring 2021 Key Dates


22-23 – Residence hall move-in
22 – Orientation (virtual)
25 – First day of classes


2 – Opening convocation (virtual)


Note: Due to a shortened semester, there will be no spring break.


2 – Good Friday (no classes)
23 – Last day of classes
26-30 – Final exams


7-8 – Boyce graduation
7-8 – Southern graduation

The full 2020-2021 academic calendar may be found by clicking the button below.
2020-2021 academic calendar

Required Campus Reentry Forms

As a part of spring enrollment and being cleared to enter campus, on-campus students (campus residents and commuters) will be required to sign several documents prior to moving in and/or attending classes. These documents are available for electronic signature through mySBTS and must completed before January 21, 2021. Failure to do so will block students’ access to Canvas, until the required forms are completed. Please click below to access the forms.

Note: With the exception of the COVID-19 Testing: Informed Consent form required for spring reentry, students who completed these forms last fall do not have to complete them again for spring enrollment.

Required Forms

Campus Life

As we return to campus for the spring semester students, residents, employees, and visitors must adhere to the following practices in our effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for our campus community:

  1. Temperature monitoring: Throughout the semester we will be asking all students to self-monitor their temperature on a daily basis: once in the morning before going to class and again at midday. There are touchless infrared thermometers located throughout the campus. For a map of these locations, please click here. Students who record a fever of 100.4 or higher must immediately self-isolate and call the Campus Clinic to schedule a testing appointment and be seen by a physician.
  2. Masks: When on campus all students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a mask. This includes when in the The Bookstore, in dining areas (except when eating and drinking), and while attending class. When outside, masks are not required if six feet of social distancing is maintained.
  3. Social distancing: All members of the campus community must remain at least six feet apart from one another (excludes roommates which are considered “household members”). Presently, the state of Kentucky has limited gatherings to 10 participants or less. Campus dorm and apartment occupants must be mindful of this when gathering in your residence.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stations: There are two main PPE stations that will be available throughout the day: one in the Health & Recreation Center and a second in the Norton Hall main lobby. These will be equipped with face masks and hand sanitizer.
  5. Ongoing testing: Throughout the semester, we will conduct continuous regular testing of the campus community. Each week we will test 15% of campus residents, commuter students, and employees. The first round of tests will be conducted the week of February 1.
  6. If you have COVID-19 symptoms: If at any time, you sense that you have symptoms including a fever of 100.4 or higher, a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, etc., you must immediately self-isolate and call the Campus Clinic to schedule a testing appointment and be seen by a physician.
  7. Contact tracing: If you suspect you have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, please ensure that you call the Campus Clinic before coming onto campus. Close contact is currently defined as being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.

Travel Guidance

We are monitoring all travel guidelines and recommendations imposed by the CDC and the state of Kentucky.

At this time, a 2-week quarantine upon arrival to campus is NOT required for any individuals who have travelled domestically or internationally.

For the latest domestic and international travel updates, please click the buttons below:

International Travel

Domestic Travel

Testing Requirements


Students are strongly encouraged to test prior to returning to campus for the spring semester. If able, please ensure you receive the COVID-19 Antigen Test, also known as the “Novel Sars Coronavirus 2019 Test” no earlier than 7 days before the first day of your class.

For Kentucky residents, approved testing sites may be found at the following link:

Kentucky COVID-19 Testing Sites

For residents outside of Kentucky, please visit the following link for approved testing sites nationwide:

U.S. COVID-19 Testing Sites

Students unable to test prior to returning to campus will be able to participate in the on-campus testing protocol upon arrival to campus beginning January 11, 2021. The following links provide procedures and testing schedule information:

On-campus Testing Procedures

On-campus Testing Schedule


If a student tests off-campus and is positive, then the student should remain home for 10 days of self-isolation before coming to campus. At the end of isolation, the student must be re-tested and submit a negative test result. These results can be uploaded through his or her MySBTS portal. The student should notify either Boyce or Southern Student Life and arrangements can be made to participate in classes online while in isolation.

If a student tests at the SBTS Health Clinic and is positive, the student may:

1. return home for the required 10-day isolation, or
2. be placed in an on-campus residence room identified for isolation purposes for 10 days per CDC requirements and the SBTS isolation protocol. The student’s health will be monitored daily by the Health Clinic staff and the Student Life leadership will provide daily assistance for each student.
3. Students placed in isolation will have online access to classes during the isolation period.

NOTE: Only students planning to live on campus in a dorm would have the option of being placed in an identified isolation room. All students who commute or live in an apartment would be required to isolate at home.

Campus Services

Click below for hours of operation and procedures for all campus services.

Health and Recreation Center
Founders’ Cafe
The Coffee Shop
Legacy Hotel
The Bookstore
Southern Exchange
Campus Police


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us.