Back to Campus: Fall 2020

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


As a part of the testing process, all residential students and employees will be required to affirm a covenant and commitment. This document is available for electronic signature through mySBTS, and must be completed prior to residential move-in and class attendance. Please click below to access the document.


Campus Life

As we return to campus for the fall 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: This 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 touch-less infrared thermometers, 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 August 24.
  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.

Travel Advisories

We are monitoring all travel restrictions and recommendations imposed by the CDC. For the latest international restrictions, please click the button below:

Travel Advisories

Additionally, the state of Kentucky is monitoring “hot spot states” around the country that have a 15% or greater infection rate. As of October 20, 2020, these states include: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

NOTE: All employees and students returning to campus from these states will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Testing Requirements


Students are strongly encouraged to test prior to returning to campus for the fall semester. If able, please ensure you receive the COVID-19 Antigen Test, also known as the “Novel Sars Coronavirus 2019 Test” on or after August 3, 2020.

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 participate in the on-campus testing protocol detailed in the following link:

On-campus Testing Procedures


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.

Required Campus Reentry Forms

As a part of fall 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 on or before August 10, 2020. Failure to do so will block students’ access to Canvas, until the required forms are completed. Please click below to access the forms.

Required Forms

Back to Campus Instructions

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

Southern Seminary    Boyce College

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

Academic Calendar

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


Click here for returning to work guidelines


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