April 6, 2021

Past Updates from 2020

July 31, 2020 Update

July 1, 2020 Update

June 12, 2020 Update

May 13, 2020 Update

April 22, 2020 Update

April 15, 2020 Update

April 3, 2020 Update

March 25, 2020 Update

An important message for the SBTS and Boyce College family.

March 19, 2020 Update

As we continue to prioritize the public health and safety of our campus community and to abide by the guidelines issued to us by local, state, and federal health agencies, the James P. Boyce Centennial Library will be operating in an online service model beginning on Monday, March 23.

This means that the physical library facilities will close on Friday, March 20 at 5pm, the end of scheduled operating hours. Until further notice, we will continue to provide most library resources and services remotely. More information about those services is available at the library’s web site and will be updated in the coming days.

March 18, 2020 Update

An important message for the SBTS and Boyce College family.

March 17, 2020 Update

In light of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal and state government officials, Southern Seminary will postpone all campus events until further notice. We will announce a decision about future campus events, including graduation, as soon as more information is available from the CDC and other government agencies.

In the meantime, the Southern Seminary and Boyce College teams are currently preparing a virtual Preview Day and other visit options for prospective students. For more information, email the Office of Admissions at admissions@sbts.edu.

For questions related to any campus event, please contact eventproductions@sbts.edu.

March 11, 2020 Update

Southern Seminary has reached new decisions in response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. We are taking these actions in light of requests from our state government and, in particular, from our governor. These actions are taken with the intent of protecting the well-being and health of our students, faculty, and staff.

Regarding Classroom Teaching as Applies to Faculty and Students:
  • There will be no on-campus classes on Thursday, March 12 or Friday, March 13.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, all course instruction for the remainder of the spring semester will be delivered completely online. Classes will continue according to their current schedule, but Zoom and other appropriate distance learning platforms will be used.
  • Faculty will contact students over the next few days regarding the shift to online delivery for their specific courses.
  • All current online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • At this time, all academic planning for the summer term and beyond will continue as originally scheduled.
Residential Living:
  • All students living in Southern Seminary and Boyce College dorms will be required to vacate no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Exceptions to this requirement may be requested via the form at https://www.sbts.edu/dorm-form/ for students unable to travel home.
  • At this time, apartment residents are not affected by this decision.
On-Campus Offices:
  • Campus operations will remain functional, and all faculty and staff should continue to report to work as usual.
  • Plans for spring commencement exercises at Southern Seminary and Boyce College have been postponed. Currently, it is unclear when the ceremonies will be rescheduled. We will update as soon as dates have been determined. Please direct questions to graduation@sbts.edu.

Please continue to monitor developments through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and take all appropriate preventative measures.

SBTS and Boyce College will continue to provide updates as more information is available and governmental agencies make on-going recommendations on COVID-19.

March 10 Statement Concerning the Coronavirus

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College continue to monitor the outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, now named COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan, China. At this time, there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus on the campus of SBTS. We want you to know that out of an abundance of caution and desire to protect our campus community, Southern Seminary is taking proactive measures to monitor and prepare for this virus. We are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and working closely with Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

We understand that there can be a great amount of concern and uncertainty among the campus community, especially for a situation that is evolving and changing on a daily basis. The safety and well-being of our students, families, faculty and staff is our highest priority.

The CDC reports that patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with such symptoms as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Should any student, faculty, or staff member begin to experience any of these symptoms, or have recently traveled to affected areas, or have been exposed to others who have traveled to affected areas, we ask them to contact the Campus Clinic at (502) 897-4497 before going to the Clinic or notify their health care provider immediately.