Campus Pandemic Information

Stay informed, healthy and stay safe

For the health and safety of all, everyone on campus is required to wear a face cover while in Bay College buildings and outdoor community spaces where physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. Everyone has a personal responsibility to social distance, frequently handwash, and respect others. Cleaning and sanitizing has increased, physical spacing in classrooms implemented, Plexiglas barriers installed in high frequency visitor areas and more. 

Students and employees should proactively monitor their health. If ill, stay home and seek health advice as needed. Bay College will follow public health department protocols related to isolation and treatment for individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or test positive.

Please refer to the table below detailing the most recent number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases at Bay College each week.

Week Main Campus West Campus *Main/West Online Only
Aug 17-Aug 23 0 0 0 0
Aug 24-Aug 30 2 0 0 1
Aug 31-Sep 6 1 0 0 0
Sep 7-Sep 13 4 1 0 0
Sep 14-Sep 20 1 0 0 0
Sep 21-Sep 27 6 1 1 0
Sep 28-Oct 4 8 0 0 2
Oct 5-Oct 11 7 1 0 0
Oct 12-Oct 18 3 3 0 0
Oct 19-Oct 25 6 2 1 1
Oct 26-Nov 1 5 5 0 2
Nov 2-Nov 8 5 3 0 0
Nov 9-Nov 15 4 0 0 1
Nov 16-Nov 22 3 0 0 1
Nov 23-Nov 29 2 1 0 0
*Cases associated with both campuses

Student Information

Due to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recent emergency epidemic order, all higher education instruction will be conducted remote-only starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and continuing through the remainder of the fall semester. For the latest campus updates, visit

Winter Semester

Winter semester is scheduled to begin January, 2021.

Bay Safe Campus

All Bay students are required to participate in the training program designed to inform, educate and encourage healthy living and learning on campus. A mandatory self-screening must be completed each day prior to coming to campus.

Course Delivery

Winter classes are planned to be delivered on campus, online, and in a flexible hybrid format. Some labs, clinical experiences, fine arts and technical experiences that do not lend themselves to remote instruction may only be available in person.

  • On Campus – classes in person, on campus interactive, hands on learning
  • Online – courses delivered totally online with engaging lectures and assignments available on demand
  • Hybrid – blend of in class and remote learning with live lectures via Zoom and other technologies, along with interactive group learning

Bay College understands there may be challenges on campus and online due to the pandemic. Each student has an assigned faculty advisor and co-advisors ready to assist students to resolve issues that arise. Support is available online and in person on campus. Co-advisors can help you request tutoring, navigate Blackboard, answer questions around course deadlines, and refer you to needed services. If you are not sure who your faculty advisor or co-advisor is, visit myBay (Login required) and click on "My Academic Advisor Report."


Refer to the Bay College Blackboard Quick Start Guide for Students to learn the basics of Blackboard, accessing courses, and online learning.

Online Resources

Resources to help students be successful in online courses are available in the Online Academic Success Center within Blackboard. Review as many times as necessary to feel comfortable with your online experience. Refer to Going the distance: How to excel in online classes for additional tips on distance learning. 


Tutoring and academic assistance is available to all students on campus in the student success center (HUB) and online. Remote tutoring is delivered using Google Hangouts. To request tutoring, fill out the Tutor Request Form on the Online Academic Success Center course on Blackboard.  For more information, Email the Student%20Success%20Center.

Testing Center and New Student Placement

The Testing Center will be closed starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020. If you have exams scheduled for the November 18 or beyond, please check with your instructor see what alternatives will be available. Visit myBay (login required) to schedule and complete placement assesments for math, reading, writing and english. Testing Centers on both Main and West Campuses are open for placement, and other testing by appointment.

Food Pantry

Bay offers a food pantry on both campuses, typically open Tuesdays, Thursdays and for online order pickup. Email trio_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE or call the Escanaba Campus at 906-217-4133, or the Bay West Campus at 906-302-3004 for more information.

Bay College Library

The Bay College Library's physical collection is available to students, faculty, and staff on both campuses. Materials are available for curbside pick-up or at the library. West Campus students, faculty, and staff can request materials through inter-campus mail. The library's digital collections are available from the Bay College Library web site.

Student Computers

Computers are available to check out to students who are in need. If you would like to check out a computer, Email the Bay%20College%20Library. The HUB computer center is open to students only from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM thru November 25.

WiFi Hotspots

High speed internet via WiFi is available on campus, and has been extended to outside parking areas on the Escanaba Campus and West Campus. Many internet providers offer free or discounted internet services to students.

IT and Online Support

For any questions or support utilizing our online system, please contact our Online Learning Department at onlinehelp_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE. For any technical support please contact our IT department at ithelp_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE or call 906-217-4025.

Counseling Services

You may feel frustrated or frightened during these challenging times. Confidential student mental health services are available and free to students. Please call 906-217-4156 on the Escanaba Campus or 906-776-4357 on the Bay West Campus. If there is a mental health emergency, dial 911.

Student Housing and Dining

Campus housing remains open. Outside guests are limited to visit campus housing. Café Bay will be open in the Winter for takeout. 

Norse Athletics

Norse athletics will follow NJCAA guidelines and recommendations.


Community Information

Community Events

Per State and CDC guidelines, all community events and scheduled meetings on campus have been cancelled through December 2020. For questions concerning upcoming reservations or facility rentals, please call Event Services at 906-217-4040 or email events_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE. Online event booking has been suspended until further notice.

Workforce Training

Visit the Workforce Training and Development website for updates regarding workforce training, conferences and course offerings. For more information, Email workforcetraining_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE or call Rene Lundberg at 906-217-4224 (Main Campus) or Gina Wollner at 906-302-3012 (West Campus).


Employee Information

Due to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recent emergency epidemic order, faculty and staff will be working from home starting November 18th starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020. For the latest campus updates, visit

Importance of Protective Measures

Protect your health and the health of others. This includes staying home when ill, wearing masks and practicing physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Bay College is following the Michigan Safe Start Plan to return to work. To track the risk phases of COVID-19 in Michigan, visit the MI Safe Start Map.

Working from Home

For helpful tips on working from home, refer to Bay College's Working from Home: Essentials for Working Off-Site.

Online Learning Resources

For more information regarding Zoom, Blackboard, Panopto lecture capture and more, visit the online learning web page.

Service Hours

Standard College office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET (West campus, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT). Services areas may offer hours outside of these hours to accommodate student and community needs, and by appointment. Buildings are open beyond service hours, and vary per campus.

Assistive Programs

The notice on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), telecommuting guidelines, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) information, and information on medical coverage relating to the COVID-19 can be found on myBay (Login required). Counseling services are also available to Bay College employees and their families free of charge via the EAP program.


All domestic and international travel related to college business is restricted. Personal domestic and international travel is strongly discouraged. Should you choose to travel, please be advised that you may be restricted after returning to protect the health and safety of others on campus.



Through the Congress approved CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, Bay College has been awarded $389,058 to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to Bay College students for authorized expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Qualifying students, based on Federal Government CARES Act guidelines, are eligible to receive these fund.  Complete the CARES Emergency Grant Form to apply. For more information, email the Financial%20Aid%20Office or call 906-217-4020.

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