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||Online Only|
|Aug 31-Sep 6||1||0||0|
|Sep 7-Sep 13||4||1||0|
Fall semesters is scheduled to begin August 17 and finish November 25.
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.
Fall 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. Reach out if needed! Co-advisors can help you request tutoring, navigate Blackboard, answer questions around course deadlines, refer you to needed services, and more! If you are not sure who your faculty advisor or co-advisor is, visit myBay (Login required) and click on "My Academic Advisor Report."
All classes are built in Blackboard. Refer to the Bay College Blackboard Quick Start Guide for Students to learn the basics of Blackboard, accessing courses, and online learning.
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.
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 website.
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.
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.
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 Fall in a new way, including takeout options!
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.
Norse athletics will follow NJCAA guidelines and recommendations.
All placement assessments are available online and on campus. Visit myBay (login required) to schedule and complete math, reading, writing and english assessments. Testing Centers on both Main and West Campuses are open for placement, and other testing by appointment.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.CARES EMERGENCY GRANT FORM CARES ACT DISCLOSURE