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Baldwin Wallace University Student and Family Update April 17, 2020

CREDITS AND REFUNDS FOR HOUSING, DINING AND PARKING UPDATE
The following details provide important information regarding the announcement shared with BW students and families on April 2, 2020, including information about BW's campus housing and meal plan credits resulting from the disruption of the spring semester.

  • BW will provide meal plan and room credits or refunds for students impacted by the coronavirus remote instruction period. Credits will be equivalent to eight weeks (50%) of residence hall and meal plan expense for the time students were unable to utilize residence halls or meal plans, less any outstanding balance.
  • Balances remaining on flex dollar accounts at the end of this spring semester will roll over to the next academic year.
  • Parking permit fees will be credited to student accounts for the eight weeks (50%) students were not on campus.

You have two options as follows (less any outstanding account balances):

  • Apply my credit to fall 2020 (tuition and/or room and board). If you prefer to have a credit, there is no other action you need to take.
  • Request a refund. Individuals may request a refund rather than a credit. Please complete the refund application form. The form can then be mailed to Baldwin Wallace University, Attention: Cashiers, 275 Eastland Rd., Berea, Ohio 44017 or emailed to Cashier@bw.edu. If you do not request a refund, we will apply your credit balance to fall 2020 charges.

See a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for refunds and credits >

COMMENCEMENT UPDATE
Although we’re still working on plans for a fall commencement date, we do want to invite all our graduating students to participate in the Class of 2020 Virtual Yearbook. We'll compile the responses into a congratulatory virtual yearbook that you can share with friends and family. Graduating students should complete this form by April 22 to participate. 

GRADING POLICY UPDATE
The deadline to declare the pass/fail grading option has been extended until May 1, 2020 for the current Spring 2020 semester. Students interested in declaring a change to their grading option, undergraduate should email their advisor with their Name, Student ID, and Section(s). The advisor will forward approvals to the Registration & Records Office.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
The Learning Center, Reading Center, and Writing Center are online to support you through the end of the semester. All students have been contacted with information on how to access these programs and services. View details on MyBW > 
BW Learning Center (@BWLearnCtr) | Twitter
Ritter Library (@ritterlibrary) | Twitter

BOOK RETURN PROCESS
BW's book rental partners have extended return deadline to May 22, 2020. On May 1, 2020 an automated Rental Book Return Reminder will be sent to you with information including a list of your outstanding rental titles. BW’s bookstore will be open limited hours the weeks of May 11 and 22, look for updates from the Bookstore. For students who cannot return to campus to drop off books, the bookstore will provide you a UPS label to use for your book rental return. Information regarding shipping labels will be included in the May 1 email. Questions can be directed to: bookstor@bw.edu.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Counseling Services continues to offer industry-approved telehealth counseling appointments. Additionally, BW has partnered with ProtoCall, one of the nation’s leading providers of telephonic behavioral health services. Students can access these resources 24/7 by calling 440-260-4399. A full list of services is available at: BW Counseling Services. TAO (online self-help therapy resource) continues to be available to BW students 24/7. Sign up through the MyBW Counseling Services page.

VIRTUAL FITNESS
The BW Recreational Sports and Services department is regularly creating videos remotely for the BW community. Check out the virtual wellness program > 
BW Rec Sports (@BWRecSports) | Twitter
BW Rec Sports (@bwrecsports) | Instagram

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT
Student employees may not work remotely or physically on campus during the summer. Questions about summer employment should be directed to the Student Employment Center (SEC).

CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR ALL UPDATES
It is important to check your email daily for important information, this update does not include everything pertinent to you. We understand there is a lot of information coming to you at once. Remember your advisors, professors, coaches, and staff are all great resources to make sure you stay on track toward the end of the semester and prepare for next fall.

STAY CONNECTED
Student groups and organizations, Residence Life, The Brain Center, and Student Life are all hosting virtual events and helping you stay connected with your friends and the BW community. Join their social media channels, reach out, get involved.
BWBrainCenter (@BWBrainCenter) | Twitter
BW Student Gov. (@BWStuGov) | Twitter
BW Conservatory YouTube Channel
BW Res Life (@BW_ResLife) | Instagram

  • Virtual Trivia (General Questions) on Wednesday April 22 at 9:30 p.m.
    Students can log into a Blackboard Collaborate session at bit.ly/SLCVirtualTrivia at the start of this event! No preregistration is required, and winners will receive prizes. It is recommended that students log into Collaborate with an iPad or Laptop and use their phone to access Kahoot.
  • Virtual Baking Class on Friday April 24 at 7 p.m.
    This class is open to the first 50 students who register (look for registration details at @bwstudentlife on Instagram). A local baker will instruct participants to bake a flourless chocolate tarte. This class will be approximately 60 minutes. An ingredients list will be posted prior to the class to allow those interested in participating to prepare.
  • Live Virtual Yoga Class on Saturday April 25 at 11 a.m.
    This class is open to the first 100 to register and is beginner friendly. Students can register at bit.ly/SLCVirtualYoga. This link will allow students to register for any of the three virtual classes we will be sponsoring.

MORE INFORMATION REGARDING OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
BW will continue to monitor information regarding the Coronavirus and will align our actions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)World Health Organization (WHO), Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) as our trusted sources of information. Changes to the plans outlined above or additional information will be shared on this webpage as soon it is made available.

Visit here for current information for the BW community during the Coronavirus pandemic. You may also reach out to BW Health Services at (440) 826-2178.

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