Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Baker University continues to closely monitor developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The college’s multidisciplinary COVID-19 Readiness Taskforce is meeting regularly to assess the situation and plan for impacts to our campus community.

First and foremost, we want to maintain safe campuses and encourage and adopt practices that protect the health of students, faculty, staff, and the community.  We also want to ensure the continuity of operations in the event of a pandemic. We are taking proactive steps to address a number of concerns.

Update as of July 2

Policy on Face Coverings

Baker University is committed to preserving the health and safety of our university community. For this reason, as of July 2, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while on Baker campuses in the following settings:

  • Public outdoor spaces where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained
  • Public spaces that may be visited by a member of the public
  • Common areas such as hallways, stairways, and elevators
  • Inside an enclosed area where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained

The face-covering policy will be updated in the Return-to-Campus Guidance posted on the Intranet.

This policy has been established based on Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring most Kansans in a public space to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible, the Douglas County Health Officer Order, and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recent studies show that a significant portion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms (asymptomatic) and that those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms (presymptomatic). The virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity even if they are not exhibiting symptoms.

In addition to maintaining 6 feet of social distance for slowing the spread of the virus, here are other important measures:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when unable to wash your hands. 
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow/arm or a single-use tissue and promptly dispose of it in the trash.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

Update as of June 15

Fall Return to Baldwin City Campus

The following are updates surrounding the process of reopening and returning to the Baldwin City campus in the fall. Since the Baker Task Force began meeting many months ago, our goal has been to resume face-to-face education and activities on the Baldwin City residential campus in the fall and provide as much of the on-campus Baker experience as possible while taking precautions to protect our community.

The collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic from Baker students, faculty, staff, and community members has been nothing short of extraordinary. We remain focused on providing an exceptional student experience, acknowledging that Baker’s impactful liberal arts education is based on in-person academic experiences as well as through participation in clubs and organizations and on athletic teams. However, we know that life on campus must and will look different this fall. Baker is adhering to CDC and Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health guidelines in response to COVID-19 regarding health and safety measures to protect you, our faculty, and staff with our best efforts.

Updated Fall Calendar

To mitigate the health risks posed by holiday travel, flu season, and a potential second wave of COVID-19, we have modified our fall calendar as follows:

  • The 2020 fall semester will start on August 17 and conclude on Tuesday, November 24 (before the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26). This modified academic calendar will allow us to align with state, federal, and accreditation regulations for the required number of weeks in the semester while mitigating health risks during flu season.
  • Move-in dates for fall athletes are scheduled on August 3 (football), August 4 (men’s soccer) and August 7 (women’s soccer, cross country, and volleyball).
  • The move-in date for new students living on campus is Saturday, August 15. Please watch for an email from Residence Life for more information.
  • The move-in dates for returning students living on campus is Sunday, August 16. Please watch for an email from Residence Life with more information.
  • Final exams will be November 18-20 (Wednesday-Friday) and November 23-24 (Monday and Tuesday).
  • In order to release students from classes by Thanksgiving, we will hold classes on Labor Day, September 4, and we will not hold a fall break.
  • Winter commencement exercises are tentatively scheduled to be held in December.

The Baker Task Force has also provided the following guidance, which will be shared in more detail from our Deans.

COVID-19 Testing

  • If needed, free testing will be available through Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health to those with at least two symptoms.
  • We will follow CDC recommended procedures if a student becomes sick and immediately isolate them.

Preventative Changes Throughout Campus

  • Some environmental changes will be seen in Residence Life, classrooms, common area lines and large-group events, and athletic facilities.
  • Policies will be updated regarding mass gatherings, campus visitation, athletic travel, and so on in the coming weeks.
  • More communication will come prior to your arrival on campus.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Residential Life Changes

  • Monitoring of residence halls and apartments will be increased, social distancing practices will be enforced, and additional cleaning of private living areas will be expected.
  • There will be additional cleaning in common spaces.
  • The number of common spaces in the residence halls and apartments will be limited.

Changes in the Dining Hall and Late Night Grill

  • Self-service stations will not be available.
  • Sneeze guards have been installed.
  • Seating will be reconfigured.

Classrooms and Labs

  • The majority of our classes are already small (our average class size is 16) and we are limiting classes to no more than 40 students.
  • We encourage faculty and students to avoid sharing equipment or reduce the amount of sharing.
  • Baker faculty and staff will sanitize high-touch areas frequently.
  • Staggered seating will be implemented.

Campus Events in the Fall

  • Masks will be strongly encouraged for campus events.
  • Whenever possible, events will be moved outdoors, and indoor events will have a limited number of attendees.
  • Spectator sports will continue as scheduled with social distancing or online viewing or both available.

Fall Athletics

  • NAIA and Heart of America Athletic Conference guidelines will be followed.
  • We will practice the required social distancing guidelines in the spectator stands.
  • Routine disinfecting of shared equipment and high-touch surfaces will take place.

Community Engagements and Campus Visitors

  • We will limit the number of visitors on campus.
  • Visitors should follow up-to-date Baker health practice guidelines, including mask recommendations.
  • Visitors should monitor their own symptoms and refrain from visiting if they don’t feel well or exhibit symptoms.

Before Returning to Campus

  • Students coming from outside the United States or from a CDC “hot spot” should expect a communication from Student Affairs.
  • Student Affairs will communicate with all students in the coming weeks with more details regarding plans to return to campus.

University Contingency Plan

  • Students will be asked to prepare a remote education plan indicating whether they have access to a laptop and appropriate technology for attending courses remotely or indicating the need for assistance in procuring devices. A checklist of probable technology needs will be provided to every student.

We appreciate your flexibility and your patience as Baker University continues to navigate these unusual times. If you have not yet registered for fall semester classes, please contact your academic advisor.

Update as of May 14

Commencement Ceremony Updates

We have planned several opportunities to honor our graduates.

  • First will be a Virtual Commencement Celebration, on Sunday, May 24 at noon. The Celebration will include an address from Dr. Murray and recognition of each graduate. The link to the event will be available on the bakerU.edu home page a few days before the event.
  • We will hold a Commencement event on the Baldwin City campus in the fall. Because of the realities of the pandemic and our responsibility to keep students and their families and the Baker community safe, we do not yet know what shape this event will take or when it will be held. Members of an administrative team will seek input from class representatives from each school, and details will be provided when they are available.
  • Graduates are invited to walk in a procession with our bagpipes during half-time of a football game next fall that will be aired on ESPN3.

Returning to Work

The Baker University Recovery Task Force is planning the return of faculty and staff to on-site offices for all campuses.

Remote working has been extended to May 31 to give the Task Force the opportunity to finalize a phased plan. Sarah Harris, chief human resources officer, will announce the details of the plan at the end of May on behalf of the Task Force

Here are the highlights of the plan at this time:

  • Between now and June 1, vice presidents, managers, and supervisors will work with Facilities, IT, and Human Resources to assess their space needs and develop phasing plans for their departments.
  • Starting June 1, vice presidents, managers, and supervisors will return to their campuses to make necessary adjustments.
  • We will initiate a phased return through the months of June and July, which will be outlined in the email from Human Resources.
  • We expect that all staff who are not at high risk of complications from COVID-19 will be back on campus by the end of June, and faculty not on contract will return in the fall. Exemptions will be explained in the email from Human Resources.
  • All faculty and staff should monitor symptoms of illness and stay home when they are ill. The Office of Human Resources will send information soon about what to do in the case of a positive test for COVID-19.

Because what we know about the pandemic changes daily, this phased plan is a work in progress and will remain flexible. The BU Recovery Task Force will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines and will listen to public health experts and implement their best recommendations on screening and mitigation techniques.

Our first responsibility is to preserve the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Fall Classes

Our goal is to resume face-to-face education and activities on the CAS residential campus in the fall and provide as much of the on-campus Baker experience as we can while taking precautions to protect our community. We also plan to resume on-campus courses at SON, working with our partner Stormont Vail Health, and to supplement SPGS and SOE graduate courses as we have in the past with in-person instruction.

As we strive to fulfill goal 1 of our strategic plan—to provide an exceptional student experience—we acknowledge that Baker’s impactful liberal arts education is based on in-person academic experiences and through participation in clubs and organizations and on athletic teams.

As members of the BU Recovery Task Force lead our efforts to restore our operations, each phase will be based on our duty to protect the health and safety of our community while fulfilling our mission. The recovery framework is flexible and will guide us if we need to take a step back to better preserve the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Implementing these plans will depend on the number of COVID-19 cases in the area, and we will continue to listen to public health experts and implement their best recommendations on screening and mitigation techniques such as masks, temperature scanning, contact tracing, and more frequent cleaning.

Update as of April 29

Based on national and local guidelines for personal and community safety, the date to work remotely has been extended to May 15.

As we prepare for a return to standard operations, the university has established the Baker Recovery Task Force to guide this process. Dr. Darcy Russell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will lead this group. The Recovery Task Force will guide and oversee planning for the resumption of institutional operations at all campuses that report directly to the president of the university.

Update as of April 24

Federal CARES Act: Student Emergency Relief Grants: As part of the first federal stimulus package, funds were made available to colleges and universities for student emergency relief grants. There has been a lot of discussion about who is eligible for these funds, how the funds should be used, how the funds should be distributed, how the grant funds affect this year’s and next year’s federal financial aid awards, whether the funds can be processed through student accounts, whether the funds are taxable, and whether these grant funds are subject to other federal laws and regulations. The Department of Education has given some guidance in regard to these funds, but there are still many unanswered questions. All universities are in the same position with the lack of clear guidance, although some are moving forward and distributing these funds. Baker University has been actively participating in these discussions and is following the information closely. We are hopeful that all of the questions will be answered and we will be able to move forward within the next 60 to 90 days.

Update as of April 17

Students at the College of Arts and Sciences have the opportunity to request that courses for the spring 2020 term be graded Pass/NC.

If you wish to take one (or more) courses using the P/NC option, the request must be made by April 27, 2020, which is also the final day to withdraw from a course this term. Once you make this decision you may not change your mind – so please make your choice carefully

Please read the following carefully, and you are strongly encouraged to consult with your academic advisor before making a decision.

  • Students may choose to continue to take a course for a grade. In this case the student may earn the following grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, NC, or XF. We will not assign the grade of F in this term. If a student fails to earn a passing grade, an NC will be assigned. The student will not get credit for the course, but neither will an F be included in the student’s GPA. There is one exception. If the student fails due to academic misconduct (cheating or plagiarism) the grade of XF will be assigned and this will lower the student’s GPA. It is never appropriate to cheat or to plagiarize the work of someone else. A pandemic is not an excuse for academic dishonesty.
  • Students may choose to take a course that was previously going to be graded for a P/NC In this case, and only for this semester, the NC will be assigned only if the student is failing the course. If the student is earning at least a D-, the grade of P will be assigned. This will allow students to earn credit for the course and move forward without impact to their GPAs as long as they are passing. However, this is not always a good choice to makeso students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisors prior to making this choice for any course. 

Things to carefully consider:

  • Some majors require a grade of C/C- or better in order to proceed in the discipline. Before you choose to take a course required for your major in a P/NC manner – STOP and consult your advisor.
  • Some graduate schools require (or strongly recommend) a letter grade for admission to the program. If you are planning to apply to graduate school – STOP and consult with your advisor prior to choosing the P/NC option.
  • PRE-NURSING students, please know that our nursing school does require grades for all courses used as part of your admission package. STOP and consult with your advisor or with Cara Bonfiglio at the Baker School of Nursing if you plan to attend our nursing school.
  • Some students need a letter grade in order to be eligible to compete in NAIA athletics in future semesters. If you are a scholar-athlete at Baker – STOP and consult your academic advisor on academic issues and your coach on eligibility issues prior to choosing P/NC as your grading option.

Our strongest recommendation is that you take most (if not all) of your courses for a grade. In the long term, we believe this will serve you best. However, if you feel that you are at risk of getting a D of some flavor in a course, the P/NC option may serve you well in this term. This is definitely the time to consult your advisor and (if applicable) your coach about this choice. Please do not make these decisions in a vacuum; consult with the experts in your disciplines.

If you want to take all your courses for a grade, no action is necessary.

If you wish to take one (or more) courses using the P/NC option, the instructions are on the registrar’s page of the website. The changes will be made using a form accessed through your portal, so the process will be secure. The request must be made by April 27, 2020, which is also the final day to withdraw from a course this term. Once you make this decision you may not change your mind – so please make your choice carefully

Note that any courses that were previously P/NC courses will remain so and no action is required by the student.

Update as of April 15

Employees able to work remotely will continue to do so through May 1, 2020.

Update as of April 9

To ease the financial burden many of our students on the Baldwin City may be facing, we have made the following policy changes.

Outstanding Balances Allowed for Fall Enrollment 

The university is raising the maximum outstanding student account balance permitted to enroll from $100 to $2,500. Students with a balance of up to $2,500 must enter into payment arrangements with the Business Office to bring their account current during the fall semester by calling 785-594-8306. However, students will be allowed to enroll and begin fall 2020 courses.

Student Emergency Financial Aid Support Grants Given for Housing and Meals

Students who were in student housing or had a meal plan (or both) this spring will receive a student emergency financial aid support grant of up to eight weeks of housing and the unused portions of their meal plan. The grants will be applied to the affected student accounts. Students will be able to view the exact grant amount applied to their existing account balance by accessing their student portal.  The grants are calculated based on the specific housing choices and meal plans that were selected by each student and are intended to assist students in funding the housing and meal costs they are incurring as a result of having to relocate off campus related to COVID-19. If a student has an existing balance due to the university, the grant will be applied to the balance and reduce the amount owed.  If a student has a balance due to them after the housing and/or meal plan emergency financial aid support grant is applied and any other existing university charges are paid in full, the credit balance will be applied to the fall semester tuition and fees.

Students may instead request a direct payment of the grant by submitting this formwhich must be submitted by April 20, 2020.

  • Graduating seniors eligible for a grant due do not need to request a check. These will be automatically processed if the grant results in a credit balance on their student account
  • Our goal is to have all checks distributed by April 23, 2020. If a student does not request a check, no further action is required and the emergency financial aid grant will automatically be applied to the fall 2020 tuition and fees.  

It is our sincere hope that these two policy changes will allow students to continue their education at Baker University. Students who have questions should contact the Business Office at 785-594-8306.  

Update as of April 2

Campus Buildings to Remain Closed Until April 19

Based on the latest executive order, buildings on all campuses will remain closed and staff who can work remotely will continue to do so until April 19. We will continue to monitor and follow federal and state mandates. We do not anticipate pay reductions or furloughs

Baker University Emergency Relief Fund

We have established the Baker University Emergency Relief Fund to help the university weather the financial challenges we face now and will continue to face in the coming months. The funds will be used for, but not be limited to, providing students, faculty, and staff access to the equipment and technology necessary for remote classes and business operations and to provide financial support to students with an outstanding student account balance at the university who may be experiencing a financial hardship. Gifts to the fund can be made online.

The funds will be administered on an individual basis through the Office of Financial Aid. New applications closed July 8, 2020.

Housing Refund or Credit Decision Coming Soon

Because we continue to get clarification from the Department of Education and other federal agencies, we have not made a final decision on how to address refunds or credits for housing and meal plans. We are carefully considering the options and are working on an equitable solution. We intend to have a plan by April 10 for resolving the outstanding questions within the next 30 days. As soon as we are able, we will announce this plan and contact students individually.

 

Update as of March 20

Based on the most recent guidelines issued by state and federal agencies, Baker University is taking the following steps to promote public health and safety:

  • Classes will remain off campus through the end of the semester.
  • We will close student housing.
  • Baker employees are working from home as much as possible.
  • All events on all campuses have been canceled or postponed.
  • We will postpone Spring Commencement ceremonies.

MORE DETAILS

Update as of March 19 | Baldwin City Campus Visits

All group and individual visits for prospective students will take place virtually through Zoom videoconferencing. Learn more at bakeru.edu/visit.

Update as of March 16 | NAIA Spring Sports

The NAIA announced on Monday, March 16, to cancel the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately. No spring sport student-athletes will be charged a season of competition, and any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent. Athletic Director Nate Houser will share more information with student-athletes in the next few weeks.

Update as of March 13 | School of Nursing & Overland Park Campuses

Classes on the School of Nursing campus at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka will be held online. Clinicals will he held as scheduled. 

In-person classes on the Overland Park campus will be held via Zoom videoconferencing through April 3.

Update as of March 12, 2020 | Baldwin City Campus

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 after Spring Break, we are taking these immediate steps on the Baldwin City campus.

March 16-20 Spring Break
March 23-27 Online classes
March 30-April 3 Online classes
April 5 at noon Housing reopens
April 6 On-campus classes resume
  1. Changes to Class Structure After Spring Break

We have asked that during Spring Break (March 16-20) faculty prepare to transition their course content, including lectures, to online instructional platform.

Spring Break is scheduled for March 16-20 on the Baldwin City campus. Beginning at the end of day Friday, March 13, 2020, in-person classes will be temporarily suspended.

Upon Spring Break concluding and beginning on Monday, March 23, we will transition to an online platform for e-learning through Friday, April 3. Students should check their Moodle account for each course on March 23 and will hear from their faculty members about e-learning approaches for specific courses. These approaches may include working together virtually in “real time” for some courses, so the approaches will vary.

In-person classes will resume on Monday, April 6.

  1. Housing During e-Learning Period

Students are expected to depart campus housing as soon as they are able. Students who were scheduled to depart by March 13 at 5 p.m. will be asked to leave by that time. We ask that students who were scheduled to stay previously for athletic or other reasons depart no later than noon March 18, 2020. Students are asked to petition via this campus stay request form by 4:30 p.m. March 13 to remain in residence halls over Spring Break and/or beyond. Students who successfully petitioned and are approved will be allowed to stay on campus to complete e-learning. Reasons that may be considered for a petition include:

  • International students who cannot return home or whose homes are in a time zone four or more hours different from Baker University’s.
  • Students who do not have reliable Internet access at or near their homes or who cannot return home for other reasons.
  • Students who need access to specialized equipment to complete course work.
  • In rare cases, students who have other extenuating circumstances.

University housing will reopen to all students on Sunday, April 5, at noon.

  1. Intercollegiate Athletics & Student Events
  • All athletic practices and competitions and fine arts rehearsals and performances are cancelled until April 5.
  • All student activities are cancelled until April 5.

If these events are rescheduled after April 5, the appropriate coach, faculty, or staff member will contact you.

Update as of March 11, 2020

Currently, the university is maintaining normal operations. As of March 7, 2020, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed its first presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 in Kansas. The case is located in Johnson County, and that person has been in home isolation following CDC guidance.

Travel Guidance & Reporting

Given the rapidly evolving situation with regard to COVID-19, the Baker community is encouraged to carefully consider nonessential international travel. We encourage you to check the World Health Organization (WHO) website for travel advisories as well as the CDC’s website for travel advisories and their FAQs for travelers. Depending on your destination, you may have to make the difficult decision to change or cancel plans to ensure your own well-being and timely return to Baker.

If you are traveling to areas affected by COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to reconsider your plans because of potential quarantine in either that country or when you return to the United States. This could severely affect your plans and delay your return home.

If you do plan to travel, we appreciate your registering your travel plans ahead of time using this online form.

No matter where you are traveling, if you have an underlying medical conditions, please discuss all travel with your health care provider.

What You Can Do

COVID-19 is a virus that causes symptoms similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu. Symptoms may appear from 2 to 14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Your risk of getting COVID-19 depends on where you are, where you’ve traveled recently, your age (people over 65 are at greater risk) and whether you have a preexisting or chronic health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease like asthma. The CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately if you have concerning symptoms and have recently traveled to an area that has ongoing cases of the virus, or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Taking preventive steps is key in preventing the spread of infection. Here are a few reminders:

  • Stay home when you are sick! (Currently, the CDC recommends that people remain home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever or signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.)
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not share food or drinks, eating utensils, or smoking devices with others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and frequently touched objects.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with your forearm or a tissue and then throw away the tissue.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Practice social distancing if you or the other person is infected. View guidelines.
  • Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • If traveling, wipe your airplane seat, tray, and arm rests with disinfectant wipes.
  • If traveling, remain in your hotel or resort if you are sick, and seek medical care as needed.

What Baker Is Doing

The university has established a COVID-19 Readiness Taskforce, consisting of members of the Executive Cabinet, academic offices, student affairs, human resources, facilities and security, and information technology departments. While there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases with a connection to Baker, the university has advised the Baker community of official notices and resources regarding health precautions, travel safety, and related key information on COVID-19 as the information is made available.

The university is taking the following steps across campuses to assist in keeping members of the Baker community healthy.

  • The maintenance staff has increased the frequency it disinfects door handles, light switches, desk, and other frequently touched surfaces.
  • The maintenance staff uses a product recommended to be effective against the coronavirus to disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the campuses, including the dining hall and library in Baldwin City.
  • In time for Spring Break, CAS students can pick up a free travel-size hand sanitizer in the lobby of the union on March 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What to Do If You Feel Sick

If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, tiredness, and dry cough) contact your primary care physician for instructions.

Students

If you exhibit symptoms while on campus, call Family Medicine of Baldwin City (785-594-2512) or your primary care physician for instructions. Family Medicine of Baldwin City offers a 60% discount to self-paying students.

Faculty and Staff

Our insurance provider, Cigna, offers telemedicine services as part of our plan. Telemedicine services allow you to reach a doctor 24/7, from your phone, from wherever you are located. Please see Cigna’s website for more information.

Emotional Support

As this situation brings with it many unknowns and rapidly changing circumstances, we recognize it may cause anxiety. There are numerous resources for students, faculty, and staff for support and assistance.

The following are guidelines for managing anxiety and fear about coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Get the Facts! Finding credible sources you can trust is important for avoiding the fear caused by misinformation. Consider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, check out Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health for local updates.
  • Set Limits Around News and Social Media. It’s understandable to want to keep informed, especially if you or your loved ones are affected. At the same time, constantly reading, watching, or listening to upsetting media coverage can unnecessarily intensify worry and rumination. Take a break from news or social media, especially if there is no new information. Focus on things that are going well and areas in your life over which you have control.
  • Maintain Your Daily Routine. Going to classes, activities, and work can maintain a sense of normalcy and perspective.
  • Stay Connected. Receiving support and care from others has a powerful effect on helping us cope with challenges. Spending time with supportive family and friends can bring a sense of comfort and stability. Talking through our concerns, thoughts, and feelings with others can also help us find helpful ways of thinking about or dealing with a stressful situation.
  • Use Campus Resources. There are mental health and wellness resources on the Baker Counseling Center website. Students can make an appointment with a counselor by calling 785-594-8409 or emailing sherri.pahcoddy@bakerU.edu.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Two services are available to employees and their families:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Speak to a licensed professional counselor with this free, confidential service, available 24/7.
    • 1-800-854-1446: English
    • 1-877-858-2147: Spanish
    • 1-800-999-3004: TTY/TDD
  • Cigna 24-hour telephone help line (1-866-912-1687): Employees and family members may speak with qualified clinicians about how to cope with anxiety, stress, or other issues related to the impact of COVID-19.

Additional Information

How COVID-19 May Impact Mental Health

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