Campus Life and Student Success
Most of our departments have modified their services or usual support model to take safety precautions into account.
Academic Success Center and Tutoring Services
- Tutoring services will be provided by the Academic Success Center virtually and on the first floor of the Moody Library. The ASC reception desk will be supported 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
- Tutoring services will be available remotely (virtual) and physically on campus from the first week of class (August 24) to the last day of final exams (Dec. 7). Other questions about how to be successful can be emailed to ASC@HBU.edu.
- All weekly fall academic support workshops will be held remotely Mondays from 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
- Capacity in the Academic Success Center spaces will be limited to 20 students at a time to facilitate safe social distancing.
Bradshaw Fitness Center
- The Bradshaw Fitness Center is open to students and other members. The safety of all of our members, as well as staff, is of the utmost priority to us. We will adhere to Texas guidelines and require all members to follow the specific patron guidelines as well. All participants will be required to comply with all guidelines of the HBU Bradshaw Fitness Center and sign the new BFC waiver.
- See the BFC website for latest information on available hours, services and amenities, and other safety precautions.
Career and Calling
- Services and appointments to assist students in identifying their calling or preparing for their career will be available physically on campus or conducted virtually.
- These career fairs and events will be conducted virtually. To view career fairs and other events visit the Career and Calling website.
- Questions? Contact CareerandCalling@HBU.edu.
Students who are online only will be enrolled in a Blackboard class that allows them to watch convocation sessions posted by Spiritual Life. If a student is approved to take all of their classes remotely, they may also be added to this group. Students who are taking classes on campus will not have that option. HBU has added an on-campus convocation opportunity for students on Mondays from 11:00-11:50 to allow for greater social distancing and also to allow for more opportunities for students to receive convocation credit during this unique time. Multiple safety precautions are being taken to make sure that students have the safest and most beneficial experience possible during these in person convocation opportunities.
The Financial Aid office is available, on campus or remotely, to assist students in obtaining maximum financial assistance. You can now make virtual appointments with financial aid counselors through Navigate (inside the student portal at my.HBU.edu)
Tuition and fees will not be reduced as we provide a full range of instructional support, student services, extracurricular activities, intercollegiate sports, and an excellent learning experience motivated by our Christian mission. Also, investments in instructional technology and enhanced sanitization procedures have resulted in increased costs.
See the COVID-19 Financial Aid FAQ for more.
Information Technology Services
In response to COVID-19 measures, the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk has modified its hours to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. You may contact the Help Desk via the portal My.HBU.edu, at 281-649-3410, Helpdesk@HBU.edu, or by walk-in at Brown 218.
- The Moody Library will be open to students and faculty.
- The librarians can best be reached via the chat buttons (green whenever available) on any library-related web page or research guide (a.k.a. LibGuides).
- Find hours of operation and availability of reference desk services (physical and remote) on the library’s website.
- Visit the library’s website for more information or reach these units directly by email:
1. Students with disabilities have the option of requesting an accommodation to attend both sessions of the hybrid format. They must indicate this preference to the instructor of each course they wish to attend 100% in person. Disability Services will be notified of that request, and then verify the request is in harmony with their registered and documented disability(ies). Faculty will then receive an accommodation letter asking that the student be able to attend both sessions.
2. Due to the COVID guidelines, taking classroom notes will be a challenge for students with disabilities. Therefore, please remind all students that recorded classroom sessions are an excellent manner to gain access to classroom notes. With the use of Panopto, the students gain captioning and a transcription of each classroom recording. They can also replay the recording if needed.
3. Preferential seating in the classroom may benefit students with disabilities. Again, due to COVID guidelines, hearing and comprehending lectures could be a challenge. Closest to the professor most likely would be the best case scenario.
4. The understanding and willingness to provide extended time and flexibility with due dates could be quite necessary for students with disabilities during the hybrid/remote presentation format.
- If a faculty member is wearing a mask or face shield, a student with a disability may have trouble accessing all information presented. Therefore, additional time to access the recorded sessions, readings, and to digest the material effectively may be required.
- Written requirements may take more time due to the challenges mentioned above.
- If a student with a disability is completely remote, then the extended time and flexibility with due dates will be particularly important.
5. It is highly recommended that faculty ask students with accommodations to make a connection with a classmate or two, and gain access to their phone number, email, or some way they can communicate with that classmate. This could help the student gain further clarification or understanding of assignments, expectations, and requirements.
6. Disability Services always recommends that students with disabilities connect and communicate with their professors at the beginning of a term so that they can clarify and collaborate regarding how their accommodations will work. It is also recommended that, if possible, faculty reach out to students who have accommodations, and discuss the dynamics as well.
Looper Learning Commons
- The open area on the bottom floor of Moody Library will have both laptop kiosks and desktop stations — with camera and lockdown browser for students to take exams — open to students daily.
- Capacity will be limited to 45 students to facilitate safe social distancing.
- Masks are required at all times in the Learning Commons (and all public indoor spaces on campus).
- All social distancing practices are in place, cleaning supplies for equipment and seats are available as well as hand sanitizing stations.
- Days and hours are still being determined, but are tentatively scheduled Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Residential WiFi Improvements
HBU has invested in a cutting-edge residential network (ResNet). When students return this fall, they’ll find a state-of-the-art, high-speed, reliable Wi-Fi network in all eleven residential buildings, many older buildings and the Hodo Residence College. With an access point in each room, students will have blazing-fast Internet to interact in online classes, videoconferences and their favorite apps. They will also have instant access to Apogee’s 24/7/365 support via phone, chat, text, and email. Read More…
- All HBU faculty, staff, students and alumni are provided free access to RightNow Media, which offers 14,000 Bible study videos that can be instantly streamed. Create your own access and profile using by texting RIGHTNOW HBU to 41411.
- A variety of student clubs, Bible studies, and special events will be available, both physically and remotely.
- For other questions, contact Colette Cross at CCross@HBU.edu.
Success Coaching and Advising
- Find your First Year Success Coach and schedule a virtual appointment through Navigate (inside the student portal at my.HBU.edu). For face-to-face meetings, please contact your Success Coach to make arrangements.
- First Year Success Coaches will host virtual workshops throughout the semester. Details will be available on the Advising and Student Persistence website as they are confirmed.
- Questions? Reach out to Student Success by email at StudentSuccess@HBU.edu.
- For questions about the advising process or to schedule an appointment, please contact your academic advisor or email Advising@HBU.edu.
TRIO Student Support Services
- TRIO will be available to support students virtually or on campus.
- For more information about TRIO please refer to the TRIO website.