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Boarding Update: A Fresh Start
Aanika Mohammad

After all the changes students experienced this past year at Baylor, it feels exciting to know campus will be slowly returning to normalcy this fall. The boarding community has a few updates to share for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

Baylor is thrilled to welcome its new head of residential life, Scotty Smith '89. Although Smith started his new position in July 2021, he is not a new face. An alum and former dorm head of Lupton Hall, he most recently served as Baylor’s director of alumni affairs, and has also worked in both admissions and development throughout his time as a member of Baylor's administration.

The boarding community is also excited to welcome the boarders who spent all of last year fully distance-learning back to campus this August. Whether it was due to travel restrictions, family decisions, or health risks, a handful of international students were unable to live on campus last year, but they will finally be returning to the dorms and classrooms. Amanda Chen '23, a third-year resident of Riverfront Hall, says, “I am so happy to be coming back to the dorm and to campus. I can’t wait to see my friends again and not be in quarantine!”

Following proper COVID-19 protocols allowed Baylor to stay on campus and in the dorms throughout all of last year while most of the country continued online. In-person learning is agreeably the better alternative, and to remain in person, students and faculty must continue to follow some updated COVID-19 regulations.

Masks are required in most indoor spaces, and, upon moving into the dorms, all boarding students must pass a health screening, which includes either proof of vaccination and an onsite rapid COVID-19 test or a negative rapid antigen or PCR test within 48 hours of arrival.

The dining hall staff will follow Hamilton County mandates and restrictions for in-person dining, and students will have the option to eat indoors with social distancing or outdoors for all meals. Throughout it all, the day and boarding communities are so thankful to be continuing in-person learning with these adjustments, inching closer to a more normal school year at Baylor.

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