As the situation related to COVID-19 develops, the College will add updates to this page by date, with the most recent appearing at the top.

FAQ’s from BGU COVID-19 Update

Updated August 10, 2020

 

Are classes going to be conducted on campus this fall?

The University is planning to have students serving in leadership roles (i.e. SLA, SM, etc) return on August 17th, all other sophomores come to campus on August 19th, and incoming freshmen on August 24th.

BGU will give students the option of staying home after thanksgiving to limit the exposure of contracting COVID-19 due to travel. A student will need to decide by October 1st, 2020 whether they will stay on campus or off campus for Thanksgiving. If a student decides to return home for Thanksgiving, they will need to conclude the term online. Students returning home for Thanksgiving should be mindful they will need to fulfill their fall Practical Training hours before leaving campus or plan to serve additional hours of Practical Training in the spring term. Students will be allowed to carry 40 hours of PT into the spring term.

The schedule for graduate program classes is unchanged given that it is fully online. 

At this point, the plan for the spring 2021 semester will be to be on campus with a similar plan to that described for the fall 2020 semester.

 

Will on-campus classes be offered differently from the past 

The University plans to offer a hybrid model of both in the classroom and online instructional strategies for the fall semester to ensure the most appropriate and effective instructional delivery for any unforeseen circumstances and to accommodate any CDC health regulations.   

 

Will incoming Juniors still be going on Global internship this fall? 

As of June 10th, we plan on sending incoming Juniors overseas. We are closely working with all of our overseas leadership to gain knowledge of their operational plans for the fall. Because of potential conditions that could emerge, the University is considering various scenarios as we develop plans for offering students the experiences they need to support their learning while remaining fully committed to their health and safety.   

As it currently stands, juniors teams going overseas may be fielded at different times instead of leaving at the same time.  

 

What will be done to ensure safety and health for co-curricular events such as Campsplosion & The Forge? 

The university has decided to postpone any major fall events to ensure the safety of the students on campus. There will be activities conducted in appropriately sized groupings and facilities with adherence to guidelines from public health officials and certain external resources. Other individual activities are being scrutinized and planning is well-underway to safeguard with the same high standards expected for all activities conducted under the auspices of the University.

 

Has there been discussion on health and safety considerations within the campus residence halls?  

Currently, the COVID-19 Committee is building a plan to ensure that health guidelines can be adhered to. Students will be housed at a lower capacity than maximum capacity and there will be a section of housing designated for those who manifest symptoms or have been exposed to another person with symptoms of Covid-19, until those symptoms have been determined not to be Covid-19 or recovery from Covid-19.

 

Given the nature of current conditions presented by COVID-19, has the University considered how it will handle situations if the virus were to emerge on campus?  

BGU employees and students will be expected to engage in the same appropriate health practices as regarding mitigating transmission risk on campus.  Extensive planning is in place regarding quarantine procedures and accessing quality medical care for any student diagnosed with COVID-19.  You can see a full detail of our COVID-19 Campus Policies here. Any further practices implemented will be emailed and updated on the website closer to your start date.  

 

Will there be extra items I will need to bring to campus? 

We are asking all students coming to campus to pack the following medical items: thermometer, masks, and hand sanitizer. While the university will provide sanitizer and masks for the main facilities and work spaces we want to ensure that you have these items for any activities you do outside of the BGU schedule.  

 

Will the University campus be restricting gatherings and external visitors to campus in an effort to further mitigate risk of exposure during the pandemic 

Although there cannot be a complete suspension of campus visitors due to delivery services, repair needs, etc., the University will carefully monitor group gatherings and requests for visitors in an effort to minimize unnecessary exposure risks to the Bethany community.  However, in all cases where external visitors are on campus, they will be expected to follow all guidelines demanded by the University, which may include certain types of pre-screening safeguards.

 

When will campus tours resume?

The campus is now open and available for Campus Tours. It will be a limited campus tour due to the lack of students on campus but you will still get all the pertinent information necessary.

 

Will the school provide testing?

At this time we will not provide testing. There are numerous health care facilities nearby where students can get tested.

 

Where will testing be provided?

We will have a list of health care facilities near campus that are doing tests. Students should be aware of what their insurance will cover.

 

How will my student be transported for testing/medical care?

BGU is determining a process for transporting symptomatic students for testing/and or care.

 

Will parents be notified by the school if their student is quarantined?

Students’ parents (if able to provide a student’s FERPA pin) can ask about their student and we provide information. BGU students are adults and BGU is legally not allowed to give out personal information unless a FERPA pin is provided. We do ask that students should keep parents apprised of their situation.

You can view our full COVID-19 policy by clicking here.

CARES ACT Reporting: 7/20/2020

  1. Bethany Global University acknowledges that we have signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. Also, we assure that we have used no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. BGU has received $130,533 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. $130,533.74 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 10, 2020.
  4. An estimated total of 229 students at the institution were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. 229 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Students who were actively attending BGU as of March 13, 2020 (the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak”), were not enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to March 13, 2020, and completed a FAFSA received an emergency financial aid grant. Of those students, Pell eligible students received $680.06 and the remaining students received $480.06.
  7. Students were emailed the message below when the grant funds were posted to their account in Populi:

A $XXX.XX Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Award has been disbursed. A check will be placed in the mail to the address below within the next few weeks.

{Primary_Address} Please log in to Populi and look on your Profile’s Financial tab for more details.

The award is from funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It is to help with expenses related to disruptions to your education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare.

FAQ’s from BGU COVID-19 Update

  • When do I need to leave campus?
    • All undergraduate students and Ministry Interns may begin moving out of the dorms at 12pm on Friday, March 13 and will be required to be off campus by Monday, March 23.
  • When can I return to campus?
    • Students and Ministry Interns will leave for an extended Spring Break and remain off campus for the rest of the semester. August Freshmen and Sophomores will return to campus in the Fall.
    • Communication will be sent out by April 17th with details, but January Freshmen should expect to return to campus on Sunday, May 10 with summer semester classes beginning May 11.
  • What do I do with my belongings?
    • You will need to remove all your belongings from the campus.
    • Limited campus storage will be provided for some individuals at the discretion of the Services Department. An exception form will be made emailed to you. Submit the form by 12pm on Monday, March 16.
  • I do not have any where to go. What happens to me?
    • The Services Department will email out an exception form for individuals whose circumstances might require them to remain on campus. An exception form will be made emailed to you. Submit the form by 12pm on Monday, March 16.
  • What services will be available to students who remain on campus?
    • Limited housing will be available to those students who are granted an exception to remain on campus. Students remaining on campus will also attend virtual classes online alongside those who are not on campus.
  • Will BGU offer room and board refunds?
    • No, we have already passed the room & board refund deadline. However, we will continue pay your PT scholarship towards tuition.
  • Do I still need to attend class or work PT on Friday, March 13?
    • No, all Student activities will be suspended at 10pm on Thursday, March 12.
  • When will classes resume?
    • Classes will resume via online resources on March 30. Check your email and Populi profile for information and updates.
  • What technology will a student need to effectively participate in remote learning?
    • Students should be prepared to access their course materials with a basic computer or mobile device with internet connectivity and speakers. Faculty will inform students of the specific technology requirements prior to the first day of class.
  • Will about requirements like chapel or Church attendance?
    • We will not deliver chapel or student development online so they will not be required for the rest of the semester. However, classes will continue to include church attendance and prayer requirements.
  • I’m a Sophomore planning to go on internship. What should I do about Partnership Development?
    • A Mandatory Sophomore meeting will be held at 10am on Friday, March 13 for those in Partnership Development
  • What happens to TEM major requirements?
    • There will be a seminar for Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions on Thursday, March 12 from 6-10pm
  • I had friends planning to come for CPW. What happens to them?
    • The Spring Campus Preview weekend will be cancelled, and anyone registered will be notified by the Call Center.
  • I am a Senior graduating in May. What will happen with Graduation?
    • We do not feel we have enough information yet to make a final decision on Graduation. We ask that students and families ensure their travel plans are as flexible as possible should cancelation or rescheduling be required.
  • How will I eat meals if I am on campus past Saturday?
    • Kitchen will provide a sign-up sheet for weekend meals.
    • A sign-up sheet will be available Sunday for anyone needing meals for the week of March 16.
  • What should I share on social media to tell my friends and family about what’s going on
    • Information will be made available on the BGU website for you to share with friends and family.

Dear BGU Students/Parents: 

I hope this note finds you and your families healthy and safe.  As you are aware, the conditions created by the pandemic have forced profound changes in many businesses across our nation. Higher education has likewise been compelled to consider revised modes of operation.

Within the last few weeks, the BGU leadership has been diligent in responsible planning for opening the fall 2020 semester. The purpose of this update is to announce our University intends to open in the fall with our students present on-campus. We are working diligently to create a healthy and safe campus, with equal attention to making the college experience as normal as possible for our students.   

To see a full detail of our COVID-19 Campus Policy, click here.

There will unquestionably be emerging details that continue to require timely attention as information becomes available. However, please know that the health and welfare of our students is paramount above all considerations.  We know that a safe and secure environment is vital to provide an effective teaching and learning environment. BGU remains fully committed to this high standard of care.  

On behalf of the entire BGU community, we look forward to your arrival in August as we embark upon another exciting year in training you to take the church to where it is not and helping others do the same. 

See above for a list of frequently asked questions posed by students and parents. 

Sincerely,  

David Hasz
EVP & Provost of Bethany Global University

» Click here to view our full COVID-19 policy.

RE: COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATE FOR STUDENTS

March 12, 2020

Dear Students,

Please know that we take your welfare and safety very seriously. We have reluctantly come to a decision that we understand could be difficult for each of you in a variety of ways. After assessing the regional health situation and campus resources related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided that it would be in the best interest of our community to extend spring break for students by one week and resume classes through virtual teaching on Monday, March 30, 2020.

In light of this decision, we are taking the following actions:

1. Classes will be held at their regularly scheduled times via online resources. Faculty will communicate with their students before the first scheduled class session with further details. The Provost will follow up with further instructions and resources for faculty.

2. Despite the difficulties this might cause, we ask undergraduate students and Ministry Interns to remain or return home for the remainder of the semester. Students may begin moving out of their on-campus housing beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. All students will be required to be moved off campus by Monday, March 23, 2020 and will be required to follow Services check-out procedures. The Services Department will communicate further details moving forward.

3. On-campus room and board will be provided to those who have no other option, including those from countries with travel restrictions and those with other extenuating circumstances. Please fill out the exemption form (will be emailed from Services) by 12:00pm Monday, March 16, 2020 if you will need on-campus housing.

4. Any students who remain on campus due to an exception will be required to fulfill their Practical Training hours (students may be redeployed to a different department/function based organizational needs).

5. Our campus will continue to be operational during this period. The work of educating our students and caring for those who remain on campus will continue. Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual while following the health protocols we have already put in place, per the Center for Disease Control.

Additional information about Graduation and other campus events will be forthcoming.

You may be wondering why we are making this decision now, given that there are no known cases on our campus and relatively few cases in Minnesota. Global experience is showing that social distancing is one of the best protections against the virus, which has the potential to spread rapidly in communities. We also believe that spring break travel presents a potential threat to Bethany Global University (BGU) and the surrounding community.

Furthermore, the number of new cases is now increasing exponentially. Due to its population density and global connections, the number of cases in Minneapolis is very likely to increase in the next few RE: COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATE FOR STUDENTS

weeks. Our limited ability to quarantine students or others infected with the virus leads us to believe that it will be safer and perhaps less disruptive for us to move to online coursework now rather than facing this prospect later in the semester.

We made our decision to pursue virtual instruction carefully and with the goal—consistent with CDC recommendations—of preventing large groups of people in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms, dining halls, and residence halls. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and also with similar decisions made by peer institutions.

By being proactive—taking a thoughtful, faithful approach—we have an opportunity to care well for people. We will send further information as planning develops.

We recognize that, given our deep commitment to residential Christian missions learning that thrives in close community, this decision will have a significant impact on your BGU experience. For our graduating students, we lament that you may not be able to conclude your studies at BGU in the way you had anticipated. We look forward to welcoming our returning students back after this semester.

This is far from the first worldwide challenge that Bethany Global University has faced. Through warfare, disease, financial downturns, and other worldwide crises, our spiritual mothers and fathers remained steadfast in prayer and resolute in their mission to serve Christ and His Kingdom. Together we can trust God’s grace to help us weather this storm as well.

Sincerely,
Dan Brokke
President