As the situation related to Corona virus 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
- 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.
RE: COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATE FOR STUDENTS
March 12, 2020
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.