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McKENZIE (March 12) - An email to students and staff from Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler outlines the school's response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The email reads as follows:
Bethel University has received some questions on what our plans are in regard to “the Coronavirus” or COVID-19. We are monitoring the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for higher education and the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) recommendations. Both are changing rapidly.
For the safety of our student body, Bethel University has decided to extend Spring Break for another week for our College of Arts and Sciences and an update will be issued March 17, 2020. All campus activities in McKenzie will also be suspended. These include, but are not limited to, music events, McGuire Lecture Series, SGA Open Forum and SGA Elections. As of this time, classes will resume on March 23, 2020. Students are asked to stay home for the week of March 16-20, 2020. Any student who has had contact with a person who is infected is urged to self-quarantine at home. Arrangements are being made for quarantine quarters on campus should that be necessary. If you believe you may have been exposed and are following the CDC’s self-quarantine procedures and therefore will not be able to return to campus on the 23rd, please contact the Office of the Vice President for the College of Arts and Sciences to arrange accommodation and remote work.
The NAIA has cancelled all winter championships including the national basketball tournaments, so the Lady Wildcats will not be traveling to Billings, MT for play. We ask that those student athletes who are on campus for practice return home if their events have been cancelled. If returning home is not feasible, please contact Peggy Carter, Director of Residence Life. Please contact your coach to check the status of your event as many conference sporting events are being cancelled. We will continue to monitor other athletic events and address them individually.
Our College of Professional Studies and our College of Health Sciences will proceed with their classes as normal. Nursing students admitted to the program will have courses online beginning on Monday, March 16 and continuing through Friday, March 20. Nursing students who are not in nursing classes should remain at home. Nursing students will continue to do clinical work. Physician Assistant students will do some online and some face to face classes. Clinicals for Physician Assistant students will continue as scheduled.
As we continue to monitor this situation closely, we will send more updates. Again, decisions that could impact the remainder of this semester will be posted by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
For further questions, you may contact the following:
Ms. Cindy Mallard, Vice President College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Kimberly Martin, Vice President College of Professional Studies
Dr. Joe Hames, Vice President College of Health Sciences
Ms. Peggy Carter, Director of Residence Life
Mr. Brad Chappell, Senior Associate Director of Athletics
Mr. Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance