Our Bethany Community
I must begin this note with words of deepest appreciation for your patience, understanding, kindness, and collaborative spirit. Last week’s decisions at Bethany and in the national landscape of higher education were unprecedented, but we took the steps we did because we care greatly about the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. At Bethany, we are a family, and we want each member of our family to be safe.
Bethany is blessed to have students who come from across the United States and around the world. With that in mind, and upon the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we determined that extending our spring break and moving to online learning beginning March 23 was the best course of action for our community at this time. This decision was one of the hardest I, along with my Cabinet, have ever had to make as it means we are keeping you from your second home, your friends, and your college community you helped to build. This is unimaginable to all of us at Bethany as our students and their experience living and learning together on our beautiful residential campus are at the heart of our mission and purpose.
I also recognize that this decision brings with it many questions, and I want to applaud all of our campus leaders for spending hours working to answer as many of them as they can these past few days. This level of personal engagement is #ONEBethany on full display, and I am beyond proud of the compassion being shown to all our constituents and to one another during this challenging time in our world.
As for our seniors, I know this is exceptionally difficult with graduation on the horizon. We pray that the spread of COVID-19 will subside, and that all those affected globally can find comfort. I assure you, we will make an announcement regarding Comprehensive Exams and Graduation as soon as possible. We are all navigating uncertainly right now, but through it all, we will continue do everything we can to make your final year special, all while adhering to the advice of public health officials.
Bethany College is resilient and for generations has promoted the creation of a world of worth and value. The health of our campus and global community calls us to take extraordinary measures right now, and I remain grateful to each of you for your continued understanding and desire to do whatever is needed for our students, our campus, and the world in which we live. Always #ONEBethany.
For more information, please visit our Health & Wellness page.