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Daily screening form for faculty and staff

Current COVID-19 Update

10:40 a.m., Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share the we are ending the semester in the Green Level of our warning level system. Five students have received a positive result.

This will be the last weekly campus update until the start of the spring semester.

Have a safe and happy holiday season, #ONEBethany!

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

Bethany College COVID-19 Interim Policy

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Starting July 20 for employees and August 5 for students, members of the Bethany community will begin reporting back to campus. To do so safely, the following COVID-19 temporary policies have been implemented to supplement the existing COVID-19 Return to Operations Plan posted on the Bethany College website, dated June 8, 2020.

Access to Campus and Daily Screening

Students, faculty and staff will be required to take their temperatures and submit a daily COVID-19 Self-Screening form. The surveys will be distributed to faculty, staff, and students at a later date by Kathy Burd, along with an email from Student Health on how to complete the survey.

Students, faculty and staff who have symptoms of respiratory illness should stay home and not come to campus until they are free of fever (100.4 F or 37.8 C or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of fever, or any other related symptoms for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (ex. Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, aspirin, cold medicines, Cough suppressants, etc). Students, faculty and staff who have exhibited these symptoms must submit a COVID 19 test with a negative response to Kathy Burd or Carol Tyler to be eligible to return to work, class or athletic activities.

Students, faculty and staff coming from a CDC Warning Level 3 country or those who have had known exposure to someone with a confirmed case of COVID – 19 are required by the College to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, physical distancing, hand-washing, and good personal hygiene are all critical to helping prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Social Distancing:

Students, faculty, and staff are required to follow all CDC current recommendations on Social Distancing found here by:

  • Maintaining 6 feet distance (similar to the length of a pool noodle) between individuals.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are required to follow all directional signs and instructions, including specific traffic flow and social distancing indicators.
  • There can be no more than 20 people in a gathering. All campus community members are required to remove yourself from large groups of people.
  • Within the residence halls, each room may only have one additional Bethany student guest per resident of the suite or room.
  • At this time, non-Bethany College community members are not permitted on campus without written permission from the Student Life Office by emailing gstebbins@bethanywv.edu.
  • Ramifications for not following these expectations:
    • First Violation: Written warning and educational sanction
    • Second Violation: Loss of housing and, when possible, continue education at home with forfeiture of housing cost.

Face Coverings:

  • Until further notice, face coverings or masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times when in College buildings, hallways, classrooms, indoor athletic areas, common areas of the College residence halls or outdoor common areas where social distancing is not possible.
  • Individuals are required to wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth at all times when not sleeping, eating, or swimming, or seeking to communicate with the hearing impaired for which the mouth needs to be visible.
  • Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering may submit a doctor’s excuse to Kathy Burd, for employees, or Carol Tyler, for students. Once approved, persons unable to wear a face covering will be issued a wristband bracelet to signify approval for not wearing a mask. This bracelet will be required at all times and will carry the same ramifications listed below if not worn.
  • Unless instructed otherwise, residents in campus housing are not required to wear a face covering while in their own room or apartment, but face coverings should be worn in all common areas of the College residence halls, such as hallways, laundry rooms, and lounges.
  • Employees working alone in their individual enclosed offices with the door closed do not need to wear face covering. Employees working in offices with open floor plans will need to wear a cloth face covering.
  • Ramifications for not following these expectations:
    • First Violation: Written warning and educational sanction
    • Second Violation: Loss of housing and, when possible, continue education at home with forfeiture of housing cost.
    • Refusal to wear a mask over the mouth and nose could result in refusal of service in campus service areas such as the gym, cafeteria, classroom, etc.

A cloth face covering should:

  • Cover both the nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

For more information on how to properly use a face covering, see our tips on how to wear a face covering.

Travel

College related travel is currently not allowed under the Covid-19 Operational Plan posted on the Bethany College website.

Traveling to visit friends and family is highly discouraged and potentially dangerous to not only members of the Bethany College community, but also to the general population including the person you are visiting. The recommendation is that you stay on campus as much as possible during the Fall semester. Please continue to monitor CDC and West Virginia recommendation and mandates regarding travel outside the region.

On-Campus and Exhibiting Symptoms

Students, faculty and staff who experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should do the following:

  • Students should contact the Student Wellness Center which is open to patient care Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:00. Please call 304-829-7567 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted.
  • For medical emergencies on campus, please dial campus security at 304-830-3924 or dial 911.
  • Faculty and staff should call their physician’s office for advice and inform them about any recent travel or symptoms. Symptoms of COVID 19 include:
    • Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore Throat

Look for emergency warning signs of COVID-19 if someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or combativeness
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Faculty, staff, and students must self-quarantine if their health care provider suspects or test for COVID-19. The period of self-quarantine or isolation should be determined by the treating health care provider in consultation with the Brooke County Health Department or local health department where they live and Kathy Burd for employees and Carol Tyler for students must be notified.

Faculty, staff, and students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for the period of time determined by their health care provider in consultation with the local department of health. At Bethany the local department for Brooke County can be reached at 304-373-3665.

Faculty, staff and students who are required to self-isolate should follow the directions of their local care provider and the CDC’s self-isolation recommendations.

Students residing on campus who are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine should call the Student Health Center at 304-829-7567 or email Carol Tyler at ctyler@bethanywv.edu regarding campus housing options for self-isolation, other support, and additional resources.

Faculty and staff who are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine should contact Kathy Burd at kburd@bethanywv.edu.

All policies apply to faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors on College property.

Bethany College Return to Operations Plan: Covid-19

Monday, June 8, 2020

Bethany College like all other institutions under the realities of the Covid-19 global pandemic must adapt both operationally and financially. The following is a proposed operational and financial plan to begin July 1, 2020. Note: This plan is applicable to all employees and students of Bethany College. Additional Guidelines will be available for visitors to campus.

Part I: Criteria and Metrics for Reopening the Campus & Campus Calendar (2020-2021)
Part II: Campus Life Guidelines: Prevention, Housing, Dining, Daily Protocols
Part III: Protocols for Health and Isolation
Part IV: Process for Students to Return to Campus
Part V: Process for Athletic Return to Play
Part VI: Circumstances Requiring Early Fall Closure

Part I: Criteria and Metrics for Reopening the Campus & Campus Calendar (2020-2021)

Criteria and Metrics for Decision to Return to Campus:

Bethany College, located in Brooke County, West Virginia has elected to reopen the campus for a modified fall term as noted below. The College has taken this decision based on significant review of data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC), American College Health Association (ACHA), West Virginia Governor’s “Comeback” plan to reopen business in the State, and following the latest recommendations from the Department of Education (DOE).

The Chronicle of Higher Education maintains a list of campus communities returning to operations in the fall. Bethany College continues to benchmark our decision based on leading institutions such as the University of Notre Dame as well as geographically related institutions such as the Duquesne University, Marshall University, Fairmont University, West Liberty University, West Virginia University (hybrid model), Carnegie Mellon University (hybrid model) and others within the President’s Athletic Conference and comparable peers such as Waynesburg University, Grove City, Geneva College, St. Vincent College, Thiel College, and the University of Charleston.

The CDC’s guidelines for Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning (as of May 28, 2020) include measures to be taken to plan, prepare, and respond to the risks imposed by COVID-19. Such recommendations highlight the importance of thorough communication with all university partners and visitors as well as in-depth training and education on strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus. The guidelines also recommend giving priority to high risk populations and the discouragement of non-critical gatherings. Implementation of strict social distancing measures on campus is essential. Preparedness of institutional health clinics (for monitoring) and/or partners (for testing), intense cleaning and disinfection, isolation and contact-tracing measures, as well as the minimization of traffic to and from campus are also all encouraged by the CDC. Finally, the guidelines provide a recommended response to confirmed cases on campus in coordination with local health officials.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (May 11, 2020) put forth guidelines for campuses that intend to reopen for the fall term. These guidelines are represented in this policy. The recommendation of the WVHEPC is to develop local partners and plans based upon the unique circumstance to each campus. We have partnered with Brooke County Health and Human Resources, among others in creating a contextually appropriate plan. The key issues for WVHEPC are included below under: Prevention, Emergency Operations, Social Distancing, Personal Protective Equipment, Environmental Disinfection, Housing & Dining Separation, Student Life, Health Care Services, and Regular Health Checks. The final recommendation is to include daily clear communication to the community regarding the health of the community and multimodal communication on CDC guidelines to control “myth” and “rumor” and ensure healthy practices physically and mentally on campus.

Similarly, the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends procedures as already noted with the additional recommendation to prioritize in-person instruction where it is critical to course content (labs and performance) and using a hybrid models of instruction when appropriate (May 7, 2020).

The Governor’s “Comeback Plan” began reopening the state for business on April 29th in phases and based upon a test positive rate of less than 3% positives per test administered. The state has remained below 3% to date which has prompted the second and third phase openings as of May 26th including operations such as indoor malls, indoor dining, large retail, parks & park facilities, outdoor and indoor sports, museums, visitor centers and zoos. The third phase expected in June will include Colleges and Universities. The National Governor’s Association sent a memo (May 27, 2020) to all Governors stating, “Reopening Higher Education institutions will be a critically important and high-profile step for governors who are working to get their state economies back on track.” Similarly, we are tracking the Chronicle of Higher Education, (May 27, 2020) with the following statistics: 18% unannounced, 7% planning online only, 73% planning for in person or hybrid model. Bethany College is following an emerging industry standard.
Additionally, the College also assembled a “blue ribbon” Pandemic Response Team (PRT) to focus on establishing guidelines, policies, and facilities for the fall 2020 semester with the safety of every individual on campus as the priority. The members include: President Tamara Rodenberg; Mike Bolen (Director of Brooke County Department of Health and Human Resources); Sara Dent (Campus Security); Jay Eisenhauer (Physical Plant); Sam Goodge (Student Life); Karen Hunt (Enrollment and Marketing); Dr. Karen Kormuth (Biology and Infectious Disease); Dr. Joe Lane (Academic Affairs); Emily Luke (Public Relations); Dr. Daniel Martich (Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Clinical Informatics & Board of Trustees); John Shaffer (Parkhurst Dining); Jerry Stebbins (Student Life); Renee Stock (Health Center); Stephen Thompson (Athletics); and Carol Tyler (Health Center).
The following Return to Operations Plan, is based upon the above cited consultation and research as well as direct partnership with the Brooke County Department of Health & Human Resources.

Campus Calendar Fall 2020-Spring 2021

The College concurrently established a planning group of faculty to consider alternative options for delivery of our academic program. The Fall 2020 Contingencies Planning Group (F20CPG) is focused on preparing recommendations on the academic calendar, conduct and format of classes, and academic services for the Fall semester. Topics include trainings for the use of technology in the classroom, preparing courses to accommodate guidelines established as best practices, and related topics to maintain Bethany’s standard of teaching and learning. The members of the committee are Scott Brothers (Chemistry, Director of First-Year Experience), Pandel Collaros (Music, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts), Stephanie Gordon (Registrar), Karen Kormuth (Biology, infectious disease researcher), Joe Lane (Provost), Harald Menz (German, Director of International Education), Richard Miller (Assistant Dean of Assessment, Accreditation, and Accountability), Julie Osland (Psychology), Anju Ramjee (Business, Chair), Lisa Reilly (Chemistry, Associate Provost, and ALO), Heather Ricciuti (Director of the Library), Diane Snyder (Psychology, Acting Director of Student Success), Jerry Stebbins (Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students), Heather Taylor (Director of the Learning Center), and Steve Thompson (Athletic Director).

The Faculty 2020 Contingency Planning Group will issue detailed guidance on the conduct of academic classes, the modes of classroom operations in our HyFlex model, guidelines for teaching faculty who cannot or should not be exposed in classroom settings because they belong to a high risk group, and the recommended technology upgrades and trainings that will be necessary to prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year. Bethany College, in response to epidemiological modeling of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) will plan to be on-campus and to offer both fully in-class and hybrid online models of education. The Academic Calendar will also shift to support the optimal health of our community and students. Key dates for returning to operations include the following:

Fall Term:
Aug. 3: Faculty Workshops (3-7)
Aug. 6: Move-In Day New Students (Staged Move-In Days through the week)
Aug. 10: First Day of Classes
Sept.10: Fall Convocation
Oct. 23: Homecoming Weekend (23-25) (Pending Covid-19 Conditions)
Nov.13: Last Day of Classes
Nov.16: Final Exams (16-18)
Nov.19: Student Leave Campus
Spring Term:
Jan. 11: Comprehensive Exams (11-15)
Jan. 17: Student Move Back to Campus
Jan. 18: First Day of Classes
Mar.5: Spring Break Begins (5-14)
Mar.15: Class Resumes
Apr.16: Last Day of Classes for Seniors Taking Comprehensive Exams
Apr.30: Last Day of Classes All Students
May 3: Final Exams (3-5)/Senior Transition Week
May 7: Baccalaureate
May 8: Commencement
May Term:
May 10: First Day of Classes (2, 3, or 4 Week Courses)
June 4: Last Day of Classes May Term

*For a Full Schedule, please see attached Bethany College Calendar.

This calendar optimistically projects that students will be able to be in person and on campus for both terms. In the event that this is not the case, the College is preparing for a hybrid model of education, which will allow faculty and students to have the greatest flexibility in teaching and learning. This model will provide some capacity for students and vulnerable faculty to be active in the academic program without being physically present in classes and will also enable the College to make a smooth transition to a fully online mode if that becomes necessary.

Return to Operations:

The College Emergency/Pandemic Response Team, which will continue to monitor the situation and make formal recommendations. Students and employees, upon return to work or class, will-be-expected to follow the CDC and State Guidance regarding the Covid-19 virus. In order to facilitate this the College will take the following steps:

Phase I: June and July:

  • Disinfect public campus locations
  • Disinfect student dorms
  • Disinfect HVAC air filters
  • Install “Safe Distance” signage
  • Install Plexiglas barriers for Dining Hall and other high interaction areas
  • Install Hand Sanitizing Stations throughout the College
  • Required E-Learning regarding Campus Policy and Covid-19 Awareness

Phase II: August Forward: All Students, Faculty and Staff will:

  • Receive Bethany Branded Masks
  • Receive Hand Sanitizer
  • Receive Gloves
  • Confirm Completed E-Learning Regarding Campus Policy and Covid-19 Awareness
  • Have Temperature Taken Before Move-in or Return to Work
  • Information on the Virus and CDC Guidelines

Phase III: August and Forward: Campus Management

  • In general, no campus event authorized larger than 20 (depending on the space allowing the appropriate social distance).
  • No spectators for athletic events that cannot be placed 6 feet apart
  • Teams will be permitted to compete – Per NCAA Rules/PAC Rules
  • No faculty or staff travel
  • Mail, Materials, Supplies will be limited based on agreed protocol*
  • No organized group transportation will be permitted (with the exception of teams and coaches only and under NCAA travel rules)
  • Representative sample testing throughout the semester

*This includes Parkhurst Dining, Follett Book Delivery, UPS, Fed Ex and all other direct delivery vendors.

Part II: Campus Life Guidelines: Prevention, Housing, Dining, Daily Protocols

Prevention:

Bethany College immediately established and maintains and up to date section on our website with the latest updates on “Knowing the Signs” and CDC recommendations. Hand sanitizers and campus disinfection plans began and continue as student move out and plan to return to campus. The campus has and will continue to prepare work and study accommodations for increased risk populations. We have and will continue to require self-quarantine for students or employees arriving on campus from high risk areas, who have known contacts, or present Covid-19 symptoms.

Emergency Operations Plan:

Bethany College maintains and up-to-date Emergency Operations Plan. In addition to this plan, the College will include a “Hybrid-Flex” learning plan in order accommodate telework or distance learning when necessary and unavoidable, and work plans will be crafted for faculty members for whom in class interaction with students may pose a significant health risk. The campus will work with students who are demonstrably unable to house themselves in the event of a campus-wide closure. The campus has identified and prepared a quarantine space for short term monitoring. Anyone with a confirmed test positive with Covid-19 will be sent home.

Physical Distancing:

Bethany College has reviewed and will prepare an in-class physical distancing plan including seating students 6 feet apart, wearing masks or face shields, and ensure faculty retain that distance as well. Common areas will be marked with where and how lines can form and Plexiglas shields are in place for dining and other service areas. Use of gyms and weight rooms will be spaced and by appointment to ensure time for disinfecting between team and individual community use. Dorms will be largely single assignments with a “Student Conduct Protocol” for maintaining social distance in student-living.

Environmental Disinfecting:

Prior to arrival, the College will have certified that all student living areas and all open buildings have been fully disinfected. We have contracted Panhandle Cleaning to complete this operation and they will employ SteraMist disinfectant (per EPA and CDC). Similarly, all living spaces HVAC, exhaust and air handling units will be cleaned using Benefect (per EPA and NADCA) systems prior to student arrival. Education on personal environmental disinfecting will be a part of the revised routines of the entire campus – supplies will be distributed. Students and Employees will be expected to comply with the following: In addition to the new cleaning protocols being prepared for the fall 2020 semester

*Daily disinfection of personal use items: phones, mobile devices, computer devices, etc.

*Daily disinfection of door handles and all surface area contact.

Housing, Student Life, Food Services & Transportation:

Students will have the option to elect to live in a single bedroom when practical. Students will be expected to sign a “Student Conduct Agreement” outlining our regular student expectations as well as specifically Covid-19 related expectations:

  • Keeping private space cleaned and disinfected.
  • Keeping gatherings in dorms to residents of that room and no more than two guests.
  • Following Environmental Disinfection Guideline above.

All Student Life activities will follow the CDC recommendations on health and safety assuring physical distancing, face covering, and hand hygiene.

This includes Library spacing when studying. Greek Life will use a virtual recruitment plan to supplement any interaction beyond the current CDC group size guidelines (currently not more than 6). Athletic and related intramural sports will not be spectator sports unless the 6 feet distance can be maintained. The College will only allow the number into a space that can ensure social distancing. If this is not possible, spectators will not be allowed.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines will be treated as a student conduct infraction and will be enforced.

Our dining service is Parkhurst. We will follow their corporate guidelines, available upon request, for the dining hall, food safety and minimized social contact.

Transportation on campus should be limited to social distancing capacity. College vehicles, buses, and vans for all official College travel will follow PAC, NCAA and CDC guidelines maintaining the required social distance and/or each passenger will be required to wear the face mask the entire time they are in travel with other students or employees (or members of the Town of Bethany).

Part III: Protocols for Health and Isolation

In the event a student, faculty or staff becomes ill, the College will follow the below listed steps in isolating and containing the virus:

  1. Every employee and student will be required to sign and acknowledge their understanding of the Health & Safety Protocols to be eligible to be on campus. Failure to follow the Protocols will result in disciplinary action.
  2. Daily self-screening protocols to be distributed for voluntary self and community care.
  3. Daily entrance screening for high traffic areas will be implemented including temperature.
  4. Representative sample testing throughout the semester to check for asymptomatic spread.

The Office of Student Life will be the coordinating center for campus health and safety. The following General Practices will be implemented immediately:

  1. Isolation Protocol:
    • Students will be removed from interactive spaces including their dorm rooms and placed in Gresham Inn to isolate for the required 14 days if they present with mild symptoms of Covid-19.
    • Students with confirmed test results will be removed from campus and immediately sent home for proper medical care.
  2. Social Distancing Protocol:
    • High Contagion Areas will be managed as follows:
      • Dining Hall – Please refer to Parkhurst Safety Protocol
      • Break Rooms: No more than 10 people spaced 6 feet apart

Opening the College will be contingent on four factors: Testing, Tracing, Separation, Education/Practice

  • Testing: Capacity for initial arrival/on-going testing in the student, faculty, and staff community. Ability to offer subsequent representative testing throughout the term.
  • Tracing: Utilizing technology for constant and ongoing contact tracing.
  • Separation: The College must be able to immediately quarantine students who are diagnosed either with symptoms and/or have known contact and can follow the protocol listed above.
  • Education and Practice: The Campus will follow safe distancing protocols and re-establish class scheduling to ensure distancing and safety. A hybrid model will be available to faculty and student where appropriate.

1. Testing: Bethany’s Campus must be able to obtain and have the ability to execute rapid testing at check in but also throughout the year.

Resources: Access to Rapid test kits and/or temperature monitoring: PPE equipment in the Student Health Services Office

Partner: Brooke County Health Department

2. Tracing: The College must be able to quickly and accurately provide contact tracing through a partnership with mobile apps with private companies and state agencies. State health departments are working to secure tracing technology at this time. Traditional contact tracing is too slow on a campus and ineffective in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 due to its ease of transfer.

Resources: Finances to purchase mobile apps for mobile technological tracing.

Partners:
Brooke County Health Department
West Virginia State Health Department
Private technology companies or large technology companies

3. Separation: Faculty and staff who are ill will be asked to work from home or remotely. Students who are ill will be required to quarantine immediately. Our current housing stock all requires the sharing of bathrooms or common spaces. While single bedrooms may help with providing a solitary location for someone to sleep and study, it cannot account for shared bathrooms, classroom usage, athletic facility usage, or dining facilities. We have one dining service area on campus.

Resources: Gresham Inn- The Gresham Inn is our identified quarantine facility allowing for the ill student to sleep and use a solitary restroom. There may be the ability for medical staff to see students in that location if necessary.

Note: It is critical that students follow the strict restrictions if diagnosed with COVID 19. They will be asked to go home for the protection of the community.

Additional medical team assistance for treating and checking on students, linen services, food delivery and garbage services will be available on a short term isolating basis.

Additional PPE for all staff members working in the area and medical staff seeing student patients.

Partners:
Brooke County Health Department
West Virginia Health Department of Health
Local or regional hotel chains
Parkhurst Dining
Panhandle Cleaning
Wheeling Hospital

4. Education and Practice: How the college operates and functions must change dramatically and radically during the Fall and Spring semester if the pandemic continues.

Through education, students must follow regular guidelines on good hygiene including constant hand washing practices, stay in your room if you are ill, face covering and the use of masks in class and around campus, covering your cough or sneeze appropriately, and social distancing.

  • Class sizes will be limited to provide social distancing within the classroom
  • Masks may be required in offices, classrooms, and residence halls.
  • Athletic events may need to occur with no fans if 6 feet separation is not possible.
  • No large social events including Opening Orientations and Greek social events.
  • Social distancing at arts events, theater programs
  • Class schedules to provide time between classes for room cleaning may be necessary.

Resources:
Plexiglas barriers purchased and installed in offices, dining hall, and public areas, possibly classrooms.
Increased disposable masks ordered for distribution
The purchase of a minimum of 30 alcohol based hand-sanitizing stations for campus, high traffic classroom areas, residence halls, athletic venues, and the dining hall.
Purchase large quantities of alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Increased budget for cleaning supplies and staff to maintain safe cleaning of public areas.
Regular cleaning of all athletic locker rooms and facilities.
Purchase of more garbage cans for campus in high traffic areas
A budget for additional hotel rooms regionally if necessary
A budget for increased food delivery costs.

Partners:
Brooke County Health Department
West Virginia Health Department of Health
Local or regional hotel chains
Parkhurst Dining
Panhandle Cleaning
Wheeling Hospital

Part IV: Process for Students to Return to Campus

A student must meet these expectations to return and be granted keys to move into dorm rooms:

  • All financial obligations must be completed before returning to campus including completing verification, payment plan arrangements, etc.
  • All medical forms must be submitted including immunizations and athletic clearances prior to returning to campus.
  • Every student must present proof of insurance prior to arriving on campus.
  • Vehicle registrations may be done on-line.
  • Student issued staggered (August 6-9) arrival times to assist with Social Distancing.
  • Students meet at designated location on campus (Recreation Center)
  • Pass an on-site rapid COVID 19 test prior to being issued keys.

Students proceed directly to residence hall to pick up keys and move into residence hall room.

Part V: Process for Return to Athletic Play

Return to play for our student athletes is still very fluid at this time. Based off the revised academic calendar, all student-athletes are expected to report to school during the prescribed student move-in.

The President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) has organized three committees to look into the formal guidelines. These committees are as follows:

Health and Safety: This committees charge is to look into how we can ensure a safe return to play for all those involved (students, coaches, officials and possibly fans). Bethany College Athletic Director will serve on this committee.

Scheduling: This committees charge is to look at different scheduling modules to ensure a positive safe student-athlete experience while also looking at where conference wide policies can ensure sound fiscal management.

Financial: This committees charge is to look into other conference wide policies that can ensure sound fiscal management.

Currently the two most likely scenarios for fall sports would be to (1) proceed as planned or (2) play a modified conference only schedule for fall and possibly winter sports. It is important to note that under both scenarios fall sports teams would still be able to hold the most allowable practices per NCAA Guidelines. Therefore, Bethany College athletes will be expected to begin practices as follows:

  • Football – Practices will Resume August 13
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Cross Country – Practices will Resume August 18
  • Volleyball – August 20

If a modified Conference Schedule is required, practices will begin as follows:

  • Football – Practices will Resume August 27
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Cross Country – Practices will Resume Based on Conference Schedule per Sport.

Circumstances Requiring Early Fall Closure

Bethany College recognizes that the situation surrounding the potential community spread of the Covid-19 is a possibility in a campus environment despite all efforts to prevent such an outcome. Therefore, there are three events that would lead the College to send students home and move to online instructions for their safety and that of the faculty, staff and town of Bethany:

  1. Bethany College will follow West Virginia State & CDC Health Guidance. Should the Governor reclose the state, we will comply.
  2. Bethany College will work to identify and isolate individuals presenting symptoms per this protocol. However, should the numbers of identified individuals exceed our capacity to monitor, isolate or quarantine, the College would take the decision to close and move online for the health and safety of all of our community.
  3. If Bethany College should determine that there is any significant number of community transmissions taking place on campus, the College would take the decision to move online for the health and safety of our community.

Vendor Contracts and Contact:
Bethany College will require all our vendors to provide us with certificates of liability insurance and formal signed assurance that each employee working on our campus has been through a process of Covid-19 health review assessment prior to arrival on campus.

In addition to the above stated protocol, we recognize the pandemic remains a fluid situation and will continue to adjust our campus plans as necessary. The College will, unless otherwise informed, follow this policy in order to return to operations for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Please read all emails from the administration of the College to ensure you remain updated as we move through the realities of operating in a pandemic environment.

Previous Communication

10:40 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. Three students have received a positive result and are quarantined at home.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

12:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. One student has received a positive result and is quarantined on campus.

Thank you for your cooperation, and have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2

Dear Bethany Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I write today to thank you for taking our health and safety guidelines seriously. Your efforts have allowed us to be together on campus for months now, living and learning in community. Bethany College has also consistently remained in the green category of our campus-wide warning system throughout the fall semester. This feat is a shared accomplishment, and I am deeply proud. Thank you for caring about each other and for showing what it means to be #ONEBethany as we continue to navigate COVID-19.

Following a review of our emergency response planning and knowing our sustained green health status, I also want to use this opportunity to announce our spring plans. We will begin classes in-person this year on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Comprehensive exams will take place on Jan. 11-12 (written) and Jan. 13-15 (oral). The start of the spring semester also coincides with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which we will again honor with special activities as has been our tradition. I expect more information will be distributed soon.

We are nearing the end of the fall semester, and we have been #BethanySTRONG from the beginning. Let’s continue to show our powerful Bison spirit in these final weeks and keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:50 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. One staff member has received a positive result and will not work on campus again until cleared.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After completing testing protocols this week, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system.

Please remember to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other throughout Homecoming Weekend.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After receiving nearly 70 test results from this week’s random testing, I am pleased to announce that results so far have been negative. However, one staff member, who was tested separately, has received a positive result and will not work on campus again until cleared.

Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system.

The individual who previously tested positive has been released from quarantine, and five contacts are still in self-isolation until Tuesday morning.

Thank you for continuing to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other on campus.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. Following a round of testing on Monday, one student case was identified, and that student is quarantined on campus.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

9:55 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system with no new cases.

Starting as soon as next week, the college will participate in weekly state funded and mandated surveillance testing of 10% of the on-campus population. Details will be shared soon by Dean Stebbins.

Along with the State testing, we will continue our NCAA testing protocol.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

11:23 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce in this weekly campus update that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. There is one active case, and the individual is quarantined off campus.

Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to connect while remaining physically apart.

Together, we are #BethanySTRONG.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After yesterday’s COVID-19 testing of 100 individuals on campus, I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system with 0 new cases among its students. One staff member has tested positive, and all protocols are being followed as recommended by the CDC.

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourselves and each other safe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce in this weekly campus update that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. There is one active case, and the individual is quarantined off campus.

Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to connect while remaining physically apart.

Together, we are #BethanySTRONG.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After a random testing of 97 students, faculty, and staff members, I am delighted to announce that there are no new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus this week.

Therefore, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our  COVID-19 warning level.

However, West Virginia is reported to have the highest rate of COVID-19 spread in the nation. We must remain vigilant to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am happy to share in this week’s update that there are no new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. Therefore, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our  COVID-19 warning level.

Thank you to the campus community for continuing to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other on campus. When you are off campus, it is critically important to not only follow state mandates requiring facial coverings and social distancing, but also to commit to protect yourself in order to “Protect the Herd.”

Stay safe, #ONEBethany.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

8:55 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

As promised, we are updating the campus every Friday with our COVID-19 warning level. With nearly all of the students’ COVID-19 test results being reported at this time, we have received a total of two positive test result. We have implemented all CDC guidelines and Bethany College procedures in response and we end the second week of classes in the Green Level of our warning level system.

Thank you to the campus for the cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to continue to connect with each other while remaining physically apart. I especially want to thank and encourage our students who are currently safely self-isolating for the health and safety of the campus. Let’s all continue to “Protect the Herd” and follow the guidelines to keep the campus open.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

Thank you to the community for a safe and healthy first week of classes. As promised, we are updating the campus every Friday with our COVID-19 warning level. The COVID-19 test results are being reported and as of this morning, we have received one positive test result. We have implemented all CDC guidelines and Bethany College procedures in response and we end the week in the Green Level of our warning level system.

For the health and safety of the campus, it is with my strongest recommendation that I encourage you to please stay on campus this weekend, stay socially distanced, wear facial coverings, and spend time outside with fresh air. To “Protect the Herd” and to keep the campus open to spend time with your friends as you pursue your educational goals, please remain vigilant in following the guidelines for safe interaction.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As the Bethany community reunites in-person for the start of the fall semester, it is imperative that we, as a campus, follow all the health and safety rules our College has established. All students, faculty, and staff must wear facial coverings at all times when indoors, except when eating/drinking. Facial coverings must cover the mouth and nose. Facial coverings may be removed when outside and more than six feet away from other people. Generally, our community must also follow the six-foot minimum distance between individuals. These measures are designed for your health and well-being and that of our community in slowing the virus’ spread. It is also imperative you remember to daily complete your self-screening form.

If these measures are not followed, our ability to remain together will be jeopardized, so please continue to follow our established health and safety practices every day. To those of you who are consistently wearing facial coverings appropriately and maintaining social distance, I thank you. We all thank you! Remind each other of the importance of taking these steps. And to ensure we are all doing everything we can to keep our campus healthy, I have authorized faculty and staff to remind students to follow these expectations.

Be safe,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

9:35 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17

Dear Bethany Community,

The day has finally arrived when we can be together on campus. Welcome back! Extraordinary steps have been taken to make our re-opening possible, and I want to thank my Cabinet and every single Bethanian for prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. You have consistently demonstrated what #BethanySTRONG means, and because of that commitment, we are now able to welcome the Class of 2024 personally and resume in-person education for all our students.

With the start of classes underway, I want to remind everyone that the health and safety measures we have put in place are for the protection of all Bethanians. I know it may be challenging at times to acclimate to our new normal, but it is important that we all stay the course if we are to have a successful fall semester. Should faculty or staff have any questions, please reach out to members of leadership of the College, or consult our special COVID-19 health and wellness website. Students, please connect with your Resident Advisor or Dean Stebbins.

From the start of the pandemic, Bethany College has followed guidance from the CDC, the West Virginia Department of Health, and local health officials. This will continue, and we will adjust as needed as new information becomes known, so please check the website and your email regularly.

I would also ask that you regularly check-in with each other through text, FaceTime, Zoom, and every safe, physically distanced way you can this year. Bethany College is about community even in the midst of a pandemic.

We are #ONEBethany. Let’s continue to show the world why. Have a wonderful year ahead.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10

Dear Students and Families,

We at Bethany are excited for your return this week and I write to share a few reminders.

  • Be sure you arrive during your assigned move-in dates and times this week:
    • Thursday – First Year Only
      • 8 a.m. – Noon – Room number ends in an odd number
      • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Room number ends in an even number
    • Friday – Returning students
      • 8 a.m. – Noon – Room number ends in an odd number
      • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Room number ends in an even number
  • Refer to the arrival instructions and flowchart. Do not go directly to your room. You will not be given a key until you have completed the arrival process.
  • During the arrival process, you and any members of your party will be required to have your temperature scanned. To be given access to your room, you and others in your party must not have a temperature above 100.4 or have any symptoms of illness.
  • Please note that no overnight visitors are permitted on campus and in general, visitors are to be limited until further notice. Guests may come to pick up or drop off students, but should wait outside the residence halls.
  • Finally, a reminder that Bethany College requires everyone to wear appropriate facial coverings to cover the nose and mouth and social distancing.
  • You are encouraged to pack light. Keep an emergency COVID bag packed in case you become ill and need to move to self-isolation. It should include fever reducing and pain relief medicine, extra set of pajamas, and possibly an extra charger for your phone etc.

Safe travels as you make your way to campus for a successful and safe start to the semester.

Sincerely,

Dean Stebbins

8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8

Dear Students,

It is important that you consider these important points while packing to return.

  • While the college will take every precaution to provide a safe living and learning environment, if necessary, either due to the spread of the virus or mandate from Governor or other authorities, we could close the campus and ask everyone to return home. This would only occur if we could not continue to offer a safe living learning experience. While our intent is to have a full semester, there is no guarantee that will be possible in light of the pandemic, student cooperation with policies, and the prevention of community spread.
  • You are strongly encouraged to only bring the items to campus that you believe are absolutely necessary. It would not be prudent to bring large items you may not need such as extra chairs or other large furniture items. It is best to be prudent in the items you bring with you. Don’t pack things you won’t use or need.
  • All residents are strongly encouraged to have renters’ insurance. You can check with your personal home or rental insurance agency or search for rental insurance online.
  • It is recommended that each student create a personal COVID emergency bag or suitcase which would include fever and pain reducing medicine, pajamas, extra chargers, and extra copies of your insurance information. If you were to become ill now or during the flu season and would need to be quarantined or self-isolated, it will be quick and easy to grab the bag and be ready to go. Create your own first aid kit.

It is important that you understand Bethany College’s protocol regarding positive or suspected COVID 19 cases on campus.

A student who has a positive COVID 19 test is first encouraged to go home immediately so that family may provide aid and assistance. Every student who tests positive or shows symptoms must immediately contact the Health Center to discuss next steps. If the student cannot go home, and with approval from the Health Center, the following steps will be taken to provide service for the student.

  • Isolation will help Bethany protect everyone by preventing exposure to people who have tested positive COVID 19. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation at Bethany will be used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. Bethany will enforce an isolation policy for those students who test positive for COVID 19
  • Isolation will be in effect 10 days from symptom onset and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
  • If asymptomatic, isolation will be in effect for 10 days from the date of the positive testing
  • Students will be provided a room with a private bath. This accommodation is for the positive tested individual ONLY.
  • Visitors, including parents, are strictly prohibited
  • Essentials will be delivered to a closed door, without physical contact.
  • Students, upon notice of positive testing, will be responsible for packing all necessary items, e.g., clothing, medication, electronics, chargers, etc. to have and use when in isolation
  • Medical assistance will be virtual. It can be accessed by calling 304-829-7567 (8AM to 4PM), or calling student life staff on call at 304-830-3933 between 4PM to 8AM, or by emailing ctyler@bethanywv.edu or acupp@bethanywv.edu
  • If non-medical needs arise, they will be addressed by the student life office by calling 304-829-7631
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911.

While in isolation the student will be responsible for a large part of their recovery process. They are encouraged to keep in touch with student health. It is important to rest, stay hydrated, monitor temperature, and reach out to student health for assistance if there are medical concerns.

We look forward to your healthy return to campus. Pack smart, come prepared to for a safe and healthy semester.

Sincerely,

Dean Stebbins

4:20 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7

Dear Students and Families,

As you prepare to return to campus next week, I would like to share some information and recommendations about the academic program and your classes for the upcoming semester.

We have updated the academic calendar to reflect our later start date. Please note that students should plan to be in class through Friday, November 20 so travel plans should be made so that you leave campus on Saturday, November 21. Exams and final classes will be scheduled for November 23-25, but those will be conducted remotely. There is no Fall Break on purpose as we want students to stay on campus throughout the term to avoid situations that might bring COVID to campus.

Obviously, the Fall 2020 term will be unlike any other that we have offered or that you have attended. Social distancing and masking policies will be in effect across campus, including in classrooms, and this will make for a very different dynamic than you may be used to. Please be aware that your instructors have been asked to adhere to these College policies and will enforce them. Public health experts tell us that the droplets and aerosols expelled when we speak are among the most potent carriers of coronavirus, and the chances of infection are higher when we are gathered talking with others in enclosed spaces. It is incumbent on each of us to be masked to protect not just ourselves but others.

As you read earlier in our June communication, Bethany has adopted a HyFlex model of education for Fall 2020. You can expect to have “class” in many forms, and you may experience different types of classes in any one course over the semester. It is more important than ever that students read the syllabus for each course to understand when and where a class will meet (and it may be a virtual space) and what is expected when a class does meet. I have asked your faculty to upload their syllabi to Canvas by next Thursday, August 13 so that you can read the descriptions of your classes and know what to expect.

With a variety of class types going on, it is vitally important that you log on to Canvas before classes begin to review each syllabus and to understand how each class will work. You should find clear instructions about what to do on the first day of class. If you have any questions about how to access Self-Service to review your class schedule or how to access Canvas to see the materials for your classes, please reach out to the Registrar (registrar@bethanywv.edu) or Help Desk (hdesk@bethanywv.edu) for assistance with Self-Service and contact canvashelp@bethanywv.edu for assistance with Canvas.

We are using a variety of terms to refer to how classes are delivered –

  1. “Face-to-Face” is the most obvious. This refers to classes that in most cases are being offered in person in a classroom at a traditional time on the schedule.
  2. “Hybrid” classes involve some mix of face-to-face and online instruction. The exact details may vary from class to class. In some cases, you may be in class on some days and online on others. In some cases, there may be an online lecture and in-person discussions or labs. Read the syllabus and know what is expected and when.
  3. “HyFlex” classes provide a variety of ways to attend and complete assignments and may require your making choices for yourself about some elements of the experience. Once again, read the syllabus carefully.
  4. “Online Synchronous” classes meet in a virtual space, usually Zoom, at a specific time. Attendance is expected and required as it would be in a more normal semester even though the space is online.
  5. There are a very small number of “Online Asynchronous” classes that are completed entirely online without regular meeting times. Many of you will not have any courses meeting this description, but once again, I recommend that you read the syllabus to understand how class attendance will work and what is expected of you.

When you are physically attending classes, you will be expected to adhere to a general set of classroom protocols that is included with this message. Lab and performance courses will have strict classroom protocols that are appropriate for the subject matter and specified in their syllabi.

It is worth reminding you that effective participation in a semester like this one requires us to have appropriate access to technology, and I have also linked to the “Tech Guidelines” that have been posted all summer and sent several times by Dean Stebbins. Please make every effort to arrive at Bethany with an appropriate laptop computer that meets the guidelines so that you are prepared to participate, however courses are delivered.

When you read the syllabus for your courses, you will also discover contingency plans for what happens if we are compelled to go online because of infections on campus and/or state or federal mandates. Make sure you read those carefully and discuss them with your instructors when you review the syllabus in class so you know what to expect if classes do move online.

If you or members of your family have health concerns that lead you to the conclusion that you would be better served to study remotely for the Fall 2020 semester, we do have a process place to facilitate online study. You must submit an application to be approved for this opportunity. Please contact Dean Stebbins to discuss and apply for this option at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7631.

However you may attend classes, and whatever adjustments may need to be made, the important thing to remember is that your instructors have spent this summer preparing to offer creative, engaging, and meaningful classes in a variety of different models. They are prepared to work with you to make your educational experience as meaningful as it can possibly be. We all wish that we could do this the “normal” way, but as Bethany’s chief academic officer, I can assure you that it is our intention to offer you extraordinary instruction, to help you think deeply, and to challenge you to do your best work regardless of the challenging circumstances we may face. Our professors are here to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask when you have questions.

Be sure to adhere carefully to Dean Stebbins’ announcements on the return to campus that were sent on Wednesday. Be safe and healthy, and we will see you at Bethany very soon.

#ONEBethany!

Dr. Joe Lane, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Bethany College

2:50 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5

Dear Students and Families,

In response to President Rodenberg’s announcement last week regarding the delayed start of the semester, I write today with additional details regarding move-In and mandatory testing procedures. During these unprecedented times, we eagerly await your safe and healthy return to Bethany. We hope you are equally excited to get back to campus, although also realize that the on-going pandemic requires that we all take necessary steps to prepare for your return and to take care of ourselves and each other through the semester. Please read this email carefully for important information and instructions.

Prior to arrival:

  • Self-Isolate and Self-Quarantine for at least 5 days prior to arrival, if possible.
  • It is highly recommended that you receive a COVID-19 test and bring the results with you if your test is negative. If you have a positive test result, stay home and start your classes online and contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu to notify him and discuss next steps.
  • Provide your personal proof of health insurance to Carol Tyler, Director of the Wellness Center at ctyler@bethanywv.edu. Every student must have proof of personal health insurance to come to Bethany.
  • Submit your health forms to Carol Tyler at ctyler@bethanywv.edu. This includes your dates of immunizations.
  • For a parking pass, send a copy of your owner’s registration and proof of insurance to Director Sara Dent at sdent@bethanywv.edu and your parking pass will be placed in your campus mailbox.
  • Finalize your financial obligations prior to arrival. The payment deadline for the semester was August 1. Please follow the instructions on your billing statement or questions may be directed to the Office of Student Accounts at 304.829.7170 and studentaccounts@bethanywv.edu.

Upon Arrival:

  • You must arrive during your pre-assigned arrival time. First year students living in Residence Halls: All students will be honored as a Fast Pass holder. Unfortunately, students who arrive late will not be permitted to enter their residence hall and will need to re-enter at the next arrival time available.
  • Begin your check in at the Oglebay Gates: The campus will be designated as one way during Check in on August 13th (first year students) and August 14th (upperclass students). Do not go directly to your residence hall.
  • Proceed to Campus Loop to pick up your books: You will be met along the Campus loop near Morlan Hall and be provided your box of books to begin your academic year.
  • Proceed to the Coal Bowl: You will be required to take your temperature and will need to wait about 5 minutes for your outcome. Any student whose temperature is above 100.4 will need to leave campus immediately and return home to start classes online. Contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu to discuss next steps regarding returning to campus later in the semester. Additionally, you will be asked to sign the “Protect the Herd” pledge and a letter of understanding regarding the COVID-19 policies.
  • Please refer to the arrival flow chart here to understand the arrival process. Do NOT go directly to your residence hall when you arrive on campus. You will not be permitted to enter until you have received your admittance pass found in the Coal Bowl. This will be an in vehicle process.
  • Wearing face coverings in West Virginia is required and is also required by Bethany College policy at the top of this page. Face coverings or clothing which are objectively racist, homophobic, sexist, or demeaning in nature are not permitted and will be considered a violation of the student code of conduct regarding harassment and actions constituting bias.
  • Commuter students must also come to campus during the move-in times in order to go through the process of Check-in and receiving books.
  • All faculty, students, and staff will be required to complete a free COVID 19 test at the Recreation Center between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on August 14th (first year students) or August 15 (returning students). Students need to walk, not drive, to the Recreation Center. As there is also community-wide drive-up testing occurring on the same days at the Recreation Center, it is imperative Bethany students enter the walk-through line for testing rather than the drive-through line.
  • Failure to complete the test may result in being asked to leave campus or being quarantined and assessed a $150 non-compliance fee. The student would need to provide a negative test result after the 14th or 15th testing on campus in order to be able to return to class/practice/activities. For students who have health concerns and would like to apply to study online only, from home, please contact me to discuss and apply for this option at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7631.

Finally, I ask that you please once again familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 interim policies shared in July to focus on the steps we all will need to take to keep ourselves and each other safe including daily self-screening, required face coverings, social distancing guidelines, and personal hygiene recommendations.

As President Rodenberg said in her letter last week, #ONEBethany has never been more important than now as we come back together as a community and work together to “protect the herd.” She also said #BethanyStrong is our motto for the year ahead. We know that by working together, we will be strong in our resolve to come back to campus safely and continue to care for our community

Sincerely,

Gerald Stebbins
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

3:20 p.m., Friday, July 31

Members of the Bethany Community,

As I have shared from the start of this global pandemic, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff must guide every decision we make. For that reason, and after assessing the ongoing global health threat of COVID-19, our Board of Trustees and I have determined that delaying the start of the new academic year by one week is the best course of action for the health and wellbeing of all in our community. This decision means that our new move-in dates will be August 13 for new students and August 14 for returning students, with classes starting on August 17.

This decision was not made lightly. With the current situation nationwide, and under advisement from medical professionals and the NCAA, all students, faculty and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test. Brooke County will provide free testing on August 14-15 on Bethany’s campus. The decision to change the start date is driven by the fact the required testing is available on campus these dates. This will allow us to test all members of the Bethany College community within 24 hours of arrival on campus. Further information regarding testing procedures will be sent shortly.

Additionally, we recommend that all students receive a test and bring proof that it is negative with you to campus. If you do test positive for COVID-19, please plan to stay home and to work with your family’s medical provider. Contact us and we will give you help in beginning your classes online. Students should follow the social distancing, personal hygiene and face covering guidelines. Please re-familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 policies I shared on July 9th.

Our greatest hope is that all members of our community stay healthy and can continue to fulfill our mission of teaching and learning. However, in order to ensure that we are prepared for various scenarios, and out of an abundance of caution, we have created a level warning system, which you can reference here.

We firmly believe we are taking every precaution to keep our campus clean and safe. However, for students and families who have specific health concerns, we have created an entirely online class option for students who need to stay home for the semester. For those interested in applying for consideration for this option, please contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu.

#ONEBethany has never been more important than now as we come back together as a community and work together to “protect the herd.”  Please see the “Protect the Herd” pledge below. Students will be given a copy of this pledge upon arrival and will be asked to sign it. I ask that all take this pledge seriously and commit to it, as I have done, to keep our campus community safe throughout the semester.

The revised academic calendar will be posted online early next week to assist with further planning.  Students will also receive an important email from Dean Stebbins with detailed move-in instructions. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate these uncertain times.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

5 p.m., Friday, July 24

To All Bethany Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

An hour ago, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents’ Council released its announcement regarding postponing fall 2020 athletic competition in all NCAA-defined “high-contact” and “medium-contact” sports until spring 2021. These sports include football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country. The NCAA-defined “low-contact” sports of women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf will be able to compete with conference competition only, as the PAC announced earlier, and the conference is exploring options for holding fall athletic competition in the “low-contact” sports of men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, and men’s tennis, which have typically held their traditional seasons in the spring.

This decision was an extremely difficult one, but it was a necessary one that places the health and safety of our student-athletes and all those involved in delivering excellence in Division III athletics at the forefront. I want to thank our Bison athletics staff for meeting with our fall teams to share this challenging news. I also want to commend the division for showing tremendous flexibility and for working tirelessly to develop meaningful opportunities for the student-athletes affected to continue to train at the highest levels. More on those plans will be communicated to our student-athletes in the coming days.

The PAC is also continuing to provide guidance and recommendations for our athletic community during this time. One of the recommendations is to test all athletes upon arrival, which we are exploring now. The full resocialization collegiate plan from the NCAA will be placed on our website for additional review, and I encourage you to visit our COVID website for more information and updates.

The sense of loss right now is very real on multiple levels, and I understand that. I also know that the Bethany spirit is greater than one decision, and I am confident that together we can deliver a high-caliber athletics experience designed to prepare our fall student-athletes for considerable success.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

7:25 p.m., Thursday, July 9

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

Warm greetings from Bethany College. We are now only a few weeks away from re-opening our campus and returning to on-campus education. I am excited to be at this point in our planning and wish to praise the efforts underway, as I know that every action we are taking – and will continue to take – is for the health and safety of our community.

Classes this year will begin on August 10, preceded by a staggered move-in and socially distant check-in experience August 5-9. Our faculty and staff will begin to transition back to on-campus work July 20. To help us prepare, our Pandemic Response Team and Fall 2020 Contingency Planning Group have been monitoring guidance from the CDC and state of West Virginia, and have been in regular contact with the Brooke County Health Department. The team has also developed of series of safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. These include asking everyone to monitor their personal health, wear facial coverings covering mouth and nose in all publicly accessible locations, self-quarantine or self-isolate when necessary, and routinely practice social distancing. I would direct you to our COVID-19 website for updated policies and information on these important changes in our operations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also required that we rethink our traditional events in the 2020-2021 academic year with the intent, once again, of keeping our students and campus community healthy. Decisions made so far include: jointly celebrating the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 during a combined Commencement ceremony in Spring 2021, moving our Homecoming to a virtual experience, and refraining from allowing spectators at all fall athletic contests. I know this news may be disappointing to some of you, but I hope that the #ONEBethany spirit will prevail as many in the Bethany community are working diligently to make these events memorable for our students, their families, and our alumni. We will provide more details via email and on our website soon.

To our students especially, I want you to know that our entire campus is committed to guiding and supporting you through this new reality. The Residence Life office previously emailed important information on our new staggered arrival times and our revised academic schedule. If you still need that information or have questions concerning the new process, please email Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu. I have also asked that the information be posted on our website.

A safe return to campus and healthy semester for our Bethany community is our top priority. I ask that you carefully review the COVID-19 Interim Policy to better understand the expectations for the semester ahead. It is imperative we all follow these policies and work together to care for ourselves and for each other. We also commit to continue to follow new developments, and we will revise this guidance as necessary based on newly available data and the recommendations of public health authorities.

I recognize that this communication has a substantial amount of information to consider, review, and process, so please reach out to us via Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu. And I encourage you to continue to watch your email, our website and social media channels for more details regarding our virtual events this fall. I speak for everyone at Bethany College in sharing excitement that our campus and community will again feel whole as we continue our quest to change lives and produce the leaders the world needs.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

5:50 p.m., Monday, June 8

To the Bethany Community,

After much consultation and extensive review of guidance from the state of West Virginia, the CDC, and other federal health officials, I am pleased to announce that we have updated our plans to resume in-person classes for 2020-21 academic year. Getting to this point required considerable work on the part of the Fall 2020 Contingencies Planning Group, and I want to thank this team publicly for its efforts.

Bethany College’s Pandemic Response Team has been created to help oversee the preparation of our campus and manage the health and safety needs of our returning students. I am confident that our transition back to on-campus learning will be successful because of this team’s leadership, and I thank all those serving in this capacity.

This winter, current health guidance is projecting a second round of COVID-19. In anticipation of this, we must be proactive now in adjusting our academic calendar, which the Contingencies Planning Group addressed by recommending the following:

  • Our Move-In will now span two days, August 5-6, as we stagger the arrival times of our new students and their families.
  • Classes this semester will begin on August 10 and conclude on November 24.

More information will be forthcoming as the Pandemic Response Team solidifies our formal Return to Operations Guide. You will find the updated versions of this guide on this COVID-19 webpage.

This guide will also be distributed to the faculty, staff and students prior to the first day of class. You will also find the revised Academic Calendar.

Looking toward fall, I am excited that we will be together again, even if six-feet apart, but I also ask for patience as we work through this transition. We do not have every answer, but we intend to do our best for our students, faculty, and staff as we fully re-open our campus and continue to deliver the Bethany College residential living-learning experience our students know and love.

Always #ONEBethany,

Tamara Rodenberg, Ph.D.
President

4:45 p.m., Friday, May 15

Dear Bethany Community,

Let me begin by thanking each of you for your commitment to Bethany College and your ongoing expressions of support and gratitude during this pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff has informed every action we have taken to date and will continue to guide us as we look ahead to the new academic year. Your encouraging words reflect your shared understanding and the Bethany spirit that connects us all.

With our virtual graduation now over and plans underway for a rescheduled ceremony, I know there are many questions about our current thinking with regard to campus operations. I hope this communication addresses them.

Classes and Residence Life

The fall semester will be upon us soon, and at this time, Bethany College has every intention of resuming normal operations and in-person classes on campus. Throughout this transition, we will continue to monitor all state and federal guidelines and implement recommendations to the best of our ability with the primary goal of keeping our community safe. We were founded as a residential cam-pus, and I am committed to providing an on-campus experience grounded in the best practices for interaction.

Bethany’s natural environment actually lends itself beautifully to the effective maintenance of social distancing. Our idyllic, less-populated location in West Virginia, combined with our small classrooms and 10:1 student-faculty ratio, makes our setting and setup perfect for learning and overall student well-being. We also have the ability to offer single rooms for students who request such rooms prior to July 15, and we are freezing tuition at this time in order to help our students and their families continue to access a Bethany education.

Safety, Facility Management, and Cleaning

Our community also excels in caring for those closest to us. Toward that end, the College is commit-ted to keeping its facilities, including academic buildings, residence halls, athletics venues, dining areas, administrative offices, and restrooms clean. I have asked that a thorough cleaning be conducted before the start of classes, and our Emergency Preparedness and Response Team, with representation from across campus, is also ensuring that every safety precaution is considered.

Remote Work

While I know you want to be on campus working, supporting one another, and furthering our mission, we must do what is best for our community. Therefore, consistent with Governor Justice’s “safer at home” plan, we will continue to work from home until July 6.

Another communication will be sent closer to that time outlining the health and safety expectations of all employees.

Personal Reflection

I believe I speak for the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and our student body in saying we are eager to be back together. This time of being socially distant has reaffirmed for all of us why we place such a high value on community at Bethany College. When we are together, we thrive, but as these past few weeks have shown, community doesn’t end where the campus edges begin. Each one of us has demonstrated in profound ways the premium we place on each other’s worth in this world through our ability to connect, create, serve, and save lives during this global health crisis.

Together, you have shown in words and actions what it means to live as #ONEBethany, and I will forever be proud of the results.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:44 a.m., Wednesday, May 6

Dear Graduates in the Class of 2020,

Bethany College has always valued the long-standing traditions of baccalaureate and graduation even as we now must congratulate you and your families in absentia during this time of social distancing.

As a class, you are forever bonded, and we are remarkably proud of your accomplishments under extremely challenging circumstances. To honor your class, we will be conducting a digital conferral of degrees and sharing words of encouragement on May 9-10.

Highlights of the online presentation will include such Bethany traditions as the playing of bagpipes, a presidential welcome, a “walk” through the Historic Oglebay Gates led by Dean of Students Jerry Stebbins, special messages from keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. William Barber and baccalaureate speaker Rabbi Joshua Lief, and Provost Joe Lane announcing the Oreon E. Scott Award recipient.

Digital versions of each of the following will be released on the website via YouTube at a specific time and will be easily shareable with family and friends.

Baccalaureate – 5 p.m., Friday, May 9

Graduation – 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10

You can access both of these events on our website, where you can also find more information on this virtual ceremony.

The entire campus joins in wanting to honor you this way while we wait for the traditional on-campus ceremony to take place later this year. Expect more details on the rescheduled date soon.

Congratulations!

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 29

Attention Bethany College Students
This communication is to provide an update on information and Frequently Asked Questions regarding the end of the year.

WHEN CAN I COME GET MY BELONGINGS?
At this time, West Virginia is still in a stay at home order as are most states where our students live. We continue to monitor the fluid situation regarding each state as well as taking guidance from the CDC and State of West Virginia. We do not anticipate opening for students to return to pick up their belongings until after Graduation on May 9, 2020. Please continue to watch for updates through email.

BUT MY BOOKS NEED TO BE RETURNED BY MAY 6 AND THEY ARE IN MY ROOM?
All late fees for not returning books on time for spring semester have been eliminated. There will be no late fees charged to anyone for spring semester. The original return date of May 6, has been extended by 15 days, so if possible, we would like books back by May 21. But we understand that some may not be able to make that date even with the extension, so we will be very flexible this semester.

In extreme circumstances where students are unable to return, please contact the Office of Student Life at 304-829-7631 to finalize how we can assist you with taking your books back.

I HAVE MY BOOKS AT HOME AND DON’T NEED TO RETURN TO CAMPUS?
If you go to this web page, you can print a pre-paid mailing slip. Tape onto a box and place your books in the box. You can mail them back for free.

Start here by signing into your account.

CAN I LEAVE MY BELONGINGS IN THE RESIDENCE HALL ALL SUMMER
Unfortunately no that isn’t possible as we expect summer camps and conferences during the summer as well as regular maintenance and cleaning will take place this summer. Please continue to plan to return to campus to pick up your belongings. For International Student, please email Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu to discuss your items left in your room.

I HAVE ATHLETIC GEAR IN MY LOCKER?
Please contact your coach to arrange for any belongings left in lockers regarding getting it returned.

WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT NEXT YEAR?
We look forward to seeing each of you back on campus, celebrating with you as you reach each academic milestone, and cheering you on as you are victorious on the athletic fields and courts. However, as we continue to monitor the changing circumstances and governmental directives related to the coronavirus, we are unable at this time to make a statement regarding the timing of a return of Bethany College to normal operations. We will be sending updates regarding the reopening of campus by mid-June. As this page will be updated regularly, please continue to monitor this page as well as your email for the latest information.

FAQ: Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit Grading Option

2 p.m., Friday, April 10

Dear students,

We hope you and your families are healthy and well. We are nearing some major events in our Bethany College all-online experience. Next week will mark the midterm of our online portion of the semester, and of course, by prior arrangement, there are no classes scheduled on Monday in recognition of the Easter Holiday.

On Tuesday, registration will begin for Fall 2020 courses following this schedule:

  • Seniors (at least 94 credit hours completed) may register on Tuesday, April 14
  • Juniors (at least 60 credit hours completed) may register on Wednesday, April 15
  • Sophomores (at least 25 credit hours completed) may register on Thursday, April 16
  • First Years (fewer than 25 credit hours completed) may register on Friday, April 17.

Please make sure to meet with your advisor to get courses approved and confirm that your advisor has checked you as “Registration Complete” so you can register on your date. The Registrar is sending many reminder emails. Make sure you read them and follow those instructions.

Bethany College recognizes that these are not normal times and that many of your families may be experiencing disruptions of employment and other dislocations. Therefore, we are suspending our normal policy that prevents students from registering until resolving all financial obligations with the College for the current term (AR Hold). All returning students will be able to register next week on time. Students with outstanding debts to the College will need to contact student accounts no later than May 22 to resolve your financial situation. Failure to do so will result in losing your seats in registered classes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to student accounts or the Dean of Students office immediately.

We hope that you are excited about the possibility of a new term in Fall 2020, and we want to help you get registered.

Best wishes to you,

Dr. Joe Lane
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Dean Jerry Stebbins
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7

Attention Bethany Students:

We continue to follow updated information from President Trump, CDC Briefings, and WV State and local officials. All recommendations strongly recommend everyone stay at home. Beginning tomorrow, we are suspending all on campus move out procedures in support of and compliance with “STAY AT HOME” directives from the US Government, West Virginia Governor, and other state agencies. This will stay in effect until further notice.

We will continue to review recommendations and update our procedures accordingly. It is our hope that we may allow students to return early in May but as always, this is a fluid situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to consider your safety and that of the Bethany community.

If you have any individual questions, please contact Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.

PLEASE STAY HOME! STAY SAFE! WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN!

Know that we miss our students and wish you were here but we want to keep you and your families safe.

4:15 p.m., Monday, April 6

Best Bethany contacts to address FAQ topics

3 p.m., Friday, April 3

Dear Students,

As we near the end of the second week of online classes, I want to thank all of you for the effective and professional way that almost all of you have engaged with our courses online. We know that this is not the ideal “Bethany Experience.” I am sure that you would prefer face-to-face instruction, not to mention all the other activities on campus: sports, Greek life, cooking out on CV Hill in the warm sunshine, and being with your friends. And yet we have seen some very engaged and interesting classes and heard many good things from some of you. I can certainly tell you this: We all look forward to seeing you back on campus in the Fall.

We recognize that this sudden shift in instructional mode has been unsettling and that some of you are probably very worried about how this will impact your grade point average. We know that a bad grade can have consequences for your ability to participate in sports and extracurriculars, eligibility for scholarships and graduation honors, and applications for graduate schools and jobs.

Therefore, on Monday, the Faculty voted to allow students to take advantage of Credit/No Credit grading for courses completed in the Spring 2020 semester. When the semester concludes, you will receive grades as you would in a more normal semester, but with your advisor’s approval, you will be able to complete a form that will change the grade in a particular course to Credit/Non-Credit designation that will not affect your gpa. Courses for which you receive “Credit” will count towards your major, minor, or the Liberal Arts Core.

THIS RULE WILL ONLY BE IN EFFECT FOR COURSES TAKEN IN SPRING 2020.

Here is how this will work:

At the end of the semester, you will receive grades through Webadvisor and Student Self-Service as you have in the past.

If you wish to convert your grade in the course from a letter grade, you may change any passing (A, B, C, or D) grade to “Credit,” and you may convert an F to “No Credit.”

Students who are planning to graduate on May 9 must submit their request within 48 hours of the posting of grades. That means your request must be in by April 27 for comping seniors; the date will be May 6 for those who are not taking comps.

Students who are not planning to graduate must submit their request within 7 days of grades posting. We expect grades to post on May 12, and requests for Credit/No Credit changes should be submitted by May 19.

Decisions of the Academic Standards Committee on Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal as well as scholarship or athletic eligibility will take into account the GPA after applying the Credit/No Credit designation. Because those decisions will be made very quickly after May 19, students are urged to make decisions to request a Credit/No Credit decision quickly. You might ask yourself, “How will I know whether or not to make these requests?” An easy rule of thumb is to look at your cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. Any grade that is lower than that GPA is one you should consider converting to Credit/No Credit. Any grade that is higher than that GPA is better to leave as a letter grade. If you follow that guideline, your cumulative GPA after the Spring 2020 should be no lower than but could be higher than your cumulative Fall 2019 GPA.

Please carefully review your midterm grades and current academic standing in your courses before meeting with your advisor to plan Fall 2020 courses, and you should be well-prepared to take full advantage of this special grading policy.

The Registrar will communicate with you as we near the end of the semester with instructions on how to complete a form and to receive approval from your faculty advisor.

Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions about how this will work.
We hope you and your families are healthy, well, and safe. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns, and please take good care,

Dr. Joe Lane
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Dean Jerry Stebbins
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students

1:45 p.m., Friday, April 3

Attention Bethany College Students:

The world continues to change daily and dramatically. If you are a student from California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, District of Columbia, New Jersey, or New York, we cannot permit you to come to campus to remove your belonging until further notice. This decision is informed by the recent declarations of the Governor of West Virginia.

We continue to evaluate the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and greater community. At this time, the risk is very high. This is effective beginning tomorrow, April 4, 2020.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you individually. Your belongings will remain locked in your room and suite until it is determined to be safe for you to make the journey back to campus.

If you are from any other areas not deemed as “hot spots”, you do not need to rush to return. Ideally, student who can wait until after May 1, 2020 should do so. Your belongings will also remain locked in your room until you can return at a later date.

We ask any students that MUST come to Bethany, please help protect the greater community of Bethany and not go to Chambers at this time. The town has a largely older population who is inherently at a greater risk.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31

Hello,

As you know from the continuous stream of information, Bethany College is closely following directives from the Governor of West Virginia, Center for Disease Control, and the President of the United States.

Shortly after we released our plans for students to return to campus to pick up their belongings, Governor Justice held a press conference where he again reinforced the stay at home directive and indicated he was asking the State Police to restrict travel by vehicles from “hot spot” states.

We will work to help students gain access to their belongings within the directives of State and Federal agencies.

If you are from a state that allows you to come to Bethany to pick up your belongings and wish to do so, you may continue to register for a time to pick up your belongings within our parameters:

  • Return to campus in an assigned 3 hour time slot
  • Remove all personal furniture and garbage to the dumpster.
  • Leave campus as soon as you are packed.
  • No gathering or socializing
  • No students stay overnight.

If you are student from a nearby state and wish to return to get your belongings, please continue to schedule through Sam Goodge. However, if you are a student unable to return due to your state’s mandate or the distance we will work with you. If you are from a “hot spot” state (New York, Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, Connecticut) you should stay home. This list may grow on a daily basis as the WV State directives change regularly.

If you cannot/do not come to campus during the two week period, you will not be able to return to campus to pick up belongings at least after April 30, 2020. We will work with students but if you come to campus, please plan to remove all of your belongings.

Thank you for your patience and assistance during this historical and unprecedented time.

If you have further questions, please email Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.

3:20 p.m., Monday, March 30

Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff,

Our fall semester began as every academic year does. Our incoming students stood poised to experience everything Bethany College has to offer, while our seniors arrived back on campus with visible anticipation and excitement for what their final year would hold.

But then the world changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since first learning of this profound global crisis, the health and safety of our community has been – and will continue to be – our foremost priority. To protect all members of the Bethany family, we have taken unprecedented measures, including ceasing all in-person classes and moving to remote instruction. Faculty and staff are also working from home at this time.

Sadly, our time apart will now need to be lengthened in light of the virus’ spread and in alignment with ongoing social distancing recommendations from state health officials. Following several conversations with our Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs, and to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we will be extending remote instruction through the remainder of the semester.

I need to pause at this moment and acknowledge the depth of disappointment being felt by the Class of 2020. What was to be a sentimental journey leading to graduation has abruptly halted, bringing with it heartbreak. In making this difficult decision, however, we also make a promise to provide the class with a meaningful Commencement ceremony. We will move forward with an online degree conferral on May 9, 2020 to be followed on Thursday, August 20, 2020 with a Commencement ceremony on campus timed with the official beginning of the new academic year. We invite our Class of 2020 and families to begin to make plans to return to campus at that time.

Meanwhile, I want to commend our community for continuing to put our students first. We deeply miss our students, and the lack of your presence on campus right now is palpable. We also know that our actions are necessary for your well-being and ours. Bethany has always been a College defined by resilience and lasting connections – now more than ever. Many of you have specific questions, answers to which, you will find below following this letter.

Our desire to stay connected also extends into the lives of our alumni, who understand firsthand the many cherished traditions at Bethany and who care deeply about future generations. The call to maintain social distancing has meant the postponement or cancellation of several events, but we are working to provide new and exciting remote engagement opportunities. Expect to hear more from our alumni relations office in the coming days and weeks ahead. I have no doubt that the office’s efforts will help strengthen our bonds with our alumni even more.

The decisions the Cabinet and I have had to make during the past few weeks for the health and safety of our community have all centered on a shared goal to emerge from this global health crisis stronger and more united in our beloved mission. I am honored and humbled to lead our dedicated faculty and staff at this pivotal time and to witness the loyalty and outpouring of support from our alumni. Continue to stay close in spirit while social distancing during this crisis, look out for each other, and find reassurance that your Bethany home will always have your back.

Warmest regards,
Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg
President

Bethany College Student Information

As you live into your online learning experience, Bethany College remains dedicated to your ability to complete your semester. We are also aware that the possibility of returning for a meaningful end of term is not an option before us. Therefore, as of Monday, March 30, 2020, Bethany College will continue online for the remainder of the spring term.

In order to assist students in understanding what this means for them, let me answer the following questions.

1. What is the revised Academic Calendar?  
April 14-17: Registration for the Fall semester opens – rising seniors (April 14), juniors (April 15), sophomores (April 16), and first-year (April 17).  Registration will take place through the online student self-service and will remain open through May 1

April 24: The Last Day of Classes for Students Sitting for Comprehensive Exams

April 27: Grades posted for Seniors who are Comping

April 27-May 1: Study Period for Comprehensive Exams

May 1: Last Day for Graduating Seniors who are not sitting for Comps

May 1: Last Day of regular classes for all undergraduates

May 4-6: Final Examination Period for undergraduates

May 4: Written Comprehensive Examinations (two three-hour sessions)

May 5-8: Oral Comprehensive Examinations  (two-hour Zoom conference orals)

May 9: Degree Conferral and Online Graduation Celebration

2. Will there be a formal Graduation Ceremony?
Bethany will hold a virtual conferral of degrees on May 9th as scheduled. Bethany College will follow this with a formal presentation of diplomas and full Graduation experience on Thursday, August 20, 2020 as we begin the new academic year. We will ask you to please plan to attend and bring your academic regalia for this celebration.

3. Will there be Comprehensive Exams?
Yes, Bethany will hold Comprehensive Exams. The faculty decided to adapt comprehensives to the online format by having students complete a shorter written section in two three-hour sessions on Monday, May 4, and a more substantial oral scheduled later in that week. You will be informed about more details from your departmental faculty, the Registrar, and the Provost.

4. Will I receive a reimbursement or credit from services I did not receive in room & board?
As of March 23, 2020, all Bethany College students will be completing their coursework online or through other distance learning platforms for the remainder of the spring semester. Since announcing this change, the College has been reviewing guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and consulting with West Virginia’s State System of Higher Education to create a fair and equitable plan for returning room & board fees to students whose on-campus experience was interrupted because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

5. How will I receive my refund?
The refund first will be applied to your student account, reducing any total amount you still owe to the College. Once you have paid all balances owed to the College, any remaining funds will be credited to your Fall 2020 Room & Board Fees. Students who are graduating in May 2020 will have your reimbursement returned to you through direct deposit to your bank account. Students graduating without direct deposit will receive a physical check sent by mail to your permanent address.

6. When can I expect my refund or applied credit for next year?
The College expects to issue refunds and applied credit to eligible students as soon as feasible following the Fall Registration period.

7. What about tuition?
In keeping with Bethany College policies and current guidance, tuition and other academic/student service fees will NOT be refunded given that the College is providing students the opportunity to complete your academic semester via online/distance learning instruction.

8. When can I move out from my current dorm room?
Please email Mr. Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu to schedule a time to come and pick up your belongings from your room. In order to uphold social distancing guidelines, limited numbers of students will be permitted in a building at each given time slot. No students can spend the night on campus. Three hour time slots three times a day have been arranged over the next two weeks for students to come to campus to pick up their belongings.  The daily time slots are 8 – 11 a.m., noon – 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. All students must return their keys (including mailbox) in an assigned location in each residence halls.

9. How will I register for next semester from home?
Your faculty advisor will guide you through your registration process. Registration will be extended from April 14th to May 1 in order to give you ample time to meet with your advisor and complete your fall academic plan.

Again, we wish you all a meaningful online learning experience and encourage you to maximize this opportunity. Your faculty, staff and coaches are ready to assist you as needed. You should also be receiving regular contact from the Office of Student Life offering assistance both with online learning, personal health resource contacts, and other needs as they may arise. These are, indeed, unprecedented times and we remain confident in the resilience of our student body and campus community. Please know that we are here for you and we remain always #ONEBethany.

9:20 a.m., Tuesday, March 24

Bethany Community,

As we enter into online course delivery, I would like to share how the Registrar’s office will be transitioning during this time.

The Registrar’s office will be operating mainly online. Between myself and Nativa, we will be available 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. We will physically be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. As always, Nativa and I are here to help. The best way to contact us is via email:
registrar@bethanywv.edu *this email goes to both of us and is the best one to use
nobrien@bethanywv.edu
lcucarese@bethanywv.edu

Additionally, the main phone line, 304-829-7831, will be transferred to a cell phone and will be answered M/W/F from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and T/TH from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..

Transcript requests and education verifications will be fulfilled on the Tuesdays and Thursdays within the time that we are physically in the office. At this time, all major change requests will be suspended.

The date to withdraw from a class with a “W” has been extended to Friday, April 17th.

Students, contact our office to request a Course Withdraw Form, which will be sent to you via email. You are to send it to the instructor of the course for his/her signature. Once you receive it back, send it to your advisor for his/her signature. Then sign the form and email it to the Registrar’s office and we will process it.

*Students and Faculty, the withdraw form requests a digital signature. If you have not created a digital signature and don’t know how, you can use the following link for instructions: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/digital-ids.html

Registration for the Fall 2020 semester has been moved to begin on Tuesday, April 14th. As we are all working in an online format, advisors and advisees cannot meet face to face to determine classes for next semester. I will be sending out a document of screenshot steps, one for advisors and a different one for students, that will show you how to look at the offerings for next semester and how to create a tentative schedule.

Information regarding Comprehensive Exams and Commencement will be provided as it becomes available.

REGISTRATION DATES
12:01 a.m., Tuesday, April 14th
Students with 94 credits or more completed.

12:01 a.m., Wednesday, April 15th
Students with 60 credits or more completed.

12:01 a.m., Thursday, April 16th
Students with 25 credits or more completed.

12:01 a.m., Friday, April 17th
All students with fewer than 25 credits completed.

Lisa Cucarese, MA
Registrar

5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18
Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR CANVAS ACCOUNT DAILY! Please use the Canvas landing page for most of your needs.

STUDENT SERVICES AND RESOURCES

Do we have to return our books? Will we recharged if we don’t return them on time?

At this time, students will need their books to finish classes in the on-line formats. It is our hope t have everyone return to campus for the remainder of the semester. In the event that the semester is completed in an on-line format, students would be expected to return books to the book store via mail. The return date would be two weeks after the end of the semester. If you do not return your books you would be charged for them.

To learn more about book returns, please see the Follett website.

What if I don’t have my books or can’t get back to get my books?

Vital Source is a company assisting many students with access to books on-line during this disruption of services across the country. You can learn more about their program and services here.

OTHER RESOURCES for EBOOKS:

(March 17) REDSHELF and VITALSOURCE – major textbook providers have opened up free access for students until the end of term. Refer to their websites for details — check to see if your texts are available — these are large providers of textbooks for classes. Help Getting Started

Vital Source Access:

  1. Visit Vitalsource’s Bookshelf login page and follow the instructions to create an account. Students must use their institutional email address.
  2. Once they confirm their email, they can sign in and search for books by title, ISBN, author.
  3. When they find the title, just hover over it and click ‘borrow’. Users can borrow up to 7 titles.

(March 17) CENGAGE texts available

  • Cengage Higher Ed: A resource page has been established which will help you locate your Cengage representative to enable the following resources:
  • Free Access to Unlimited: We will be providing free access to our entire catalog – all of our online learning platforms and eBooks – through Cengage Unlimited, through end of term, to any student in any class at any US college that has been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Support Transition to Online: We will complement that offering with services and resources to back up educators as they change the way they teach.
  • Free Access to eBooks: As part of our mission to help as many students as we can, we are also participating in free eBook access programs being offered by our partners VitalSource and RedShelf.

(March 16) PROQUEST has announced that its Ebook Central titles will have unlimited simultaneous users for over 50 of their included publishers starting next week until mid-June. The full press release provides a list of the publishers. What this means for UR is that if a title is in our catalog and available on the ProQuest EBook platform, if the information in the catalog indicates we only have a single user, please ask your liaison if this may be included and available for unlimited users through this special availability.

COMPUTER/TECHNICAL/CANVAS/ON-LINE LEARNING ASSISTANCE

How do we get assistance with concerns regarding on-line classes or technology support?

Please call 724-829-7349 for assistance or email to hdesk@bethanywv.edu

Where do I go to log in to the Canvas, Outlook, etc.? – Bethany College Logins

I can’t sign into my account. Ex. Canvas, Outlook – email help@bethanywv.edu from your Bethany College email address. Emails sent to help@bethanywv.edu from outside email providers (Gmail, Yahoo.com, etc.) will be automatically blocked by our servers.

My internet is slow/won’t connect – check that your router is on/reset your router/reset device/try connection

I don’t know my password/account is locked – email help@bethanywv.edu from your Bethany College email address. Emails sent to help@bethanywv.edu from outside email providers (Gmail, Yahoo.com, etc.) will be automatically blocked by our servers.

How do I get to Zoom? – Go to Zoom.us

How do I join or create a meeting in Zoom?https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us?flash_digest=36ce89e448a0989d0df98afede0108a5fdce4b7c

How would I view a Zoom meeting my professor recorded and posted? – Your Zoom dashboard will show all recorded meetings you were invited to.

MAIL SERVICE/PACKAGES

Can I get my packages from the mailroom?

The mailroom will return packages for the next two weeks. After that time, packages will be returned to sender. Please change all package deliveries to your current address for the remainder of the on-line class schedule.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS QUESTIONS

Please call 304-829-7631 and you will be contacted by Wellness Staff personnel to assist you with any questions you may have.

COUNSELING

Please contact Renee Stock: rstock@bethanywv.edu or by calling 304-829-7572, she will provide assistance with coordination of services in your state. If you are located in West Virginia, you can receive counseling services via face to face meetings or another platform.

FINANCIAL QUESTIONS

What about reimbursements for unused food and lodging?

Bethany College is monitoring the situation and following CDC and Health Department recommendations. We will not be refunding students during the extended spring break nor the initial phase of shifting to online learning during this world-wide pandemic. We will revisit this policy as we move forward and as we continue to assess the level of ongoing risk to our campus community.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR or SCHEDULING

What if the college can’t open for the fall semester?

We fully anticipate opening the academic year for the fall semester.

Those classes that choose to use zoom will they be taking into account those in different time zones?

We realize this is may be an inconvenience but to keep classes on relatively normal schedule and not create conflicts with other classes, all classes would be offered at regularly scheduled hours in the Eastern Time Zone.

Please check your class syllabus for more information on expectation and assignments.

How will this affect the graduation requirements such as senior projects?

No decision regarding graduation or comprehensive exams has been made at this time. We continue to monitor the situation. Please continue to check the information on the main page of the Bethany College Web site for further updates.

WORKSTUDY AND PAYMENT

How will we get paid for our work-study already performed?

Please send an email to Ms. Kim Moore at kmoore@bethanywv.edu with the students name and address they would like their check mailed to.

ATHLETICS

What about athletics? Will coaches be mad if we leave?

With the recent suspension of the Spring Season by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, spring sports at Bethany College have also been suspended. The coaching staff supports the measures taken by the College, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, and the NCAA to keep our student-athletes safe. While we cannot be together in person our coaches will remain in contact with student-athletes to support them as classes go on-line.

11:20 a.m., Tuesday, March 17

Bethany Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

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, but we simply cannot commit to a firm decision about Commencement at this time. 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.

Warm regards,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10 a.m., Monday, March 16

Dear Students,

We know that the last few days have been bewildering and disappointing on many levels. Like you, the professors and academic staff would prefer that we were looking at the “normal” phrenetic run from the end of spring break to the conclusion of the semester. We would like to be seeing you in class on Monday morning and re-establishing our normal routines. No one wanted to face the transitions we are facing, but must put your health and the health of all in our community first.

During this time, we want to reassure you and inform you of a few important things.

  • Bethany faculty have been hard at work preparing for online instruction. We have extended Spring Break for the next week so that professors can revise their syllabi for this new reality and prepare to have clear instructions for each of you when the online delivery of classes begins on Monday, March 23. They will spend this week being “online students” in some sense by participating in “virtual” workshops designed to help them make the most of the technological tools at our disposal to deliver a quality educational experience to you when classes resume.
  • We hope this online approach will only be necessary for a few weeks, but we recognize that it may be longer. We also want you to know that Bethany College is committed to delivering a complete, educationally sound, and effective Spring 2020 semester to all students. You will be able to complete the credits for which you have registered and will be able to stay on track for your intended graduation dates, especially if that date is May 9, 2020.
  • Different classes will take different approaches to this online format, but classes that preserve a face-to-face class time through Zoom or another communication format will still meet on the same days and times that they have met on campus. As you adjust to your new schedule at home, please remember those time commitments.
  • We know that you would like to know exactly how your classes will work right away, but the faculty does need this week of extended Spring Break to prepare for this shift in our instructional model. We promise to explain everything in more detail in time for the start of classes, and we are hopeful that this knowledge will alleviate your understandable concerns and prevent significant emailing to your faculty as we work to deliver on our promise. You can expect to hear from each of your instructors by March 23.
  • One thing you can do to prepare for classes next week is to make sure that you are active in Canvas for all the courses for which you are registered. If your class has not used Canvas up to this point, the course should be published there this week. As soon as professors have them available, each Canvas site should have a copy of the original syllabus as well as an Online Syllabus Update that explains how the class meetings, grading policies, exams and assignments, and expectations have been altered to accommodate our enforced change of methods. That syllabus update will include a posting of contactable hours that will allow you to know when you can reach each of your professors, as well as any SI that may be available for the course and the preferred method (email, a phone number, texting platform, or virtual meeting site) for reaching them.
  • If you have concerns about your ability to be online and to reach resources like Canvas and Zoom, Student Life is working to make loaner laptops available, and a number of internet service providers are making high-speed internet available free of charge to help students access their classes.
  • Please check your Bethany email regularly this week. More information will be forthcoming, including a Student Guide to Online Learning at Bethany College in Spring 2020. Please don’t hesitate to let the Office of the Provost or the Office of Student Life know if you have any questions.

Trust us when we say we wish you were here and miss you already. This will be a challenge, but we should all be mindful that it is a challenge we are prepared to face together. #ONEBethany

Joe Lane, Ph.D.
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Bethany College
jlane@bethanywv.edu
304-830-7311

Gerald Stebbins
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
gstebbins@bethanywv.edu
304-829-7631

5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12

Dear Bethany Community Members,

Since the start of the semester, my senior leadership team and I have been closely monitoring the worldwide spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have also been reviewing all recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, we have been in consultation with our peer institutions in the states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The health and safety of the Bethany community has and always will be our highest priority, and it is that commitment that guides us now as we prepare to take some significant steps to safeguard all those in our care and to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of West Virginia or on our campus, the situation is an unprecedented global pandemic. We ask for patience and understanding as we make decisions that we ultimately believe are in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff.

As such and at this time with our students currently on spring break, we have made the difficult but necessary decision that the College will remain open to essential operations but with a modified academic delivery until further notice:

  • Spring break will be extended by an additional week, March 16-20, as we prepare to suspend all in-person classes and switch to an online mode of instruction beginning Monday, March 23.
  • We are requesting that students not return to campus if at all possible until further notice.  All students who are currently at their permanent place of residence should remain there or, if they did travel, make arrangements to return home. For those for whom this is not a realistic option, please see information detailed below.
  • All college employees are expected to continue working during this period while observing proper health protocols, described below.
  • College air travel and on-campus events are suspended, until further notice.
  • The Bethany Cabinet will continue to meet regularly to evaluate the circumstances and will keep the Bethany College community informed utilizing email messaging, Facebook posts and texting as appropriate.

We know that there will be many questions during this time, however, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution in consultation with public health experts and our peer institutions nationwide. For all of us, this is brand new territory, and we will need to work together as we travel down this unexpected, yet necessary path that places the well-being of all those in our Bethany family at the forefront. This is a shared effort, and I thank each of you for the role you are playing to uphold our values and help each other during this challenging time. Bethany College is a resilient community that cares for each-and-every student, faculty and staff member.  Please make sure you check the website often for pertinent updates regarding the campus.

Warmest regards,

The Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg
President

Effective March 12 Bethany College remains open with modified academic operations. Please refer to details below.

Bethany College will implement the following until further notice and will be carefully monitoring the situation as our understanding of this pandemic evolves quickly. Recognizing the uncertainty this situation causes for the Bethany College family, we believe taking preventative steps now will potentially reduce the risk of future disruptions to our overall operation and mission.

Faculty will be receiving further instructions and guidance on the move to online instruction.  Expect the first of several memos from the Provost this afternoon.  We are offering online training, workshops, and resources to facilitate this transition.  These will take place during the week of March 16-20.

Employees are expected to continue working during this period, observing proper health protocols as described by the CDC and accessible on this webpage. Employees are also asked to assist with cleaning their personal workspaces also following the CDC guidelines.

For staff and faculty who are currently traveling, please take steps now to notify Bethany administration of your plans. Any person returning to campus must complete this survey to receive approval for re-entry to the campus.

Students Currently Off-Campus:  You will be given a discrete date and time frame to enter your dorm rooms and collect your books, computers, and other personal items that will allow you to continue your education from home.  Please contact the Office of Student Life (304) 829-7631 or email to sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.

Students Currently On-Campus:  Please contact the Office of Student Life at (304) 829-7631 or email to sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.  They will assist you with your plans to return home until further notice.  Please take with you your books, computers, and other personal items that will allow you to continue your education from home.

Graduate Interns:  Please plan to return home and remain there unless otherwise directed by your direct supervisor.  Any Graduate Intern authorized to remain on campus, due to the “essential operations” nature of the position, must have formal approval from the Dean of Student Life.

Mental health services are still available to students but will be delivered via phone or video conversation. For appointments, please contact Renee Stock at rstock@bethanywv.edu.

Instruction is moving to online platforms. 

In-person classes are suspended for this coming week to allow faculty and staff to modify delivery of their curriculum. Classes will resume via online and distance platforms on Monday, March 23. Students, please continue to watch your Bethany College email for further instructions.

Students are strongly encouraged to return home or stay home. 

We ask students not to return to campus during this period. On-campus services (residence halls, dining, etc.) will be limited for those with dire circumstances. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs by emailing Executive Director of Student Life Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu or by calling 304-829-7631 to discuss options.

College air travel is suspended. 

All college-sponsored air travel – domestic and international – is suspended. We strongly discourage all personal travel, domestic or international, and may require employees who do travel to self-quarantine upon return.

We remind the community of CDC guidelines and recommendations, which include a self-quarantine of 14 days after travel abroad in specific regions.

College events are suspended. 

All events, gatherings and athletic events in college facilities as well as college-sponsored events on and off campus are suspended until further notice.

Please note: We are working with Dining Services to ensure limited service is available for those who remain on campus. 

1:30 p.m., Friday, March 6

Bethany College Community:

As students get ready to return from spring break vacation, the administration at Bethany College continues to monitor the continually evolving information regarding COVID-19. Bethany College is following recommendations and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The most effective means of preventing the spread of the flu or COVID-19 is through appropriate hygiene such as hand washing, coughing into your elbow, and practicing social distancing.

All staff, employees, and faculty who are feeling ill will be asked to stay home if they get sick while home over spring break.

Simple and effective tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 can be found in this video:
https://cloud.c3softworks.com/#/whirl/5dcdab1833dd6616ec00400d

We ask that if students feel sick, to notify the Office of Student Life at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu so that we may assist you with continuing academic work when possible while limiting your contact with other students, faculty, and staff. If you are sick, you should not attend work or class. Please notify the Office of Student Life, and self-quarantine at home or in your residence hall.

What are the Symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

The symptoms for this virus include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Dry Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Respiratory Distress (trouble breathing)

The most prominent symptoms are dry cough, headache, and high fever, which can range from mild to severe and appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms typically last longer than the flu (up to 18 days).

Bethany College will be monitoring CDC updates several times a day. Check this web page for updates.

Many destinations are experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. The virus can spread from person to person. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel. According to the CDC, there is limited access to adequate medical care in these affected areas. You may be at risk of getting stuck in these countries or being forced to quarantine when you return home.

In addition, the CDC has issued guidance for student foreign travel for institutions of higher education (IHE) in which they urge IHEs to consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange and travel programs given the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please click here to read the full statement.

For updated travel advisories and virus information you can visit:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • Center for Disease Control
  • General COVID-19 information via the CDC

If necessary, we are prepared to alter our procedures and are planning should the situation with the virus change. We continue to prepare for any necessary changes to travel polices, large events, and athletic events. We will keep the Bethany College community aware in ongoing email communications.

We know many Bethany College families and students will be traveling during our spring break, and we have encouraged all of our students to practice and maintain good hygiene while away. We ask that you closely monitor your health during break. Of course, we are hopeful that everyone will return from break rested and healthy, but should symptoms arise, we ask that you refrain from returning to Bethany or to work with a fever or any flu-like symptoms.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion such as the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the CDC, or local governmental organizations will be followed by our school. In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and support of the Bethany community.

Sincerely,

Gerald Stebbins
Dean of Student Life

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

1:30 p.m., Friday, March 6

In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Bethany College will extend its spring break through March 20 and resume March 23 with online classes until further notice.

“The health and safety of the Bethany community has and always will be our highest priority, and it is that commitment that guides us now as we prepare to take some significant steps to safeguard all those in our care to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the nation,” Bethany President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said.

The college will remain open to essential operations, but students are advised not to return to campus if at all possible until further notice. In addition, on-campus events, athletics, and college air travel are suspended until further notice.

The Bethany College Cabinet is reviewing all recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is conferring with leaders at peer institutions.

“For all of us, this is brand new territory, and we will need to work together as we travel down this unexpected, yet necessary, path that places the well-being of all those in our Bethany family at the forefront,” Rodenberg said. “Bethany College is a resilient community that cares for each and every student, faculty and staff member.”

Cabinet will continue to meet regularly and evaluate new developments regarding COVID-19. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

COVID-19 FAQ

10:40 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. Three students have received a positive result and are quarantined at home.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

12:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. One student has received a positive result and is quarantined on campus.

Thank you for your cooperation, and have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2

Dear Bethany Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I write today to thank you for taking our health and safety guidelines seriously. Your efforts have allowed us to be together on campus for months now, living and learning in community. Bethany College has also consistently remained in the green category of our campus-wide warning system throughout the fall semester. This feat is a shared accomplishment, and I am deeply proud. Thank you for caring about each other and for showing what it means to be #ONEBethany as we continue to navigate COVID-19.

Following a review of our emergency response planning and knowing our sustained green health status, I also want to use this opportunity to announce our spring plans. We will begin classes in-person this year on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Comprehensive exams will take place on Jan. 11-12 (written) and Jan. 13-15 (oral). The start of the spring semester also coincides with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which we will again honor with special activities as has been our tradition. I expect more information will be distributed soon.

We are nearing the end of the fall semester, and we have been #BethanySTRONG from the beginning. Let’s continue to show our powerful Bison spirit in these final weeks and keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:50 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. One staff member has received a positive result and will not work on campus again until cleared.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After completing testing protocols this week, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system.

Please remember to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other throughout Homecoming Weekend.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After receiving nearly 70 test results from this week’s random testing, I am pleased to announce that results so far have been negative. However, one staff member, who was tested separately, has received a positive result and will not work on campus again until cleared.

Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system.

The individual who previously tested positive has been released from quarantine, and five contacts are still in self-isolation until Tuesday morning.

Thank you for continuing to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other on campus.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. Following a round of testing on Monday, one student case was identified, and that student is quarantined on campus.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

9:55 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system with no new cases.

Starting as soon as next week, the college will participate in weekly state funded and mandated surveillance testing of 10% of the on-campus population. Details will be shared soon by Dean Stebbins.

Along with the State testing, we will continue our NCAA testing protocol.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

11:23 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce in this weekly campus update that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. There is one active case, and the individual is quarantined off campus.

Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to connect while remaining physically apart.

Together, we are #BethanySTRONG.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After yesterday’s COVID-19 testing of 100 individuals on campus, I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system with 0 new cases among its students. One staff member has tested positive, and all protocols are being followed as recommended by the CDC.

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourselves and each other safe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce in this weekly campus update that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. There is one active case, and the individual is quarantined off campus.

Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to connect while remaining physically apart.

Together, we are #BethanySTRONG.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After a random testing of 97 students, faculty, and staff members, I am delighted to announce that there are no new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus this week.

Therefore, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our  COVID-19 warning level.

However, West Virginia is reported to have the highest rate of COVID-19 spread in the nation. We must remain vigilant to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am happy to share in this week’s update that there are no new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. Therefore, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our  COVID-19 warning level.

Thank you to the campus community for continuing to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other on campus. When you are off campus, it is critically important to not only follow state mandates requiring facial coverings and social distancing, but also to commit to protect yourself in order to “Protect the Herd.”

Stay safe, #ONEBethany.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

8:55 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

As promised, we are updating the campus every Friday with our COVID-19 warning level. With nearly all of the students’ COVID-19 test results being reported at this time, we have received a total of two positive test result. We have implemented all CDC guidelines and Bethany College procedures in response and we end the second week of classes in the Green Level of our warning level system.

Thank you to the campus for the cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to continue to connect with each other while remaining physically apart. I especially want to thank and encourage our students who are currently safely self-isolating for the health and safety of the campus. Let’s all continue to “Protect the Herd” and follow the guidelines to keep the campus open.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

Thank you to the community for a safe and healthy first week of classes. As promised, we are updating the campus every Friday with our COVID-19 warning level. The COVID-19 test results are being reported and as of this morning, we have received one positive test result. We have implemented all CDC guidelines and Bethany College procedures in response and we end the week in the Green Level of our warning level system.

For the health and safety of the campus, it is with my strongest recommendation that I encourage you to please stay on campus this weekend, stay socially distanced, wear facial coverings, and spend time outside with fresh air. To “Protect the Herd” and to keep the campus open to spend time with your friends as you pursue your educational goals, please remain vigilant in following the guidelines for safe interaction.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As the Bethany community reunites in-person for the start of the fall semester, it is imperative that we, as a campus, follow all the health and safety rules our College has established. All students, faculty, and staff must wear facial coverings at all times when indoors, except when eating/drinking. Facial coverings must cover the mouth and nose. Facial coverings may be removed when outside and more than six feet away from other people. Generally, our community must also follow the six-foot minimum distance between individuals. These measures are designed for your health and well-being and that of our community in slowing the virus’ spread. It is also imperative you remember to daily complete your self-screening form.

If these measures are not followed, our ability to remain together will be jeopardized, so please continue to follow our established health and safety practices every day. To those of you who are consistently wearing facial coverings appropriately and maintaining social distance, I thank you. We all thank you! Remind each other of the importance of taking these steps. And to ensure we are all doing everything we can to keep our campus healthy, I have authorized faculty and staff to remind students to follow these expectations.

Be safe,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

9:35 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17

Dear Bethany Community,

The day has finally arrived when we can be together on campus. Welcome back! Extraordinary steps have been taken to make our re-opening possible, and I want to thank my Cabinet and every single Bethanian for prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. You have consistently demonstrated what #BethanySTRONG means, and because of that commitment, we are now able to welcome the Class of 2024 personally and resume in-person education for all our students.

With the start of classes underway, I want to remind everyone that the health and safety measures we have put in place are for the protection of all Bethanians. I know it may be challenging at times to acclimate to our new normal, but it is important that we all stay the course if we are to have a successful fall semester. Should faculty or staff have any questions, please reach out to members of leadership of the College, or consult our special COVID-19 health and wellness website. Students, please connect with your Resident Advisor or Dean Stebbins.

From the start of the pandemic, Bethany College has followed guidance from the CDC, the West Virginia Department of Health, and local health officials. This will continue, and we will adjust as needed as new information becomes known, so please check the website and your email regularly.

I would also ask that you regularly check-in with each other through text, FaceTime, Zoom, and every safe, physically distanced way you can this year. Bethany College is about community even in the midst of a pandemic.

We are #ONEBethany. Let’s continue to show the world why. Have a wonderful year ahead.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10

Dear Students and Families,

We at Bethany are excited for your return this week and I write to share a few reminders.

  • Be sure you arrive during your assigned move-in dates and times this week:
    • Thursday – First Year Only
      • 8 a.m. – Noon – Room number ends in an odd number
      • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Room number ends in an even number
    • Friday – Returning students
      • 8 a.m. – Noon – Room number ends in an odd number
      • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Room number ends in an even number
  • Refer to the arrival instructions and flowchart. Do not go directly to your room. You will not be given a key until you have completed the arrival process.
  • During the arrival process, you and any members of your party will be required to have your temperature scanned. To be given access to your room, you and others in your party must not have a temperature above 100.4 or have any symptoms of illness.
  • Please note that no overnight visitors are permitted on campus and in general, visitors are to be limited until further notice. Guests may come to pick up or drop off students, but should wait outside the residence halls.
  • Finally, a reminder that Bethany College requires everyone to wear appropriate facial coverings to cover the nose and mouth and social distancing.
  • You are encouraged to pack light. Keep an emergency COVID bag packed in case you become ill and need to move to self-isolation. It should include fever reducing and pain relief medicine, extra set of pajamas, and possibly an extra charger for your phone etc.

Safe travels as you make your way to campus for a successful and safe start to the semester.

Sincerely,

Dean Stebbins

8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8

Dear Students,

It is important that you consider these important points while packing to return.

  • While the college will take every precaution to provide a safe living and learning environment, if necessary, either due to the spread of the virus or mandate from Governor or other authorities, we could close the campus and ask everyone to return home. This would only occur if we could not continue to offer a safe living learning experience. While our intent is to have a full semester, there is no guarantee that will be possible in light of the pandemic, student cooperation with policies, and the prevention of community spread.
  • You are strongly encouraged to only bring the items to campus that you believe are absolutely necessary. It would not be prudent to bring large items you may not need such as extra chairs or other large furniture items. It is best to be prudent in the items you bring with you. Don’t pack things you won’t use or need.
  • All residents are strongly encouraged to have renters’ insurance. You can check with your personal home or rental insurance agency or search for rental insurance online.
  • It is recommended that each student create a personal COVID emergency bag or suitcase which would include fever and pain reducing medicine, pajamas, extra chargers, and extra copies of your insurance information. If you were to become ill now or during the flu season and would need to be quarantined or self-isolated, it will be quick and easy to grab the bag and be ready to go. Create your own first aid kit.

It is important that you understand Bethany College’s protocol regarding positive or suspected COVID 19 cases on campus.

A student who has a positive COVID 19 test is first encouraged to go home immediately so that family may provide aid and assistance. Every student who tests positive or shows symptoms must immediately contact the Health Center to discuss next steps. If the student cannot go home, and with approval from the Health Center, the following steps will be taken to provide service for the student.

  • Isolation will help Bethany protect everyone by preventing exposure to people who have tested positive COVID 19. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation at Bethany will be used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. Bethany will enforce an isolation policy for those students who test positive for COVID 19
  • Isolation will be in effect 10 days from symptom onset and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
  • If asymptomatic, isolation will be in effect for 10 days from the date of the positive testing
  • Students will be provided a room with a private bath. This accommodation is for the positive tested individual ONLY.
  • Visitors, including parents, are strictly prohibited
  • Essentials will be delivered to a closed door, without physical contact.
  • Students, upon notice of positive testing, will be responsible for packing all necessary items, e.g., clothing, medication, electronics, chargers, etc. to have and use when in isolation
  • Medical assistance will be virtual. It can be accessed by calling 304-829-7567 (8AM to 4PM), or calling student life staff on call at 304-830-3933 between 4PM to 8AM, or by emailing ctyler@bethanywv.edu or acupp@bethanywv.edu
  • If non-medical needs arise, they will be addressed by the student life office by calling 304-829-7631
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911.

While in isolation the student will be responsible for a large part of their recovery process. They are encouraged to keep in touch with student health. It is important to rest, stay hydrated, monitor temperature, and reach out to student health for assistance if there are medical concerns.

We look forward to your healthy return to campus. Pack smart, come prepared to for a safe and healthy semester.

Sincerely,

Dean Stebbins

4:20 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7

Dear Students and Families,

As you prepare to return to campus next week, I would like to share some information and recommendations about the academic program and your classes for the upcoming semester.

We have updated the academic calendar to reflect our later start date. Please note that students should plan to be in class through Friday, November 20 so travel plans should be made so that you leave campus on Saturday, November 21. Exams and final classes will be scheduled for November 23-25, but those will be conducted remotely. There is no Fall Break on purpose as we want students to stay on campus throughout the term to avoid situations that might bring COVID to campus.

Obviously, the Fall 2020 term will be unlike any other that we have offered or that you have attended. Social distancing and masking policies will be in effect across campus, including in classrooms, and this will make for a very different dynamic than you may be used to. Please be aware that your instructors have been asked to adhere to these College policies and will enforce them. Public health experts tell us that the droplets and aerosols expelled when we speak are among the most potent carriers of coronavirus, and the chances of infection are higher when we are gathered talking with others in enclosed spaces. It is incumbent on each of us to be masked to protect not just ourselves but others.

As you read earlier in our June communication, Bethany has adopted a HyFlex model of education for Fall 2020. You can expect to have “class” in many forms, and you may experience different types of classes in any one course over the semester. It is more important than ever that students read the syllabus for each course to understand when and where a class will meet (and it may be a virtual space) and what is expected when a class does meet. I have asked your faculty to upload their syllabi to Canvas by next Thursday, August 13 so that you can read the descriptions of your classes and know what to expect.

With a variety of class types going on, it is vitally important that you log on to Canvas before classes begin to review each syllabus and to understand how each class will work. You should find clear instructions about what to do on the first day of class. If you have any questions about how to access Self-Service to review your class schedule or how to access Canvas to see the materials for your classes, please reach out to the Registrar (registrar@bethanywv.edu) or Help Desk (hdesk@bethanywv.edu) for assistance with Self-Service and contact canvashelp@bethanywv.edu for assistance with Canvas.

We are using a variety of terms to refer to how classes are delivered –

  1. “Face-to-Face” is the most obvious. This refers to classes that in most cases are being offered in person in a classroom at a traditional time on the schedule.
  2. “Hybrid” classes involve some mix of face-to-face and online instruction. The exact details may vary from class to class. In some cases, you may be in class on some days and online on others. In some cases, there may be an online lecture and in-person discussions or labs. Read the syllabus and know what is expected and when.
  3. “HyFlex” classes provide a variety of ways to attend and complete assignments and may require your making choices for yourself about some elements of the experience. Once again, read the syllabus carefully.
  4. “Online Synchronous” classes meet in a virtual space, usually Zoom, at a specific time. Attendance is expected and required as it would be in a more normal semester even though the space is online.
  5. There are a very small number of “Online Asynchronous” classes that are completed entirely online without regular meeting times. Many of you will not have any courses meeting this description, but once again, I recommend that you read the syllabus to understand how class attendance will work and what is expected of you.

When you are physically attending classes, you will be expected to adhere to a general set of classroom protocols that is included with this message. Lab and performance courses will have strict classroom protocols that are appropriate for the subject matter and specified in their syllabi.

It is worth reminding you that effective participation in a semester like this one requires us to have appropriate access to technology, and I have also linked to the “Tech Guidelines” that have been posted all summer and sent several times by Dean Stebbins. Please make every effort to arrive at Bethany with an appropriate laptop computer that meets the guidelines so that you are prepared to participate, however courses are delivered.

When you read the syllabus for your courses, you will also discover contingency plans for what happens if we are compelled to go online because of infections on campus and/or state or federal mandates. Make sure you read those carefully and discuss them with your instructors when you review the syllabus in class so you know what to expect if classes do move online.

If you or members of your family have health concerns that lead you to the conclusion that you would be better served to study remotely for the Fall 2020 semester, we do have a process place to facilitate online study. You must submit an application to be approved for this opportunity. Please contact Dean Stebbins to discuss and apply for this option at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7631.

However you may attend classes, and whatever adjustments may need to be made, the important thing to remember is that your instructors have spent this summer preparing to offer creative, engaging, and meaningful classes in a variety of different models. They are prepared to work with you to make your educational experience as meaningful as it can possibly be. We all wish that we could do this the “normal” way, but as Bethany’s chief academic officer, I can assure you that it is our intention to offer you extraordinary instruction, to help you think deeply, and to challenge you to do your best work regardless of the challenging circumstances we may face. Our professors are here to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask when you have questions.

Be sure to adhere carefully to Dean Stebbins’ announcements on the return to campus that were sent on Wednesday. Be safe and healthy, and we will see you at Bethany very soon.

#ONEBethany!

Dr. Joe Lane, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Bethany College

2:50 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5

Dear Students and Families,

In response to President Rodenberg’s announcement last week regarding the delayed start of the semester, I write today with additional details regarding move-In and mandatory testing procedures. During these unprecedented times, we eagerly await your safe and healthy return to Bethany. We hope you are equally excited to get back to campus, although also realize that the on-going pandemic requires that we all take necessary steps to prepare for your return and to take care of ourselves and each other through the semester. Please read this email carefully for important information and instructions.

Prior to arrival:

  • Self-Isolate and Self-Quarantine for at least 5 days prior to arrival, if possible.
  • It is highly recommended that you receive a COVID-19 test and bring the results with you if your test is negative. If you have a positive test result, stay home and start your classes online and contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu to notify him and discuss next steps.
  • Provide your personal proof of health insurance to Carol Tyler, Director of the Wellness Center at ctyler@bethanywv.edu. Every student must have proof of personal health insurance to come to Bethany.
  • Submit your health forms to Carol Tyler at ctyler@bethanywv.edu. This includes your dates of immunizations.
  • For a parking pass, send a copy of your owner’s registration and proof of insurance to Director Sara Dent at sdent@bethanywv.edu and your parking pass will be placed in your campus mailbox.
  • Finalize your financial obligations prior to arrival. The payment deadline for the semester was August 1. Please follow the instructions on your billing statement or questions may be directed to the Office of Student Accounts at 304.829.7170 and studentaccounts@bethanywv.edu.

Upon Arrival:

  • You must arrive during your pre-assigned arrival time. First year students living in Residence Halls: All students will be honored as a Fast Pass holder. Unfortunately, students who arrive late will not be permitted to enter their residence hall and will need to re-enter at the next arrival time available.
  • Begin your check in at the Oglebay Gates: The campus will be designated as one way during Check in on August 13th (first year students) and August 14th (upperclass students). Do not go directly to your residence hall.
  • Proceed to Campus Loop to pick up your books: You will be met along the Campus loop near Morlan Hall and be provided your box of books to begin your academic year.
  • Proceed to the Coal Bowl: You will be required to take your temperature and will need to wait about 5 minutes for your outcome. Any student whose temperature is above 100.4 will need to leave campus immediately and return home to start classes online. Contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu to discuss next steps regarding returning to campus later in the semester. Additionally, you will be asked to sign the “Protect the Herd” pledge and a letter of understanding regarding the COVID-19 policies.
  • Please refer to the arrival flow chart here to understand the arrival process. Do NOT go directly to your residence hall when you arrive on campus. You will not be permitted to enter until you have received your admittance pass found in the Coal Bowl. This will be an in vehicle process.
  • Wearing face coverings in West Virginia is required and is also required by Bethany College policy at the top of this page. Face coverings or clothing which are objectively racist, homophobic, sexist, or demeaning in nature are not permitted and will be considered a violation of the student code of conduct regarding harassment and actions constituting bias.
  • Commuter students must also come to campus during the move-in times in order to go through the process of Check-in and receiving books.
  • All faculty, students, and staff will be required to complete a free COVID 19 test at the Recreation Center between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on August 14th (first year students) or August 15 (returning students). Students need to walk, not drive, to the Recreation Center. As there is also community-wide drive-up testing occurring on the same days at the Recreation Center, it is imperative Bethany students enter the walk-through line for testing rather than the drive-through line.
  • Failure to complete the test may result in being asked to leave campus or being quarantined and assessed a $150 non-compliance fee. The student would need to provide a negative test result after the 14th or 15th testing on campus in order to be able to return to class/practice/activities. For students who have health concerns and would like to apply to study online only, from home, please contact me to discuss and apply for this option at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7631.

Finally, I ask that you please once again familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 interim policies shared in July to focus on the steps we all will need to take to keep ourselves and each other safe including daily self-screening, required face coverings, social distancing guidelines, and personal hygiene recommendations.

As President Rodenberg said in her letter last week, #ONEBethany has never been more important than now as we come back together as a community and work together to “protect the herd.” She also said #BethanyStrong is our motto for the year ahead. We know that by working together, we will be strong in our resolve to come back to campus safely and continue to care for our community

Sincerely,

Gerald Stebbins
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

3:20 p.m., Friday, July 31

Members of the Bethany Community,

As I have shared from the start of this global pandemic, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff must guide every decision we make. For that reason, and after assessing the ongoing global health threat of COVID-19, our Board of Trustees and I have determined that delaying the start of the new academic year by one week is the best course of action for the health and wellbeing of all in our community. This decision means that our new move-in dates will be August 13 for new students and August 14 for returning students, with classes starting on August 17.

This decision was not made lightly. With the current situation nationwide, and under advisement from medical professionals and the NCAA, all students, faculty and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test. Brooke County will provide free testing on August 14-15 on Bethany’s campus. The decision to change the start date is driven by the fact the required testing is available on campus these dates. This will allow us to test all members of the Bethany College community within 24 hours of arrival on campus. Further information regarding testing procedures will be sent shortly.

Additionally, we recommend that all students receive a test and bring proof that it is negative with you to campus. If you do test positive for COVID-19, please plan to stay home and to work with your family’s medical provider. Contact us and we will give you help in beginning your classes online. Students should follow the social distancing, personal hygiene and face covering guidelines. Please re-familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 policies I shared on July 9th.

Our greatest hope is that all members of our community stay healthy and can continue to fulfill our mission of teaching and learning. However, in order to ensure that we are prepared for various scenarios, and out of an abundance of caution, we have created a level warning system, which you can reference here.

We firmly believe we are taking every precaution to keep our campus clean and safe. However, for students and families who have specific health concerns, we have created an entirely online class option for students who need to stay home for the semester. For those interested in applying for consideration for this option, please contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu.

#ONEBethany has never been more important than now as we come back together as a community and work together to “protect the herd.”  Please see the “Protect the Herd” pledge below. Students will be given a copy of this pledge upon arrival and will be asked to sign it. I ask that all take this pledge seriously and commit to it, as I have done, to keep our campus community safe throughout the semester.

The revised academic calendar will be posted online early next week to assist with further planning.  Students will also receive an important email from Dean Stebbins with detailed move-in instructions. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate these uncertain times.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

5 p.m., Friday, July 24

To All Bethany Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

An hour ago, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents’ Council released its announcement regarding postponing fall 2020 athletic competition in all NCAA-defined “high-contact” and “medium-contact” sports until spring 2021. These sports include football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country. The NCAA-defined “low-contact” sports of women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf will be able to compete with conference competition only, as the PAC announced earlier, and the conference is exploring options for holding fall athletic competition in the “low-contact” sports of men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, and men’s tennis, which have typically held their traditional seasons in the spring.

This decision was an extremely difficult one, but it was a necessary one that places the health and safety of our student-athletes and all those involved in delivering excellence in Division III athletics at the forefront. I want to thank our Bison athletics staff for meeting with our fall teams to share this challenging news. I also want to commend the division for showing tremendous flexibility and for working tirelessly to develop meaningful opportunities for the student-athletes affected to continue to train at the highest levels. More on those plans will be communicated to our student-athletes in the coming days.

The PAC is also continuing to provide guidance and recommendations for our athletic community during this time. One of the recommendations is to test all athletes upon arrival, which we are exploring now. The full resocialization collegiate plan from the NCAA will be placed on our website for additional review, and I encourage you to visit our COVID website for more information and updates.

The sense of loss right now is very real on multiple levels, and I understand that. I also know that the Bethany spirit is greater than one decision, and I am confident that together we can deliver a high-caliber athletics experience designed to prepare our fall student-athletes for considerable success.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

7:25 p.m., Thursday, July 9

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

Warm greetings from Bethany College. We are now only a few weeks away from re-opening our campus and returning to on-campus education. I am excited to be at this point in our planning and wish to praise the efforts underway, as I know that every action we are taking – and will continue to take – is for the health and safety of our community.

Classes this year will begin on August 10, preceded by a staggered move-in and socially distant check-in experience August 5-9. Our faculty and staff will begin to transition back to on-campus work July 20. To help us prepare, our Pandemic Response Team and Fall 2020 Contingency Planning Group have been monitoring guidance from the CDC and state of West Virginia, and have been in regular contact with the Brooke County Health Department. The team has also developed of series of safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. These include asking everyone to monitor their personal health, wear facial coverings covering mouth and nose in all publicly accessible locations, self-quarantine or self-isolate when necessary, and routinely practice social distancing. I would direct you to our COVID-19 website for updated policies and information on these important changes in our operations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also required that we rethink our traditional events in the 2020-2021 academic year with the intent, once again, of keeping our students and campus community healthy. Decisions made so far include: jointly celebrating the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 during a combined Commencement ceremony in Spring 2021, moving our Homecoming to a virtual experience, and refraining from allowing spectators at all fall athletic contests. I know this news may be disappointing to some of you, but I hope that the #ONEBethany spirit will prevail as many in the Bethany community are working diligently to make these events memorable for our students, their families, and our alumni. We will provide more details via email and on our website soon.

To our students especially, I want you to know that our entire campus is committed to guiding and supporting you through this new reality. The Residence Life office previously emailed important information on our new staggered arrival times and our revised academic schedule. If you still need that information or have questions concerning the new process, please email Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu. I have also asked that the information be posted on our website.

A safe return to campus and healthy semester for our Bethany community is our top priority. I ask that you carefully review the COVID-19 Interim Policy to better understand the expectations for the semester ahead. It is imperative we all follow these policies and work together to care for ourselves and for each other. We also commit to continue to follow new developments, and we will revise this guidance as necessary based on newly available data and the recommendations of public health authorities.

I recognize that this communication has a substantial amount of information to consider, review, and process, so please reach out to us via Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu. And I encourage you to continue to watch your email, our website and social media channels for more details regarding our virtual events this fall. I speak for everyone at Bethany College in sharing excitement that our campus and community will again feel whole as we continue our quest to change lives and produce the leaders the world needs.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

5:15 p.m., Thursday, July 2

Dear Bethany Employees,

This past spring semester reflected unprecedented resilience and flexibility among our faculty and staff, and I simply want to say thank you. Because of your ability to pivot and lead in remote learning and delivery of the Bethany experience, our students successfully managed to complete their studies during a global pandemic, and for that we are deeply grateful to each of you.

Whether your work required you to be on campus meeting the essential needs for Bethany to operate or working remotely under new and unusual circumstances to keep the College moving forward, it is clear each member of the Bethany family met the call and the demands of your various positions. You have not ceased in your tireless dedication to Bethany and the students we serve.

The quick and herculean adaption to online learning in the spring has become a determined and decisive preparation for the fall. Thank you for your hard work this summer as we collectively and eagerly prepare to welcome back students, as safely as possible, this coming semester.

With deep appreciation for all of your efforts, and out of ongoing concern for the health and safety of our community, the decision has been made to delay the Return to Campus plan for employees to start Monday, July 20. The additional two weeks will allow non-essential staff to continue to work safely from home, particularly following the July 4th Holiday, while continuing to prepare for the upcoming academic year. Please connect with your supervisor if you have questions about your individual work plan. Please watch your email early next week for further details regarding the policies for returning to the campus safely.

While this has been a challenging time, Bethany also has much to look forward to. We celebrate that we have a strong incoming class this fall and expect overall enrollment will be higher than in recent years. Bethany is also securing its future by making decisive efforts to ensure our community lives up to its values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. And we trust our community will do what it does best: come together and work towards ensuring the safety and success of all.

To ensure on-going communication during this transitional time, we will offer several Zoom Q&A sessions before the fall semester starts which will allow for questions to be directed to the Pandemic Response Team (PRT) and the Fall 2020 Faculty Contingency Planning Group (F20CPG). The sessions will be held on:

July 16 at 11:00 AM

July 23 at 11:00 AM

July 29 at 11:00 AM

Bison never back down, they always rise to the challenge – with decisive action, inspiring innovation and remarkable determination. In this ever changing and challenging time, you continue to demonstrate the true character of #ONEBethany.

Wishing you a restful and safe holiday weekend,

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

5:50 p.m., Monday, June 8

To the Bethany Community,

After much consultation and extensive review of guidance from the state of West Virginia, the CDC, and other federal health officials, I am pleased to announce that we have updated our plans to resume in-person classes for 2020-21 academic year. Getting to this point required considerable work on the part of the Fall 2020 Contingencies Planning Group, and I want to thank this team publicly for its efforts.

Bethany College’s Pandemic Response Team has been created to help oversee the preparation of our campus and manage the health and safety needs of our returning students. I am confident that our transition back to on-campus learning will be successful because of this team’s leadership, and I thank all those serving in this capacity.

This winter, current health guidance is projecting a second round of COVID-19. In anticipation of this, we must be proactive now in adjusting our academic calendar, which the Contingencies Planning Group addressed by recommending the following:

  • Our Move-In will now span two days, August 5-6, as we stagger the arrival times of our new students and their families.
  • Classes this semester will begin on August 10 and conclude on November 24.

More information will be forthcoming as the Pandemic Response Team solidifies our formal Return to Operations Guide. You will find the updated versions of this guide on this COVID-19 webpage.

This guide will also be distributed to the faculty, staff and students prior to the first day of class. You will also find the revised Academic Calendar.

Looking toward fall, I am excited that we will be together again, even if six-feet apart, but I also ask for patience as we work through this transition. We do not have every answer, but we intend to do our best for our students, faculty, and staff as we fully re-open our campus and continue to deliver the Bethany College residential living-learning experience our students know and love.

Always #ONEBethany,

Tamara Rodenberg, Ph.D.
President

4:45 p.m., Thursday, May 28

Dear Bethany Community,

As we are preparing for the fall 2020 semester in unusual circumstances, we wanted to share with you that there are two distinct task forces at work as we plan to welcome home our students in August.

The Pandemic Response Team (PRT) is focused on establishing guidelines, policies, and facilities for the fall 2020 semester with the safety of every individual on campus as the priority. The committee is representative of Academics, Athletics, Enrollment and Marketing, Dining Services, Physical Plant, Student Life, and the Director of Brooke County Department of Health. The members include President Tamara Rodenberg; Mike Bolen (Director of Brooke County Department of Health); Sara Dent (Campus Security); Jay Eisenhauer (Physical Plant); Sam Goodge (Student Life); Karen Hunt (Enrollment and Marketing); Dr. Karen Kormuth (Biology); Dr. Joe Lane (Academic Affairs); Emily Luke (Public Relations); Dr. Daniel Martich (Internal Medicine, Board of Trustees); John Shaffer (Parkhurst Dining); Jerry Stebbins (Student Life); Renee Stock (Health Center); Steve Thompson (Athletics); and Carol Tyler (Health Center).

The Fall 2020 Contingencies Planning Group (F20CPG) is focused on preparing recommendations on the academic calendar, conduct and format of classes, and academic services for the fall semester. Topics include training for the use of technology in the classroom, preparing courses to accommodate guidelines established as best practices, and related topics to maintain Bethany’s standard of teaching and learning. The membership has representatives from across the areas of Academic Affairs and Student Life and Athletics. The members of the committee are Dr. Scott Brothers, Pandel Collaros, Stephanie Gordon, Dr. Karen Kormuth, Dr. Joe Lane, Dr. Harald Menz, Richard Miller, Dr. Julie Osland, Dr. Anju Ramjee, Dr. Lisa Reilly, Heather Ricciuti, Diane Snyder, Jerry Stebbins, Heather Taylor, and Steve Thompson.

Obviously, the goals and purposes of these two working groups overlap, and the work of each will inform the other. Therefore, each committee has cross-representations both with each other and with other relevant bodies (including the Curriculum and Faculty Welfare Committees) to ensure collaboration. Each group will send communications to the campus community when they have updates, and the F20CPG will update the faculty in the middle of each week after our meetings. We encourage all members of the community to reach out to Dean Stebbins for the Pandemic Response Team and Lisa Reilly for the Fall 2020 Contingency Planning Group if you have specific questions, resources, or thoughts that you would like to share with the respective group. You are also welcome to contact any member directly with any concerns that you would like to have shared or considered.

We thank you all for that you have done and are doing for Bethany College.

Stay well,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

Dr. Joe Lane

Provost and Dean of Faculty

4:45 p.m., Friday, May 15

Dear Bethany Community,

Let me begin by thanking each of you for your commitment to Bethany College and your ongoing expressions of support and gratitude during this pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff has informed every action we have taken to date and will continue to guide us as we look ahead to the new academic year. Your encouraging words reflect your shared understanding and the Bethany spirit that connects us all.

With our virtual graduation now over and plans underway for a rescheduled ceremony, I know there are many questions about our current thinking with regard to campus operations. I hope this communication addresses them.

Classes and Residence Life

The fall semester will be upon us soon, and at this time, Bethany College has every intention of resuming normal operations and in-person classes on campus. Throughout this transition, we will continue to monitor all state and federal guidelines and implement recommendations to the best of our ability with the primary goal of keeping our community safe. We were founded as a residential cam-pus, and I am committed to providing an on-campus experience grounded in the best practices for interaction.

Bethany’s natural environment actually lends itself beautifully to the effective maintenance of social distancing. Our idyllic, less-populated location in West Virginia, combined with our small classrooms and 10:1 student-faculty ratio, makes our setting and setup perfect for learning and overall student well-being. We also have the ability to offer single rooms for students who request such rooms prior to July 15, and we are freezing tuition at this time in order to help our students and their families continue to access a Bethany education.

Safety, Facility Management, and Cleaning

Our community also excels in caring for those closest to us. Toward that end, the College is commit-ted to keeping its facilities, including academic buildings, residence halls, athletics venues, dining areas, administrative offices, and restrooms clean. I have asked that a thorough cleaning be conducted before the start of classes, and our Emergency Preparedness and Response Team, with representation from across campus, is also ensuring that every safety precaution is considered.

Remote Work

While I know you want to be on campus working, supporting one another, and furthering our mission, we must do what is best for our community. Therefore, consistent with Governor Justice’s “safer at home” plan, we will continue to work from home until July 6.

Another communication will be sent closer to that time outlining the health and safety expectations of all employees.

Personal Reflection

I believe I speak for the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and our student body in saying we are eager to be back together. This time of being socially distant has reaffirmed for all of us why we place such a high value on community at Bethany College. When we are together, we thrive, but as these past few weeks have shown, community doesn’t end where the campus edges begin. Each one of us has demonstrated in profound ways the premium we place on each other’s worth in this world through our ability to connect, create, serve, and save lives during this global health crisis.

Together, you have shown in words and actions what it means to live as #ONEBethany, and I will forever be proud of the results.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:44 a.m., Wednesday, May 6

Bethany Community,

Bethany College has always valued the long-standing traditions of baccalaureate and graduation even as we now must congratulate this year’s graduates and their families in absentia during this time of social distancing.

Members of the class of 2020 are forever bonded, and we are remarkably proud of their accomplishments under extremely challenging circumstances. To honor this class, we will be conducting a digital conferral of degrees and sharing words of encouragement on May 8-9.

Highlights of the online presentation will include such Bethany traditions as the playing of bagpipes, a presidential welcome, a “walk” through the Historic Oglebay Gates led by Dean of Students Jerry Stebbins, special messages from keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. William Barber and baccalaureate speaker Rabbi Joshua Lief, and Provost Joe Lane announcing the Oreon E. Scott Award recipient.

Celebrate this year’s graduates by watching digital versions of baccalaureate and graduation, which will be released on the website via YouTube at specific times.

Baccalaureate – 5 p.m., Friday, May 8

Graduation – 10 a.m., Saturday, May 9

You can access both of these events on our website, where you can also find more information on this virtual ceremony.

Join the Bethany community in honoring the graduates in this way while we wait for the traditional on-campus ceremony to take place later this year. Expect more details on the rescheduled date soon.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

4:15 p.m., Monday, April 6

Dear Bethany Faculty and Staff:

Today marks the beginning of our third week of remote learning in light of the COVID-19 global health crisis. Shifting successfully to this platform has required significant leadership by our faculty and ongoing collaboration with multiple members of our community. I want to commend your uncompromising dedication and incredible efforts, both of which reflect a true commitment to our students’ success.

This time of social distancing is unprecedented, but the passion for teaching and learning among our faculty is not. Together, what our faculty have delivered and will continue to deliver for the remainder of the spring semester is outstanding, and I encourage all of us to take time to acknowledge their tremendous work at this time. Thank you! I would also like to thank our staff members who are working in partnership with our faculty and who are maintaining our campus in order to support our students in this historic time and to prepare for their return in the fall.

The health and safety of all in the Bethany community continues to be our highest priority, which is why we have pursued the direction we have in recent weeks. At times, our days may have resembled more of a roller coaster of daily uncertainty, and while we strive for excellence always, we do not want to miss opportunities to offer thanks or communicate appreciation proactively. Therefore, let me say again, “Thank you to the entire Bethany faculty and staff.”

As we settle into a new normal, we will learn quickly, continue to adjust our teaching models, re-think our campus plans, and prepare for a meaningful end of the term, all while facing forward to the 2021 academic year.

Additionally, in order to assist with ongoing care and concern for our students, we have created a resource sheet for your use.

My deepest gratitude to each of you for stepping up when our students needed you the most.

Warmest regards,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

3 p.m., Friday, April 3

The following message was sent to students.

Dear Students,

As we near the end of the second week of online classes, I want to thank all of you for the effective and professional way that almost all of you have engaged with our courses online. We know that this is not the ideal “Bethany Experience.” I am sure that you would prefer face-to-face instruction, not to mention all the other activities on campus: sports, Greek life, cooking out on CV Hill in the warm sunshine, and being with your friends. And yet we have seen some very engaged and interesting classes and heard many good things from some of you. I can certainly tell you this: We all look forward to seeing you back on campus in the Fall.

We recognize that this sudden shift in instructional mode has been unsettling and that some of you are probably very worried about how this will impact your grade point average. We know that a bad grade can have consequences for your ability to participate in sports and extracurriculars, eligibility for scholarships and graduation honors, and applications for graduate schools and jobs.

Therefore, on Monday, the Faculty voted to allow students to take advantage of Credit/No Credit grading for courses completed in the Spring 2020 semester. When the semester concludes, you will receive grades as you would in a more normal semester, but with your advisor’s approval, you will be able to complete a form that will change the grade in a particular course to Credit/Non-Credit designation that will not affect your gpa. Courses for which you receive “Credit” will count towards your major, minor, or the Liberal Arts Core.

THIS RULE WILL ONLY BE IN EFFECT FOR COURSES TAKEN IN SPRING 2020.

Here is how this will work:

At the end of the semester, you will receive grades through Webadvisor and Student Self-Service as you have in the past.

If you wish to convert your grade in the course from a letter grade, you may change any passing (A, B, C, or D) grade to “Credit,” and you may convert an F to “No Credit.”

Students who are planning to graduate on May 9 must submit their request within 48 hours of the posting of grades. That means your request must be in by April 27 for comping seniors; the date will be May 6 for those who are not taking comps.

Students who are not planning to graduate must submit their request within 7 days of grades posting. We expect grades to post on May 12, and requests for Credit/No Credit changes should be submitted by May 19.

Decisions of the Academic Standards Committee on Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal as well as scholarship or athletic eligibility will take into account the GPA after applying the Credit/No Credit designation. Because those decisions will be made very quickly after May 19, students are urged to make decisions to request a Credit/No Credit decision quickly. You might ask yourself, “How will I know whether or not to make these requests?” An easy rule of thumb is to look at your cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. Any grade that is lower than that GPA is one you should consider converting to Credit/No Credit. Any grade that is higher than that GPA is better to leave as a letter grade. If you follow that guideline, your cumulative GPA after the Spring 2020 should be no lower than but could be higher than your cumulative Fall 2019 GPA.

Please carefully review your midterm grades and current academic standing in your courses before meeting with your advisor to plan Fall 2020 courses, and you should be well-prepared to take full advantage of this special grading policy.

The Registrar will communicate with you as we near the end of the semester with instructions on how to complete a form and to receive approval from your faculty advisor.

Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions about how this will work.
We hope you and your families are healthy, well, and safe. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns, and please take good care,

Dr. Joe Lane
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Dean Jerry Stebbins
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students

3:20 p.m., Monday, March 30

Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff,

Our fall semester began as every academic year does. Our incoming students stood poised to experience everything Bethany College has to offer, while our seniors arrived back on campus with visible anticipation and excitement for what their final year would hold.

But then the world changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since first learning of this profound global crisis, the health and safety of our community has been – and will continue to be – our foremost priority. To protect all members of the Bethany family, we have taken unprecedented measures, including ceasing all in-person classes and moving to remote instruction. Faculty and staff are also working from home at this time.

Sadly, our time apart will now need to be lengthened in light of the virus’ spread and in alignment with ongoing social distancing recommendations from state health officials. Following several conversations with our Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs, and to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we will be extending remote instruction through the remainder of the semester.

I need to pause at this moment and acknowledge the depth of disappointment being felt by the Class of 2020. What was to be a sentimental journey leading to graduation has abruptly halted, bringing with it heartbreak. In making this difficult decision, however, we also make a promise to provide the class with a meaningful Commencement ceremony. We will move forward with an online degree conferral on May 9, 2020 to be followed on Thursday, August 20, 2020 with a Commencement ceremony on campus timed with the official beginning of the new academic year. We invite our Class of 2020 and families to begin to make plans to return to campus at that time.

Meanwhile, I want to commend our community for continuing to put our students first. We deeply miss our students, and the lack of your presence on campus right now is palpable. We also know that our actions are necessary for your well-being and ours. Bethany has always been a College defined by resilience and lasting connections – now more than ever. Many of you have specific questions, answers to which, you will find below following this letter.

Our desire to stay connected also extends into the lives of our alumni, who understand firsthand the many cherished traditions at Bethany and who care deeply about future generations. The call to maintain social distancing has meant the postponement or cancellation of several events, but we are working to provide new and exciting remote engagement opportunities. Expect to hear more from our alumni relations office in the coming days and weeks ahead. I have no doubt that the office’s efforts will help strengthen our bonds with our alumni even more.

The decisions the Cabinet and I have had to make during the past few weeks for the health and safety of our community have all centered on a shared goal to emerge from this global health crisis stronger and more united in our beloved mission. I am honored and humbled to lead our dedicated faculty and staff at this pivotal time and to witness the loyalty and outpouring of support from our alumni. Continue to stay close in spirit while social distancing during this crisis, look out for each other, and find reassurance that your Bethany home will always have your back.

Warmest regards,
Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg
President

Bethany College Student Information

As you live into your online learning experience, Bethany College remains dedicated to your ability to complete your semester. We are also aware that the possibility of returning for a meaningful end of term is not an option before us. Therefore, as of Monday, March 30, 2020, Bethany College will continue online for the remainder of the spring term.

In order to assist students in understanding what this means for them, let me answer the following questions.

1. What is the revised Academic Calendar?  
April 14-17: Registration for the Fall semester opens – rising seniors (April 14), juniors (April 15), sophomores (April 16), and first-year (April 17).  Registration will take place through the online student self-service and will remain open through May 1

April 24: The Last Day of Classes for Students Sitting for Comprehensive Exams

April 27: Grades posted for Seniors who are Comping

April 27-May 1: Study Period for Comprehensive Exams

May 1: Last Day for Graduating Seniors who are not sitting for Comps

May 1: Last Day of regular classes for all undergraduates

May 4-6: Final Examination Period for undergraduates

May 4: Written Comprehensive Examinations (two three-hour sessions)

May 5-8: Oral Comprehensive Examinations  (two-hour Zoom conference orals)

May 9: Degree Conferral and Online Graduation Celebration

2. Will there be a formal Graduation Ceremony?
Bethany will hold a virtual conferral of degrees on May 9th as scheduled. Bethany College will follow this with a formal presentation of diplomas and full Graduation experience on Thursday, August 20, 2020 as we begin the new academic year. We will ask you to please plan to attend and bring your academic regalia for this celebration.

3. Will there be Comprehensive Exams?
Yes, Bethany will hold Comprehensive Exams. The faculty decided to adapt comprehensives to the online format by having students complete a shorter written section in two three-hour sessions on Monday, May 4, and a more substantial oral scheduled later in that week. You will be informed about more details from your departmental faculty, the Registrar, and the Provost.

4. Will I receive a reimbursement or credit from services I did not receive in room & board?
As of March 23, 2020, all Bethany College students will be completing their coursework online or through other distance learning platforms for the remainder of the spring semester. Since announcing this change, the College has been reviewing guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and consulting with West Virginia’s State System of Higher Education to create a fair and equitable plan for returning room & board fees to students whose on-campus experience was interrupted because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

5. How will I receive my refund?
The refund first will be applied to your student account, reducing any total amount you still owe to the College. Once you have paid all balances owed to the College, any remaining funds will be credited to your Fall 2020 Room & Board Fees. Students who are graduating in May 2020 will have your reimbursement returned to you through direct deposit to your bank account. Students graduating without direct deposit will receive a physical check sent by mail to your permanent address.

6. When can I expect my refund or applied credit for next year?
The College expects to issue refunds and applied credit to eligible students as soon as feasible following the Fall Registration period.

7. What about tuition?
In keeping with Bethany College policies and current guidance, tuition and other academic/student service fees will NOT be refunded given that the College is providing students the opportunity to complete your academic semester via online/distance learning instruction.

8. When can I move out from my current dorm room?
Please email Mr. Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu to schedule a time to come and pick up your belongings from your room. In order to uphold social distancing guidelines, limited numbers of students will be permitted in a building at each given time slot. No students can spend the night on campus. Three hour time slots three times a day have been arranged over the next two weeks for students to come to campus to pick up their belongings.  The daily time slots are 8 – 11 a.m., noon – 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. All students must return their keys (including mailbox) in an assigned location in each residence halls.

9. How will I register for next semester from home?
Your faculty advisor will guide you through your registration process. Registration will be extended from April 14th to May 1 in order to give you ample time to meet with your advisor and complete your fall academic plan.

Again, we wish you all a meaningful online learning experience and encourage you to maximize this opportunity. Your faculty, staff and coaches are ready to assist you as needed. You should also be receiving regular contact from the Office of Student Life offering assistance both with online learning, personal health resource contacts, and other needs as they may arise. These are, indeed, unprecedented times and we remain confident in the resilience of our student body and campus community. Please know that we are here for you and we remain always #ONEBethany.

9:20 a.m., Tuesday, March 24

Bethany Community,

As we enter into online course delivery, I would like to share how the Registrar’s office will be transitioning during this time.

The Registrar’s office will be operating mainly online. Between myself and Nativa, we will be available 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. We will physically be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. As always, Nativa and I are here to help. The best way to contact us is via email:
registrar@bethanywv.edu *this email goes to both of us and is the best one to use
nobrien@bethanywv.edu
lcucarese@bethanywv.edu

Additionally, the main phone line, 304-829-7831, will be transferred to a cell phone and will be answered M/W/F from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and T/TH from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..

Transcript requests and education verifications will be fulfilled on the Tuesdays and Thursdays within the time that we are physically in the office. At this time, all major change requests will be suspended.

The date to withdraw from a class with a “W” has been extended to Friday, April 17th.

Students, contact our office to request a Course Withdraw Form, which will be sent to you via email. You are to send it to the instructor of the course for his/her signature. Once you receive it back, send it to your advisor for his/her signature. Then sign the form and email it to the Registrar’s office and we will process it.

*Students and Faculty, the withdraw form requests a digital signature. If you have not created a digital signature and don’t know how, you can use the following link for instructions: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/digital-ids.html

Registration for the Fall 2020 semester has been moved to begin on Tuesday, April 14th. As we are all working in an online format, advisors and advisees cannot meet face to face to determine classes for next semester. I will be sending out a document of screenshot steps, one for advisors and a different one for students, that will show you how to look at the offerings for next semester and how to create a tentative schedule.

Information regarding Comprehensive Exams and Commencement will be provided as it becomes available.

REGISTRATION DATES
12:01 a.m., Tuesday, April 14th
Students with 94 credits or more completed.

12:01 a.m., Wednesday, April 15th
Students with 60 credits or more completed.

12:01 a.m., Thursday, April 16th
Students with 25 credits or more completed.

12:01 a.m., Friday, April 17th
All students with fewer than 25 credits completed.

Lisa Cucarese, MA
Registrar

6:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

Dear Bethany Employees,

We understand the anxiety and uncertainly that surrounds the unprecedented pandemic (COVID-19) that has plagued our nation. Bethany College’s mission is to “provide teaching and learning in an atmosphere of service and work.” Remaining true to our mission and to our commitment to our valued employees, we are taking all reasonable steps to assure both your health and safety and your continued employment with its associated income stream and benefits. Bethany College is not alone in facing this challenge, but neither Bethany, nor our society, may have previously faced a challenge of this nature and magnitude.

To further protect our campus and the community, we are implementing the following:

Students:
All students have been asked not to return from their spring break (with the exception of a few who face dire circumstances and are unable to leave). Avoiding large groups minimizes the risk of exposure and the transmission of COVID-19 to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Faculty:
We are delivering instruction in an online format until further notice. Faculty are working diligently to provide education and continuity to our program with classes beginning in this new format on Monday, March 23, 2020. This will enable our students maintain continuity of their academic goals and career plans.

Staff:
In order to ensure essential functions are performed and for our staff employees to continue to work safely, we are implementing a “Work Wise Remote Option.” This program is designed for staff members who can work online and/or telephonically from their homes. These actions are being taken to keep COVID-19 exposure on campus to a minimum so that it will remain safer for those who must continue to report to campus to perform their job duties.

Working from home will require a formal work plan approved by your department head. We will use the following guidelines as of Thursday, March 19, 2020:

  1. A function that can be performed from home, via computer or other means, will be expected to be so performed.
  2. A function that cannot be performed from home, via computer or other means, will have a work plan developed which minimizes risk of exposure while on campus.

Please see your department head to receive your work plan. You will be expected to follow your work plan as outlined in order to remain in full employment standing.

Salaried Exempt Employees: You are expected to perform your normal duties remotely. Please note: Your offices will be available, please let Dean Stebbins or Jay Eisenhauer know you will be on campus and security will be advised.

Salaried Non-Exempt Employees: You are expected to perform your normal duties remotely. You will need to file your time sheet and report it to your department head on a weekly basis. Please note: Your offices will be available, please let Dean Stebbins or Jay Eisenhauer know you will be on campus and security will be advised.

Hourly Employees: We recognize that there are positions that can only be performed by an on-campus presence. We are working to ensure that those functions can be performed in a relatively risk free environment. You are expected to meet with your department head (in person or by other means) and receive a formal work plan. Your presence on campus is necessary in order to fulfill your job responsibilities. Regardless of working on campus or remotely, you will be responsible for tracking your work hours on a weekly basis. If you are on campus, please punch in and punch out. If you are working remotely, per your work plan, please track hours and report weekly. Weekly hours worked will need to be submitted to payroll following the existing procedure.

Additional Campus Updates:
The College Health Center will be closed at this time. If you call Health Services, you will be transferred to Student Life and provided information available to address your concern. Online telehealth and mental health options will be available to you. If you are covered by our medical benefits, fees have been waived to access medical guidance through telemedicine by calling the number on the back of your ID card. Our EAP services remain available to employees by calling 1-888-293-6948 or visiting www.workhealthlife.com/Standard3

The College Sick Leave Policy is hereby suspended for those who report they were exposed to COVID-19, a medical doctor recommends to self-quarantine, have symptoms mirroring or have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Employees who report one of these scenarios will receive excused sick time for the recommended quarantine period. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Please contact your supervisor or Human Resources by phone or email to discuss any special circumstances or concerns you may have. If you are working from home, you are still required to report to your supervisor if you are sick or taking vacation or personal time.

Until March 22, the Library will be available to faculty and staff by appointment from noon to 4:00 p.m. When you arrive at the Library, please call the number posted on the door or send an email in advance to library@bethanywv.edu ahead of time so that they may prepare materials for you before you arrive. Effective, Monday, March 23rd, all library services will be delivered digitally.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will follow the guidelines as outlined by the CDC, state and local government. We will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Once again, I remain grateful for your dedicated leadership in our community and on our campus.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

4:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

The College Sick Leave Policy is hereby suspended for those who report they were exposed to COVID-19, a medical doctor recommends to self-quarantine, have symptoms mirroring or have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Employees who report one of these scenarios will receive excused sick time for the recommended quarantine period. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Please contact your supervisor or Human Resources by phone or email to discuss any special circumstances or concerns you may have. If you are working from home, you are still required to report to your supervisor if you are sick or taking vacation or personal time.

Thank you.

Dr. Rodenberg

11:20 a.m., Tuesday, March 17

Bethany Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

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, but we simply cannot commit to a firm decision about Commencement at this time. 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.

Warm regards,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

9:50 p.m., Thursday, March 12

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

As you all have seen in the President’s communication to the Bethany campus community, we are extending Spring Break by one week (March 16-20) to allow faculty members time to prepare for alternative modes of class delivery. We will offer our classes online beginning on Monday, March 23 and until further notice.

We intend to reassess this policy during the first week of April and will keep the faculty informed and engaged in that assessment as we respond to a very fluid and difficult public health crisis.

I want to begin by thanking you all in advance for approaching the upcoming transitions and dislocations in the most professional way possible. This will not be easy or smooth, and we can all expect to encounter some significant difficulties along the way. We would all prefer to be offering our courses on campus to our students, but that is simply not possible. We must prepare as we can, learn from mistakes and correct them, and encourage our students even when they may struggle with our classes over the next several weeks. We will need to deal with these challenges in a positive and professional manner and should model for our students the resilience in the face of difficulty that we would wish for them to learn.

Changing all our courses to online delivery is a significant undertaking. Over the weekend, we will be rolling out a series of workshops and courses as well as offering multiple opportunities for discussions on how best to conduct our courses under these constraints. We don’t have all the answers yet, and suggestions and methodologies will evolve over the next few days as we discuss the particular challenges we face in adapting the courses and content that we offer to an online platform. We would encourage departments and/or programs to schedule their own virtual meetings or conference calls to discuss what will work best in their context.

We do not expect a one-size fits all solution will work for all classes, but we do have some expectations that you should take into account as you prepare your courses:

  1. We need to “publish” every active course in Canvas and encourage every enrolled student to log into the Canvas page for their courses. We will need to be documenting how we deliver course material without in person class meetings, and Canvas should be the first stop for each course. Working through Canvas allows students to know where they can find what is expected of them and allows us to track student engagement with the material. If you wish to use other tools to deliver course content, please link those tools and instructions to the Canvas page for the course.
  2. Each course on Canvas needs to have a copy of the original syllabus for the course and an Online Syllabus Update (by March 23). The Online Syllabus Update should explain to students what is expected of them (meetings, assignments, etc.) particularly insofar as the original syllabus must be revised for online delivery (E.g. if the original syllabus said all essays must be submitted in hard copy by the beginning of class, how are they now to be submitted and by what time). What constitutes “attendance” and how it will be counted needs to be clearly addressed and explained.
  3. The College is in the process of arranging a more robust license for Zoom and will also be trying out (and perhaps recommending) other online conferencing platforms over the next several days. We should be able to offer you a video conference platform if you do decide the best way to deliver your courses is a synchronous class meeting conducted through screens. That may make sense for some courses and less sense for others, but we plan to make it available. If you are going to insist upon this type of instruction, please plan to leave your course in the time slot it currently occupies. This will minimize the disruption to existing student schedules and avoid us placing students in conflicts where they are required to be in two “places” at the same time.
  4. We will need you to identify and publish Contactable Hours during which students can reach you and make it clear how they should best do so. We cannot count on catching students after class, in the hall, or at the caf so we need to tell them when we are going to be available and be available when we tell them. If you are uncomfortable texting or calling on your private line with students, we have some technological tools that can be shared and that can help. We expect that each faculty member will publish and keep at least one Contact Hour per credit hour taught (outside of active class meetings) when they are available for students, and we should try to keep in mind that students may need to reach us at hours outside the normal class day.
  5. Answer student emails and other messages. Please. It is always hard to keep up with the email (I surely know!), but students will have many questions, and we need to make sure we get them answers in a timely fashion.

This memo is not the last guidance but the first. We will be working next week to offer opportunities for workshops and resources to help you refine your courses and to answer your questions. Many thanks to Lisa Reilly, Diane Snyder, and Heather Ricciuti who have already researched a number of resources and met with me today to help us identify issues and get started. Kathy Shelek-Furbee and Karen Kormuth have also volunteered to help in pulling together opportunities in this transition, and Malachi Anthony is providing invaluable technical support and advice. If you would like to join us in working on a schedule of workshops or resource lists over the next week, please do volunteer. We will be posting as many good ideas as we can find.

Finally, I would ask that we all engage and approach our students from a perspective of understanding and empathy. This change is going to be deeply unsettling for many of them. Their normal schedules, social networks, academic plans, and athletic aspirations have been completely upended by these events. Some of them may now be home when they would rather be anywhere else, and others may soon be dealing with a serious illness or taking care of others who are sick. Some of them may find themselves providing childcare for younger siblings who are out of school while parents still have to work. Our seniors have had one of the most exciting periods of their college careers yanked out from under them.

Our students are likely to be as challenged by the technical difficulties of switching to online instruction as much as we are and some of them may have to overcome significant hurdles to understand what is being asked of them. We must be understanding of their struggles. This is not to say that we should not have standards, but it is a plea for us to consider how we apply those standards in a very difficult time for all concerned.

I would encourage you to reach out to your students and advisees sooner rather than later. Check on them and their families and reassure them that even if you do not have all the answers about how a class will work now, you will be in touch soon.
Checking in on students who were struggling at their midterm grades now may help them see how they can be successful even in these trying circumstances. And given that the students are not on campus, it is particularly important to complete an academic planning survey on your interactions with them so we know how students plan to improve their academic standing this spring.

Bethany rightly prides itself on caring for its students and offering the extra hand to help them succeed. That approach will be especially important over the next few weeks. Thank you for all you do for Bethany College and all you will do to make this unwanted diversion from our normal business of “close proximity” education as smooth as possible for everyone. Teaching and learning constitute our mission even in times of crisis and both are still possible this semester.

Best wishes and good health to all,

Joe

Dr. Joe Lane
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Political Science
Bethany College
31 E. Campus Dr.
Bethany, WV 26032

(304) 829-7311 (office)
(304) 975-0256 (cell)
(304) 829-7312 (fax)

1:30 p.m., Friday, March 6

In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Bethany College will extend its spring break through March 20 and resume March 23 with online classes until further notice.

“The health and safety of the Bethany community has and always will be our highest priority, and it is that commitment that guides us now as we prepare to take some significant steps to safeguard all those in our care to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the nation,” Bethany President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said.

The college will remain open to essential operations, but students are advised not to return to campus if at all possible until further notice. In addition, on-campus events, athletics, and college air travel are suspended until further notice.

The Bethany College Cabinet is reviewing all recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is conferring with leaders at peer institutions.

“For all of us, this is brand new territory, and we will need to work together as we travel down this unexpected, yet necessary, path that places the well-being of all those in our Bethany family at the forefront,” Rodenberg said. “Bethany College is a resilient community that cares for each and every student, faculty and staff member.”

Cabinet will continue to meet regularly and evaluate new developments regarding COVID-19. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

COVID-19 FAQ

5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12

Dear Bethany Community Members,

Since the start of the semester, my senior leadership team and I have been closely monitoring the worldwide spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have also been reviewing all recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, we have been in consultation with our peer institutions in the states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The health and safety of the Bethany community has and always will be our highest priority, and it is that commitment that guides us now as we prepare to take some significant steps to safeguard all those in our care and to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of West Virginia or on our campus, the situation is an unprecedented global pandemic. We ask for patience and understanding as we make decisions that we ultimately believe are in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff.

As such and at this time with our students currently on spring break, we have made the difficult but necessary decision that the College will remain open to essential operations but with a modified academic delivery until further notice:

  • Spring break will be extended by an additional week, March 16-20, as we prepare to suspend all in-person classes and switch to an online mode of instruction beginning Monday, March 23.
  • We are requesting that students not return to campus if at all possible until further notice.  All students who are currently at their permanent place of residence should remain there or, if they did travel, make arrangements to return home. For those for whom this is not a realistic option, please see information detailed below.
  • All college employees are expected to continue working during this period while observing proper health protocols, described below.
  • College air travel and on-campus events are suspended, until further notice.
  • The Bethany Cabinet will continue to meet regularly to evaluate the circumstances and will keep the Bethany College community informed utilizing email messaging, Facebook posts and texting as appropriate.

We know that there will be many questions during this time, however, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution in consultation with public health experts and our peer institutions nationwide. For all of us, this is brand new territory, and we will need to work together as we travel down this unexpected, yet necessary path that places the well-being of all those in our Bethany family at the forefront. This is a shared effort, and I thank each of you for the role you are playing to uphold our values and help each other during this challenging time. Bethany College is a resilient community that cares for each-and-every student, faculty and staff member.  Please make sure you check the website often for pertinent updates regarding the campus.

Warmest regards,

The Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg
President

Effective March 12 Bethany College remains open with modified academic operations. Please refer to details below.

Bethany College will implement the following until further notice and will be carefully monitoring the situation as our understanding of this pandemic evolves quickly. Recognizing the uncertainty this situation causes for the Bethany College family, we believe taking preventative steps now will potentially reduce the risk of future disruptions to our overall operation and mission.

Faculty will be receiving further instructions and guidance on the move to online instruction.  Expect the first of several memos from the Provost this afternoon.  We are offering online training, workshops, and resources to facilitate this transition.  These will take place during the week of March 16-20.

Employees are expected to continue working during this period, observing proper health protocols as described by the CDC and accessible on this webpage. Employees are also asked to assist with cleaning their personal workspaces also following the CDC guidelines.

For staff and faculty who are currently traveling, please take steps now to notify Bethany administration of your plans. Any person returning to campus must complete this survey to receive approval for re-entry to the campus.

Students Currently Off-Campus:  You will be given a discrete date and time frame to enter your dorm rooms and collect your books, computers, and other personal items that will allow you to continue your education from home.  Please contact the Office of Student Life (304) 829-7631 or email to sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.

Students Currently On-Campus:  Please contact the Office of Student Life at (304) 829-7631 or email to sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.  They will assist you with your plans to return home until further notice.  Please take with you your books, computers, and other personal items that will allow you to continue your education from home.

Graduate Interns:  Please plan to return home and remain there unless otherwise directed by your direct supervisor.  Any Graduate Intern authorized to remain on campus, due to the “essential operations” nature of the position, must have formal approval from the Dean of Student Life.

Mental health services are still available to students but will be delivered via phone or video conversation. For appointments, please contact Renee Stock at rstock@bethanywv.edu.

Instruction is moving to online platforms. 

In-person classes are suspended for this coming week to allow faculty and staff to modify delivery of their curriculum. Classes will resume via online and distance platforms on Monday, March 23. Students, please continue to watch your Bethany College email for further instructions.

Students are strongly encouraged to return home or stay home. 

We ask students not to return to campus during this period. On-campus services (residence halls, dining, etc.) will be limited for those with dire circumstances. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs by emailing Executive Director of Student Life Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu or by calling 304-829-7631 to discuss options.

College air travel is suspended. 

All college-sponsored air travel – domestic and international – is suspended. We strongly discourage all personal travel, domestic or international, and may require employees who do travel to self-quarantine upon return.

We remind the community of CDC guidelines and recommendations, which include a self-quarantine of 14 days after travel abroad in specific regions.

College events are suspended. 

All events, gatherings and athletic events in college facilities as well as college-sponsored events on and off campus are suspended until further notice.

Please note: We are working with Dining Services to ensure limited service is available for those who remain on campus. 

1:30 p.m., Friday, March 6

Bethany College Community:

As students get ready to return from spring break vacation, the administration at Bethany College continues to monitor the continually evolving information regarding COVID-19. Bethany College is following recommendations and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The most effective means of preventing the spread of the flu or COVID-19 is through appropriate hygiene such as hand washing, coughing into your elbow, and practicing social distancing.

All staff, employees, and faculty who are feeling ill will be asked to stay home if they get sick while home over spring break.

Simple and effective tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 can be found in this video:
https://cloud.c3softworks.com/#/whirl/5dcdab1833dd6616ec00400d

We ask that if students feel sick, to notify the Office of Student Life at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu so that we may assist you with continuing academic work when possible while limiting your contact with other students, faculty, and staff. If you are sick, you should not attend work or class. Please notify the Office of Student Life, and self-quarantine at home or in your residence hall.

What are the Symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

The symptoms for this virus include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Dry Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Respiratory Distress (trouble breathing)

The most prominent symptoms are dry cough, headache, and high fever, which can range from mild to severe and appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms typically last longer than the flu (up to 18 days).

Bethany College will be monitoring CDC updates several times a day. Check this web page for updates.

Many destinations are experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. The virus can spread from person to person. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel. According to the CDC, there is limited access to adequate medical care in these affected areas. You may be at risk of getting stuck in these countries or being forced to quarantine when you return home.

In addition, the CDC has issued guidance for student foreign travel for institutions of higher education (IHE) in which they urge IHEs to consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange and travel programs given the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please click here to read the full statement.

For updated travel advisories and virus information you can visit:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • Center for Disease Control
  • General COVID-19 information via the CDC

If necessary, we are prepared to alter our procedures and are planning should the situation with the virus change. We continue to prepare for any necessary changes to travel polices, large events, and athletic events. We will keep the Bethany College community aware in ongoing email communications.

We know many Bethany College families and students will be traveling during our spring break, and we have encouraged all of our students to practice and maintain good hygiene while away. We ask that you closely monitor your health during break. Of course, we are hopeful that everyone will return from break rested and healthy, but should symptoms arise, we ask that you refrain from returning to Bethany or to work with a fever or any flu-like symptoms.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion such as the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the CDC, or local governmental organizations will be followed by our school. In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and support of the Bethany community.

Sincerely,

Gerald Stebbins
Dean of Student Life

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:40 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. Three students have received a positive result and are quarantined at home.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

12:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. One student has received a positive result and is quarantined on campus.

Thank you for your cooperation, and have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2

Dear Bethany Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I write today to thank you for taking our health and safety guidelines seriously. Your efforts have allowed us to be together on campus for months now, living and learning in community. Bethany College has also consistently remained in the green category of our campus-wide warning system throughout the fall semester. This feat is a shared accomplishment, and I am deeply proud. Thank you for caring about each other and for showing what it means to be #ONEBethany as we continue to navigate COVID-19.

Following a review of our emergency response planning and knowing our sustained green health status, I also want to use this opportunity to announce our spring plans. We will begin classes in-person this year on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Comprehensive exams will take place on Jan. 11-12 (written) and Jan. 13-15 (oral). The start of the spring semester also coincides with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which we will again honor with special activities as has been our tradition. I expect more information will be distributed soon.

We are nearing the end of the fall semester, and we have been #BethanySTRONG from the beginning. Let’s continue to show our powerful Bison spirit in these final weeks and keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:50 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. One staff member has received a positive result and will not work on campus again until cleared.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After completing testing protocols this week, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system.

Please remember to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other throughout Homecoming Weekend.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After receiving nearly 70 test results from this week’s random testing, I am pleased to announce that results so far have been negative. However, one staff member, who was tested separately, has received a positive result and will not work on campus again until cleared.

Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system.

The individual who previously tested positive has been released from quarantine, and five contacts are still in self-isolation until Tuesday morning.

Thank you for continuing to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other on campus.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. Following a round of testing on Monday, one student case was identified, and that student is quarantined on campus.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

9:55 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system with no new cases.

Starting as soon as next week, the college will participate in weekly state funded and mandated surveillance testing of 10% of the on-campus population. Details will be shared soon by Dean Stebbins.

Along with the State testing, we will continue our NCAA testing protocol.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

11:23 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce in this weekly campus update that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. There is one active case, and the individual is quarantined off campus.

Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to connect while remaining physically apart.

Together, we are #BethanySTRONG.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After yesterday’s COVID-19 testing of 100 individuals on campus, I am pleased to share that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system with 0 new cases among its students. One staff member has tested positive, and all protocols are being followed as recommended by the CDC.

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourselves and each other safe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce in this weekly campus update that Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our warning level system. There is one active case, and the individual is quarantined off campus.

Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to connect while remaining physically apart.

Together, we are #BethanySTRONG.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

After a random testing of 97 students, faculty, and staff members, I am delighted to announce that there are no new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus this week.

Therefore, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our  COVID-19 warning level.

However, West Virginia is reported to have the highest rate of COVID-19 spread in the nation. We must remain vigilant to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

I am happy to share in this week’s update that there are no new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. Therefore, Bethany College remains in the Green Level of our  COVID-19 warning level.

Thank you to the campus community for continuing to take the required steps to protect yourselves and each other on campus. When you are off campus, it is critically important to not only follow state mandates requiring facial coverings and social distancing, but also to commit to protect yourself in order to “Protect the Herd.”

Stay safe, #ONEBethany.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

8:55 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

As promised, we are updating the campus every Friday with our COVID-19 warning level. With nearly all of the students’ COVID-19 test results being reported at this time, we have received a total of two positive test result. We have implemented all CDC guidelines and Bethany College procedures in response and we end the second week of classes in the Green Level of our warning level system.

Thank you to the campus for the cooperation and diligence in wearing facial coverings, staying socially distant, and finding ways to continue to connect with each other while remaining physically apart. I especially want to thank and encourage our students who are currently safely self-isolating for the health and safety of the campus. Let’s all continue to “Protect the Herd” and follow the guidelines to keep the campus open.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21

Dear Bethany Campus Community,

Thank you to the community for a safe and healthy first week of classes. As promised, we are updating the campus every Friday with our COVID-19 warning level. The COVID-19 test results are being reported and as of this morning, we have received one positive test result. We have implemented all CDC guidelines and Bethany College procedures in response and we end the week in the Green Level of our warning level system.

For the health and safety of the campus, it is with my strongest recommendation that I encourage you to please stay on campus this weekend, stay socially distanced, wear facial coverings, and spend time outside with fresh air. To “Protect the Herd” and to keep the campus open to spend time with your friends as you pursue your educational goals, please remain vigilant in following the guidelines for safe interaction.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

11:20 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As the Bethany community reunites in-person for the start of the fall semester, it is imperative that we, as a campus, follow all the health and safety rules our College has established. All students, faculty, and staff must wear facial coverings at all times when indoors, except when eating/drinking. Facial coverings must cover the mouth and nose. Facial coverings may be removed when outside and more than six feet away from other people. Generally, our community must also follow the six-foot minimum distance between individuals. These measures are designed for your health and well-being and that of our community in slowing the virus’ spread. It is also imperative you remember to daily complete your self-screening form.

If these measures are not followed, our ability to remain together will be jeopardized, so please continue to follow our established health and safety practices every day. To those of you who are consistently wearing facial coverings appropriately and maintaining social distance, I thank you. We all thank you! Remind each other of the importance of taking these steps. And to ensure we are all doing everything we can to keep our campus healthy, I have authorized faculty and staff to remind students to follow these expectations.

Be safe,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

9:35 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17

Dear Bethany Community,

The day has finally arrived when we can be together on campus. Welcome back! Extraordinary steps have been taken to make our re-opening possible, and I want to thank my Cabinet and every single Bethanian for prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. You have consistently demonstrated what #BethanySTRONG means, and because of that commitment, we are now able to welcome the Class of 2024 personally and resume in-person education for all our students.

With the start of classes underway, I want to remind everyone that the health and safety measures we have put in place are for the protection of all Bethanians. I know it may be challenging at times to acclimate to our new normal, but it is important that we all stay the course if we are to have a successful fall semester. Should faculty or staff have any questions, please reach out to members of leadership of the College, or consult our special COVID-19 health and wellness website. Students, please connect with your Resident Advisor or Dean Stebbins.

From the start of the pandemic, Bethany College has followed guidance from the CDC, the West Virginia Department of Health, and local health officials. This will continue, and we will adjust as needed as new information becomes known, so please check the website and your email regularly.

I would also ask that you regularly check-in with each other through text, FaceTime, Zoom, and every safe, physically distanced way you can this year. Bethany College is about community even in the midst of a pandemic.

We are #ONEBethany. Let’s continue to show the world why. Have a wonderful year ahead.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10

Dear Students and Families,

We at Bethany are excited for your return this week and I write to share a few reminders.

  • Be sure you arrive during your assigned move-in dates and times this week:
    • Thursday – First Year Only
      • 8 a.m. – Noon – Room number ends in an odd number
      • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Room number ends in an even number
    • Friday – Returning students
      • 8 a.m. – Noon – Room number ends in an odd number
      • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Room number ends in an even number
  • Refer to the arrival instructions and flowchart. Do not go directly to your room. You will not be given a key until you have completed the arrival process.
  • During the arrival process, you and any members of your party will be required to have your temperature scanned. To be given access to your room, you and others in your party must not have a temperature above 100.4 or have any symptoms of illness.
  • Please note that no overnight visitors are permitted on campus and in general, visitors are to be limited until further notice. Guests may come to pick up or drop off students, but should wait outside the residence halls.
  • Finally, a reminder that Bethany College requires everyone to wear appropriate facial coverings to cover the nose and mouth and social distancing.
  • You are encouraged to pack light. Keep an emergency COVID bag packed in case you become ill and need to move to self-isolation. It should include fever reducing and pain relief medicine, extra set of pajamas, and possibly an extra charger for your phone etc.

Safe travels as you make your way to campus for a successful and safe start to the semester.

Sincerely,

Dean Stebbins

8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8

Dear Students,

It is important that you consider these important points while packing to return.

  • While the college will take every precaution to provide a safe living and learning environment, if necessary, either due to the spread of the virus or mandate from Governor or other authorities, we could close the campus and ask everyone to return home. This would only occur if we could not continue to offer a safe living learning experience. While our intent is to have a full semester, there is no guarantee that will be possible in light of the pandemic, student cooperation with policies, and the prevention of community spread.
  • You are strongly encouraged to only bring the items to campus that you believe are absolutely necessary. It would not be prudent to bring large items you may not need such as extra chairs or other large furniture items. It is best to be prudent in the items you bring with you. Don’t pack things you won’t use or need.
  • All residents are strongly encouraged to have renters’ insurance. You can check with your personal home or rental insurance agency or search for rental insurance online.
  • It is recommended that each student create a personal COVID emergency bag or suitcase which would include fever and pain reducing medicine, pajamas, extra chargers, and extra copies of your insurance information. If you were to become ill now or during the flu season and would need to be quarantined or self-isolated, it will be quick and easy to grab the bag and be ready to go. Create your own first aid kit.

It is important that you understand Bethany College’s protocol regarding positive or suspected COVID 19 cases on campus.

A student who has a positive COVID 19 test is first encouraged to go home immediately so that family may provide aid and assistance. Every student who tests positive or shows symptoms must immediately contact the Health Center to discuss next steps. If the student cannot go home, and with approval from the Health Center, the following steps will be taken to provide service for the student.

  • Isolation will help Bethany protect everyone by preventing exposure to people who have tested positive COVID 19. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation at Bethany will be used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. Bethany will enforce an isolation policy for those students who test positive for COVID 19
  • Isolation will be in effect 10 days from symptom onset and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
  • If asymptomatic, isolation will be in effect for 10 days from the date of the positive testing
  • Students will be provided a room with a private bath. This accommodation is for the positive tested individual ONLY.
  • Visitors, including parents, are strictly prohibited
  • Essentials will be delivered to a closed door, without physical contact.
  • Students, upon notice of positive testing, will be responsible for packing all necessary items, e.g., clothing, medication, electronics, chargers, etc. to have and use when in isolation
  • Medical assistance will be virtual. It can be accessed by calling 304-829-7567 (8AM to 4PM), or calling student life staff on call at 304-830-3933 between 4PM to 8AM, or by emailing ctyler@bethanywv.edu or acupp@bethanywv.edu
  • If non-medical needs arise, they will be addressed by the student life office by calling 304-829-7631
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911.

While in isolation the student will be responsible for a large part of their recovery process. They are encouraged to keep in touch with student health. It is important to rest, stay hydrated, monitor temperature, and reach out to student health for assistance if there are medical concerns.

We look forward to your healthy return to campus. Pack smart, come prepared to for a safe and healthy semester.

Sincerely,

Dean Stebbins

4:20 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7

Dear Students and Families,

As you prepare to return to campus next week, I would like to share some information and recommendations about the academic program and your classes for the upcoming semester.

We have updated the academic calendar to reflect our later start date. Please note that students should plan to be in class through Friday, November 20 so travel plans should be made so that you leave campus on Saturday, November 21. Exams and final classes will be scheduled for November 23-25, but those will be conducted remotely. There is no Fall Break on purpose as we want students to stay on campus throughout the term to avoid situations that might bring COVID to campus.

Obviously, the Fall 2020 term will be unlike any other that we have offered or that you have attended. Social distancing and masking policies will be in effect across campus, including in classrooms, and this will make for a very different dynamic than you may be used to. Please be aware that your instructors have been asked to adhere to these College policies and will enforce them. Public health experts tell us that the droplets and aerosols expelled when we speak are among the most potent carriers of coronavirus, and the chances of infection are higher when we are gathered talking with others in enclosed spaces. It is incumbent on each of us to be masked to protect not just ourselves but others.

As you read earlier in our June communication, Bethany has adopted a HyFlex model of education for Fall 2020. You can expect to have “class” in many forms, and you may experience different types of classes in any one course over the semester. It is more important than ever that students read the syllabus for each course to understand when and where a class will meet (and it may be a virtual space) and what is expected when a class does meet. I have asked your faculty to upload their syllabi to Canvas by next Thursday, August 13 so that you can read the descriptions of your classes and know what to expect.

With a variety of class types going on, it is vitally important that you log on to Canvas before classes begin to review each syllabus and to understand how each class will work. You should find clear instructions about what to do on the first day of class. If you have any questions about how to access Self-Service to review your class schedule or how to access Canvas to see the materials for your classes, please reach out to the Registrar (registrar@bethanywv.edu) or Help Desk (hdesk@bethanywv.edu) for assistance with Self-Service and contact canvashelp@bethanywv.edu for assistance with Canvas.

We are using a variety of terms to refer to how classes are delivered –

  1. “Face-to-Face” is the most obvious. This refers to classes that in most cases are being offered in person in a classroom at a traditional time on the schedule.
  2. “Hybrid” classes involve some mix of face-to-face and online instruction. The exact details may vary from class to class. In some cases, you may be in class on some days and online on others. In some cases, there may be an online lecture and in-person discussions or labs. Read the syllabus and know what is expected and when.
  3. “HyFlex” classes provide a variety of ways to attend and complete assignments and may require your making choices for yourself about some elements of the experience. Once again, read the syllabus carefully.
  4. “Online Synchronous” classes meet in a virtual space, usually Zoom, at a specific time. Attendance is expected and required as it would be in a more normal semester even though the space is online.
  5. There are a very small number of “Online Asynchronous” classes that are completed entirely online without regular meeting times. Many of you will not have any courses meeting this description, but once again, I recommend that you read the syllabus to understand how class attendance will work and what is expected of you.

When you are physically attending classes, you will be expected to adhere to a general set of classroom protocols that is included with this message. Lab and performance courses will have strict classroom protocols that are appropriate for the subject matter and specified in their syllabi.

It is worth reminding you that effective participation in a semester like this one requires us to have appropriate access to technology, and I have also linked to the “Tech Guidelines” that have been posted all summer and sent several times by Dean Stebbins. Please make every effort to arrive at Bethany with an appropriate laptop computer that meets the guidelines so that you are prepared to participate, however courses are delivered.

When you read the syllabus for your courses, you will also discover contingency plans for what happens if we are compelled to go online because of infections on campus and/or state or federal mandates. Make sure you read those carefully and discuss them with your instructors when you review the syllabus in class so you know what to expect if classes do move online.

If you or members of your family have health concerns that lead you to the conclusion that you would be better served to study remotely for the Fall 2020 semester, we do have a process place to facilitate online study. You must submit an application to be approved for this opportunity. Please contact Dean Stebbins to discuss and apply for this option at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7631.

However you may attend classes, and whatever adjustments may need to be made, the important thing to remember is that your instructors have spent this summer preparing to offer creative, engaging, and meaningful classes in a variety of different models. They are prepared to work with you to make your educational experience as meaningful as it can possibly be. We all wish that we could do this the “normal” way, but as Bethany’s chief academic officer, I can assure you that it is our intention to offer you extraordinary instruction, to help you think deeply, and to challenge you to do your best work regardless of the challenging circumstances we may face. Our professors are here to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask when you have questions.

Be sure to adhere carefully to Dean Stebbins’ announcements on the return to campus that were sent on Wednesday. Be safe and healthy, and we will see you at Bethany very soon.

#ONEBethany!

Dr. Joe Lane, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Bethany College

2:50 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5

Dear Students and Families,

In response to President Rodenberg’s announcement last week regarding the delayed start of the semester, I write today with additional details regarding move-In and mandatory testing procedures. During these unprecedented times, we eagerly await your safe and healthy return to Bethany. We hope you are equally excited to get back to campus, although also realize that the on-going pandemic requires that we all take necessary steps to prepare for your return and to take care of ourselves and each other through the semester. Please read this email carefully for important information and instructions.

Prior to arrival:

  • Self-Isolate and Self-Quarantine for at least 5 days prior to arrival, if possible.
  • It is highly recommended that you receive a COVID-19 test and bring the results with you if your test is negative. If you have a positive test result, stay home and start your classes online and contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu to notify him and discuss next steps.
  • Provide your personal proof of health insurance to Carol Tyler, Director of the Wellness Center at ctyler@bethanywv.edu. Every student must have proof of personal health insurance to come to Bethany.
  • Submit your health forms to Carol Tyler at ctyler@bethanywv.edu. This includes your dates of immunizations.
  • For a parking pass, send a copy of your owner’s registration and proof of insurance to Director Sara Dent at sdent@bethanywv.edu and your parking pass will be placed in your campus mailbox.
  • Finalize your financial obligations prior to arrival. The payment deadline for the semester was August 1. Please follow the instructions on your billing statement or questions may be directed to the Office of Student Accounts at 304.829.7170 and studentaccounts@bethanywv.edu.

Upon Arrival:

  • You must arrive during your pre-assigned arrival time. First year students living in Residence Halls: All students will be honored as a Fast Pass holder. Unfortunately, students who arrive late will not be permitted to enter their residence hall and will need to re-enter at the next arrival time available.
  • Begin your check in at the Oglebay Gates: The campus will be designated as one way during Check in on August 13th (first year students) and August 14th (upperclass students). Do not go directly to your residence hall.
  • Proceed to Campus Loop to pick up your books: You will be met along the Campus loop near Morlan Hall and be provided your box of books to begin your academic year.
  • Proceed to the Coal Bowl: You will be required to take your temperature and will need to wait about 5 minutes for your outcome. Any student whose temperature is above 100.4 will need to leave campus immediately and return home to start classes online.Contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu to discuss next steps regarding returning to campus later in the semester. Additionally, you will be asked to sign the “Protect the Herd” pledge and a letter of understanding regarding the COVID-19 policies.
  • Please refer to the arrival flow chart here to understand the arrival process. Do NOT go directly to your residence hall when you arrive on campus. You will not be permitted to enter until you have received your admittance pass found in the Coal Bowl. This will be an in vehicle process.
  • Wearing face coverings in West Virginia is required and is also required by Bethany College policy at the top of this page. Face coverings or clothing which are objectively racist, homophobic, sexist, or demeaning in nature are not permitted and will be considered a violation of the student code of conduct regarding harassment and actions constituting bias.
  • Commuter students must also come to campus during the move-in times in order to go through the process of Check-in and receiving books.
  • All faculty, students, and staff will be required to complete a free COVID 19 test at the Recreation Center between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on August 14th (first year students) or August 15 (returning students). Students need to walk, not drive, to the Recreation Center. As there is also community-wide drive-up testing occurring on the same days at the Recreation Center, it is imperative Bethany students enter the walk-through line for testing rather than the drive-through line.
  • Failure to complete the test may result in being asked to leave campus or being quarantined and assessed a $150 non-compliance fee. The student would need to provide a negative test result after the 14th or 15th testing on campus in order to be able to return to class/practice/activities. For students who have health concerns and would like to apply to study online only, from home, please contact me to discuss and apply for this option at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7631.

Finally, I ask that you please once again familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 interim policies shared in July to focus on the steps we all will need to take to keep ourselves and each other safe including daily self-screening, required face coverings, social distancing guidelines, and personal hygiene recommendations.

As President Rodenberg said in her letter last week, #ONEBethany has never been more important than now as we come back together as a community and work together to “protect the herd.” She also said #BethanyStrong is our motto for the year ahead. We know that by working together, we will be strong in our resolve to come back to campus safely and continue to care for our community

Sincerely,

Gerald Stebbins
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

3:20 p.m., Friday, July 31

Members of the Bethany Community,

As I have shared from the start of this global pandemic, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff must guide every decision we make. For that reason, and after assessing the ongoing global health threat of COVID-19, our Board of Trustees and I have determined that delaying the start of the new academic year by one week is the best course of action for the health and wellbeing of all in our community. This decision means that our new move-in dates will be August 13 for new students and August 14 for returning students, with classes starting on August 17.

This decision was not made lightly. With the current situation nationwide, and under advisement from medical professionals and the NCAA, all students, faculty and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test. Brooke County will provide free testing on August 14-15 on Bethany’s campus. The decision to change the start date is driven by the fact the required testing is available on campus these dates. This will allow us to test all members of the Bethany College community within 24 hours of arrival on campus. Further information regarding testing procedures will be sent shortly.

Additionally, we recommend that all students receive a test and bring proof that it is negative with you to campus. If you do test positive for COVID-19, please plan to stay home and to work with your family’s medical provider. Contact us and we will give you help in beginning your classes online. Students should follow the social distancing, personal hygiene and face covering guidelines. Please re-familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 policies I shared on July 9th.

Our greatest hope is that all members of our community stay healthy and can continue to fulfill our mission of teaching and learning. However, in order to ensure that we are prepared for various scenarios, and out of an abundance of caution, we have created a level warning system, which you can reference here.

We firmly believe we are taking every precaution to keep our campus clean and safe. However, for students and families who have specific health concerns, we have created an entirely online class option for students who need to stay home for the semester. For those interested in applying for consideration for this option, please contact Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu.

#ONEBethany has never been more important than now as we come back together as a community and work together to “protect the herd.”  Please see the “Protect the Herd” pledge below. Students will be given a copy of this pledge upon arrival and will be asked to sign it. I ask that all take this pledge seriously and commit to it, as I have done, to keep our campus community safe throughout the semester.

The revised academic calendar will be posted online early next week to assist with further planning.  Students will also receive an important email from Dean Stebbins with detailed move-in instructions. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate these uncertain times.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

5 p.m., Friday, July 24

To All Bethany Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

An hour ago, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents’ Council released its announcement regarding postponing fall 2020 athletic competition in all NCAA-defined “high-contact” and “medium-contact” sports until spring 2021. These sports include football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country. The NCAA-defined “low-contact” sports of women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf will be able to compete with conference competition only, as the PAC announced earlier, and the conference is exploring options for holding fall athletic competition in the “low-contact” sports of men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, and men’s tennis, which have typically held their traditional seasons in the spring.

This decision was an extremely difficult one, but it was a necessary one that places the health and safety of our student-athletes and all those involved in delivering excellence in Division III athletics at the forefront. I want to thank our Bison athletics staff for meeting with our fall teams to share this challenging news. I also want to commend the division for showing tremendous flexibility and for working tirelessly to develop meaningful opportunities for the student-athletes affected to continue to train at the highest levels. More on those plans will be communicated to our student-athletes in the coming days.

The PAC is also continuing to provide guidance and recommendations for our athletic community during this time. One of the recommendations is to test all athletes upon arrival, which we are exploring now. The full resocialization collegiate plan from the NCAA will be placed on our website for additional review, and I encourage you to visit our COVID website for more information and updates.

The sense of loss right now is very real on multiple levels, and I understand that. I also know that the Bethany spirit is greater than one decision, and I am confident that together we can deliver a high-caliber athletics experience designed to prepare our fall student-athletes for considerable success.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

7:25 p.m., Thursday, July 9

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

Warm greetings from Bethany College. We are now only a few weeks away from re-opening our campus and returning to on-campus education. I am excited to be at this point in our planning and wish to praise the efforts underway, as I know that every action we are taking – and will continue to take – is for the health and safety of our community.

Classes this year will begin on August 10, preceded by a staggered move-in and socially distant check-in experience August 5-9. Our faculty and staff will begin to transition back to on-campus work July 20. To help us prepare, our Pandemic Response Team and Fall 2020 Contingency Planning Group have been monitoring guidance from the CDC and state of West Virginia, and have been in regular contact with the Brooke County Health Department. The team has also developed of series of safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. These include asking everyone to monitor their personal health, wear facial coverings covering mouth and nose in all publicly accessible locations, self-quarantine or self-isolate when necessary, and routinely practice social distancing. I would direct you to our COVID-19 website for updated policies and information on these important changes in our operations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also required that we rethink our traditional events in the 2020-2021 academic year with the intent, once again, of keeping our students and campus community healthy. Decisions made so far include: jointly celebrating the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 during a combined Commencement ceremony in Spring 2021, moving our Homecoming to a virtual experience, and refraining from allowing spectators at all fall athletic contests. I know this news may be disappointing to some of you, but I hope that the #ONEBethany spirit will prevail as many in the Bethany community are working diligently to make these events memorable for our students, their families, and our alumni. We will provide more details via email and on our website soon.

To our students especially, I want you to know that our entire campus is committed to guiding and supporting you through this new reality. The Residence Life office previously emailed important information on our new staggered arrival times and our revised academic schedule. If you still need that information or have questions concerning the new process, please email Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu. I have also asked that the information be posted on our website.

A safe return to campus and healthy semester for our Bethany community is our top priority. I ask that you carefully review the COVID-19 Interim Policy to better understand the expectations for the semester ahead. It is imperative we all follow these policies and work together to care for ourselves and for each other. We also commit to continue to follow new developments, and we will revise this guidance as necessary based on newly available data and the recommendations of public health authorities.

I recognize that this communication has a substantial amount of information to consider, review, and process, so please reach out to us via Dean Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu. And I encourage you to continue to watch your email, our website and social media channels for more details regarding our virtual events this fall. I speak for everyone at Bethany College in sharing excitement that our campus and community will again feel whole as we continue our quest to change lives and produce the leaders the world needs.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

5:15 p.m., Thursday, July 2

Dear Bethany Employees,

This past spring semester reflected unprecedented resilience and flexibility among our faculty and staff, and I simply want to say thank you. Because of your ability to pivot and lead in remote learning and delivery of the Bethany experience, our students successfully managed to complete their studies during a global pandemic, and for that we are deeply grateful to each of you.

Whether your work required you to be on campus meeting the essential needs for Bethany to operate or working remotely under new and unusual circumstances to keep the College moving forward, it is clear each member of the Bethany family met the call and the demands of your various positions. You have not ceased in your tireless dedication to Bethany and the students we serve.

The quick and herculean adaption to online learning in the spring has become a determined and decisive preparation for the fall. Thank you for your hard work this summer as we collectively and eagerly prepare to welcome back students, as safely as possible, this coming semester.

With deep appreciation for all of your efforts, and out of ongoing concern for the health and safety of our community, the decision has been made to delay the Return to Campus plan for employees to start Monday, July 20. The additional two weeks will allow non-essential staff to continue to work safely from home, particularly following the July 4th Holiday, while continuing to prepare for the upcoming academic year. Please connect with your supervisor if you have questions about your individual work plan. Please watch your email early next week for further details regarding the policies for returning to the campus safely.

While this has been a challenging time, Bethany also has much to look forward to. We celebrate that we have a strong incoming class this fall and expect overall enrollment will be higher than in recent years. Bethany is also securing its future by making decisive efforts to ensure our community lives up to its values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. And we trust our community will do what it does best: come together and work towards ensuring the safety and success of all.

To ensure on-going communication during this transitional time, we will offer several Zoom Q&A sessions before the fall semester starts which will allow for questions to be directed to the Pandemic Response Team (PRT) and the Fall 2020 Faculty Contingency Planning Group (F20CPG). The sessions will be held on:

July 16 at 11:00 AM

July 23 at 11:00 AM

July 29 at 11:00 AM

Bison never back down, they always rise to the challenge – with decisive action, inspiring innovation and remarkable determination. In this ever changing and challenging time, you continue to demonstrate the true character of #ONEBethany.

Wishing you a restful and safe holiday weekend,

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

5:50 p.m., Monday, June 8

To the Bethany Community,

After much consultation and extensive review of guidance from the state of West Virginia, the CDC, and other federal health officials, I am pleased to announce that we have updated our plans to resume in-person classes for 2020-21 academic year. Getting to this point required considerable work on the part of the Fall 2020 Contingencies Planning Group, and I want to thank this team publicly for its efforts.

Bethany College’s Pandemic Response Team has been created to help oversee the preparation of our campus and manage the health and safety needs of our returning students. I am confident that our transition back to on-campus learning will be successful because of this team’s leadership, and I thank all those serving in this capacity.

This winter, current health guidance is projecting a second round of COVID-19. In anticipation of this, we must be proactive now in adjusting our academic calendar, which the Contingencies Planning Group addressed by recommending the following:

  • Our Move-In will now span two days, August 5-6, as we stagger the arrival times of our new students and their families.
  • Classes this semester will begin on August 10 and conclude on November 24.

More information will be forthcoming as the Pandemic Response Team solidifies our formal Return to Operations Guide. You will find the updated versions of this guide on this COVID-19 webpage.

This guide will also be distributed to the faculty, staff and students prior to the first day of class. You will also find the revised Academic Calendar.

Looking toward fall, I am excited that we will be together again, even if six-feet apart, but I also ask for patience as we work through this transition. We do not have every answer, but we intend to do our best for our students, faculty, and staff as we fully re-open our campus and continue to deliver the Bethany College residential living-learning experience our students know and love.

Always #ONEBethany,

Tamara Rodenberg, Ph.D.
President

4:45 p.m., Thursday, May 28

Dear Bethany Community,

As we are preparing for the fall 2020 semester in unusual circumstances, we wanted to share with you that there are two distinct task forces at work as we plan to welcome home our students in August.

The Pandemic Response Team (PRT) is focused on establishing guidelines, policies, and facilities for the fall 2020 semester with the safety of every individual on campus as the priority. The committee is representative of Academics, Athletics, Enrollment and Marketing, Dining Services, Physical Plant, Student Life, and the Director of Brooke County Department of Health. The members include President Tamara Rodenberg; Mike Bolen (Director of Brooke County Department of Health); Sara Dent (Campus Security); Jay Eisenhauer (Physical Plant); Sam Goodge (Student Life); Karen Hunt (Enrollment and Marketing); Dr. Karen Kormuth (Biology); Dr. Joe Lane (Academic Affairs); Emily Luke (Public Relations); Dr. Daniel Martich (Internal Medicine, Board of Trustees); John Shaffer (Parkhurst Dining); Jerry Stebbins (Student Life); Renee Stock (Health Center); Steve Thompson (Athletics); and Carol Tyler (Health Center).

The Fall 2020 Contingencies Planning Group (F20CPG) is focused on preparing recommendations on the academic calendar, conduct and format of classes, and academic services for the fall semester. Topics include training for the use of technology in the classroom, preparing courses to accommodate guidelines established as best practices, and related topics to maintain Bethany’s standard of teaching and learning. The membership has representatives from across the areas of Academic Affairs and Student Life and Athletics. The members of the committee are Dr. Scott Brothers, Pandel Collaros, Stephanie Gordon, Dr. Karen Kormuth, Dr. Joe Lane, Dr. Harald Menz, Richard Miller, Dr. Julie Osland, Dr. Anju Ramjee, Dr. Lisa Reilly, Heather Ricciuti, Diane Snyder, Jerry Stebbins, Heather Taylor, and Steve Thompson.

Obviously, the goals and purposes of these two working groups overlap, and the work of each will inform the other. Therefore, each committee has cross-representations both with each other and with other relevant bodies (including the Curriculum and Faculty Welfare Committees) to ensure collaboration. Each group will send communications to the campus community when they have updates, and the F20CPG will update the faculty in the middle of each week after our meetings. We encourage all members of the community to reach out to Dean Stebbins for the Pandemic Response Team and Lisa Reilly for the Fall 2020 Contingency Planning Group if you have specific questions, resources, or thoughts that you would like to share with the respective group. You are also welcome to contact any member directly with any concerns that you would like to have shared or considered.

We thank you all for that you have done and are doing for Bethany College.

Stay well,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

 

4:45 p.m., Friday, May 15

Dear Bethany Community,

Let me begin by thanking each of you for your commitment to Bethany College and your ongoing expressions of support and gratitude during this pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff has informed every action we have taken to date and will continue to guide us as we look ahead to the new academic year. Your encouraging words reflect your shared understanding and the Bethany spirit that connects us all.

With our virtual graduation now over and plans underway for a rescheduled ceremony, I know there are many questions about our current thinking with regard to campus operations. I hope this communication addresses them.

Classes and Residence Life

The fall semester will be upon us soon, and at this time, Bethany College has every intention of resuming normal operations and in-person classes on campus. Throughout this transition, we will continue to monitor all state and federal guidelines and implement recommendations to the best of our ability with the primary goal of keeping our community safe. We were founded as a residential cam-pus, and I am committed to providing an on-campus experience grounded in the best practices for interaction.

Bethany’s natural environment actually lends itself beautifully to the effective maintenance of social distancing. Our idyllic, less-populated location in West Virginia, combined with our small classrooms and 10:1 student-faculty ratio, makes our setting and setup perfect for learning and overall student well-being. We also have the ability to offer single rooms for students who request such rooms prior to July 15, and we are freezing tuition at this time in order to help our students and their families continue to access a Bethany education.

Safety, Facility Management, and Cleaning

Our community also excels in caring for those closest to us. Toward that end, the College is commit-ted to keeping its facilities, including academic buildings, residence halls, athletics venues, dining areas, administrative offices, and restrooms clean. I have asked that a thorough cleaning be conducted before the start of classes, and our Emergency Preparedness and Response Team, with representation from across campus, is also ensuring that every safety precaution is considered.

Remote Work

While I know you want to be on campus working, supporting one another, and furthering our mission, we must do what is best for our community. Therefore, consistent with Governor Justice’s “safer at home” plan, we will continue to work from home until July 6.

Another communication will be sent closer to that time outlining the health and safety expectations of all employees.

Personal Reflection

I believe I speak for the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and our student body in saying we are eager to be back together. This time of being socially distant has reaffirmed for all of us why we place such a high value on community at Bethany College. When we are together, we thrive, but as these past few weeks have shown, community doesn’t end where the campus edges begin. Each one of us has demonstrated in profound ways the premium we place on each other’s worth in this world through our ability to connect, create, serve, and save lives during this global health crisis.

Together, you have shown in words and actions what it means to live as #ONEBethany, and I will forever be proud of the results.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

10:44 a.m., Wednesday, May 6

Bethany Community,

Bethany College has always valued the long-standing traditions of baccalaureate and graduation even as we now must congratulate this year’s graduates and their families in absentia during this time of social distancing.

Members of the class of 2020 are forever bonded, and we are remarkably proud of their accomplishments under extremely challenging circumstances. To honor this class, we will be conducting a digital conferral of degrees and sharing words of encouragement on May 8-9.

Highlights of the online presentation will include such Bethany traditions as the playing of bagpipes, a presidential welcome, a “walk” through the Historic Oglebay Gates led by Dean of Students Jerry Stebbins, special messages from keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. William Barber and baccalaureate speaker Rabbi Joshua Lief, and Provost Joe Lane announcing the Oreon E. Scott Award recipient.

Celebrate this year’s graduates by watching digital versions of baccalaureate and graduation, which will be released on the website via YouTube at specific times.

Baccalaureate – 5 p.m., Friday, May 8

Graduation – 10 a.m., Saturday, May 9

You can access both of these events on our website, where you can also find more information on this virtual ceremony.

Join the Bethany community in honoring the graduates in this way while we wait for the traditional on-campus ceremony to take place later this year. Expect more details on the rescheduled date soon.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

President

4:15 p.m., Monday, April 6

Dear Bethany Faculty and Staff:

Today marks the beginning of our third week of remote learning in light of the COVID-19 global health crisis. Shifting successfully to this platform has required significant leadership by our faculty and ongoing collaboration with multiple members of our community. I want to commend your uncompromising dedication and incredible efforts, both of which reflect a true commitment to our students’ success.

This time of social distancing is unprecedented, but the passion for teaching and learning among our faculty is not. Together, what our faculty have delivered and will continue to deliver for the remainder of the spring semester is outstanding, and I encourage all of us to take time to acknowledge their tremendous work at this time. Thank you! I would also like to thank our staff members who are working in partnership with our faculty and who are maintaining our campus in order to support our students in this historic time and to prepare for their return in the fall.

The health and safety of all in the Bethany community continues to be our highest priority, which is why we have pursued the direction we have in recent weeks. At times, our days may have resembled more of a roller coaster of daily uncertainty, and while we strive for excellence always, we do not want to miss opportunities to offer thanks or communicate appreciation proactively. Therefore, let me say again, “Thank you to the entire Bethany faculty and staff.”

As we settle into a new normal, we will learn quickly, continue to adjust our teaching models, re-think our campus plans, and prepare for a meaningful end of the term, all while facing forward to the 2021 academic year.

Additionally, in order to assist with ongoing care and concern for our students, we have created a resource sheet for your use.

My deepest gratitude to each of you for stepping up when our students needed you the most.

Warmest regards,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

3 p.m., Friday, April 3

The following message was sent to students.

Dear Students,

As we near the end of the second week of online classes, I want to thank all of you for the effective and professional way that almost all of you have engaged with our courses online. We know that this is not the ideal “Bethany Experience.” I am sure that you would prefer face-to-face instruction, not to mention all the other activities on campus: sports, Greek life, cooking out on CV Hill in the warm sunshine, and being with your friends. And yet we have seen some very engaged and interesting classes and heard many good things from some of you. I can certainly tell you this: We all look forward to seeing you back on campus in the Fall.

We recognize that this sudden shift in instructional mode has been unsettling and that some of you are probably very worried about how this will impact your grade point average. We know that a bad grade can have consequences for your ability to participate in sports and extracurriculars, eligibility for scholarships and graduation honors, and applications for graduate schools and jobs.

Therefore, on Monday, the Faculty voted to allow students to take advantage of Credit/No Credit grading for courses completed in the Spring 2020 semester. When the semester concludes, you will receive grades as you would in a more normal semester, but with your advisor’s approval, you will be able to complete a form that will change the grade in a particular course to Credit/Non-Credit designation that will not affect your gpa. Courses for which you receive “Credit” will count towards your major, minor, or the Liberal Arts Core.

THIS RULE WILL ONLY BE IN EFFECT FOR COURSES TAKEN IN SPRING 2020.

Here is how this will work:

At the end of the semester, you will receive grades through Webadvisor and Student Self-Service as you have in the past.

If you wish to convert your grade in the course from a letter grade, you may change any passing (A, B, C, or D) grade to “Credit,” and you may convert an F to “No Credit.”

Students who are planning to graduate on May 9 must submit their request within 48 hours of the posting of grades. That means your request must be in by April 27 for comping seniors; the date will be May 6 for those who are not taking comps.

Students who are not planning to graduate must submit their request within 7 days of grades posting. We expect grades to post on May 12, and requests for Credit/No Credit changes should be submitted by May 19.

Decisions of the Academic Standards Committee on Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal as well as scholarship or athletic eligibility will take into account the GPA after applying the Credit/No Credit designation. Because those decisions will be made very quickly after May 19, students are urged to make decisions to request a Credit/No Credit decision quickly. You might ask yourself, “How will I know whether or not to make these requests?” An easy rule of thumb is to look at your cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. Any grade that is lower than that GPA is one you should consider converting to Credit/No Credit. Any grade that is higher than that GPA is better to leave as a letter grade. If you follow that guideline, your cumulative GPA after the Spring 2020 should be no lower than but could be higher than your cumulative Fall 2019 GPA.

Please carefully review your midterm grades and current academic standing in your courses before meeting with your advisor to plan Fall 2020 courses, and you should be well-prepared to take full advantage of this special grading policy.

The Registrar will communicate with you as we near the end of the semester with instructions on how to complete a form and to receive approval from your faculty advisor.

Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions about how this will work.
We hope you and your families are healthy, well, and safe. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns, and please take good care,

Dr. Joe Lane
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Dean Jerry Stebbins
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students

3:20 p.m., Monday, March 30

Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff,

Our fall semester began as every academic year does. Our incoming students stood poised to experience everything Bethany College has to offer, while our seniors arrived back on campus with visible anticipation and excitement for what their final year would hold.

But then the world changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since first learning of this profound global crisis, the health and safety of our community has been – and will continue to be – our foremost priority. To protect all members of the Bethany family, we have taken unprecedented measures, including ceasing all in-person classes and moving to remote instruction. Faculty and staff are also working from home at this time.

Sadly, our time apart will now need to be lengthened in light of the virus’ spread and in alignment with ongoing social distancing recommendations from state health officials. Following several conversations with our Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs, and to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we will be extending remote instruction through the remainder of the semester.

I need to pause at this moment and acknowledge the depth of disappointment being felt by the Class of 2020. What was to be a sentimental journey leading to graduation has abruptly halted, bringing with it heartbreak. In making this difficult decision, however, we also make a promise to provide the class with a meaningful Commencement ceremony. We will move forward with an online degree conferral on May 9, 2020 to be followed on Thursday, August 20, 2020 with a Commencement ceremony on campus timed with the official beginning of the new academic year. We invite our Class of 2020 and families to begin to make plans to return to campus at that time.

Meanwhile, I want to commend our community for continuing to put our students first. We deeply miss our students, and the lack of your presence on campus right now is palpable. We also know that our actions are necessary for your well-being and ours. Bethany has always been a College defined by resilience and lasting connections – now more than ever. Many of you have specific questions, answers to which, you will find below following this letter.

Our desire to stay connected also extends into the lives of our alumni, who understand firsthand the many cherished traditions at Bethany and who care deeply about future generations. The call to maintain social distancing has meant the postponement or cancellation of several events, but we are working to provide new and exciting remote engagement opportunities. Expect to hear more from our alumni relations office in the coming days and weeks ahead. I have no doubt that the office’s efforts will help strengthen our bonds with our alumni even more.

The decisions the Cabinet and I have had to make during the past few weeks for the health and safety of our community have all centered on a shared goal to emerge from this global health crisis stronger and more united in our beloved mission. I am honored and humbled to lead our dedicated faculty and staff at this pivotal time and to witness the loyalty and outpouring of support from our alumni. Continue to stay close in spirit while social distancing during this crisis, look out for each other, and find reassurance that your Bethany home will always have your back.

Warmest regards,
Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg
President

Bethany College Student Information

As you live into your online learning experience, Bethany College remains dedicated to your ability to complete your semester. We are also aware that the possibility of returning for a meaningful end of term is not an option before us. Therefore, as of Monday, March 30, 2020, Bethany College will continue online for the remainder of the spring term.

In order to assist students in understanding what this means for them, let me answer the following questions.

1. What is the revised Academic Calendar?  
April 14-17: Registration for the Fall semester opens – rising seniors (April 14), juniors (April 15), sophomores (April 16), and first-year (April 17).  Registration will take place through the online student self-service and will remain open through May 1

April 24: The Last Day of Classes for Students Sitting for Comprehensive Exams

April 27: Grades posted for Seniors who are Comping

April 27-May 1: Study Period for Comprehensive Exams

May 1: Last Day for Graduating Seniors who are not sitting for Comps

May 1: Last Day of regular classes for all undergraduates

May 4-6: Final Examination Period for undergraduates

May 4: Written Comprehensive Examinations (two three-hour sessions)

May 5-8: Oral Comprehensive Examinations  (two-hour Zoom conference orals)

May 9: Degree Conferral and Online Graduation Celebration

2. Will there be a formal Graduation Ceremony?
Bethany will hold a virtual conferral of degrees on May 9th as scheduled. Bethany College will follow this with a formal presentation of diplomas and full Graduation experience on Thursday, August 20, 2020 as we begin the new academic year. We will ask you to please plan to attend and bring your academic regalia for this celebration.

3. Will there be Comprehensive Exams?
Yes, Bethany will hold Comprehensive Exams. The faculty decided to adapt comprehensives to the online format by having students complete a shorter written section in two three-hour sessions on Monday, May 4, and a more substantial oral scheduled later in that week. You will be informed about more details from your departmental faculty, the Registrar, and the Provost.

4. Will I receive a reimbursement or credit from services I did not receive in room & board?
As of March 23, 2020, all Bethany College students will be completing their coursework online or through other distance learning platforms for the remainder of the spring semester. Since announcing this change, the College has been reviewing guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and consulting with West Virginia’s State System of Higher Education to create a fair and equitable plan for returning room & board fees to students whose on-campus experience was interrupted because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

5. How will I receive my refund?
The refund first will be applied to your student account, reducing any total amount you still owe to the College. Once you have paid all balances owed to the College, any remaining funds will be credited to your Fall 2020 Room & Board Fees. Students who are graduating in May 2020 will have your reimbursement returned to you through direct deposit to your bank account. Students graduating without direct deposit will receive a physical check sent by mail to your permanent address.

6. When can I expect my refund or applied credit for next year?
The College expects to issue refunds and applied credit to eligible students as soon as feasible following the Fall Registration period.

7. What about tuition?
In keeping with Bethany College policies and current guidance, tuition and other academic/student service fees will NOT be refunded given that the College is providing students the opportunity to complete your academic semester via online/distance learning instruction.

8. When can I move out from my current dorm room?
Please email Mr. Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu to schedule a time to come and pick up your belongings from your room. In order to uphold social distancing guidelines, limited numbers of students will be permitted in a building at each given time slot. No students can spend the night on campus. Three hour time slots three times a day have been arranged over the next two weeks for students to come to campus to pick up their belongings.  The daily time slots are 8 – 11 a.m., noon – 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. All students must return their keys (including mailbox) in an assigned location in each residence halls.

9. How will I register for next semester from home?
Your faculty advisor will guide you through your registration process. Registration will be extended from April 14th to May 1 in order to give you ample time to meet with your advisor and complete your fall academic plan.

Again, we wish you all a meaningful online learning experience and encourage you to maximize this opportunity. Your faculty, staff and coaches are ready to assist you as needed. You should also be receiving regular contact from the Office of Student Life offering assistance both with online learning, personal health resource contacts, and other needs as they may arise. These are, indeed, unprecedented times and we remain confident in the resilience of our student body and campus community. Please know that we are here for you and we remain always #ONEBethany.

6:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

Dear Bethany Employees,

We understand the anxiety and uncertainly that surrounds the unprecedented pandemic (COVID-19) that has plagued our nation. Bethany College’s mission is to “provide teaching and learning in an atmosphere of service and work.” Remaining true to our mission and to our commitment to our valued employees, we are taking all reasonable steps to assure both your health and safety and your continued employment with its associated income stream and benefits. Bethany College is not alone in facing this challenge, but neither Bethany, nor our society, may have previously faced a challenge of this nature and magnitude.

To further protect our campus and the community, we are implementing the following:

Students:
All students have been asked not to return from their spring break (with the exception of a few who face dire circumstances and are unable to leave). Avoiding large groups minimizes the risk of exposure and the transmission of COVID-19 to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Faculty:
We are delivering instruction in an online format until further notice. Faculty are working diligently to provide education and continuity to our program with classes beginning in this new format on Monday, March 23, 2020. This will enable our students maintain continuity of their academic goals and career plans.

Staff:
In order to ensure essential functions are performed and for our staff employees to continue to work safely, we are implementing a “Work Wise Remote Option.” This program is designed for staff members who can work online and/or telephonically from their homes. These actions are being taken to keep COVID-19 exposure on campus to a minimum so that it will remain safer for those who must continue to report to campus to perform their job duties.

Working from home will require a formal work plan approved by your department head. We will use the following guidelines as of Thursday, March 19, 2020:

  1. A function that can be performed from home, via computer or other means, will be expected to be so performed.
  2. A function that cannot be performed from home, via computer or other means, will have a work plan developed which minimizes risk of exposure while on campus.

Please see your department head to receive your work plan. You will be expected to follow your work plan as outlined in order to remain in full employment standing.

Salaried Exempt Employees: You are expected to perform your normal duties remotely. Please note: Your offices will be available, please let Dean Stebbins or Jay Eisenhauer know you will be on campus and security will be advised.

Salaried Non-Exempt Employees: You are expected to perform your normal duties remotely. You will need to file your time sheet and report it to your department head on a weekly basis. Please note: Your offices will be available, please let Dean Stebbins or Jay Eisenhauer know you will be on campus and security will be advised.

Hourly Employees: We recognize that there are positions that can only be performed by an on-campus presence. We are working to ensure that those functions can be performed in a relatively risk free environment. You are expected to meet with your department head (in person or by other means) and receive a formal work plan. Your presence on campus is necessary in order to fulfill your job responsibilities. Regardless of working on campus or remotely, you will be responsible for tracking your work hours on a weekly basis. If you are on campus, please punch in and punch out. If you are working remotely, per your work plan, please track hours and report weekly. Weekly hours worked will need to be submitted to payroll following the existing procedure.

Additional Campus Updates:
The College Health Center will be closed at this time. If you call Health Services, you will be transferred to Student Life and provided information available to address your concern. Online telehealth and mental health options will be available to you. If you are covered by our medical benefits, fees have been waived to access medical guidance through telemedicine by calling the number on the back of your ID card. Our EAP services remain available to employees by calling 1-888-293-6948 or visiting www.workhealthlife.com/Standard3

The College Sick Leave Policy is hereby suspended for those who report they were exposed to COVID-19, a medical doctor recommends to self-quarantine, have symptoms mirroring or have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Employees who report one of these scenarios will receive excused sick time for the recommended quarantine period. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Please contact your supervisor or Human Resources by phone or email to discuss any special circumstances or concerns you may have. If you are working from home, you are still required to report to your supervisor if you are sick or taking vacation or personal time.

Until March 22, the Library will be available to faculty and staff by appointment from noon to 4:00 p.m. When you arrive at the Library, please call the number posted on the door or send an email in advance to library@bethanywv.edu ahead of time so that they may prepare materials for you before you arrive. Effective, Monday, March 23rd, all library services will be delivered digitally.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will follow the guidelines as outlined by the CDC, state and local government. We will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Once again, I remain grateful for your dedicated leadership in our community and on our campus.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

4:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

The College Sick Leave Policy is hereby suspended for those who report they were exposed to COVID-19, a medical doctor recommends to self-quarantine, have symptoms mirroring or have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Employees who report one of these scenarios will receive excused sick time for the recommended quarantine period. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Please contact your supervisor or Human Resources by phone or email to discuss any special circumstances or concerns you may have. If you are working from home, you are still required to report to your supervisor if you are sick or taking vacation or personal time.

Thank you.

Dr. Rodenberg

11:20 a.m., Tuesday, March 17

Bethany Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

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, but we simply cannot commit to a firm decision about Commencement at this time. 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.

Warm regards,

Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12

Dear Bethany Community Members,

Since the start of the semester, my senior leadership team and I have been closely monitoring the worldwide spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have also been reviewing all recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, we have been in consultation with our peer institutions in the states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The health and safety of the Bethany community has and always will be our highest priority, and it is that commitment that guides us now as we prepare to take some significant steps to safeguard all those in our care and to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of West Virginia or on our campus, the situation is an unprecedented global pandemic. We ask for patience and understanding as we make decisions that we ultimately believe are in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff.

As such and at this time with our students currently on spring break, we have made the difficult but necessary decision that the College will remain open to essential operations but with a modified academic delivery until further notice:

  • Spring break will be extended by an additional week, March 16-20, as we prepare to suspend all in-person classes and switch to an online mode of instruction beginning Monday, March 23.
  • We are requesting that students not return to campus if at all possible until further notice.  All students who are currently at their permanent place of residence should remain there or, if they did travel, make arrangements to return home. For those for whom this is not a realistic option, please see information detailed below.
  • All college employees are expected to continue working during this period while observing proper health protocols, described below.
  • College air travel and on-campus events are suspended, until further notice.
  • The Bethany Cabinet will continue to meet regularly to evaluate the circumstances and will keep the Bethany College community informed utilizing email messaging, Facebook posts and texting as appropriate.

We know that there will be many questions during this time, however, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution in consultation with public health experts and our peer institutions nationwide. For all of us, this is brand new territory, and we will need to work together as we travel down this unexpected, yet necessary path that places the well-being of all those in our Bethany family at the forefront. This is a shared effort, and I thank each of you for the role you are playing to uphold our values and help each other during this challenging time. Bethany College is a resilient community that cares for each-and-every student, faculty and staff member.  Please make sure you check the website often for pertinent updates regarding the campus.

Warmest regards,

The Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg
President

Effective March 12 Bethany College remains open with modified academic operations. Please refer to details below.

Bethany College will implement the following until further notice and will be carefully monitoring the situation as our understanding of this pandemic evolves quickly. Recognizing the uncertainty this situation causes for the Bethany College family, we believe taking preventative steps now will potentially reduce the risk of future disruptions to our overall operation and mission.

Faculty will be receiving further instructions and guidance on the move to online instruction.  Expect the first of several memos from the Provost this afternoon.  We are offering online training, workshops, and resources to facilitate this transition.  These will take place during the week of March 16-20.

Employees are expected to continue working during this period, observing proper health protocols as described by the CDC and accessible on this webpage. Employees are also asked to assist with cleaning their personal workspaces also following the CDC guidelines.

For staff and faculty who are currently traveling, please take steps now to notify Bethany administration of your plans. Any person returning to campus must complete this survey to receive approval for re-entry to the campus.

Students Currently Off-Campus:  You will be given a discrete date and time frame to enter your dorm rooms and collect your books, computers, and other personal items that will allow you to continue your education from home.  Please contact the Office of Student Life (304) 829-7631 or email to sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.

Students Currently On-Campus:  Please contact the Office of Student Life at (304) 829-7631 or email to sgoodge@bethanywv.edu.  They will assist you with your plans to return home until further notice.  Please take with you your books, computers, and other personal items that will allow you to continue your education from home.

Graduate Interns:  Please plan to return home and remain there unless otherwise directed by your direct supervisor.  Any Graduate Intern authorized to remain on campus, due to the “essential operations” nature of the position, must have formal approval from the Dean of Student Life.

Mental health services are still available to students but will be delivered via phone or video conversation. For appointments, please contact Renee Stock at rstock@bethanywv.edu.

Instruction is moving to online platforms. 

In-person classes are suspended for this coming week to allow faculty and staff to modify delivery of their curriculum. Classes will resume via online and distance platforms on Monday, March 23. Students, please continue to watch your Bethany College email for further instructions.

Students are strongly encouraged to return home or stay home. 

We ask students not to return to campus during this period. On-campus services (residence halls, dining, etc.) will be limited for those with dire circumstances. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs by emailing Executive Director of Student Life Sam Goodge at sgoodge@bethanywv.edu or by calling 304-829-7631 to discuss options.

College air travel is suspended. 

All college-sponsored air travel – domestic and international – is suspended. We strongly discourage all personal travel, domestic or international, and may require employees who do travel to self-quarantine upon return.

We remind the community of CDC guidelines and recommendations, which include a self-quarantine of 14 days after travel abroad in specific regions.

College events are suspended. 

All events, gatherings and athletic events in college facilities as well as college-sponsored events on and off campus are suspended until further notice.

Please note: We are working with Dining Services to ensure limited service is available for those who remain on campus. 

1:30 p.m., Friday, March 6

Bethany College Community:

As students get ready to return from spring break vacation, the administration at Bethany College continues to monitor the continually evolving information regarding COVID-19. Bethany College is following recommendations and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The most effective means of preventing the spread of the flu or COVID-19 is through appropriate hygiene such as hand washing, coughing into your elbow, and practicing social distancing.

All staff, employees, and faculty who are feeling ill will be asked to stay home if they get sick while home over spring break.

Simple and effective tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 can be found in this video:
https://cloud.c3softworks.com/#/whirl/5dcdab1833dd6616ec00400d

We ask that if students feel sick, to notify the Office of Student Life at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu so that we may assist you with continuing academic work when possible while limiting your contact with other students, faculty, and staff. If you are sick, you should not attend work or class. Please notify the Office of Student Life, and self-quarantine at home or in your residence hall.

What are the Symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

The symptoms for this virus include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Dry Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Respiratory Distress (trouble breathing)

The most prominent symptoms are dry cough, headache, and high fever, which can range from mild to severe and appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms typically last longer than the flu (up to 18 days).

Bethany College will be monitoring CDC updates several times a day. Check this web page for updates.

Many destinations are experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. The virus can spread from person to person. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel. According to the CDC, there is limited access to adequate medical care in these affected areas. You may be at risk of getting stuck in these countries or being forced to quarantine when you return home.

In addition, the CDC has issued guidance for student foreign travel for institutions of higher education (IHE) in which they urge IHEs to consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange and travel programs given the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please click here to read the full statement.

For updated travel advisories and virus information you can visit:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • Center for Disease Control
  • General COVID-19 information via the CDC

If necessary, we are prepared to alter our procedures and are planning should the situation with the virus change. We continue to prepare for any necessary changes to travel polices, large events, and athletic events. We will keep the Bethany College community aware in ongoing email communications.

We know many Bethany College families and students will be traveling during our spring break, and we have encouraged all of our students to practice and maintain good hygiene while away. We ask that you closely monitor your health during break. Of course, we are hopeful that everyone will return from break rested and healthy, but should symptoms arise, we ask that you refrain from returning to Bethany or to work with a fever or any flu-like symptoms.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion such as the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the CDC, or local governmental organizations will be followed by our school. In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and support of the Bethany community.

Sincerely,

Gerald Stebbins
Dean of Student Life

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg
President

1:30 p.m., Friday, March 6

In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Bethany College will extend its spring break through March 20 and resume March 23 with online classes until further notice.

“The health and safety of the Bethany community has and always will be our highest priority, and it is that commitment that guides us now as we prepare to take some significant steps to safeguard all those in our care to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the nation,” Bethany President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said.

The college will remain open to essential operations, but students are advised not to return to campus if at all possible until further notice. In addition, on-campus events, athletics, and college air travel are suspended until further notice.

The Bethany College Cabinet is reviewing all recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is conferring with leaders at peer institutions.

“For all of us, this is brand new territory, and we will need to work together as we travel down this unexpected, yet necessary, path that places the well-being of all those in our Bethany family at the forefront,” Rodenberg said. “Bethany College is a resilient community that cares for each and every student, faculty and staff member.”

Cabinet will continue to meet regularly and evaluate new developments regarding COVID-19. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

COVID-19 FAQ

9:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 7

Prospective students are invited to visit Bethany College virtually. All first-time visitors to the college using the virtual option will receive a $1,000 grant for each of their four years at Bethany College.

3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31

Dear Prospective Students and Families,

Having spent my entire career doing admission and financial aid work, I can say that it has been a privilege to assist students and their families as they navigate the process and find their college home. I am passionate about helping people through what is typically an exciting and sometimes confusing and stressful process. But no other year has felt as confusing and uncertain as this one.

As I work from my home, spending my days in virtual meetings and brainstorming ways to stay connected as a staff, as a College, and as a community, my focus is primarily on how Bethany College stays connected to you, our prospective Bethanians. And I am reflecting on the ways your lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped our world. The disappointment the collective Class of 2020 must feel is palpable as the many celebratory moments you planned to experience this spring are on hold. Please know I feel it, and while I may not know you personally, I feel for you as a collective group.

I also know that spring 2020 is the time that you are to be finalizing your college plans. For the Classes of 2021 and 2022, this may be the time you planned to start your college search. A visit to Bethany College  in the spring is like nothing else with the lush green, rolling hills, the sound of athletic contests echoing across the campus, and buds on the trees just starting to blossom. Through the decades, countless numbers of students have experienced taking that first walk through the campus and falling in love with Bethany. I wish you could be here now, but the requirement to remain socially distant is not allowing for our typical visits.

In thinking about the challenges you are facing, and with a sincere desire to assist you in your college search, we at Bethany College have taken some steps to help in these unprecedented times.

  1. Given the unpredictability of the coronavirus crisis and how it impacts you as a family, we know your intentions about going to college may also now be fluid. We are committed to continuing to accept applications for the Fall 2020 class well into the summer and have created a more streamlined application for you to use if you have not yet applied for admission to Bethany College.
  2. Given the challenges of not being in your high schools at this time, and with limited access to your school counselor, Bethany College is allowing students to submit self-reported grade point averages to be considered for admission.
  3. Similarly, given the cancellations or postponements of standardized testing, Bethany College is reviewing applications with or without standardized test scores for domestic students.
  4. May 1st has traditionally been the national enrollment decision deadline. While we encourage you to make your college choice and submit your enrollment deposit as soon as possible, we are officially extending our recommended enrollment deadline to June 1st, with additional extended grace periods throughout the summer, as needed.
  5. While Bethany College has been generous and aggressive in awarding scholarships and financial assistance to students who have submitted their FAFSA, we continue to stay committed to doing all we can to assist families with affordability. If you have not yet submitted your FAFSA, please do so as soon as you can so we can extend a generous offer to you. If you have received your financial aid award but are experiencing income changes during this global health crisis, please contact us at financialaid@bethanywv.edu to discuss your situation.
  6. And finally, while we cannot host you on campus for a visit, we encourage you to check our campus visit webpage for great videos that show this beautiful place and our active student body. We have provided a way for you to make a virtual appointment with one of our enrollment team members who are here to talk with you, no matter where you are in your college search process. And to further encourage you to connect with us, we are offering our $1,000 per year visit grant to students who “visit” us for the first time, virtually.

As you can see, the Bethany College community is like a family. And family takes care of family. We are here to help take care of you as you go through your college search during a challenging season.

Sincerely,
Karen Hunt
Vice President for Enrollment