Bethel University Announces COVID-19 Adjustments for Spring Academic Calendar

Lissa Diaz

Bethel University announces changes to the spring semester academic calendar for traditional students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university plans to continue face-to-face classes in the spring, beginning Jan. 11, 2021.

For traditional students only, the semester will begin two days later (on Jan. 11) to allow a space of more than 14 days from Christmas gatherings and more than 10 days from New Year’s gatherings to the return to campus.

There will be two breaks during the semester: Spring Break will be adjusted to March 1-3 (Mon.-Wed.), with travel discouraged, and Easter Break will be April 1 and 2 (Thurs. and Fri.), as originally planned.

The last day of classes will be April 23, with exams April 26-29, and Commencement is scheduled for May 1, 2021, as originally planned.

Bethel’s Vice President for Academic Services Barb Bellefeuille, Ed.D., says the university is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff and community.

“In adjusting our schedule for beginning the spring semester, as well as shortening our spring break, our hope is to minimize COVID-19 exposure risk to our community, so that students can enjoy the same academic and social experiences they’ve had on campus this semester,” says Bellefeuille.

For the 2020-21 school year, Bethel University has installed live-stream technology in many classrooms so that, in the case of quarantine, students can keep pace in real time. Several housing locations are reserved for quarantine lodging, as needed. Focused mental health counseling (either in-person or via telehealth) is available to help ease student anxiety. Additionally, the university has implemented modifications to chapel schedules and performances, symptom screenings and self-assessments for students, faculty and staff, COVID-19 testing and increased sanitizing of campus spaces. 

For more information about Bethel’s response to COVID-19 and how the university is supporting current students and families during this time, visit


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