Bethel University Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Current Bethel Status Report

  • BLUE COVID-19 risk level: 
    • Low risk, increased readiness.
  • Change in quarantine timeframe:
    • The CDC has released updated guidance, endorsed by the Indiana Department of Health and St. Joseph Department of Health, that can reduce the length of quarantine for close contacts who do not develop symptoms. We are hopeful that the adoption of this quarantine approach within our community will ease the burden of time away for those who remain healthy. Read more about this guidance.
    • In summary, the reduced quarantine guidance allows for a close contact who does not exhibit symptoms to return after:
      • 10 days from last exposure
      • OR 7 days from the last known exposure with a negative test result.
  • Commencement 2021 and Celebrating the Class of 2020
    • In-person 2021 Commencement Ceremonies for Bethel University are planned for May 1, 2021, at 10 a.m. for Adult and Graduate students and at 5 p.m. for Traditional Undergraduate students, with a nursing pinning ceremony at 1:30 p.m. In addition, the class of 2020 will be welcomed back to campus for a ceremony in their honor scheduled for Friday evening, April 30, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. COVID-19 precautions, including face coverings and physical distancing, will be observed throughout the ceremonies. All seating is reserved to facilitate contact tracing, with two tickets per graduate.
    • Guest tickets will be for reserved seating with 6 feet of distance between family groups. Guests will be seated next to their graduate for the ceremony. No additional tickets will be available. Information on ticket distribution will be forthcoming. Plans are pending official approval from the St. Joseph County Health Department. Please check our Commencement page for more detailed information as it becomes available.
  • Spring Semester 2021 modification - classes began Jan. 11 
    • Classes began two days later 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.
    • We continue to remind all of our community members to be diligent in our mitigation measures, including daily self-checks, wearing face coverings, and physical distancing. 
    • Spring Break adjusted to March 1-3 (Mon.-Wed.) 
    • Easter break observed April 1 and 2 (Thurs. and Fri.), as originally planned
    • Final's week remains April 26-29 and Commencement is scheduled for May 1, 2021
    • Get full details here.
  • View Bethel's COVID-19 Response Plan for 2020-2021 here, along with a summary page that outlines campus protocols and procedures. See below for more information and resources. Details will continue to be updated as we receive new information from national, state and local authorities.
  • View Bethel Theatre's Policies and Procedures

A Message from President Chenoweth - May 15, 2020

News Updates

Bethel University Announces Plans to Open for Face-to-Face Classes in the Fall

Bethel University announces that it plans to resume residential, face-to-face classes in August, and is investing significant human and financial resources to accommodate COVID-19-related scenarios that could emerge. A spectrum of options will allow the university to make adjustments based on real-time information from federal, state and local authorities.

Read More about Bethel University Announces Plans to Open for Face-to-Face Classes in the Fall
COVID-19 Grants Now Available to Bethel University Students

Bethel University students enrolled in on-ground (not fully online) undergraduate or graduate programs are now able to apply for a grant to assist with financial hardships they and their families have experienced as a result of COVID-19.

Read More about COVID-19 Grants Now Available to Bethel University Students

Online Learning Resources
If you have difficulty adapting to the online learning format, contact the Center for Academic Success. For technical access problems, contact IT Help Desk. Additional resources can be found on MyBethel.