Bethel University Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Current Bethel Status Report

  • YELLOW COVID-19 risk level: 
    • Virus prevalence is moderate in local counties and/or at the university.
  • Change in quarantine timeframe:
    • The CDC has released updated guidance, endorsed by the Indiana Department of Health and St. Joseph Department of Heath, 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.
  • Before you Return to campus:
    • If you tested positive for COVID-19 over the semester break, send a copy of your test results to the COVID Response Team ( This allows our community exposure information to be accurate when we resume in-person learning (and may prevent you from needing to quarantine or test again).
    • If you develop symptoms in the 10 days prior to returning to campus, please consider testing and delay your return to campus until you have recovered.
  • Spring Semester 2021 modifications - class begins Jan. 11 
    • Classes begin 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 will be adjusted to March 1-3 (Mon.-Wed.) 
    • Easter break will be observed April 1 and 2 (Thurs. and Fri.), as originally planned
    • Final's week will remain 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.

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.