Current Bethel Status Report
- Bethel's COVID-19 Response Plan for Fall 2020 is now available, along with a summary page that outlines new 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.
- We regret to announce that, due to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to extend the state’s Stage 4.5 reopening plan, including the restriction of in-person gatherings to less than 250 people, the rescheduled 2020 commencement ceremony will be canceled. We are disappointed by this turn of events and grieve with the class of 2020 that they will not be able to return to campus in August to celebrate. Read the full release and see below for more details, including information on a 2021 gathering being planned by the Alumni Office.
- On June 17, Bethel University announced changes to the academic calendar for fall 2020 for traditional students. Classes will begin two days early (Aug. 18) and run, with no breaks, until Thanksgiving, which will be the end of the semester. Classes will be held on Labor Day, there will be no fall break, the final exam schedule will be modified and the university will have modified class breaks for Spiritual Emphasis Week services.
COVID-19 Response Plan Documents
Here are the complete plan documents (PDFs) outlining our return to campus for you to download for quick reference:
- Partnership with Saint Joseph Health System
- Daily Self-Assessments and Testing
- Physical Distancing and Face Coverings
- Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
- Quarantine and Isolation
- Residence Halls
- Food Service
- Social Activities
- Campus Offices and Services
- Class Procedures
- Academic Field Experiences
- Performances and Academic Events
- Admission Visits
- Conference Services and Special Events
- Communication Plan
Previously Released Information
If you're looking for older information on Bethel's response to COVID-19, visit our Archive page.
- August 2020 Commencement details
- President Chenoweth's face-to-face return to campus video