Bethany Seminary Responds to Coronavirus Concerns

April 3, 2020

Bethany Seminary is continuing to closely monitor The COVID-19 pandemic, and we are adjusting our response accordingly.

Bethany Center is currently closed to the public. All employees are encouraged to work from home. Teaching faculty are to teach from their homes and not travel to Bethany Center. Residential students continue to have access to their residences in the Bethany Neighborhood, but they must self-quarantine if they travel away from campus. A quarantine shelter has been set up for any residential students who need such a facility.

After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone Commencement Ceremonies, originally scheduled for May 8-9, 2020, and reschedule them at a later date, possibly in the fall. Seminary leadership continues to meet daily to asses the situation and consider any needed changes to our operations. Classes continue to meet via Zoom, employees continue to work from home, and together everyone at Bethany remains committed to fulfilling our educational mission as best we can during these unprecedented circumstances. In light of the need for community members to stay at home and practice social distancing, the Seminary is offering students, faculty and staff special opportunities for worship and fellowship via video conferencing.

If you have questions about the Seminary’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, please contact Jonathan Graham, director of marketing and communications, by email at grahajo@bethanyseminary.edu or by phone at 765-983-1825.

March 19, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, Bethany Center will be closed to the public while accessible to employees.

  • Employees have the option to work from home, in consultation with their supervisor.
  • Students continue to have access to the Gathering Area and Study Room
  • No guests or family, to include children, are allowed in Bethany Center

The rapid unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates quick action. The closing of Bethany Center to the public will be regularly evaluated. At this moment employees have the option to work from home, but depending upon the spread of the virus, we are prepared to move from option to encouragement to mandate if need be.

We will continue to offer all courses via Zoom or online and extend this practice for the remainder of the semester. All students who would have attended classes in person will join remotely using Zoom synchronous technology. Faculty will be able to teach via Zoom from the classroom, their offices, or their homes. Online courses will proceed as scheduled. We are making this decision now so everyone can plan accordingly.

Please note that spring registration for fall 2020 courses will continue as planned for two weeks—April 20-May 1. Students should plan to meet with faculty advisors by either Zoom or phone (as faculty indicate) and register for fall courses following our normal process.

Finally, at this time, commencement is still scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 9. A decision to continue with this plan, to change format, or to reschedule (or to implement another creative option) will be made by Friday, April 3. We want to celebrate our graduates but need to do so in an appropriate manner that maintains health and safety for all involved.

March 17, 2020

As part of its response to the spread of the coronavirus and for the well-being of its employees, Bethany Seminary will be closed Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 23.

March 13, 2020

As a preventative health measure, Bethany Seminary and the Brethren Academy are moving remaining spring 2020 class sessions to Zoom or online formats beginning Monday, March 16, until at least Monday, April 6.

All students who would have attended classes in person will join remotely using Zoom synchronous technology. Faculty will be able to teach via Zoom from the classroom, their offices, or their homes. Online courses will proceed as scheduled. In addition, all on-campus activities and gatherings will be suspended for the same period. After this period, President Jeff Carter and Dean Steve Schweitzer will evaluate on a weekly basis whether classes and activities should resume.

The Brethren Academy directed independent study units scheduled in conjunction with the Church Planting Conference in May and the Minister’s Association Pre-Conference Event at Annual Conference will be held contingent upon whether those events proceed as planned.

Bethany employees will continue to work on campus as usual. At this time, the board of trustees meeting will go forward on campus as scheduled, and commencement will be held as expected. Any decisions to further restrict campus activity or to resume regularly scheduled classes and activities will be communicated immediately and widely.

For questions regarding Bethany Seminary course and activity scheduling, contact the Dean’s Office at deansoffice@bethanyseminary.edu or 765-983-1815. For questions regarding Brethren Academy courses, contact Janet Ober Lambert at oberja@bethanyseminary.edu or 765-983-1820.