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CORONAVIRUS: BE INFORMED

Bethany College is subject to stay in place orders at this time. Both McPherson Co and the state of Kansas have issued orders. While both orders are subject to change at this time it is likely an order will be in place until April 25. Essential functions will be maintained, and while most departments are conducting business they must do so remotely. See the directory for contact information.
Bethany College is subject to stay in place orders at this time. Both McPherson Co and the state of Kansas have issued orders. While both orders are subject to change at this time it is likely an order will be in place until April 25. Essential functions will be maintained, and while most departments are conducting business they must do so remotely. See the directory for contact information.

Bethany College Updates

Good morning!

I hope that this email finds you, our students, well. On this, our first official day of virtual classes, I wanted to say “welcome back to learning.” By now, I am sure that you have been contacted by your professors and are aware of how the semester will progress. We have all been working hard to ensure that the remainder of the semester is a success for you.

As part of our heritage, we believe that each role we play in this world (teacher, mentor, roommate, club president, RA, community leader, athlete, musician … the list goes on and on) that involves us with our neighbors is a vocation – and the goal of our vocation is to find ways to live in the service to our neighbor. Our goal is to educate so you can wonder before the world in ways that we never imagined and transform that knowledge into new ways of gracefully caring for everyone. As I have thought about continuing with this semester, it came to me that this wonder will now take on new forms in new spaces – but with the wonders of modern technology, we will still be able to lean on one another as we always have.

We all care about you greatly – and we are dedicated to ensuring that the remainder of this semester provides you with new opportunities to wonder and care for your larger community. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns – you can reply directly to this email.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mauch

LINDSBORG, KS., On March 25, Dr. Mauch, Interim President of Bethany College announced that all classes for the Spring 2020 semester, to start March 30, will be held in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, the college hoped for a hybrid approach with the return of some students, in accordance with health guidelines, and virtual attendance for others. The college monitored the ever-changing health guidelines, while simultaneously adapting plans to address the situation.  After consultation with health officials, including the county health director, it was determined virtual classes would be the most prudent way to alleviate the potential for concerns such as overburdened health facilities, or the spread of COVID-19. As such, students were notified that they would not be permitted to return to campus for face-to-face classes and were given further instruction on the processes and conditions in place for obtaining personal belongings from campus. Bethany will offer student services— such as library resources lists specific to academic departments, career services, pastoral support, tutoring and counseling services—in a virtual format. The college acknowledges the question as to whether refunds will be given and is working on various considerations with plans to announce a decision in the near future.

 

Many college employees are transitioning to work remotely, yet some continue to work on campus as necessitated by campus needs but do so in accordance with local health guidelines. Many non-administrative campus buildings are locked and the college strongly encourages all college business to be conducted by phone or email.  If absolutely necessary, entry into administrative buildings will be conditioned on compliance with local health guidelines, provisions of which are posted on the main entrance for each building. Bethany has not decided on commencement ceremonies, but all other campus or college-sponsored events have been postponed or canceled. For up to date information visit www.bethanylb.edu

Retention and enrollment will be crucial considerations following this unprecedented interruption in higher education. Bethany appreciates any and all support from surrounding communities, partners and alumni. As a campus community, Bethany will continue to unite around her core values – especially this year’s theme of integrity, as they seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that they do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.

Dear Friends:

Today I announced that Bethany College will be going virtual for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  We have been in constant contact with the McPherson County Health Director.  She is in support of this decision.  She shared that our approach is consistent to what other colleges/universities are doing.  This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the welfare of faculty, staff and students and our surrounding community.

While I am disappointed to share this news with you, I am certain that as a community we will continue to work as a team in our shared passion for Bethany College.  However, in light of these decisions, Bethany will need your support now more than ever.  Retention and enrollment will be crucial following this unprecedented interruption in higher education. Advocating for Bethany in every platform, encouraging others to consider attending Bethany, sharing your skills and time in work for the college, and prayers for Bethany’s future are some ways you can show support.

All events for the Spring semester have also been postponed and/or cancelled except commencement, which will be decided and announced at a later date.

As a campus community, we will continue to unite around our core values – especially this year’s theme of integrity.  For us, integrity is both personal and communal as we seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that we do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.

Many employees of Bethany College are transitioning to work remotely, yet some will continue to work on campus as required by campus needs, yet are doing so in compliance with all health guidelines. Most buildings on campus are locked. We strongly encourage all business to be conducted by phone or email, but if absolutely necessary, entry into the few unlocked buildings will be conditioned on compliance with local health guidelines as posted on the main entrance for each building.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at mauchek@bethanylb.edu.

Beth

 

Dr. Elizabeth Mauch
Interim President
Bethany College

Dear Students,

The purpose of this email is to give you an update as promised on how we will complete the Spring 2020 semester to start March 30, 2020.  Given the ever changing health guidelines in both McPherson County and in Kansas, the following updates effective immediately:

1)      We will now have virtual classes ONLY.

2)      Students cannot return to live on campus unless they obtain a waiver from Student Development (deadline is March 30, 2020).  Please contact Student Development (studentdevelopment@bethanylb.edu).

3)      Students currently on campus can stay, provided that they follow the guidelines set forth by Student Development.  Please contact Student Development (studentdevelopment@bethanylb.edu).

4)      We have had many questions about refunds on room and board for the remainder of the semester.  Please understand there are several considerations, many of which are constantly changing.  We are currently working on various options and will communicate those options as soon as they are available.

5)      We understand some students have possessions in the residence halls.  They are being safeguarded. Please make arrangements with Student Development (studentdevelopment@bethanylb.edu) to arrange the details to obtain your belongings. Please understand local health guidelines will be in place which may affect these arrangements.

As noted in earlier emails, Bethany will continue to offer online student services such as libguide, career services, pastoral support, online tutoring services, and counseling services.  If you need access to buildings, which are locked, please contact Admissions at pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu.

We have reached out for guidance and support from the McPherson County Health Director, and she is in support of these decisions.  She shared that this is consistent with what other colleges/universities are doing.  I know that many of you will be disappointed that we will no longer offer face-to-face options.  This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the welfare of faculty, staff and students.  We have not yet made a decision on graduation ceremonies, but all other events have been postponed or cancelled.

Your professors will be in touch soon (if they haven’t already) about details for your classes and registration for the Fall 2020 semester.  If you do not hear from one of your professors, please contact Interim Dean Ed Pogue (poguee@bethanylb.edu).

I share in the disappointment that this news must bring to all of you.  We have been celebrating the core value of integrity this year.  For us, integrity is both personal and communal as we seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that we do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.  The remainder of this semester will have a new definition of “communal” for all of us.  I am certain that we will meet the challenges of the remainder of this semester as we always have – with a mountain of dedication to you, our students.  Thank you for your understanding at this time.   Please continue to check your Bethany email for future updates.  And, of course, please share this email with your parents – and do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information.

 Sincerely,

Dr. Mauch

Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to our students during this unprecedented time.   The purpose of this email is to give you an update as promised as part of the public announcement today.  Given the ever-changing guidelines in both McPherson County and in Kansas, I have decided to make the following updates to our policy for students after Spring Break on March 30, 2020:

1)      We will now have virtual classes ONLY.

2)      Students cannot return to campus unless they obtain a waiver from Student Development (deadline is March 30, 2020).

3)      If students are currently on campus, they can stay, however, they will have to follow guidelines established by Student Development.  You will be informed of those guidelines by Ryan once they are developed.

4)      Students will need to make arrangements with Student Life to arrange a time to return to campus to collect their possessions.  Appropriate precautions will be taken based on national and local health guidelines for travel.

We have reached out for guidance and support from the McPherson County Health Director, and she is in support of these decisions.  She shared that our approach is consistent to what other colleges/universities are doing.  This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the welfare of faculty, staff and students.

For all faculty and staff, we are now encouraging you to have a plan in place for working from home in the event that the County/State/Federal government imposes work from home restrictions.  If it would be easier for you to make that transition now, please work with your supervisor to make this change.

We are developing guidelines for both a safe work environment if you are working from campus and expectations if you are working remotely.  In addition, we are forming guidelines for essential personnel.  You should expect to see those from Matt P. soon.

In addition to these changes, I would like to also remind you of the following:

1)      Fall 2020 registration begins soon.  Faculty should start to reach out to their advisees (if they have not already done so) to set up virtual meetings with them about classes for fall.

2)      Faculty should reach out to their classes (if they have not already done so) to update students to changes in the virtual learning space.

3)      The travel moratorium continues to be in effect for all Bethany College travel through April 15.  The date is subject to be extended.

4)      There is a moratorium on hiring on all new and vacant positions.

5)      There is still no decision about graduation. The newest guidelines from McPherson County are
that there should be no more than 10 people at a gathering. Obviously this recommendation, will factor into our decisions.

I share in the disappointment that this news must bring to all of you.  I do believe that we will continue to unite around our core values – especially this year’s theme of integrity.  For us, integrity is both personal and communal as we seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that we do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.  The remainder of this semester will have a new definition of “communal” for all of us as we continue to educate Bethany’s students.  I am certain that we will meet the challenges of the remainder of this semester as we always have – with a mountain of dedication to our students.

Thank you for all that you do!

Beth

Greetings Bethany Family:

 

As we continue to navigate these tumultuous times, I thought it might be worthwhile to share a few words regarding how the necessary work and decisions are being addressed by the Bethany College Board of Directors and administration.  As is appropriate, the specifics and timing of decisions will continue to be disseminated through the President’s Office. Today it is my hope to share a little about how decisions are being made.

The word that keeps rising to consciousness these past few days is providence.  Of course, at a time when the future is so unclear, we are all left with few options but to trust in God’s providence for us, our family, our college and our community.  This is not to imply we sit idly by as events unfold, quite the contrary. In times like these, we must trust in providence as we re-double our efforts and work with even greater passion and urgency.  

I believe it is also providence that finds us with a president, cabinet, faculty, staff, board, and community dedicated to integrity.  When answers are scarce, and even decisions made are sure to require revision, it is only with integrity and mutual trust that a community like ours can hold together during uncertain times.

It is surely providence that at our last board meeting before the scope of the COVID-19 virus was known, we initiated a process for the creation of a case statement for the future direction of Bethany College.  This process lead by former board Member Marie Friedemann and former Interim President Robert Vogel was not tasked with providing answers, but rather a comprehensive look at the landscape ahead with the right questions at hand.  The feedback collected only a few weeks ago will surely be invaluable as we strive into the uncertain future.

Rest assured that we the board of directors of Bethany College are being kept fully apprised of and engaged in the decisions and plans of Interim President Mauch and her cabinet.  I believe we are all blessed to be a part of a community where mutual concern for the well-being and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the community at large, is paramount.  

I am grateful to be a part of a community willing to ask the tough questions.  To that end, I invite you to call, text or email me personally with any questions you might have.  I will do my best to respond in a timely manner, but please know that even if I am unable to respond immediately, I find value in hearing your questions so that mine are better informed.  

Thank you for your love of Bethany.  Thank you for your support and prayers.  

 

Respectfully,

Roper
Class of 00′
RoperDeGarmo@gmail.com
Cell: 913-210-9054

LINDSBORG, KANSAS, MARCH 20, 2020: Bethany College officials announced an extended Spring Break, starting at the end of classes, March 13, 2020. Classes are scheduled to resume March 30. Previously, the College intended to make a formal announcement March 25 but because this situation has changed so fast, is doing so at this time.  Please understand, the fluid changes in the local and state health guidelines, make timely communication difficult.

The college website will be used to provide the most current information, please check back often for the latest information.

Although spring break started one week early, Bethany College students have had the opportunity to stay in residence halls through the two-week break. Campus administrative offices and residence halls remain open and most services, such as counseling, tutoring, student life, and health are available for the duration of the spring semester. Library services and classrooms are slightly modified for the time being. In regard to academics, students who don’t wish to return, will be able to continue their spring semester learning through a virtual classroom option as of March 30, or as soon thereafter as possible. 

Any student, faculty or staff member who has traveled will be subject to all local and state health guidelines in effect upon their return. Individual arrangements will be necessary for self-quarantine as Bethany College is not in a position to assist with such requirement.  Dr. Van Dusen, Dean of Student Development, communicated by email to all students the preliminary details about gathering personal property from campus, safety precautions for returning to campus, and more, but because the procedures are subject to health guidelines they are likely to change. 

Fortunately, class sizes at Bethany rarely exceed 25, and while all students will have the option for virtual attendance, some students may have the opportunity (subject to health guidance such as social distancing etc.) to resume face to face classes.

While administrative offices are open at this time, please refrain from coming to campus unless a physical visit is absolutely necessary. Most, if not all, business can be conducted by phone or email. Use the Bethany College directory to locate phone extensions or emails.

Currently, the College is prohibiting the use of the student union “Pit” area (Pihlblad lower level), and other common areas, even if the building is open. Hahn and Stroble Gibson gyms, and the cardio and weight rooms are closed. 

At this time, there are no cases of COVID-19 on Bethany College campus or in McPherson County. In understanding our role and responsibility, campus leadership has learned that if a test for COVID-19 was to be completed, the state agency, Kansas Department of Health and Environment communicates with the McPherson County Health Department and it is the procedure of health officials that dictates the release of information and/or results as deemed appropriate.  It is imperative that Bethany College cooperates with all health officials and remains mindful of HIPAA and other protocol to ensure the privacy and safety of campus and the larger community. 

Campus leadership acknowledges that several questions remain unanswered and will work diligently to find answers despite the fluidity of the situation. In this unprecedented time, decisions must be made in accordance to health guidelines, and in deference to the health and safety of all and we appreciate your support and understanding. 

The purpose of this post is to give you some preliminary updates for continuing the rest of the semester.  We have not yet worked out all of the details, but we wanted you to be aware of how we will be starting back up after Spring Break.  An official announcement will be made on or before March 25.  At this point, we plan to start classes again beginning March 30.  Faculty will be preparing virtual options for you.  In addition, we plan to allow students who are on campus to continue to be on campus.  If you are off campus now, then you will have to fill out a form if you want to return.  The dining hall will re-open at the conclusion of Spring Break.  We can assure you that all of your belongings in the residence halls are secure.  Many students have asked about graduation – we are going to delay that decision at this point.

We want to ensure that we are able to successfully complete this semester, even given the extraordinary circumstances that we find ourselves in.  We believe that this plan will allow us to have a safe and successful Spring 2020 semester.   We all know the near future is going to be different and challenging.  We will navigate this by working together using our core values to guide us.

Dr. Mauch

Kansas City, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is canceling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately.

“All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward with the spring sports season and championships.”

In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available.

Dear Campus Community,

We are learning information continuously. We will continue to provide updates as necessary by email, and/or through the website.
As such, we have decided to start Spring Break early, at the conclusion of classes, today, Friday March 13 and ending on March 29. During this time, students are welcome to stay in the residence halls. Meals will be provided as carry out as of tonight at dinner. The following week, March 21-28 Sodexo food services will not be available, but if you need meals or help with meals, please let Student Development know.

We will have an update on March 25 about campus reopening after Spring Break. Updates will come via email and through updates to this page.

In our campus planning, we have learned that in any situation if symptoms warrant investigation, the county and state health departments dictate procedure. The McPherson County Health Department will be notified of a test result by the Kansas Department of Health and it will be up to McPherson County Health Department to release any information and/or results as they deem appropriate.

Please be sure to take care of yourself. Each of us plays an important role in maintaining our personal health, which in turn helps protect our broader community. Please continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 shared earlier. Taking actions that limit exposure to the virus will help ensure our collective health and safety.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mauch

The college is dedicated to plan, prepare, assess and reassess COVID 19 with an approach rooted in fact and common sense. Members of Health Services, Student Life, Admissions and Communications, alongside the Academic Dean, and Dean of Athletics, are collaborating with Facilities and Food Services. Preventative measures, based on information from local and regional health officials as well as the CDC and KDHE have been implemented, including the addition of more sanitation stations, and an aggressive increase is disinfecting common surfaces, to name a few.  Updates from the U.S. Department of Education continues to be reviewed to maintain the quality of our academic programs, should a transition to online coursework be necessary.  As of today, the college does not plan to cancel classes, move to online classes, extend spring break, but students will have the option to stay on campus over the Spring Break. Because this is a fluid and ever-changing situation, we will continue to assess and communicate as necessary. Please bookmark this page and check back as necessary.

The library is closed for the rest of the semester.  If you have library materials currently checked out, staff is working on renewing the items until the end of the semester.  We will not be loaning any materials from our physical collection.

There are many resources available to you via the library databases.  You have access to a variety of databases and a collection of ebooks. If you are unsure of where to start, please view the Off Campus Study Tips LibGuide.

The librarians are available to help with all things library-related via email.

Denise Carson, carsond@bethanylb.edu

Brittany Torres, torresb@bethanylb.edu

Interlibrary Loan services are suspended until further notice.  Library staff is currently contacting libraries for an extension on the due dates.  If you have items that were borrowed via interlibrary loan, you will be contacted individually regarding the new due date on your item.  If you want to return an interlibrary loan, please return the item via the library book drop by the front doors of the library.

The librarians are available to help with all things library-related via email.

 

Denise Carson, carsond@bethanylb.edu

Brittany Torres, torresb@bethanylb.edu

Interlibrary Loan services are suspended until further notice.  Library staff is currently contacting libraries for an extension on the due dates.  If you have items that were borrowed via interlibrary loan, you will be contacted individually regarding the new due date on your item.  If you want to return an interlibrary loan, please return the item via the library book drop by the front doors of the library.

Yes, check out the Wallerstedt Library for a ton of assistance,  including library guides that provide an overview of resources of information for each academic area of study! You can also find reference tools for various types of research assistance.

Check out the latest updates from our library here.

The librarians created an Off Campus Study Tips LibGuide to assist students during this time. Please take time to look at the guide. It includes information on accessing databases, textbooks, etc. If you think there are additional resources that could be added, please let me know! Also, please think about promoting this with your students as it answers many questions they might currently have.

Thank you,

Brittany Torres

Many services will be offered virtually, such as library resources lists (Libguides), counseling, pastoral services, and tutoring.

If you need counseling services, send an email:

Ginny Reyes, M.S., LPC
Bethany College Counselor
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
reyesg@bethanylb.edu

Students having trouble accessing databases ( i.e. EBSOHost) from off-campus, please submit an IT Ticket. Tickets can be submitted with personal email addresses if you are unable to access your Bethany College email.

Bethany College is subject to stay in place orders at this time. Both McPherson Co. and the state of Kansas have issued orders. While both orders are subject to change at this time it is likely an order will be in place until April 25. Essential functions will be maintained, and while most departments are conducting business they must do so remotely. See the directory for contact information.

Students will not be permitted to access any other buildings.  Most buildings are locked. Students in the area may contact Matt Pfannenstiel (pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu) to arrange special permission for entry into buildings to access resources not otherwise available.

At this time, no decision has been made regarding commencement, as stated in President Mauch’s email to students on March 25.

The residence halls are not open to students not already on campus. To make arrangements to pick up your personal belongings, please contact Dr. Ryan Van Dusen, Dean of Students, at dusenrl@bethanylb.edu.

 

The NAIA declared that spring sport student athletes will not be charged a season of eligibility. Please see this press release from the NAIA.

Yes. If you have questions, please contact United Health Care.

Yes. Please complete this form so the mail room can forward your mail.

Please complete the 2020-2021 Housing Application.

The US Department of Education has issued COVID-19 guidance for how to operate the Federal Work Study (FWS) program during this time. Following are bullet points describing what this means at Bethany.

  • For students who remain living locally in the area (whether on campus or off) and are able to continue performing their jobs just as normal, there are no changes. This assumes all social distancing best practices can happen in the given position. Please work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • For students who are at home and it is possible to perform their job in some virtual or electronic manner that continues being supervised, proceed with such adjustments and move on with getting the job done. Continue entering hours in Paylocity with the supervisor approving. Please also work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • If an area has increased need for work study in light of the overall situation and work study dollars remain in the area budget, in only this scenario can a student now newly begin in the work study program. If a student had not previously been hired, completed the on-boarding process, and had scheduled hours, there is now no way to be newly hired for the duration of this budget period.
  • For a student who has scheduled work study hours that now simply cannot be performed in light of new realities, the rules allow for this student to continue receiving pay. The key word here is “scheduled”. Student workers in such a situation will need to enter their standard scheduled hours in to Paylocity and supervisors will need to approve same. The audit process will require the college to check and make sure these hours are basically in keeping with what the student was earning prior to the societal changes.
  • Student workers definitely need to use Paylocity to enter their hours, whether actually performed under the described scenarios or scheduled if the job is in the cannot be performed category, and supervisors definitely need to follow procedures to monitor and approve these hours. If there are any questions about entering or approving procedures, please contact Jennifer McCall in human resources.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or a team member in the financial aid office.

Matt Pfannenstiel
VP of Enrollment Management
Bethany College

As of March 17th, in-person visits are suspended until further notice. Prospective students are very much encouraged to sign up for a virtual tour and visit with faculty and admissions.

The admissions office will announce the plan for enrollment days by March 31st.  Take this time to read about what Bethany has to offer.

The Admissions office is committed to lavish communication with students and can’t wait to give you the good news when you’ve been accepted! Students can always reach out to their specific admissions and financial aid counselor. 

The admissions office phone number is 800-826-2281 x. 8113

Public Health Updates

This guidance is for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers of people with confirmed or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19), persons under investigation (PUIs) who do not need hospitalization, and people with confirmed cases who were hospitalized then stable enough to go home.

Close contact should monitor their health. They should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggesting COVID-19

Make sure that you understand and can help the patient follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for care. You should help the patient with basic needs in the home and provide support for getting groceries, prescriptions and other needs.

Monitor the patient’s symptoms: if the patient is getting sicker, call their provider and tell them the person is a suspect/confirmed COVID-19 case. This will help the provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. If there is a medical emergency, call 911 and notify dispatch the patient is a suspect/confirmed COVID-19 case.

Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible. Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom if available.

Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.

Household members should care for any pets in the home. Do not handle pets while sick.

Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as by an air conditioner or opened window if possible.

Preform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains 60-90% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

The patient should wear a facemask when around other people. If the patient is not able to wear a mask, you should wear a mask when you are in the same room as the patient. McPherson County Health Department Updated 03-14-2020 Information from CDC COVID-19 Guidance Documents cdc.gov

Wear a disposable mask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s blood, stool or body fluids, like saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, or urine.

  • Throw out disposable facemasks and gloves after using them, do not reuse.
  • When removing personal protective equipment, first remove and dispose of gloves. Then immediately clean your hands with soap and water. Next remove and dispose mask, and clean your hands again.

Avoid sharing household items with the patient. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items. After the patient uses these items, you should wash them thoroughly.

Clean all high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables every day. Also clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use household cleaning spray or wipes according to label instructions.

Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Clean your hands immediately after removing gloves. Read and follow directions on labels of laundry soap and clothing items. In general, use a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine instructions and dry thoroughly using the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.

Place all used disposable gloves, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands immediately after handling these items.

Discuss additional questions with the healthcare provider or health department.

Stay home except to get medical care: restrict activities outside your home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride- sharing or taxis.

Separate yourself from people and animals in your home: as much as possible stay in a specific room away from others, use a separate bathroom if available as well. There has not been reports of animals becoming sick with the virus, but you should restrict contact with pets like you would people at this time. If you must have contact with your pet, wash your hands before and after contact, and wear a facemask.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor: call ahead before arriving to any facility and inform them that you have or may have the virus, this will keep others from being exposed or infected.

Wear a facemask: wear a facemask if you are around other people (sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter healthcare facilities. If you cannot wear a facemask, people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you or they should wear a mask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often: wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items: you should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all high-touch surfaces every day: high touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Also clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to label instructions.

Monitor your symptoms: seek medical attention if your illness is worsening (difficulty breathing). Before seeking care call the provider and tell them you have or are being evaluated for the virus. Put on a facemask before entering the facility. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch that you have or are being evaluated for the virus. If possible, put a mask on before emergency medical services arrive.

FAQ’s

Students having trouble accessing databases ( i.e. EBSOHost) from off-campus, please submit an IT Ticket. Tickets can be submitted with personal email addresses if you are unable to access your Bethany College email.

The librarians created an Off Campus Study Tips LibGuide to assist students during this time. Please take time to look at the guide. It includes information on accessing databases, textbooks, etc. If you think there are additional resources that could be added, please let me know! Also, please think about promoting this with your students as it answers many questions they might currently have.

Thank you,

Brittany Torres

Yes, check out the Wallerstedt Library for a ton of assistance,  including library guides that provide an overview of resources of information for each academic area of study! You can also find reference tools for various types of research assistance.

Check out the latest updates from our library here.

The US Department of Education has issued COVID-19 guidance for how to operate the Federal Work Study (FWS) program during this time. Following are bullet points describing what this means at Bethany.

  • For students who remain living locally in the area (whether on campus or off) and are able to continue performing their jobs just as normal, there are no changes. This assumes all social distancing best practices can happen in the given position. Please work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • For students who are at home and it is possible to perform their job in some virtual or electronic manner that continues being supervised, proceed with such adjustments and move on with getting the job done. Continue entering hours in Paylocity with the supervisor approving. Please also work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • If an area has increased need for work study in light of the overall situation and work study dollars remain in the area budget, in only this scenario can a student now newly begin in the work study program. If a student had not previously been hired, completed the on-boarding process, and had scheduled hours, there is now no way to be newly hired for the duration of this budget period.
  • For a student who has scheduled work study hours that now simply cannot be performed in light of new realities, the rules allow for this student to continue receiving pay. The key word here is “scheduled”. Student workers in such a situation will need to enter their standard scheduled hours in to Paylocity and supervisors will need to approve same. The audit process will require the college to check and make sure these hours are basically in keeping with what the student was earning prior to the societal changes.
  • Student workers definitely need to use Paylocity to enter their hours, whether actually performed under the described scenarios or scheduled if the job is in the cannot be performed category, and supervisors definitely need to follow procedures to monitor and approve these hours. If there are any questions about entering or approving procedures, please contact Jennifer McCall in human resources.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or a team member in the financial aid office.

Matt Pfannenstiel
VP of Enrollment Management
Bethany College

Visit the City of Lindsborg website.

At this time, no decision has been made regarding commencement, as stated in President Mauch’s email to students on March 25.

Please complete the 2020-2021 Housing Application.

Students will not be permitted to access any other buildings.  Most buildings are locked. Students in the area may contact Matt Pfannenstiel (pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu) to arrange special permission for entry into buildings to access resources not otherwise available.

Many services will be offered virtually, such as library resources lists (Libguides), counseling, pastoral services, and tutoring.

If you need counseling services, send an email:

Ginny Reyes, M.S., LPC
Bethany College Counselor
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
reyesg@bethanylb.edu

Yes. Please complete this form so the mail room can forward your mail.

Yes. If you have questions, please contact United Health Care.

The NAIA declared that spring sport student athletes will not be charged a season of eligibility. Please see this press release from the NAIA.

The residence halls are not open to students not already on campus. To make arrangements to pick up your personal belongings, please contact Dr. Ryan Van Dusen, Dean of Students, at dusenrl@bethanylb.edu.

 

Bethany College is subject to stay in place orders at this time. Both McPherson Co. and the state of Kansas have issued orders. While both orders are subject to change at this time it is likely an order will be in place until April 25. Essential functions will be maintained, and while most departments are conducting business they must do so remotely. See the directory for contact information.