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COVID-19 Updates/Return to Campus Plan

Return to Campus Plan

As we prepare to resume face-to-face classes and open our campus this fall, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, remains our highest priority.

Many hours of planning and discussions have guided the Return to Campus guide for the College of Arts & Sciences to help us navigate this pandemic. The decisions and procedures are complex ones and are subject to change due to the fluidity of the situation.

Please know that the administration has been working to make the best decisions for a safe fall semester. This guide doesn't answer everything yet, but it gives us a start. We are still working on more decisions and procedures.

We are so excited to welcome you this fall and have been working diligently to prepare for your return.

Key Strategies:

  • The university will have safety and health protocols in place, such as social distancing, face masks, and testing.
  • An overarching focus on cleaning, disinfecting, training, and communicating will continue throughout the fall semester and beyond.
  • Face coverings will be required in all buildings by students, faculty, and staff.
  • Procedures are in place to manage students needing to quarantine/isolate.
  • The university will provide educational signage to be placed throughout buildings.
  • Wildcat Care Kit, which will include one cloth face mask, hand sanitizer, and other items, will be distributed to all students.
  • The university will monitor the current COVID-19 situation and implement changes when necessary and will communicate this information to the campus community.
  • The recommendations outlined in this document were developed using the most current information available at the time; however, the existing COVID-19 situation will require flexibility and ongoing university adjustments.
Return to Campus Plan

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July 9, 2020

Updated Dates*

  • July 31 - Football, Cheer, Cross Country move-in
  • August 7 - Volleyball, Men's & Women's Soccer move-in
  • August 7 - Returning students move-in
  • August 8 - Freshmen move-in
  • August 8 - Movie on the lawn
  • August 10 - Classes begin
  • September 7 - Labor Day
  • October 8 -11 - Fall break
  • November 13 - Classes end
  • November 16 - 20 - Final exams
  • November 21 - Graduation

*These dates are subject to change at any time.

Coaches will be in contact with athletes regarding specific details on returning to campus. International students, please contact Jane Campbell at for more details about fall classes.

If you are planning to live on-campus, move-in will be on a staggered schedule based on last name. Residence Life will soon provide updated information regarding your room assignment and specific day and time to move in. Juniors and seniors can request to live off-campus by filling out a request form by emailing

June 16, 2020

Bethel University will resume in-person classes for the fall semester, with the university taking necessary safety precautions to protect students, faculty and staff from COVID-19.

Classes at the McKenzie, Tenn. campus will begin Aug, 10, a week earlier than usual, with the semester to end before Thanksgiving on Nov. 20. Fall graduation is scheduled for Nov. 21.

“While some of our programs and services may look different, we are grateful to welcome students back to campus for fall 2020 and excited for our new students to begin their journey at Bethel with an on-campus experience,” Bethel President Walter Butler said.

The university is continuing to work on logistics, and teams are in place to develop plans for campus dining, residence life, classroom space, housekeeping and other essential matters.

“The goal is to restore as much of the face-to-face experience as possible while taking measures to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will continue to practice safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control as well as the state and local health departments,” Butler stated.

COVID-19 Cases | Fall 2020 Term

  • Tests

    Positive Tests

    Negative Tests

    Pending Results

*NOTE: The numbers above reflect the McKenzie, TN campus only. The Carroll County Department of Health is the official reporting agency for COVID-19 in the city of McKenzie, TN.