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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Emergency Student Financial Assistance REMINDER

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2020.

The Department of Education (DOE) has allocated $3,324,251 to Bethune-Cookman University (University) in emergency grant funding to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Expenses include, but are not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. The grant will not be applied to any institutional charges distributed to students directly.

These funds are available to all students enrolled (Spring 2020) in an eligible degree-seeking program and are not considered toward Expected Family Contributions (EFC) or federal financial aid outlined in Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The definition of “all students” is inclusive to the student body as follows:

  • Students with a valid 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Currently Enrolled for Spring 2020
  • Domestic Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional students (not enrolled in an online degree-seeking program)

The University has implemented a tiered awarding process. The basis of this determination is in accordance with the Department of Education’s recommendation of granting funds to students with the greatest financial need. Pell-eligible students will be our first priority. The tiered awarding process is:

Pell-eligible undergraduate students: $1,400 maximum assistance
Non-Pell eligible undergraduate students: $900 maximum assistance
Graduate/Professional students: $700 maximum assistance

 

To receive these funds, students must complete the online application in the
Wildcat Portal with attached supporting documentation.
Log into the Wildcat Portal (under current student) to apply today.

All payments will be deposited directly into the student’s BankMobile account.
The deadline for submission is June 30, 2020.

Questions: Email BCUCares@cookman.edu

 

May 29, 2020


Teaching Online Training Schedule

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View The Teaching Online Training Schedule (PDF)

May 26, 2020


B-CU Canvas Online Training Initiative

We want to thank the B-CU faculty for hanging in there and getting the job done! We appreciate your dedication, commitment, flexibility, and the innovation you’ve displayed in switching from face-to-face courses to online instruction in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. This was unchartered territory for many of you and for our students. Nonetheless, you rose to the occasion, took on the challenge and our students are the beneficiaries of your efforts.

We now ask you to join forces with us again as we look to welcome our community back to campus – in some format – this fall. We strongly encourage faculty to sign up for Module A Canvas over the summer in preparation for the Fall semester. We have expanded the period of time allocated to take Module A during the summer from two weeks to four weeks. In addition, there is a 90-minute test-out option. Each course holds a maximum of 25 students, and they fill up fast.

Faculty who attended the face-to-face HR Canvas training session, facilitated by Dr. Arletha McSwain and Mr. Harry Styles, or who took the condensed online version with Dr. Janice Bella, and taught online this spring will receive 12 bonus points. Those points will be applied to your Module A Canvas summer course. You will be able to pick up where you left off, if you were previously enrolled. If by adding the 12 points to your previously enrolled session gives you the 90 points, you will be considered as having passed Module A Canvas, and you will receive a certification of completion.

Faculty who choose to wait until Fall will not be awarded the 12 bonus points. You will only have the first two weeks of the semester to complete and pass Module A to prepare you to teach online. If you do not pass at that time, you may not be eligible to be assigned an online course for the Fall.

Only Module A is required to teach online. But once you have successfully completed Module A, Module B1 and B2, you will be considered a fully certified online instructor. Module B1 will be available through the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. Module B2 will be available in the Fall and Spring.

Faculty members teaching general education and online graduate courses will need to also take and pass Open Education Resource training to learn how to develop an OER course. OER training will be offered five times throughout the summer.

As an added incentive, after you put your first fall course online during or after your Canvas Module A training this summer, B-CU HR instructional designers will upload some of your other prepared fall classes into Canvas for you. We know loading a course in Canvas can be time-intensive, so we want to relieve you of some of that burden. Toward this end, HR is in the process of hiring additional instructional designers to support your efforts. You, of course, will be the content expert.

We recognize, congratulate, and commend you for your phenomenal effort in navigating the world of online teaching during this Spring’s rapid pivot. You enabled our students to complete the semester successfully in these unprecedented and difficult times. We will do all we can to support you as we prepare for the Fall.

Arlesia Welch, MBA, PhD
B-CU Executive Director of Human Resources
Professional Training Department

In Partnership with Academic Affairs

 

May 21, 2020


Second Move - Out Process

Department of Housing & Residence Life Announces
Second Move - Out Dates & Check - Out Process
(May 15 – 24, 2020)

As Bethune-Cookman University continues closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we strive to provide our students with ample time to prepare for the second move out process. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

The second move-out process for all students who need to return to campus to collect their belongings will begin Friday, May 15, 2020, and conclude on Sunday, May 24, 2020 (daily) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students should contact the RLC of their respective building to schedule their move out timeslot. Students will have a maximum of ONE HOUR AND THIRTY MINUTES to remove all items from their room assignment and turn in their key to the Department of Housing & Residence Life staff, per the below Check Out Procedure, before leaving campus. Please limit the number of individuals in your move out party to three total people (i.e. yourself and two others). Please wear facial masks as a health precaution against COVID-19.

Bethune-Cookman University is not responsible for any personal items you leave behind. The Department of Housing & Residence Life staff will dispose of all remaining items on Monday, May 25, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life via phone, at (386) 481-2424, or via email, at reslife@cookman.edu. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

Check Out Procedure

It is mandatory that all students check out with their residence hall staff. Please ensure that you complete the following steps, before vacating campus:

      1. Clean the ENTIRE room and bathroom. Inclusive of sweeping and mopping the floor, cleaning and wiping down the sink, toilet, shower, and mirror, etc.)
      2. Ensure the original set up of the room is restored. All furniture should be wiped down and arranged neatly.
      3. Remove ALL trash and perishable items from the residence hall and dispose of these items in the allocated dumpsters near your residence hall.
      4. DO NOT leave any personal items within your Spring 2020 housing assignment. (Bethune-Cookman University is not responsible for any personal items you leave behind. All items left within the residence halls will be subjected to disposal).
      5. Complete the Housing and Residence Life Spring 2020 check out form posted within the residence hall.
      6. Turn in your room key to the designated university representative.

 

May 15, 2020


A Message from the President: Summer Instruction Online

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May 14, 2020


COVID-19 Emergency Student Financial Assistance Update

The Department of Education (DOE) has allocated $3,324,251 to Bethune-Cookman University (University) in emergency grant funding to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Expenses include, but are not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. The grant will not be applied to any institutional charges distributed to students directly.

These funds are available to all students enrolled (Spring 2020) in an eligible degree-seeking program and are not considered toward Expected Family Contributions (EFC) or federal financial aid outlined in Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The definition of “all students” is inclusive to the student body as follows:

      • Students with a valid 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
      • Currently Enrolled for Spring 2020
      • Domestic Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional students (not enrolled in an online degree-seeking program)

The University has implemented a tiered awarding process. The basis of this determination is in accordance with the Department of Education’s recommendation of granting funds to students with the greatest financial need. Pell-eligible students will be our first priority. The tiered awarding process is:

Pell-eligible undergraduate students: $1,400 maximum assistance
Non-Pell eligible undergraduate students: $900 maximum assistance
Graduate/Professional students: $700 maximum assistance

 

To receive these funds, students must complete the online application in the
Wildcat Portal with attached supporting documentation.
Log into the Wildcat Portal (under current student) to apply today.

In addition, the University will reserve $49,251 in emergency funding for those students that have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All students, regardless of Expected Family Contribution (EFC), are eligible for these additional funds. The award will be a one-time distribution of $500. Submitting the Emergency Student Financial Assistance Application for review does not guarantee additional financial assistance.

All payments will be deposited directly into the student’s BankMobile account.
The deadline for submission is June 30, 2020.

Questions: Email BCUCares@cookman.edu

 

May 11, 2020


Residential Housing and Meal Plan Refunds

Residential Housing and Meal Plan Refunds

Dear Students and Parents:

We are closing out the 2020 school year at Bethune-Cookman University amidst unprecedented and unparalleled challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While the University remains committed to maintaining the health, safety, and well-being of our community, we are equally committed to fulfilling our mission to educate and support our students during this period.

We want to recognize and commend our students for their extraordinary efforts in completing their academic assignments under conditions that were far less than ideal and for which none of us could have prepared. Moreover, we appreciate parents who also had to quickly adjust after students were required to remain at home instead of returning to B-CU residence halls after Spring Break. Working together as a Wildcat family we finished the spring semester successfully.

The University has spent the last several weeks reviewing each student’s account to determine an appropriate refund policy for unused days in residence halls and unused meal plan days. The University will apply credits beginning Monday, May 11, 2020. Students are encouraged to review their accounts. After the credit is applied to each account one of the following scenarios could result:

      1. If the student’s account results in a credit balance and the student’s tuition and fees were paid for by cash, federal or state financial aid, a cash refund will be applied.
      2. If the student’s account results in a credit balance and any portion of the student’s tuition and fees were paid for by a scholarship, any refund will be determined based on the terms of the scholarship(s) applied.
      3. If the student has an unpaid balance, the credit will be applied to reduce the outstanding balance.

The past few weeks have been a harrowing experience for students, parents, faculty, and staff here at Bethune-Cookman and at universities across the nation and the world. We are thankful for God’s grace and your courage and perseverance as we stood up to the challenge of COVID-19.

If you have questions about the dorm and meal credits, please contact Student Accounts at:
Email: studentaccounts@cookman.edu
Phone: 386-481-2507

Stay safe, healthy, and well this summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.

 

May 8, 2020


Second Move-Out Communication

Department of Housing & Residence Life Announces
Second Move - Out Dates & Check-Out Process
(May 15 – 24, 2020)

As Bethune-Cookman University continues closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we strive to provide our students with ample time to prepare for the second move out process. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

The second move-out process for all students who need to return to campus to collect their belongings will begin Friday, May 15, 2020, and conclude on Sunday, May 24, 2020 (daily) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students should contact the RLC of their respective building to schedule their move out timeslot. Students will have a maximum of ONE HOUR AND THIRTY MINUTES to remove all items from their room assignment and turn in their key to the Department of Housing & Residence Life staff, per the below Check-Out Procedure, before leaving campus. Please limit the number of individuals in your move out party to three total people (i.e. yourself and two others). Please wear facial masks as a health precaution against COVID-19.

Bethune-Cookman University is not responsible for any personal items you leave behind. The Department of Housing & Residence Life staff will dispose of all remaining items on Monday, May 25, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life via phone, at (386) 481-2424, or via email, at reslife@cookman.edu. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

Check-Out Procedure

It is mandatory that all students check out with their residence hall staff. Please ensure that you complete the following steps, before vacating campus:

      1. Clean the ENTIRE room and bathroom. Inclusive of sweeping and mopping the floor, cleaning and wiping down the sink, toilet, shower, and mirror, etc.)
      2. Ensure the original set up of the room is restored. All furniture should be wiped down and arranged neatly.
      3. Remove ALL trash and perishable items from the residence hall and dispose of these items in the allocated dumpsters near your residence hall.
      4. DO NOT leave any personal items within your Spring 2020 housing assignment. (Bethune-Cookman University is not responsible for any personal items you leave behind. All items left within the residence halls will be subjected to disposal).
      5. Complete the Housing and Residence Life Spring 2020 check out form posted within the residence hall.
      6. Turn in your room key to the designated university representative.

 

May 1, 2020


FHCP COVID-19 Testing Update

Florida Health Care Plans is strongly encouraging its members to visit one of the 8 COVID-19 testing locations if they are experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, or coughing. FHCP testing sites will produce much faster results and will include treatment recommendations and follow up care if necessary. A list of locations is included in this email.

Employer Group Updates
To ensure FHCP members who need care can better focus on their health, the following cost-share reductions are in place through June 1, 2020:

      • COVID-19 testing and any medical service that results in a COVID-19 test being ordered will be at a $0 cost-share.
      • FHCP is waiving the cost-share for the treatment of any member with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to include in-patient and observation hospital admissions.
      • Doctor-on-Demand general medical telehealth visits will be a $0 cost-share through May 31.
      • FHCP is also offering $0 cost virtual visits with an FHCP employed PCP and only if the doctor has the virtual visit capability.

For a list of COVID-19 testing facilities please click the link below:
FHCP Triage Facilities / COVID 19

April 20, 2020


Campus Community Update: Performance Evaluations

Dear B-CU Faculty and staff:

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is not conducting performance evaluations for faculty and staff for the 2019-2020 academic year.

We appreciate your efforts. Thank you for your continued commitment and service to Bethune-Cookman University.

Stay Safe, well, and healthy!

 

April 17, 2020


A Message from President Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite to the B-CU Community

Dear B-CU Community:

It is my sincere hope that you and your families are safe and healthy in the midst of this unprecedented and fast-moving Coronavirus Pandemic. I want to acknowledge the incredible effort of this community in sustaining our institution and ineffectively serving and supporting our students – and one another – under incredibly difficult circumstances. B-CU has shown its mettle over the course of this past academic year, and my belief in the strength and resiliency of this community has never been stronger.

Your resolve and commitment have been vital to our recent efforts and is, for me, a clear and unambiguous affirmation of our ability to successfully migrate out of the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 will have profound and enduring implications for individuals and institutions around the world. Our manifest commitment at B-CU is to navigate this challenge with the same clear-eyed analysis, energy, and determination that has defined our efforts over the course of this year.

Pivoting to a fully online learning environment at B-CU has been neither natural nor comfortable for us. However, through a Herculean effort, our online instructional experts utilized B-CU’s existing distance learning technology to provide faculty training and transitioned hundreds of face-to-face courses to an online modality. Because of the dedication of our faculty and staff, the strength and resiliency of our students, and the power of God’s grace, we continue to fulfill our mission and to educate and support our students – by all means, available to us.

After the safety and health of our community, and the continuation of our core obligations to teaching and learning, our overwhelming focus is on ensuring B-CU’s ability to withstand the unprecedented (and as yet unspecified) financial difficulties that could impact our institution. There’s no playbook for this and we’re working to better understand the short-term or long-term fiscal consequences.

The federal government’s recent announcement to provide emergency funding to colleges and universities, including HBCUs like Bethune-Cookman provides some measure of relief. Still, we are working closely with our trustees (many of whom are actively engaged in support of our efforts at this time), protecting our balance sheet, preserving cash-flows, managing expenses, focusing on enrollment (by hosting weekly Wildcat Welcome sessions on Facebook Live) and doing all that is necessary to sustain and strengthen the legacy of B-CU. I would assert that the extraordinary conditions and the shared experience of having to adapt to this “black swan” environment created by COVID-19 will only deepen our sense of community and of our collective capacity to successfully emerge from it.

This is a difficult time for all of us. The health and safety of our families and loved ones, the uncertainty of the pandemic and its impact on this institution weighs heavily on this community. And while I cannot discount the seriousness of the situation, I do want to remind you that we’ve not only recently successfully migrated through some of the most difficult terrains in our recent history, but that we were also enjoying some well-earned and positive momentum, pre-COVID-19. I expect to sustain this momentum even under current conditions.

Here’s a snapshot:

      • We submitted an outstanding report to SACS that clearly communicated our good standing (compliance) with the core requirements associated with our second monitoring report. Critically, we projected a demonstrably positive unrestricted net asset balance for the 2020 fiscal year, for the first time in four years.
      • Over the last month, we raised $1.2M in private gifts (including the recently announced $600K from the Moorehead and Aaron families), and of course, we received a historic commitment from the State of Florida.
      • Our enrollment trends were well above our projections and we had over a thousand prospective students and parents signed up for one of our three Wildcat Welcome Days.
      • We were close to getting started on the renovation of the Parlin Center, to create a new center for student career and professional development (as a result of one of our recent gifts).
      • Our admissions team has earned some well-deserved national recognition for best practices associated with enrollment management efforts through RaiseMe

I point out these recent successes to remind each of you of what this extraordinary institution is capable of achieving. My faith in our B-CU students, our faculty, and staff, in our trustees and in our alumni and broader community is resolute and unwavering. We will get through this and we’ll be stronger and better as a result!

Thank you for all you do on behalf of B-CU. Hang in there, be safe and take care of yourselves, your families, and one another.

Peace and Blessings and Hail Wildcats!

E. LaBrent Chrite
Bethune-Cookman University President

 

April 13, 2020


Campus Community Update: B-CU Courses Online for the Summer

Dear B-CU Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I hope you are safe and healthy and that you are, at least to some degree, beginning to adjust to the remote environment that has been our reality for some time now.

We have migrated all instruction for the rest of the semester online. We have now made the decision to move all B-CU courses online for the summer. This decision, while not easy, was made based on the way we see the COVID-19 pandemic evolving and out of concern for the safety and health of our University community.

I have seen our community come together during these last weeks in a way that is remarkable, yet fully reflective of who we are: focused, caring, and resilient. As I have communicated before, I have enormous faith in our individual and collective ability to, in these unprecedented and challenging times, stay focused on our mission.

I sincerely appreciate the zeal, thoughtfulness, and collegiality as we together navigate these uncharted territories.

Warmest Regards,

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

 

April 7, 2020


Campus Community Update: Essential Employees

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Providing instruction to our students is the essential service of a University, and therefore B-CU faculty are considered essential personnel. While we strongly encourage faculty to teach online classes remotely from home especially in light of the statewide “Stay at Home” order, those who need to access their offices to use computers and other equipment will still be able to do so. As an added safety precaution, please contact campus safety to let them know when you plan to enter your college or school so patrols can keep an eye out for you.

Please exercise this added safety precaution since there will be a limited number of people in the buildings. We also recognize essential staff and faculty will be on campus to sustain research and labs, support the small residential population still on campus, and keep the University healthy and secure.

Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to provide additional computers for faculty and staff to use at home. In addition, supervisors may provide temporary assignments to some employees who may not be able to fulfill primary duties working remotely from home. Your safety, health, and well-being are of the utmost importance. We appreciate your determination, ingenuity, and flexibility as we band together to provide an excellent education to our B-CU students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay healthy and be safe!

 

April 6, 2020


A Message from the Provost for B-CU Students

Dear Students,

I pray that you and your loved ones are staying safe during these uncertain and extraordinary times. During the past two weeks, you have received a lot of information and some of you may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious.

We want to continue offering engaging and challenging learning experiences, while, at the same time, be responsive to you and your needs. I am writing this to notify you of two changes for the Spring 2020 semester that I hope will assist you during this transition.

First, we have extended the date to withdraw from each course to the last day of class, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. We are asking that you consult with your advisor prior to withdrawing from a course, as it may interrupt degree plans and delay graduation.

Second, you may choose to receive a pass/fail grade in one, two, or all of your eligible undergraduate courses this semester. Graduate courses are not eligible for this choice. We are finalizing the details, but want you to know that you will have this option. We are asking you to discuss with your professor(s) and advisor prior to making the decision, as there are many factors to consider. The pass/fail option may not be appropriate in all situations.

It is my hope that these two changes will ease some of the anxiety and academic stress you have been faced with during this transition to remote learning.

I have enormous faith in you and in your ability to navigate and stay focused. I do want you to know that all of us are here because of you and that we are here for you. We are prepared to do everything we can to ensure your success. If you are experiencing challenges please reach out to professors, advisors, department chairs, and deans.

Continue to take all of the necessary precautions and I am proud of the remarkable ways in which you are moving forward during these challenging times.

Most Sincerely,

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

 

April 2, 2020


A Message from the Provost for B-CU Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:

I want to thank each of you for the remarkable way you have responded to the request to move to remote instruction and I want to thank all of you who helped and supported faculty in that transition. During the past two weeks, many things have shifted and moved, and I predict there will be more of the same. Some of our students have experienced serious challenges during this transition with limited and/or inconsistent access to the internet, worries about where to stay, and concerns regarding jobs - some of them are feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

We want to continue offering engaging and challenging learning experiences, while at the same time, be sensitive and responsive to our students and their needs. One way we can help alleviate some of the stress is by providing students an option to select a pass/fail grade for one or all of their eligible undergraduate courses. Graduate courses are not eligible for this selection. We are finalizing the details but wanted to communicate that this option will be available. We are asking students to reach out to professors and advisors prior to making decisions, as there are multiple factors to consider. The pass/fail option may not be appropriate in all situations. The decision to select the grading option is initiated by the student.

In addition, the option should be offered across a program (unless it is not possible due to licensure/or certification, for example) and is thus, programmatic. The respective Deans will be able to guide you through this process.

We have also extended the last day to withdraw from each course to the last day of class, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Again, we are asking students to consult with their advisor prior to withdrawing as it may interrupt degree plans and delay graduation. It is my hope that these two changes will ease some of the anxiety and academic stress some of our students are facing.

We will get through this together by continuing to stay focused, connected, flexible, and compassionate and I sincerely appreciate your commitment to our students and your collegiality as we continue to navigate these uncharted territories.

Most Sincerely,

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

 

April 2, 2020


B-CU Pass/Fail Guidelines

Temporary change in undergraduate course grading options in response to COVID-19

This is an unprecedented and uncertain time in the history of our institution and the migration to an online environment can certainly create stress and feelings of being overwhelmed for some students.

Therefore, Bethune-Cookman University has modified its undergraduate grading policy for spring 2020. The University is giving students an option to elect a pass/fail grade for each course eligible for that option. In the event a student does not make that request by the deadline, the course(s) will be recorded based on the current grading system.

Students must carefully consider the implications for switching to a pass/fail grading system. Communication with professors and advisors, prior to making the choice, is critically important so that students clearly understand the implications of their choices.

      • Between April 6 and April 30 (11:59 pm EST) students can make a request to receive a pass/fail grade for a course. In the event a student does not select the pass/fail by the deadline, the student will receive a grade according to the current grading system. A form, along with detailed instructions will be provided on April 6, 2020.
      • Students may select a pass/fail option for one or all eligible undergraduate courses in which they are enrolled.
      • The undergraduate catalog states that students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in English, Mathematics, Effective Oral Communication, and courses in their major. A grade of “D” is passing for other courses. Students should carefully consider choices and communicate with advisors as not all courses are eligible.
      • A student cannot petition a pass/fail grade once a letter grade has been selected.
      • A student cannot petition a letter grade once a pass/fail grade has been selected.
      • Pass/fail grades do not affect a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). It will neither raise nor lower the GPA.
      • If a student selects a pass/fail option, the previous semester’s academic standing will remain. If the current academic standing is warning or probation, for example, that will remain. It will not worsen.
      • If a student is trying to raise his/her GPA for a scholarship or other purposes, pass/fail grades will not raise the GPA.
      • If a student is enrolled in prerequisite courses for a program, the student should consider grades or GPA requirements before choosing pass/fail option.
      • If grades are required for certification/licensure, the student should consult with his/her advisor before making a decision.
      • Pass/fail grades will count as attempted hours earned and will, if successfully passed, count toward graduation.
      • Nursing students will receive communication from the Dean of the School of Nursing

NOTE: Students are encouraged to check with the B-CU Financial Aid Office regarding the potential impact of their financial aid/institutional scholarships in making this important decision.

 

April 2, 2020


Florida "Stay at Home" Order

Florida Stay at Home Order

The governor of Florida has issued a “Stay at Home” order to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the order will go into effect at midnight tonight and will last for at least 30 days.

Bethune-Cookman University has already initiated a protocol of most faculty and staff working remotely from home. Other employees who need to access computers or research facilities, or whose physical presence on campus is essential to accomplish necessary business functions have been rotating days, staggering shifts and maximizing social distancing in office spaces. Among those essential services are Facilities, Housing, Dining, and Payroll. Also, campus safety will continue to work on campus to keep the University safe and secure.

The University is now taking steps to supply additional computers to faculty and staff who need them so that more employees can work remotely from home. Via 8 x 8 technology phone calls to B-CU extensions are being forwarded to employee cell phones so that B-CU employees can remain at home while answering calls from students, parents, and other stakeholders.

The University is continuing to successfully provide online instruction to students. In addition, faculty and staff are actively engaging and supporting students by providing services such as advising, office hours, tutoring, and counseling online. Students have the ability to access library services exclusively online, as well.

Gov. Desantis’ “Stay at Home” order calls for Floridians to “limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary,” DeSantis said, “To obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.” Among essential activities would be obtaining health care, groceries, exercise, or caring for others. The Florida 30-day executive order follows President Trump’s announcement Sunday to extend nationwide social distancing guidelines from Easter, April 12 to April 30th.

The University has taken the necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our B-CU Wildcat family. We appreciate your commitment, flexibility, and innovation in identifying new ways to work from home so that we can accomplish the essential business operations of the University.

Health and safety precautions to keep in mind to curtail the spread of COVID-19:

      • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet between yourself and others.
      • Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure.
      • COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands. Droplets from coughing or sneezing can land on surfaces that people commonly touch.
      • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Stay safe, well, and healthy.

 

April 2, 2020


B-CU Campus Community Update: Working Remotely from Home #stayathome

Bethune-Cookman University remains open with an increase in remote working.

B-CU will maintain University operations and continue providing service and information to all stakeholders, including students, parents, alumni, and the broader community. At the same time, the University remains diligent in exercising the utmost health and safety precautions as we band together to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and curtail the spread of the virus.

The University will continue to maintain its academic vitality and quality by providing educational services to students via online instruction. B-CU faculty and staff have a clear and enduring commitment to remaining connected to our students by providing virtual support and communication. Instruction, office hours, advising, counseling, and other services are still available to students online.

Similarly, managers are directed to strategize with their departments and teams to identify innovative ways of working in these unprecedented times. Toward this end, most B-CU employees are working remotely from home. This increase in telecommuting will mean a heavier reliance on computer technology, the internet, email, and phone communication, video-conferencing and messaging, but it is the right course of action to ensure the safety and health of our community.

Essential personnel such as campus safety will continue to provide a physical presence on campus to keep the University safe and secure. A minimal number of our employees who need to come to the office to serve students, prospective students, and parents will report to campus on a scaled-back schedule, with rotating shifts, staggered hours, and increased social distancing at work. These B-CU employees are encouraged to conduct as much work as possible at home and to come to the office only on days when it is absolutely necessary to accomplish the essential business of the University. We encourage innovation, flexibility, and creativity as we find new ways to work together.

We recognize that these unprecedented circumstances create significant uncertainty and unease in the professional and personal lives of everyone. Our priority at this time is to ensure your health and well-being, and we encourage all members of our community to exercise compassion for one another as we work together to prevent the further spread of this virus.

Stay safe, well, and healthy!

 

April 1, 2020


Campus Advisory: Precaution Reminders

Dear B-CU Students, Faculty and Staff,

The University has taken proactive steps to prevent the spread of diseases, such as COVID-19, by promoting healthy hygiene habits via university-wide communications and the Wildcat SAFE App Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Button. We are wishing for each of you and your family safe and a healthy several weeks to come. We fully appreciate and recognize the uncertainty and anxiety that the COVID-19 challenge is presenting to all of us. Considering the latest developments, we continue to make adjustments to our collective planning.

As we continue to monitor the evolving situations of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to provide a friendly reminder of precautionary steps when maneuvering throughout your day.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Volusia County Health Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

      • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
      • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
      • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
      • Covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
      • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
      • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

hand washingThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that asymptomatic, healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

A person that experiences a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from any other destination with community transmission should call ahead to their health care provider and local County Health Department (CHD) and mention their recent travel or close contact.

If a person has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who have recently traveled from this area or been in contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, he or she should call ahead to a health care professional and the CHD. The health care provider will work with the Department to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all individuals who traveled internationally to follow the CDC guidelines, summarized below:

      • Level 3: Mandatory 14-day self-isolation and practice social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
      • Level 2 and Cruises: Monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
      • Information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19 

 

March 30, 2020


B-CU Furlough Policy

Dear B-CU Staff and Faculty,

How to take furlough time while working remotely:

B-CU faculty and staff are required to take 48 hours of furlough time by July 15th or by the end of their 2019/2020 contract.

B-CU employees have been creative and flexible in the use of furlough time. Some employees are taking one 8-hour day each of the six months. Others have chosen to take multiple days in a row. Yet, other employees choose to take just 2 or 4 hours here and there. It's up to you with the approval of your department head.

For those faculty and staff working remotely, although you are already at home you are busy working on documents, answering customer service phone calls, responding to emails, etc. During your furlough time, all that ceases. You don't answer phones, respond to emails, or do anything related to Bethune-Cookman University. Your time is for yourself and your loved ones.

Stay safe, well, and healthy.

 

March 30, 2020


Reminder: Move - Out Date

Attention B-CU Students!

The deadline for moving out of Bethune-Cookman University Housing is this Sunday, March 29, 2020, by 8 pm. All students who have not collected their belongings from their dorm rooms by the deadline can do so in May. Exact dates will be forthcoming. Visit the Department of Housing and Residence Life for more information. Thank you for your cooperation.

Stay safe, well, and healthy!

 

March 27, 2020


B-CU Student Housing and Meal Plan Credits/Refunds

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

B-CU courses on campus transitioned to online instruction as a safety precaution due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result, students departed B-CU residence halls before the end of the spring semester.

B-CU students who resided in University housing and purchased a meal plan will receive a credit to their student account for the number of authorized days each student was not living on campus. Eligible refunds will be determined over the next few weeks based on federal and state regulatory guidelines being released. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thank you for your patience.

 

March 25, 2020


Something You Need to Talk About? B-CU is Here for You!

Something you need to talk about? We are here to listen!

Counseling appointments are available via Zoom or Skype for our Wildcat community.

Please contact George Ramsey or Terry Turner-James, Licensed Mental Health Counselors to schedule your appointment.

Terry Turner-James
Call: 386-481-2983

George Ramsey
Call: 386-481-2157

 

March 25, 2020


Carl S. Swisher Library/Learning Resources Center Online Experience & Remote Access Instruction

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The Bethune-Cookman University Carl S. Swisher Library/Learning Resources Center is committed to providing excellent support to all faculty and students during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Carl S. Swisher Library/Learning Resources Center has shifted its priorities to engage in a healthy online experience with the B-CU community. The primary focus of our current operation is to support the students and faculty who will be teaching and learning via online systems.

The library will be staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM with limited access. The library will be closed April 10 th in observance of Good Friday. Bethune-Cookman University registered students, faculty and staff can access many of the Library’s electronic resources 24/7 with a remote access account. Users will need to log in using their campus-issued username and password.

Information about other services:

      • Students will be allowed to check out laptops, pending availability. Please call 386-481-2181 for availability.
      • Laptops can be renewed over the phone.
      • Overdue print materials will be automatically renewed.
      • We will still offer interlibrary loan services for electronic materials. For additional questions concerning Interlibrary Loan at B-CU, please contact Dr. Angelo Salvo at salvoa@cookman.edu or email askalibrarian@cookman.edu.
      • Please continue to send library purchase requests to Ms. Morey at moreyh@cookman.edu or through your library liaison.
      • For troubleshooting assistance or virtual reference questions please contact askalibrarian@cookman.edu or by phone, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM at 386-481-2186.

Attached you will find remote access instructions, as well as links to free textbooks and other open educational resources.

Thank you and stay safe,

Tasha Lucas Youmans, Ph.D.
Dean of the Library/Chief Librarian
Carl S. Swisher Library and Learning Resources Center

 

March 24, 2020


B-CU Faculty Access to Offices, Computers and Research Facilities

While B-CU faculty are asked to teach online courses remotely from home, any faculty member who needs access to their office, computer, or other equipment is free to do so.

Likewise, faculty who need to enter buildings and facilities to conduct research are welcome to do so.

Your dean will contact you with additional information for entering your College or School Building.

Bethune-Cookman University appreciates your dedication, support, and willingness to adjust as together we navigate the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

March 20, 2020


Department of Housing and Residence Life
Move-Out Schedule/Check-Out Procedure

Move-Out Dates & Check-Out Process

Bethune-Cookman University has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic in hopes to maintain the health and safety of our students. In light of this, we are sharing new guidance to our residential community regarding student housing for the remainder of the semester. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. We understand this shift in guidance may be upsetting for our students in this uncertain time. We want to assure you of our ongoing commitment to your health and safety and to the achievement of your educational goals during this difficult semester as we all navigate this pandemic.

Per guidelines in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, starting Friday, March 20, 2020, Bethune Cookman University will begin the process of closing its residence halls to students for the remainder of the semester.

Students currently residing on-campus must vacate their spring 2020 housing assignment as soon as possible. The Department of Housing and Residence Life will work closely with students whose personal circumstances require assistance to transition to a safe living space.

The move-out process for all students who need to return to campus to collect their belongings will begin Friday, March 20, 2020, and conclude on Sunday, March 29, 2020 (daily) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Students will have a maximum of ONE HOUR to remove all items from their room assignment and turn in their key to the Department of Housing & Residence Life staff, per the attached Check-Out Procedure, before leaving campus.

To allow for social distancing, as recommended by the CDC, if you live on an even-numbered floor (ex: second and fourth floors), please plan to return to campus and move out on March 20, 22, 24, 26, or 28. If you live on an odd-numbered floor (ex: first, third, and fifth floors), please plan to return to campus and move out on March 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29. Please limit the number of individuals in your move out party to three total people (i.e. yourself and two others).

Bethune-Cookman University is not responsible for any personal items you leave behind. The Department of Housing & Residence Life staff will dispose of all remaining items in the refrigerator/freezer for health reasons. In addition, a second move out process will be scheduled in May, for those who aren’t able to return to campus between Friday, March 20, 2020 – Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Information will be forthcoming about refunds and credits for room and board charges.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life via phone, at (386) 481-2424, or via email, at reslife@cookman.edu. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

Check-Out Procedure

It is mandatory that all students check out with their residence hall staff. Please ensure that you complete the following steps, before vacating campus:

      1. Clean the ENTIRE room and bathroom. Inclusive of sweeping and mopping the floor, cleaning and wiping down the sink, toilet, shower, and mirror, etc.)
      2. Ensure the original set up of the room is restored. All furniture should be wiped down and arranged neatly.
      3. Remove ALL trash and perishable items from the residence hall and dispose of these items in the allocated dumpsters near your residence hall.
      4. DO NOT leave any personal items within your Spring 2020 housing assignment. (Bethune-Cookman University is not responsible for any personal items you leave behind. All items left within the residence halls will be subjected to disposal).
      5. Complete the Housing and Residence Life Spring 2020 check out form posted within the residence hall.
      6. Turn in your room key to the designated university representative.

*Please note: Failure to check out properly will result in a minimum fine of $100.00. Trash left in the common areas will result in community billing fines.

 

March 19, 2020


In-person Instruction Cancelled for the Semester

Bethune-Cookman University is cancelling in-person instruction for the rest of the semester due to COVID-19. This decision is made to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and broader community.

B-CU faculty will continue to teach online classes remotely from home. Faculty will also hold regular office hours for students virtually via phone calls, emails, messaging or video conference calls through Canvas or other media such as Zoom or Google Hangouts. This will allow students to maintain a connection with faculty as they engage in learning in the online environment.

The University will remain open but operate differently. Rather than face-to-face appointments, staff will respond to students, parents, and employees via phone, email, and other communication technology. As an added health precaution, the University is practicing social distancing by allowing some staff to work remotely from home, rotate days, stagger shifts or work farther apart in the office. To decrease public traffic campus buildings will be locked beginning Thursday.

During these times, staying flexible, creative, and connected is essential to ensure that we continue the instructional momentum and our continued focus on academic excellence. We appreciate everyone's patience, great work, and contributions.

 

March 19, 2020


Spring 2020 Commencement Cancellation

Dear Bethune-Cookman University Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Bethune-Cookman University is canceling its May 2020 Commencement Ceremony. This difficult decision was made out of an abundance of caution and in a way that protects students, families, and the broader University community. We know this is a special day for our students and their families, and we want to provide the best experience to celebrate everyone's achievements. Students are invited to participate in the fall 2020 Commencement Ceremony in December and we look forward to celebrating them at that time.

Best Regards,
Helena

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

 

March 18, 2020


Online Transition

Greetings Colleagues,

Congratulations! You have successfully accomplished a milestone by completing training to transition to teaching fully online. I want to thank you for your enthusiasm and collegiality during these uncertain times. Your dedication and commitment have been amazing!

The B-CU Global Online staff will now review courses and assist you in making sure that by this Friday you have 2 weeks of assignments fully online. Rest assured this is not a punitive review, but an assistive review as many things can happen in the online space.

Once the two weeks have been successfully added, please move the rest of the course work into canvas as teaching online for the rest of the semester is very likely to become our reality. Please ensure that you provide a modified syllabus and of course, we know that assignments, activities, and approaches likely will be altered to make sense in the online space.

As promised, the B-CU Global staff will be with you, as long as you need them. Deans and Chairs also have access to your courses to provide additional assistance, guidance, and opportunities for communication.

Once again, I emphasize that frequent contact and staying connected in a variety of ways is essential to ensure student success and retention. We must put forth every effort to ensure that our students do not get lost in cyberspace.

Once you catch your breath, the B-CU Global staff will provide training on how to lessen the likelihood of academic dishonesty in the online environment as well as having fun with Canvas.

Let’s stay connected, flexible, and supportive of one another as we continue to focus on the success of our students and Bethune-Cookman University.

Warmest regards,

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

 

March 18, 2020


Reminder: COVID-19 Precautions

Dear B-CU Students, Faculty and Staff,

Due to the health ramifications of the COVID-19 Pandemic, also known as Coronavirus, Bethune-Cookman University students are reminded not to return for at least until the end of March. The University is prioritizing the health and well-being of our students and our broader community; we believe this to be the most prudent decision at this time. As a reminder, this situation remains fluid and changes may occur with little or no notice.

Bethune-Cookman University is conducting classes via the University’s Online Instruction platform, Canvas. Faculty will also hold virtual office hours and communicate with students via phone calls, emails, messaging and video conferencing through Canvas.

hwCOVID-19 Precautions: The University has taken aggressive steps to prevent the spread of diseases, such as COVID-19, by promoting healthy hygiene habits via University-Wide Communications and the Wildcat SAFE App Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Button. We have also placed additional hand sanitizer stations in campus buildings and have enhanced existing environmental cleaning routines throughout campus.

COVID-19 related symptoms: cough, fever, difficulty breathing.

If you are symptomatic, seek medical treatment, get tested, and return to work when medically cleared with a doctor's note.

We would like to remind our campus community to continue to follow the healthy practices recommended by health officials.

The CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19:

      • Avoid contact with sick people.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
      • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Practice Social Distancing
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. Avoid gathering in crowds of 10 or more.

Please be sure to take the necessary actions to help prevent the spread of illness.

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Wildcat SAFE App Download
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5—Once App has Downloaded Open App and Select “OK” for Notifications.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Charter Communications (free broadband and WIFI access-new customers only): 1-844-488-8395

Department of Health Contact Information: For inquiries regarding COVID-19, Call Center:  1-866-779-6121 or Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

 

March 17, 2020


B-CU Faculty are Asked to Teach Online Remotely

B-CU faculty are asked to teach your online courses remotely as a precaution to health concerns related to the Coronavirus. Faculty can retrieve needed items from your office, but please conduct online instruction from home.

Also, please continue to hold regular office hours for students virtually via phone calls, emails, messaging or video conference calls through Canvas. This will allow B-CU students to ask questions about online course content, and maintain a connection with faculty as students and faculty adjust to the online modality.

Any faculty member who needs training in online course instruction, please contact B-CU Global Online Executive Director Dr. Arletha McSMcSwain mcswaina@cookman.edu to participate in face-to-face training at the Carl S. Swisher Memorial Library. Dr. Janice Bella bellaj@cookman.edu is also providing additional training online.

 

March 17, 2020


Campus Update: Online course instruction via Canvas begins today, Welcome back faculty and staff - March 16, 2020

Dear B-CU Students, Faculty and Staff,

While B-CU students who departed for spring break are directed not to return to campus for at least two weeks (with a tentative return date of March 30, 2020), online course instruction via Canvas begins today, Monday, March 16, 2020.

We welcome back B-CU faculty and staff to campus today.

Faculty training for online instruction is available all week, starting today. Please contact your Dean or B-CU Global Online Executive Director Dr. Arletha McSwain: mcswaina@cookman.edu

 

March 16, 2020


Student Curriculum Update

Dear Students,

I hope that you have had a restful Spring Break. As you know by now, the University has asked all students not to come back to the University for two weeks after Spring Break. While this decision was not easy, it was made out of an abundance of caution and with your well-being and health in mind.

You have also received communication that we will move all courses online beginning tomorrow. Teaching online will continue through March 27 as a first step. At that time, we will reassess and it is quite possible that courses will be taught online for the remainder of the semester.

As all faculty have not taught in the online environment, their training will begin tomorrow morning and it is our goal to have all courses completely online by the end of the day Wednesday. I have asked faculty to reach out to you tomorrow so that they can provide you with guidance as we move along. During this time, it is essential that you and your faculty members stay in contact via canvas, telephone, and email as frequent connection is critical. It is also essential that you check the website as it is regularly updated.

Please know that you and your education are our most important priorities. Your number one assignment during this time is to continue, with excellence and focus, that which you came for – your education and the completion of your degree from Bethune-Cookman University.

I have enormous faith in you and in your ability to, during these challenging and uncertain times, continue to represent yourself and the University in a manner that is reflective of our core values – faith, integrity, respect, service and a thirst for knowledge. We will make it through this with focus, flexibility, and support of one another and I want you to know that University community is here to assist you and ensure your continued success.

Warmest Regards,

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

 

March 16, 2020


Campus Advisory: Next Steps Upon Spring Break

Dear B-CU Students, Faculty and Staff,

Due to the health ramifications of the COVID-19 Pandemic, also known as Coronavirus, we are directing Bethune-Cookman University students not to return from spring break for at least two weeks. The University is prioritizing the health and well-being of our students and our broader community; we believe this to be the most prudent decision at this time. As a reminder, this situation remains fluid and changes may occur with little or no notice. Please see the Campus Community updates below:

Reminder:

B-CU Students who have departed for Spring Break are directed not to return to Campus for at least two weeks with a tentative return date of March 30, 2020. (This presumption is subject to change as the global health COVID-19 pandemic evolves.)

B-CU Faculty and Staff are to return to work at 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2020.

Faculty and Staff who have tested positive or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as Fever, Cough, or Shortness of Breath are requested not to return to work Monday and to instead immediately contact their healthcare provider, get tested, seek treatment and return when medically cleared.

Please inform the B-CU Human Resources department and your direct supervisor.

Academic Affairs: Transition of Face-to-Face Instruction to Online instruction

Bethune-Cookman University will conduct classes online and through other distributed instructional methods for at least two weeks beginning March 16, 2020.

          • Students will receive further notification from their instructors.
          • Students will have access to all instructional materials via Canvas.
          • The University’s Online Instruction platform, Canvas has a MOBILE (Smart Devices: Phones and Tablets) component to which students can access courses. The mobile app can be downloaded from the App Store (iTunes iOS) or Goggle Play Store (Android).
          • Canvas Student Guide - Table of Contents
          • How can I use Canvas on my mobile device as a student?
          • Charter Communications is offering free broadband and WIFI access for new customers only. Contact Number: 1-844-488-8395.
          • The University will reevaluate online and alternative instructional methods in the context of public health recommendations on a daily basis.
          • Students should continue to monitor www.cookman.edu for additional updates.

Face-to-Face classes are tentatively expected to resume on  March 30, 2020.

Events Scheduled on B-CU’s Campus
All events scheduled on B-CU’s Campus are canceled at this time, as the CDC recommends social distancing as a mitigation measure in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Athletics
All upcoming Athletic events are canceled at this time.

Travel
Bethune-Cookman University has suspended all International Travel. Domestic travel will be determined on a case by case basis.

COVID-19 Precautions: The University has taken aggressive steps to prevent the spread of diseases, such as COVID-19, by promoting healthy hygiene habits via University-Wide Communications and the Wildcat SAFE App Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Button. We have also placed additional hand sanitizer stations in campus buildings and have enhanced existing environmental cleaning routines throughout campus.

For Faculty, Staff, and Students who elected to travel internationally during Spring Break, it is important to follow the guidance of the FDOH and CDC. The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow the CDC guidelines, summarized below:

Level 3: CDC recommends 14-day self-isolation and social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.

Level 2 and cruises: Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.

For more information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19

We would like to remind our campus community to continue to follow the healthy practices recommended by health officials. The CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19:

          • Avoid contact with sick people.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
          • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
          • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Please be sure to take the necessary actions to help prevent the spread of illness.

Additional Resources:

Department of Health Contact Information: For inquiries regarding COVID-19, Call Center:  1-866-779-6121 or Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

 

March 14, 2020


Campus Advisory: B-CU Students Are Directed Not To Return From Spring Break

 

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Due to the health ramifications of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, we are directing Bethune-Cookman University students not to return from spring break for at least two weeks. The University is prioritizing the health and well-being of our students and our broader community; we believe this to be the most prudent decision at this time.

Information regarding COVID-19 and associated issues will be available on the B-CU website and our social media channels. We will also continue to send email messages when warranted. Classroom instruction will be available online or through webinars.

The University will remain open, and faculty and staff will follow health protocols designed to minimize the health risks on campus while enabling students to move forward with their education. The University has also activated a deep cleaning of on-campus buildings.

We are confronted with an unprecedented global health issue and we are taking our lead from the State University System of Florida (SUSF), to be proactive and help keep our students healthy. The SUSF issued a notice late Wednesday directing state universities to transition to remote instruction as soon as possible.

This is a very complicated issue. We are working closely with state and local health agencies and we will continue to adjust our practices accordingly as this issue progresses. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we deal with a rapidly changing and volatile health concern. Our goal is to keep all B-CU community members safe and healthy.

Most Sincerely,
President E. LaBrent Chrite, Ph.D.

 

March 12, 2020


Coronavirus

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to share updates regarding our responses to COVID-19 and our plans for the remainder of the semester. Given the seriousness and uncertainty of this situation, we feel compelled to take these steps and our goals are to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and broader community while at the same time minimizing disruption to teaching and scholarly work/research.

Faculty will report to work on March 16 and immediately begin to move f2f courses online. Teaching online will continue through March 27 as a first step. At that time we will reassess, but it is quite possible that courses will remain online for the remainder of the semester.

Faculty who are already prepared to teach online should move their f2f courses online beginning Monday if not sooner. Faculty who have not taught in the online environment will be provided training beginning Monday. Dr. McSwain, Dr. Bella, and Mr. Styles have worked to create a modified training module and will send information to faculty who have not taught online with instructions for how to do so as well as a training schedule today.

Faculty who teach labs, practica, and clinical experiences, for example, will need to work collectively and with their respective deans to decide how to move forward in an online environment. All faculty must contact their students on Monday with instructions and plans for moving ahead. During the initial two-week period it is essential that students have access to faculty via canvas, telephone, email and other ways of communicating as frequent connection during this time is critical.

Bethune-Cookman University will remain open and while our goal is to bring students back on March 30, we are working on contingency plans, including teaching online for the remainder of the semester and graduation.

I want to thank all of you in advance for working to move this effort forward and doing so collectively and with minimal disruption to teaching and learning. Often when situations occur we look to our peers; however, we have never encountered anything like this. I have enormous faith in our University community so we will make it through by being flexible, creative, staying connected, and supportive of one another.

Warmest Regards,

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

 

March 12, 2020


Campus Advisory: Coronavirus Guidance Update

 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Bethune-Cookman University has suspended all international travel in response to the emerging outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of a well-known virus, Coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, a Province of China. This decision was made based upon the guidance we are receiving from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , and the Florida Department of Health which is intended to protect the health and welfare of our faculty, staff, students, and the local community. Decisions on domestic travel will be made on a case by case basis.

The U.S. Department of State has issued Level 3 and Level 4 travel advisories for the following:

Level 3 Locations to Reconsider Travel: South Korea, Italy, and Mongolia
Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

Level 4 Locations Do Not Travel: Iran and China
This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

Spring Break Travel
For those faculty, staff, and students who are planning international travel independently of the University during Spring Break, we are sharing the link to the Department of State's website, which provides current travel advisories for countries worldwide. Additional information and guidance regarding travel and the Coronavirus can be found on the CDC website. Those who intend to travel to impacted areas and countries and/or those whom may come in close contact with those who are traveling from impacted areas or countries, according to the CDC, "may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad."

As a reminder, we should all continue to follow the healthy practices recommended by health officials. The CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19:

          • Avoid contact with sick people.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
          • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

There are now nine confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State of Florida.

Bethune-Cookman University is continuing to closely monitor developments and will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, and the World Health Organization.

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1Go to your App Store (iPhone) or Google Play(Android).
2Find your Search button/bar.
3Type in Wildcat SAFE in search bar area and press your search button.
4—App information will come up, Press “Get” (iPhone) or “Install”(Android).
5—Once App has Downloaded Open App and Select “OK” for Notifications.

Department of Health Call Center Questions regarding COVID-19: 1-866-779-6121

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to access services: 1-888-238-6232

Please continue to visit our Coronavirus Update page on https://www.cookman.edu/covid.html for the latest information.

 

March 6, 2020


B-CU Campus Community: Update & Awareness on COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)

 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Bethune-Cookman University continues to closely monitor and assess the spread of the Coronavirus disease  (COVID - 19) as it relates to the health and well-being of our campus community. We are writing to share information about the emerging outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of a well-known virus, coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China.

An increasing number of cases have been diagnosed in 67 countries and territories outside of China, including 62 cases within the United States.  There are two confirmed cases in the State of Florida, one in Hillsborough County and one in Manatee County.  T here are no cases on our campus. We are sending this information to raise awareness of  COVID- 19 and inform the University community. We continue to carefully follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and county health departments.

WATCH HERE: Five things to know about COVID- 19

This information is particularly important for those of you who have recently traveled from or are planning a trip as we approach Spring Break (March 9-March 13, 2020), to areas where transmission of this virus has been documented.

In order to help you protect yourself, it is important for all members of the campus community to:

Recognize the symptoms of the illness:

          • Symptoms: Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

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Seek Care and Immediately Notify

          • Seek Care/Immediately Notify:  Any member of the Bethune-Cookman University community who has traveled from areas where transmission of the virus has been documented within the past 14 days and is experiencing symptoms such as those described above should immediately contact the  B-CU Campus Hotline at 1-800-781-9104  (Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week).
          • For Students:  Those who have not recently visited China or an affected region but are experiencing influenza-like illness, with fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should consider seeking medical attention for the possibility of the flu, especially if symptoms worsen. Please contact the Student Health Center at 386-481-2920 and identify yourself as having flu-like symptoms. Students may also consult with their regular health care provider and Urgent Care facilities. If overseas, traveling to unrestricted countries, please seek medical attention at the designated health facilities.
          • For Faculty and Staff:  Faculty and staff who experience flu-like symptoms should immediately contact their healthcare provider.

Prevention & Treatment

          • washhandsPrevention & Treatment:  According to the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID- 19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help avert the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
            • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
            • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
            • Stay home when you are sick.
            • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
            • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
            • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
            • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including  COVID- 19.
            • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
              • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Travel Restrictions

Watch Here

 

March 2, 2020

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