COVID-19 Information and Q&A

We are planning to return to our normal, face-to-face teaching format for the Fall 2021 Semester.

What does this mean for students in the fall?
  • We expect all Bethany students to return to campus for face-to-face instruction, once again, in the classroom.
  • While all classes will be offered on campus and in person, we do understand there will be some occasions when recorded lectures and class meetings will be needed. In those instances, professors will have the ability to record lessons.
  • Students will have the opportunity to review recorded lectures and class meetings in the event of absences due to illness, approved school sponsored activity participation, or other approved extenuating circumstances. This option is not an alternative in person learning, and absences will be given for those students who are not present in class.
Bethany will also consider utilizing measures to accommodate students who experience extremely rare instances where remote learning is a necessity. Individual requests from students to use online learning will be reviewed by a panel at Bethany, and will only be considered for those who absolutely cannot return to Mankato in August. If you believe your personal situation will prevent you from being on campus, you may apply to take your classes exclusively online. Such instances will include the following scenarios:
  • The inability to obtain necessary travel documents to return to the United States
  • Military service
Please contact Bethany Registrar Sergio Salgado to learn more about applying for an online exemption. This should be done as soon as possible and no later than Friday, July 23, 2021. All decisions granting exceptions for online learning will be made no later than Friday July 30, 2021. While we are relatively certain campus housing will also return to normal, we will be monitoring guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC.

Updated June 14, 2021

Campus Emergency & Closure Notifications

The Bethany Lutheran College messaging system is a key component of the college’s emergency notification program. In the event of a campus emergency or closure, the College will send notifications through a number of communication channels including text, voice, and email messaging.