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Coronavirus Updates

Update — July 2


BJU is actively monitoring the expansion of COVID-19.

Find updates, resources for students and other related stories at today.bju.edu.

BJU’s COVID-19 Student Emergency Grant provides one-time financial gifts to students who have faced financial hardship due to COVID-19 that affects their ability to return for the fall semester.

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Update — May 29

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Update — May 27

President Pettit shares changes to the fall semester including students arriving on campus on Aug. 14–15, classes starting on Aug. 18 and students not returning after Thanksgiving Break.


Past updates may not reflect current or correct information.

Update — May 8

BJU will open for in-person classes in late August. New students will arrive for residence hall move-in and orientation on Friday, August 21. Classes will begin Wednesday, Aug. 26. Our 2020 commencement will be held on Aug 29. Read more

Update — April 30

All entrances to campus are now open as well as outdoor athletic facilities, Bellis Copy Center and the Cleaners.

Update — April 14

BJU launches COVID-19 Emergency Grant campaign for students. This $5 million campaign will help provide COVID-19 emergency relief grants to incoming and returning students this fall. Read more and be a part.

Update — March 25

Our Commencement scheduled for May 8 is postponed. We would still like to have it in the future, but for now, we are holding off setting a specific date.

Update — March 23

From the President

Update — March 20

As of 7 p.m. March 20, access to campus will be through the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance only. Visitors are asked to check in at this main entrance. Additionally, access to all buildings for students, faculty and staff will be by electronic access through your BJU ID card.

Update — March 15

For BJU Employees

As we respond to Gov. McMasters’ directives this afternoon to close all South Carolina schools—including universities—through March 31, our primary priority is to keep our employees and those who live with them healthy. Faculty, staff and GAs should check their email for details on working, taking leave or working from home.

Starting tomorrow morning—Monday, March 16—CDC and day camp services will not be available through March 31.

We’re thankful we have had no diagnosed cases on campus. We encourage employees to follow all CDC guidelines and call the Employee Health Hotline for advice as necessary. Let’s be in much prayer for each other as we navigate through this situation.

Updates — March 12

Classes

  • Classes on campus ended Friday, March 13
  • No classes March 16–20
  • Spring Break is still March 23–27
  • Classes will resume through online delivery March 30

Events

  • All on campus events cancelled until May 1
  • Living Gallery is cancelled (April 9-11)
  • Decisions regarding events in May, including graduation, will be made in the next few weeks.

Ticketholders will be contacted by the box office about refunds


Updates and clarifications will be added as available. More details available via email. Info on courses and student support is available on the Intranet.



Recommendations

We are urging the university community to take preventive actions to protect themselves and others.

  • No one should come on campus if they or someone in their household have symptoms (cough, fever, or difficulty breathing).
  • BJU employees should not come to work if they or someone in their household have symptoms, or if they or someone in their household are at high risk due to age or other health factors.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

Last update: July 2