BJU is actively monitoring the expansion of COVID-19. Campus is not open for visitors, but virtual visits are available.
Latest 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
Dear BJU Community,
I am so thankful for the prayers and support of our BJU community as we navigate the COVID-19 concerns and seek to make the best possible decisions for our students and families as well as the University as a whole.
In making decisions about how we respond to coronavirus, I have two primary goals—to protect the health and well-being of our campus family and enable each student to finish the academic semester successfully.
Here are key steps we have taken to date:
- On campus classes are suspended, and beginning March 30, we will deliver classes online for the remainder of the semester.
- Spring break remains on the schedule for this week, but students will not return to campus when it ends March 29.
- Chapel will continue via livestream Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
- All students have departed campus, and the residence halls are empty.
- A number of Greenville-area families opened their homes to international students who need additional time to make travel arrangements, and we are most grateful. BJU is assisting these students as necessary.
- Room and Board has been prorated for residence hall students and will be credited to their account; it can also be used to reduce the cost of summer online courses.
- Campus offices remain open and operational departments are functioning as normal. However, employees who can perform their work remotely from home are doing so until further notice.
- On-campus events are cancelled through May 1.
- University-sponsored international summer mission teams and internships have been cancelled.
- Study Abroad trips to Italy, Israel and Portugal have been cancelled. Decisions regarding other Study Abroad trips scheduled for later in the summer will be made shortly.
As our students—some of them for the first time—are preparing to finish their courses online, I am especially grateful to faculty and staff who have banded together to support a revised teaching and learning environment.
Faculty have adjusted syllabi and capstone projects and are preparing to teach from their offices and homes. Staff are providing resources and assistance to ensure both faculty and students are equipped technically for online learning.
I covet the prayers of our university community for faculty as they maintain the high quality of a BJU education the next few weeks and for students that they will adapt quickly to the change in their learning environment and finish the semester strong.
This change in the semester schedule that happened so unexpectedly has been difficult for our students, especially seniors. They have had to say good-bye to friends, faculty and staff before they were prepared to do so. Their campus activities have come to an abrupt end, and for many, summer plans have changed as mission trips and some Study Abroad programs have been cancelled.
A major question still to be answered is whether we will hold Commencement. Seniors and graduate students have worked diligently for years and have looked forward to celebrating their graduation with their families and friends. Right now, we are holding off on a final decision as we monitor the COVID-19 conditions. If possible, we would like to hold the ceremony for our 2020 graduates, either in May or later. We will communicate our plan as soon as a decision is finalized.
I will communicate with students and the university community frequently through the end of the semester. In addition to livestream chapels Monday and Wednesday, I will issue a short daily devotional video Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; continue my Highest Potential podcasts on Tuesdays; and issue other video communications several times a week. These will be available on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. BJU.edu also will feature daily updates and news.
As we continue through this time of uncertainty, let us rest in the ability of our omnipotent and omniscient God—who knows the end from the beginning—to strengthen and protect us. I challenge our BJU community to gain strength from the Word and live in a way that reflects our dependence on Him and our love for others.
Psalm 91:2 “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
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 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
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. There are no students, faculty or staff who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Yes. Classes on campus ended March 13. Beginning Monday, March 30, all classes will be delivered online through the end of the semester.
Spring break will be held March 21–29. Beginning Monday, March 30, all classes will be delivered online through the end of the semester.
Yes, events scheduled on campus until May 1 have been cancelled. Decisions regarding events in May, including graduation, and during the summer will be made in the next few weeks.
Yes, BJU has suspended all University-sponsored and hosted international travel through May 1, and domestic travel until further notice.
Tours planned to the Holy Land (May 12–26) and Europe (May 25–June 13) are canceled. Study abroad trips to Italy (May 12–28) and Israel (May 15–28) are canceled. Mission trips to New York City (May 9-19), Portland, Oregon (May 12–20) and Tanzania (May 21–30) are also canceled.
Trips planned to Southeast Asia (May 12–June 8) and Bogota, Colombia (May 23–June 6) are currently scheduled to take place as planned.
Not completely. Many employees who have duties that can be performed remotely will work from home until further notice. Bob Jones Academy, including the Child Development Center and Day Camp, will not operate through March 31. Our main priority is to keep our students and employees healthy.
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.
Any employee planning to return to campus after traveling outside the Greenville area is to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. Should they or a member of their family show symptoms of coronavirus, the 14 days are extended to 21 days or until the person tests negative.
Yes. BJU has calculated the amount of credit a student see on their school bill as follows:
- The proration is based on the number of days between Monday, March 30 and Friday, May 8 (41) divided by the total days in the semester (109), excluding the week of spring break. This results in 37.6% of room and board charges eligible for credit.
- The 37.6% is applied to the total room and board charge that was applied on the December bill.
- This amount is reduced by $300 that covers actual costs in the first half of the semester for Bruins Bucks and seasonality of utility costs.
- There will be no proration of the tuition charge as BJU will continue to provide academic teaching and students will receive full academic credit through the end of semester.
|Undergraduate room and board amount applied to December bill||$3,790|
|Percentage of days eligible for credit||37.6%|
|Less: Bruins Bucks and utility costs||$300|
|Amount of credit||$1,125.04|
The school bill that is due on April 5, 2020, will show the above calculated amount as a credit.
A student’s credit will be applied as follows:
- If a student has any unpaid balance, the credit will be applied to that balance; it also can be used to reduce the cost of summer online classes.
- If a student will be a returning student, the credit will be applied to the fall 2020 semester unless the student contacts BJU for a refund.
- If a student is not returning, they should contact Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (864) 546-4525 to request a refund which will be processed and given by electronic check.
The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has the most up-to-date information. Bob Jones University is working closely with government agencies, including the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the university president has assembled a task force to work through the issue for the duration of the situation.
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.
- Currently, the CDC is not recommending people wear masks to prevent acquiring the disease.
Last update: March 25