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- Biola’s Campus to Remain Closed Through at Least May 8
- March 20, 2020: How “Safer at Home” Affects Biola University
- March 19, 2020: Urgent Notice of New Move Out Date
- March 19, 2020: Remote Learning Resources Available to Students
- March 17, 2020: Presidential Update on Coronavirus
- March 15, 2020: Biola University Cancels Spring Competition, Team Activity
- March 14, 2020: Update on Housing Refund
- March 13, 2020: Message from President Corey
- March 12, 2020: Coronavirus Update on Classes
- March 12, 2020: Follow Up Email from Housing & Residence Life
- March 12, 2020: Biola University Suspends Play of Spring Competitions
- March 12, 2020: Biola Bound Cancellation Notice
- March 11, 2020: Update on the Coronavirus from President Corey
- March 11, 2020: Important Changes to Chapel Due to the Coronavirus
- March 10, 2020: Grandparents Day 2020 Canceled
- March 6, 2020: COVID-19 Update to Students
- Helpful External Resources
Updates and information about Biola University's continued preparedness, action and response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Below is a running log of updates and information about Biola University's response to COVID-19. The updates will be time stamped with the most recent appearing at the top.
If you have any questions, please call (562) 906-4501.
Biola’s Campus to Remain Closed Through at Least May 8
In light of President Trump’s announcement on March 29, encouraging social distancing across the country through April 30, Biola will be extending the date for employees to work from home to May 8. Hence, Biola’s campus will remain closed through at least May 8 to visitors and anyone other than approved essential employees and students who were approved to live on campus.
Biola’s Chief Human Resources Officer Dave Grant shared on an employee call on Friday, April 3 that employees will be asked to work remotely through the end of the semester — May 8. All employees will continue to be paid through May 8 including those employees who currently are unable to do their jobs remotely. While organizations cannot guarantee employment during this time of COVID-19, Biola’s leadership is doing all they can to preserve jobs at Biola.
March 20, 2020: How “Safer at Home” Affects Biola University
Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County officials announced a “Safer at Home” ordinance for all residents to stay at home starting today and running through April 19 in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Schools and colleges are exempt from this ordinance as they are considered essential businesses. In order to do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community, however, Biola will comply with the order and suspend all on-campus operations with the exception of those who are needed for essential on-campus tasks that cannot be conducted remotely. This will be effective 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2020 through at least April 19, 2020.
As local and state governments continue to respond rapidly to the virus, we continue to adjust our response efforts to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Each government announcement brings new challenges for our campus community. We appreciate your flexibility and continued commitment these past couple of weeks to care for the health and well-being of our entire community and our neighbors.
During the next month, Biola will operate remotely with a limited number of staff working on campus. These staff members are those who either 1) need to deliver remotely the quality education our students deserve who cannot do so off-campus or 2) need to be on campus to operate basic functions and support our students staying in university-owned housing.
Although not an exhaustive list and not all personnel delivering these services will necessarily need to be on campus, the following is a list of the services we currently anticipate needing to be performed on campus:
- Health Center services and corresponding support
- Student housing and food services with delivery only
- Facilities management at reduced levels
- Campus Safety personnel
- Custodial services at reduced levels to care for the limited number of students remaining on campus and focused on sanitizing common areas
- IT services associated with onsite support and remote learning
- Human Resources and the Finance Department at reduced levels
- Faculty who are unable, either due to technical issues or because of the nature of the course, must be on campus to deliver their courses remotely.
In an effort to help guide you through the foreseeable future, the following is a summary of decisions from Biola’s administration. We expect faculty, staff and students to comply with these emergency measures. They include:
- Residential students are to vacate campus by Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Only students who were approved to live on campus by the Housing and Residence Life department will be able to live on campus in the designated residence halls. Approved students are also permitted to utilize long-term parking.
- Biola’s campus will be closed through at least April 19. The gatehouse entrances at Biola Ave. and La Mirada Blvd. will be staffed 24/7, and the gate arms will be down. The gates at all other entrances to campus will be closed. Current students and employees will need to scan or show their Biola ID to enter campus. Visitors will need to check-in at a gatehouse prior to entering campus and will be strictly limited to guests of students residing on campus.
- Building access will be locked down. Academic and administrative buildings will be locked at all times and access will be limited to authorized individuals who need to access them for pre-approved work or study.
- All classes will be offered by remote delivery. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020 remote teaching and learning will resume and continue through the end of the spring semester. Professors will be communicating with their students about next week’s class schedule and expectations for the remainder of the semester.
- Do not come to campus if you have been asked to work remotely. Though some personnel assigned to the essential task functions noted earlier will likely need to continue coming to campus to work, we ask that they first seek approval from their supervisor.
We encourage you to visit Biola’s coronavirus website as updates are posted regularly and watch this video to learn more about misconceptions about COVID-19 from Biola’s Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science Danielle Walker. If you have further questions please contact the coronavirus hotline at (562) 906-4501.
Your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time is greatly appreciated as, together, we work to curb the spread of COVID-19.
March 19, 2020: Urgent Notice of New Move Out Date
In light of Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order for California residents to stay home, the Department of Campus Safety is strongly recommending that students who were not granted permission to remain on campus leave campus for home by 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Since this order will take effect tomorrow, Friday, March 20, we want to ensure students are able to get home safely as soon as possible.
Many of you have already moved out, but there are still nearly 800 students who remain on campus yet to check out. We are emailing all residential students so you can help spread the word that the deadline has moved up by a day.
If due to pre-arranged travel plans you are unable to leave on Saturday, we ask that you try to adjust your plans to leave as soon as possible. Many airlines are offering the opportunity to change flights at no additional cost.
Please complete the Express Check Out process by putting your key and Express Check Out sheet in a sealed envelope and leaving it under your RD’s office or at the Housing Services desk, and completing the final step form. It is critical that you fill out the Express Check Out Final Step form when you leave campus so that we can process your housing and meal plan costs and maintain an accurate headcount. If you have already left campus and didn’t complete the express check out, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We apologize for the inconvenience this change might cause you and your family. Unfortunately, the situation changes daily and we want to make sure students get home safely and quickly.
Vice President for Student Development
March 19, 2020: Remote Learning Resources Available to Students
Dear Biola students,
This is a different time for Biola and for you as you finish the remainder of the spring semester remotely. As you transition to remote delivery formats on Monday, March 23, 2020, departments across campus will be available to support you for the remainder of the semester. We want to share how Biola will support you through the next seven weeks.
Your success during this transition is our priority. We’ve put together a page on the coronavirus website that includes resources for remote learning to assist you during this time:
- Tips for Succeeding in Remote Learning
- A Feedback Process for Remote Learning
- Accessing the Library
- Rhetoric and Writing Center Resources
- Learning Center Support
- IT Support
- Accessing Student Financial Services and Financial Aid
- Academic Advising and Registration
- The Career Center
Our faculty and staff are still available to connect with you virtually. See this information to find out how to set up an online meeting or phone appointment with academic departments and services.
Continuing students are still required to complete academic advising in order to prepare for Fall 2020 registration, and will still need a PIN to register. Your academic advisor or program will be reaching out with more details!
Your overall well-being is most important to us during this time. If you are experiencing challenges financially, emotionally, physically or spiritually, there are resources to support you! Some examples include:
As we transition to remote learning formats, please remember that students are still expected to adhere to the Community Standards and the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policy. In this unique season, our hope is that whether you are on campus or hundreds of miles away, you will be empowered, transformed and thriving. We ask that you continue to commit to living with integrity, accepting responsibility for your actions and words, living in reconciled relationships, submitting to biblical instruction and walking with the Holy Spirit.
In the midst of all of this, we continue to keep the Biola community in prayer. We invite you to visit the coronavirus website for a list of prayers written by Campus Pastor Todd Pickett. Join us in praying for each other.
Vice President of Student Development
March 15, 2020: Biola University Cancels Spring Competition, Team Activity
Following new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and continued discussion with health officials and campus and department leadership, Biola University Athletics will cancel all remaining spring competition and team activity, effective immediately.
The school and PacWest Conference had announced previously a suspension to all athletic events through at least March 30. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress and expand, a full cancelation has been deemed most prudent.
This includes all team practices and strength training sessions, effective immediately.
“With the new recommendations from the CDC and health experts, we must use an abundance of precaution and cancel all athletics activities for the good of our students and our community,” said Dr. Bethany Miller, senior director of athletics. “This is heartbreaking, in particular for our spring season senior student-athletes, however, we are confident it is the right call.”
The PacWest Conference will have continued discussion on its official response to COVID-19 on Monday afternoon, but Biola is taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of its student-athletes, staff and extended community.
For more information on Biola’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, view Biola’s Coronavirus webpage. This provides information and resources available to Biola’s campus community.
March 14, 2020: Update on Housing Refund
Last evening you were notified that at this time, Biola is intending to keep residence halls and university-owned housing open for the remainder of the spring semester and that students have the option to remain on campus or return home. The communication last night also stated that there would be no refunds for housing although there would be prorated refunds for meal plans.
We have been receiving questions from students and parents about a housing refund. After considering the input from these groups, we have decided to provide a refund in compliance with our housing handbook. We will provide refunds in the form of a credit to the student’s account. The amount of the refund will be the prorated room rate minus applicable cancellation fees (e.g. equal to one month’s housing charges). The terms of cancellation are found online. At this point in the semester, the approximate range of the housing refund per student would be $340 - $550 after cancellation fees.
If you choose to return home, complete the “Plans For the Rest of Spring 2020” form by Thursday, March 19, 2020 and complete the Express Check Out process no later than 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the Check Out process, contact Housing & Residence Life at email@example.com.
For questions related to the Contract Cancellation policy, please contact Beth Braley in Auxiliary Services firstname.lastname@example.org, 562-944-0351, x5813.
Vice President for Student Development
March 13, 2020: Message from President Corey
March 12, 2020: Follow Up Email from Housing & Residence Life
As you learned in Provost Taylor’s email earlier this evening, classes will be suspended next week and moving to remote delivery formats as of March 23, 2020. While classes will not be meeting in person, Residence Halls and Apartments will remain open and services will be available through the remainder of the semester. We will continue to evaluate as events unfold; students can remain updated by visiting biola.edu/coronavirus.
At this time, we invite students who would like to head home to complete our Express Check Out process, detailed below. So that we can plan and provide sufficient support, we also ask that all students complete the “Plans for the Rest of Spring 2020” form communicating your plans via My Housing Self Service by Thursday, March 19, 2020. Residence Halls are not closing and your assignment will remain in effect through the rest of the year whether you choose to remain on campus or return home. In addition, all policies will remain in effect during this time.
If you plan to remain on campus, please be sure to complete the “Plans for the Rest of Spring 2020” form so we can know how to best support you through the remainder of the semester.
If you would like to check out early, please complete the Express Check Out process:
- Collect your Express Check Out packet from the front desk of your Residence Hall during RA duty hours, or from your Graduate Assistant if you live in the Apartments.
- Express Check Out packets will be available beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
- If you need to check out earlier than this, please contact your Resident Director or Graduate Assistant.
- Fill out all included forms and complete necessary cleaning to your residence.
- Drop your Express Check Out packet with forms, including your room key, in the designated location in your Residence Hall lobby.
- If you live in an apartment, you can drop your Express Check Out packet at the lock box located outside Student Services, or you can deliver your packet to the Housing Services desk during office hours.
- Students planning to check out need to complete their Express Check Out no later than 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020.
As a reminder, Housing Selection for Fall 2020 is underway. The Housing Selection process will proceed as scheduled; please watch your Biola email for updates regarding Apartment and Residence Hall Selection times.
We understand the significant impact the coronavirus situation has on you and the remainder of your Spring semester. We appreciate your patience and grace with us as we navigate these swiftly changing dynamics. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Resident Director, or email email@example.com.
Natalie Berger, M.A.
Director of Housing & Residence Life
Division of Student Development
March 12, 2020: Biola University Suspends Play of Spring Competitions
As announced at 1:15 p.m. today, the NCAA President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors announced that all winter and spring NCAA Championships have been canceled in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 via NCAA sporting events.
“Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,’ as stated in the official communication from the NCAA.
As a result of this decision, the PacWest Conference announced the suspension of all spring competitions through March 30. At that time the situation will be re-assessed.
Effective immediately, all sports at Biola University, regardless of conference affiliation, will suspend play of spring competitions. This includes non-conference and conference contests for all 16 programs. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
“The health and safety of our community of student-athletes and staff is our top priority,” said Dr. Bethany Miller, senior director of athletics. “Currently, we are working with officials at the PacWest Conference and NCAA to ensure that we can make the best of this unprecedented situation.”
For more information on Biola’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, view Biola’s Coronavirus webpage. This provides information and resources available to Biola’s campus community.
March 12, 2020: Biola Bound Cancellation Notice
Dear Biola Bound Registrants,
We are writing to inform you that in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and increased risk of contracting the virus through air travel, we have made the decision to cancel the Biola Bound events taking place March 14-17, 2020 and April 18-21, 2020.
We are sorry that you will not be able to visit our campus as you had planned. Campus visits are such an important step in your college selection process. However, yesterday the university announced new air travel restrictions for its employees that go into effect this coming Monday and will be in place through April. We do not feel it is appropriate to restrict our employee’s travel yet ask you to fly to Southern California for Biola Bound. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause, but believe it is in your best interest and the university.
We encourage you to contact your airline immediately and ask for a travel credit. Most airlines are waiving change fees and offering travel vouchers that can be used for a set period of time. We will also be working to refund your registration fee in the days to come.
Thank you again for your understanding. We are hopeful you will be able to come and visit our beautiful campus in the future when it is safer to travel. In the interim, be sure to visit our virtual tour online.
Please join us in praying for those directly impacted by the virus, and that God would protect and bring healing to our land.
Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing and Communications
March 10, 2020: Grandparents Day 2020 Canceled
March 10, 2020
Dear Biola grandparents,
It is with deep regret that we write to inform you that we are canceling Biola University’s Grandparents Day this Friday, March 13, 2020.
This was not an easy decision to make because we know how much you love and care for your student at Biola. However, as the university has monitored the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and the CDC’s strong recommendation that “older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips...” we determined it would be best to cancel the event altogether.
We have been wrestling with this decision the last few days as some grandparents have asked we not cancel it, and others have been surprised it was still scheduled. In the end, we do not want to put anyone at risk. And while there are no known cases of COVID-19 on Biola’s campus, we felt it was best to exercise an abundance of caution especially to our beloved Biola grandparents.
Some have asked if they can still come and visit their grandchild on campus. We are not restricting visitors to campus as it remains open to the public, but there will be no official programming for Grandparents Day.
In the coming days we will be in touch with you to refund your registration fee. All guests who were registered for the "meal option" will receive a full refund unless our families notify us otherwise. All registrations not refunded will be considered donations. Please allow 7-10 business days for refunds to be processed.
Again, we are deeply sorry for this news and trust you will understand our reasoning.
Thank you for supporting your grandchild at Biola! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lily Tsau, Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Stephanie Ramirez, Assistant Director of Parent Relations
March 6, 2020: COVID-19 Update to Students
(the following email was sent out to students on March 6, 2020)
As the news of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, increases and cases in L.A. County and neighboring counties multiply, the Office of Student Health Services and University Travel Safety & Risk Mitigation would like to provide the Biola community with information regarding Coronavirus in order to equip the community with tips and proactive measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated publicly that community spread of COVID-19 in the United States is likely to occur. On March 4, 2020, the County of Los Angeles declared a state of emergency and confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 in L.A. County, which has increased to 11 as of March 6. The state of emergency was not to cause alarm but was declared in an abundance of caution in order to enhance the county’s preparedness and increase support from the state and federal partners. There are currently no cases in the city of La Mirada and no cases at Biola University.
Preventive Health Measures
Whether you have been on campus this past week, or you have been away, here are some important tips for you to follow.
- Avoid handshakes. Use verbal greetings.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. An additional 22 hand sanitizers have been installed in residence halls, the gymnasium, Sutherland Auditorium and other high traffic buildings.
- Cover your cough with your sleeve, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects in your living areas and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant spray or wipe.
- Don’t share food or drinks.
- If you feel sick, stay home and rest.
Travel from Impacted Regions
If you are returning from international regions designated by the CDC as a Level 2 or 3 risk (i.e. Italy, Korea, China, Japan) you will need to complete a clearance process coordinated by the Student Health Center and the University Office of Travel Safety & Risk Mitigation. Please contact the university emergency line 24/7 at (562)777-4000 to initiate this process before returning to campus.
If you are returning from an impacted region from Washington state, have flu-like symptoms or questions, please contact the emergency line at (562)777-4000 before returning to campus.
If you are returning from international travel from other countries not heavily impacted by the COVID-19, pay attention to your health for 14 days after returning to the U.S. If you get sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, stay home and seek medical advice by the emergency line at (562)777-4000 or your personal physician.
Campus Preparedness Plan
Over the past two months, the university’s Emergency Management Team (EMT) has developed a proactive university-wide plan to address issues related to COVID-19. The plan includes area-specific preparedness and response procedures and the purchase of essential supplies. If the spread of COVID-19 increases in LA County, the ERT will assess if large events on campus will need to be rescheduled or cancelled. Summer international mission trips are being assessed in partnership with SMU leadership and decisions about whether to cancel or redirect trips to other locations will be made by early April.
Our commitment is to support the Biola community through this rapidly evolving global health situation, and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available and if things change. We have a dedicated website that will be updated as soon as we have new information. If you have any questions, please call (562) 906-4501.
Join us in continuing to pray for the areas and individuals impacted by COVID-19.
Director, Student Health Services
Chief John Ojeisekhoba
University Emergency Preparedness
Office of University Travel Safety & Risk Mitigation
Helpful External Resources
- For more information California’s response to COVID-19, visit the CDPH website.
- Track the coronavirus COVID-19 global cases by region.
- Steps to Prevent Illness
- NCAA Cancels Remaining Winter and Spring Championships
- "Coping and caring for oneself during the COVID-19 outbreak for Pastors and Christian Leaders" — Contributor, David C. Wang, Th.M., Ph.D., associate professor at Biola University's Rosemead School of Psychology.