Review the frequently asked questions below to find more information about Biola University's response to the coronavirus health crisis.
Will classes be canceled? Or taught online?
We will transition to remote delivery formats for all “in person” classes for the remainder of the semester effective Monday, March 23, 2020.
Will Biola cancel any of their large events?
All events through the end of the spring semester have been canceled in the interest of public safety.
Will Biola refund housing costs to students who choose to return home?
Yes, Biola will fully credit student accounts for housing and meals on a prorated basis, for those students moving home. This supersedes previous communication regarding housing cancellation costs.
Has Biola Youth Theatre closed?
Biola Youth Theatre rehearsals for both the production of Annie as well as the spring fundraiser have been suspended until the week of April 6, with the earliest possible rehearsal on April 6 for some. These steps must be taken in order to safeguard the public health and that of our families. Families will be updated prior to April 6 as the situation continues to be assessed and monitored. The BYT staff will be meeting the week of March 16 to discuss options and resources that the current cast of Annie, as well as our fundraiser cast, can use to prepare individually in their own homes. More information will be emailed to students and families.
Will classes still continue?
Classes will resume the week of March 23 remotely and continue through the rest of the spring semester.
Will Spring Commencement take place?
Spring Commencement scheduled to take place May 8-9 will be postponed with more information coming as contingency decisions are made. This honors the input of graduating students whose feedback we solicited.
Will study abroad students be asked to return home?
All students enrolled in study abroad programs have returned home.
What do I do if I have a student or floormate who is sick?
Students should contact the Health Center at (562) 903-4841, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. After hours, please contact the 24/7 coronavirus hotline at (562) 906-4501. If a student or floormate is sick, Student Development will work with the student to make housing accommodations for either the sick student or the healthy student.
Is Biola prepared with supplies and equipment to respond to the coronavirus?
Biola University has a comprehensive response plan in place and the university has resources such as emergency food, water, and medical supplies available in the event that they become necessary.
What is Biola’s sanitization process? What sanitization procedures have food services implemented?
The custodial team at Biola has been extra diligent in disinfecting areas on campus where there is a likelihood of germ spread such as service counters, conference tables, classroom desks and door handles. They have increased their sanitization efforts in order to assist with reducing the chance of COVID-19 transmission.
Bon Appetit is taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by contact surfaces. Bon Appetit employees are being trained to sanitize customer contact surfaces every 30 minutes in the Café on the hour and a half hour.
Will there be any on-campus housing or will residence halls be closed to all students?
Students are being asked to move out by Sunday, March 22 by 5 p.m. Students should complete the Express Check Out process as previously outlined; check out sheets and envelopes can be found at Residence Hall front desks and Housing Services. Students who believe they need to stay on campus and continue meals here due to extenuating circumstances will need to fill out this form Request to Stay by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5 p.m. in order to plan accordingly.
Can students leave their vehicles on campus?
Yes, students can leave their vehicles on campus, but they will be asked to park their vehicle in a certain parking lot and they must submit a liability waiver form and a spare key to the Campus Safety Administrative Office before leaving. They are asked to not leave any personal belongings inside their vehicle and use a steering wheel lock if they have one.
Can students leave their bicycles on campus?
Bicycles should be removed from campus and taken home if at all possible. Bicycles that are unable to be removed from campus should be secured to a bike rack with a U-lock through the frame of the bike.
Have any students been quarantined for COVID-19?
At this time, Biola has no cases of COVID-19 on campus and the campus is at low risk. Any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms and has recently traveled from countries designated by the CDC as Level 2 or 3 travel risk for coronavirus are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days. In addition, any student who returned from spring break travel from the impacted regions in Washington state and were experiencing flu-like symptoms were asked to self-isolate until 24 hours after the resolution of symptoms. This is a precautionary measure in order to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
How do you know that people coming to campus don’t have COVID-19?
At this time, the campus will be closed to outside visitors effective March 23 through at least April 3 with the possible exception of certain vendors and contractors. The university will no longer host in-person visits to campus, but instead campus visits will be managed virtually or by phone. This visitor restriction timeframe will be evaluated on a regular basis.
How are students tested for COVID-19?
Biola’s Health Center has testing kits now from our commercial lab Quest Diagnostics. According to LADPH’s guidelines, testing is available for individuals who exhibit cough or fever and have had a known exposure to COVID-19.
Will students be required to move out of housing?
Students are being asked to move out of Residence Halls and university-owned apartments as soon as possible but no later than Sunday, March 22. Students with extenuating circumstances are required to fill out a Request to Stay form, should they choose to stay on campus. We believe this is in students’ best interest as President Trump has hinted at restricting travel to and from California. We don’t know how federal and state regulations might ramp up in the coming days.
Where will students be isolated if they have flu-like symptoms?
Students living locally are instructed to self-isolate at home. Arrangements will be made for students unable to return home to be isolated away from other members of the community.
What is your clearance process for Biola community members who have traveled to impacted areas?
Students and employees returning from impacted regions are instructed to call the 24/7 coronavirus hotline at (562) 906-4501. Based on their location, duration or travel, whether they have symptoms and any other relevant factors they will be given instructions on whether or not they can return to campus, monitoring symptoms or the need to self-isolate. Those who have no symptoms or have not been in contact with someone with COVID-19 will be cleared to return to class or work. At this time, Biola has no cases of COVID-19 and the campus is at low risk.