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Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to answer any questions you have. Please be sure to review our frequently asked questions and answers below for additional details. We cover topics such as:

 

Why Choose Biola?

Why choose Biola fully remote over another school?

Like our students, we are disappointed to not be in-person on campus together this fall. However, we are ready to welcome students to a new digital experience of a Biola education. The core strengths of Biola’s excellent education will be available in new ways as we provide the same services students enjoy on campus in a new format: Biola at Home. 

Biola at Home will be a community virtual experience, together. Students will still benefit from Biola’s academically excellent, biblically centered education from their own homes. The faculty interaction, small class sizes and faith integration that make a Biola education distinct will still be available to students virtually.

How will Biola provide community if we’re remote?

Community is comprised of people who connect whether in-person, over the phone, virtually or online. Now more than ever we understand the importance of human connection and community. People are actively connecting with others in new and innovative ways. Being remote in the fall is not going to stop connection from occurring between friends, classmates, professors, staff, etc. We need each other and we will be with each other virtually.

Virtual communities are wonderful because they level space and time. It is possible to connect with individuals across time zones. You can connect to individuals on the other side of the world and learn more about their world and families. This is an opportunity to be a part of each other’s worlds, virtually. Just because most of Biola will be connecting virtually in the fall doesn't mean that we can’t and won’t create deep connections with other people within the Biola community. Biola will help foster community through virtual events and creative online interactions.

What incentives are there to do Biola remotely?

Beyond the normal benefits of a Biola education, students who enroll and attend Biola full-time or part-time in the fall will receive a COVID-19 Tuition Relief Grant. The grant cannot be transferred to the spring semester.

Does Biola have to follow state and county guidelines?

The university is required to comply with state and county orders. Violation of or failure to comply with an order could result in a fine assessed against the university. State and county guidelines are recommended actions to take. The university seeks to follow and implement state and county guidelines unless it has been determined that the guideline is not applicable.

Why are other colleges in California opening up while Biola remains closed?

Some colleges in California have reopened on-campus housing while continuing to offer classes remotely. Few colleges have reopened campus for living and learning in person. Biola has not been able to offer either of these options due to being located in Los Angeles County, where local and state guidance has not allowed for colleges to reopen. Colleges that have been able to offer these options are located in counties other than Los Angeles County and have lower case loads or have entered the appropriate California state tier in order to reopen. Los Angeles county's decision for colleges and universities has been driven by local health trends, transmission rates among college-aged adults and hospitalization. Colleges who have reopened in the county and not following the county’s legally binding health orders are doing so in direct violation of county guidelines and will be audited in the coming weeks on their compliance to the county orders, facing possible fines or immediate closure of their campus. Biola continues to advocate at the county and state level for colleges and universities to reopen.

What number should students or families call if they have questions about Biola’s changes to the fall semester?

Students and families are encouraged to call the main Biola line at 562-903-6000 and they will be directed to the fall support team, who can help serve them. The support team will answer as many questions as they are able and will transfer students or families to other Biola teams if they are unable to answer a specific question.

What is the value of a remote Biola education versus taking remote or online courses at a community college?

The value of a remote Biola education in comparison to a community college mirrors the original reasons a student chooses to attend Biola in the first place. Through Biola at Home this fall, students will have the same access and opportunity to connect with faculty on a personal level, learn alongside fellow believers, experience their discipline integrated with their faith and be prepared to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ through their life and career.

Biola’s biblically centered and academically excellent education will not be compromised through remote learning this fall. Significant aspects of Biola — such as smaller class sizes, faculty who are leaders in their disciplines, and the opportunity for students to grow in their spiritual journey whether through class, chapel or mentorship — are still available to students. During this global crisis, the Biola community will continue to be available for our students, just in a different way. The faith community that Biola provides does not just exist in person — it exists and will continue because of the faculty, staff and students who make up Biola.


Academics

How will online learning/courses be different this fall than the experience in the spring? How are faculty preparing to move their classes to remote/online?

We are deeply committed to delivering excellence in education, grounded in biblical truth. Biola’s learning experience will differ greatly from the spring. We have been preparing our courses for online and remote delivery throughout the summer months. Technology has been added across the university that will allow for better live streaming of class lectures and the ability to enhance academic dialogue in the virtual classroom. 

Students will be able to access Biola’s unique brand of biblically centered education in a new robust format expertly crafted by faculty. Academic deans will be working with full-time faculty and adjunct professors from their schools to ensure that those who are new to teaching online complete new training to ensure a high-quality delivery of education.

Most faculty will use Zoom for streaming their classes in addition to other tools/resources. The classes will be live streamed at the scheduled time of the course with the exception of a few courses that may have been deemed as being moved to fully online, asynchronous.

How is Biola ensuring a great learning experience for students?

Students will be given multiple opportunities throughout the fall semester to evaluate their remote learning experience in order to provide feedback so that faculty can make necessary adjustments to their students’ experience.

Will Biola reopen campus during the fall semester if circumstances change?

When granted reopening permissions by government guidelines — and consistent with Biola’s high level of educational and safety standards — we will reassess when and how to welcome students to return for on-campus learning and living in the fall semester.

However, we will not reopen our campus for on-campus learning and living if this occurs after October 1.

If a student gets sick (COVID, etc.), do they need to drop out of Biola or take an incomplete?

The Health Center in partnership with the Learning Center will work with students who get sick to create an academic plan that is in the best interest for the student.

What resources/staff/faculty/offices/services will be available for students?

All resources will continue to be available to students in a remote format. Biola students will have more access to student services than ever before due to the flexibility remote learning provides. Increased availability of counselors and advisers will ensure all students can access all the resources Biola provides to students.

Will credit/no-credit coursework be allowed?

Credit/no-credit coursework has limited benefit to our students. In the spring, this option was available because our students had to pivot quickly. The adjustment to grading was in an effort to assist students who suffered academically due to the sudden change. In the fall semester, courses were designed with a remote learning option so that students will know what is expected of them in the new learning environment from the beginning of the semester.

Will my class schedule change?

Class schedules will primarily remain the same with most courses taught live remotely with the highest possible instructional quality and student experience. Faculty will make accommodations (e.g. recording the lecture to be viewed at a later time) for students in different time zones that make it difficult for their students to attend the class at the scheduled time.

How will this impact students who are planning to graduate in the fall, but the courses they need to take are not available remotely?

We are working to identify which courses will not be available remotely and how it will impact our graduating seniors. We will work with them to adjust their schedules.

Who should students contact about schedule changes depending on the new criteria or availability of courses? Faculty or other advisor?

Incoming traditional undergraduate students should contact Academic Advising. Continuing students and incoming graduate students should contact their academic department administrators or their faculty/staff advisor in their academic program. For students in fully online undergraduate programs, contact a Success Coach by emailing student.success@biola.edu.

How will this impact students in applied majors that are not allowed to be on campus?

Personalized communication will be sent to students impacted by classes that are not available remotely in the fall.

What is the criteria for students who will be allowed to continue to study on campus?

Current government guidelines allow for limited exemptions to be on campus beginning the fall semester, based on students who are being educated to support the essential healthcare infrastructure. There might be other programs that apply to this criteria. However, we have received confirmation and are confident that clinical nursing, psychology doctoral students, master’s in speech pathology, and undergraduate seniors enrolled in clinical practicum in the communication sciences and disorders program qualify for this exemption.

Students from the programs listed above will be allowed to take classes on campus in the fall semester. These are the only groups of students allowed to learn and live on campus other than those who are already living on campus and student athletes. The county has declined the request to allow students with extenuating circumstances to live on campus other than those who are already living on campus or are homeless or have unsafe home environments. Students in the master’s in marriage and family therapy degree are not included in the exemption.

Can students who are allowed to study on campus “opt out” and attend classes remotely?

A student in an approved program to live and learn on campus who wants to opt out of on-campus classes should connect with their academic advisor to pursue alternative class options. Labs, practicums and courses with in-class instruction were deemed essential and will not necessarily be provided remotely.

Accommodations can possibly be made for students who need to take a class remotely due to health conditions or not being able to return to the United States (e.g. international students). Accommodations will also be made for students with diagnosed conditions that put them at high risk and prevent them from being able to be physically present. Students who want to request for an accommodation due to health conditions should contact the Learning Center.

What is happening with study abroad programs? 

Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the difficult decision to suspend almost all study abroad programs for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. One of our primary program providers, BestSemester has announced that they will not run the majority of their programs for the duration of the 2020-21 academic year and the Biola London program is a fall-only program, therefore student options were already limited significantly. We plan to pursue robust Study Tour offerings for Summer 2021 in an effort to provide global learning opportunities for students as soon as possible, so long as health and safety can be ensured.

    Will students still be charged class fees even though classes are remote?

    Class fees will be partially refunded based on the reduction in costs associated with courses being delivered remotely. Software and supplies are being purchased now and once the costs have been finalized the lab fee refund for each course can be determined.

    GRADUATE PROGRAMS: Will any graduate programs be on campus?

    Two graduate programs that fall under the special exemptions will be on campus: the psychology doctoral program and master’s in speech pathology program. All other graduate programs will be taught remotely. The deans from the graduate programs are confident that graduate education will not be compromised during the remote learning experience.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Will going remote affect my international student visa status?

    If you are currently in the United States and were in active SEVIS status as of March 9, 2020 the transition to remote learning for the fall semester will not impact your visa status. You may maintain a fully active/legal status in the United States by enrolling in full-time load of online/remote courses.

    If you are a new international student currently outside of the United States, you may defer your initial on-campus start date to January 11, 2021 and can begin your fall semester studies online outside of the United States.

    How will fieldwork be accomplished for School of Education majors in fall 2020?

    • In-person fieldwork will be replaced with virtual fieldwork (videos, films, online teaching, online tutoring, etc.) until both the field setting has been deemed safe by authorities and the university student feels safe to go out to an assigned K-12 school campus. Details will vary by region and by the personal health of each student.
    • Alternative field assignments will be in place during the duration of COVID-19 with careful oversight from your directors and chairs in the School of Education, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, health authorities, and Biola University administration.
    • Contact your academic adviser for more information on field placement alternatives.

    Access to Campus

    Will students have a choice in being on campus? Is there an option to request a waiver to be on campus?

    Only a limited number of students who fall within the government guidelines based on the special nature of their program, student athletes engaged in intercollegiate sports, and students who either have an unsafe home environment or who are homeless are eligible to live on campus. Students who are currently living on campus based on earlier exemptions are allowed to remain as well. Students who fit these categories are encouraged to fill out the “Request to Live on Campus” form, found on MyHousing Self Service, by 6 p.m. Thursday, August 20. Those students will be informed by 12 p.m. Saturday, August 22 if their request has been approved or not. If you have already been approved for an exception to live on campus, you do not need to complete any additional steps.

    How do students access and retrieve their cars and bikes which have been left on campus since as early as March?

    Students who left their cars and bikes on campus should coordinate with Campus Safety regarding their visit and retrieval.


    Freshmen and Incoming Students

    What will student orientation look like this fall for those students who will be taking all their classes remotely?

    New Student Orientation has already been adapted to take place primarily online, via a series of interactive and self-paced Canvas modules. These modules have been carefully crafted to be both informative and engaging, and they address everything students need to know and do in order to successfully transition into life at Biola. In addition, we are planning a few community events as well as fun interactive connection points for remote participation scheduled for August 29. More details will be available soon on the New Student Orientation website.

    I’m a new incoming student. What can I expect in terms of support this semester?

    We are making plans to provide each incoming undergraduate student with opportunities for individualized coaching and peer mentoring. You will also have an assigned faculty/staff advisor and have continued opportunities for faculty mentoring and community engagement.


    Student Jobs

    Will Biola still offer campus employment for the fall semester? Will they be on-campus or remotely?

    There will be student jobs remotely available for the fall semester. If you have already been hired for the fall semester, connect with your supervisor. Please visit Biola's Handshake to view the available student jobs. 

    Are international students able to qualify for Biola jobs?

    Yes, if they work within California. International students, in the U.S., on F-1 Visas, will need to work within California to fulfill their visa requirements. However, international students, outside the U.S., may be hired through nextSource as temporary employees.

    Will students participating in Federal Work Study be able to work a Biola job outside of California?

    If the student working out of state must be hired by nextSource because it is not legally feasible for Biola to do so, the student will not be eligible for Federal Work Study.

    Are out-of-state students able to qualify for Biola jobs?

    Yes. Biola has contracted with a third party staffing solution, nextSource, in order to hire student employees who work outside California in the event is not legally feasible for Biola to employ the student.


    Finances

    Will tuition be reduced for fall 2020? If so, how will it impact financial aid?

    We know how difficult COVID-19 has been for so many. Some students have not been able to work this summer, or their families had to tighten their belts financially, or it’s just been a long season of hardships. To help a bit with these challenges, we are providing our students with a relief grant (with some exceptions for those students whose tuition is already covered or will be fully covered by institutional aid and/or other tuition-based scholarships). Biola is offering a COVID-19 Tuition Relief Grant to students regardless of FAFSA filing. Full-time traditional undergraduate students will receive a $2,000 grant. There will be some exceptions for students already receiving full scholarships or tuition waivers or those who, by receiving the grant, would receive aid over the cost of tuition. Also, if students take less than a full-time load they will receive a prorated grant..

    Full-time graduate students at the master’s level will receive a $450 grant, and doctoral students will receive a $300 grant. If graduate students are taking less than a full-time load (9 credits for master’s and 6 credits for doctoral), they’ll receive a prorated amount.

    Similarly, fully online bachelor’s students will receive a grant of $450 based on a full-time load (12 credits). If students take less than 12 credits, their grant will be prorated.

    In most cases, the COVID-19 Tuition Relief grant will be in addition to the financial aid package students have received. They don’t have to pay this back. It’s not a loan. And students will not lose the grant if they come back to campus. It’s meant to be a way of encouraging students, and standing with them in the hardships the pandemic has caused.

    Information on the COVID-19 Tuition Relief Grant can be found on Biola’s website. Student accounts will be updated within 7-14 days to reflect the Biola Covid-19 relief grant. If your total institutional aid for the fall exceeds your institutional charges, institutional aid may be reduced. If you are receiving military benefits, this may impact your eligibility for some of those benefits.

    Program
    Full-Time Grant Amount for Fall Semester
    Traditional Undergraduate$2,000
    Online Bachelor’s$450
    Master's$450
    Teacher Certification$450
    Doctoral$300

    Will the Biola COVID-19 Tuition Relief Grant affect my eligibility for Pell or Cal Grant?

    The relief grant can be added to your existing aid. Because other types of aid such as federal aid must be reviewed during this process, there may be a period of time when the aid reflected on your student account is not accurate. If your aid does not appear to be accurate, please check your account again after you receive notification that your aid has been adjusted. 

    There may be adjustments to some student’s federal loan eligibility and/or Federal Work Study eligibility after the grant is added. These adjustments will be made in accordance with federal rules. If your total institutional aid for the fall exceeds your institutional charges, institutional aid may be reduced. If you are receiving military benefits, this may impact your eligibility for some of those benefits. The Office of Financial Aid plans to have all adjustments completed by August 12.

    Will there be other institutional grants or aid for students who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19?

    Yes. Any student can apply for additional aid for traditional undergraduate students from the Hope in Crisis Fund, which was funded by Biola’s donors. Students can apply by completing the COVID-19 Financial Impact Questionnaire

    Funds are limited, therefore students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. There is some discretionary aid for graduate students and online bachelor’s students. Students are encouraged to connect with financial aid to discuss their options.


    Student Life

    Will students still have the opportunity to participate in activities normally offered on campus?

    Student Development staff and student leaders are working together to adapt many of our in-person events to be held online. We are also creating new online and remote interactive opportunities to support student community building and sense of belonging. Events will include chapels, student-led club activities, new remote fitness and esports competitions, small groups based on shared interest and identity, and other engaging opportunities.

    Will chapels be required during the fall semester? How will students participate in chapels remotely during the fall semester?

    Chapels and pastoral care will continue during the fall semester as they have for 112 years, just in a new format. This summer, Biola’s Spiritual Development teams have been refining capabilities to deliver chapels remotely by engaging more than 200 students in a series of online pilot chapels, looping their feedback into improvements. Weekly chapels have always been a central part of Biola University’s education and community life and that won’t change in the fall. We will offer various online chapels through Canvas, and they will be available for limited periods of time.

    In sensitivity to “Zoom fatigue,” each student will be provided 6 extra credits. In other words, full-time students will need to attend 14 chapels, which averages to one per week. The conference credit requirement will be waived for this semester, and Torrey Conference programming will be integrated into chapel offerings.

    Pastoral care has always been available to Biola students as they identify the particular ways God is inviting them to cooperate with him in their growth, maturity, and intimacy with him. Appointments for pastoral care will continue to be available online and staff will be ready to serve students remotely.

    What will “community” look like for the select students who are living on campus? Chapel?

    Students living on campus will be invited to participate in all online and remote programming being planned for the entire student population. In addition, we will provide a few socially distanced in-person connection points for on campus students to meet and interact with Student Development staff and each other. More information to come.


    Health

    What services will be available at the Health Center this fall?

    We will still be open for our regular services to students who are local. We will also have virtual drop-in appointments with behavioral health consultants (mental health), psychiatry telehealth and a flu vaccine clinic.

    In regards to COVID-19 testing and tracing, how will people be notified of someone who is infected?

    Close contacts of students who are positive for COVID-19 will be notified of potential exposure as well as further medical and quarantine instructions, by the Student Health Center. Notification processes are confidential and the name of the COVID-19 case will not be disclosed. Enrolled students can access the Student Health Center for evaluation, testing, and treatment over the course of the semester.

    Will students learning and living on campus be expected to have their temperature checked?

    Temperature checks may be initiated in strategic campus locations. It will be important to have collective cooperation with the following preventative measures to keep our campus safe: 

    • Stay home when you are sick, do not go to class or work
    • Routinely wash your hands
    • Keep physical distancing of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
    • Wear a cloth face covering while out and about on campus
    • Routinely sanitize high touch surface areas in your living quarters

    Please be mindful of these practices when you are off campus as well.

    Will I need to get health insurance if I’m fully remote and not living on campus?

    • Domestic students attending on campus classes of seven credits or more need to show proof of insurance or purchase insurance through Biola. If you have already enrolled in the student health insurance plan for fall 2020 and plan to study remotely for the entire semester, you can contact the Health Center at health.center@biola.edu to cancel and receive a credit.
    • International students must still purchase or provide details of health insurance if they are living in the United States. If they will be outside the U.S., they can contact the Health Center and they will help them complete their task or process their coverage termination and refund.

    Housing

    Will students be able to live on-campus for the fall semester? Some students don’t have an alternative place to live.

    Biola will not be able to offer housing to students this fall for students who do not qualify for an exemption. Outside the four programs eligible for in-person instruction, we are able to provide on-campus housing to students who either have an unsafe home environment or who are homeless. The state and county have also specifically stated that student athletes engaged in intercollegiate sports may be offered on-campus housing. Students who are currently living on campus based on earlier exemptions are allowed to remain as well. Students who fit these categories are encouraged to fill out the “Request to Live on Campus” form, found on MyHousing Self Service, by 6 p.m. Thursday, August 20. Those students will be informed by 12 p.m. Saturday, August 22 if their request has been approved or not. If you have already been approved for an exemption to live on campus, you do not need to complete any additional steps. 

    Housing & Residence Life staff are working in tandem with Student Development to create ways for students to engage across the Biola community — whether through their hall communities, small groups, or other ways of engaging, actively creating ways for hall communities to stay connected and build community despite not living on campus.

    Will students receive a refund on housing deposits?

    Housing deposits will be credited back to students’ accounts for the fall semester.

    For those who are allowed to live on campus, will they live with roommates or in certain buildings?

    Students allowed to live on campus will live in single rooms, without roommates. Residential students will live in suite-style buildings, in order to allow for maximum social distancing.

    If I am not allowed to live on campus in the fall and Biola opens the campus to all students in the spring, will I retain my current assignment?

    Housing & Residence Life will honor fall assignments for any students who choose to live on campus in the spring, should Biola reopen. Students will need to re-apply for housing and resubmit their deposit, but once done Housing & Residence Life will do their best to place students in their original assignment; roommate changes could impact the ability to do so.

    Will students who are allowed to live on campus still be expected to opt-in to a meal plan?

    Yes, students living on campus will be required to have the minimum meal plan of 10 meals a week.

    What meal plan options will be available to students approved to live in Biola Housing?

    Students assigned to a Residence Hall may choose between a block plan with 120 meals, a weekly plan with 15 meals per week or a weekly plan with 20 meals per week. Students assigned to an Apartment may choose between a block plan with 20 meals or either of the larger meal plans above. View Meal Plan Costs and Options.


    Student Support

    What services will be available in this remote learning format?

    All student services will be available virtually for students by phone or video conference. Information for how to access each of these services will be made available in the coming weeks. Campus offices such as the Career Center, Registrar’s Office, the Learning Center, the Rhetoric & Writing Center, and the Advising Center will still be available to connect with students remotely. 

    Biola is committed to providing opportunities for connection and involvement, health and well-being, cultural humility, spiritual development and preparation for life after Biola. Biola is also launching a brand new university mobile app to enhance and support student’s experience at Biola. Students are highly encouraged to engage in academic support during this season (e.g., Learning Center, Rhetoric & Writing Center, Academic Advising, Math Lab).

    Will Biola provide any support for students who don’t have access to computers/laptops or internet access in order to take their classes remotely?

    IT has laptops available to loan for the fall semester. Please view IT’s information page on services available to students such as how to borrow a computer for remote learning, accessing software and virtual computer labs, and where to find free internet options. IT hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To receive technical assistance from Tech Commons, consider calling us at 562-903-4740 or schedule a remote Zoom session.

    Where can I find support for financial insecurity, food insecurity, housing insecurity, mental health, etc.?

    • Students who have concerns about financial, food, housing or other insecurities for Fall 2020 should fill out the Fall 2020 Student Basic Needs Assessment Survey. A representative from the Biola Basic Needs team will be in contact with students who complete this form.
    • Yes, the Biola Counseling Center (BCC) will provide support for students who live in California in person or online through telehealth. Students who live outside of California can be referred to a local therapist in their area by the BCC. Additionally, our Pastoral Care team under the leadership of the Dean of Spiritual Development and Campus Pastor Todd Pickett will meet with students via Zoom and telephone regardless of student location. Spiritual Direction will also be available through the Institute for Spiritual Formation.
    • For students experiencing food insecurity, the Biola Shares team is working with community and campus partners to develop a plan to host a weekly drive-thru Pop-Up Food Pantry on Biola's campus for students living locally to pick up basic food items while enrolled in Biola at Home. Biola is also currently developing ways to help students who are out of state and will update the website with more information as it becomes available.

    If I struggle with online learning, in what ways can Biola Professors further assist me? Will tutoring still be available?

    Our faculty are committed to our students’ success. Pre-COVID faculty provided support outside of the classroom for students and they will continue to do so during COVID. Our faculty host office hours outside of class time each week and will deliver these appointments virtually in the fall. Our Learning Center is committed to providing quality tutoring and academic mentoring, and some classes have additional tutoring opportunities as well. We have peer consultants at our Rhetoric and Writing Center ready to provide feedback virtually for writing projects at any stage in a friendly, supportive environment. Our Math Lab is also ready to serve students this fall. Consider reaching out to find peers in your classes who might be interested in a study group, or chat because in-class peer support is so helpful to learning, too.


      Athletics

      What happens to college sports for the fall semester?

      Due to the concerns arising from all the challenges surrounding COVID-19, the PacWest Executive Board voted unanimously Thursday, July 23, to postpone intercollegiate competition in PacWest fall sports until after January 1, 2021.

      PacWest fall sports include men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. The action was taken due to rapidly changing information and guidelines from the NCAA, as well as the states, counties, and areas where the 11 PacWest institutions compete.

      A decision on the start of the 2020–21 winter sports season, as well as the non-championship segments of spring sports, is expected to be made by October 1.

      Biola Athletics will host a virtual town hall with President Barry Corey, Vice President for Student Development Andre Stephens, Senior Director of Athletics Bethany Miller and the rest of the Athletics Leadership Team for student-athletes, families and supporters on our YouTube channel at 6 p.m. August 5. All student-athletes will receive communication with more information on the town hall and a link to a survey to submit questions prior to the livestream for our panel to answer live.

      Will the postponement of fall sports affect athletes’ scholarships or eligibility?

      1. If we are not able to hold in-person athletic practices or competitions during the fall 2020 semester, Biola will honor confirmed athletic aid assuming the student maintains full-time enrollment in addition to the other non-athletic stipulations in their athletic aid agreement.
      2. Student-athletes who choose to withdraw from the institution for the fall 2020 semester will have their full athletic aid for the 2020–21 year canceled. Should they desire to return in spring 2021, or later, we cannot guarantee that they will receive a roster spot or any athletic aid. The reason for this is we cannot be sure that a student-athlete will return and we need to ensure the roster spots on our teams are filled. If a spot opens up, our coaching staff will be actively seeking to fill that spot and we cannot hold spots for those who withdraw from Biola during the fall 2020 term.
      3. Should we be able to practice and/or compete in the fall, a student-athlete who has a documented COVID-19 reason to not participate in athletics (an underlying health condition that puts them at high-risk, lives with an at-risk individual, etc.) may submit their documentation and a request to withhold themself from participating with their team and still retain their athletic aid. Requests will be reviewed and approved or denied by the Athletic Leadership Team in consultation with any applicable institutional offices (Legal, Health Center, Financial Aid).

      Will athletes get to play an extra semester/year?

      All sports are still expected to compete in the 2020-21 academic year. As such, the NCAA has released the following guidelines regarding the potential for season-of-competition waivers and extension-of-eligibility waivers.

      • As of today, the only new legislation released by the NCAA regarding 2020-21 eligibility is the ruling that if a team is unable to complete 50 percent of its NEW maximum contest requirements, then student-athletes on that team will be eligible for season-of-competition waivers. See more information on page 3 of this document.
      • Any fall sport student-athlete who's tenth semester is fall 2020 should reach out to the Office of Compliance in regards to an individual extension of eligibility waiver since competition has been moved to spring 2021.

      Will all athletes be allowed to move back on campus?

      The state and county have specifically stated that student athletes engaged in intercollegiate sports may be offered on-campus housing. Student athletes who would like to live on campus need to fill out the “Request to Live on Campus” form, found on MyHousing Self Service, by 6 p.m. Thursday, August 20. Those students will be informed by 12 p.m. Saturday, August 22 if their request has been approved or not.

      Will student athletes living on campus be allowed to practice with their team?

      For health and safety as they return to sport, athletes will be able to resume outdoor voluntary skill workouts and conditioning on campus while physically distanced and wearing face coverings. If sports resume in January 2021, the students have to be in condition to play in order to prevent or limit catastrophic injury. This is according to NCAA and is all voluntary, not mandatory. Student athletes have the choice of whether they would like to return or not. If student athletes decide to live on campus, they will be required to abide by the restrictions on campus.

      Will student athletes who choose to live on campus be required to quarantine for 14 days?

      For student-athletes choosing to participate in voluntary workouts, they will enter a 14-day quiet period which begins August 31. It is a quiet period, not a strict quarantine. Athletes will be required to do daily symptom checks and will go through a clearance process with the Team Physician. Select student-athletes with special circumstances such as flying in internationally will participate in a 14-day quarantine period.

      When can student athletes move back to campus?

      Once approved for on-campus housing, students can sign up for a time to move in on the Housing Move In Calendar as early as August 27. Check-in hours will be available daily through Saturday, September 5. If students are unable to move in by September 5, they can email undergrad.housing@biola.edu.


      Gap Year/Withdrawing

      Can I take a gap semester? Will I need to reapply or re-enroll for the spring?

      If any student wants to take a gap year as a result of being remote in the fall, we will honor their academic scholarship and preserve their semester-based financial aid package for their return to Biola in accordance with normal state, federal and institutional financial aid policies, including but not limited to the calculation of need-based aid. 

      However, each academic program has distinct requirements and protocols, so students will need to consult with their admissions counselor (incoming students) or academic advisor (continuing students) to receive the most accurate information about holding a student’s spot in a given program. Continuing students who take a gap semester must officially withdraw from the university and complete the readmission process. Incoming students should inform their admissions counselor if they plan to enroll in a later semester.


      Academic Calendar/Events

      Would this change the academic calendar?

      The academic calendar will shift to a 15-week semester starting on August 31 and conclude December 11.

      What are the plans for the spring 2021 semester?

      A decision has not yet been made regarding the spring semester. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and will communicate with our students regarding spring semester prior to class registration.

      What will campus events look like in the fall?

      All on-campus fall events will either be postponed or adapted for an online experience. Student Development staff and student leaders are also working together to create new online events to promote student community building and sense of belonging in a remote environment. Events will include chapels, student-led club activities, new remote fitness and esports competitions, small groups opportunities based on shared interest and identity, and other engaging opportunities.


      Undergraduate Student Grading Policy (Spring 2020)

      How will letter grades be converted to CR/NC grades?

      • Any course in which an undergraduate student has earned a C- or above is eligible to be converted to “CR” based on student petition.
      • Any course in which an undergraduate student has earned a D+ or below is eligible to be converted to No Credit “NC” who indicate extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19.

      What is the impact of CR/NC, instead of a letter grade, on my GPA?

      • A “CR” grade indicates a passing grade. The credit is earned, but has no effect on the student’s GPA.
      • An “NC” indicates that credit is not earned, and has no impact on the student’s GPA.

      Is there a limit on the number of Spring 2020 courses I can change to CR/NC?

      No, you are able to convert any of your Spring 2020 courses to CR/NC. Each individual course must be submitted in order to process the change.

      Are all undergraduate courses eligible for petition to replace a letter grade with CR/NC?

      Students within the School of Education are advised that any course which leads to a teaching credential is not eligible for a change to CR/NC. Please consult with your faculty in this program for information on ineligible courses. All other undergraduate courses are eligible. It is advised that you carefully review the policy and all of the information provided here to ensure that electing to change your grade to CR/NC will benefit you.

      What is the deadline for changing classes to CR/NC for my Spring 2020 grades?

      You will have until May 30, 2020, 10 business days after the date on which final grades are due from faculty, to submit the form requesting that your course(s) be changed to a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grade.

      Should I change my grade to CR/NC or should I request an Incomplete grade?

      The purpose of an Incomplete Grade Process is to meet your needs if you are facing unforeseeable emergencies beyond your control that are serious enough to prevent completion of course assignments before the semester ends (i.e. extended illness, significant injury, critical family emergency, etc.). This request must be approved by the instructing faculty and the Associate Provost, and work must be completed by 5 weeks after the Friday of finals week (June 20). Grades of Incomplete for Spring 2020 will not be eligible for conversion to Credit/No Credit.

      What if I’m on academic probation?

      Since CR/NC grades do not count toward GPA, taking a letter grade could help maintain or increase your GPA if the letter grade is higher than your prior GPA. Taking a grade of CR will allow you to replace a previous grade of D+ or below, but will not impact your current term GPA. You should consider consulting an Academic Advisor for guidance.

      How will changing my grade to CR/NC impact my financial aid eligibility?

      For continued financial aid eligibility, satisfactory academic progress is required. For this evaluation, CR/NC grades do not affect the GPA requirements directly, but they may affect the course completion ratio calculation. NC grades will negatively impact the course completion ratio, but may not result in a loss of aid if the student has been successfully passing sufficient courses prior to the current term. Students need to have passed a minimum of 67% of their total attempted units at any given time to remain eligible for financial aid. The benefit of being able to receive an NC grade is that the grade will not impact your GPA. However, if you earn a letter grade of D+ or below and choose a grade of NC, the course credits will not have been earned and will therefore not count towards your total course credits successfully passed for the satisfactory academic progress evaluation. See further guidance on grades of D+, D, or D- below. Note that while a grade of NC does not directly impact a student’s GPA, if you have been given an academic plan by the financial aid office for the current term, it could negatively impact your academic plan progress. You are advised to consult an Academic Advisor or Financial Aid Counselor for guidance.

      I’m retaking an undergraduate course where my previous grade was D+ or below. What do I need to know?

      A grade of CR in a course you are retaking will replace a prior grade of D+ or below for undergraduates, but will not count toward your GPA. A grade of NC in a course you are retaking will not replace a prior grade.

      My final grade in the course is a D+, D, or D-? Should I convert my grade to NC?

      The lowest passing grade for most undergraduate course requirements is a D-. Therefore, if a D+, D, or D- is changed to an NC, it is no longer a passing grade and the course will need to be repeated. For Financial Aid recipients, replacing a passing grade (D+, D, or D-) with NC could impact future financial aid eligibility.

      How will changing my grades impact my plans to apply to graduate school?

      Graduate programs, particularly competitive programs, may not accept a CR grade for required courses. Be sure to discuss with your faculty member(s) or department chair for guidance. For example, we have been advised by some graduate and health professional programs (e.g., medical schools) that they will not accept CR/NC grades for required science courses.

      I’m currently enrolled in Writing in the Disciplines (ENGL 313). How does changing my grade to CR/NC impact my ability to meet the Writing Competency Requirement?

      If you receive a C- or above in ENGL 313 and choose to convert that grade to a Credit (CR) grade, this class will fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement (WCR). If you receive a D+ or below and choose to convert your grade to No Credit (NC), you will not receive credit or fulfill the WCR, and you will need to retake this course. NOTE: If you are on the 2018-19 catalog, if you receive a D+, D or D- or below, you can consider keeping your grade as it will fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement (WCR).

      What if the class I’m enrolled in requires a particular grade to move forward in my program (i.e., my course or major has prerequisite/minimum grade requirements)?

      If you opt to receive a CR grade for a prerequisite course, it will satisfy the prerequisite for the purposes of course registration. For cases in which certain grades (for example a “B”) are normally required in the prerequisite course, a grade of “CR” will suffice to proceed to the subsequent course. Consult with advisors to discuss prerequisite benchmarks (e.g., foundational knowledge, skills, content) required for success in the next course. In some cases, you may choose to proceed forward to the subsequent course at your own risk.

      What is the process to request a change to CR/NC for my Spring 2020 grades?

      As in any other term, faculty will submit course grades at the end of the spring 2020 semester. You will have until May 30, 2020, 10 business days after the date on which final grades are due from faculty, to submit the form requesting that your course(s) be changed to a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grade if you so choose. You will submit each individual course number and title that you want to change to CR/NC using the form you will find in MyAccount beginning on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Changes submitted will be approved unless a class is not eligible for CR/NC. An automatic confirmation email will be sent to you, and changes submitted by May 30 will be processed by June 15.

      Am I still eligible for the semester Dean's List this semester if I choose Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grades?

      As long as you have earned at least a 3.6 semester GPA in 12 credits or more, and at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, you will be eligible for the semester Dean's List. If you have fewer than 12 credits with letter grades, below a 3.6 GPA, and/or below a 3.2 cumulative GPA, you will not be eligible for the semester Dean's List.


      Graduate Student Grading Policy (Spring 2020)

      How will letter grades be converted to CR/NC grades?

      • Any course in which a graduate student has earned a B- or above is eligible to be converted to “CR” based on student petition.
      • Any course in which a graduate student has earned a C or below is eligible to be converted to No Credit “NC” who indicate extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19.

      What is the impact of CR/NC, instead of a letter grade, on my GPA?

      • A “CR” grade indicates a passing grade. The credit is earned, but has no effect on the student’s GPA.
      • An “NC” indicates that credit is not earned, and has no impact on the student’s GPA.

      Is there a limit on the number of Spring 2020 courses I can change to CR/NC?

      No, you are able to convert any of your Spring 2020 courses to CR/NC. Each individual course must be submitted in order to process the change.

      What is the deadline for changing classes to CR/NC for my Spring 2020 grades?

      You will have until May 30, 2020, 10 business days after the date on which final grades are due from faculty, to submit the form requesting that your course(s) be changed to a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grade.

      Should I change my grade to CR/NC or should I request an Incomplete grade?

      The purpose of an Incomplete Grade Process is to meet your needs if you are facing unforeseeable emergencies beyond your control that are serious enough to prevent completion of course assignments before the semester ends (i.e. extended illness, significant injury, critical family emergency, etc.). This request must be approved by the instructing faculty and the Associate Provost, and work must be completed by 5 weeks after the Friday of finals week (June 20). Grades of Incomplete for Spring 2020 will not be eligible for conversion to Credit/No Credit.

      What if I’m on academic probation?

      Since CR/NC grades do not count toward GPA, taking a letter grade could help maintain or increase your GPA if the letter grade is higher than your prior GPA. Taking a grade of CR will allow you to replace a previous grade of C+ or below in most graduate programs, but will not impact your current term GPA. You should consult your academic program for guidance.

      How will changing my grade to CR/NC impact my financial aid eligibility?

      For continued financial aid eligibility, satisfactory academic progress is required. For this evaluation, CR/NC grades do not affect the GPA requirements directly, but they may affect the course completion ratio calculation. NC grades will negatively impact the course completion ratio, but may not result in a loss of aid if the student has been successfully passing sufficient courses prior to the current term. Students need to have passed a minimum of 67% of their total attempted credits at any given time to remain eligible for financial aid. The benefit of being able to receive an NC grade is that the grade will not impact your GPA. However, if you earn a letter grade of C+ or below and choose a grade of NC, the course credits will not have been earned and will therefore not count towards your total course credits successfully passed for the satisfactory academic progress evaluation. Note that while a grade of NC does not directly impact a student’s GPA, if you have been given an academic plan by the financial aid office for the current term, it could negatively impact your academic plan progress. You are advised to consult an Academic Advisor or Financial Aid Counselor for guidance.

      I’m retaking a course. What do I need to know?

      Consult with your graduate program for guidance on whether or not you should select the CR option.

      How will changing my grades impact my plans to apply for further graduate education?

      Graduate programs, particularly competitive programs, may not accept a CR grade for required courses. Be sure to discuss with your faculty member(s) or department chair for guidance, and research programs of interest to discover whether or not they have posted policies during COVID-19.

      Are there any programs or classes that aren’t eligible for the change to CR/NC?

      • Students within the School of Education are advised that any course which leads to a teaching credential is not eligible for a change to CR/NC. Please consult with your faculty in this program for specific information on ineligible courses.
      • Master’s in Speech Language Pathology students should consult with your faculty in this program for information on ineligible courses.
      • Doctoral candidates at Rosemead School of Psychology are advised that courses in this program are not eligible for a change to CR/NC. Please contact your faculty in this program for further clarification.

      What if the class I’m enrolled in requires a particular grade to move forward in my program (i.e., my course or major has prerequisite/minimum grade requirements)?

      If you opt to receive a CR grade for a prerequisite course, it will satisfy the prerequisite for the purposes of course registration. For cases in which certain grades (for example a “B”) are normally required in the prerequisite course, a grade of “CR” will suffice to proceed to the subsequent course. Consult with advisors to discuss prerequisite benchmarks (e.g., foundational knowledge, skills, content) required for success in the next course. In some cases, you may choose to proceed forward to the subsequent course at your own risk.

      What is the process to request a change to CR/NC for my Spring 2020 grades?

      As in any other term, faculty will submit course grades at the end of the spring 2020 semester. You will have until May 30, 2020, 10 business days after the date on which final grades are due from faculty, to submit the form requesting that your course(s) be changed to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading if you so choose. You will submit each individual course number and title that you want to change to CR/NC using the form you will find in MyAccount beginning on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Changes submitted will be approved unless a class is not eligible for CR/NC. An automatic confirmation email will be sent to you, and changes submitted by May 30 will be processed by June 15.