Biola University’s highest priority is the health of each member of the community — physically, spiritually and emotionally. As we plan for on-campus education this fall, we will implement robust preventative health measures to protect our community and to provide a life-enriching on-campus Biola experience for our students.
Below are some of the measures Biola is taking to promote the health and safety of campus. Additional measures will be added to this page as plans continue to develop.
Last Updated: May 18, 2020
- Biola will establish clear protocols for health monitoring, virus testing, mitigating transmittal risks, gathering together in and outside of the classroom, and thoroughly and consistently sanitizing exposed areas.
- We are requiring cloth face coverings for all essential staff currently on campus, in accordance with county guidelines. We will continue to follow the guidelines in place when students and faculty and staff return to campus. We will provide cloth face coverings for students and faculty and staff who do not have access to them.
- Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout campus, including in the lobby of all residence halls and some academic and administrative buildings. Dozens more have been ordered. The university has also ordered 144 gallons of hand sanitizer for student refill purposes.
- Facilities teams are rearranging classroom seating so courses are taught with physical distancing guidelines in place.
- We are actively working with Los Angeles County on guidelines for residence halls to ensure that we are providing housing for our residential students safely.
- We have rooms available to temporarily quarantine students who test positive for COVID-19. Biola will care for those students by providing meals, full access to their courses online and flexibility on class assignments.
- Our eateries will ensure physical distancing and safe food-handling and distribution procedures. We will discontinue self-serve stations in our cafeteria, in light of recommendations from federal health authorities and in order to practice infection control and physical distancing. Meals may be provided via a combination of preorder, take-out and limited-seating dining.
- We will be prepared with flexible course-delivery options to be able to pivot seamlessly for any number of reasons.
- If U.S. embassies open and issue visas for international students, giving them the ability to attend Biola on-ground classes in the fall, we will evaluate the risk levels from the different countries and determine if international students will need to quarantine for 14 days, and if so, where they should quarantine.