During the week of April 27th, Bryan College will publish, via an email to students, a detailed process and timeline for requesting room and board credits.  We appreciate your patience as we work through the complicated logistics regarding this important matter. The processes involved in providing credits tailored for each individual student is time-consuming and our team is working diligently to move forward as quickly as possible.

We have tentatively moved dates for students to return to get their stuff again to May 1-May 13 due to the Stay at Home Order being extended to April 30


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March 30, 2020

An open letter from Dr. Livesay to the Bryan Community…

Dear Students,

I trust that the second half of the semester has resumed well for each of you. I am sure you are all adjusting well to the online courses. Our amazing faculty have worked admirably to move their classes into the online environment, and I am encouraged to hear all the good reports coming from you and from the faculty. As recognized leaders in Online education through our BCOnline programs, I am proud that Bryan College was able to pivot so quickly so that we can continue to serve each of you and provide the highest quality education possible.

As spring has sprung on the Hill. we miss seeing each of you! This campus is not the same without you! We had anticipated opening the dorms on April 6 for those who sought to return; however, based on guidance from Washington D.C., the CDC, and state and local governments, it became obvious that that we could not set a return date. Out of our desire to ensure the safety and security of our students, the Bryan College and local community, we will not be re-opening the dorms this semester. While we are saddened to make this announcement, we know that it is best for our students and for this community as we all desire to do our part in ‘flattening the curve.’ Students who have no other housing options may apply for an exception by appealing through an online process which will be distributed to you from the Student Life Office.

With this announcement, we know that you will have questions about how to retrieve the items you left in your dorm room. Resident Directors will be contacting all dorm residents to schedule a time to complete the move-out process.

It is our desire to conduct the 100th commencement exercise on May 9th to honor the class of 2020. We recognize that we may have to move this date due to circumstances surrounding the COVID -19 virus, but for now our plans are moving forward for graduation. Our priority is the safety and security of our students, our staff and faculty, and the local community. We will continue to monitor this and provide updates to you.

We are already making plans for everyone’s safe return to campus next fall and eagerly anticipate the best year yet at Bryan College! We will do our best to keep you informed of all developments that impact the College as decisions are made.

With Abiding Hope,

Stephen D. Livesay, Ph.D.


Campus Updates

March 24 - Campus Update

In keeping with the CDC’s recommendation to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people through the end of April, Bryan College has taken the following actions:

  • Chapel services have been suspended for the remainder of the semester.  (Chapel and church attendance requirements have been waived for the remainder of the semester.)
  • All college events, banquets, performances and other gatherings have been cancelled through April 30.  (This includes Service Day, Jr./Sr., Spring Play, repertoires, etc.)
  • All athletic contests and practices have been cancelled for the remainder of the spring semester in compliance with NAIA directives.

March 19 - Campus Update
After careful consideration and review of the current recommendations provided by the Federal Government and CDC, Bryan College has decided to take the following additional steps in response to COVID – 19:

  • The past 10 days have been difficult for everyone as the rapid developments on the COVID-19 virus captured everyone’s attention. To that end, Bryan College will extend Spring Break for our students through Tuesday, March 24th.
  • Online course delivery will begin on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, through the remainder of the Spring semester.
  • The College will reopen the dorms on Monday, April 6, 2020 and students may return to campus if they choose. We will continue to monitor Federal, State and CDC recommendations on large gatherings and provide any changes as they become necessary. The College will maintain CDC recommendations prohibiting gatherings of groups larger than 10. While face-to-face classes will not resume for the duration of this semester, students will be able to engage with faculty in tutoring and advising sessions. Computer, Science, Music and Engineering labs will be open for use during this time.
  • We have received many questions surrounding Bryan College’s Graduation ceremonies planned for Saturday, May 9, 2020. Graduation falls outside of the current recommendation for large gatherings. At this time the College remains committed to honoring our graduating seniors’ accomplishments by holding the 90 th Commencement Exercises on May 9 as scheduled. We will continue to monitor Federal, State and CDC recommendations on large gatherings and provide any changes as they become necessary.
  • The Library and all computer labs will continue to be available.
  • Tutoring services for residential students will be made available both on campus and online beginning Wednesday, March 25.

March 16 - Employee, Student and Campus Visitor Update
Employee business travel
Bryan College will suspend, until further notice, all employee business related travel outside of the state of Tennessee. Within the state of Tennessee employee business related travel is restricted, until further notice, to meetings/gatherings/conferences of  no larger than 50.

Bryan College Dorms
Bryan College dorms are closed until further notice so that campus personnel can conduct a thorough cleaning of the facilities. Check back onto this website for updates on the status of the dorms.

Bryan College Facilities
Public facilities on Bryan campus will assume normal working hours on Monday, March 16. With the exception of indoor athletic facilities, the Bryan campus remains open to employees and visitors. Badge access will be required for entrance. Visitors to campus must check in at the Stophel Welcome Center to obtain a visitors pass. All events on the Bryan College campus that are larger than 10 people are suspended until further notice.

Preview Day March 27th Goes Virtual
Community Service Day moved to Fall 2020
Bryan Scholarship Opportunity Dinner Cancelled

With the CDC’s recommendation that all gatherings of more than 10 people be canceled, and our desire to comply with any precautions that may enable the coronavirus to pass quickly, we are sad to announce that the April 16, 2020 Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program dinner has been canceled.

We’re so sorry we will not be able to celebrate and worship together at the Convention Center on April 16, but know this announcement is no surprise to you. We pray for your health and that God will bring a quick end to the coronavirus. We covet your prayers for wisdom as we are challenged to make difficult decisions in the days ahead.

Janice Pendergrass, B.A.
Director of Advancement | Bryan College
423.775.7202 | Box 7783 | Bryan.edu

From the President

As Christians, it is assuring to know that our God is a sovereign God and that He cares for every detail of our lives. Nothing escapes his watchful eye, and all things work together for good to those who love and seek Him. He created us for His special purposes, knows what is best for us, and expects that we will use good wisdom as we carry out His plan for us.

Spring Break is just a few days away, and many of you have made special plans for the week including mission trips, chorale tour and athletic contests that you have organized, prayed, and planned for many months. However, as the coronavirus continues to spread, my concern is for you to stay healthy and be able to return to safely participate in all that our college offers. With that in mind, I and the members of my cabinet believe it is best to take some precautions regarding the next few weeks until we can see where this virus is headed.

Because of all the uncertainty regarding the reach of this virus, we are making some significant changes to our schedule. All co-curricular trips, including Break for Change, Bryan Chorale, and athletic competitions will be cancelled during Spring Break beginning Sunday, March 15, through Sunday, March 22. By Friday, March 20, I will communicate with you regarding the potential resumption of co-curricular activities beginning Monday, March 23.

Instead of your returning to campus after Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23, all instruction at Bryan College will be provided through online learning; and the residence halls will be closed. There will be no face-to-face classes on campus from Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27; and during that week we will communicate decisions regarding the balance of the semester.

The residence halls will be closed for all students beginning Sunday, March 15, until such a time as we believe it is safe for students to return. As you leave for Spring Break, take with you those essential items you will need for several weeks away from campus. The cafeteria will be closed from 1:30 pm, Friday, March 13, until such a time as we all return to campus.

All staff will report to work as usual during Spring Break with the exception of Friday, March 20, which is a scheduled school holiday. Please take the recommended steps to prevent illness; and should you develop symptoms of the coronavirus, I ask that you stay home and contact your health provider.

All faculty members should connect with their deans for further instructions as well as any support that you may need to continue classes via online instruction.

It is my prayer that these special precautions will enable this virus to pass quickly and that students will be able to return soon to school and resume life on campus. As always, you will continue to be in my daily prayers. Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times.

Stephen Livesay

Frequently Asked Questions
What campus services remain open?
In response to Federal recommendations, all athletic and workout facilities are closed. Campus offices and the campus library services continue to be available to current students and visitors who have been cleared through the Stophel Center welcome desk.
What precautions has Bryan College taken to protect against a coronavirus outbreak on campus?
Bryan College has moved all face-to-face instruction online through March 27. While no cases have been reported, Campus environmental services is engaged in a thorough cleaning of the campus.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Basics
What is the novel coronavirus?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practiceexternal icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.

How does the virus spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Can someone who has had COVID-19 Spread the illness to others?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.

Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:

  • The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
  • The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.

Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.

How can I help protect myself?

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available online.

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

Health and Safety

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to continue recommended habits to avoid viral illness, including frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, cleaning or disinfecting high-touch surfaces and staying home if you are sick.

  • Wash your hands. Often. Thoroughly.
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear to be sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.