March 30, 2020
An open letter from Dr. Livesay to the Bryan Community…
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.