Coronavirus

Parents/Students

UPDATE!

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

Open Letter From Dr. Livesay
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Parents/Students Updates
Latest Updates

April 8 - Room and Board Update

Due to the Coronavirus and dorm closures for the remainder of this semester, the administration is developing a plan to provide prorated refunds and/or credits for Spring 2020 room and board charges. Information is forthcoming. We appreciate your patience. The Cabinet

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 - 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.
March 14 - Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More
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March 13 - Official Statement From the AAC
“Being especially mindful of the health and safety of our student athletes, the Appalachian Athletic Conference is suspending all athletic competition through April 5, 2020. A further decision on whether to resume Spring season competition will be announced sometime before then based on developments in the efforts to contain COVID-19.”
Academic Questions

What are the plans for the May Commencement ceremony?

We will stream the commencement ceremony online on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. The commencement address, degree conferrals, student speakers, awards and a special picture slideshow will be part of this special event. Diplomas and diploma covers will be mailed to the graduate's home address.

Can I get a refund for my graduation fee?

As listed in Academic Catalog, the $150 graduation fee is required whether in attendance or not. This fee helps cover the cost of the diploma, diploma cover and academic regalia which the student receives regardless of participation.

Is the College still holding classes?
Following Spring Break, all face-to-face classes will be taught online March 23-27, 2020. Please check the college website for updates.

How do I access my class remotely?
Access to your class is through Brightspace, the Learning Management System (LMS) for Bryan College, which can be found at https://my.bryan.edu/.

What about lab classes?
We are working closely with faculty to determine how courses can be meaningfully completed remotely. Should there be components of the class that simply cannot be done this way, we are working on alternate arrangements. For questions about specific courses, students should contact the instructor of the course.

How will you handle lab or in-class requirements for classes?
We are working closely with faculty to ensure that courses can be completed remotely. If students meet course expectations as set by their instructors, they will receive credit for the semester. For questions about specific courses, students should contact the instructor of the course.

Who should I contact if I have questions about a course?
For all questions related to specific courses, please contact the course instructor.

College Housing Questions

Will the residence halls be open Spring term?
A: We will not be re-opening the dorms this semester. Resident Directors will be contacting all dorm residents to schedule a time to complete the move-out process. 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.

Will my room & board costs be pro-rated or discounted for the Spring semester?
A: Due to the Coronavirus and dorm closures for the remainder of this semester, the administration is developing a plan to provide prorated refunds and/or credits for Spring 2020 room and board charges. Information is forthcoming. We appreciate your patience. 

Do I need to pay my housing fee for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year?

A: If you have NOT already paid your Housing Fee, it will be deducted from your pending room and board refund so you will not need to pay for it out-of-pocket. This means you are clear to participate in room sign ups.

Study Abroad Questions

What is the current status of summer abroad trips (ACTS, Center for International Development Summer Internships, others)?
We are currently reviewing summer international travel. A decision will be made and communicated to students no later than 4/13.

Are Center for International Development (CID) internships still scheduled for this summer?
Students scheduled to participate in the CID summer internship program should contact Dennis Miller (DEMILLER@bryan.edu) for updates on their internship.
CARES Act HEERF Reporting Disclosure
CARES Act HEERF Reporting Disclosure

Bryan College – Department of Education – CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Section 18004 Reporting Disclosure

As provided for by the Department of Education (DOE) as a provision of the CARES Act, Bryan College has received funds and distributed those funds directly to students to assist them with emergency financial relief related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  These grants are intended to be used by students for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Bryan received a total of $579,257 from the DOE under this program.  The DOE has required institutions to use 50 percent of the total funds received from Section 18004 provisions to go directly to students to provide emergency relief as described above.  Bryan is distributing $289,629 directly to students.

Bryan College signed the Certification and Agreement for the first 50% of these funds provided for under Section 18004(a)(1) on April 14, 2020 and these funds were drawdown from the DOE on April 28, 2020.

On May 5, 2020, Bryan released the first phase of checks to 104 eligible students in the amount of $20,055, with notification to each student that a grant was being distributed.  These students were selected based on their employment under the Federal Work-Study program. These funds were intended to replace lost earnings due to COVID-19.

On April 30, 2020, Bryan notified all students who were enrolled for Spring 2020 for onsite instruction and eligible for Federal Title IV funding of their ability to apply for emergency assistance through the CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). During this second phase, students were allowed to request funding until May 18, 2020 through an online form. After this date, requests were processed, students were notified and checks in the amount of $203,345 will be mailed during the week of May 25, 2020.

On May 18, 2020, Bryan began phase three of the distribution of the CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). As needs continue to arise, students who indicate a new or increased financial emergency due to COVID-19 may request funding through an online form. These requests will be processed, students will be notified and checks will be mailed until all funding is exhausted of the remaining $66,229.

The amount of individual grants was based on anticipated Federal Work Study earnings (Phase 1), and individual requested amounts ($500 minimum and $6,000 maximum) for the remaining phases.