Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We are Ready to Return for Fall: A Message from the President

June 22, 2020

We have heard from many of our students and their families and understand the strong desire to restore the on-campus experience this fall. We as Benedictine faculty and staff share in that desire, and today I am thrilled to give you an overview of our plans, intention, and commitment to safely welcome students, faculty, and staff back to our Mesa and Lisle campuses and residential buildings in August.

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Campus Housing Refund Update

Benedictine University understands our residential students were greatly impacted by the sudden move from campus housing. In accordance with federal, state, local and CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines, this move was necessary for the safety of our students, faculty and staff. As an institution we have adopted the following philosophy and process for refunding our Alhambra residents. All residential students will receive a refund, for the unused portion of room and board, for the final seven (7) weeks of the spring 2020 semester, which represents the weeks of March 22nd through May 9th. The refunds will be applied in the following order:

  • All residential students who have a current balance on their account will receive a credit applied to this balance, for the unused portion of room and board, for the final seven (7) weeks of the semester.
  • All residential students who have a zero (0) balance on their account and are current freshman, sophomore or juniors will receive a credit, for the unused portion of room and board, for the final seven (7) weeks of the semester, applied toward fall 2020 semester or spring 2021 semester.
  • All residential students who have a zero (0) balance on their account and plan to continue in a Benedictine University graduate program can have their credit, for the unused portion of room and board, for the final seven (7) weeks of the spring 2020 semester applied toward the fall 2020, winter 2021 or spring 2021 quarter tuition.
  • All residential students who have a zero (0) balance on their account and will be graduating in spring 2020 or summer 2020 will receive a refund, for the unused portion of room and board, for the final seven (7) weeks of the semester according to the refund preference they selected with BankMobile.

For questions, please contact Kevin Broeckling at kbroeckling@ben.edu.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 18

PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE: Virtual Campus Extended Through 5/31

It is hard to believe less than a week ago we were going back and forth about whether to take the unprecedented step to move Benedictine University to a Virtual Campus model in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Since then, we’ve seen leaders in a variety of industries take extraordinary measures to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the end, as the number of cases in the U.S. continues to rise, we are left wondering if it is enough. We are all called to do whatever we can to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe in this time of uncertainty.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 12

While there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 within the Benedictine community, we must do our part to combat the spread of this coronavirus. As such, we have decided to take the following steps to keep our students, faculty, staff and the greater community safe:

Virtual Classes
Following the University’s Spring Break (March 16-20), classes for students at all levels and all campuses will be conducted virtually starting Monday, March 23. In-person classes are expected to resume Monday, April 6. Graduate and adult undergraduate classes scheduled for March 16-20 will also be held virtually.

Students who can leave campus, should leave campus by Sunday, March 22. Those departing for spring break should take with them any items essential to carrying on their education from home. This includes laptops, textbooks, notebooks, important documents, etc.

Resident students who need to remain on campus, must fill out a Petition to Stay form via the Benedictine website, to be reviewed by the Dean of Students. Petitions must be received by Monday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. Those who need to remain on campus are encouraged to practice social distancing as described by the CDC.

Students will receive additional information concerning the transition to virtual classes from academic leadership and their faculty members in the days ahead. Those engaged in non-standard educational experiences (student teaching, clinicals, internships, etc.) will also receive further guidance from their instructors.

Should you need assistance regarding online and computer access, please contact the Dean of Students in Lisle or mesasuccesscenter@ben.edu in Mesa.


“Virtual Campus”
From Monday, March 16-Sunday, April 5, non-essential faculty and staff will work from home. Our goal is to ensure day-to-day operations continue to run as smoothly as possible while doing what we can to mitigate the likelihood of the virus being spread among our community. Should you need to contact any on-campus resources, please do so via email or over the phone. The campus will continue to be monitored by Benedictine University Police 24/7. They will be able to give access to campus buildings as needed.


On-Campus Events
Any large-scale on-campus events or events that are open to the public are cancelled for the Virtual Campus period of Monday, March 23-Sunday, April 5. When possible, these events will be rescheduled for after April 6. We will re-evaluate these guidelines as that date nears to determine whether additional precautions are necessary depending on the spread of the virus.


Athletics
Intercollegiate athletic competitions, practices and training will be suspended effective immediately until further notice. Lisle Baseball and Softball teams will complete their Spring Break trips as planned.


University Travel
All university-sponsored air travel will be suspended immediately until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.

We urge those of you who are travelling for personal reasons during Spring Break to exercise extreme caution and check the health department websites for the states where you are headed for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in those locations.

Please continue to monitor your Benedictine email and the ben.edu website for any updates regarding COVID-19. In the event that a longer Virtual Campus period is needed, alerts will also be sent via the University’s BEN ALERT system. We continue to closely monitor the situation and are following all recommendations from the DuPage (Lisle) and Maricopa (Mesa) County Health Departments and the CDC.

Coronavirus Update - March 10, 2020

At this time, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a low risk for members of the community in the Mesa suburbs, if you have not traveled abroad in the last two weeks. However, regular flu season precautions are always a good idea. Please see the following guidelines if you are sick or if you are healthy.

  • Please stay home until you are 24 hours symptom free if you are ill with:
    • a fever, sore throat, chills, cough, extreme fatigue, vomiting/diarrhea/nausea,
    • Coronavirus: If you are ill with a fever and a cough or shortness of breath and have been traveling abroad in the last two weeks, or have been in contact with someone who has been traveling abroad in the last two weeks, please contact the local health department at 1-800-889-3931 regarding possible testing for COVID-19. Early detection and treatment of respiratory symptoms can be extremely important to recovery.
    • If you are ill with any of these symptoms for more than a few days or if your symptoms are getting worse, please contact your doctor or go to urgent care.
    • With any illness, please alert your professors and the Dean of Students as soon as you are able to discuss alternate lesson plans.
    • Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor to make appropriate arrangements should they need to miss work for any illness.
  • If you are healthy, getting a flu shot, washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, and covering your cough or sneeze then washing your hands are great ways to stay healthy. Sanitizing regular items like cell phones and laptops are also helpful.

We encourage everyone to keep an eye on the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information.Our pandemic task force on campus is closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds and preparing our campus and our faculty and staff to respond quickly to any change in the situation. Please contact the Dean of Students if you need any assistance at any time.

If you develop fever or any of the symptoms listed above AT ANY TIME: Call your healthcare provider right away.

Before going to your medical appointment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your travel or your close contact with someone who is confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

Ask your healthcare provider to call the Maricopa County Department of Public Health:
Monday–Friday 8AM–5PM — call (602) 506-6767 and ask for a Surveillance Nurse, or
After 5PM and on weekends — call (602) 747-7111 and ask for the Provider On-Call.

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