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August 18, 2020 | Campus Communication
Dear BenU Students,
On August 13, President Gregory announced BenU’s plan to flex to a Fall 2020 schedule in which the majority of courses will be presented in a virtual environment to safeguard our students, staff, faculty and greater BenU community during this global pandemic.
Virtual coursework is only where higher education begins at BenU. Our campus will continue to be open and serve as the BenU Learning Center to support and ignite the learning experience. The campus is open and equipped to support critical hands-on labs and experiential learning opportunities in a face-to-face format. Our community will provide an enriched learning environment by offering individual study space, mentoring, athletic opportunities and support services in a safe, more controlled environment.
Join our Town Hall on August 20th
We invite you to join us for a BenU Town Hall on Thursday, August 20 (6:30 p.m. CST) to learn more about the Fall 2020 BenU experience and plan for engagement. Students will have the opportunity to also pose questions about the fall semester. Please register for this Zoom Town Hall and you will receive a link in your email.
Ready to Engage: The BenU Learning Center
Our BenU campus is ready for the community to explore and engage—please join us! The campus has extensive signage and barriers to support safe gathering and in-person engagement. Here’s how we plan to safely bring our student community together:
Please remember that in any on-campus or in-person scenario, we require masks to be worn at all times and everyone must follow social distance protocols.
Delivering a transformative education, while ensuring the safety and welfare of our entire BenU community, is our most important mission. In considering all student activities and learning experiences, we have only transitioned those courses to virtual formats which will be successfully delivered and received online. By choosing to limit student exposure as much as possible, we will reduce the spread of the virus and protect your health and well-being.
We are confident this is the right decision and that we are the right institution to deliver the BenU Learning Center model in a way that inspires curiosity, supports higher learning and engages student development. While we were ready for this pivot to come later in the semester, we realize it is the best approach to make the change now in order to provide a consistent and high-impact BenU experience. Your emotional, intellectual and physical health and safety is always our priority.
Kenneth Newhold, Jr., Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Chief Engagement Officer