Everything You Need to Know About the new BenU Model


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Syeda Saberi – News Editor

Benedictine University welcomed Kenneth F. Newbold, Jr., Ph.D. as the new provost as of May 2020 and has been communicating with students and faculty over the past few months  to introduce the new teaching models, which provides guidelines on how the Fall 2020 semester will work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally, classes were to be a mix of in-person and online but as of August 13th Benedictine has shifted to all online classes, with a few exceptions for laboratory learning.

The campus remains open for residential students with safety precautions in place. Of these precautions, there are one-way stairwells, designated safe seating arrangements, an altered dining experience and 6 foot markers in common areas.

“For this university to remain open we must all step up to protect each other and follow Covid-19 protocol so we may thrive together in a safe place,” stated Dr. Newbold in a welcome video on the Benedictine website.

Faculty and students on campus are required to wear masks whenever indoors and make use of the sanitizing stations dispersed throughout campus. The model includes shared cleaning, which gives students and faculty the responsibility of cleaning shared resources with the disinfectant equipment provided. These shared resources include but are not limited to athletic equipment, study tables and chairs, meeting rooms, and lounge areas.

Anyone feeling ill or showing symptoms of being ill is encouraged to stay home for 72 hours and confidentially fill out a health form to report symptoms, according to the university.

Click the link to go directly to the form.  

Benedictine will continue to communicate with faculty and students via email and BenU alerts with any campus updates and news related information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Make sure to check out the website for more information and details on the Fall reopening plan. Click here for the Return to campus plan.