Bellarmine University / Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Dear members of the Bellarmine community,

May 8, 2020

president-donovan-portraitWith grades posted and final exams complete, I’m sure we’re all happy to have this spring semester behind us. We look forward to welcoming returning students back to Bellarmine in the fall. If you have any doubt about campus reopening, we encourage you to put those thoughts out of your head, as we are moving forward with plans to return to campus this fall.

As summer classes continue online, the health and safety of our campus community remain our top priorities. While we do not have all the answers at the moment, we have a contingency planning committee working on detailed plans to ensure that the experience we offer meets our usual high-quality standards. A current student is serving on this committee.

To be sure, we understand that we will be operating under a new normal in the fall as we follow public health guidelines announced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The need to ensure the safety of our community will guide our work and any needed accommodations will be made on a case by case basis. We will update you regularly as our plans are developed.

We educate students in mind, body and spirit, and we know there is great value in being on campus— together— where students learn not only from professors in the classroom, but also from extracurricular activities and from the opportunity to interact with people whose backgrounds and opinions differ from their own.

Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we deal with this challenging situation. We can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Go Knights!
Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D.
President

Campus Status

Updated May 20, 2020

Bellarmine's campus is currently open to employees identified as essential and a small number of students who have permission to live in residence halls. All other employees are required to continue working remotely. If you are a non-essential employee and need to visit campus, please alert your supervisor.

All employees must fill out this COVID-19 health screening form each day prior to arriving on campus or at your respective work station.

  • If you are an employee who has any of the symptoms or risk factors identified on the form you are not allowed campus entry – not even to your own office or classroom - and you must inform your supervisor.
  • If you are unable to complete this form remotely, please visit the Office of Public Safety on the ground level of Centro's Treece Hall upon your arrival to campus.
  • If you do not have a thermometer, temperature checks are available from Public Safety.

While on campus, you are required to wear a cloth face mask or covering unless you are alone in an enclosed space (e.g., an office) or alone in an area with more than 6 feet of social distancing. If you do not have one, you may obtain one from Public Safety. If you are unable to wear a face covering because of medical concerns, please contact Alice Kimble, Director of Health Services, mkimble@bellarmine.edu, for assistance.

The state requirements also ask us to maintain standards such as social distancing and refraining from congregating in common areas.

Summer Courses

Updated May 12, 2020

Bellarmine has moved summer courses online. There are a few courses that cannot easily be translated to an online environment and those have been canceled. Students in those sections have already been notified.

Go to our summer session webpage for information on:

  • the 250+ courses being offered this summer.
  • a $300 per credit hour grant for undergraduate summer courses, reducing the credit hour cost from $950 to $650 for students pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
  • additional financial aid information.
    Summer Housing & Internships

    Updated May 12, 2020

    Summer Housing

    Summer housing is only available for students who are experiencing an undue hardship in completing their academic coursework and must live on campus due to personal safety and wellness concerns. All students will have single room accommodations for $50 per week. Please note that food service, if available, will be limited.

    To submit your application for summer housing, please log into your housing portal and select apply for the Summer 2020 term. More info: reslife@bellarmine.edu

    Summer Internships

    If you plan to pursue an internship for academic credit this summer, it must be a remote experience that does not require you to be in-person for your work (this does not pertain to health professions clinicals). There are many employers who offer remote internships and the Career Center is available to assist you in this search process. The Summer Internship Scholarship is still available to students who have completed BU299 (or a course equivalent), and there is an online section of BU299 in May 2020.

    Visit the Career Development Center's online resources. More info: careerdev@bellarmine.edu

    Student Support

    Updated May 12, 2020

    Student Emergency Fund

    Students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of these sudden changes can seek support through the student emergency aid fund. More info: nbegin@bellarmine.edu

    Staying Connected Virtually

    Here are a few ways to get together outside of virtual classes. More info: sac@bellarmine.edu

    Support for Online Courses

    Faculty should be your first point of contact for support in your online classes. Faculty should do their best to determine whether an issue is either technical/technological or academic, and direct you appropriately, as outlined below.

    More info on technical/technology issues: Contact the Technology Support Center at tsc@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8301

    More info on academic-related issues: Contact that Student Success Center at studentsuccess@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.7400.

    Students can also seek support online, via live chat, through the Bellarmine Online Learning Support group in Microsoft Teams.

    Internet Resources and Documents for Students

    Residence Life

    Residential students who need to return to collect personal belongings should sign up for a check-out time here. If you would like to change your current checkout date, please email Residence Life at reslife@belllarmine.edu. We encourage you to follow the guidance of local/state public health officials on travel. Move out operations will follow social distancing and other prescribed cautionary practices. More info: reslife@belllarmine.edu

    Library

    The Library building is closed starting Tuesday, March 24, but Library staff and services are still available to support you! Contact the library via email at askus@bellarmine.edu, AskUs web form or connect in Teams using the Bellarmine Online Learning Support Channel. You may also contact us directly through our staff directory. The library’s eBooks, online journals and streaming media are all available from the library home page. Not sure where to start? Check out our subject guides or course guides.  

    Library items currently checked out will have due dates extended. Materials may be returned once the campus re-opens and fines will be waived. More info: askus@bellarmine.edu

    Food Service

    Food service will remain closed until further notice.

    SuRF

    The SuRF will remain closed until further notice. More info: surf@bellarmine.edu

    Student Concern Reporting

    If you have any Title IX or student concerns, our coordinators are available to help. Contact our Title IX coordinators or complete Student Concern Report.

    Campus shuttles

    Campus shuttles have been suspended.

    International Students

    Updated May 12, 2020

    During this period of global upheaval, Bellarmine recognizes that international students may face special anxiety and concerns about the effects of COVID-19. We want to offer our support and guidance especially during this difficult time. If you have any concerns about your classes, clinicals, internships, travel, the situation in your home country, or other questions, please contact International Support.

    In response to the crisis, Homeland Security is temporarily considering students to be maintaining status while completing courses remotely. There is no requirement that international students remain in the U.S. while classes remain entirely remote.

    Travel for the purpose of education is generally considered "essential travel," and when Bellarmine resumes in-person classes, students should be entitled to return with a valid visa and I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students). However, earlier this spring President Trump instituted travel restrictions for anyone present within the last 14 days in China, Iran, Ireland, the U.K., and the Schengen Area. "Essential travel" is not included in the exceptions listed in the president's order and students will be subject to the travel restrictions until they are lifted.

    We advise all students to consider the risks of legal or practical barriers to travel (such as limited flight options or further travel restrictions) before choosing to depart the U.S. You must notify International Support if you are planning to travel outside the U.S.

    U.S. embassies around the world are currently closed except for emergencies, making new visas difficult to obtain. However, President Trump's April 22 executive order limiting immigration does not include F-1 or J-1 students, who are considered nonimmigrants according to U.S. laws. New students applying for admission to Bellarmine should contact their Admissions counselor or International Support, especially if you do not already have a valid visa.

    All Bellarmine students studying abroad have been asked to return home due to the Department of State's Level 4 worldwide travel advisory. All study abroad opportunities for the summer have been canceled.

    More info: internationalservice@bellarmine.edu 

    Prospective Students and Families

    Updated May 12, 2020

    The university's undergraduate and graduate admission offices and the financial aid office will remain in operation and are available by phone. In-person visits are suspended until further notice. Admission and financial aid processes for the summer and fall semesters are continuing on schedule. Every student who has applied for admission for summer or fall should have received an email from their admission counselor. For information about admissions, visit our Undergraduate Admission site, Graduate Admission site or explore Bellarmine now on our visit site.

    We have created a Facebook group for current and incoming Bellarmine parents and family members.

    Faculty/Staff

    Updated May 20, 2020

    Bellarmine's campus is currently open to employees identified as essential and a small number of students who have permission to live in residence halls. All other employees are required to continue working remotely. If you are a non-essential employee and need to visit campus, please alert your supervisor.

    All employees must fill out this COVID-19 health screening form each day prior to arriving on campus or at your respective work station.

    • If you are an employee who has any of the symptoms or risk factors identified on the form you are not allowed campus entry – not even to your own office or classroom - and you must inform your supervisor.
    • If you are unable to complete this form remotely, please visit the Office of Public Safety on the ground level of Centro's Treece Hall upon your arrival to campus.
    • If you do not have a thermometer, temperature checks are available from Public Safety.

    While on campus, you are required to wear a cloth face mask or covering unless you are alone in an enclosed space (e.g., an office) or alone in an area with more than 6 feet of social distancing. If you do not have one, you may obtain one from Public Safety. If you are unable to wear a face covering because of medical concerns, please contact Alice Kimble, Director of Health Services, mkimble@bellarmine.edu, for assistance.

    The state requirements also ask us to maintain standards such as social distancing and refraining from congregating in common areas.

    Questions: humanresources@bellarmine.edu

    Building Access

    Academic and administrative buildings will lock at 6 p.m. and will require swipe-card access. If you need assistance after hours and you have authorization to access a building, please contact Public Safety at 502.272.7777.

    Campus Services and Office Hours

    Limited campus services will be available after Saturday, March 21, including boxed meals available for pick-up from Palio. Café Ogle and the bookstores are closed.

    Health-Sensitive Staff

    Health-sensitive staff deemed essential (anyone age 60 or older and/or those with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure or other chronic major medical conditions) or those caring for health-sensitive relatives should seek guidance from Human Resources.

    Travel

    University-related travel is strongly discouraged during this period and will need to be approved on a case-to-case basis by your vice president.

    Human Resources

    If you have questions about your work, contact your supervisor. If you have questions about university benefits, contact Human Resources at 502.272.8435. We will provide follow-up communication to answer additional questions that we anticipate you will have.

    COVID-19 FAQ from Humana

    24/7 Care for Your Health with Doctor on Demand

    Doctor on Demand allows you to see a board-certified doctor – for non-emergency care – in minutes from your smartphone or computer. Behavioral health services are also now available by appointment with Doctor on Demand. For the same cost as an in-office behavioral health visit, behavioral health professionals can help with depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and other behavioral health concerns. Visit DoctorOnDemand.com.

    Doctor on Demand Instructions

    Working from Home

    Faculty Support Communication Flow for Online Courses: All the faculty support channels established over the past few days will remain in place for the foreseeable future. In addition to emailing Adam Elias at aelias2@bellarmine.edu, this includes the COVID-19 Faculty Support channel in Microsoft Teams, which faculty are strongly encouraged to utilize for quicker and crowd-sourced assistance.

    Phones: Forwarding office phones to other numbers and sending voicemail to email, learn how on One.Bellarmine.

    Office365 and Microsoft Teams: This remote working platform gives you access to Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other tools, as well as Microsoft Teams, which can be used to conduct group chats or videoconferences. These tools also help to keep our information private and safe. Here is a link to a lot of great, short videos on using Teams.

    Library Learning Express: a number of Microsoft software training options are provided for programs that we use including: Office 365, OneDrive, as well as older versions of Excel, Outlook, and Word as well as the Windows 10 operating system 

    More IT-specific resources: Knowledge Base TSC on One.Bellarmine

    Faculty FAQ: Online Accommodations

    Timecard Information for Employees and Supervisors

    Us Against COVID 19: Tips for Supervisors

    University Events

    Updated May 12, 2020

    Most university events and facility rentals are being postponed until after May 31 for the health and safety of all participants. Outside organizations who have reserved space on Bellarmine's campus during this period should call 502.272.8406 to discuss arrangements.

    COVID-19 Information & Health Tips

    Updated May 12, 2020

    For the latest on COVID-19, visit these websites:

    What health precautions can I take?

    • We continue to encourage members of the University community to take precautions and exercise good health practices.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Do not attend class or work.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • World Health Organization: When and how to wear a mask

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. The university is engaging in enhanced cleaning of common areas.

    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

    If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    What if I feel sick?

    If you feel sick, stay home and seek healthcare services as needed. Take care of yourself and stay home until at least 24 hours after any fever ends.

    Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you have recently traveled to a country with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and are experiencing these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider and Student Health Services. Do not visit your provider until you have first contacted them, as they may need to make special arrangements for your visit. Bellarmine students can also take advantage of Norton eCare Visits over the Internet.

    If you have questions about the virus, please contact Student Health Services by email or at 502.272.8313. 

    Students who are experiencing anxiety about COVID-19 can contact the Counseling Center. Faculty or staff can engage the university’s employee assistance program; details are available on One Bellarmine.

    Key campus contact information

     

    Confirmed Case Of COVID-19

    Updated April 7, 2020

    Dear Bellarmine Community,

    I wanted to inform you that we have received notification of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 within our university community. The person affected is in stable condition and self-isolating at home. This individual has not been to campus since March 12, so the case poses no imminent danger of exposure to our wider campus community. We will not share any information about this individual’s identity out of respect for their privacy, but, of course, we wish them a swift and full recovery.

    As the number of cases grow in our region, it is reasonable to conclude others within our community also may contract the virus. In the future, we will not update you about individual cases unless potential exposure to campus warrants it.

    This case affirms the absolute necessity to continue following protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, including frequent hand-washing, social distancing and leaving home only when it’s essential. Now, more than ever, our collective health depends on everyone’s individual actions. We truly are in this together.

    Your safety and health remain our highest priority. Our administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and updates are posted on this page.

    We ask Bellarmine students, faculty and staff members to self-report COVID-19 confirmations, pending tests and exposures to me through my email: mkimble@bellarmine.edu. If you experience fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, please seek advice by calling your health care provider.

    Thank you all for your continued compassion, grace and understanding during this trying time.

    Stay safe and healthy,
    Alice Kimble RN, BSN, MS, PhD
    Director of Health Services