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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Bethel University

Stay up to date on the latest developments regarding COVID-19.

We recognize that the continued spread of COVID-19 has caused uncertainty and anxiety in our community and nationwide. We care deeply about the wellbeing of our students and employees and continue to monitor the news closely. We will update this page with any adjustments to the daily operations of the university as we continue to act in the best interests of our community.

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Emergency Management Team

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Bethel has assembled an emergency management team that meets throughout the week to track developments and plan accordingly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. Team members include:

  • John Addleman, special assistant to the president (leader)
  • Jim Benjamin, associate dean for residence life
  • Barrett Fisher, dean of arts and humanities 
  • Tim Hammer, director of marketing and interim director of communication
  • Deb Harless, executive vice president and provost (leader)
  • Zach Hill, director of risk management, safety, and security 
  • Wade Holmberg, assistant controller
  • Ross Jahnke, dean of academic and business operations
  • Sean McArdle, associate director of security operations
  • Liz Miller, director of health services
  • Cara Wald, chief human resources and strategy officer

Sign Up for Bethel Alert

Should there be a need to cancel any classes or events, we will notify the community via the Bethel Alert system. If you are not already signed up to receive these notifications, you can do so here

Employee Resources

Employees can find guidelines and support for virtual work and education in Confluence


Questions regarding COVID-19 and Bethel's response plan can be directed to