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Safety and Wellbeing

At Bethel, we have the privilege of learning and working together in community. As Christ-followers, we have a responsibility to care well for one another’s mental, physical, and spiritual health during COVID-19. 


  • While Bethel will not require students or employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to participate in classes, activities, or employment, we strongly encourage all community members to seriously consider and explore vaccine options and boosters with their healthcare provider. Please note that there will be special circumstances which require vaccination (e.g., clinical placement sites, international travel).
  • Health Services offers the Covid Vaccine and booster doses to all students and employees. Call 651-638-6215 to schedule and for more information.


  • Minnesota is no longer providing free tests to colleges and universities. Up to 8 free tests per mailing address can be ordered at covid.gov/tests. Health Services has some stock available for a small fee.


  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested. Regardless of test results, students and employees should stay home as long as severe symptoms (fever, body aches, etc.) persist.
  • If you test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19, please report that information using the Self-Reporting Form

Contact Tracing

  • Bethel will not provide contact tracing services for employees or students. 

Isolation and Quarantine 

  • If you test positive, students are expected to return to their homes to complete their isolation period. When necessary, students will isolate in place in residence halls. 
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you do not have to report this information. Access CDC guidance for close contacts. 

Social Distancing

  • There will be no social distancing or capacity restrictions.
  • There will be no restrictions on guests or visitors to campus. 

Face Coverings 

  • Face coverings are optional everywhere on campus. However, face coverings may still be required in clinical settings due to federal and state regulations.