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Bethany details move-in procedure amid virus

BETHANY — Bethany College has finalized details for its student move-in on Aug. 13-14 and subsequent mandatory COVID-19 testing.

Free testing for COVID-19 will be between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 for freshmen and Aug. 15 for returning students. Students are required to walk to the Rec Center for their testing as the college also will host a communitywide drive-through testing.

Failing to be tested for COVID-19 on Aug. 14 or 15 may result in the student being asked to leave campus or be quarantined and assessed a $150 noncompliance fee.

All students must arrive on campus at their assigned times on Aug. 13 for freshmen or Aug. 14 for returning students. Students who arrive late will be unable to enter their residence hall until the next available slot.

During move-in, campus traffic will be designated as one-way and vehicles should start at the Oglebay Gates and then proceed to the Campus Loop, where students, while remaining in their vehicle, will be met near Morlan Hall and provided with their books.

Vehicles should then travel to the Coal Bowl, where students, still in their vehicle, will have their temperature taken and be required to sign the “Protect the Herd” pledge and acknowledge they understand the Bethany College COVID-19 policies.

If their temperature is in the acceptable range, students will be directed to the appropriate residence hall to pick up a room key. Any student who has a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be required to leave campus immediately.

Commuter students must arrive on campus to go through the screening process and to pick up their books.

All students are asked to self-quarantine and self-isolate for at least five days before their scheduled move-in time and are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. Students who test positive for the virus should stay home and begin classes online.

Students are required to submit proof of health insurance and proof of immunizations to Carol Tyler, director of the Wellness Center, at ctyler@bethanywv.edu.

Upon request and approval, students may take their classes online for the fall semester. For more information or to apply, students should contact Dean of Students Jerry Stebbins at gstebbins@bethanywv.edu.

A mandate by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice requires all people 9 and older to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth while in a public indoor setting. Bethany also dictates that masks be worn indoors and when social-distancing is not possible.

Under Bethany policy, face coverings or clothing that is objectively racist, homophobic, sexist, or demeaning in nature is not permitted and will be considered a violation of the student code of conduct regarding harassment and actions constituting bias.

A comprehensive guide to Bethany COVID-19 policies is available on the college website.

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