Summary of Key Responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 02

  • President establishes three Coronavirus Task Forces: Academic Area, Student Experience and New Room Conference.

March 04

  • Statement made to community about Task Forces and possible actions.
  • All travel halted from any country with level 2 or higher travel advisory for Coronavirus.
  • Latest CDC information and warnings issued to community.

March 12

  • All hybrid and intensive courses with a residency component will move to fully online delivery for the remainder of the semester.
  • All non-essential Asbury Seminary-related meetings, gatherings, and events are cancelled until further notice.
  • Any student with health concerns or considered in a “high risk” category is granted alternative arrangements for course attendance.
  • Entire community admonished to practice “social distancing” and robust personal hygiene.
  • Latest CDC information and warnings issued to community.

March 13

  • Seminary closes all facilities, campuses and sites effective 5:00 p.m. March 13th until Monday, March 30th. The exception is all Seminary-owned housing, which remains open.
  • All employees will continue to receive full compensation (including student workers) through March 27 (the two-week closure).
  • Commencement and all related activities are cancelled.
  • Students reminded that summer and fall registration online will open as originally scheduled.
  • Latest CDC information and warnings issued to community.

March 17

  • President addresses entire community with a video message.
  • Asbury Seminary to follow all CDC guidelines as the baseline for formulating Seminary policy and actions related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Seminary will not re-open campus offices until March 31.
  • All seminary sponsored gatherings, regardless of location, are cancelled if involving more than ten persons.
  • Entire community admonished to not gather in groups and to practice personal hygiene, social distancing, and follow all CDC guidelines.
  • All international flights by Asbury faculty and employees cancelled until further notice.
  • All domestic flights by Asbury faculty and employees cancelled until at least March 31 as well as any interstate travel until at least that date.
  • Residential, “face to face” instruction to resume on April 13.
  • Latest CDC information and warnings issued to community.

March 20

  • All courses on all campuses and sites will be delivered online for the
    remainder of the semester.
  • Announced launch of Library curbside pickup program beginning March 23.
  • All seminary gatherings of more than ten people are cancelled indefinitely.

March 24

  • President addresses entire community through video message.

March 27

  • Seminary delays the reopening of its physical offices and instructional facilities until at least Monday, April 13.
  • Seminary begins plans for a winter commencement ceremony to honor graduates who were previously approved to participate in the May 2020 Ceremony.
  • Students reminded that academic coursework for Spring 2020 remains on schedule, albeit in an online format.
  • Community reminded to report any COVID-19 diagnoses, proximity to a verified or suspected case, and any travel outside of the central Kentucky area, along with the need to self-quarantine for any of these situations.

March 31

  • Seminary updates response regarding travel to state that any who have traveled out of their respective jurisdiction and will be on, or returning to, any Asbury Seminary property or facility at any location, must report to HR (for faculty/staff) or Student Services (for students) and must follow all CDC and state guidelines for self quarantine and other treatments and/or any other seminary policies before returning to any Asbury location.

April 3

  • Adjustment to the current plan has the Seminary’s physical campus reopening at 8:00am on Monday, May 4th to coincide with CDC guidelines.

April 21

  • Seminary will open physical campuses/locations when state and local jurisdiction benchmarks for a safe return to work have been achieved.
  • A “Safe At Seminary” task force has been created to prepare for the eventual reopening of our locations.
  • Curbside pick-up service at the B.L. Fisher Library is reinstated.

April 28

  • June summer courses that contain a residential component will be moved to a fully online delivery format. 

May 6

  • The Seminary announced that it will implement its Phase 1 Reopening Plan for all administrative and office functions effective May 18th at all locations.
  • Previous restrictions on those in the state of Kentucky traveling outside of Kentucky were lifted (per the Governor’s updated Executive Order).

June 2

  • The Seminary announces all classes with a residential component will resume the face-to-face instructional element as of June 29, 2020 following the appropriate and applicable CDC and state guidance as indicated at each site.
  • As the Seminary’s operation involves many components/functions, these various areas will follow the appropriate, corresponding state guidance for safely reopening of each function.

June 17

  • The Seminary announces that effective Monday, June 29, guests entering any Asbury Theological Seminary building will be highly encouraged to wear a mask while inside. Employees will be required to wear masks inside any Seminary building and when outside their personal workspace.
  • The Seminary announces that effective Monday, July 6, administrative offices will increase their workforce to 75%, and effective Monday, August 17, these offices will move to 100% workforce.
  • The Seminary announces that effective Monday, July 6, employees may resume domestic travel (non-air travel is still preferred whenever possible), but such travel is subject to supervisor approval in advance of making any travel plans.
  • The Seminary extends the restriction on employee and Seminary-sponsored international travel to December 31, 2020. 

July 10

  • Per the action by the Governor of Kentucky, effective Friday, July 10, persons entering any Asbury Theological Seminary facility will be required to wear a mask while inside.
  • The Seminary announces that at this time the Fall 2020 semester will begin on time with in-person instruction. Currently, the only modification to the fall schedule is that all instruction following the Thanksgiving break will occur in an online format. All students will wear masks and sit in a socially distanced manner.
  • The Seminary extends the restriction on employee and Seminary-sponsored international travel until further notice. 

October 28

  • The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) is aware of Governor Andy Beshear’s new Red Zone Reduction Recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • As of today, Jessamine County is not in the red zone.
  • Should Jessamine County enter the Red Zone, CRT will evaluate the situation and take any actions deemed necessary.