Campus Response to Coronavirus and FAQS

What is COVID-19?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease.

What are the symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell. However, this list is not all possible symptoms.

How does the virus spread?

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

    • Stay home when you are sick.

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    • Wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.​

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. You can contact your local health department, or visit the CDC website for additional information regarding COVID-19 resources.

May 31, 2021 — End of Work at Home Operations

After more than a year of primarily working from home, due to government and health related precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, American Baptist College faculty and staff are to return to on campus work, effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

March 7, 2021 — Work from Home Extension Notice

American Baptist College will remain in “Work At Home” status to allow more members of the College’s faculty and staff to become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines that are being made available. ABC employees (and consultants) are directed to work exclusively from home through April 4, 2021.

February 14, 2021 — Work from Home Extension Notice

As we continue to monitor the most current developments and expert guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic, the previously announced “Work From Home” notice is further extended through March 7, 2021.

April 29, 2020 — Graduation Plans

In an effort to ensure we honor our students’ academic success, we have scheduled a variety of activities: including a virtual graduation on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

March 13, 2020 — President’s Directive

As an institution focused on providing ethical, social justice leadership, American Baptist College cannot and should not be an “island unto itself” and must take steps to protect and advance the health of its campus community, as well as the community at large. Therefore, the College’s Spring Break will start today, Monday, March 16, 2020, instead of Monday, March 30, 2020. More details are in the full report.

CARES Act Reporting

Recently, American Baptist College was awarded Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding to provide monetary emergency assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant funding was established to assist students with covering eligible expenses such as food, housing, utilities, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare, and moving/transportation expenses.


Student Portion

May 11, 2020 — Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

Notice of the CARES Act Student Relief Fund with information on student eligibility, application process, and fund distribution.

July 13, 2020 — Follow Up Report

The CARES Act requires American Baptist College to publish the following report to explain how we used the awarded funding.

 September 9, 2020 — Student Emergency Relief Fund Application Form

The Student Relief Fund, provided through funding from the CARES Act, seeks to provide monetary assistance to students enrolled at American Baptist College who are faced with financial hardships resulting from the disruption of regular on-campus operations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Such funds from this second-wave of check distributions are intended to assist students with expenses.

The deadline to apply was September 16, 2020.

February 8, 2021 — Follow Up Report

The CARES Act requires American Baptist College to publish quarterly reports to explain how we used the awarded funding.

Institution Portion

February 8, 2021 — Follow Up Report

The CARES Act requires American Baptist College to publish quarterly reports to explain how we used the awarded funding.