Bethel University to modify campus operations due to coronavirus

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Bethel University to modify campus operations due to coronavirus Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter (Photo supplied/Bethel University) Bethel University has joined the growing list of colleges and universities making changes to try to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Beginning Friday, March 13 through the end of the day Tuesday, March 17, all face-to-face classes will be canceled to allow faculty time to prepare digital instruction for the next several weeks. On Wednesday, March 18, classes resume in an online format.Bethel University released the following statement to explain:During times of uncertainty, our hope remains in the God who never changes and is ever-present in times of trouble (Ps. 121).As the situation regarding COVID-19 unfolds, Bethel administrators and the Emergency Management Team have continually reviewed information from local, state and national health agencies to create and implement plans. We’ve actively followed the advice of these agencies, as well as the existing protocols of our emergency management plan. New information leads us to modify the University’s operations in order to fulfill our educational commitments and express care for students, employees and the community.TRADITIONAL STUDENTS: Beginning Friday, March 13 through the end of the day Tuesday, March 17, all face-to-face classes are canceled to allow faculty time to prepare digital instruction for the next several weeks. On Wednesday, March 18, classes resume in an online format. Students are expected to be available during scheduled class times since faculty members may choose to hold a live, synchronous learning experience. Students in programs that require face-to-face activities (e.g., nursing clinicals, teacher education field work, internships for credit) will be contacted by faculty with more information on specific arrangements.ADULT AND GRADUATE STUDENTS: All face-to-face classes will convert to an online format, uninterrupted, starting Monday, March 16.At this time, the plan is to resume face-to-face classes on Tuesday, April 14, following Easter break. The class schedule will continue through April 30, with finals occurring during regular class times. Commencement is still scheduled for May 2. If there are any modifications to this plan, we will announce them by Friday, April 3.Food service and residence halls will be open for students who elect to remain on campus. Employees will report as normal. Outdoor sports that are in season will continue as scheduled. Campus activities and events of more than 100 people will be canceled or postponed.Regarding medical expectations, Bethel is not a healthcare facility, and while our intent is to keep students safe, there are limitations to what we can provide. Despite these limitations, a student’s vulnerability to the virus might not be reduced by leaving campus because the locations to which they travel could have a higher infection rate than here. Therefore, we will maintain campus operations and strive to support the needs of students, while honoring each student’s decision to do what is best for their situation. For students who stay on campus, there may be rare cases where Bethel removes a student from the community for health purposes. Previous articleNotre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold spring football game canceledNext articleSouth Bend Cubs share Minor League Baseball statement regarding delayed start Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – March 12, 2020 0 302 Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Lebanon protesters form ‘human chain’

first_imgDemonstrators form a human chain next to a graffiti during the anti-government protests in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon on Oct. 27. BEIRUT – Protesters formed a humanchain across Lebanon, pressing a historic wave of demonstrations againstpolitical leaders blamed for corruption and steering the country towardeconomic collapse.    Amid a sea of Lebanese flags, peoplejoined hands along coastal roads on Sunday, aiming to span 171 kilometers fromthe south to the north. center_img People from all sects and walks oflife have flooded the streets for 11 days, furious at the “sectarian rulingelite” they accused of plundering state resources for personal gain.(Reuters)last_img read more

Court upholds expulsion of former law student accused of plagiarism

first_imgTinsman is currently a doctoral researcher in cybersecurity at the University of Oxford, according to Oxford’s website. A new three-member panel reviewed the evidence again in February 2017 and upheld Tinsman’s expulsion. The allegations came after Tinsman entered a law review competition in May 2014 and was accused of plagiarizing Gould student Irina Kirnosova’s “Bluebooking” exercise, which was meant to demonstrate the competition participant’s legal literacy, the opinion read. Tinsman appealed her expulsion to USC’s Student Behavior Appeals Panel in February 2015, claiming that her January diagnosis of bipolar disorder and psychosis warranted a re-examination of the decision. Tinsman submitted multiple documents to the panel, including letters from physicians and an MRI scan that showed a cyst pressing on her brain. The Los Angeles Superior Court upheld the expulsion of former Gould School of Law student Claudine Tinsman Monday after a trial court granted her a writ of administrative mandamus challenging the University’s 2014 decision. According to the court opinion, Tinsman allegedly hacked another student’s computer to plagiarize documents for a law competition. “USC takes academic integrity issues very seriously,” the statement read. Tinsman appealed for a third time, this time to the California State Appeals Court, which affirmed the panel’s decision to uphold her expulsion in its opinion filed Monday. center_img The three-person panel disposed of Tinsman’s appeal. According to the opinion, while the panel did not dispute the evidence submitted, none of it indicated that Tinsman was suffering from a mental illness at the time the violations occurred. In a statement to the Daily Trojan, USC wrote that they were “pleased” with the Court of Appeal’s decision. In August 2014, Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards alleged Tinsman violated 11 different Student Conduct Code sections. The allegations said Tinsman submitted material authored by another student as her own and said she attempted to benefit from the work of another student by falsifying documents. “I realized that I had committed a grave error,” Tinsman wrote in a letter submitted to the panel, according to the opinion. “But the voices told me it was too late, that I was worthless, and the only way to avoid imprisonment was to continue the cover-up.” In February 2016, Tinsman filed a petition for a writ of administrative mandamus, which would require the panel to review the new evidence for a second time. The petition was approved, and a court approved the writ in January 2017. The writ named USC, Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry and Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards official Donna Turner as defendants. USC did not appeal the writ. last_img read more