Daily COVID-19 Update: May 7, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Kentucky update

After the surge in cases announced Tuesday evening  Governor Beshear announced last evening that the number of new cases had returned to the current normal, around 159 and 8 more deaths, so hopefully we are back on the downward slope.

An announcement regarding Title IX regulations

The federal government has just released new regulations regarding Title IX, the law that prohibits sex-based discrimination and harassment at schools, colleges, and universities. We’ve been anticipating this for a long time, since November 2018, when the regulations were first proposed.

Now the new regulations are here, and the real work begins: the work of understanding, explaining, and implementing them. Unlike prior guidance from the Department of Education, these regulations have the force of law and presently are scheduled to go into effect in August. Before then, a committee, along with our General Counsel, Judge Wilson, will work together to ensure that our policies and procedures align with the new federal regulations, along with other federal and state laws, court decisions, and Berea’s values.

In the midst of these changes, Berea College remains firmly committed to ensuring that our implementation of Title IX shall continue to be premised on the importance of respect, sensitivity, and fairness for all our students, faculty, and staff members.

In the coming weeks we’ll provide opportunities to discuss these regulations and how they will impact the College’s enforcement of Title IX.  In the meantime, please contact our Title VII/IX Coordinator, Joslyn Glover, with any questions, ideas or concerns.

Virtual COVID-19 Committee in Berea

A group of caring persons from our town have come together in a committee that meets only virtually to provide assistance to any of our townsfolk who are affected by the pandemic.  There is a nice article describing the group in the Berea Citizen this week

More thanks to students and staff

Whenever I thank groups of Bereans, someone always gets accidentally left out and yesterday was no exception. Student Sydney Coleman is the tour manager working out of the Visitor Center and deserves our thanks along with her co-workers.


Lyle Roelofs, President