COVID-19 News Archive

Listed below are an archive of spring news related to COVID-19:

May 11, 2021 Covid-19 Update

Dear Students, 

Congratulations on your success in finishing this academic year and thank each one of you for the personal efforts you took to keep your friends and family safe throughout this time of pandemic. As you know, more and more people are now vaccinated and Friends University is working to be fully open by the start of the next academic year in August. With that said, here are some new (and some continuing) Covid-19 protocols for this summer.  

1 – Beginning immediately, we will move to a mask-optional protocol.  

2 – Please continue to social-distance – especially when attending class in-person and unmasked. 

3 – If you are a current Friends University student, you will no longer need to fill out the ATS symptom tracker daily. Hopefully by now we have all developed a habit of watching for the symptoms of Covid and know we should stay home if we are feeling ill. 

4 – If you do feel like you should be tested for Covid-19, please contact Robin Johnson, our athletic trainer at for a test on the Friends campus. 

If you have any questions about these new procedures, please let me know. And if you have not yet been vaccinated, remember that Covid-19 vaccines are simple, safe and effective. Don’t miss your shot! 

Thanks, Friends. 

Guy Chmieleski 

April 6, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Update

Dear Friends Community,

Friends University is partnering with Newman University to help keep one another safe and take a shot against COVID-19. Newman University is hosting a vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 8 from noon to 5 p.m. on the Newman campus in the Dugan Library and they are also offering this opportunity to anyone in the Friends community – faculty, staff or students. 

Newman is partnering with the Sedgwick County Health Department and the Guadalupe Clinic in this initiative to provide an opportunity for our community to receive the COVID vaccine. Newman nursing faculty and students will staff the clinic.

Reserve your appointment here and spread the word to your friends. A second vaccine clinic at Newman is scheduled for April 29. 

Vaccinations can also be scheduled through the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) here from 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. for appointments at the former downtown library located at 223 S. Main St. in Wichita or you can schedule an appointment online with your local Dillions and Walmart.  

By getting vaccinated, you can help keep yourself, your family and your community healthy. We strongly encourage all our Friends family to keep doing your part to beat COVID-19 and halt the spreading of virus variants.  



April 6, 2021 Covid-19 Update

Dear Friends, 

It is hard to believe it has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world as we knew it upside down. This has been a defining year in Friends University’s history and is certainly one we will never forget. Although it has been a challenging year, the Falcon community has remained steadfast and strong during this time. I am so proud of how our faculty, staff and students have shown grace and flexibility to remain vigilant in supporting our mission and one another.   

As COVID-19 numbers decline and vaccinations become more readily available, our leadership team has been hard at work preparing for fully in-person classes for the fall 2021 academic year.  Our COVID Response Team will continue to monitor conditions for any contingency plans needed to best serve our students and safety precautions will be put in place to minimize risk if needed – but our plan is to operate as normally as possible. Therefore, we strongly recommend students, faculty and staff get a Covid-19 vaccine.  

We are very optimistic about what the new academic year will bring to each of you and we continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection as we look forward to the fall 2021 semester.    

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to reach out to me at  

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey 


Friends University 

March 11, 2021 Spring Break Update

Dear Students:

As we prepare for a week of rest and relaxation over spring break (March 15-19) and COVID-19 numbers begin to decline, we ask that you continue to be diligent in following safe practices with face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, stay home if you are feeling ill and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

We know it has been a hard year for everyone and we are so proud of the great job our students have done to help keep others safe. Don’t let up now! Whether you travel or stay local, be cognizant of our campus COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of those around you. We are on the home stretch of this semester. Let’s finish well!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the COVID-19 hotline at or 316-295-5298.

January 13, 2021 New Free-Standing Thermometers Available on Campus

Dear Students,

Welcome back to campus! Check out the addition of the new free-standing thermometers available around campus. These are for your use and convenience to check your temperature. The free-standing display provides a simple way for you to monitor signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, along with no-contact temperature scanning. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, notate this reading in the ATS Symptom Tracker immediately and refrain from attending your class, practice, rehearsals and interacting with others. Don’t forget to communicate this with your professors or coaches to make any necessary arrangements. 

Please continue to monitor symptoms and complete the ATS Symptom Checker daily. Your cooperation is imperative to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 How can I help stop the spread of COVID-19?

  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain social distancing – 6 feet apart
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available
  • Stay home from class or activities when you are sick or waiting for results of a COVID-19 test
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID case, please contact Mike Witherspoon at and stay home and quarantine as directed

What are possible symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4F or greater
  • Chills or shivering
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue or feeling more tired than normal

Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the COVID hotline at or 316-295-5298.

Resources from the CDC are listed below.

Covid-19 Symptoms –

Covid-19 Testing –

Covid-19 Vaccines –


Guy Chmieleski, D.Min 
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries 
Friends University 

January 11, 2021 COVID ATS Symptom Reminder

Dear Students: 

As we all come back to Friends for the start of the spring semester, it is imperative that we continue to remain strong and vigilant for the health and safety of our Friends community. Over the holidays many of us traveled or spent time with friends and family so we now need to ask you once again to help keep each other safe. Whether you have already had Covid-19 or even if you have just tested negative, we ask you to help us keep our campus open by wearing your mask, socially distancing and washing your hands.  In addition, we will continue our policy of asking all students to complete the ATS Symptom Tracker daily. This is a critical way for us to help you and a way for you to help our community fight against the spread of COVID-19.   

If you have not signed up for the ATS Symptom Tracker, please click the button below to open the instructions on how to do so.

Thank you,

Guy Chmielski

January 4, 2021 COVID Update

Dear Friends Students and Parents:

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday break and are ready for the spring semester to begin on Monday, Jan. 11.  As we prepare to return to campus, please take a moment to review the testing policy listed below for the spring semester. 

  • Begin logging your daily information on the ATS Symptom Checker beginning Monday, Jan. 4.

Individuals showing symptoms will use a rapid COVID test and follow the guidelines listed below:

  • If the COVID test is positive: You will need to isolate per the current policy and CDC guidelines.
  • If you have a COVID exposure, then quarantine is needed. A rapid test will be conducted using a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on Day 7.
    • If the test is positive, you will need to isolate.
    • If the test is negative on day 7, you may return to class, work, athletics, etc. on day 8.

We look forward to another in-person semester and are excited to see your faces on campus. We cannot do this without all of you and the measures we are all taking to make it possible. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings and practice safe social distancing. For the most up-to-date information be sure to visit the Friends University COVID web page here. This new year brings a new semester full of hope as we continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection. 

Happy New Year!


Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Friends University
Vice President of Student Affairs | Dean of Campus Ministries

Nov. 18, 2020 Thanksgiving Update

Dear Students, 

Fall and winter holiday breaks often include large gatherings of families and friends, crowded parties, and travel that may put people at increased risk for COVID-19. We know that these times together are important, but in an ongoing pandemic with widespread transmission, the safest option is to limit your exposure.  Anytime you gather with people you have not been around for a while, the risk of infection increases for everyone. This virus is being spread by people without symptoms!  

We want you to stay safe over Thanksgiving.  Here are some ideas on how you can do that: 

  • Plan a dinner with the people who live with you.  
  • Don’t go to restaurants or parties with your friends unless you know that social distancing and capacity limits will be followed. Crowds and drinking have been associated with outbreaks of COVID-19.  

If you do have a gathering, do it in a way that slows transmission: 

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) or who has been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days should be encouraged to sit this year’s celebration out.  
  • Before the gathering, establish the expectation that everyone wears a mask. Consider getting your guests holiday-themed masks as a party favor and encourage everyone to wear a mask until it is time to eat. 
  • Arrange your furniture so it is easy for people to stay 6 feet apart. 
  • Keep the gathering small – the fewer, the better. Write down the guest list in case someone tests positive afterward. 
  • Choose activities that you can do while still staying far apart and wearing masks. 


If you must travel away from campus or your local community during the break, we strongly encourage you to conclude the remainder of the semester after Thanksgiving in a remote format. Again, traveling can put people at greater risk of getting sick.

Before you travel, consider: 

  • How much COVID-19 is spreading where you are going and how much it is spreading on campus or in your local community? 
  • Whether you, someone you are traveling with, or someone you are visiting are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • How easy or difficult it will be to keep 6 feet between people. 
  • If you feel sick, get tested, and stay home.  You don’t want to get others sick! 

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Holiday Celebrations 

Considerations for Events and Gatherings 

Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool (PDF) 

Praying you all have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving break!

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min 
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries 
Friends University 

Nov. 6, 2020 COVID Update

Dear Parents:

This information was sent to your student this morning.

Please read the following reminder regarding the upcoming Thanksgiving break. 

It is important to us at Friends University that we do our part to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In doing so, we strongly encourage you to conclude the remainder of the semester after Thanksgiving in a remote format if you will be traveling outside the Wichita metropolitan area for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Friends University offices and campus services will still be open, and classes will resume on Nov. 30 after the Thanksgiving holiday. We will continue to offer in-person classes and Zoom classes will also be available to students for the remaining two weeks of the semester. We ask that you use your best judgment and review the COVID numbers for your town and county in determining if returning to campus is in the best interest of our Friends community.  Food service will also remain open and available after the Thanksgiving break through Dec. 11.  

We are pleased to see the good progress being made on lowering our COVID-19 positive and quarantine cases. At the writing of this email, we are currently at 12 positives and 51 students in quarantine. While still not as low as we would like, our numbers are going down daily. Keep up the good work – remember to wear your mask, practice social distancing protocols, wash your hands, and follow all other CDC safety guidelines.   

Please continue to be vigilant with your COVID mitigation efforts through the Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-29) as you interact with family and friends. We are looking ahead to the spring semester and will continue with the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar with classes resuming on Jan. 11, 2021.   

Let us continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection for our Friends community as we finish the fall semester.  


Guy Chmieleski, D.Min 
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries 
Friends University 

Oct. 29, 2020 COVID Update

Dear Students and Parents: 

I know you have been hearing from us a lot lately regarding Covid and I want to share some good news with you. Our Covid cases have dropped significantly this week. We currently have thirteen students testing positive and 81 in quarantine with a likely reduction of 30 of our quarantined students tomorrow. While these numbers are certainly higher than we would like, I would like to say a huge “thank you” to all of you who have been diligent in wearing masks, socially distancing and washing your hands, and to all of you who observed a full quarantine or isolation. Your efforts are paying off!  

Please continue this good work. I know you’re tired of Covid. So am I! But this is not the time to let down our efforts. All of us here at Friends University want you to continue to be able to take classes on campus, play sports, participate in the Fine Arts, and do as many of the other “typical” college activities we can safely provide during this pandemic.  

Please know that we will continue to send you Covid updates through email, Friday Instagram posts, the dashboard on the website, and you can always contact the Covid hotline with any specific questions ( or 316-295-5289).  

We know there will be ups and downs but we are in this together and in it with an AWESOME GOD who is ultimately in control. 

Stay safe! 

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey 


Friends University 

Oct. 28, 2020 Testing Update

Friends Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff, 

We are happy to announce that we now have a new Sofia 2 Testing Machine at Friends University. This test machine will allow us to do rapid testing (results within 15 minutes) of Friends University students, faculty and staff for COVID-19. From now and through Thanksgiving, tests will be administered under these circumstances unless advised differently by medical staff: 

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher plus one other symptom of COVID-19 
  • Three or more symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 

Students, faculty and staff who have been in close contact – within 6 feet of someone else with a case of COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes cumulative over a period of 24 hours – you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  

Testing referrals will be directed by the Athletic Training Staff for student-athletes and coaches, by Mike Witherspoon from the President’s Office for all other students and by Vi Bumgarner for non-athletic faculty and staff. Tests will be by appointment only and will be operated out of the Garvey Center. No one should go to the Athletic Training Room directly and request a test.  

Please know the safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be of the utmost importance to us here at Friends University. While we are thankful to be able to provide this new, on-campus testing service, efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 should be our first line of defense. Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines of avoiding close contact, wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and washing your hands frequently.   

If you have any questions regarding our new testing procedures, please contact our Covid hotline at or 316-295-5289.  

Stay safe! 

Guy Chmieleski  

Oct 20, 2020 Covid Updates

Dear Students,

As of Oct. 20, 2020, we have been notified of one Friends University employee and 32 students who have tested positive for coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Individuals determined to be a close contact with any of these individuals have been notified if they need to be quarantined. In addition, we have over 150 students who are currently in quarantine and eight faculty/staff awaiting test results or in quarantine as well. If you do not receive a notification from Mike Witherspoon or the Sedgwick County Health Department, you are not being asked to quarantine at this time, nor does anyone in your household need to quarantine.

We are asking students who have tested positive and those in quarantine to attend class virtually. The increase in positive cases on campus serves as a reminder to follow the recommendations to help stop the spread of the virus. It is imperative that you stay home if you aren’t feeling well, wear masks, and stay 6 feet apart. If you have concerns about being on campus, please talk to your professors.

 What happens on campus because of the positive tests?

  • The Covid Response team will decide next steps with the Sedgwick County Health Department
  • All people on campus who are identified as close contacts will be contacted with specific quarantine instructions.
  • Students who are asked to quarantine will need to complete their academic work online or via zoom. These students need to notify their instructors and work out a plan to attend class remotely using one of these options.
  • Physical Plant shall clean and disinfect the areas of possible infection.

Individuals testing positive will not be allowed to return to campus for at least 10 days, or are clear of symptoms for at least 72 hours, whichever is longer. 

 How can I help stop the spread of COVID-19?

  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain social distancing – 6 feet apart
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available
  • Stay home from school and social activities when you are sick or waiting for results of a COVID-19 test
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you have been identified as a household contact or close contact of a confirmed COVID case, please stay home and quarantine as directed

 What are possible symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4F or greater
  • Chills or shivering
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue or feeling more tired than normal

If you, a family member, or a roommate develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider or the Sedgwick County Health Department at 316-660-7300. You can also call 2-1-1 to find a COVID testing site, and access additional COVID information online at  

 We are closely monitoring these situations and will provide you with updates as we know more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 Guy Chmieleski

Oct. 12, 2020 Important Fall Semester Information and Dates

Dear Students:

Fall break is nearly here and we are thankful for the blessings the fall semester has brought thus far. As we approach the upcoming breaks and holidays, we would like to share some important information and dates with you.

For students who are traveling outside of the Wichita metropolitan area for the Thanksgiving holiday, we strongly encourage you to conclude the remainder of the semester, including one week of classes and finals week, in a remote format. We feel this is one way students and families can help continue to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Friends University.

Friends University offices and campus services will still be open and in-person classes will resume on Nov. 30 after the Thanksgiving holiday for students who did not travel outside the metro area or students who are required to be on campus. Food service will also remain open and available after the Thanksgiving break. Students such as athletes, student workers and international students who need to return to campus may do so. Please see your coach or supervisor if you have specific questions or concerns.

We appreciate the diligence of our Friends community for helping to keep our positive COVID cases low and our community safe, but we are not through COVID-19 yet. Please continue to be vigilant at fall break (Oct. 15-16), Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-27) and during the Christmas holiday season (Dec. 12 – Jan. 10), as you interact with family and friends. Remember to wear your mask, practice social distancing protocols, wash your hands, and follow all other CDC safety guidelines.  

We are looking ahead to the spring semester and will continue with the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar with classes resuming on Jan. 11, 2021.  Let us continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection for our Friends community as we finish the fall semester.


Guy Chmieleski, D.Min

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries

Friends University

Sept. 23, 2020 Center on Family Living

Beginning Monday, October 5th we will resume offering on ground therapy services. We will also continue to offer telemental health sessions to existing and new clients currently living in the state of Kansas. Sessions will be conducted using video through Zoom. In order to access Zoom, clients will need a smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer.

Students interested in on ground or telemental health services may go to the Center on Family Living webpage (insert this link for the underlined words) to request services or call (316) 295-5638.

Students may also contact 2-1-1 for a current list of mental health resources or the main line at Comcare of Sedgwick County at (316) 660-7700. Employees may contact EMPAC at (316) 265-9922.

Sept. 18, 2020 COVID Update

Friends Students and Parents,

We hope this message finds you and your families doing well and keeping safe. 

It’s now about two weeks after the Labor Day weekend and we thought it was time to give you a quick Covid update regarding the virus on our campus. Once again, we continue to be pleased with how most of our students continue to wear masks, social distance, wash their hands and take our daily symptom checker. 

Currently, throughout the entire Friends University community (students, faculty and staff) we have thirteen people in quarantine and two positive test cases. Contact tracing has taken place and anyone needing to quarantine has been notified and is included in these numbers. 

Students – Do not let up! You are doing a great job with the daily symptom tracker and this needs to continue. Please, please disclose any symptoms through the tracker so we can continue to protect each other and help keep Friends University safe from the spread of this virus. 

Here once again is the Pledge we have asked our community to live by. We love having you on our campus and with continued efforts from all of us, we will be able to learn, serve and grow together throughout the year. 

We pray for your safety and for God’s blessings and protection to surround all of us here at Friends University.

Have a great weekend!

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries
Friends University 

Sept. 9, 2020 Testing for COVID – Flow Chart


Please find attached a flow chart related to testing for COVID.

We continue to be encouraged by our numbers on campus, as well as all who are wearing masks and social distancing!

Should you find yourself feeling ill, in quarantine, needing a ride to a test, or needing to report a list of close contacts who may have been exposed to a positive test case – please reach out to Mike Witherspoon, from our COVID Response Team, at or 316-295-5289.


Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries
Friends University

Aug. 28, 2020 COVID-19 Week 2 Update

Friends Students and Parents,

It is already the end of the second week of class here at Friends University and overall, we are very pleased with how our students are being vigilant with our required Covid-19 mitigation procedures of wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and taking our daily symptom checker. Since this is a very fluid situation, we think it’s time to give you a more specific update regarding this virus.

Three Friends University students are currently in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and contact tracking has taken place. Due to this and also due to Covid exposure off-campus, we currently have 24 students in quarantine. As a reminder, if anyone tests positive at Friends (whether asymptomatic or symptomatic), they will isolate and contact our Covid-19 Response Team so contact tracing may begin. Our faculty will also work to make sure students are able to keep up with their assignments. At this time, we can quarantine all exposed students on campus. Meals are being delivered to them and they are being checked on daily. We have spent months working on our Covid-19 mitigation procedures and these protocols are now being implemented. We are thankful to the Lord for his protection and ask you to pray with us for our students in isolation or quarantine.

Now is the time to “double-down” on our own Covid-19 mitigation procedures. Students – Please be honest when filling out your daily symptom tracker. It is much better to disclose any symptoms you may have rather than hide this and risk infecting others besides yourself. And certainly, you may have symptoms that are NOT related to Covid-19. Remember, we all took a Pledge at the beginning of the year to “do my part and take responsibility for my own health, the protection of others and help keep the Friends community safe from the spread of Covid-19…”

Friends University is an amazing community of students, faculty and staff. Let’s continue to work together, take care of each other and pray that the Lord will continue to walk with us and protect us during this time of pandemic.

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries
Friends University 

Aug. 6, 2020 Athletics Safety Guidelines and Policies Update

 Coaches and Student-Athletes, 

We will welcome fall athletes to campus in one week. We are excited to begin the new year and to have students back on campus. The purpose of this letter is to give an update of the recent NAIA and KCAC decisions and to inform you of institutional policies that will need to be followed to have a successful return to play. 

We want to reiterate that we understand individuals have different levels of comfort with returning to school and participating in athletics. Any student-athlete that wishes to opt out of competition due to health concerns but wants to remain a student at Friends University will be allowed to retain their athletic scholarship. 

Last week, the NAIA announced that all fall sports championships are moved to the spring. They are allowing conferences to have autonomy determining schedules for the fall. Currently, the KCAC Board of Presidents has asked our KCAC COVID Task Force to present options of playing a normal schedule in the fall and splitting the schedule between the fall and spring. We anticipate a decision being made within the next week. 

Internally, we have developed numerous policies and protocols to develop as safe an environment as possible. All Friends University updates can be found at

Within athletics, we will be following all policies and procedures that are required of us. This includes, but is not limited to, city, county, state, KCAC, NAIA, and Friends University policies. The KCAC has released return to play protocols that were developed by the KCAC COVID Task Force in partnership with the KCAC Athletic Trainers. They have approval by the KCAC Board of Presidents and can be found at:

Within athletics, there are six basic guidelines that must be followed for us to have a successful year. They are as follows: 

  1. Complete the Athletic Training Software Symptom Checker every day beginning no later than August 7, 2020.
  2. Masks are required on campus and in the Garvey Building.
  3. Maintain social distancing whenever possible.
  4. Wear masks until practice starts. There may be times during practice when masks are appropriate.
  5. Enhanced cleaning protocols will continue.
  6. Athletics will follow all Friends University, federal, state of Kansas, Sedgwick County, KCAC, and NAIA guidelines. 2100 West University Avenue Wichita, KS 67213 (316) 295-5700 Fax (316) 295-5030 

Completing the daily symptom checker is essential to having a successful fall. It will be done through the Athletic Training Software. Coaches and our Athletic Training Staff have sent out information on how to sign up. All student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff should begin recording daily symptom checks no later than Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Failure to begin completing the symptom checker by this date may result in not being allowed to practice. 

In the event of a report of a positive test, we will follow guidelines provided by Friends University, the state of Kansas, Sedgwick County, and the KCAC. If these guidelines conflict, we will follow whatever guidelines are the strictest. Friends University is also providing a telehealth service to students with the cost covered by the University. 

At this point, we are planning on having fans at games, but it will likely be limited due to county guidelines. However, we are not going to make an official decision yet as games do not start for another month and things can change. 

During your first team meeting and new student-athlete orientation, we will have COVID educational sessions to discuss these policies in more depth. It will take all of us being accountable to one another and these policies to have a successful year. 


Dr. Rob Ramseyer
Athletic Director
Friends University 

Aug. 3, 2020 Guidelines for Reporting Positive COVID-19 Test


  1. Keep people physically safe. 
  2. Keep students academically safe. 

Student reports having a positive Covid 19 test. Asymptomatic or symptomatic

Faculty member reports having a positive Covid 19 test. Asymptomatic or symptomatic

Staff member reports having Covid 19. Asymptomatic or symptomatic 

In some cases, you may be contacted by HR if they determine that you were in close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid 19.  Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes, with or without a mask.

July 31, 2020 KCAC Fall 2020 Guidelines for Return to Campus, Sport and Conference Competition

KCAC has released a set of guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and fall sporting competition. You can view the guidelines using the PDF below:

July 24, 2020 Friends Athletic COVID-19 Update

Coaches and Student-Athletes:

As we continue to see schools and conferences make different decisions regarding fall sports, I wanted to send this update to you about where we are as of today. As fluid as the situation is, I can’t guarantee that it will stay the same, but I want to continue to give as much information as possible.

I am part of the KCAC Conference COVID Task Force that is charged with planning return to play. We have been meeting weekly since the end of April. This group, in partnership with the KCAC Athletic Trainers, has developed guidelines for safely returning to campus. These guidelines will likely be released to the public next week. We also plan to post additional athletic department policies at that time. In addition, the NAIA has released a document of requirements and guidelines that includes requiring COVID testing for all student- athletes seven days prior to competition. You can find the NAIA document at:

As a University, we have been working hard preparing for the fall as well. Our decisions are being guided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Kansas Department of Health (KDHE), and the work of several task forces on campus. We have an Athletic COVID Task Force working together to ensure all policies and procedures are followed and we provide the safest environment possible for student-athletes. We will require daily screenings for student-athletes, we will test all student-athletes as required by the NAIA, and then test on an as-needed basis. Outside of the KCAC and NAIA documents, below are links of institutional decisions, KDHE, and CDC resources that we are utilizing:

The question I receive most often is if we are going to play. Our plan is to play as allowed within the KCAC, NAIA, and governmental regulations. We will be ready administratively, and our coaches are ready to get to work coaching, training, and mentoring student-athletes. However, we are preparing for any changes that may occur. We are working on multiple levels of contingency plans as a conference so that we can allow our student-athletes to compete this year.

We are committed to providing the safest environment possible for our student-athletes and coaches. This is a unique situation we are in and we appreciate your dedication and patience as we navigate through the fall athletic season together. Please continue to communicate with your coaches and watch for updates at


Dr. Rob Ramseyer
Athletic Director
Friends University

2020 Commencement Canceled

Dear Graduates:

We have made the very difficult decision to cancel our plans for the in-person 2020 Commencement event scheduled on August 8 due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Wichita, and a new order limiting the gathering of groups to 45 persons. As much as I want to congratulate and honor each one of you, for the health and safety of everyone involved, it is not possible to gather at this time.

We are saddened that we are unable to provide an in-person Commencement. We know this is not what you had planned as you wrapped up your college journey. We do want to celebrate and recognize you for your accomplishments and we invite you to participate in the 2021 Commencement event scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021. Future Commencement dates and information will be updated at I know that many plans have already been made for Aug. 8, so I will be in Alumni Auditorium in my regalia from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to personally congratulate you and be available for a photo. If you decide to come to campus that morning, please wear your mask and check-in at the front entrance of Davis Hall for an opportunity to come in to the auditorium.

COVID-19 has disrupted so many plans for celebrations, but it doesn’t take away from all of your achievements. As you enter this new chapter in your life after graduation, I hope you will always know how proud your Falcon family is of you and your resilience during this time. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing what your future holds.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!


Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

July 10, 2020 Face Covering Policy and Classroom Guidelines

Friends University Face Covering Policy

Friends University faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public spaces on campus.  Face coverings do not need to be worn when an individual is alone or is eating or drinking, provided social distancing protocols are followed.  Faculty, staff, and students are expected to supply their own face coverings.  The university will provide face coverings for campus guests, as well as for members of the university community who forget their face coverings.

Please note: If social distancing protocols are observed, the following exceptions to this policy apply:

  • Faculty members do not need to wear face coverings while teaching.
  • University personnel may designate specific activities in which face coverings need not be worn.  For example, university personnel may allow face coverings to be removed during athletic events, fine arts performances, public speaking exercises, and similar activities. 

Classroom Guidelines for Mitigation of COVID-19 Transmission Risk

The guidelines below should be followed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission for faculty, staff, and students:

  1. Classrooms will be arranged in such a way as to allow a minimum of 6 feet between students. 
  2. A 6-foot buffer will be maintained between students and faculty at the front of the room.
  3. Students are required to wear face coverings in all classes.
  4. Students who refuse to wear a face-covering will be asked to leave the class.
  5. Faculty members are not required to wear face coverings when teaching, as long as a 6-foot buffer is maintained between faculty and students.
  6. Instructors have the ability to allow students to temporarily remove their face coverings if they determine the use of face coverings significantly diminishes the quality or effectiveness of a specific educational activity.  Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, public speaking exercises and student presentations. Social distancing protocols must be followed if an instructor decides to allow students to temporarily remove their face coverings.
  7. Group activities will be conducted in such a way as to allow for social distancing.
  8. Students should sit in the farthest available seat from the doorway while entering class and those closest to the door should exit class first.
  9. Students should not congregate in groups in hallways or other common areas before or after class.
  10. Disinfecting wipes will be available at the entrance to each classroom, to allow students to wipe down their desks before the class begins. 

Friends University is working with local and state health officials and following CDC guidelines to minimize risk for those around us. The following CDC links are helpful and may answer your questions regarding COVID-19.

July 9, 2020 Residence Life Move-In Update

Dear Student,

We look forward to welcoming you to the Friends University campus this August! This email will provide helpful information to make the move-in process smoother as you begin your new Falcon journey. Move-in links will be emailed out later in the week.

Residence life

Along with the Friends University Housing Checklist, we highly recommend adding the following items to your packing list.

Two reusable/washable masks (minimum). Students will be required to wear masks when leaving their suite or apartment.

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wipes/bottle of cleaner for surfaces and bathrooms in your rooms
  • Toilet bowl brushes and cleaner
  • Shower cleaner
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Gloves, if accessible
  • Cleaning gloves are recommended
  • Hand soap for the bathroom and kitchen areas
  • Laundry detergent to clean dirty clothes and masks
  • Personal First Aid Kit with a thermometer, any preferred over the counter medications, etc.
  • Consider bringing your own computer to avoid using shared computers for class work

Note: Proper hygiene and cleaning are imperative to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Move-in process

The following information will help provide for a smooth move-in process for our residents.

  • Staggered move-in schedule. Look for an email later this week from Residence Life with a link for you to schedule your move-in date and time.
  • Move-in dates are as follows:
    • FALL Athletes on fall team rosters only will move in by appointment on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • New student/Transfer move-in students will move in by appointment on Friday, Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Returning students will move in by appointment on Friday, Aug. 14 from 1-4 p.m. or by select appointments on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.
  • Each student will have the opportunity to have two guests to help move in.
  • Large rolling bins will be available when you arrive to simplify the move-in process.
  • Upon arrival students and guests will have their temperatures taken and complete a screening form and waiver.
  • Students coming from a state listed on the KDHE travel quarantine list must reach out to to identify an appropriate move-in date to satisfy quarantine requirements and start school activities.

Guest Policy

The Residence Life guest policy has been updated to comply with health and social distancing guidelines for residents and guests. Additional requirements and policies can be found in the Residential Hall handbook.

Residents may host guests between the hours of 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. To protect the health and safety of the campus community, each resident may have only one guest in the residential apartment/suite, not to exceed double the typical assignment level of the room. No overnight guests will be approved during the 2020-2021 academic year. Residents must adhere to other Residential Hall handbook requirements for guests, including but not limited to signing in guests at main offices.

Dining alternatives

Casado Dining Hall has provided the following alternatives to provide additional options and flexibility while decreasing the number of people at one time in the dining hall.

  • Dining options will be available in the dining hall or the Casado Cafe between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day of the week.
  • Self-serve options will not be available except at the beverage station.
  • Food items will still be available for made-to-order options.
  • Tables will be spread out and additional seating will be located in other areas of the Casado Dining facility and outside locations.
  • To-go orders can be placed for your convenience and picked up on the designated pick-up shelves.

Quarantine process

The CDC defines quarantine as keeping someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.

Students will be required to abide by CDC guidelines to quarantine for 14 days in their room and/or quarantine area if they have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if they have visited a location on the KDHE travel quarantine list. If possible, students will be asked to return home for the duration of their quarantine period. CDC quarantine requirements also include checking your body temperature twice a day and watching for symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If a student is sick and thinks they have COVID-19, the student needs to stay home until after three days with no fever and symptoms have improved and ten days since symptoms first appeared.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, the student needs to stay home until after 10 days have passed since the positive test. If the student lives with others, the student will be required to stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets, and use a separate bathroom, if available.

Friends University is working with local and state health officials and following CDC guidelines to minimize risk for those around us. The following CDC links are helpful and may answer your questions regarding COVID-19.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate through this time and work to maximize your Friends University experience and minimize the risk for you and others on campus. Additional residence life information and housing policies can be found here and up-to-date campus-related COVID-19 updates can be found on the residence life page. For additional information or questions, please contact Residence Life at or 316-295-5500.

June 4, 2020 Fall Semester Plans Update

Friends University plans to resume fall classes on August 17, on-campus and in person with athletic and fine art activities. The hallmark of the Friends experience is our dynamic co-curricular athletics and arts programs, close-knit community, and caring faculty and staff. Therefore, we are committed to returning to on-campus educational offerings in the fall. The Friends University Reopen Task Force has been working diligently and proactively to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students while at the same time ensure we continue to provide our excellent programs. Some classes and events may be organized differently to provide safety measures for those involved but it’s important that we offer the Friends collegiate experience. Flexibility will be a key component as the campus reopens and safety precautions will be at the forefront of our operations.

Here is why we are confident we can thrive in a safe manner during the ongoing season of COVID-19:

  • We are small. Size matters and small class sizes within a wide campus footprint allow students and staff to spread out with good social distancing. Small means personal as we know our students well and are able to care for them.
  • We are nimble. Friends University plans to be fully open even if activities require accommodations. Students have expressed the desire to be in person, however online and synchronous virtual classes will also be available and adaptations can be made seamlessly and quickly if the need arises.
  • We are ready. PPE, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, masks, testing resources, and quarantine alternatives will be available, and the campus is prepared to coordinate with county health officials to mitigate any challenges of COVID-19. Students will be asked to bring a mask to campus and wearing a mask is strongly recommended.
  • We are local. Friends University is supported by the local community and local students have the option to live on campus or at home. Likewise, we have a commitment to our local community to educate students who may one day be doctors, scientists, or first responders – just some of the jobs that are so important in society today. Hands-on, high-quality learning in a safe manner is imperative for many career paths.

Additionally, we have determined that we will have a fall break (while encouraging students to stay in town) and resume classes after Thanksgiving unless the situation with the coronavirus requires those plans to change.

While more details will be sent in the coming weeks, I hope you find this information to be helpful and reassuring. Students, you are in our prayers and we are very excited to have you back on campus! I, along with the Reopen Task Force, am committed to making this a special year with better days ahead. Go Falcons!

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey


Friends University

May 4, 2020 COVID-19 Student Relief Packages

Dear Students,

We have been diligently working to create the best possible COVID 19 relief packages for you. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time as we evaluate various guidelines and resources to determine how we could best support you. We are pleased to announce several opportunities for you to receive financial assistance. These relief funds come through a variety of sources and the funds will be distributed to those who qualify. Please read this information carefully.

Spring Room and Board Credits

If you paid for on-campus housing for the Spring 2020 term and/or purchased a meal plan, Friends will provide a credit to the extent that we are financially able, for the unused portion of these services. When evaluating your credit, please understand that there are still fixed costs associated with residential and dining services even when students move off-campus. Assuming you moved off-campus on or before April 17, your bill will be credited on or around May 9. If your student bill is fully paid the credit can be refunded to you or applied to the Summer or Fall semester.

CARES Act Stimulus – Direct Payment to Students

Per the federal stimulus package signed into law on March 27, 2020, Friends University is a recipient of federal funds to be passed along to those who have experienced costs associated with the disruption of campus operations due to COVID 19. Friends University is issuing the amounts below to CBASE (traditional) students based on a student’s enrollment status on a completed FAFSA and other federal guidelines:

  • Full-time, living on-campus: $900
  • Full-time, living off-campus: $500
  • Part-time student: $250

These payments will be made to eligible students as defined under the CARES Act to a student who has completed a FAFSA and is enrolled in ground-based educational classes. Students that are enrolled exclusively online are excluded from the grant. Payments will be generated automatically without the need for an application and mailed to your permanent address in the form of a check. This grant may be considered taxable income.

Additional COVID 19 Emergency Funds

Thanks to our donors and federal relief funds we have additional money for special needs up to $500 per person. Funds are available for any student – traditional, or students in our adult or graduate programs, who have an exceptional financial need because of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Students requesting additional support should complete the grant request form online here and note that it may take several weeks for us to review all the requests.

Please know that we are committed to supporting you as you finish the semester strong. We look forward to having you back on campus as a returning student or to celebrate graduation. Go Falcons!


Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

May 1, 2020 Friends University Campus Reopen Plan

Dear Students:

The Friends University Campus plans to reopen after the Memorial Day holiday. A special Reopen Taskforce has been working to put safety measures in place for the well-being of our community. Based on the health and safety guidance from several state and national sources we have determined the following steps to reopen campus:

  • Summer school classes will be online for the summer semester.
  • Casado Food Service will not be available after May 8.
  • The Library will be closed the remainder of the summer.
  • Campus will reopen after Memorial Day. Offices will begin to reopen in phases beginning in early May. Students may still contact necessary offices by phone or email but are asked not to return to campus until after the Memorial Day holiday.
  • Safe, social distancing, in-person campus tours will resume after Memorial Day.
  • Phased opening will continue until we are fully open in the Fall. Friends University plans to be fully open in the Fall with in-person classes and activities.
  • Until further notice students will be required to wear masks while on campus.
  • Disinfection and sanitation of campus facilities will continue with extra manpower to eliminate possible germs.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus.
  • Temperature checks are being discussed as potential best practices.
  • CDC posters encouraging good hygiene will be posted at each entrance and restrooms.
  • Common areas will be kept closed to continue social distancing and limit gatherings.
  • There will be one point of entry for each building on campus that will require you to sign-in to access the building.

This will be a comprehensive process and we will continue to keep you informed as we navigate through this together. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Friends University, visit Please reach out to me at, if you have any questions or concerns. We are anxious to have our students back on campus with the understanding that the health and safety of our Friends community is a priority.

This has been a unique semester and we are proud of your resilience and flexibility as you finish the semester strong. We are here for you and praying for you each day.


Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

April 22, 2020 Commencement Date Update

Graduating students,

First of all, thanks for your patience with us as we deal with the range of decisions we need to make in the face of the current coronavirus pandemic. We know that the uncertainty has caused many of you anxiety about how you will be able to celebrate your and your classmates’ accomplishments. A joyous occasion, worth a serious celebration. It’s also a significant way for all of us to give thanks for how we’ve worked together to equip each of you (and ourselves) to better “…honor God and serve others by integrating your intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.” Our goal is to make it as joyous as we can under the circumstances.

Early in April, we sent out a survey to every student who had applied to graduate this spring. The results were unambiguous. You want to see and be seen by your friends and professors in person when you receive your diploma and, in the case of graduate students, your hood. Your strong preference for the ceremony is August. We got the message.

Based on your feedback, we are planning commencement ceremonies on August 8, 2020. Our initial plan is to have a hooding ceremony for the graduate students followed by a commencement ceremony.

That being said, please understand that the date is somewhat out of our hands. If the governor of Kansas declares we are not able to hold an assembly of more than a small number of people, we will not have the option to hold a ceremony on August 8. We don’t know what the governor will decide so we are planning as if it will happen on that date. If we cannot gather in early August, we will regroup and come up with plan B as soon as we have clarity about our options.

Please be patient with us as we try to balance our desire for a commencement ceremony with our obligations to our fellow citizens during this pandemic. We care about all of you.

April 16, 2020 Summer Classes Update

Dear Students:

Friends University summer school classes will be offered exclusively online for the summer 2020 semester. The classes will be taught in a remote format online or using Synchronous E-Learning (SEL). Current students wishing to enroll in summer classes may register on the Self Service Banner and are encouraged to speak with their advisor.

For additional information and a list of Friends University summer classes being offered, visit here.

April 14, 2020 Center on Family Living Now Offering Telemental Sessions Update

While the physical Center on Family Living is still closed as a precaution to the spreading of COVID-19, we are now offering telemental health sessions to new clients currently living in the state of Kansas. Sessions will be conducted using video through Zoom or telephone sessions. In order to access Zoom, clients will need a smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer.

Students interested in telemental health may go to the Center on Family Living webpage to request services or call (316) 295-5638.

Students may also contact 2-1-1 for a current list of mental health resources or the main line at Comcare of Sedgwick County at (316) 660-7700. Employees may contact EMPAC at (316) 265-9922.

April 1, 2020 Update: Library Services Update

Edmund Stanley Library is Closed but Digital Library Services Continue

  • If you have any items checked out presently and you receive a three day courtesy notice, if you are able, please just return the item in the library book drop. If you are unable, and if your item becomes due while we are still closed, our circulation staff is currently renewing those items so that no fines will accrue.
  • The library will continue Interlibrary loan services for digital items only. Use online forms or email No physical items may be requested or delivered until further notice.
  • We will be re-instituting online course reserves in support of faculty. Physical reserves may be digitized a few chapters at a time and emailed to faculty to put into Moodle courses. Please email with your requests.
  • Students don’t forget Ask-a-Librarian! If you need help or have questions, please email:
  • Remember FriendLiCat for your online information needs.

We want the library to continue to serve as your pathway to academic success. Please let us know if there is anything more we can do for you.

Take care, be safe, and wash your hands.

Your Library Team

March 31, 2020 Update: Updated Grading Policy

Dear Students:

Friends University has updated the academic policy for choosing the Pass/D/Fail (P/D/F) option instead of the traditional grading scale. This is an option for students to consider. We advise all students to consult with their academic advisor, Academic Success Coach, instructor, coach, financial aid or others to ensure they are making the best decision. These decisions take time and under the unique COVID-19 circumstances, the deadline for the P/D/F option has been extended to May 18, 2020.

The new alternate grading policies are listed below and are in effect as of March 30, 2020. Students must complete the Alternate Grading form which requires an advisor signature. All Alternate Grading forms must be submitted to no later than the May 18, 2020 deadline.

Spring 2020 Grading Policy Exceptions

Students may elect to convert current courses to a Pass/D/Fail grading system through the end of the Spring 2020 Term. The deadline to convert to this alternate grading system will be May 18, 2020.

The last day to Withdraw from a 16-week Spring 2020 class with a WD has been extended to Sunday, April 12, 2020.

The Spring 2020 Grading Policy Exception is in place for the Spring 2020 semester only.

Updated Grading Policy

Undergraduate students may apply up to 15 credit hours taken on an alternate grading system toward a bachelor’s degree. These hours may fulfill major, general education or elective requirements. Students electing this alternate grading system must so indicate before the end of the add/drop period of the term in which the class will be taken.

Courses on an alternate grading system will indicate grades of Pass, D or Fail (P/D/F). A passing grade (P) will be assigned for a grade of C or above and will not affect the student’s grade point average.

March 27, 2020 Update: Limited Computer Lab Hours

Beginning Monday, March 30, a Mac lab (room 210) and a PC lab (room 211) will be open on the 2nd floor of the Business and Technology building for students who do not have access to a computer or internet connection. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The labs will not be open on the weekends at this time.

Students are required to check-in and check-out of the labs. The labs will enforce the local Stay at Home order guidelines for exceptions and maintain strict social distancing and cleaning protocols.

Please direct questions to

March 26, 2020 Partial Shutdown for Faculty & Staff Extended Update

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate these uncharted circumstances. I am proud of how our Friends community has come together to continue operations with all the unknowns and ever-changing information. We have most staff working remotely and some staff reporting intermittently to campus to serve our students. At this time, the partial shutdown for faculty and staff has been extended through Sunday, April 5. Please stay tuned for further decisions on who will be needed to come back to campus to work after this time.

I appreciate each one of you and I want to support you as best I can. I look forward to when we can be together again and until then, please know I am praying for you and your families to stay safe and healthy.


Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

March 25, 2020 Student Refund Update

(updated 4/13/2020)

To all students, faculty and staff:

Grants or credits will be provided to students who move out of their residence hall and return to their permanent residence. Grants or credits for residence halls or meal plans will be calculated on a prorated basis  (Commuter meal plans may also be included.) We appreciate your patience as we receive guidance on the appropriate manner in which to deliver this process.

Please note: There will be no tuition refunds since we plan to help you finish the year strong and online!

Vernon Dolezal
VP of Finance

March 19, 2020 Fine Arts Update

Dear Friends University Fine Arts patrons:

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 Pandemic. In light of the most recent guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all on-campus performances through the end of the semester. This brings us much grief as we know how hard students, faculty and staff have been working on their upcoming performances. However, safety for all is our number one concern so this step is necessary at this time.

Please note that though on-campus performances will no longer take place, some performances, such as student recitals, may be recorded and/or live-streamed to the public. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for up-to-date announcements on these performances.

As you are aware, the pandemic is hitting the economy hard, and Friends University is no exception. If you have purchased tickets to any of our upcoming shows, we humbly request you consider it a donation to the Fine Arts Division. If you prefer to be refunded, we will happily fulfill your request, no questions asked. Please reach out to the box office at

We understand uncertainty can be difficult so we thank you again for your understanding and continued support of our programs. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 updates at for the most up-to-date Friends University information.

With warmest appreciation,

Dr. Joan Griffing

Tim and Gail Buchanan Endowed Chair of the Fine Arts

Professor of Music – Friends University

March 19, 2020 Travel Mandates

Friends University students, faculty and staff will adhere to new KDHE travel mandates

KDHE has issued the following new guidelines regarding travel for individuals who have traveled on or after March 15 to hot-spot locations. These individuals are mandated to follow the 14-day home quarantine procedures. Friends University students, faculty or staff who have traveled to the wide-spread COVID-19 areas will not be allowed on campus or in residence halls until the 14-day quarantine has been completed. In the event a student is in quarantine during the specified move out days, they can contact Residence Life at to schedule an alternative time to retrieve their belongings.

The following locations are considered hot-spot areas and require the 14-day quarantine:

  • Florida and South Carolina on or after June 29
  • Maryland on or after May 12.
  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas on or after June 17.
  • Cruise ship travels on or after March 15.
  • International destinations on or after March 15.

For more information on KDHE travel regulations and proper quarantine procedures, visit

March 19, 2020 Center on Family Living Update

We know that change and uncertainty can be hard. If you would like to talk to a counselor or seek mental health assistance, students are advised to call 2-1-1 for a current list of mental health resources or the main line at ComCare of Sedgwick County at 316-660-7700. Employees can contact EMPAC at 316-265-9922. More on the Center on Family Living can be found at the Center on Family Living webpage.

March 18, 2020 Friends University Coronavirus Update

Dear Friends University Community:

The COVID-19 Pandemic is nothing we have ever experienced before, and we are responding to the ever-changing recommendations and guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. I write to inform you – as we follow the latest federal and state guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups of more than 10 people – how this will affect Friends University for the remainder of the spring semester. Our goal is to finish the semester healthy and strong and we will work together as a community to do so.

Please find the following important information you need to know:

  • Friends University will move all classes to an online instructional format beginning March 30 for the remainder of the spring semester. Please stay in close contact with your professors to complete your classes for credit. If you need technology assistance with your classes, reach out to
  • University housing residents who are away on spring break should not report directly back to their on-campus residences. An email will be sent from the Office of Residence Life on Thursday, March 19, with the necessary information to schedule a move-out time between Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, April 5. Time slots will be enforced to ensure appropriate and safe social distancing.
  • We do understand there will be exceptions to students remaining in residence halls and students must complete the on-campus housing request form here to request an exception to stay in on-campus housing. Exceptions being considered are:
    • International Students
    • Married/Family housing
    • Students with a permanent address in an area heavily affected by COVID-19
    • Students who reside with a family member/guardian with health issues that puts them at increased risk of COVID-19
    • Students without the ability to return to their permanent residence due to other documented circumstances.
    • Students who are considered independent.
    • Students who do not have a permanent long-term address.
    • Returning home will prevent the student from accessing their courses remotely because of insufficient internet and technology capabilities.

*Students approved for an exception will be required to sign a waiver to stay living on-campus. Dining options on campus will be significantly limited, primarily to grab-and-go options at Casado Dining Hall.

If you are among those students who did not leave campus for spring break and are here at this time, we will support you in your scheduled move-out process with the objective to have this process completed as soon as possible. Please contact to schedule a checkout this week or if you have any housing questions.

  • Not only have our students been affected by COVID-19, but the majority of our faculty and staff are now working remotely as well. That said, Friends faculty and staff are readily available to assist our students and can be reached by email or phone.
  • Friends University Commencement events scheduled for May 9 will be rescheduled at a later date. We want to recognize the accomplishments of our graduates and we look forward to celebrating them. Watch for more information to follow for graduation festivities.
  • Our administrators are working with the proper agencies to best determine how unused housing and dining plans will be adjusted.
  • University events have been suspended through the end of the semester.
  • We know that change and uncertainty can be hard. If you would like to talk to a counselor, students can contact the Center on Family Living here and employees can contact EMPAC at 316-265-9922.
  • Please continue to practice good hygiene and take care of yourself.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our Friends Community. Although this is not what we planned for our spring semester, we will continue to serve our students to the fullest during these unprecedented circumstances. I appreciate your patience as we navigate through these unchartered territories. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 updates at for the most up-to-date Friends University information. And please know that I continue to pray for each of you and for all those affected by the Coronavirus. Despite the “social distancing” requirements, our connections are eternal as members of the body of Christ and the Friends University family.


Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

March 17, 2020 Friends University Coronavirus Update

In compliance with yesterday’s White House briefing stating Americans should not gather in groups of more than 10 people due to the coronavirus, Friends University faculty and staff will be working remotely effective immediately through March 29 and the campus is closed to visitors until further notice. All students are currently on spring break which has been extended through March 29 and then they will be taking their classes online March 30 through April 3.

March 16, 2020 NAIA Cancels 2020 Spring Sports Season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Due to the growing state of emergency of COVID-19, along with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the NAIA has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Sport season, effective immediately, the organization announced today.
“All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward with the spring sports season and championships.”
In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.
“We are obviously disappointed for our student-athletes and staff that our spring sports season will not reach a conclusion, but the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, staff and campus community is of the upmost importance”, said Dr. Rob Ramseyer, Friends University Athletic Director. “We appreciate the decision of the NAIA to grant our student-athletes an extra year of eligibility and not charge them with competing this season.”

Stay tuned to and our athletic social media accounts for any further updates and info.

March 14, 2020 Bookstore Update

The Friends University bookstore will remain open for students who need to purchase textbooks and other supplies. During the week of March 16th-20th, the bookstore will be open from 10 AM until 2 PM each day. In addition, the bookstore website is offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING on all orders. Please go to for updates and to shop online.

March 13, 2020 Dining Services Update

Dining Services On-Campus:

March 13: Dining Hall closes for Spring Break per schedule.
Monday, March 16th – Friday, March 20th: Lower Casado options will be open each day from 11am-1pm. Freddy Bucks, cash, credit accepted.
Monday, March 23rd: Upper Casado Dining Hall re-opens with normal hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Lower Casado options will be assessed depending on numbers on-campus)

March 13, 2020 Athletics Update

The KCAC has made the decision to suspend all Athletic events indefinitely, effective immediately.

This includes all athletic-related practice, travel, and competitions for all member institutions.

Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of student-athletes is the conference’s highest priority. The KCAC Board of Presidents views this decision as the necessary step in addressing the public’s concern with the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

The KCAC Board of Presidents will communicate frequently in the days ahead to determine when and if the suspension can be lifted. The KCAC will continue to work closely with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in determining when and if NAIA Spring 2020 Championships will be played.

In considering when and if the suspension can be lifted, conference officials will look to establish a date when practices can resume, followed by a subsequent date when competitions can resume.

Stay tuned to to follow this rapidly developing situation.

Information from the KCAC was used in this release.

View the Friends Athletics website post here:

March 12, 2020 Fine Arts Update


With the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and with our primary concern being the safety of all, the Friends University Fine Arts department has made the decision to cancel all on-campus public concerts/shows happening now until April 6th. Some events may be rescheduled or moved to another location but further information will be sent out if that is the case.

Please note the following events are affected:

  • Singing Quakers Home Concert (March 28-29)
  • Chamber Music of Gwyneth Walker (April 1)
  • University Community Orchestra concert (April 1)
  • Concert Choir and Wichita Community Children’s Choir (April 2)
  • Student Directed One-Acts (April 3-4)
  • Judy Dove Gallery Opening (April 3)
  • All free dance classes

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate how to best move forward.

If you have any questions, please contact the box office at 316-295-5677 or

March 12, 2020 Update

Dear Friends University Community:

With careful planning and guidance from the CDC and health officials, the Friends University Administration has been monitoring closely the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our primary concern is to keep our students, faculty, staff and community members safe and do what we can to limit person-to-person exposure to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. There have been no reported cases in Wichita and a limited number of cases in Kansas, however we feel it is in the best interest of our community to extend spring break by one week for students. The campus will remain open and faculty and staff will continue to report to campus as normal. Students as you prepare to leave campus for spring break, here is what you need to know:

  • Spring break has been extended by one week from March 14-29 for ALL Students.
  • All classes will resume on Monday, March 30 in an online format. At this time face-to–face classes will resume on Monday, April 6, although there is a possibility that some, if not all of our courses could be adapted to an online or alternate mode of delivery.
  • Students need to watch their campus emails and check Moodle for communications from their professors as specific class requirements may vary from class-to-class.
  • Students are encouraged to return to their permanent residence. In the event students are unable to return to their permanent residence, the residence halls will be open with limited food service.
  • KCAC athletic events MAY be suspended temporarily. More information will follow as it becomes available.
  • Continue to watch the Friends University website, for more updates.

Please be sure to exercise good hygiene and take care of yourself. Your assistance in maintaining good health and limiting the spread of the virus protects our community. Please keep those who have been affected in your thoughts and prayers. For further questions or concerns, please email

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

March 9, 2020 Update

Dear Friends University Community:

This webpage can be accessed at and has been established to act as the main location to update our Friends University community of any changes or pertinent information you need to know. We encourage you to share this page and check it daily. For more detailed and up-to-the-minute information, please review the Coronavirus information on the CDC website here or the Sedgwick County Health Department website here.

As you are aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other influenzas have been reported in the United States and around the world. While this is a cause for heightened awareness of flu symptoms, it is not cause for panic.

We understand you may have questions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Our response team is monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and working closely with the Sedgwick County Health Department to make any necessary decisions about our institution if the need arises. We will continue to keep you updated with new information as it becomes available to us.

As we look forward to spring break and the approaching travel season, we encourage your assistance with everyday CDC recommended preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and germs, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick. If you have a positive flu test, honor the 5 days after symptoms started rule. Do not come back to school until you have waited the full 5 days.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Coronavirus can have flu-like symptoms including mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you suspect flu-like symptoms, contact your medical professional immediately.
If your travel destination takes you to a CDC Level 3 location, we respectfully request a self-imposed 14-day isolation period and refrain from returning to campus before the 14-day period is over.

Our primary concern is for the health and safety of the Friends University community. In the event there are significant changes, our response team has specific action plans in place to proactively respond to the health and safety needs of our community. We will continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus and update as needed.

For questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at


Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

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