Update: April 6, 2020 (regarding 2020 commencement)
To the TKU Class of 2020,
The leadership, faculty, and staff of The King’s University wish to express to you our sincere congratulations! Graduating with a degree from an institution of higher learning is an accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated and recognized. Through your hard work, you have demonstrated that you are worthy of the honors that come with those accomplishments.
Unfortunately, as you are aware, our world is currently in the throes of a crisis rarely seen as we struggle to mitigate the disastrous effects of COVID-19. In spite of deadlines placed on current social distancing restrictions, it remains unknown whether those deadlines will be stay in place or be extended. This unknown situation makes planning for events scheduled to take place over the next two months untenable.
Consequently, the leadership of The King’s University has made the painful decision to postpone this year’s commencement exercises. We know that this comes as a disappointment to you. At the same time, we know that you understand the reasons for the decision and share with us the neighborly love enjoined in the gospels that place the well-being of others over our own wishes. While painful, it is the right decision to postpone the exercises.
Hopefully, you have noticed that we said, “postpone.” Instead of this May’s ceremonies, we will celebrate commencement on August 13, 2020. You can be assured that we are dedicated to making sure that the postponed ceremonies will be carried out with the same level of joyous excellence as you’ve come to expect. This is an opportunity to celebrate you as well as what God has done at The King’s University.
During this season, we assure you that we are joined with you in prayers for the healing of our land. We lift up all those affected in any way by the virus as well as the personnel working on the frontlines to care for others and keep supply chains operating. We are confident that God will graciously turn to our land with healing and renewal.
Please stay tuned for more information regarding the August 13 commencement events. We look forward to seeing you then!
Directional Leadership Team
The King’s University
Update: April 6, 2020 (regarding summer 2020 classes)
The following important updates to summer courses have been identified. Students should consult with their academic advisors for any specific questions.
- The format of the scheduled May and June intensive courses has been changed, and those courses are being offered online. Students should sign up as soon as possible if they hope to take one of these courses, or any of the previously scheduled online courses. The courses which are newly being offered as online summer courses (May 11-June 28) are the following:
- BIBL 2309/5306 Book of Mark/Studies in Mark (blended course), taught by Dr. Jon Huntzinger
- BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview, taught by Dr. Dan Call (this is a second section of this course, in addition to the section being taught online by Dr. Jeremy Wallace)
- BIBM 6305 Ministry Management, taught by Dr. Robb Brewer
Note: all these courses will be taught contingent on a sufficient number of students registering for them
- The following MMFT courses, which were originally scheduled to be on-ground courses meeting weekly on Mondays from May 11-June 28, are being switched to being offered in a Zoom online format (check with the MMFT office or your instructor for further details):
- BIBC 5101 Current Trends in Counseling – Brad Fairchild
- BIBC 6101 Psychopathology – Brad Fairchild
- BIBC 6102 Business and Ethics – Brad Fairchild
- BIBC 5311 Practicum – Glenna Massey
- BIBC 5313- Counseling Diverse Populations – Shamira Ayala
- No Practicum courses have been cancelled, but students should communicate with the practicum instructor listed on their course schedules and your program directors to verify that there are adequate practicum hours available for the course to be completed by the end of the summer session. Otherwise, students should consider dropping the course and rescheduling it for a later semester.
- The format of the June blended modular course, BIBM 3327/7322 The New Anti-Semitism/Studies in the New Anti-Semitism, taught by Shawn Moir and Michael Brown, has been changed. It will be offered in a Zoom modular format. Further information will be made available by the course instructors and the MJS office.
- The Doctor of Ministry June cohort courses for all cohorts, originally scheduled for June 22-26, will be switched to a Zoom online format. The Doctor of Ministry office and individual instructors will provide more details to DMin students regarding the synchronous and asynchronous schedule and assignments throughout the summer semester calendar.
- The July Doctoral Oxford Intensive, originally scheduled for July 12-18, has been cancelled. DMin students who had registered for those courses (Profiles of Leadership and the Project Proposal courses) should instead make arrangements to register for the parallel June DMin courses. Please contact the DMin office for details and assistance.
- The TKU Oxford Experience, originally scheduled for July 26-August 7, has been cancelled. The blended courses on Christian Unity and Reconciliation, taught by Dr. Cole and Dr. Ulmer, will not be offered this summer. We have made arrangements to once again offer the Oxford Experience in the summer of 2021, and will provide further details in the coming months.
These updates are in addition to the announcements that the campus offices will be closed through May 1, and that Commencement for the TKU Class of 2020 will be postponed until August. We will provide additional details as soon as we can confirm them.
Update: April 1, 2020
The King’s University leadership is continuing to closely monitor the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains to be the health, safety, and well-being of our community. We are sensitive to the financial stressors the members of our community are facing as a result of COVID-19. Therefore, we would like to make you aware of some important events that took place last week.
On March 27, 2020, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Among other federal support, TKU is expecting to receive a share of a $14.2 billion Higher Education Stabilization Fund, which will soon provide emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. The amount has not yet been determined but will be based on the number of full-time enrolled students, as well as the number of Pell grant students at TKU. As soon as more information is made available, we will communicate with the TKU community as quickly as possible.
However, it is important to take note of the immediate relief for our students and alumni as follows:
- The halting of all student loan payments for six months and pausing interest accrual on those loans during that time.
- Each month during this span would still count toward a qualifying payment toward an authorized loan forgiveness program
- Pell Grant recipients would not be required to repay the federal government if they had to leave school because of the crisis
- Any disrupted academic terms would also not count toward the lifetime limit on receiving Pell
Please visit the TKU coronavirus webpage for updates, resources, and additional information as it becomes available.
Update: March 24, 2020
In compliance with the Tarrant County shelter in place order, the TKU Campus will remain closed to the public. All spring 2020 classes at TKU will be held entirely online through the duration of the semester. A decision will be made on April 6, 2020, about the status of our 2020 commencement ceremony scheduled for May 7, 2020. When a decision has been made, this news article will be updated.
March 12, 2020
We hold the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff with great care. With the increasing number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in our country, TKU’s Directional Leadership Team has worked diligently to respond to what the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic.
Based on guidelines given by the Center for Disease Control, Tarrant County Public Health, and the latest data, TKU is adopting these measures:
Extended Spring Break
TKU will extend the 2020 spring break for one additional week, through Sunday, March 22. All on-ground classes will resume entirely online on Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 3. Classes will resume on campus on Monday, April 6, 2020. However, if a community outbreak occurs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or the situation otherwise becomes worse, TKU is prepared to provide classes online for a longer period. To be clear, the TKU campus will remain open and many of our operations will continue.
Here’s a breakdown of the dates:
• March 15-22 – Classes suspended for on-ground students only (online classes will continue as scheduled)
• March 23 – Classes for on-ground students will resume online
• April 3-4 – WIML Course Module “History of Women in Ministry Leadership” meets on campus
• April 6 – All other classes for on-ground students continue as scheduled
Faculty and staff, including campus security, will continue to report to work as usual and take the recommended steps to prevent illness. We are asking all faculty and staff who feel sick to remain at home.
All TKU-sponsored events scheduled to take place before Monday, April 6, 2020, will be suspended.
Thank you for helping keep the TKU community safe. This is not how we foresaw the spring 2020 semester taking place, but we are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. We are so grateful for you, and we’re excited about the opportunity we have to bring the peace and kingdom of God to the world during this unsettling time.
TKU Directional Leadership Team
Please refer back to this news post for on-going updates
For questions, please email one of the following addresses.