Here are some basic facts about what is happening at Tabor during this time. 

COVID19 Quick Facts CARES Act

For helpful resources and answers for students regarding Student Success, Spiritual Formation, and Residence Life click the Virtual Support button below.

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May 6, 2020

In light of Governor Kelly’s plan, we are releasing the final CMT COVID-19 communication: our phased start-up of campus over the summer. This is still subject to further adjustment based on directives from governmental agencies. We are fully committed to a safe and secure workplace. To that end, we are implementing the following phases.

Phase 1 (May 6 through May 17)

  1. Implement added health safety measures across campus as directed, warranted, and in keeping with available supplies.
  2. Allow on-campus prospective employee interviews if deemed essential by the appropriate VP.
  3. Allow individual employees back on campus to work as desired by the employee following Kansas “gatherings restrictions” and spacing guidelines (max of 10 people and 6’ apart).
  4. Temporary approval to proceed with planning summer Tabor-sponsored events; final decisions to be made after June 1.

Phase 2 (May 18 – May 31)

  1. Continue health safety measures from Phase 1.
  2. Allow essential student or other campus visitors with Kansas “gatherings restrictions” and spacing guidelines (max of 30 people and 6’ apart). All requests for visitors must be approved by the appropriate VP.
  3. Employees may seek to work from home. Contact your supervisor, who will seek to balance requests with continuity of broader operational needs.
  4. Employee in-state travel allowed if deemed essential by the appropriate VP.
  5. Starbucks will reopen with spacing guidelines placed on the floor to ensure physical distancing.
  6. Meetings in person (up to 30 individuals) permitted combined with remote participants as needed.
  7. Final decisions will be made for all summer events (including those not sponsored by Tabor) by June 1.

Phase 3 (June 1 and continuing until August 3 when academics and athletics start-up events resume)

  1. Continue with health safety measures as directed, warranted, and in keeping with available supplies.
  2. Campus is completely open and following various health guidelines, including Kansas “gatherings restrictions” and spacing guidelines (max of 90 people and 6’ apart until June 15 when no restrictions remain).
  3. Employees may seek to work from home. Contact your supervisor, who will seek to balance requests with continuity of broader operational needs (all employees will be working on campus beginning August 3).

The specifics of these phases may change and if that is necessary this information will be updated.

April 1, 2020

The Tabor campus is closed but the College is still operating through remote access.  Classes continue to be delivered by our faculty to students utilizing online technology through the end of the Spring semester.

March 29, 2020 (updated March 30 2020)

Tabor College is complying with Governor Kelly’s “stay home” order for the state of Kansas from March 30 to April 19.  All individuals are to stay in their homes unless performing an essential activity. Employees of Tabor, who perform essential functions, “must – to the extent possible…” perform them from home.  Therefore, the campus will continue to be closed to all guests, and visitors. Education continues to be delivered online to students through the end of the semester.

More information will be provided as new developments take place.

March 25, 2020

My thanks to each of you for coming together via Zoom Webinar.  I want you to know that the creativity, determination, and “Can Do” attitude and “Dig in and Do It” mindset of the faculty and staff at Tabor is incredible.  They are rising to the challenge. We Can. We Are. And they are doing it for YOU and for Christ and his kingdom.   

I will be announcing some decisions that have been made regarding Tabor College and our operation for the remainder of the semester followed by opening it up for questions.  Please submit your question via the Q&A button at the bottom of your screen. Frank and Rusty will relay the questions to me. The entire Crisis Management Team is hear to help answer all the questions.  We want you to have all the information possible.  

As you know, our nation is in a national emergency that is altering our way of life.  The coronavirus crisis is forcing rapid changes to how we do things. Like my parents, whose lives were forever altered by a World War and the Depression, so the COVID19 pandemic of 2020 will forever change how we think, act, and approach life.  

Hillsboro Kansas is a retirement community and a college community.  As students, you benefit from this year in and year out. They are your fans, help fund your education, and pray for you regularly.  They love you. However, now there is a national health crisis. We all have an obligation to them for their well being. The common good of our community, the safety of our students, and the Federal, State and County mandates are reasons for us to take the following actions.  

  1. We are cancelling all face to face courses for the remainder of the semester.  All instruction will be done online. Students are NOT to return on April 5 as previously announced.  You will receive an email with more detailed information and instructions.  
  2. The physical Hillsboro campus will remain closed to guests and non-employee personnel. 
  3. All activities and events are cancelled for the remainder of the semester.  
  4. Commencement is rescheduled for October 11 on the Sunday morning of Homecoming Weekend.  The President’s Party for the seniors and their families will be that Saturday evening. Degrees will be conferred in May and diplomas for graduating seniors will be mailed to them by June 1.  
  5. Students will receive an email regarding how and when they will be able to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls.  Federal and state guidelines will be followed. The health and welfare of our students and the community is a priority. These guidelines will also be posted on our website.  
  6. Refund policies for students will also be communicated via email to eliminate any misunderstanding of who qualifies and what options each student has in receiving a refund.  These will be announced by March 31.   
  7. The website, email, and phone will be our primary mode of communication.  

Given the rapid escalation of the situation, when looking back, I know that we will not get everything right.  But I can say with confidence that these actions are, given the information we currently have, what we believe is best for all involved.  We have a responsibility to students, faculty, staff, coaches, and community to do what is best for the common good. These actions are an act of love for the Tabor community, for the greater community, and the advancement of the kingdom of God.  I believe that some day we will look back on this time and say that this was one of our finest hours because by God’s grace and with his help, and all of us uniting together and rising to the challenge, we overcame. I am honored to be part of what we call Tabor College.  

As I shared in a previous speech, Tabor is acquainted with crises.  In 1918 the school burned down. Two years later it was reopened. The windows behind me are a witness to the story. In 1931 the school closed.  One year later it reopened. In the 1970’s four individuals placed their personal wealth on the line to keep Tabor solvent. We are over-comers. We still are fulfilling our mission.  The Centennial Plaza reminds us that We are called to serve. We Can. We Are. We are practicing what Proverbs 3:5-6 says. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.  

I close with these words. 

May the risen Christ, whose resurrection we will soon celebrate, go with you.  Above you to watch over you. Beneath you to lift you up. Beside you to encourage you.  And within you to give you peace. Amen. 

March 23, 2020

In reviewing events that unfolded over the weekend and the Marion County Department of Health directive today, we would like to announce a decision concerning ongoing operations in two online Town Hall meetings for employees and students on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  More information will follow.

Updated 3/20/2020 at 8:21 pm

We offer the following prayer prompts:

  • Pray that the virus would stop spreading and that as many as possible would be healed.
  • Pray for families whose loved ones have died or are suffering from the virus now. Pray that their hearts would turn to God.
  • Pray for an unprecedented release of signs, wonders, and miracles of healing through the Body of Christ.
  • Begin praying that a vaccine will be discovered quickly and supernaturally. Pray for the health organizations, medical workers, and first responders.
  • Pray that the harvest will be so ripened by this shaking that millions around the world will be prepared to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers by the thousands into the ripened fields.
  • Pray for governmental leaders to have wisdom. 
  • Pray this crisis will bring forth unity where there has been such division.  

Updated 3/18/2020 at 4:45 pm

  • The Crisis Management Team met today to discuss matters related to the coronavirus threat and discussed current and upcoming considerations related to our students, employees and the community.
  • As communicated previously, the campus remains closed through April 5 to outside guests.
  • Tabor will be making an announcement on March 25 regarding the student return to campus on April 5 and graduation plans.

Updated 3/16/2020 at 8:20 pm

  • The Crisis Management Team met today to discuss matters related to the changing nature of the coronavirus and to assure the College is anticipating as best as possible the needs of students and the community.
  • The Lifelong Learning program for Friday, April 3rd has been canceled given the current restriction on campus events taking place before April 5th.  
  • The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is canceling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately due to the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to limit gatherings to fewer than fifty people.
    1. 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.
    2. The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available.

Updated 3/13/2020 at 5:05 pm

Due to recent events involving the Coronavirus, Tabor College has canceled the 2020 Concert Choir Tour. We are deeply saddened by this announcement and are grateful to all who planned and worked hard preparing for this. Continue to check back for updates for future events.

Updated 3/13/2020 at 4:15 pm

Tabor College has made the difficult decision to suspend all athletic contests beginning immediately, through April 5, due to the unprecedented situation with the spread of COVID-19.  The ongoing status of these activities for the remainder of the semester will be addressed in the coming weeks.

In a related move and effective immediately, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), has suspended all athletic-related practice, travel, and competitions.  The KCAC Board of Presidents took action on this decision Friday morning.

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 work closely with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Tabor College will continue to work with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on the necessary steps moving forward.

Tabor College is located in Hillsboro, Kansas and participates in the KCAC and is a member of the NAIA.

Updated 3/12/2020

Tabor College is facing an unprecedented situation with the spread of COVID-19.  The health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance to us.  After prayerful consideration and careful planning, we have entered into uncharted territory with an assurance that the Lord is with us. 

Due to our concern regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and our desire to be responsible and respectful citizens, Tabor College is taking the following actions: 

  1. Spring break will continue as planned March 16-20.
  2. All Tabor-sponsored co-curricular activities will be suspended beginning March 13 through April 5. The ongoing status of these activities for the remainder of the semester will be addressed at that time. 
  3. All students who leave campus for Spring Break must remain away from campus until April 5. 
    • Between March 23 and April 5, all classes will be taught online. 
    • The first day of online classes will be Monday, March 23. 
    • Students that are approved to remain in the residence halls during Spring Break may remain on campus during this time with restrictions. Contact the Student Life office for approval:  
    • International students need to connect with Jim Paulus regarding details related to their status. 
  4. A digital Helpline has been established to serve all students during this time:  Questions about academics should be addressed to your advisor.  Students with home situations that need special attention should contact Student Life staff. 
  5. More information about returning to campus will be forthcoming.  

To be clear, there are no known confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus on the Tabor Campus at this time.

As more details become available, they will be posted on this page.  Students are encouraged to check their Tabor email often. Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and prayers. 

We find strength from the words of Proverbs 3:5-6.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight