Student Guide - Federal and State Regulations

Immunization Requirements

Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires proof that all students born after 1956 are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella, except for certain specified exemptions. Any non-exempt student who fails to submit the required information within 45 days after first enrollment cannot remain enrolled. For more information, see the Campus Nurse or Dean of Students.

The State of Minnesota does not require you to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, B, C, or Meningitis, but does require colleges to provide information about these diseases and their vaccinations. Information on each can be found at the following links. Students are encouraged to visit with their personal doctor or health care professional for more information.

Sexual Harassment / Violence

Bethany Lutheran College is committed to maintaining high standards of respect and civility, and takes sexual misconduct seriously.  All staff or faculty (other than those listed as Confidential Resources) are required to report any knowledge they have about sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking to the title IX Coordinator.

Please see the Sexual Misconduct page for the complete policy and reporting options.

The Crime Awareness and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus are to be reported to Campus Security at 344-7889 (voice mail/office) or 344-7888 (emergency/pager), the Dean of Students at 344-7745 or the local police at 911. The College will contact the local police concerning criminal actions or other emergencies when they feel it is necessary to do so.

When school is in session, the residence halls of Bethany Lutheran College are locked 24 hours a day. Students may use their access key FOB for entrance into their respective residence hall. Doors are not to be propped open. Visitors wishing to enter a residence hall must be the guest of at least one student residing in the respective residence hall. For other facility hours, see the section of this Student Guidebook entitled ‘Facility Hours.’ Students and visitors are not permitted in buildings after lock-up without authorization of faculty or staff.

A Bethany Campus Security Officer is on duty every night in order to provide security and safety services to the campus. In cases of emergency or for escort services to and from the parking lots or anywhere else on campus, students may call 344-7888.

Bethany informs students about campus security procedures and encourages students to be responsible for their own security and the security of others by means of new student orientation sessions, the Student Guidebook, the Freshmen Seminar course, and residential life meetings.

Any criminal actions that occur at off-campus locations which are controlled and used by the College or student organizations for college related purposes will be monitored by and are to be reported to the local police having jurisdiction. Bethany will make a reasonable effort to obtain local police reports of criminal activity that occurred at these locations while Bethany was in control and using them.

Bethany will distribute timely reports to students concerning campus crimes considered to be a threat to other students and employees that are reported to the Dean of Students or the local police. Such reports are to aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

Annual Security Report and Crime Statistics

Bethany Lutheran College's annual security report is published in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The document describes the College's security policies for on-campus housing, access to facilities, notification of threats to the community, alcohol and drug use, etc. Statistics reported over the past three years for crimes that occurred both on-campus and in the surrounding community are also included. Students can access the report at www.blc.edu/security or obtain a paper copy by contacting the Security Services office at 507-344-7000.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Please see Bethany Lutheran College's policies regarding alcohol, drugs and sanctions.

Higher Education Act of 1998 | Voter Registration

No later than 120 days before the state's voter registration deadline, the college will request a sufficient number of voter registration forms for all students physically in attendance at the college. The college will make a good faith effort to distribute forms received from the state to each student in physical attendance at the institution and will make such forms widely available at the college, so long as the forms are received by the college within 60 days prior to the voter registration deadline.  More information regarding voting and registering to vote can be found at  www.mnvotes.org.