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Coronavirus Update


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Continue All Classes Remotely for the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 Semesters

CBS leadership continues to monitor the CDC guidelines on eliminating the spread of COVID-19. Using data and trend lines from CDC, the World Health Organization, and other colleges and universities, we believe it is in the best interest of our students and staff to continue all classes remotely for the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters. We will continue to monitor conditions in order to determine if we can return to on-campus instruction on July 1, 2021, for the beginning of the CBS Fall 2021 semester. Read the message from CBS President Dr. Bill Blocker.


Spring 2020 Commencement

Due to the restrictions related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we must postpone the Houston commencement on May 9, and the Indiana commencement on June 20.

Our goal is to reschedule both commencements and contact you as soon as we have more information.

There are few events more anticipated and memorable for graduates, their families, and our staff. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and I look forward to the time when we can come together once again.

Update from Balfour: Caps, Gowns, and Announcements

Representatives for Balfour have informed us that once the caps, gowns, and announcements are ordered and delivered to the student, there are no refunds. However, if graduates have ordered their caps, gowns, and announcements, but the order has not been received, the order can be cancelled and a refund will be issued.

We recommend that graduates who have not purchased their caps, gowns, and announcements, do not order them until further notice.

Class rings

Graduates interested in ordering their class rings may still do so. Rings can be ordered anytime and will be shipped directly to the students within 6 – 8 weeks.


Helpful information:

Technical support for Blackboard, CBS email, and SonisWeb:

Librarian support for research needs:

Tutors to assist with writing papers and other academic matters:

Prayer and pastoral advice at:

All others:

Pass/Fail Option Explained:


On-Campus Classes and Operations Move to an Off-Campus Format March 23, 2020

As of 6 pm (Central Time), Tuesday, March 17, all CBS locations will end on-campus operations and begin remote operations until further notice.

What You Need to Know                               English  |  Spanish
What To Do If You Are Sick                          English  |  Spanish
Stop the Spread of Germs                            English   Spanish


CBS and COVID-19: Keeping you informed 

CBS leadership and the crisis management team are keeping informed and staying updated with current information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Office of Emergency Management-Houston, the Indiana State Department of Health, and our government officials.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. While health officials around the world are still learning about this novel virus, communities, schools, and organizations are being asked to take the same precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 as we would other viral illnesses (such as the flu).

  • CBS will continue to monitor the situation via the CDC and local government officials and will follow their protocol regarding next steps.
  • At this time, we are operating in a “business as usual” manner. If protocol changes, we will alert you via the CBS Watchman Emergency Alert system and our website.
  • We strongly encourage families to read the CDC recommendations as outlined here: CDC Recommendations.


Prevention is Key:

The Center for Disease Control always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Washing 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.