March 17, 2019
Harding School of Theology is open! Classes are in session and our staff is working. However, due to the global health crisis and our concern for the welfare of the HST community, classes are meeting online and our staff is working electronically.
Our campus is closed to the public. If you need to meet with HST personnel, please text or call them to make arrangements.
March 13, 2020
Dear HST Students,
Yesterday you should have received an email from President McLarty describing the steps being taken on Harding’s Searcy campus in response to COVID-19. The purpose of this message is to describe what we have decided to do at HST, based on our particular circumstances. As in the case of the Searcy campus, we are taking these actions because of increasing concerns related to COVID-19 and in order to reduce the risk of its spread.
Our use of Zoom makes our response for the rest of this semester straightforward and relatively easy to implement. It has two parts:
1) Beginning this Monday, March 16, we are requiring local students who normally attend physically to use Zoom rather than come to the classroom.
2) Beginning the same day we are suspending chapel.
We plan to return to normal as soon as possible, but we don’t know when that will be. No decisions have yet been made regarding graduation ceremonies or summer intensives.
The library and the school offices will continue normal operations. Student workers (GAs and library workers) may continue their work. Students may remain in the school apartments.
Our use of Zoom has placed us in a good position to respond to the current crisis with relatively minor changes. We are thankful, and hopeful that we can return to normal operations before the end of the semester.
We recognize that this situation is not static. We will monitor and respond to new developments as they occur.
Dean, Professor of New Testament