4 years ago

EXCLUSIVE: The complete Bentley-Mason affair audio recordings and transcripts

Then-First Lady Dianne Bentley, suspicious that her husband, Governor Robert Bentley, was having an affair with his senior advisor, Rebekah Mason, on multiple occasions pressed “record” on her cell phone, left the room, and captured the governor having intimate conversations with his mistress.

Included in those recordings, which were obtained by Yellowhammer News, is overwhelming evidence that Governor Bentley and Mrs. Mason had an intense emotional and — based on their discussion of past events — physical relationship with each other.

Governor Bentley has apologized for making “inappropriate” comments to Mrs. Mason, but has denied their relationship was physical.

The complete audio recordings and transcripts can be found below.

BEACH, BREASTS AND BOXER SHORTS



(Video above: Audio recording of conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)

Well, we just got home and Dianne’s going for a walk on the beach, so that worked out perfect.

I’ll be able to talk to you, just for a few minutes.

It’s beautiful, a beautiful day — cold. It’s cold, though. It is here, the wind’s blowing.

Hey, stay there for just a minute, I’m fixing’ to come up there and sit on the back porch with you. Can I sit by you, and can you put your head on my shoulder? I’ll put my arm around you.

What’s songs have you been listening to?

Well, I was so afraid — this just worked out perfect — because I was so afraid I just wasn’t gon’ have a chance to talk to you…

Well, I’m sorry, baby. You know, it’s just — you know how it is. I know. We do. I do and you do. It’s just — we do. We really work hard, baby, we really do. Hey, I love you. I know you do. Hey, listen, sweetheart, I want you to have a good time, ok?

Look, baby, you’ve been getting up early for me for a long time.

(Laughs)

Bless your heart.

I love when you come to see me. You know, I’ve been thinking about — I’ve been thinking about, I think I am going to rearrange the office if Wanda retires. She’s not gon’ retire, she’s going to work part time, but I think that would be a good time to do it.

(…)

I don’t want ‘em right there. Honestly, I really don’t. And it doesn’t have anything to do with you and me — well, part of it does — but really and truly I don’t think somebody needs to be right there listening to every word that is said in that office; I just really don’t.

(…)

What, baby?

I do you, too, baby. I do, Rebekah. I just, I miss you. I wish I was with you right now. You know, it is, it is scary. I almost… I kinda, do you just start worrying about us just a little bit?

(…)

You know the other thing, too, baby, we are so much alike. I know, we are. We are.

(…)

Well, I love you, and I do. You know, I worry about sometimes I love you so much, I worry about loving you so much. I do. I do. You know, I feel like, all the time I’m thinking, “How can I contact her? How can I call her? How can I text her? How can I be in contact with her? How can we do this?”

(…)

Constantly.

I know that.

I know.

Well, we do. You know, it’s just, a while ago I text you and I said, “I’m sorry I haven’t been able to call,” I said something along the lines of, “How much time,” or, something like, “I’m sorry I’ve not had…” It went to Zach.

Well, no, he said, he text me back. He said, “Did you get the videos,” and he said, “You sent it to the wrong person, did you get the videos?” And I text him back, I said, “Yea I did, Zach.” I said, “Thanks.” I said, “I didn’t mean to send this to you, I had some people I needed to call.” So, it was fine… He couldn’t tell who I was sending it to. And it didn’t say, “Hey, baby, I love you so much and I’d like to spend the rest of my life with you…”

(laughing)

You’d kiss me? I love that. You know I do love that. You know what? When I stand behind you and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts, and I put my hands on you and pull you in real close. Hey, I love that, too.

(…)

Put my hands under your shirt.

(laughing)

That did you in?

Oh, babe. I know. I’m thinking about that right now, so I better quit.

You were thinking about (it)? Yea, I could tell you were thinking about it last night.

I changed the subject, didn’t I?

(…)

I know, babe. It’s ok. Everything’s gon’ be fine. We’re gon’ be alright this week. I know, I know, I know. I know it is. I know.

Hey, I love you. I love touching you. I do. Hey, I do, I do love putting my hands (inaudible) and just pulling you in real tight. I do, I do, I do enjoy that.

(…)

But, baby, let me tell you what we’re gonna have to do, we’re gon’ have to start locking the door. If we’re gonna do what we did the other day we’re gonna have to start locking the door.

You know what, it is kinda scary. Somebody open that door? Mmm.

(…)

It is a beautiful day… It is. It’s a little cool down here because the wind’s blowing. I mean, it is a beautiful day.

(…)

Hey, let me call you and let me look at you. Can I? Hey, I’ve got about five minutes, ok? Ok, I’m gon’ hang up. Alright. Bye.

(FaceTime ringing sound)

Bentley: Where are you? Oh, there you are.

Mason: I’m right here!

Bentley: Hey!

Mason: Can you see me?

Bentley: I can, I can. Can you see me?

Mason: (inaudible)

Bentley: Well, it’s your favorite shirt.

Mason: (inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, you look beautiful.

Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, listen, listen to me. Take your earring off and let me kiss your ear.

Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)

Bentley: Oooh shoot! Let me kiss that left ear, ok? Can I whisper something in that ear?

Mason: Here you go (inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, I love you. Hey, you look great.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, it is. Do you want to see something that’s pretty?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: It is, isn’t it?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I wish I could hold you real tight right now.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I think you look beautiful right now. Our phone is breaking up, isn’t it?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I lost you. Now I’ve got you back! I got you back. I got you back.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I did. I did. It’s good. They came this morning, fact. See, I thought I was gon’ stay here this afternoon and wait on them. But they came this morning. Bless his heart, this little boy from (Elrod?)

Her: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Yea, I know. He came this morning before I had my clothes on.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Him: He just got to see my boxer shorts. No. Hey, you’ve seen those. Listen, he didn’t see my boxer shorts. I did actually put my pants on before I went to the door.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Matthew and Katie and Riley are coming.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, I’m gon’ call you back on the phone, ok?

Mason: (Inaudible)

(Back to cell phone)

Hey baby. Yea, they’re coming tonight.

I know, bless her heart, I haven’t seen little Riley but three times since she was born. So I’m looking forward to seeing her. I think they’re gon’ stay ’til Monday. Matthew’s gon’ help me put the beds and stuff together in the new house. So we’ll spend a little time together.

You can text me any time you want to. We may not be able to talk tomorrow, but who knows?

I probably will. But I’ll be thinking of something.

Yea. You could feel my hand. Uhhh… What’s that song? “The magic moment.” Ohhh (inaudible).

I know. I know, I know.

Well, is it, is it bothering you?

Ok. Ok.

Mmm. Hey, sweetheart (inaudible)… I do. I know, we have a good time together. We do.

Baby, our conversation is fixin’ to come to an end.

Well, I’m talking about in the next three or four minutes. But before it does, please have a good time. And listen, don’t worry, we will be in contact, ok?

It is. It really is right now. Listen, Matthew and Katie are gon’ be here. This is gon’ be a good weekend. I mean, it’s really been good. It’s been good. So you just — everything’s fine. And, anyways. One more time, let me tell you, I love you, baby. Ok? I do. I love you, sweetheart. And have a good time and just think about, if you’re thinking of me, you know that I’m thinking of you, ok? Bye, bye.

Well, I’m gon’ have to go. I love you, baby. I do love you. We’ll stay in contact, ok? Alright, bye, bye, sweetheart.

LOVER’S QUARREL



(Video above: Audio of a conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)

Hey, baby. I have been surrounded by people all day long. And then I’ve been called by eight million folks from Montgomery. I get texts from everybody in the world from Montgomery. And you know what? They said, “I sure do hope you’re having a good time at the beach.” And I started to say, “Y’all are crazy as hell,” too.

You know, I love you.

I’m sorry.

How you doin’?

No, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about Blaine calls me fifteen times, and Bill O’Conner calls me. And we’ve gone all over the whole county trying to find furniture. And I ain’t paying $1,500 for a piece of furniture, you know? Well, Dianne’s not trying to do that anyway.

And y’all go to the play in a few minutes?

(inaudible)

That’s why I’m stressing out ‘cause everybody’s around and I’ve had security guards everywhere I’m going… (inaudible)

You’ve got folks near you?

Well, I’m sorry, baby… I’m just going through the frustration that I’ve had all day long.

(Inaudible)

No, I’m not mad at you, I’m just… Well, sweetheart, it’s not your fault. It’d be this way and it doesn’t have anything to do with you and I texting. This is this life.

(…)

Anyway, y’all had a good day? Have you had a good day?

Sweetheart, you seem mad. You miss me?

I told you it was not you, ok?

Well, I have had a million folks calling me. It’s just amazing. When I leave it’s like, “No, I know you’re on vacation, but (inaudible).”

Hey, I love you. And I miss you.

Did you buy some pretty stuff?

What’s the matter, baby?

Are you having one of your down times?

I’m sorry. Baby, hey listen, sweetheart, don’t get mad at me.

(…)

I know, you don’t know when you can text me, when you can call me. I know that. I know. I know that, sweetheart…

Ok. Ok, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Baby, it’s not your fault. I am…

You can do it…

I know, sweetheart. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Please, baby, don’t. Just don’t. Listen, baby, I know. I know.

I thought we had a lot of good contact today.

(…)

Look, sweetheart… You do the best you can, and I’m doing the best I can, ok? I really am. I really am. Look, I have to fight for everything (inaudible), ok? I mean, I really… Baby, let me tell you, I’m looking right now at a text from Wanda that says, from Pam Chestnut, “Can Cary and Franklin have at least an hour following staff meeting on Monday morning? That would be a great time to get bills signed and returned. We also need to schedule some time Tuesday as well, just in case.” And you know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking, “That time isn’t your time, that’s the time I want to spend with Rebekah, ok?” You know, baby, so…

(…)

I’m sorry.

(…)

You need to tell me when you’re going and coming back. I know what you’re saying. I do… Baby, I do care. I wanted to know. See that’s why I didn’t text you last night. I honestly thought that you were at the play last night. That’s why I didn’t text you, ok?

Well, but I appreciate you (inaudible). What time y’all leaving? You leaving at 6 o’clock? You gotta leave. Ok, baby, I know you gotta go. Please, listen, Rebekah. Listen to me, ok? I love you. I go through a lot and you go through a lot. We both go to a lot of trouble just trying to be together.

And, sweetheart. Listen to me. I love you. I’m telling you I do. Alright?

But I love you.

(inaudible)

Did that picture bother you?

I’m sorry.

Well, baby, we have to go on with life. If we don’t then things are gon’ fall apart, ok?

(…)

No, you can feel any way you want about it and I understand that.

(…)

Baby, I love you, ok? I love you. And I know, baby, we’re in a difficult situation, ok? And unless I make things as normal as possible here, it’s gon’ be hell, ok?

(…)

Please don’t do that. Baby, just don’t…

(…)

It hurts.

(…)

What can I do? You get through at what time tonight, 9? Our time? Ok.

Can I just text you then tonight (inaudible). Ok. I will.

Listen, have a good time tonight, ok? I’m sorry. Can I tell you that I love you and you believe it? I do. I’m telling you I do, baby. I am, sweetheart, please, I’m just doing the best I can, ok?

Ok, sweetheart. Alright you’ve got to go, ok? (Inaudible).

I’ll text you tonight, ok? I promise.

Baby, I want to.

Baby, I, Rebekah, have I ever said (inaudible). I told you I loved you because I’ve loved you forever… This is not something new, I’ve loved you forever. I’ve loved you for many, many years. I’ve loved you for, I know, four. And I love you more now today than (inaudible). And I miss you. And I miss you. And I wish you were here with me right now, ok? And I wish I could hold you and I wish I could kiss you and I wish, you know, I wish that — I do.

You’ve gotta go now. They’re gon’ wonder where you are. Alright. You have a good time now tonight, and I’ll text you after a while. Nine o’clock our time? You’ll get it when you get back. Ok. Ok. I love you. Alright, sweetheart. You have a good time tonight.

You have a good time and I’ll talk to you later, ok? Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk to you. Ok. I love you.

18 mins ago

Sen. Doug Jones misleads on Trump administration’s coronavirus response

It should come as no surprise that the media and their Democrats are blaming President Donald Trump and his administration for the COVID-19 virus.

Call it predictable, call it politics, call it sad, but at the end of the day, call it wrong.

When U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) took part in what should have been a non-partisan conference call with the Alabama Department of Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, he took the time to call out the Trump administration for its lack of action early on in the pandemic.

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After blaming the actual people responsible for this pandemic, China and the World Health Organization, Jones said, “I’ve been disappointed in the administration and their early responses.” He added the president and his team had a “cavalier attitudes.”

Too bad he’s wrong.

And truthfully, it’s not even an original thought as former comedienne Sarah Silverman beat him to it by two days.

In response to Silverman, the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra took her apart with a timeline that tells a different story.

January 3: Tried to get CDC into China (numerous attempts made/China never allowed)
January 6: Began issuing travel notices (issued multiple)
January 7: Created issue management system
Janurary 17: Began screenings at airports
January 20: Announces work on development of a vaccine
January 21: Activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response
January 23: Sought a “special emergency authorization” from FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test
January 23: China finally quarantines Wuhan, had lied to the world for weeks about what was going on and how contagious the virus was and deadly
January 29: Creates Coronavirus Task Force
January 31: Bans travel from China / Declares public health emergency / suspends entry from foreigners who pose risk of transmitting coronavirus
February 2: CDC expands screenings at airports
February 5: Briefs lawmakers about pandemic
February 6: CDC ships tests
February 9: Briefs governors about pandemic
February 11: Expands efforts with private sector to expedite vaccine
February 14: Partners with local labs to conduct influenza surveillance to see if alarms are going off
February 24: Writes Congress asking for billions to combat coronavirus
February 29: Bans travel from South Korea / Iran
March 3: Donates entire quarter’s salary to fighting coronavirus
March 4: Announces massive buy in N95 masks (which Obama-Biden admin depleted and never replaced
March 6: Signs $8.3 billion to combat coronavirus
March 11: Bans travel from Europe/made numerous moves to lower interest rates

March 13: Declares national emergency, freeing up $42 billion.

Over 100,000 Americans are dead, but Jones has to play politics because his job depends on it.

I don’t blame Jones. He’s mostly echoing the talking points of his party, their true leaders like Silverman, and rightly expecting very little actual push-back.

His only hope of hanging on to his job is pleasing the people who fund his campaign and hoping they will keep dumping their money into his account from New York, California and Washington, D.C. He can only do that by blasting Trump, whether he needs it or not.

But President Trump listened to his health officials and our current trajectory is far below the early projections of 2.2 million dead. This is a success.

Monday morning quarterbacking might make Jones and his handlers feel better, but if he is going to do it, he needs to be accurate.

On this front, he fails miserably. And he looks like another politician who doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 hour ago

UAH Hockey saved after supporters successfully raise over $750K in less than five days

Just one week after the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) announced that its men’s hockey team would be discontinued, UAH on Friday confirmed the program has been saved by supporters.

The university last Friday had listed financial shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for cutting the popular program.

Following that announcement, a GoFundMe was launched on Monday evening in an effort to raise $500,000 by close-of-business on Friday. That ambitious goal was reached shortly after noon on Friday, with hours to spare.

As of 2:30 p.m. CT, the GoFundMe had garnered a total of $516,585 from more than 2,200 donors. Additionally, a t-shirt fundraising page had raised an additional $29,792.

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In addition to these crowdfunded donations, UAH in a statement advised that two long time hockey supporters, Taso Sofikitis and Sheldon Wolitski, have each gifted $125,000 to support the program.

In a statement to Yellowhammer News, UAH Athletic Director Cade Smith confirmed that these funds, combined with the crowdsourced funds, will enable the program to continue for the duration of the 2020-2021 season. The total amount of almost $800,000 in private dollars is the largest athletic campaign contribution in the history of UAH.

In addition to the private funds, UAH President Darren Dawson has committed dollars from the university to cover the balance of the hockey team’s operations during the upcoming season. The program will continue to compete in Division I.

Moving forward, supporters of the program will still need to secure long-term funding and competitive stability.

“We are thankful and gratified from the loyal support that has been demonstrated this week by the fans and alumni of Charger hockey,” stated Dawson. “We are hopeful that this support will translate into a sustainable funding model that will allow the UAH hockey program to rise again to high levels of success.”

Smith said, “The university is fully committed to the upcoming season. The university will work with the supporters of the UAH hockey program and a newly formed Hockey Advisory Board to develop a plan that will allow the Chargers to thrive in 2021-2022 season and beyond.”

One key obstacle moving forward besides funding will be UAH Hockey finding a new conference, as their current conference is disbanding following this upcoming season.

Smith stressed that “UAH is committed to building a world-class D1 hockey program with a permanent conference home that will allow the Chargers to continue past the 2020-2021 season.”

To continue beyond the current season, UAH said that the Chargers must develop a five-year philanthropic funding model and resolve the associated conference-related issues.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

2 hours ago

Alabama Lt. Governor Ainsworth comments on death of George Floyd

The death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police Department custody on Monday evening has sparked bipartisan national outrage, including in the Yellowhammer State.

The situation on-the-ground in Minneapolis has gradually deteriorated since video footage of Floyd’s death surfaced. Four officers have been fired, however no one had — as of Friday morning — been charged. What began as peaceful protests demanding justice for Floyd have escalated into heavily publicized rioting, looting and arson.

President Donald J. Trump on Friday tweeted that the Minnesota National Guard has arrived in the city to get a hold of the situation.

This came shortly after Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth (R-AL) in a social media post warned, “Chaos rules without law and order.”

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“The death of George Floyd In Minneapolis was inexcusable and angers me greatly, but we must remember that all but a few officers are dedicated servants who risk their lives daily,” Ainsworth said. “My thanks to those who serve in law enforcement. Your brave service is appreciated. Chaos rules without law and order.”

Earlier in the week, Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge shared a photo of the since-fired officer who was video taped kneeling on Floyd’s neck, with Partridge saying, “This is not a police officer. This is not American law enforcement. This is someone who has no integrity, honor, emotion, or respect.”

Partridge currently serves as president of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police.

“These four people have stained every professional law enforcement officer who swore an oath to protect and defend the communities they serve,” he continued, referring to the former Minneapolis PD officers.

“It is up to every officer, supervisor, and administrator to stand against this type of abuse of power. Each of these four officers will be prosecuted, as they should,” Partridge advised.

“As a police officer, I do not see color; I see human beings with thoughts, feelings and I will be the first to stand and say enough is enough to this type of rogue behavior by anyone,” he added. “To see this type of brutality makes me sick and disgusted. But, I know justice will prevail in this case. We just need to allow the system to work.”

Partridge remarked, “While Americans have the right to peacefully assemble and protest, they do not have the right to riot, loot and destroy innocent people’s property.”

“Please know that 99.9% of American law enforcement officers do the job flawlessly every day and risk their lives doing so. We work extremely hard to make inroads into the community and build strong relationships,” the Alabama police chief concluded.

UPDATE:

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis PD officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, media outlets reported Friday afternoon.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

4 hours ago

Alabama’s OWA to reopen amusement park on June 5

OWA this week announced that it will officially reopen its popular amusement park on Friday, June 5, at 11:00 a.m. CT, incorporating enhanced health and safety measures that were developed based on guidance from the CDC and health officials.

The heightened health and safety measures are being implemented for guests and team members to ensure the well-being of everyone visiting OWA, which is located in Foley, Alabama.

The new policies, which can be found here, will include health screenings for guests before entering The Park at OWA, installation of additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the resort, enhanced cleaning and sanitization practices, and added signage to encourage social distancing.

“Our entire team has worked tirelessly the past few months to get The Park ready for guests. We are excited to see guests enjoying the rides and share special family moments once again,” stated Kristin Hellmich, OWA’s director of marketing/PR.

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“We have always taken great pride in our Parks’ safety and cleanliness,” she continued. “The upcoming Park reopening will be no exception as we continue to implement recommended health and safety practices to ensure our guests have a great experience.”

Additional steps are being implemented to accommodate social distancing, such as limiting the number of guests allowed in the amusement park at one time. Riders will continue to purchase an attractions wristband to enjoy a day filled with unlimited access to amusement park rides. Guests wishing not to partake in any attractions can purchase a $5.00 Non-Rider Pass, which allows guests to enjoy strolling The Park and watching loved ones without having to purchase a full-priced ticket.

Downtown OWA businesses began reopening in April consistent with state health orders and continue to welcome guests using recommended health and safety standards.

Restaurants now open at OWA include Groovy Goat, Crazy Donuts, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Trattoria Pizza & Italian, Hershey’s Ice Cream Parlor, C’est Le Vin Wine Bar & Shop, Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon.

Retailers currently open include Fairhope Soap Company, Parker & Co. (a women’s boutique), Alvin’s Island, The Spice & Tea Exchange and Body Tune Plus.

Brandon Styles Live is currently welcoming guests to both his Magic and Variety shows six days a week. Clash eSports Center, OWA’s state-of-the-art video gaming venue, and Sweet Tooth at OWA are set to open on June 5 in conjunction with the amusement park.

The Park will be open seven days a week during the summer season. Learn more at OWA’s website here.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

4 hours ago

Auburn offering on-campus instruction beginning with second summer mini-term

Auburn University on Friday announced plans for its second summer mini-term that include a variety of instructional delivery methods, including on-campus instruction.

In March, the university announced its decision to suspend on-campus instruction for the full 10-week summer session and the first of two summer five-week mini-terms following guidance from public health officials due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision announced Friday comes following months of careful preparation, with the recently amended State Health Order allowing for increased access to educational institutions beginning June 1.

Beginning June 29, Auburn plans to offer multiple course sections during the second summer five-week mini-term through a variety of instructional delivery methods. Consistent with the updated order, the university’s options incorporate important measures designed to protect students, faculty, staff and the broader campus community.

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“Following the Governor’s guidelines, Auburn is preparing to start re-opening our campus to students slowly,” stated Auburn University Provost Bill Hardgrave.

“While the pandemic has not affected our ability to offer quality instruction, it did restrict our options for delivering instruction,” he continued. “With the new guidance from the state, we can utilize instructional delivery modalities that will enable our campus to implement important protocols as we prepare for the broader re-entry of students this fall.”

In addition to the face-to-face and online options Auburn traditionally offers, the university will also offer blended and Hyflex courses. With blended courses, students utilize both face-to- face instruction and remote learning. Hyflex courses provide a structure that gives students the flexibility of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online or doing both through synchronous delivery. As the university prepares to implement physical distancing guidelines across campus, both blended and Hyflex options will reportedly enable students to experience some face-to-face instruction while remaining flexible to accommodate the institution’s safety protocols.

Auburn advised that more than 3,000 students are currently registered for courses in the second summer mini-term, with almost 150 faculty slated to teach. By working with their colleges and schools, faculty can select which of the four modalities best align with the learning outcomes for their courses to deliver instruction. The type of delivery method will be published so students can make informed choices when building their course schedule.

Opening academic buildings and offering face-to-face instruction during the latter part of the summer will allow the university to begin implementing several new protocols developed for students preparing to return in the fall.

Among these, the university will employ a mobile COVID-19 health check for all students and faculty, and appropriate social distancing will be followed in classrooms.

Following the university’s transition to remote teaching this spring, all faculty going forward are being asked to create a “syllabus B” in the event of a resurgence of the coronavirus that requires the institution to once again transition to full remote instruction.

“The second summer mini-term will allow us to glean important information for the fall,” Hardgrave concluded. “The current plan is to implement some key elements for summer that we see as necessary for fall and prepare to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to learning environments that support the well-being of our campus.”

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn