LCU Community Health Update - Coronavirus

The CDC has urged communities to plan for the likely future spread of COVID-19 in the United States. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is very important, and Lubbock Christian University will continue to monitor the situation with national, state, and local health officials as we work to ensure the safety of our community.

Healthy Habits and Prevention

As with other viruses, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for additional details and for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

March 27th Update

Campus Operations

The events of the past several weeks associated with COVID-19 are unprecedented.  We are all adjusting to a new way of doing things in new places and in new ways – and this includes day-to-day operations of the LCU Campus.

To secure the safety and health of our staff, faculty and students, and in alignment with federal, state and local health and regulatory guidelines, most of our campus facilities are closed.  Only essential university employees have been granted access to our facilities, and even then, social distancing and other safety restrictions are mandated.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

LCU Public Safety will continue to provide 24-hour surveillance.

Should you confront an extraordinary circumstance and need assistance, please call LCU Public Safety at 806.928.6803.

March 26th Update

Academic instruction and finals for all classes will be provided via distance learning through the end of the spring semester.

Distance learning will commence on Monday, March 30. Specific details regarding course access and procedures will be sent from faculty to students via email.

Our hope was to resume vibrant, on-campus life for the remainder of the semester. However, this is no longer possible, and we must take steps that are in the best interest of sustaining the educational enterprise for now. More details can be found here.

March 20th Update

In view of the continually changing environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic, LCU is amending the guidance provided earlier this week, consistent with new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal, state, and local health officials. Important points are noted below:

  • Specific restrictions for our residence halls are now in effect so that we are only accommodating students with special circumstances such as international students. We have encouraged all students to remain in place provided it is safe for them to do so.
  • For the students whose circumstances require them to be on campus, only limited services will be provided.  For example, the Rec Center is closed, and only take-out food service will be available.
  • We are encouraging Faculty and Staff to work remotely as much as possible and insisting employees at greater risk work remotely. 

Detailed guidelines were provided to students via their LCU email and are available here.

 

 

March 18 Update

In view of the changing dynamics created by COVID-19, LCU is adjusting plans for campus based on the most recent guidelines released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House. Of utmost importance to all of us is keeping you safe and healthy, while helping you continue your academic pursuits.

As of today, based on current guidelines from the CDC and the White House, the University will be operating on the schedule as outlined below:

  • Spring Break has been extended by one week for students. Residence halls will reopen for residents Sunday, March 29, at 1:00 p.m. Students needing campus housing before March 29 can request a special exemption by contacting housing@lcu.edu.
  • Academic instruction for all classes will be provided through distance learning beginning Monday, March 30, and until further notice. More specific details regarding access and procedures will be shared with students as they become available.
  • Faculty and Staff will report to campus on Monday, March 23, to finalize details for distance learning instruction and to establish a reoriented safe environment considering CDC recommendations for students who choose to live on campus during this period. Guidelines and best practices for avoiding larger gatherings of students for those on campus will be provided prior to March 29. 
  • Registration for fall 2020 will take place as scheduled beginning Monday, March 23, at 8:00 a.m. for those with senior hours, graduate students, and honors students.

As we move forward with an extended break and with the utilization of distance learning when classes resume, we understand that some students will choose to stay home, while others will choose to return to campus. LCU faculty and staff are dedicated to making the experience as pleasant and effective as possible, but there may be some challenges as we all adjust to a new normal for a while.  As you get into the new routine, please let us know if you are encountering any difficulties for which we might be able to offer a solution.

As stated in the Student Handbook, official communication with you as a student will occur through your LCU email account, so any changes and updates to this schedule will be shared in this medium.  Updates will also be posted to the LCU website to which you can point family and friends.

The Interim Leadership Team is prayerfully dedicated to godly wisdom and discernment as they make decisions during this unique situation affecting our community, state, nation, and world. We humbly ask you to pray regularly for LCU’s campus leadership, faculty, and staff as they strive to provide you with the best possible solution for you to continue your academic pursuits with minimal disruption in a safe environment.

 

 

 

March 12th Update

The coronavirus (COVID-19) occurrence has been the topic of much conversation and news coverage. Your safety and health are of critical importance and LCU leadership has been continuously monitoring reliable sources of information such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Last week, because of escalating concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 and upon the counsel of the CDC, university-sponsored international travel was suspended until further notice. Since then, you have likely heard of universities suspending on-campus classes, extending Spring Break or making other scheduling changes.  While we respect the decisions made by others, we have not received any authoritative guidance indicating it would be in the best interest of LCU students to make extensive changes at this time.  

The university will resume operations beginning Monday, March 23 with all student services available, however, classes will not resume until Wednesday, March 25. Students who may feel their well-being could be compromised through their ongoing activities on campus should consult with their personal physician. For those instances, a form for your physician to complete can be found here (form no longer needed) which will allow for alternative academic instruction. 

The leadership team will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and seek guidance from our local, state, national, and international health agencies.  While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the LCU campus, this decision was made due to the unpredictability of the virus and its rapid spread. If such guidance dictates the need for further changes, we will update our plans and notify you by campus e-mail

Spring Break will afford us an opportunity to deep clean and sanitize our facilities, to implement extra precautionary measures in the Cafeteria, and to prepare some housing options in case we need to provide quarantine accommodations to any campus residents in the future.  We urge you to be vigilant in your health and well-being, taking extra precautions while on campus and while you are on spring break.

While community unfortunately provides the opportunity for disease to spread, the LCU community also provides opportunities for faith, hope and love to spread as well.  We pray that the Lord will allow us to safely maintain the continuity of that community through the end of the semester.

Sincerely,
Presidential Interim Leadership Team