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University leadership is currently implementing plans to keep the LCU community as safe as possible as we re-open for face-to-face instruction for the fall semester. There are three mutually inclusive philosophical underpinnings to our plans:

  • We will use evidence-based research to make decisions
  • We will lean on the guidance of local, state, and federal resources
  • We will always be led by our own Christ-centered mission as we establish appropriate standards

While we will not be able to eliminate every risk factor, we are working hard to make the campus as safe as possible.  Following health protocols is everyone’s responsibility and creates a caring environment where we are all doing our part to help keep our community healthy. Every facet of campus life is being examined to provide for you safety and wellness. A general overview of those plans can be found below. Keep checking back to this site as more details are added and as plans develop over the coming weeks.

 

Campus Cleanliness

LCU facilities and custodial crews have implemented the following cleanliness standards:

  • Increased routine cleaning and disinfection in all opened areas daily. Classrooms have been cleaned and locked when not in use and will receive appropriately timed cleaning as occupied.
  • Increased cleaning of high touch areas including door handles and bathrooms according to CDC guidelines
  • Advanced cleaning technology including electrostatic disinfectant sprayers have been purchased by the university for high-use areas.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed in most campus buildings and will be included in all buildings by fall.
  • Sanitizing solution and disposable towels will be made available in all classrooms for faculty and student use between classes.

Campus Protocols for Personal Hygiene

  • According to CDC guidelines, students, faculty, and staff should wash their hands often and supplement that with using hand sanitizer. 
  • All students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to maintain a healthy distance between each other. 
  • The university will be providing an LCU branded mask to all students when they arrive on campus.  Wearing a face mask will be required of faculty, staff, students, and campus guests while in campus buildings and while in proximity to others in outdoor spaces. The only exceptions will be while actively engaged in athletic activity or within your own room or apartment or campus office.
  • A variety of simple health and safety training videos can be found below and, on the university’s, COVID-19 Update website.
  • As the fall semester begins, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to acknowledge through a very simple form their understanding of best practices for staying safe and healthy

Social Distancing - Healthy Distancing

  • Students, faculty, and staff need to observe social distancing whenever possible.
  • To ensure adequate spacing for all classes, an assessment has been made to match class size to room size in order to allow for social distancing.  In some instances, larger class sections may be divided into two separate classes. 
  • Experiential learning environments, such as labs, will also be adequately distanced.
  • Some areas used for community spaces will have occupancy limits to provide for adequate distancing. 

Employees Who are Symptomatic

  • All employees are expected to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Employees are to avoid campus on any day when they exhibit new or worsening cough, fever, or shortness of breath and to seek immediate medical attention.
  • Employees exhibiting potential COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to call or go visit the LCU Medical Clinic or their personal physician.
  • LCU Physician Dr. Jeff Smith or the employee’s personal physician will determine whether a COVID-19 test should be administered.
  • Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 is to avoid campus until cleared by a doctor or another local health official to return to campus.
  • During isolation or quarantine, employees are to coordinate with supervisors to work from home as their health and work duties permit.  If the employee is unable to work due to their health or work from home is not an option, please notify HR

Students Who are Symptomatic

  • All students are expected to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students exhibiting potential COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to call or go visit the LCU Medical Clinic or their personal physician.
  • LCU Physician Dr. Jeff Smith or the student’s personal physician will determine whether a COVID-19 test should be administered.
  • LCU Physician Dr. Jeff Smith will notify Res Life if a COVID-19 test is administered to a student living in campus housing.
  • Any student who is awaiting test results or who tests positive will need to self-quarantine. Those living in campus housing need to follow instructions provided below in the Students Living in Residence Halls or Campus Apartments
  • Students may return to classes when in receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result or are cleared by the LCU Medical Center in coordination with local health officials.
  • The LCU Medical Clinic will notify Justin Archer and Dr. Mills of any positive COVID-19 test results so that academic delivery can be arranged during the quarantine period.

Students Living in Residence Halls or Campus Apartments

  • Safe distancing will be created within shared rooms and a limited number of individual rooms are available.
  • If a student is being tested and has a campus roommate or lives in a residence hall with community bathrooms, Res Life personnel will coordinate moving the tested student temporarily into a campus living space to await test results.
  • Students who test positive and are in campus housing will be moved into designated living spaces on the campus for quarantining.
  • Apartment residents needing to quarantine will do so in their own apartment.
  • Any student who wishes to quarantine at their permanent residence may do so.
  • Students may return to LCU housing when in receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result or are cleared by the LCU Medical Center in coordination with local health officials.

Guests and students needing access to campus offices:

  • All visitors to the campus offices are required to wear a face covering when entering any campus facility.
  • Guests and students with a new or worsening cough, fever, or shortness of breath should not enter campus offices.

Athletics

  • All student-athletes and athletics staff members are expected to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Temperature checks will be taken each day on all student-athletes and athletics staff when entering an athletics facility
  • A student-athlete who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested for the virus
  • Any student-athlete who tests positive for COVD-19 will be quarantined in accordance with university protocols

Chapel

  • The commitment to spiritual life and community-strengthening programs will be evidenced in the different forms that chapel will take this semester. 
  • Space limitations will create a different look for chapels.
  • A variety of delivery methods and Implemented measures to allow for gatherings and alternate programs will create unique opportunities to engage in conversations and scripture.

Residence Hall Move-In

  • New student move-in will involve scheduling to lessen congestion and to provide adequate social distancing in the common areas and the hallways of the residence hall.  Info will be provided in the coming weeks to new students about how to schedule a move-in time, as well as other pertinent details.
  • Masks and temperature checks required for those moving in and those helping with move-in.
  • Directed pathways will be marked for entry and exit.
  • Safety measures implemented including limits on family/friends helping with move-in.  Unloading help will be provided.
  • Furniture in rooms must remain in place as prearranged to maximize social distancing.

University Sponsored Student Travel

  • University student group travel will be limited and considered on a case-by-case. When a student group does travel, masks and temperature checks will be required. 
  • Should a student within the group exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while away from campus, arrangements will be made to get the student back to campus separate from the rest of the group.

Education and Resources

Learn how to slow the spread of COVID-19:

Learn what to do if you think you have had COVID-19. When is it safe to be with others?

How to manage stress and anxiety related to COVID-19:

What are we learning about COVID-19?