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COVID-19/Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions


Fall 2020

Updated: July 27, 2020 - 8 a.m. CT

As Lindsey Wilson College prepares to transition classroom instruction to an online learning format, we have created a page of frequently asked questions that will provide a variety of resources to help with the transition.

Academics

Will there be a shortened semester to reduce the possibility of an outbreak on campus?

There will be a modified calendar for A.P. White Campus day classes to compress the fall semester, but the semester will still have 15 weeks of instructional time. Final exams will end on November 25th for the A.P. White Campus. Online, web, evening, and graduate classes will remain on the originally published academic calendar. Evening classes in session 2 will be converted to web classes. Evening classes in session 1 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the best approach to instruction. Students will be notified by instructors with specifics regarding session 1 evening courses. It is important that you realize with these calendar changes, that you are expected to access the online portion of your courses beginning August 22. You will be expected to come to your first in-person class having completed some sort of preparation.

What technology improvements will be implemented for online and hybrid learning?

We are upgrading classroom technology to include new computers, microphones, webcams, and speakers in all A.P. White classrooms. We also are ensuring full-time faculty have access to laptop computers with webcams.

When will Commencement/Graduation ceremonies occur?

Commencement remains scheduled for December 12, 2020. We will be monitoring circumstances to determine how we can offer a safe experience for our graduates. It is possible that faculty will not be in attendance at Commencement because we need to maintain social distancing. The exception would be for doctoral candidates, who would have a faculty member present if hooding is an option under the health requirements in December.

What process do we go through for students in high risk categories that request accommodations?

Students at high risk will be given the opportunity to take classes remotely. This opportunity is being supported by a significant investment in classroom technology. Because of Kentucky Board of Nursing requirements, Nursing students may not be able to refuse clinical or lab without delaying their program by a year. Would it be possible to create a Google Form to gather information from students about their intentions for fall? This will help us plan classes. Faculty recognize the need to be flexible for students who decide to go home part way into the semester.

How does travel and approval for travel change?

We expect there will be very little to no travel for students, faculty and staff during the fall semester except for a scheduled athletic contest. Any student-athlete not comfortable with traveling to represent the college will not be penalized and will retain all financial aid awarded. Any faculty or staff travel will need to be approved by the corresponding vice president.

Have any decisions been made about the Spring Semester?

At this moment we anticipate that we will return to a life before Covid-19 and resume a full semester of activity, social interaction and close personal relationships. The first day of the Spring semester is January 11, 2021 and we look forward to your safe return to campus.

Do I have to wear a mask during class?

Yes, though faculty may wear a face shield in place of a mask only when teaching so their voices travel better and students can get visual cues. The use of face shields in place of face masks is an option, not a requirement, so faculty who prefer to wear a mask may continue to do so.

How will social distancing be practiced in the classroom?

Social distancing will be practiced through changes to your class meeting schedule, reducing classroom capacity, and hybrid instruction. You will attend each class in person one time per week. The remaining instruction will be provided online via Blackboard. Your faculty will provide the same lesson to one half of the class on the first day of in-person instruction each week and then repeat that lesson to the second half of the class on the second day of in-person instruction each week. This will allow us to implement six feet of social distancing within the classroom setting and will ensure you have the high-quality face-to-face experience that led you to choose LWC.

Upon returning to campus in August, you will be provided with information regarding which day you will attend your classes. This approach to scheduling is for the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff.

Will students have their exams prior to the Thanksgiving break?

Yes, exams will be completed on Monday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Exams will be given online to ensure social distancing and a revised final exam schedule will be published in the academic catalog.

Does this mean students have the option of attending face-to-face or online or will their classes operate both ways?

Students will have the option of completing their courses by returning to campus or remotely. A fully online option would be available only if your intended major is offered fully online and if there is space in the classes. Students who choose to return to campus will attend in-person classes one day per week as explained above. If a student opted to remain at home and join classes remotely, the student will join the in-person session using videoconferencing on his/her assigned day. The remainder of course delivery will be completed on Blackboard, just like students who return to campus. This option is being made available for any students who have underlying health concerns or who just are not comfortable with a return to campus for Fall 2020. There are some majors in which all courses cannot be completed remotely, for example nursing because of clinical requirements. In these instances, a student can take elective hours to remain enrolled. It will be important for students to work closely with their academic advisor if they desire remote instruction for Fall 2020.

Will alternative grading options be available for fall classes?

No, we will use our regular grading options, as we did in the Spring 2020 semester.

Will my professors have in-person office hours?

Faculty will be in their offices preparing for classes and attending meetings via technology. However, there will be no face-to-face meetings in faculty offices this fall. You will meet with faculty using videoconferencing, such as Google Meets.

Can I come on campus now to schedule my classes and meet with my advisor?

You should email your advisor to set up a Google Meets session for advising.

Can I meet with my advisor in-person or do I have to have a virtual meeting?

All meetings with advisors will be virtual during Fall 2020.

What is hybrid learning?

Hybrid learning is a mix of in-person (or synchronous video conferencing) and online instruction for each class. This allows us to provide a personal learning experience while maintaining social distancing. Students will attend classes in person once per week. The remaining instruction will take place on Blackboard in an asynchronous approach (the material is there and you can access it at a time convenient for you as long as you keep up with course due dates and assignments). Limited courses may meet in person twice a week because of the number of credits or the size of the class. In these instances, you will be contacted by your instructor with more details.

Will attendance policies be adjusted so that students are not forced to attend class if they don’t feel well?

The upgraded classroom technology will allow a student who is not feeling well to attend class from his/her residence hall or home. The student will need to contact his/her instructor in advance to access this type of attendance.

Will the date to withdraw from classes be extended the way it was in the spring semester?

No, the last day to withdraw or drop a class will not change.

How will fall classes be affected by these changes?

Classes on the A.P. White Campus have been modified to a M,F and a T,R hybrid schedule. Deep cleaning in classrooms will occur on Wednesdays. Some labs and a few other classes will continue to meet on Wednesdays.

How will the fall and spring academic calendar be adjusted?

In the fall, classes will begin on Saturday, August 22nd and end on Wednesday, November 25th. Homecoming has been moved to the spring semester. There are currently no changes to the spring schedule.

Athletics

How does travel and approval for travel change?

We expect there will be very little to no travel for students, faculty and staff during the fall semester except for a scheduled athletic contest. Any student-athlete not comfortable with traveling to represent the college will not be penalized and will retain all financial aid awarded. Any faculty or staff travel will need to be approved by the corresponding vice president.

Will athletic teams be permitted to travel off-campus?

Yes. Teams will travel primarily to participate in Mid-South Conference contests. When possible, there will be an emphasis on competing in the state of Kentucky and reducing overnight travel for non-conference contests.

What changes will occur with athletics to promote health and safety?

Screening will occur prior to all athletics related activity. This includes practices, competition, conditioning, meetings, and weight training. When practical, masks shall be worn and capacity limited. All athletes will be screened prior to departing for a school-sponsored trip. Masks will be required while riding in vehicles. Hand sanitizer will be available. Vehicles will be disinfected prior to and after athletes enter and exit the vehicle. Hotel stays will be reduced. Only two athletes will be permitted per hotel room. When possible, food will be delivered to the team.

Communications

How will visitors to campus be informed of campus expectations and restrictions?

Signs will be posted in areas frequented by visitors to inform them of expectations.

If a person visits admissions, they will be informed that they must do a health assessment the morning of the visit. They are limited to one guest. Temperatures are taken outside and masks are required.

For visitors and vendors not reporting to the admissions office, the LWC representative who issued the invitation for guests on campus is responsible for the health assessment and other LWC health and safety guidelines.

How are new students and parents being alerted of these plans?

When the college releases a statement with information about our plans to re-open, the same statement is emailed to new student and parent email addresses provided through the Virtual New Student Orientation program. Both students and parents have been given multiple opportunities to ask questions through virtual meeting spaces.

Dining Center

What about groups coming to campus for dining center and other facility rentals?

There will not be any public groups allowed to rent space on the main campus including the dining center, chapel, auditoriums, etc.

Will the dining center be open to students and/or recruits who visit campus?

Yes, it will be open for recruits and prospective student visitors only.

What changes were made in the dining center to promote health and safety?

There will be one entrance and two exits to Cranmer Dining Center to reduce interactions created by pedestrian cross traffic. Food will be served by an employee along with grab and go options. All items will be served in a disposable container with disposable cutlery. There will be no self serve items available. Seating was reduced by 50% and we encourage students to dine elsewhere.

How will we manage 1,000 students per meal with social distancing?

We will have distancing lines on the floor with little to no cross traffic. There will be multiple buffet lines in order to decrease the wait time.

Extended Campuses

Am I required to complete the training and sign the LWC pledge?

All employees are required to complete the requirements. Students who attend face-to-face classes and are not enrolled in the online programs are required to complete the requirements.

Personal Protective Equipment

Each community campus is different. How will faculty know the specific policies and procedures for each campus?

Specific information is being gather by the enrollment coordinators at the community college campus. This information will be distributed to each of the instructors teaching on that campus in the fall including who to contact when a question arises.

How will faculty get their face masks and face shields?

Face masks will be mailed to faculty from the A.P. White campus. Face shields are also available to faculty upon request.

How will students get their face masks?

Student face masks will be distributed by the enrollment coordinators.

What happens if a student shows up without a face mask?

The instructor will instruct the student to put on a face mask. If the student refuses, the instructor will ask the student to leave.

Are other PPE masks acceptable?

PPE masks, cloth masks, neck gaiters, homemade masks, or other branded masks are acceptable if they do not promote any offensive images, materials, or language. Instructors may ask someone to change their face mask if it is deemed inappropriate.

Are other supplies like hand sanitizer, disinfectants, gloves, etc., available to faculty upon request?

Other supplies, if available, will be supplied by the host institution. Instructors can check with the enrollment coordinator to see what is available.

Who can instructors contact if they have question about additional protections or protocols at the community college campus where they are teaching?

Instructors may contact the enrollment coordinator serving that community college campus.

The Protect LWC Pledge

Are the extended students expected to sign the Protect LWC Pledge?

Yes, they will be asked to sign a modified Protect LWC Pledge for extended students.

Will extended students be expected to take their temperature before attending class face-to-face?

Extended students are expected to take their temperature before attending class. If the temperature is 100.4°F/38°C or higher, the student is not permitted to attend class. If an extended student does not have a thermometer, the college will provide one upon request.

Are extended instructors expected to take their temperature before attending class face-to-face?

Yes, extended instructors are expected to take their temperature before attending class. If the temperature is 100.4°F/38°C or higher, the instructor is not permitted to attend class. In this instance, the instructor must report the absence to the dean and the Academic Affairs Office.

What if an extended student does not have a thermometer?

Thermometers are available to extended students upon request.

What if a student is ill and cannot attend synchronously?

Google Meets which is part of LWC’s G Suite and will record all instructor and student meetings and upload the recording to the instructor’s Google Drive. Once uploaded, the instructor can make the recording available to the ill student or all students.

What if only one or two students show up for face-to-face instruction and all the others attend synchronously. Is it possible to move the delivery format to synchronous online? Can we just go synchronously online?

Contact Tracing

Instructors will consult with those one or two face-to-face students. Should they be amendable and with the permission of the dean of SPC, instruction may be delivered synchronously online.

Are instructors required to take attendance?

Yes, each instructor is required to take attendance particularly of those students who are attending class face-to-face.

Do community campus classrooms have the technology necessary to provide remote synchronous instruction?

Enrollment coordinators are checking to see if the classrooms have the appropriate computer technology to record and deliver instruction synchronously.

What if a community campus classroom does not have the necessary technology?

All full-time faculty will have a laptop capable of recording instruction and delivering synchronous instruction.

What about adjunct faculty?

Adjunct faculty who are scheduled for a course on an extended campus and who have students wishing to attend class synchronously have been asked if they have a laptop that can be used for this purpose. Should an adjunct faculty not have the necessary technology, that instructor will bring it to the attention of the dean who will consider and pursue solutions.

What happens if face-to-face instruction at a community college campus ends?

In that event, face-to-face instruction will move to synchronous videoconferencing with remaining instruction being offered asynchronously in Blackboard.

Facilities

What has the College done to sanitize the campus?

We have partnered with Hillyard, a manufacturer and distributor of cleaning and hygiene solutions, to obtain an EPA approved disinfectant called Re-Juv-Nal to combat COVID-19. Hillyard also created an enhanced plan specifically for Lindsey Wilson College based on best practices to clean our campus, focusing on areas that are frequently touched in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We have placed spray bottles of Re-Juv-Nal and paper towels across campus for members of the community to use in between scheduled cleanings. Hand sanitizer dispensers were also installed in entryways and hallways throughout campus.

Will barriers (plexiglass, etc.) be installed in offices to maintain social distancing--especially where someone works within 6' of the door or where visitors are open to walk into the office?

Areas across campus were identified by supervisors to determine the best way to maintain social distance in high traffic areas. Barriers and plexiglass were installed as needed.

Will disinfecting wipes be available at all public computers--labs, library, etc.--so keyboards can be cleaned after each use?

Wipes with Re-Juv-Nal, an EPA approved disinfectant, are available in the computer labs for cleaning after each use.

Will doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons and other high-touch surfaces in public places be cleaned frequently?

Frequent disinfection of all high-touch public areas will be a part of routine cleaning by Environmental Services.

Will the number of people be restricted on an elevator?

Signs will be posted at each elevator regarding the number of people who can ride the elevator at one time while maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. The floors of the elevators will indicate where individuals may stand.

Will there be new traffic flow and movement for individuals on campus?

To limit interactions created by pedestrian cross traffic, the highly frequented buildings are marked to create one-way traffic flow. For example, buildings will have entrances and exits clearly marked with signs. Doors designated as exits will remain locked to encourage individuals to use the door designated as entrances. Stairways will be marked as up only or down only. Floor markings and other signage will assist with flow in the buildings. Here is a link to the floorplans for the buildings with adjusted traffic flow.

What is the protocol for cleaning office spaces?

We will have more information on this after our CCAP recommendations by Hillyard.

What if we do not feel like our spaces are being cleaned appropriately?

Contact Tonya Brown, Environmental Services supervisor.

What priorities and standards will the facilities staff have for cleanliness and disinfecting common spaces?

We will have more information on this after our CCAP recommendations by Hillyard.

Health and Safety/HR

Training

Will there be required/recommended training for employees and students before returning to campus? (i.e. SafeColleges.com)

Yes. All students, faculty and staff are required to complete a training prior to returning to the A.P. White campus. Training must be completed prior to returning to campus but no later than August 19.

What preparation has been made by LWC to handle COVID-19?

The College has spent months preparing for a safe return to campus. We have had conversations and listened to podcasts from health experts and have been attentive to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Governor Beshear, and our local health department. We have had a team of nearly 70 individuals assigned to 9 specific teams including, academics, athletics, student life, communications, dining center, health and safety, facilities, and extended campuses. These individual teams have spent hours and weeks prodding, probing, and pushing to come up with the best and safest response for each of these key functional areas.

Among the recommendations from our various teams include.

  • The purchase of 17,000 masks to be distributed to students upon their arrival. Masks will be available throughout campus and will be mandatory.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed in each building and we have provided two individual bottles for each residential student.
  • Thermometers have been purchased and will be distributed to students for daily self-assessment of their temperatures.
  • The academic calendar and delivery method have been adjusted to allow social distancing in the classroom and an early return home by Thanksgiving in case there is a second wave of COVID-19 later in the semester.
  • There will be minimal classes held on Wednesday to allow a deep mid-week cleaning of our facilities.
  • Buildings will have designated entrances and exits to make sure our traffic flows in a particular direction to minimize close contact with other individuals.
  • Plexiglass has been installed in all high traffic areas to protect close interactions between individuals.
  • Individual meetings between faculty and students will take place by technology rather than in small office areas. Meetings with staff are also encouraged to be conducted via technology where possible.
  • Student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 within 7 days of their first competition.
  • Any member of the LWC community showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested and quarantined until the results are known.
  • A quarantine residence hall has been created to accommodate students who need this special care and attention.
  • The seating in the dining center has been reduced to 288 seats to promote social distancing. All meals will be served in disposable containers and there will be no self-serve stations such as a salad bar. The health department has approved our detailed plans for feeding our students.
  • Commuters, faculty, staff, and outside visitors are not able to eat in the dining center to minimize contact with residential students.
  • This list of preparations is in no way inclusive of all the things we are doing for our safe return to campus.
What is the PROTECT LWC pledge?

This is being reviewed by Executive Staff at the moment. First draft reads...

Lindsey Wilson College
Pledge to Protect Our Community
On the A.P. White Campus in Columbia, Kentucky

As a community, our primary concern and responsibility is to provide a safe and healthy environment on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. The COVID-19 pandemic has afflicted millions and disrupted daily life in ways we never imagined possible. It requires us to commit to protective measures for the safety of ourselves and others in our LWC campus community and the surrounding counties. Therefore, as a member of the Lindsey Wilson College family, I agree to the following pledge to protect the Lindsey Wilson College community:

  • I will monitor my temperature daily and truthfully participate in the College’s daily health screening measures to determine whether it is appropriate for me to be moving about campus or coming to class and/or work. If I have a change in my health status, I will follow the reporting protocol requirements and provide accurate and complete information.
  • I will comply with any testing or contact tracing for COVID-19 that the health department or the College may require.
  • I will complete and comply with all required COVID-19 related online training modules.
  • I will follow the College's protocols for isolation or quarantine (i.e. I will stay home or in my residence hall room if I am sick with COVID-19 symptoms or if I have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19).
  • I will wear a face covering (or mask when required).
  • I will practice proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette (e.g., cough into my elbow).
  • I will take daily precautions to keep space between myself and others (6 feet of physical distancing, which is about two arm lengths) and avoid social gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • I will limit non-essential travel during the semester.
  • I will follow the College's rules and, when allowed, ensure that any guest I bring to campus will be aware of and comply with the standards for face coverings, physical distancing, personal hygiene, and social gatherings.
  • I understand that returning to campus is my choice and the College cannot guarantee immunity from health related impacts of COVID-19.
  • I understand that not abiding by this pledge can result in being asked to leave campus.

LWC is family and we commit to loving our neighbors on campus and in the surrounding community. I understand and accept my duty and responsibility to protect myself and my neighbor by wearing a face covering, social distancing, and abiding by the other rules and standards outlined above.

I agree to comply and follow the health protocols and recommendations adopted by Lindsey Wilson College. Signature__________________________________________ Date___________________

Every student, faculty, and staff member is expected to sign electronically by August 19, 2020.

When can I begin to come back and work on-campus?)

All offices began to be staffed by a minimum of one individual on May 18. All staff will be working their normal hours on campus beginning August 3.

Will all departments be expected to be fully staffed?

Yes, beginning on August 3, all staff will begin working their normal hours on campus. They must complete training before returning to work.

What are the work expectations and guidelines?

Employees are expected to abide by and encourage others to follow all COVID-19 protocols and guidance. This includes, but is not limited to, completing the daily health assessment, staying home when showing any symptoms, and communicating with the supervisors. Additionally, employees will follow the Face Mask Protocol, social distancing, and posted signs for traffic flow. Meetings should occur virtually, when possible.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

What measures will be in place to ensure everyone's health and safety upon returning to campus? Include HVAC.

The College is requiring all students and employees to complete a training module prior to returning to campus. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is being provided by the College. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to complete a health assessment daily including temperature checks. An enhanced cleaning plan was created exclusively for LWC by an outside expert that includes new techniques and training.Facial coverings and social distancing will be required. The academic calendar has been modified to reduce face-to-face contact in the classroom.

Plexi glass is being installed in high traffic areas. Face shields will be available upon request from HR for faculty and staff.

Where will facemasks be required to be worn? What about outside? What are the consequences for not wearing one? How will individuals get an exception from wearing masks for medical reasons?

Face coverings will be required everywhere on campus except private offices and residence hall rooms. Outside will have less than 6 feet between people between classes, so masks are important. Link to Face Mask Protocol

Masks - How do we enforce the mask rule? Is it even enforceable in the residence halls? According to social distancing students in the same dorm room will have to wear a mask all the time unless they're alone. Without putting a camera in every dorm room, how can we enforce it? Who will "police" the cafeteria, residence halls, campus, and SUB?

I believe everyone needs to understand they are empowered to enforce the COVID-19 policies. Residential students will be encouraged to live as a family.

Will the use of face masks be mandatory for students, faculty, and staff?

Yes, face masks will be required for all individuals on campus. See the Face Mask protocol.


Screenings

How can we enforce daily health assessments for faculty/staff/students?

Being part of a family means sometimes having to do things that are not popular. We all are hopeful we will be able to finish the semester on the main campus in a face-to-face format. The best opportunity for that to occur is for all of us to make good decisions for the overall health and well-being of our LWC family.

We are going to treat you like the adults that you are and expect you to be loving and protective of your LWC family. That means you will need to take your temperature daily before attending class with the thermometer the college is providing you. You will complete a health assessment each day to answer questions honestly to be protective of this family. If you demonstrate a callous disregard for what we are asking you to do, then we will suspend you from the college and send you home.

Who monitors the health assessments? Can certain employees be flagged if a student answers yes on one of the questions in the health assessment so we can follow up with that student?

We are currently evaluating options on how to monitor the assessment.


Testing

How and when will COVID-19 testing take place?

Testing will be required for students and faculty who are symptomatic. They will be referred to the local health care provider who will administer the Rapid Test with results within 15 minutes.

What process do we go through for students and employees in high risk categories that request accommodations?

Students at high risk will be given the opportunity to take classes remotely. This opportunity is being supported by a significant investment in classroom technology. Because of Kentucky Board of Nursing requirements, Nursing students may not be able to refuse clinical or lab without delaying their program by a year. Would it be possible to create a Google Form to gather information from students about their intentions for fall? This will help us plan classes. Faculty recognize the need to be flexible for students who decide to go home part way into the semester. Employees must complete the COVID-19 Work Adjustment Request Form and submit the required information to HR.

Will employees be required to be tested? What kind of contact tracing will take place if someone gets infected on campus?

If employees are symptomatic for COVID-19, they will be directed not to come to work or to leave campus immediately and to get tested. If employees test positive, they should immediately contact their supervisor who will work with HR to identify others that may have been exposed through direct contact. Those individuals will be contacted by HR or a supervisor to quarantine for 14 days. The College will also work with the local health department regarding their efforts for contact tracing.

Social Distancing

Will there be signage posted on campus to promote health and safety?

In order to provide clear instructions for traffic flow in and out of buildings and up and down stairs, signage will be posted for each entrance, exit, stairs up and stairs down. Additionally, signs providing a reminder for social distancing, mask requirements and hand-washing will be included in the main entrance of most areas. In situations where a student may stand waiting in line, such as the Dining Center, Starbucks, Business Office and Registrar’s Office, floor markers indicating where to stand were added. Maximum occupancy signs were posted near the entrance to elevators and other small rooms. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are expected to abide by all posted signs.

How will social distancing be practiced in each office/department?

Most offices have individual work spaces or at least 6 feet of distance between desks. For employees that may have underlying health issues that could impact their ability to return to campus, they may complete the COVID-19 Work Adjustment Request Form and submit all required information to HR. Plexiglass and other barriers are currently being installed in high traffic areas. Employees will follow the Face Mask Protocol.

Residence Life

Who will students contact if they have one or more symptoms?

Anyone in residence life, student services, or public safety.

What happens if on-campus housing closes for the Fall semester?

We will, among other things, consider the health of our LWC community with the needs of students to access technology to complete their coursework.

Will I be in a triple room for Fall 2020?

Residence Halls will operate under normal housing conditions and spaces are designated according to their size.

Do I need to move out completely on November 25th?

No, if the semester ends under normal conditions, students will keep their personal belongings in their assigned residence hall room or apartment through the spring semester.

When do new students move-in for the Fall?

Move-in for new students will be on August 21st and 22nd. New students will be assigned specific move-in day/time in order to address social distancing.

When do returning students move-in for the Fall?

Returning students will be assigned a specific move-in day/time on August 19th or August 20th in order to address social distancing.

Can I move-in earlier?

No, LWC is assigning specific move-in days and times to practice social distancing.

Are there any social distancing guidelines for living on campus?

Yes, we expect all students and guests to comply with CDC regulations including the practice of six feet social distancing. Students, employees and guests of the college are required to wear a mask at all times. See Face Mask Protocol for details.

What will social distancing look like in a dorm room?

Residential living spaces are considered family units and in a broader sense so are residence halls and apartments. It is the responsibility of residents to practice social distancing, to wash hands frequently and keep their individual rooms and common areas as clean as possible. Roommates are encouraged to interact with each other as they do with their families. Students should sleep opposite of each other, sleeping head to toe when sharing a room.

What are the steps to keep the residence halls clean?

Environmental Services will monitor and clean all public spaces including residence halls more frequently. For example, high touch surfaces will be cleaned twice daily. Hand sanitizer stations have been installed and available in all facilities including residence halls. Safety checks will be conducted weekly by residence life to assure students and staff are maintaining a safe, clean living environment.

If the bathrooms are shared, what are the plans to keep them extra clean?

Environmental Services will provide additional cleaning shifts in all public access bathrooms. Residents with private bathrooms are responsible for the cleanliness of their area.

What happens if I sign up for housing and need to cancel my housing agreement?

Contact Residence life at prostaff@lindsey.edu.

What happens if I get sick?

Stay in your room and immediately contact your RA, residence hall director, Public Safety or the Office of Student Services. The situation will be evaluated and additional precautions will be taken in compliance with health department recommendations. Student Services will maintain a database of occurrences.

Who is going to compile all of this in one place? Student A contacts the RA, student B calls security, etc.

who maintains the complete database? RA’s, RD’s and Public Safety have been instructed to report all cases to the Student Services Office for accountability.

What happens if my roommate gets sick?

Make sure your roommate stays in their room and immediately contact your RA, residence hall director, Public Safety or the Office of Student Services. The situation will be evaluated and additional precautions taken in compliance with health department recommendations.

Is there a possibility my housing assignment could change for the fall?

Yes, LWC reserves the right to change any housing assignment in response to COVID-19.

What measures will be used in residence halls to ensure student safety outside regular working hours?

Visitation hours have been adjusted, including the number of guests and who is permitted to visit campus. In addition, residence life staff and public safety will conduct additional rounds to make sure residents are practicing social distancing and adhering to policy.

What is the visitation policy in the residence halls under COVID-19?

Visitation is restricted to only one guest per resident in all facilities to limit social gatherings. No outside guests are permitted for visitation in residential facilities. Visitation hours have been adjusted to create a healthier climate (4pm-10pm Mon-Thurs, 4pm-12pm Fri, 12pm-12pm Sat, and 12pm-10pm Sunday).

What should I expect when I arrive on campus to move-in?

All new and returning students will be directed to a drive-up check-in station for a health and temperature screening and package pick-up. Social distancing will be practiced by scheduling days and times for students to move-in.

Who can help me move in?

New and returning residential students are permitted to have only two guests accompany them on move-in day. Upon completion of move-in, guests are asked to say goodbye to their student to allow others to arrive safely.

Who is my residence hall director and how can I contact them?

Residence Life Pro-staff members:

Phillips and Keefe Halls: Shelby Herchenradar; herchenradars@lindsey.edu, 270-384-8051

McCandless and Weldon Halls: Catherine Wibbels; wibbelsc@lindsey.edu, 270-384-8521

Draper Female and Grider: Taylor Boortz; boortzj@lindsey.edu, 270-384-7356

Lilly Hall, Huff and Pickett Houses: Sarah Mitchell; mitchells@lindsey.edu, 270-384-7383

Horton Complex: Scot Kirby; kirbys@lindsey.edu, 270-384-8027

Draper Male, College Hill and Trabue: Dakota Smith; smithd2@lindsey.edu, 270-384-8682

Richardson Hall: Austin Hickman; hickmana@lindsey.edu, 270-384-8216

Smith Hall: Brandon Roark; roarkb@lindsey.edu, 270-384-7405

Can I travel away from campus?

It is recommended that students limit their personal travel outside of the local area; we advise against traveling home on weekends in an effort to create the safest and healthiest environment and limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19.

What if I have to quarantine?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Students in quarantine should stay in their residence hall room, home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the local health department and school officials for 14 days. Arrangements for remote learning and meals will be made available where applicable.

What if I have to isolate?

According to the Centers for Disease Control you have been infected by the Coronavirus and are either asymptomatic or exhibiting symptoms and this is confirmed through a positive test. Residential students will be placed in isolation housing for 10 days after confirmation of a positive test. Commuter students should be isolated at home. Arrangements for remote learning and meals will be made available where applicable. Students may be released from isolation when they are cleared by the health department.

What are the expectations if I have to leave campus for work or other personal reasons?

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow healthy protocols whenever leaving campus. This includes but is not limited to wearing a face mask, frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds, the use of hand sanitizer, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, the use of disposable latex gloves when appropriate and the practice of social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet apart) at all times is recommended.

What is the face mask protocol?

Lindsey Wilson College Face Mask Protocol

Lindsey Wilson College in compliance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the governor’s Healthy at Work – Reopening Kentucky program, has created a PPE protocol. LWC has PPE equipment available to all its students and employees to ensure the safest environment possible. To that end we require the wearing of face coverings* in all public spaces** by students, faculty, staff and guests to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in community settings. LWC students and employees will be issued an LWC Blue Raider mask that is washable and reusable.

*The CDC recommends face coverings be worn whenever leaving your residence. PPE masks, cloth masks, neck gaiters, homemade masks, or other branded masks are acceptable under the protocol as long as they do not promote any offensive images, material or language. Lindsey Wilson College reserves the right to ask someone to change their face mask if it is deemed inappropriate.

**Public space is defined as any area that is not your personal residential living space.

Where should I wear a mask on campus?

  • Classrooms, lecture halls and labs
  • Conference, meeting and break rooms
  • Personal, faculty, and staff office space where physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained
  • Dining center, Blue Raider Café, Starbucks (unless consuming food or drink)
  • Hallways and lobbies
  • Public restrooms
  • Residence hall communal bathrooms
  • Holloway Health and Wellness Center (unless exercising)
  • Locker rooms and indoor practice spaces

Where do I not have to wear a mask on campus?

  • Residential students do not have to wear face covering in their own room
  • Employees in their personal work spaces when social distancing is possible
  • Traveling outside when social distancing is possible
  • Personal vehicle when traveling alone

Students, faculty, staff and guests who do not have a face mask will be asked to put one on. The college can provide complimentary disposable masks upon request. Refusing to comply with the face mask protocol will result in being asked to leave the location you are in, including but not limited to classes, dining center, and offices. Attendance at events and other activities will be prohibited for failure to comply. Noncompliance by students, faculty, staff and guests will result in being asked to leave campus at the discretion of the college.

Healthy protocols are encouraged by all students, faculty, staff, and guests of the college. This includes but is not limited to frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds; the use of hand sanitizer; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; the use of disposable latex gloves when appropriate, and the practice of social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet apart) at all times. To report noncompliance of healthy protocols, email the Office of Public Safety at security@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-8106; Student Services at student services@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-8036.

Student Life

Will events go on as normal this fall?

These are not “normal times� and therefore we will all need to adjust to our new reality. We will find ways for students to socialize in responsible ways. Class schedules will be modified as will student activities, dining center services, and athletic events. Homecoming has been moved to the spring semester.

When is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation has been held virtually over 9 sessions this summer. Due to the nature of a virtual event, students may have additional paperwork to complete when they arrive on campus.

Do we want to set up tables in a larger space (like SUB, Biggers, Hodge) the first week to allow for accessibility to limit confined spaces for students to get the help they need from Business Office, Registrar, Financial Aid, etc.?

How about tents on the quad? Outside is safer than inside and August weather is not too cold for this. Hodge will be classroom space, so it will not be available for this. Another option would be to set up in the Health and Wellness Center which is a large, open space.

Where do I report concerns or violations regarding COVID-19?

To report noncompliance of healthy protocols, email the Office of Public Safety, security@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-8106; Student Services at studentservices@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-8036.

Who is responsible for revising the symptoms list and the screening tools as new data emerges?

COVID-19 Teams are monitoring new information from CDC on a daily basis. Revisions will be made as new information is released.

Who tracks the Health Dept recommendations?

Anyone in residence life, student services, or public safety.

What resources will be available to students upon arrival?

Students will be provided a welcome kit that contains two bottles of hand sanitizer, a facemask, a personal thermometer, directions for social distancing and COVID-19 compliance expectations. New students will receive T-shirts that they normally get during orientation.

What types of services and activities will only be available via online (tutoring, career center, office hours, writing center, etc.)

Services from the tutoring and writing and math centers will be online only in the fall but other ASC services may be in person. Library instruction can be delivered face-to-face for groups of up to 12 people. Library instruction for online students will be delivered via video posted on our website.

What role will the student nurse play this semester?

The school nurse currently works only 20 hours per week. She will be a vital part of the COVID response especially with our students.

Will there be strict consequences for non-compliance? Will students be told to go home if they don't abide by the rules? What if faculty, staff, or employees don't comply?

Students will not be permitted in class without a mask and will be marked absent. Repeated disobedience and non compliance with healthy protocols including face mask protocol that disrupt the operation of the college will result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to a student being asked to leave the college.

Are students permitted to engage in in-person (face-to-face) service and volunteer activities in the community?

No, these activities are suspended indefinitely.

Will the counseling center be open in the fall?

The counseling center will be open this fall and a telehealth option will be available.

Will the fitness center be open in the fall?

The fitness center is open this fall. There are new COVID-19 policies and protocols in place.

What will happen with athletics and intramurals?

Currently, fall sports are scheduled to start with an adjusted schedule. Contests will not begin until September 5. We will be requiring completion of an on-line education course about COVID-19, provide screening and require testing in compliance with Mid-South Conference and NAIA guidelines.

Will there be a standard for student organization meetings? Will student organizations be able to host events on campus?

Students will be encouraged to meet virtually. Student organizations will not be permitted to bring outside groups to campus.

Will students get the Lindsey Experience when they have to wear masks to class, have to social distance, and can't go to sporting events, concerts, or theatre productions?

It will require a lot of effort from everyone and things will be done differently, but it is very possible for the students to get the LWC Experience. It will require all employees to remain positive and to have a servant’s heart throughout this difficult time. It will be a great chance for students to gain a real understanding of “Love thy neighbor.�

Will I report to my work study job?

Yes, students will work with their work study supervisor regarding their work schedule. Students are required to adhere to the health and safety guidelines while performing their work study duties.