Archive for July 2020

Community Covenant

All students and employees should follow the LVC Community Covenant to protect themselves and their peers, colleagues, professors, and loved ones.

It is a privilege to be a member of the Lebanon Valley College community of learners. I recognize that we are only as good as the sum of our parts. For this reason, I embrace my responsibility to support, assist, and hold my fellow community members accountable. I am committed to participating in a safe, healthy, and high-quality educational environment and will uphold the policies, procedures, and mitigation strategies the College sets forth.

I promise to:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms. 
  • Refrain from behaviors that will compromise my health and the health of others within our community, including adhering to traffic flow guidelines, guest and visitation policies, any directives to self-isolate or quarantine as determined by College medical personnel
  • Limit my exposure to others who choose to do otherwise. 
  • Adhere to safe practices such as wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, employing good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing, and greeting others without shaking hands. 
  • Respond promptly and honestly to contact tracers. 
  • Regularly clean and disinfect my personal space and items. 
  • Prioritize virtual or outdoor meetings with physical distancing. 
  • Communicate potential health concerns, including COVID-19 symptoms, to appropriate personnel in Shroyer Health Center (students) or my physician (employees), and report all health-related issues as instructed by College policy. 
  • Hold others accountable to these standards.
  • Demonstrate care and concern for others. 

Those who do not follow the College’s employee and COVID-19 policies or the Student Conduct Code will be prohibited from campus property. LVC policies and protocols may be stricter than public health guidelines. 

External Visitors/Campus Guests

The College will minimize the number of campus visitors. A visitor is an individual who is not a current employee or student of the College. 

Student guests are limited.

Students may not host off-campus guests in their residence hall or house, including their rooms or communal areas. Guests include but are not limited to non-LVC persons such as parents, guardians, siblings, extended family, partners, and friends. This prohibition includes short visits, study gatherings, socialization, and overnight stays. 

Exemptions 

  • Students who require medical assistance may request visitation by a parent or guardian. You or your parent or guardian must obtain prior permission for visitation from student affairs. Call 717-867-6233. 
  • Personal care attendants for students with disabilities are permitted on campus and in facilities as needed. 
  • Up to two visitors may assist students during move-in and move-out as established by College policy but are not permitted to remain on campus after completing move-in or move-out. 

All students are subject to College policy and the Student Conduct Code. This code includes additional expectations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All College Guests

  • Visitors must comply with College policies, including physical distancing and required face coverings. 
  • Visits must take place outdoors or in areas that permit physical distancing. Visitors to indoor spaces, including the library and Arnold Sports Center are not allowed unless approved by LVC Human Resources. 
  • Prospective students and their families may visit under the guidance of the admission or athletics staff. 
  • Vendors and package and meal services can deliver goods and services. 
  • Guest lecturers may visit under the aegis of a faculty member. The host must ensure visitors abide by all LVC policies. 
  • Volunteers pre-approved to assist with college academic or operational functions may visit under the direction of a supervisor. 
  • Any potential visitor with COVID-19 symptoms or a fever of 100.4°F or higher may not be on campus. 
  • Any visitor from out of state or a resident of PA that has traveled out of state must follow the Governor’s recommendations before coming to campus.

Assumption of Risk

Students, employees, and visitors to campus acknowledge that COVID-19 is a public health risk, and even with LVC following recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Department of Education, Lebanon Valley College cannot guarantee safety or immunity from infection, and that students, employees, and visitors accept those risks. 

Hygiene, Cleaning, & Facilities

Face Coverings 

Coverings of the nose and mouth are required. Wear them in all classrooms, communal areas, public shared spaces on campus, and places where physical distancing is impossible. This requirement includes wearing a mask in your residence hall room unless the only other occupant is your roommate. The College will provide additional face masks (as needed) to employees when frequent face mask use is required.

Space Adaptations

LVC has adapted spaces where faculty, staff, or students interact closely or exchange materials such as payments or documents and sites with high volumes of interactions. 

Gloves 

The College will provide gloves to employees who need them for their job function. Gloves are generally recommended only for housekeeping tasks.

Hand Sanitizing

Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout campus to support good personal hygiene. 

Cleaning

The CDC and PDH have removed surface transfer from the list of primary modes of infection and indicated that standard disinfectants and routine use of a washing machine kill the COVID-19 virus. All cleaning solutions LVC currently uses have gone through testing and been approved for emerging pathogen use. 

Housekeeping procedures follow guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and PDH, focusing on frequent cleaning of high-touch and communal areas, including bathrooms, elevators, classrooms, and doorknobs in student-facing spaces. Housekeeping staff have appropriate PPE for cleaning and disinfecting non-clinical spaces per CDC guidelines. 

Supplies are available for employees to clean surfaces in their offices.

Residence Halls & Academic Buildings 

  • Restrooms, showers, communal spaces, and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily. 
  • Disinfectant will be available for students and employees to clean communal areas, with supplies refilled as needed. 

Office Spaces 

  • Offices will be cleaned and disinfected weekly. 
  • Disinfectant and paper towels will be available for employees to do additional cleaning, with supplies refilled as needed. 

Public Bathrooms 

Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily; high-touch areas will receive additional cleaning daily. 

Ventilation HVAC systems receive regular maintenance, and the College has increased airflow rates to promote indoor air quality. 

Daily Symptom Tracker

LVC’s digital symptom tracker informs student health services about possible COVID-19 cases on campus. Daily results are either a green checkmark or a red X. The symptom tracker refreshes every day at 5 a.m. 

Student Symptom Tracker Usage 

Students who are on campus for any reason on a particular day must complete the symptom tracker daily by 6 p.m. College staff will monitor the data and contact students of concern. If you have symptoms, follow the Protocol for Symptomatic Students. 

Faculty and Staff Symptom Tracker Usage 

Employees should complete the symptom tracker any day before they come to campus. If your results show a red X, do not come to campus and follow Human Resources policies and protocols posted in ADP.  

Faculty who receive a red X or who need to self-quarantine should stay home and deliver classes online if possible. To cancel a class, follow standard protocols for notifying the registrar and your department chair.  

Employees experiencing symptoms or who receive a red X should contact their healthcare provider. Shroyer Health Center provides care and testing to students only. 

Symptom Tracker Protocol for In-person Classes 

Faculty members must confirm that every student in the classroom has a green checkmark for the day for two important reasons: 1) so that students can less easily skip reporting for a day and 2) so that a potentially symptomatic student is not in the classroom. 

Students must complete the symptom tracker BEFORE coming to class and show that day’s green checkmark on their device to the faculty member before class begins. This may be done during attendance, before students enter a room if physical distancing is possible outside of the room, or in a way that suits the classroom setup and class size and format. Students with a red X are not permitted in classrooms and should follow the College’s Protocol for Symptomatic Students.

If you have any questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555.