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.

Healthcare Partners

LVC is working with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, WellSpan, and Quest Diagnostics to manage COVID-19 care and testing and advise the College on its pandemic response. These partners are: 

  • Assisting with COVID-19 screening, testing, and contact tracing
  • Reviewing and providing input on LVC’s policies and protocols for a safe return to campus
  • Confirming guidance and recommendations are consistent with CDC guidance
  • Providing support for return-to-campus activities to enhance the safety of LVC students and employees
  • Offering urgent and follow-up care for those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Guiding Principles

LVC is committed to: 

  • Delivering a high-quality education and student experience across modalities
  • Taking steps to decrease health and safety risks presented by in-person instruction and residential living
  • Following public health guidelines
  • Preserving as many jobs as possible while protecting the financial health of the institution
  • Providing options for members of its community that require accommodations
  • Adapting our response and planning as the pandemic situation evolves and more information becomes available.

Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases

The College will immediately begin contact tracing. Anyone designated by contact tracing as having had potential COVID-19 exposure will be required to self-isolate at home or in their residence hall for the amount of time determined by their healthcare provider. 

Students with COVID-19 or potential symptoms of COVID-19 will temporarily relocate to an isolation room on or near campus. You may consult with Shroyer Health healthcare providers about the viability of returning home to self-isolate. Self-isolation means you should stay in your assigned isolation room or at home until otherwise notified. You must stay away from others, use a separate bathroom, continue to wear a mask, and practice good hygiene. 

Students in self-isolation should continue classes online if able. Order meals through Metz to be delivered to your door.

COVID-19 positive students can only return to their residence halls and in-person classes after receiving clearance from a physician and providing documentation to Shroyer Health Center. Faculty and staff should follow LVC Human Resource policies. 

Administrative Gatherings and Meetings

Employees should use online meeting platforms whenever possible for administrative meetings, even when they are on campus. Restrict the size of in-person gatherings per state orders.

Student Employment

Student on-campus employees should follow the same protocols and policies required for LVC’s faculty and staff. Students working off-campus should wear masks and follow all hygiene guidance from the CDC, Pennsylvania, and their employers.

Arnold Sports Center

The fitness center and pool will be open on a first-come, first-served basis with limited capacity for LVC students, faculty, and staff. You must reserve spaces in the arena. Community members who are not students, faculty, or staff may not enter the Arnold Sports Center.

Student Travel and Social Expectations

LVC highly encourages residential students to remain on campus during the academic year. The spread of COVID-19 can take place anywhere groups congregate, including within families and households. We strongly advise students against visiting families and friends, leaving campus to attend social events, or visiting other colleges and universities. 

Counseling Services

For the 2020–21 academic year, counseling services has been relocated to the second floor, east end of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library. Students can find clinicians and the 50/50 Peer Helpers in the space directly above Bishop Brews coffee shop. To schedule an appointment, email counselingservices@lvc.edu, call 717-867-6232, or visit during open hours weekdays (in-person and online), 11 a.m.–noon.

Student Health Services

Shroyer Health Center will extend service hours and increase clinical staff to respond to health issues and concerns in Fall 2020. Students will be asked to call health services at 717-867-6232 before reporting to Shroyer Hall for instructions regarding appropriate care and response. Our health services care will be informed by CDC, PDH, and American College Health Association guidelines. 

Dining Services Protocols

  • The College will reconfigure dining spaces to allow for physical distancing in seating configurations. Additional takeout options are being considered.
  • All diners must wear face masks or coverings while in a dining space. Wear a mask while moving around the dining facility and remove it only when sitting and eating.
  • Self-serve food options are not available in the primary dining hall; dining services staff will prepare and serve meals. Beverage dispensers are cleaned regularly.
  • The meal exchange option has been expanded to other venues on campus, and takeout options are available. The main dining hall will serve kosher, vegetarian, and vegan options. 
  • Takeout service is encouraged, as is alternative or outdoor seating during peak dining service hours.
  • All dining staff must always wear face masks and gloves while working and interacting with the public. 
  • Dining services staff must follow infection prevention guidelines, including staying home when ill; practicing physical distancing whenever possible at work; practicing proper hand hygiene; avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces throughout the workday; and undergoing temperature checks before shifts.

Commuting Students

Commuting students can take advantage of a variety of spaces for studying between classes and activities. Register your vehicle with public safety. You can park in the Green Lots (Summit Street along the railroad tracks) and Mund College Center parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the North parking lots. 

Residence Halls & Houses

College housing policies require residential students to adhere to personal hygiene, physical distancing, and mitigation practices. These practices may change depending on the circumstances. Most rooms will be double occupancy. Furniture configurations in residence hall rooms/spaces may have changed to optimize physical distancing. All furniture is expected to remain as placed before you arrive. In addition, you may not bring any personal furniture, add additional furniture into your residence hall room/space, or remove furniture from your residence hall room/space.

Breen Center for Graduate Success

For students seeking in-person career and internship guidance, the Breen Center has been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Sanitizing and cleaning protocols are in place. Online options include virtual appointment platforms, information sessions, workshops, job fairs, and networking events. Off-campus immersive experiences, such as internships, study abroad programming, service-based opportunities, and research projects will continue to be offered when possible. If circumstances require, the center will connect you with alternative experiences. 

Accessibility Services

Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must initiate the process by submitting a request for accommodations to the LVC Center for Accessibility Resources. Identify your disability, state the requested accommodations, and include supporting documentation. You can initiate the process at the Center for Accessibility Resources or via the College website. Information and resources are available for students, parents, and faculty. The center has been reconfigured to promote physical distancing, and sanitizing and cleaning protocols are in place.

Meetings can occur with the director of accessibility resources in-person or via videoconferencing, whichever is more appropriate for those involved. The testing center has been reconfigured to promote physical distancing. It will be open for use by students with testing accommodations. Contact Erin Hannaford, director of accessibility resources (hannafor@lvc.edu or 717-867-6071). 

Academic Support Services

The Center for Academic Success provides academic coaching, writing guidance, and tutoring services for all LVC students taking classes in person or online. You can schedule an appointment with an academic coach to work on time management or organization skills, request a tutor, sign up for a study pod for help in a specific class, or request a writing tutor to get help with a paper. All tutors can meet you in a Zoom room for study pods or tutoring, and you can make virtual appointments with your academic coach. The Center for Academic Success and the Breen Center for Graduate Success will hold workshops to help students connect the dots between skills that lead to success in the classroom and the workplace. These workshops will be recorded so that students can reference them whenever needed.

Internships

While LVC students are not required to have an internship before graduation, specific majors require internships as part of the degree path. You must receive approval from your faculty supervisor and academic department before beginning an internship. Follow College and employer policies and wear appropriate PPE while at the internship site. There must also be a designated employer supervisor the faculty member can contact as needed. If you want a virtual internship or workplaces shift to remote status, contact the Breen Center for Graduate Success. If your internship site does not follow appropriate protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, you must leave the site and contact the Breen Center or your faculty advisor.

Clinicals and Student Teaching

Students with clinical education or student teaching experiences must follow LVC, academic department, and clinical/educational site guidelines. You can only participate after receiving proper permission, training, and initial guidance (either by written or video instruction) before starting your experience. Training includes general considerations for using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at the site. If you change locations mid-term or participate at multiple sites, you must meet each site’s guidelines and protocols. If your clinical education or student teaching site does not follow appropriate protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, you must leave your site and contact your faculty advisor.

Laboratories and Research

These guidelines apply to Neidig-Garber facilities. Please consult with professors for Arnold Health Professions Pavilion lab guidelines.

  • Physical distancing of six feet or more is required.
  • The maximum capacity for each space is marked at the lab entrance.
  • Teaching labs, research labs, stockrooms, and instrument labs are locked when not in use.

Students:

  • You will receive initial guidance (either by written or video instruction) before entering a lab. Training includes general considerations for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the area and best practices for working there. 
  • You may enter a lab if you have been trained and approved to do so. You must notify your research mentor or department chair each time before you enter a lab.
  • Do not use a lab outside of your scheduled time.
  • If you need to use multiple spaces during one lab session (research lab and instrument room or stockroom), notify your research mentor and department chair to avoid conflicts with other users. 
  • Restrict your work to your assigned primary space.
  • Always wear appropriate PPE. 
  • Wipe down lab instruments, supplies, reagent bottles, or any other lab equipment with a sanitizing cleaner before and after use. 
  • Avoid cross-contamination and wipe down all common surfaces such as door handles, bench surfaces, and hood sashes. 
  • In the event of a chemical spill or other emergency, leave the lab immediately and notify a research mentor or department chair.

Music Instruction

The music department has adapted music instruction, practices, and performances to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The department will hold performances online when possible and private lessons in-person or online as appropriate. Masking, physical distancing, sanitizing, and cleaning protocols are in place.