|President James M. MacLaren, Ph.D., shared the following important messages this morning. He separately noted that as of now Commencement attendees will be required to wear masks, but that College and its health partners will reevaluate the protocols closer to Commencement Weekend. |
1. Starting Monday, March 21, Lebanon Valley College will go mask optional. We made this decision in consultation with our Penn State Health advisors and based on the low COVID-19 infection rates in Lebanon County.
*Your professors may continue to require masking in classrooms, labs, and other learning spaces in which individuals are in proximity for extended periods. Continue to carry a mask with you, and please follow your professors’ requirements. The Student Conduct Code will apply to students who do not comply with professors’ masking requests.
*Masks are optional in the residence halls, social spaces, and dining spaces. Use good judgment and be respectful of your peers.
*Masking will remain in place for LVC Live this Saturday since many people will visit campus from out of town.
*Please note that this policy is subject to change if infection rates rise or a new variant develops.
2. Please join me next Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. on Zoom to learn about the results of our recent campus climate survey; progress made in diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural affairs; needs, and next steps. You will hear from Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood, associate vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and institutional success.
Regarding campus climate, I am deeply disappointed to learn of inappropriate Yik Yak posts targeting individuals and marginalized groups of students. Such comments are unacceptable and not in line with LVC’s values as an institution. As members of the LVC community, I urge you to treat all individuals with respect and care and live the values of Inclusive Excellence. There has been positive progress recently, and I know we can—we must—do better.
*Please make a report here if you witness or experience a bias incident. If you are comfortable being contacted, a member of LVC’s Bias Response & Education Team will reach out to you to offer resources and support.
*If you need personal support or a listening ear, I encourage you to contact Annesha Edwards-Carter, director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural affairs, at email@example.com or counseling services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your academic advisors, professors, and staff are here for you.