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Classes Begin Feb. 1 Online Only

Classes will still begin on Feb. 1, but they will be delivered online only until Feb. 15. The academic calendar remains unchanged.

Request to Take Classes Online

Students who want to take their classes online should submit a request to the registrar’s office via MyLVC (MyLVC > MyInfo > Registrar Forms).

Email with questions.

Spring 2021 Calendar

Dear Campus Community,

We continue to work through the details of our return to in-person learning and residence for the spring semester. Our healthcare partners advise us that COVID-19 cases will likely continue to rise, peaking in mid-January just before we planned to re-open campus. Therefore, we have adjusted the Spring 2021 academic calendar and pushed back the opening by one week.

Classes will now begin Monday, Feb. 1. An outline of the calendar is below. Commencement and summer session dates have not changed. Over the break, we’ll send details about move-in to residential students and other information as we prepare for the start of the semester.

My best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. 

President MacLaren

Revised Spring 2021 Calendar

Monday, Feb. 1: Classes Begin 

Thursday, April 1: Classes End 5 p.m. for Easter Break

Tuesday, April 6: Classes Resume 

Friday, May 14: Semester Classes End 

Monday, May 17–Friday, May 21: Final Exams 

Sunday, May 23: Commencement 

7-Week Term Session/Graduate & Professional Studies Calendar

Spring I: Feb. 1–March 21

Spring II: March 29–May 16

Summer I: May 24–July 11

Summer II: July 12–Aug 29

Winter Term—January 2021

A reminder that registration is open now for our new Winter Term, which will meet between the fall and spring semesters from January 4-24, 2021.  This is an optional term and all courses are offered 100% online.

As you plan for the spring semester, please be sure to consider winter offerings and discuss this option with your advisor. The Winter Term provides a great opportunity to catch up with or get ahead of degree requirements. Courses cover several General Education/Constellation and major requirements.  

Registration is open now on a first-come, first-served basis via AccessLVC! Students may only take one course during the Winter Term. Undergraduate tuition is $485/credit and some financial aid can be combined with the spring semester.

Please visit the Winter 2021 website for additional details.

Winter 2021 Undergraduate Course Offerings
JANUARY 4-24, 2021
BUS 130Modern Business Organizations3ONLINEK. Josephson
ECN 102Principles of MacroeconomicsQR3ONLINEK. Hoy
ENG 120Introduction to LiteratureCTW3ONLINEL. Eldred
HIS 251African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
LAW 150Introduction to Law and JusticeIC3ONLINEP. Benesch &N. Hubler
POL 290African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
PSY 110General Psychology 3ONLINER. Albert
SOC 110Introduction to SociologyIC3ONLINET. Sakellarides
SPA 101Elementary Spanish Level ILAC3ONLINEG. McEvoy

Students may also take internships and independent studies during the winter term.  If you are interested in pursuing one of these options, please discuss it with your advisor and the appropriate faculty instructor/supervisor to determine whether it can be accomplished during this period.  Registration for these courses can be completed by filling out the corresponding PDF formand submitting it to

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.

Symptom Tracker Protocol for In-person Classes

LVC’s digital symptom tracker (myLVC) informs student health services about possible COVID-19 cases on campus. Students with symptoms should call Shroyer Health Center; the digital tracker adds another layer of data for monitoring. Health center staff will review the results for red X’s and contact students of concern.

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

  • Students should complete the symptom tracker once a day. The tracker refreshes every day at 5 a.m.
  • Students must show that day’s green checkmark on their device to the faculty member before class begins. This may be done during attendance taking, 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.

The expectation is for all students to complete the symptom tracker before arriving in class. If a student has not completed the symptom tracker that day, they may complete it before the start of class.

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 ( 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.


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.


  • 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.