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Campus Closing Decision Points

The College will consult with healthcare partners and public health agencies to evaluate thresholds and criteria for closing campus and moving courses fully online.

Room and board charges will be calculated before the end of the fall semester based on each student’s number of days in residence. Any credits will be applied by the end of the semester and carried over to offset charges in the spring.

If the semester is partially or fully online, tuition will not be refunded. The semester will be different than a typical semester, but students will continue to receive the intensive academic, career, and personal support that is the hallmark of the LVC experience. LVC’s faculty and staff spent the summer refining online learning methods and ensuring students will receive the educational outcomes outlined in every course syllabus. Therefore, while room and board fees will be pro-rated, the tuition and comprehensive fee for the semester will remain the same as published. The creativity and agility of the Spring 2020 semester required of faculty and staff resulted in several benefits to students that will continue to be part of the LVC experience. Department chairs report that the amount of time and attention faculty provided to students on an individual or small group basis increased quite a bit and led them to develop new resources. Academic support services and Bishop Library staff will incorporate insights into fall services. The virtual services offered by the Breen Center for Graduate Success have positioned the office to expand its services on-campus and for our commuting, online, and graduate students. And student affairs will provide online counseling and health services, as well as online engagement activities for those unable to participate in part or all of the semester in-person.

Community Covenant

It is a privilege to be a member of the Lebanon Valley College community of learners. The foundation of our community rests upon the principle that we are only as good as the sum of our parts. For this reason, we embrace our responsibilities to support, assist, challenge, and hold each other to account. As we prepare for a new academic year during this pandemic, let us reaffirm our beliefs and values, both personal and communal, to foster a safe, healthy, and high-quality educational environment. By engaging as a member of the College community, each of us commits to uphold the policies, procedures, and mitigation strategies set forth by Lebanon Valley College:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Refrain from behaviors that will compromise my health and the health of others within our community to include adhering to traffic flow guidelines, guest and visitation policies, any directives to self-isolate as appropriate, and limit my exposure to others who choose to do otherwise.
  • Adhere to safe practices such as wearing face coverings, practice physical distancing, employ good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, and greet others without shaking hands.
  • 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 personal physician (employees), and to report all health-related issues as instructed by College policy.
  • Hold others accountable to uphold these standards as members of the LVC community.
  • 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 county color-status guidelines.

External Visitors/Campus Guests

The number of visitors to campus will be minimized. A visitor is defined as an individual who is not a current employee or student of the College.

  • Student guests are limited; guidelines are presented above and in the Student Handbook.
  • 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 permitted unless approved by LVC Human Resources.
  • Prospective students and their families may visit under the guidance of the admission and/or athletics staff.
  • Vendors contracted with the College and package and meal deliverers can deliver goods and services.
  • Guest lecturers may visit under the aegis of a faculty member. It will be the responsibility of the host employee to assure visitors abide by all LVC Policies and the Returning to Campus After COVID-19 Handbook.
  • Volunteers pre-approved to assist with college academic or operational functions may visit under the direction of a supervisor.
  • Guidance for visitors who wish to attend athletic events will be determined based on forthcoming NCAA and MAC guidance.
  • Any potential visitor with COVID-19 symptoms or a fever of 100.4°F or higher is not permitted on campus.

Important Update—Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Dear Campus Community,

I hope this update finds you and your family safe and well. I write to share some key updates on Lebanon Valley College’s planning for an in-person, on-time start to the Fall 2020 semester. I am closely coordinating with President-elect James MacLaren, the president’s staff, the Critical Incident and Emergency Management Team, and several Provost-led faculty task forces to develop a playbook to guide our efforts.

I’ve noted in the past that the successful and rapid pivot this spring demonstrated LVC at its best. The same is true of the planning underway. Administrators and faculty are working very hard researching, developing, and crystalizing complex plans that have many intertwined consequences that must be thought through.

We are basing our plans on a defined set of guiding principles and gating conditions placing the well-being of our campus community as the highest priority and emphasizing academic quality, equity, financial sustainability, and compliance with federal and state guidelines. We are closely following guidance from the PA Department of Education to build the playbook.

Fall Calendar and Academic Experience
The academic calendar will be adjusted to limit the number of times large numbers of students travel to and from campus. The semester will start one week early, with undergraduate and graduate classes beginning Monday, Aug. 24. There will be no Fall Break. On-campus learning will end by Thanksgiving break and instruction will continue online through Dec. 4. Finals are Dec. 7–11. Class times, locations, and schedules will be adjusted to allow for physical distancing. These changes will be communicated when finalized. We plan to accommodate students who may need to remain on campus after Thanksgiving for clinicals or athletics.

All classes will be delivered in-person and online at the same time to accommodate students with underlying conditions or those who become ill. Faculty are developing online learning components so they can give students support and attention. Clear course outcomes will be articulated, and support services will be emphasized perhaps now more than ever. Additionally, faculty will use Canvas and other LVC-supported technology whenever possible to streamline electronic course delivery.

Residential Life
We will decrease the density in our residential facilities for the fall. Currently, we plan on double occupancy with strict hygiene and physical distancing practices in place. The College has temporarily extended the Housing Exemption process to allow current residential students the opportunity to live off-campus in the local community and expanded the commuting radius to allow current residential students who live beyond 30 miles of campus the opportunity to commute for the 2020–21 academic year. A staggered move-in and modified orientation schedule will be developed. Plans for these will be communicated soon.

Health Protocols
The College is identifying a healthcare partner or partners who can advise and assist us with temperature-taking, testing, tracing, and managing suspected or confirmed cases should they occur on campus. More information will be shared when the partnership has been finalized. Protocols for dining, masking, physical distancing, and pedestrian flow are being developed, and there will be an educational campaign to promote these habits and hygiene practices. Learning spaces will be reconfigured so that desks and podiums can be organized to support physical distancing. Facility services already uses the proper cleaning products to disinfect spaces and is acquiring hand sanitizer stations to place throughout campus. We are bringing employees back to campus to prepare for the return of students through a phased process guided by new pandemic and employee policies that employees can find in ADP.

If there are any positive COVID-19 cases in the campus community, an alert will be issued to employees and students via email and text through the College’s emergency alert system (Omnilert) and posted to the LVC website and social media. Even in instances when the risk is low, we want to ensure all members of our community have the information they need to make decisions about their well-being.

Future Communications
Virtual town halls will be held throughout the summer for returning and new students, faculty, staff, trustees, leadership council members, and prospective students to hear directly from campus leadership and have their questions answered.

Additionally, faculty, staff, students, families, and trustees will regularly receive an LVC Forward e-newsletter with information about the latest decisions and developments. All updates and alerts will be posted to a new LVC Forward blog on the LVC website as well. This searchable space will serve as a hub for all information related to our return to campus and strategic initiatives that unfold as part of the process.

The College will continue to adapt and add detail to the plans as we receive additional guidance from the federal government, the PA Department of Health and Department of Education, the NCAA and MAC Conference, and any healthcare partners. The remaining unknowns and uncertainties require us all to remain flexible and agile so that we can quickly adjust to new circumstances as needed.

My tenure at the College concludes at the end of this month. Dorry and I are so grateful to have been a part of this community, which delivers one of the finest educational experiences in the nation. You can be confident that LVC is welcoming a leader who has proven experience in managing a crisis. Dr. MacLaren was instrumental in Tulane University’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Gina, will arrive in Annville very soon. With his leadership and the enduring dedication and resilience of all, LVC will emerge from this global crisis stronger than ever.

President Thayne 

Employee Handbook—Returning to Campus After COVID-19 [PDF]

Employees should review this handbook before returning to campus and continue to follow the guidelines while working on campus.