COVID-19 Information Center

COVID-19 Response

  What you need to know
  1. The spring semester began on January 25, 2021, using remote technology. Students completed the first four weeks of classes remotely.
  2. All students may return to campus to resume classes in-person on March 1, 2021.
  3. The curriculum will be delivered through a highly flexible mix of in-person and remote instruction, as occurred in the fall.
  4. We understand that some students will want to complete their spring semester remotely, and the University will adjust the student’s bill if they choose to remain learning remotely.
  5. Because we expect to have students on campus in March, we have issued bills to all residential students that reflect tuition, a standard double room, and 19 meals per week.
  6. The semester will end May 14, 2021, and Commencement and Reunion Weekend will occur the following weekend from May 21 through May 23.
  7. Non-essential staff members are working remotely from December 1, 2020, through at least February 26, 2021. Essential staff members are working with their supervisors to adopt an on-campus schedule that allows the lowest density possible as we maintain university operations.

Notice to Students: COVID-19 Test Results
Students who test positive should contact Health Services for further instruction. Students who took a COVID-19 test upon arrival on campus and who have not received their results or who have received the result “test failed” should remain quarantined in their rooms until they receive results that they have tested negative for the virus. This means they should not attend in-person classes. These students should email their instructors and participate remotely. Additionally, students who receive the result “test failed” must contact Health Services to schedule a retest and obtain a new QR-Code.

Health Services | Pre-Test Registration Steps

Your Safety is Our Priority

Lincoln University’s goal is to resume on-campus activities within the context of best practices designed to minimize the continuing threat of COVID-19. We have developed procedural and engagement policies towards mitigating and monitoring the risk of the virus while in session.  These policies are designed to protect the health and safety of the Lincoln University community and are guided by state’s reopening plans as well as guidance offered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local public health agencies.

We continue to compile the latest data and research on managing the threat of Covid-19 infections and to make adjustments to our protocols as warranted. We have also sought to make this an ongoing and inclusive process by assembling working groups comprised of faculty, students, and staff as well as participation by members of the Board of Trustees.  Additionally, we have created other avenues to seek broader community input including an open comments page and a series of community town halls and community forums designed to solicit continuous feedback regarding reopening and individual concerns.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Maintaining the Health and Safety of our Community.    The health and safety of the Lincoln University community is a top priority.  Best practices guidelines for reducing the risk of a Covid-19 spread on our campus is the starting point for each decision. How we engage in on-campus activities will be guided by the best public health practices available to mitigate, monitor, and contain the ongoing threat of Covid-19.  Mitigation efforts such as social distancing, personal protective equipment, and increased cleaning regiments will be integrated into decisions regarding all campus activities.   The University will also employ best practices procedures designed to monitor and contain any signs of the virus on campus including periodic testing, contact tracing, and quarantining/isolating methods.

Legacy of Academic Excellence

Continuing the Legacy of Academic Excellence.   Lincoln University’s mission to provide a rigorous liberal arts education featuring active and collaborative learning while cultivating the character, values, and standards of excellence needed to enable students to become responsible citizens of a global community will continue. Standards of excellence will persist in all modalities whether face-to-face, hybrid, or virtual.  Moreover, we are committed to supporting the personal and professional goals of our students and faculty in the classroom as well as other critical aspects of campus life, including academic support services, campus traditions, and co-curricular activities.

Science continues to guide decisions

Science will Continue to Guide Decisions.  Lincoln University is committed to continuously monitor the trajectory of the pandemic and the effectiveness and practicality of mitigation efforts on our campus.  Flexibility will be built into every plan and alternative methods for achieving our goals will be used to balance concerns related to health and safety and academic excellence.

Inclusive Processes will be Employed

Inclusive Processes will be Employed. Students, faculty, and staff remain integral to shaping and implementing plans to consider the full range of our community’s needs and interests. All decisions will consider the disparate impacts of the pandemic on members of our community.