Non-essential employees working remotely through at least April 10.
Expanded pass/fail grading option. Read the FAQs.
- + March 24 Update
Dear Lincoln University Community,
The unprecedented events that surround the COVID-19 pandemic continue to present extraordinary challenges. However, these challenges also present our community with the opportunity to overcome and lead, just as Lincoln has done for 165 years.
I want to start with positive news about the health and wellbeing of our community because safety is always first on my mind. I am pleased to share that no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Lincoln University community. Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected with this disease and with all of the healthcare and other essential workers keeping us safe. The University continues to exercise universal precautions as we house approximately 40 students with extenuating circumstances following the closure of all University residence halls.
For many, the start of remote coursework yesterday ushered in a sense of normalcy and routine while also causing anxiety, especially given the connectivity and technology issues with the learning management system. I encourage students to seek support from their instructors, academic advisors, and the class deans to ensure the successful completion of the semester. I want students to know that we value your partnership, feedback, and patience as we adapt our world-class instruction and student support in new, unfamiliar ways.
Our dedicated faculty and staff have shown themselves to be responsive, flexible, and creative all while experiencing many pressures related to this rapid transition to alternative modes of instruction. Thank you to the faculty and staff who have worked diligently to move courses and administrative functions to a remote format.
Faculty and staff remain committed to finding learning solutions that meet the needs of every student; I ask students to prioritize learning, to seek answers, and to persist, because if we stick together we will keep our dear old Orange and Blue moving forward amid truly challenging times.
We continually look for ways to adapt our learning and stay focused on the experience of learning. In acknowledgment of the tumultuous events of this semester, Lincoln University has expanded the existing pass/fail grading option for undergraduate students for spring 2020 only. Any undergraduate student may elect to convert any or all of their courses to pass/fail by submitting the Pass/Fail Petition by the last day of classes on April 17. Learn more and access the petition at the Office of the Registrar webpage.
Yesterday, Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for seven counties in Pennsylvania, including Chester. Under Governor Wolf’s order, personnel who are providing life-sustaining services can continue to be deemed essential and are permitted to continue their work, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Unless otherwise notified, non-essential employees will continue working remotely through at least April 10. Given the ever-changing orders from federal, state, and local jurisdictions, I urge caution for any employee traveling to campus. If a non-essential employee must come to campus, the employee’s supervisor must follow the instruction on the FAQ page, which includes communicating the urgent and essential need to several senior administrators.
Senior Week and Commencement
Based on the information from Governor Wolf and the Centers for Disease Control — and for the health and safety of all participants — Senior Week and Commencement are postponed. I know how special Commencement is for students and their families who expected to celebrate with them in May. We will honor students’ achievements in the months ahead and will have a Commencement. I will share the updated details as they emerge so students and their families have time to prepare for this meaningful and jubilant event.
I have witnessed the incredible strength and resiliency of the Lincoln community throughout these last two weeks. I recognize that many of you are operating in unfamiliar territory, but please know that the University is here to support you. If you are feeling disconnected or isolated, please use the resources on the FAQs. Together we will work through this, together we will learn, and together we will emerge stronger.
Brenda A. Allen
- + March 15 Alumni Update
Note: This update was sent to alumni on March 15 via email. If you are an alumnus and did not receive it, please update your information by signing up or logging in at giving.lincoln.edu.
Dear Members of the Lincoln University Alumni Community,
Thank you for your calls and expressions of support as we navigate this uncertain time at our beloved Lincoln regarding the plans for addressing the COVID-19 virus. We are grateful that there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Lincoln University.
Lincoln University has two top priorities: the safety of our community and the continuity of academic instruction.
As of today, the majority of the students have evacuated residence halls for their own safety. Any and all students experiencing an extenuating circumstance (e.g. international travel, out-of-state travel, or a student who is experiencing housing insecurities) have been and will continue to be provided for on campus. I assure you that the students who notify us of extenuating circumstances will be supported.
The second priority is to continue with academic instruction. After thoughtful discussions and feedback from many stakeholders about Lincoln University’s plans, classes will resume in an alternative format on Monday, March 23. Faculty and staff are working diligently to develop alternative modes of course delivery to meet the instructional needs of every student so that they can complete the semester successfully.
No decisions have been made for activities past the end of classes, which includes Commencement and Alumni Weekend. We are committed to providing timely updates about these and other events. I ask for you to remain flexible and patient as we make adjustments to new information that is released.
Thank you all for your outpouring of support. We look forward to the day when it is safe to resume normal operations, and we can’t wait to welcome the students back to campus this fall. For those of you who have expressed the desire to provide monetary support on social media, please visit giving.lincoln.edu.
With in-person meetings and events on hold for now, we hope you will continue to stay engaged with the University community. Here are some ways you can connect with Lions digitally:
- Stay in touch via email by creating a profile at giving.lincoln.edu
- Follow LU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Professionally network with Lions on LinkedIn.
Please keep in mind that all official community-wide communications posted on the coronavirus webpage at www.lincoln.edu/coronavirus.
I appreciate your engagement on these issues and look forward to continuing to work together to address the needs of everyone in our community.
Brenda A. Allen
- + March 10 Update
Lincoln University Announces Proactive Measures to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus
Suspends Face-to-Face Instruction for the Remainder of the Spring Semester
Dear Members of the Lincoln University Community,
I write to you with important updates. We have been following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) news and are aware that recently many secondary schools and higher education institutions in our area have begun to suspend classes.
The leadership team is in consultation with public health experts and emergency management to implement procedures that ensure that the Lincoln University community is safe.
While Lincoln University does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of now, we are taking every precaution possible to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to main campus and our University City location.
Erring on the side of caution, face-to-face academic instruction is suspended immediately for the remainder of the spring semester. Classes are canceled for the remainder of this week. Faculty will use this time to determine the best way to deliver remote modes of instruction. Beginning Monday, March 16, classes will transition to alternate modes of instruction.
It is important to check your Lincoln University email regularly for the latest updates.
All students in University housing are required to vacate their rooms by Sunday, March 15, for the remainder of the semester and complete their classwork remotely. We ask that you continue to follow guidance from Centers for Disease Control and your local community. The Office of Residence Life will work with individual students who require assistance. This includes both main campus and Thorn Flats.
Faculty and staff members are expected to report to work to manage the day-to-day administrative operations for the University. We ask that all employees continue to exercise universal precautions to minimize the possibility of spreading the virus. If you are sick, please self-quarantine.
We are working with the Physical Plant to implement further enhanced cleaning procedures at all facilities.
Events at Main Campus and University City
In keeping with the CDC’s guidance to limit social distance, the University is taking proactive measures to minimize social contact. All non-essential events and public gatherings with more than 100 expected attendees are prohibited until further notice.
We strongly discourage domestic or international non-essential travel for faculty, staff, or students.
To summarize, classes are canceled for this week and will resume on Monday in a form decided upon by each instructor.
Please remember there are some basic steps that you can and should take as an individual during this outbreak:
1. Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds; and
2. Avoid close contact with others if you are feeling sick.
Lincoln University will do whatever we can to help students complete the spring term successfully. I will be sending more details about how this proactive plan will be implemented, but I wanted to let you know of this decision as soon as possible.
Please know that these decisions have not been made lightly as our leadership team had lengthy discussions. We are confident that if we pull together, we will see our way through this challenge. Thank you— students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, alumni, community members, and friends—for your support and patience as we adjust to these new plans.
I encourage you to check the website and your Lincoln emails frequently. All updates on the University’s response to COVID-19 will continue to be posted on our website, www.lincoln.edu/coronavirus.
Brenda A. Allen
- + March 9 Update
Update: 3/9/20 — Lincoln Suspends All Travel for University Business
Dear Faculty and Staff:
As Lincoln University continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the University’s leadership has agreed that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our faculty and staff to suspend all non-essential travel for University business effective immediately.
This means that all official travel for University business for faculty and staff is suspended both internationally and domestically outside of Pennsylvania. This decision will remain in effect until further notice. Our goal is to reduce the risk that anyone at Lincoln University might contract or inadvertently spread the virus.
In response to this decision, you are encouraged to use remote communications such as Zoom or Skype where appropriate to carry out University business that would otherwise necessitate travel outside of Pennsylvania.
We understand that this travel suspension will have an impact on your work, however, we take seriously our responsibility to protect every member of the Lincoln community.
- + March 6 Update
Dear Lincoln Community,
I am sharing updated guidance for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as community transmission is increasing, including two confirmed cases in Pennsylvania. There are no cases in Chester County at this time.
I encourage you to restrict greetings to respectful nods, smiles, or elbow bumps to replace handshakes and hugs.
Physical Plant is working to refill or replace hand sanitizing stations across campus.
We have been posting signage in every building about practices to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
I write especially to alert our community to actions you will want to take:
- in the event of a Coronavirus outbreak on campus or Chester County
- should you or a member of the Lincoln community feel sick or suspect that you have been exposed to the Coronavirus;
- or, if you travelled during Spring Break last week, independent of the University, and are concerned about possible exposure.
All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to enroll in IRIS alerts, the University’s primary source of communication for messaging during emergencies. If you enrolled previously, please log in to confirm that you are still enrolled and update any information that may have changed, including email addresses and mobile numbers.
Follow Ongoing Updates
Please continue to visit our Coronavirus update page at www.lincoln.edu/coronavirus for the latest information as Lincoln University administrators monitor this evolving situation and follow recommendations from the Department of State and the CDC. We are also working with government agencies, such as Chester County Health Department and Chester County Department of Emergency Services, to obtain advice and guidance on managing the campus in the event of an outbreak.
Actions for Those Experiencing Symptoms
Students, faculty, and staff should stay away from classes and campus activities if they are feeling sick. Community members who are experiencing a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing — especially if they have traveled internationally in the last 14 days or been in contact with someone who has — should seek medical care right away. Students on campus should contact the Office of Health Services immediately by calling 484-365-7338.
Faculty and staff with possible exposure to COVID-19 or who experience symptoms should avoid coming to campus and should contact their medical provider immediately for further instruction.
The U.S. Department of State has issued several travel advisories. If you traveled during spring break, plan to travel, or have had contact with someone who traveled, please review the CDC guidelines.
Our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. Each person in our community plays an important part in stopping the spread of virus. Thank you for taking action to keep our campus safe.
- + March 2 Update
Dear Lincoln University Community,
As news regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, we want you to know that we are working closely with the Chester County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to monitor COVID-19 conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the health of our students, faculty, and staff.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person just like the flu or a cold through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Chester County or Pennsylvania. At this time, the virus is not spreading in the community, so there is no need to change daily routines.
We have protocols in place to minimize the spread of illness to our students, faculty, and staff and we are reviewing our emergency preparedness plans in the event of a widespread outbreak that requires more action. We have and will continue to work with the Chester County Health Department to implement plans and protocols quickly. Currently, our custodial crews are performing additional cleanings of classrooms and touch surfaces such as desktops and door handles. We are doing our very best to prevent the spread of illness.
All students, staff, and families are advised to follow the same practices that help prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners that are at least 60-95% alcohol are also effective.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. The main way that the flu spreads is from person to person is in the droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it is important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
- Make an appointment to get your free flu shot on campus at Health Services.
- Do not share personal items such as drinks, food or utensils.
- Do not attend class if you are sick. Refer to the Student Handbook for specific attendance policies.
- Sick individuals should remain at home for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Our priority is the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. We will remain vigilant with the ongoing situation and will notify you of any additional changes to our strategy to prevent the spread of COVID19.
We recommend you regularly check Chester County Health Department’s website current information about COVID-19 in Chester County at https://www.chesco.org/4376/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.
For more information about COVID-19, visit CDC: Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment.
Should you have any questions or concerns beyond what has been provided, please contact your health care provider or Lincoln University’s Office of Health Services at 484-365-7338.
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