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.
Notice to Students: COVID-19 Test Results
August 24: First Week Progress
Dear Lincoln University Community,
Thank you all for your patience and cooperation as we completed the first week of the fall semester under very unusual circumstances. Our plan for operations continues to be guided by two priorities: (1) protecting the health and safety of the Lincoln University community and (2) offering a robust academic experience.
Remote education began on August 17, 2020, at both the main campus and University City. To date, we are experiencing a few hurdles in this process. Students and faculty have been accessing their courses and we continue to make adjustments where needed. Unfortunately, Zoom, our major video conferencing provider is experiencing some outages. We will continue to be flexible ensuring that students are provided what they need as our service provider corrects the problem.
More than 300 faculty and staff members and several student leaders were administered COVID-19 tests on Friday. All received feedback within 48 hours. Nearly 500 students were tested before moving in to their rooms on Saturday and Sunday. We thank the families for their patience as we moved students through the testing protocol. We mailed the completed test kits to the laboratory this morning and expect the results by Wednesday. Everyone tested this weekend will remain quarantined in their rooms until the test results are communicated.
While in quarantine, students will continue to study remotely. Until then, meals will be delivered to the students. We are making adjustments to the delivery schedule and process to ensure that no student misses a meal. All students who receive a negative test result will be allowed to move about on campus as long as they are wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing.
Financial Aid Awards
The bursar and financial aid offices are quickly finalizing postings of financial aid awards. The cost of attendance for students who are studying remotely this semester has to be adjusted before financial aid can be posted to accounts. Students who are studying remotely must complete the remote learning form to indicate if they are residing with parents or residing independently—this is important because the cost of attendance will be adjusted based on the housing status.
Final financial aid awards will be posted by August 31, 2020.
We are progressing on schedule as we navigate new waters. It has been your perseverance, collaboration, and understanding that has helped us thus far. The institution will continue to be guided by the need to be flexible and willing to adjust and accommodate as we move forward. Together, we will manage this storm and enjoy the excellence that is a Lincoln education.
Brenda A. Allen
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.
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.
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 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. 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.