Reopening Plan

COVID-19 Response

Providing Flexibility for Spring 2021 Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

November 23, 2020

Dear Students,

Before we close out the fall semester, I want to clarify the plan for spring 2021. As announced in the reopening plan on June 24, 2020, classes will begin remotely on January 25, 2021, and students may return to campus on March 1. 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. Many students received an email from the bursar on November 19 regarding spring 2021 bills.

We understand that many factors remain uncertain and that some students will want to complete their spring semester remotely. As such, forms to request the remote study option for the entire spring semester will be published early in January, and the University will adjust the student’s bill once the remote study form is processed.

Students who know they want to study all spring remotely do not need to do anything at this time.

  • Existing charges: The University billed all students with the expectation that every student who wants to return to campus in March may do so. For now, the estimated spring 2021 room and meal charges will remain on students' accounts under "Room Charges."
  • Course schedule: Students should select classes based on the existing schedule in WebAdvisor; the University will make adjustments if needed.
  • Financial aid: The University will award the financial aid package based on the current account charges. For students who opt to continue remotely, the University will adjust the awards to reflect the removal of room and board fees.
  • Housing selection: All residential students' current bills reflect a standard double room. Residence Life will not accept applications for ASL or Thorn Flats until the January update is published.
  • Meal plans: As a baseline, the University billed all students for 19 meals per week. All meal plan options will be available when the update is posted in January.
  • Reductions in campus density: We will continue to assess the environment, science, data, and faculty and students' readiness to return to campus. If in January it is clear that we need to reduce campus density as we did this fall, we would consider bringing back a smaller number of students for on-campus residence; all other students would complete the semester remotely. The considerations that qualify a student to return to campus might differ from this fall.
  • Commuter students: The University does not require recognized commuter students to live on campus or select a meal plan.

I want to reiterate that these plans are tentative relative to the course of the pandemic, and we will continue to reassess these into early January when we have more data and a clearer picture of the projections for COVID-19. Please continue to check your Lincoln email for updates.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adapt during this unique year. If we continue to work together, we will keep everyone in our community safe.

Thank you,
Brenda A. Allen
President

Pass / Fail Options

November 23, 2020

Dear Students,
We continue to explore ways to adapt our learning and stay focused on the experience of learning amid the pandemic. 

In acknowledgment of the turbulent events of this semester and the past eight months, the University is giving undergraduate students the option to change any or all their courses to pass/fail for the fall 2020 semester only. The grade earned in a pass/fail course is not included in the calculation of the student's GPA. 

Undergraduate students who wish to elect to convert any or all of their courses to pass/fail must submit the Pass/Fail Petition by December 11 at 5 p.m. 

Learn more by reading the Q&As and access the petition on the Office of the Registrar webpage

Thank you,
Patricia A. Joseph
Dean of the Faculty

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
  COVID-19: A Message of Appreciation before Thanksgiving

November 18, 2020

Dear Lincoln University Community,

The holiday season is upon us. While we have much to be thankful for, the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Progress on both the treatment and vaccine fronts is exciting. We are grateful for these advancements, but in the meantime, the COVID-19 infection rate continues to rise.

The majority of residential students will depart campus on or before November 20, 2020. I thank you for your support and cooperation throughout the fall semester. I appreciate how difficult it has been to maintain on-campus safety protocols. The level of compliance and collaboration offered by the student body has been commendable. Thank you for keeping the safety of our community a high priority.

Students who have been studying remotely have also shown remarkable levels of persistence and tenacity. They have managed to keep pace with the semester during these unprecedented times. Your determination to pursue your education in the face of this adversity is laudable. I encourage you all to stay focused and resilient despite the conditions we find ourselves managing.

I applaud the faculty and staff for their dedication and flexibility as we pursue our mission in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty have adjusted their work styles to accommodate our students' needs, and the staff has been great in offering the support needed to see our students and campus through this crisis. Thanks to you all. I invite all staff members to use Wednesday, November 25, 2020, as a free vacation day. Stay safe and enjoy a little time for yourself.

As we approach the holiday season, we will be making adjustments to our COVID-19 response. Beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, we will return to the campus protocol enacted in March at the beginning of the pandemic. Non-essential staff should return to remote work. We will require supervisors to set remote work expectations with at least weekly updates. All essential staff members will work with their supervisors to adopt an on-campus schedule that allows the lowest density possible as we maintain university operations. Faculty will be allowed to access their offices and other facilities needed to complete the fall semester. This protocol will remain in place through December 31, 2020. We will communicate subsequent campus protocols at the start of the new year.

We are almost to the finish line. We will take a brief pause next week and then return to our work toward a strong finish to the semester.

Sincerely,

Brenda A. Allen
President

  COVID-19: Update on the Next 14 Days

November 6, 2020

Good day, Lincoln family,

First, a note of recognition and gratitude as we move ever closer to the end of our residential experience for the fall semester. The commitment of our students to the well-being of their classmates and campus community to date has been an inspiration for all of us. Thank you for all you have done and will do to protect the Den.

Today we find ourselves at the 14-day mark before residential students exit campus. With numbers continuing to rise across the country, it has become necessary to make adjustments to our health and safety protocols.

Since the pandemic began, our number one priority has been the safety of our community. We must now turn our attention to reducing the risk of our students taking the virus home to their families and community.

We are requesting that on-campus students postpone all non-emergency off-campus travel from now until your departure for the Thanksgiving break. Accordingly, we will initiate a 14-day “quarantine” on campus. We will continue to allow food deliveries, but the goal is to protect the den by limiting off-campus trips. As always, students should bring any emergency needs to the attention of a student life staff member so that we can help mitigate any situations.

This decision was not entered into lightly and takes into account the hard work everyone has been doing since August. It sincerely comes out of an abundance of caution and in response to requests from your loved ones at home.

I am pleased to share that the results from our second mass-testing event on October 30, 2020, revealed only a few positive cases. These results are a testament to the level of accountability that our committed community has taken in meeting the challenge that we have faced as a result of this pandemic.

As you prepare to return home, you are strongly encouraged to strictly follow all of the University’s health and safety protocols, to maintain physical distancing, wear masks, avoid even small gatherings, and remain on campus in the 14 days prior to leaving campus.

We are in the home-stretch and want you to return safely to your families and at low risk. Again, I commend you all for your cooperation thus far. And remember: Mask up. Six feet. Protect the den.

Thank you,

Marc R. Partee
COVID-19 Incident Task Force Commander
Chief of Police

  Main Campus COVID-19 Testing on Thursday, October 29

October 26, 2020

Dear Lincoln Community:

To maintain the safety integrity of “The Den,” we are pleased to share that Lincoln University has secured a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. (Ginkgo) to provide access to COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty, and staff at no cost.

All students, faculty, and staff who live, work, or visit the main campus are required to complete this test that will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at the Wellness Center basketball court.

All random tests have been suspended for the week.

Ginkgo will provide Lincoln University with an end-to-end, on-site COVID-19 testing service, which will include:  HIPAA-compliant user registration, on-site sample collection, laboratory testing, and confidential results reporting. Lincoln University’s Office of Health Services will have access to the results of the test and are available for any questions. Ginkgo will communicate positive test results to the Chester County Health Department as required by law.

The version of Ginkgo’s test is a saliva-based test and is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based test designed to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens.

Complete the two-part process to take the COVID-19 test:

1. Register with Gingko

  • Go to www.concentricbyginkgo.com/test
  • Click “Sign In” and then on the left side “Start here.”
  • Enter our access code: protein-lincoln
  • Accept the consent forms and privacy policy.
  • When registering, use your Lincoln email address to register. You may use your home or University street address. Complete the screening questions.
  • Look for an email from support@concentricbyginkgo.com to set a password and activate your account.

Need Help? Read this user guide for registering assistance with Gingko.

2Make an appointment for testing

You will receive more detailed instructions before your scheduled test time. Once you have completed the PCR test, the results will be communicated via Ginkgo’s portal within 48-72 hours.

Respectfully,

Marc R. Partee
COVID-19 Incident Task Force Commander
Chief of Police

  October 12 Update

Dear Lincoln University Community,

We have reached a milestone in this very unusual semester. It is mid-term and from all accounts, we are weathering this storm with grace!  Many thanks to the students, faculty, and staff for your persistence, patience, and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.

The national news is filled with stories of major COVID-19 outbreaks on college campuses across the country. Many of these crises are attributed to community behaviors that violate best practices and health department guidelines for reducing the transmission of the virus. I am happy to report that with few exceptions, Lincoln University students have embraced their responsibility to protect the health and safety of our community and have been working well with the staff to find ways to stay safe while also engaging in campus life.

Although we faced some challenges getting courses up and going, the faculty have been adjusting well.  When faced with an issue, faculty, administrators, class deans, students, and the COVID-19 Task Force have been able to come together to solve the problem. I cannot thank you all enough for your tenacity and commitment during these very trying times.

Some students have reached out for support or to simply check-in. We would like to hear from others.  Please take the time to respond to the survey distributed today via Lincoln University email. We want to ensure that students have what they need and to better understand how we might offer additional support.  Students’ voices matter, so we need to hear from you. 

Similarly, we will be administering a survey to faculty and staff. Again, we are interested in knowing how everyone is faring and whether there are additional needs that are not being met. Please let us know how we might better assist you.

It remains difficult to predict what the spring semester may have in store for us. Currently, the academic schedule established back in August is still operative. We are projecting that spring courses will begin remotely on January 25, 2021, and that we will welcome all students back to campus on March 1, 2021. We will adjust as needed should the course of the pandemic change in any manner, positive or negative, over the coming weeks and months.

Again, I want to express my profound gratitude for the spirit and perseverance shown by the Lincoln University community as we face this pandemic together. It is because of you that we can pursue our mission in the face of extreme adversity. Together we will ensure that the Lincoln Legacy lives on.

In the Spirit of the Orange and Blue,

Brenda A. Allen
President

  September 25 Message from your COVID Taskforce

Dear Lincoln University Community,

I come to you with an update on how we are taking care of the “Lion’s Den” during these unprecedented times. Through careful planning and with an abundance of caution, we were able to bring back approximately 500 students. We had a baseline infection rate of 1.7% after testing all on-campus students, faculty, and staff. Now that we have set our baseline, we have moved into a maintenance phase where we divided the campus community into three distinct risk populations:

  • The high-risk population consists of those that have a high likelihood of exposure risk such as our nursing students and public safety staff, who are tested weekly.
  • The mid-risk population includes those such as upperclassmen who have academically necessary internships and athletes who are tested bi-weekly.
  • Finally, the low-risk population includes mainly first-year students who are tested randomly.

We must continue to remind each other of our responsibilities to the campus community by wearing face coverings, social distancing, and hand washing.

Our campus environment has been re-engineered to help us all adjust to our new normal of living six feet apart.

Follow the following reminders and adjustments to campus protocols to stay safe:

  • Only those included in our testing protocol and University approved visitors are allowed on campus.
  • No student may attend an in-person class or lab who has not been tested for the Coronavirus through Health Services.
  • Students are only allowed to exit campus for 1 hour for essentials and must adhere to face covering, social distancing, and handwashing standards while off-campus.
  • Students who need to be off-campus for more than 1 hour must have prior approval from the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Students who must travel overnight must quarantine for 14 days at home and retest upon arrival back to campus.
  • No visitors are permitted. If a student needs to be dropped off or picked up on campus, the drop-off should occur at the SUB

If we continue to keep safety first, we will continue to reduce the risk of infection within the “Den.”

Marc R. Partee
COVID-19 Incident Task Force Commander
Chief of Police

  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.

Coursework

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.

COVID-19 Testing

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.

Quarantine

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.

Sincerely,
Brenda A. Allen

  Steps to Complete Prior to Arrival on Campus for COVID-19 Test

All students and employees who will be taking a COVID-19 test should complete this patient registration prior to coming to campus. For those who do not, they will be required to complete the registration process on-site using their mobile device.

Have you registered before?

If you have been tested before, you do not need to re-register.

Go to  https://covid19testing.guardanthealth.com/  select “Login” in the top right corner then use the same email address and password you used when you first registered.

First-time Registrants

To register, please access Patient Portal at https://covid19testing.guardanthealth.com/

1. Select Login in the upper hand corner and then select Register on the bottom hand corner.

2. Enter the first name, last name, email address, mobile number, and testing site code: LUBPA and submit.

3. You will receive an automated email from the Patient Community.

4. Click on the link inside the email and you will be directed to change your password.

5. Change your password (please remember the password to login into the portal).

6. Fill out prompted information (health questionnaire and patient registration) to Request a Test.

7. After completing this information to order a test, you will receive a confirmation email with your Order Number and QR code.

8. Keep your login information in the event you need to be re-tested. 

Please bring a form of I.D. with birthdate and your confirmation email (or write down Order Number) with you to Testing Day. You’re all set!

  August 13 - Reopening Update

Dear Lincoln Community,

This is today’s update as we approach the first day of classes and the student move-in days. I am combining news over the last two days.

New First-Year and Transfer Students

  1. Students with health-holds will be allowed to register. Advising and registration sessions will be held over the weekend. 
  2. Any student with a health-hold may begin their classes remotely with others on August 17, 2020, but will not be permitted to move-in until the health-hold is lifted. Please check with Health Services to make sure that the appropriate records have been received by the University.

Email Accounts and Technology Needs

  1. As of today, two-thirds of our students have activated their Lincoln email accounts. Great effort is being made to reach the remaining students.
  2. The University will begin overnight delivery of technology equipment to students who have indicated a need. The mailing will be done in waves over the next few days as we continue to acquire devices from our vendors. Please be patient as there is a backlog for some inventory. 

Housing and Billing

  1. Housing assignments will be finalized tomorrow.
  2. Bills will be available by the end of the day tomorrow.

Final Note for Today
It is important to remember that we are all swimming against the current, but we are committed to getting everyone to the shore. It may not be smooth, but the closer we get to land, the clearer we will see our way. We are close to the shore, but there will be a few more undercurrents along the way. The University will adjust our processes as needed so that our students remain whole and on-track.

Sincerely,
Brenda A. Allen
President

  August 11 - Reopening Update

Dear Lincoln Community,

As promised, this is today’s update as we approach the first day of classes and the student move-in dates.

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

  1. Work is continuing on reengineering public spaces on campus to adhere to our social distancing protocol. Excess furniture is being removed from buildings and stored in various locations. Please contact Chief Partee or Mr. Roby if your classroom or building is not addressed by Thursday, August 13, 2020.  
  2. Building captains will begin placing signage in all spaces starting Friday, August 14, 2020, once the furniture is rearranged. Again, we urge faculty and staff to indicate where signs are most needed in their areas.
  3. Rosters of faculty, staff, and students who plan to be in residence this fall have been compiled and will be forwarded to our testing partner in the morning.

In-Residence Population

  1. As of today, we have offered about 750 students the opportunity to study in-residence this fall.  More than half of these students are new first-years and transfers.  This number may change as the team revisits some of the requests and others opt to study remotely.
  2. As of today, 1,236 students have activated their Lincoln email accounts. Great effort is being made to reach the remaining students.
  3. Registration begins tomorrow for all new students. Those without an activated email address will be instructed on how to access their Lincoln email account.  

Sincerely, 
Brenda A. Allen
President

  August 10 - Reopening Update

Dear Lincoln Community,

I write to update you on the progress being made toward the start of the fall semester.  I will post updates daily as we approach the first day of classes and the student move-in dates.

Courses and Schedules:

  1. An updated list of courses can be accessed here. Students studying remotely should check their schedules to ensure that they are registered in the appropriate course section.
  2. Fall courses will be accessed through Moodle.  Lincoln University email accounts will be used to communicate with students registered for each course.  We are making every effort to ensure that all students have activated their new Lincoln email by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  Any student without an active Lincoln University email account should immediately contact: support@lincoln.edu or call the Help Desk Phone number at 484-365-HELP (4357).

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts:

  1. The University has acquired individual PPE Kits for all faculty, staff, and students. The Kits contain reusable face masks, reusable gloves, and personal hand sanitizer.
  2. Face shields for faculty members have been acquired.
  3. Excess PPE is being delivered to each Building Captain as backup-supply.
  4. A final list of classrooms and course enrollment caps have been delivered to the COVID-19 Task Force. Each classroom will be transformed to reflect proper social distancing and all excess furniture removed and stored by Friday, August 14, 2020.
  5. Signage placement campus-wide is taking place this week. We urge faculty and staff to indicate where signs are most needed in their areas.
  6. Hand sanitizer dispensers are being deployed to high-traffic areas across campus. 
  7. Air filter replacement across campus is scheduled to be completed by Monday, August 17, 2020.

Sincerely,
Brenda A. Allen
President

  August 3 - Limited Reopening Plan

Dear Lincoln Community,

Faculty, students, and staff have been working since May to devise plans for bringing our students back for in-person classes in the fall. The health and safety of the Lincoln community have been the primary driver of our decision-making process. In early June, when we announced our decision to bring students back, COVID-19 cases were on the decline across the country, and we were working to secure access to the testing needed to monitor any COVID-19 threats on our campus.

The course of the pandemic has changed significantly since that decision. The transmission of COVID-19 has entered a second wave and unlike the original spread, current cases are more prolific and deadly among young adults.  New cases in many areas have risen to levels not seen since April and May and death rates are once again on the rise.  Some of the recent COVID-19 hotspots are in areas connected to our Lincoln University family.  We have also learned more about the spread of the virus indoors, the role of asymptomatic cases in the spread, and the possibility that immunity after illness may be of limited duration has also evolved.  This new information points to the need to greatly reduce density in shared spaces.  We, therefore, believe that it will be prudent to reduce our fall on-campus population to 50% or less so that every student in-residence can have a single bedroom.  

As a result, we have come to the very difficult decision to bring back a smaller number of students for on-campus residence. All other students will complete their fall semester remotely. 

Considerations that might qualify a student to return to campus include the following:

Permission will be automatically granted

Category 1

New first-year students

Students must apply to live on campus

Category 2

International students who need to return to campus

Category 3

Students with specific basic needs that are not met at home, such as secure housing and food (Students with other concerns may share their situation for consideration. We are limiting the number of students on campus, but we will review on a case by case basis.)

A faculty member will be in touch

Category 4

Special academic projects that cannot be postponed or done remotely—on request of faculty member-only, including upper-division nursing majors

Category 5

Student workers performing essential functions as approved by the Division of Student Success

 

Please complete this request for on-campus residence special circumstances form if you fall into category two or three. Your faculty member or supervisor will be in touch with you if you are included in category four or five.

Change in Move-In Date

We planned to test all students upon their return to campus to give us a baseline on the virus towards creating a COVID-19 free start to the semester. All was on track for the reopening even the great fortune of being included in the testing program offered to Historically Black Colleges by Testing for America. However, on Friday, July 31, 2020, we confirmed that test kits for Lincoln University will not be available until the week of August 17, 2020. The delay in testing kits necessitates that we delay move-in. Accordingly, the following move-in schedule has been devised:

  1. New first-year students. (Saturday, August 22, 2020)
  2. International students who need to return to campus (permission will be automatically granted). (Sunday, August 23, 2020)
  3. Students with specific basic needs that are not met at home, such as secure housing and food. (Sunday, August 23, 2020)
  4. Special academic projects (primarily seniors) that cannot be postponed or done remotely—on request of faculty member-only, including upper-division nursing majors. (Sunday, August 23, 2020)
  5. Student workers performing essential functions as approved by the Division of Student Success. (Wednesday, August 19, 2020)

Further correspondence will be shared in the next few days detailing campus move-in requirements.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASSES WILL BEGIN AS SCHEDULED ON AUGUST 17, 2020 USING REMOTE TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL STUDENTS

I know you will have many questions. I along with key members of the senior team will hold open Zoom sessions as follows—more information to follow:

  • 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020. This session will be for new students and parents. Please contact Enrollment Management at enrollment@lincoln.edu for meeting information.
  • 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2020. This session is for student workers.
    Join Zoom Meeting:
    https://zoom.us/j/99038243983?pwd=UHprM3hmck0wZFFKeFFudk5WVVhEUT09 
    Meeting ID: 990 3824 3983

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  • 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020. This session is for continuing students and parents.

    Join Zoom Meeting:
    https://zoom.us/j/96181663292?pwd=WmlyUTErWjZGOE0xSXhIdHBRRlhQdz09 

    Meeting ID: 961 8166 3292
    Passcode: 382591
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  • 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 7, 2020. This session is for all continuing students and parents.
    Join Zoom Meeting:
    https://zoom.us/j/94280119245?pwd=ejZXWEI4ZXhFKzExbTNwZERkcXIvZz09
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The academic experience

Classes will begin remotely for all on Aug. 17th. In the spring, we were forced to move from in-person to remote learning during a two-week period. Because we knew that we could be forced to go online at any moment in the fall, our faculty have been designing their courses with that reality in mind. As a result, we know our students will have a robust academic experience that is highly individualized and tailored to our usual liberal-arts curriculum. Please refer to the catalog for any changes to course offerings for the fall.

Finance

We know many of our families have been impacted by the pandemic, and, in recognition of that fact, we decided this spring to hold tuition, room, and board steady for this year. We made this decision even though we have had to incur increased costs to allow us to respond to this crisis and to provide a strong remote experience. The fall academic experience, while different, will feature the same expert faculty and the same small class sizes, and it will contribute credit to the same Lincoln degree. While many online programs are less rigorous, our approach will maintain rigor and the close student-faculty relationship that characterizes a Lincoln education. Students studying via remote only will be charged the Lincoln University Commuter tuition and fee rate.

If your family has experienced a financial impact due to the pandemic, please reach out to Financial Aid

In closing

While I know that many students will be disappointed by this change of events, protecting the health and safety of the entire Lincoln community remains paramount. As progress is made on the treatment and vaccine front, we hope that the Spring semester will welcome all students back to campus. Should we find ourselves still amid this deadly pandemic, we will ensure that those who have to study remotely this fall will have priority for in-residence status in the spring.

Sincerely,

Brenda A. Allen  

View Limited Reopening PDF

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.