Reopening Plan

COVID-19 Response

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

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.

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.


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

  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  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

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.

Brenda A. Allen

  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.  

Brenda A. Allen

  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: 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.

Brenda A. Allen

  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.


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 for meeting information.
  • 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2020. This session is for student workers.
    Join Zoom Meeting: 
    Meeting ID: 990 3824 3983

    Passcode: 259427
    One tap mobile
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  • 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020. This session is for continuing students and parents.

    Join Zoom Meeting: 

    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:
    Meeting ID: 942 8011 9245
    Passcode: 204769
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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.


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.


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.


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.