Student Information on COVID-19


LMU has been monitoring and assessing the impact of the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will continue to closely monitor it and take appropriate actions to support and safeguard the LMU community.

At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 on the main campus or LMU learning sites. 

LMU is implementing the following actions based upon the administration’s most recent assessment:


LMU Announces Social Distancing Measures as it Prepares for Students Returning to Campus


Harrogate, Tennessee, June 11, 2020—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has announced more preparations and updated policies as it continues to prepare for seated classes in the fall. Dr. Clayton Hess, LMU president, has affirmed that the University will follow the posted Academic Calendar for Fall 2020, with undergraduate classes beginning on August 17. LMU’s plans follow much of Governor Bill Lee’s Tennessee Pledge for reopening Tennessee Responsibly.

LMU’s COVID-19 Task Force has developed a comprehensive plan for a phased return to campus. LMU faculty and staff continue to return, with most full-time staff back in offices as of June 1. Various student groups will be allowed to return to campus later this month, including moving into residence halls. All personnel returning to campus after an extended time away must complete the Return to Campus Questionnaire prior to his or her arrival at an LMU facility.

While on campus, the LMU community will be asked to comply with the following policies:

  1. All students and employees should wash their hands frequently;
  2. All students and employees should practice physical distancing whenever possible by maintaining six or more feet from all other individuals;
  3. All students and employees should wear a commercial or otherwise medically compliant cloth face mask that fully covers the mouth and nose when occupying common areas of buildings, classrooms and lab spaces where physical distancing is not possible;
  4. All students and employees should monitor their own health prior to reporting to campus and stay home if they are feeling unwell or are running a temperature.    

 Additionally, LMU students and employees must self-isolate in the event of any known COVID-19 exposure or if any COVID-19 symptoms develop. In the event of a positive case within the LMU residential community, isolation accommodations have been prepared and meals will be delivered through dining services.

 Campus guests must be pre-approved. Any University-related travel must be pre-approved and in-person campus events have been put on hold through August 1.

 Fall classes are set to begin as originally scheduled. While the University intends to resume the in-person campus experience if allowed, it is also preparing for the possibility that social distancing requirements may require alternative methods of instruction and that a reemergence of the virus may necessitate a transition back to online courses at some point during the semester.

A complete outline of University COVID-19 measures can be found here.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at



In order to prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19 and other influenza-like illnesses, students should follow the recommendations of the CDC for best hygiene practices. Those recommendations are attached and are being posted across campus, at off-campus instructional sites, and electronically through the website, MyLMU, and on building television monitors. Please follow these recommendations. Because COVID-19 can live on surfaces, even if only for a short time, students should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. LMU’s custodial staff is taking extra precautions to routinely disinfect surfaces.

In addition to following best hygiene practices, students are asked not to attend class or other LMU functions if they have a fever or flu-like symptoms, especially a fever with shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and cough. Students are encouraged to seek medical treatment either at the Student Health Center or other medical clinic. If a student needs to miss class because of a fever or flu-like symptoms, the student must notify each professor as soon as possible. Professors have been instructed to provide continuity of instruction to those students who are temporarily unable to attend class for illness. Students remain responsible for all work missed. Students who miss a week or more of class due to illness must present the professor with a note from the Student Health Center or the student’s medical provider clearing the student to return to class.

The Student Health Center is monitoring the number of student incidents of flu-like illnesses to assist administration in determining the impact to the LMU community. All students are asked to notify the Student Health Center if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been diagnosed with the flu or COVID-19 by another medical provider. Notifying the Student Health Center will enable LMU to monitor infection rates on campus and respond accordingly.

LMU Student Health Center

Phone: 423.869.6249 Email:


Travel Advisory:

Based on the heightened risk currently associated with COVID-19 and other influenza-like illnesses, effective immediately LMU is restricting University-sponsored student travel to countries identified by the CDC as a travel warning level of 2 or 3 at the time of travel. University-sponsored travel includes any trip that is directly initiated, supervised, hosted, or funded by a University department/committee/employee or student group and is for the benefit of the University, employees, and/or students. Students who intend to travel as part of a University-sponsored trip should contact the trip sponsor for additional details.

Likewise, LMU recommends that students consider postponing all nonessential international and domestic air travel. Students are urged to check the CDC website ( immediately prior to travel to check the current travel warning level for their destination.

Please note that some countries, including the United States, have mandatory quarantine timeframes that may delay entry into your travel destinations and/or prevent your immediate return to Lincoln Memorial University after your trip from some destinations. Any delay in returning to classes could have an impact on your ability to successfully complete a course or program of study and may create financial aid consequences. LMU urges you to take due care in making informed and reasonable decisions regarding traveling at this time.


LMU will continue to monitor and assess the impact of COVID-19 on the LMU community and will provide updates to the LMU community as needed. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and LMU’s response plan, please contact Student Services, the Student Health Center, or Campus Police and Security via email or phone.