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

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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.

COVID 19 PosterWhile 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 admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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