Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Updates

Lakeland University is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). This page will share all current information needed by students, faculty and staff about the university’s response, so feel free to refer to it throughout this situation.

We will align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other city, state and federal agencies.

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2020 Fall Semester Reopening Campus

2020 Fall Semester

Reopening Campus

At Lakeland, we plan to safely reopen campus and our centers in the fall. This new webpage will focus solely on updated news and information regarding the 2020 fall semester, including an archive of any announcements, FAQs, links to student resources and other information. The content on this page will be updated often, and students, faculty and staff will also receive emails throughout the summer with updates.

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FAQ

We have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions list below. If you have a question not covered, please send it to gallianettidd@lakeland.edu.

Click "View responses" below to read more about the following questions and topics:

  • Is campus closed?
  • Dining services/grill/muskie store/Daily Grind
  • IT help
  • Registrar’s office
  • Financial aid office
  • Student accounts/bursar
  • Business office
  • Payroll
  • Esch Library/Hayssen Academic Resource Center
  • What's the due date for items checked out of the Lakeland Library?
  • Is the Campus Shop open?
  • Is the counseling center still available?
  • Are the centers closed?
  • What about events happening on campus like convocations, banquets and athletics?
  • What about graduation on May 9?
  • Since Lakeland has postponed its graduation ceremony, when can I expect to receive my diploma in the mail?
  • I’m a member of the Class of 2020 and I asked that my cap/gown order be placed. How long will it take for me to receive it
  • Student hotline
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Click "View responses" below to read more about the following questions and topics:

  • What if I live on campus and I am having coronavirus symptoms?
  • 211 Wisconsin emergency resource line
  • What if I have a medical need not related to coronavirus symptoms?
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Click "View responses" below to read more about the following questions and topics:

  • Can I live on campus?Where will I be living?
  • I live on campus and want to move back home, can I do that?
  • I am living off campus, but I want to move back, can I do that?
  • When can I apply for housing for the fall?
  • Can I get a meal in the campus center?
  • What if I need a special meal?
  • Is the shuttle still available?
  • Can I pick up my mail?
  • I am not living on campus but I have mail/packages there – how do I get them?
  • Can I use the fitness center/weight room/gym?
  • Can I use the computer lab to access my classes?
  • I have a job on campus – should I be going to work?
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Click "View responses" below to read more about the following questions and topics:

  • I have questions about how my online class is going to work – who do I talk to?
  • I need to speak to my advisor before I register for classes – how can I do that?
  • How is Lakeland handling summer classes?
  • Will there be an academic Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester?
  • Can I still withdraw from a spring 2020 course?
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Click "View responses" below to read more about the following questions and topics:

  • Will I get a room and meal plan refund? When?
  • When can I pick up my items from storage?
  • I have questions about my co-op job/internship – who do I talk to?
  • I had a summer job lined up through the summer employment program. Will that still happen?
  • When can I move to campus for summer?
  • When can I pick up my items from storage?
  • I have questions about my co-op job/internship – who do I talk to?
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CARES Act report - May 18, 2020

View the May 18, 2020 CARES Act report (PDF)

Dr. David Black, President

A Message of Optimism

We invite you to share this universal message of optimism from our president, David Black, as we continue to navigate these fast-changing times.

On March 23, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced Safer at Home guidelines to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Lakeland has adopted the following beginning Wednesday, March 25, to adhere to those guidelines through the duration of the Governor’s order:

The following employees will continue to work at the main campus:

  • Safety and security
  • Residence life staff, hall directors and resident assistants
  • Housekeeping, dining services, finance and mailroom will all have limited staffing
  • Maintenance and grounds will be on call
  • Faculty who need access to technology to continue to deliver their online courses

Employees not listed above are expected to work remotely. You do not need to use sick leave or vacation. We will pay you and keep you whole.

We do expect our employees to continue to work. At the end of the day on Tuesday, please plan to take everything home that you’ll need to work from home for the duration of this order. Supervisors are encouraged to work with their staffs to come up with creative schedules to cover their department’s needs.

Our Kellett Centers will be closed, with all classes continuing online. Adjunct instructors who need access to technology at their center to continue to deliver their courses should contact the center director to make necessary arrangements.

Mail

Mail will be picked up on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Checks will be deposited and packages disbursed to the campus center mail room, which will be open for students living on campus Monday-Friday from 10a.m.-1 p.m.

IT Help

If you have any IT issues, please email the IT help desk at helpdesk@lakeland.edu.

Dining Services

New hours beginning Wednesday, March 25, until further notice:

The Grill

Monday-Friday

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Hot food at the grill – lunch and dinner
  • No food will be offered through the Eatery serving line

Saturday and Sunday

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Take and Bake Pizza
  • Subs to order

Muskie Store Hours

Monday-Friday

11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

The Daily Grind will be closed until further notice.

Shuttle

The shuttle will operate from 1-11 p.m., seven days a week

Mail

Students can pick up mail and packages Monday-Friday between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in campus center.

Co-op jobs

We are working with our co-op employers to understand how the Governor’s order will impact them. If there are any changes in your co-op job from your employer, please contact Jess Lambrecht at LambrechtJN@lakeland.edu and your academic advisor to make them aware.

The following offices will not be conducting in-person appointment until further notice:

  • Registrar’s office: Students with questions should email registrar@lakeland.edu with their question or a request to set up a time to make a virtual/phone appointment.
  • Financial Aid: Students with questions should email financialaid@lakeland.edu with their question or a request to set up a time to make a virtual/phone appointment.
  • Student accounts/Bursar: Students with questions should email StuckmannLJ@lakeland.edu with their question or a request to set up a time to make a virtual/phone appointment.
  • Business Office: Students with questions should email FleschJA@lakeland.edu with their question or a request to set up a time to make a virtual/phone appointment.
  • Payroll: Students with questions should email MoenningTL@lakeland.edu with their question or a request to set up a time to make a virtual/phone appointment.

Library/HARC

The Library and HARC will be closed until further notice. Library and research support will be available online through Blackboard, and tutoring service will be available online through Blackboard and in Starfish.

Students with library questions can email Ann Penke (penkea@lakeland.edu) Melanie Jones (jonesmm@lakeland.edu) or Jamie Kellner (kellnerja@lakeland.edu) with their question or a request to set up a time to make a virtual/phone appointment.

Students with HARC questions can email Karin Eckhardt (EckhardtKL@lakeland.edu) with their question or a request to set up a time to make a virtual/phone appointment.

Guests on campus

Students cannot have any guests on campus, including family, until further notice. If you are living on campus and plan to move home, you must email Mark Edmond at EdmondMT@lakeland.edu or Nicole Hageny at HagenyNA@lakeland.edu to let them know. If family/friends will be coming to campus to help you move, you must notify Mark/Nicole.

I need help

Students, if you are concerned that you cannot access/complete your online classes for any reason, or if you need help with anything else, please call our hotline at 1-800-569-2166, extension 2436, and leave a message with your name/number. We will get back to you with help and answers to your questions.

As we continue to work together through these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer you programs and services that put you in the best position to have a successful semester. As you know, Lakeland's faculty has approved a one-time opportunity for students to convert letter grades to "pass" at the end of the Spring 2020 Term. This section includes additional information that will help you understand what this means and provide direction to resources to help you make the best decision for your situation.

General Pass/Fail Guidance

Some general guidelines to keep in mind regarding Pass/Fail:

Student Progress:

  • A student must make progress in the course.
  • A student may select a P = Pass grade if they earn a D or higher (at undergraduate level) or C or higher (at graduate level).
  • A student in danger of or failing the course who asks to change to pass/fail will still earn an F on their record, with zero quality points awarded.
  • The F grade is included in the GPA calculations and academic progress assessment.
  • A P = pass grade is not awarded unless the student has earned a D or better in an undergraduate course, C or better in a graduate level course.

Course repeats:

  • A student repeating a course they previously failed and earned an F grade does not benefit from Lakeland’s repeat policy if they opt for a P = pass grade.
  • Any course where the student passes with a D or better (undergraduate) or earns a C or better (graduate) does work in the repeat process.
  • The prior F grade is no longer part of the overall GPA calculation and the new earned grade factors into the cumulative GPA and academic standing.
  • If a student chooses a P = pass grade, nothing changes of the cumulative GPA and both attempts of the course count toward progress.

General Pass/Fail FAQ

Which of my courses can I opt to change to pass/fail?

A student may select a P = Pass grade for one, some or all courses of the spring 2020 term.

Who is the best person to help me make a decision?

Students should set up a virtual/phone appointment with their academic advisor to understand if the Pass/Fail option is the best fit for them, given their specific situation.

When do I need to make a decision?

A student may select this option AFTER faculty posts grades for the course, starting April 23 to the deadline date of May 18. This option is not reversible or retroactively applied after the deadline date.

What process should I follow to make a decision?

First, you should discuss this with your academic advisor to determine if this is the best option for your situation. If you plan to request the pass/fail option, email registrar@lakeland.edu copying the advisor and specify which course(s) and state you want the pass/fail option.

I am a student-athlete. How does pass/fail impact my eligibility?

The spring 2020 semester affects student athletes' eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Contact April Arvan at arvanaa@lakeland.edu or Kristi Vogel at vogelkm@lakeland.edu for review of your particular situation for a recommendation.

What do I do if I fail a course?

Repeat in a future term. Lakeland has a repeat policy in which the best attempt of a course is the one that completes your requirement and counts to the degree. Prior attempts are removed from GPA calculations and credits earned.

What if I need additional time to complete coursework?

Students should contact their instructor to request an incomplete. The deadline for doing so is the last day of the term: April 20 for 12-week and May 8 for 7W2 and main campus courses. Permission to take an incomplete must be obtained and submitted to the registrar's office before the last day of the term. Undergraduate incompletes must be completed by the end of the summer term; graduate incompletes must be completed by the end of the spring 2021 term.

I was supposed to graduate. Now what?

Most often, you have to repeat the same requirement to complete your degree. Discuss with your advisor to determine course availability and options. The Registrar’s office will work to move out expected degree completion term/year as they evaluate outcome of final semester.

Special note to International students in this situation – contact your designated school official(s) (Amanda Hruska at hruskaaj@lakeland.edu or Kristi Vogel at vogelkm@lakeland.edu) who can assist you with creating a plan to finish and help you with your visa status

Can I still withdraw from a spring 2020 course?

There is a late course withdrawal for extenuating circumstances through August 15, 2020. We know that a variety of COVID-19 challenges have affected the ability of students to complete coursework, including health or family situations and access to technology (hardware or internet). Students who experienced significant challenges and disruption to their academic studies due to COVID-19 can apply to withdraw from all or some of their spring 2020 undergraduate and graduate courses for the following terms: 12-week, 14-week, Second 7-week.

Please note these important clarifications:

  • This policy is limited to the Spring 2020 term.
  • Requests for late withdrawal from courses in the first seven-week session will not be granted; these courses ended prior to changes in programming due to the pandemic.
  • Students who are granted withdrawals from Spring 2020 courses will not earn credit for those courses, which may affect tuition reimbursement, financial aid, or athletic eligibility.
  • Students who are granted late withdrawal are not automatically eligible for refunds.
  • Students who seek support through the CARES Act should contact the financial aid office at financialaid@lakeland.edu.

For consideration, students must submit requests and credible documentation to Provost Meg Albrinck (albrinckm@lakeland.edu) by August 15, 2020. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Technology issues: Interaction with internet providers or LU IT for issues related to technology.
  • Employment issues: Documentation of increased hours worked or reduction of hours available (co-ops/internships).
  • Statement of support from counseling professional, advisor, success coach, or instructor at LU who student worked with when challenges emerged.

Requests are reviewed by the registrar, the vice president for academic affairs and the provost after a request and accompanying documentation are received.

Pass/Fail Guidance for Education Majors

Education majors or students thinking about majoring in education should not choose the pass option, unless the course is purely elective. Why?

  • As part of their application to the Education Program, admission to student teaching, and endorsement for licensure, GPA calculations are used.
  • Specific courses require specific achievement of grades:
    • For admission to the education program, students must have completed EDU 100 with a grade of "C" or higher.
    • A student may be eligible for a Praxis II content test waiver using their GPA to demonstrate content knowledge.
  • In order to earn approval for a waiver, students must not have received a grade lower than "C" in any of their major, minor (if applicable), and professional sequence courses.
  • A student who chooses the pass option in order to avoid a low course grade will have to repeat that course to receive a letter grade.

If you have any questions, please email any member of the Education Program (John Yang at yangjc@lakeland.edu, Mehraban Khodavandi at KhodavandiM@lakeland.edu or Kristi Vogel at vogelkm@lakeland.edu).

Pass/Fail Guidance for RN to BSN Majors

Students pursuing the RN to BSN program should not choose the pass/fail option. Why?

  • The program guidelines, as stated in the respective program student handbook, state the policies for program admission, program and course grade requirements, and satisfactory program progression.
  • Student GPAs are important for decisions regarding:
    • Meeting licensure requirements
    • Endorsement for professional certification or standards
    • Admission to graduate programs
    • Tuition reimbursement benefits
  • A student who chooses the pass option in order to avoid a low course grade will have to repeat that course to receive a letter grade.

If you have any questions, please email RN to BSN Program Director Kerry Hamm at hammkl@lakeland.edu.

Pass/Fail Guidance for MAC Graduate Program Students

Student pursuing the MAC program should not choose the pass/fail option. Why?

  • P = Passing grade option is not available for practicum or internship courses.
  • Student GPAs are important for decisions regarding:
    • Admission to other graduate programs
    • Tuition reimbursement benefits
  • A student who chooses the pass option in order to avoid a low course grade will have to repeat that course to receive a letter grade.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your course instructor, your MAC program advisor or email MAC Program Director Deb Bilzing at bilzingdj@lakeland.edu.

Health services are currently unavailable at Lakeland University.

If you are staying on campus and you need medical services please call your own provider.

If you don’t have a provider locally, Lakeshore Community Health is an affordable income‐based option; they can also help to refer you appropriately: 9207836633

If you are concerned you may have symptoms of COVID‐19 you can call an Advocate Aurora number for advice, and referral for testing if appropriate: 18664432584

Prevea offers a free screening for COVID‐19 online at: Prevea.com/virtualcare

Following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID‐19 at Lakeland University will contribute to the greater good and to the wellness of all. Thank you for all you are doing to help!

There have been a lot of questions about graduation, so we wanted to check in with an update and some additional information.

The May 9 ceremonies are postponed, and we hope to reschedule them. We understand how important this ceremony is to everyone, especially now, so we’re going to wait and see what happens with this virus.

The March 27 deadline to order graduation apparel and register for the ceremony no longer applies. If we reschedule graduation, there will be a new deadline.

If you are a student who has already registered and paid for your apparel, sit tight and await further developments. If we decide to cancel the ceremony or reschedule for a date that you cannot attend, we will let you know about refunds. We will not be shipping any apparel until we have made a final decision.

If you are a student and you have not registered/ordered your apparel, please wait to see if we reschedule.

We ask for your patience as we ride this out.

As we continue to meet the state’s social distancing policies and keep our locations as clean as possible, we are limiting accessing to the main campus to the following people until further notice:

  • Students who have been approved to live on campus.
  • Faculty, staff and trustees who need to access campus.
  • LU students who do not live on campus but need access to resources to complete their online classes.
  • Vendors making needed business deliveries to campus.

If any students who are living on campus decide to move off campus and need family/friends to come to campus to help them move, that is fine, but please make residence life aware of that when letting us know you are moving.

If you know of a person not listed above who should be granted permission to come to campus, please email Amy Wirtz at WirtzAM@lakeland.edu.

The campus center will be open for to-go meals, but please do not congregate there. No dining in is allowed. The meeting spaces in the campus center such as the E-Studio should not be used.

Employees who need to conduct meetings are strongly encouraged to use technology or to postpone meetings to another time. No face-to-face instruction should occur on campus.

Students who need to meet with faculty are encouraged to email their instructors to set up discussions via phone or online. Students who need to access the registrar’s office or financial aid, please note the following:

Registrar’s office

  • Students have in-person access M-F from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Students must email registrar@lakeland.edu or call 920-565-1041 to schedule an appointment before coming in so we can limit the number of people in the office.

Financial aid office

  • Students have in-person access M-F from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Students must email financialaid@lakeland.edu or call 920-565-1032 to schedule an appointment before coming in so we can limit the number of people in the office.

Academic resources

  • The computer labs in the Laun Center are open 24/7.
  • The library is open on weekdays.
  • The HARC is in the library. Tutors can be accessed through Starfish.

These are extraordinary times calling on all of us to adapt as we try to follow policies set by our state and follow CDC guidelines. We appreciate everyone working together, as we will all benefit. As always, the decisions we make are out of the safety of our students, faculty and staff at all locations, which is always a priority.

This message contains important information about how Lakeland will finish the spring 2020 semester. Please take some time and read through all of it.

We will complete the spring semester online. This is a difficult decision that is based on the latest information from the CDC. We feel it allows for everyone to make longer-term plans.

If you are a student and you plan to live on campus, the deadline to let us know has been extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Please let us know if you need campus housing at this link.

On-Campus Events/Graduation

All Lakeland-sponsored in-person events scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester are canceled.

The graduation ceremonies scheduled for May 9 are postponed. We will revisit these at a later day when this situation is more stable, as we hope to still hold an in-person ceremony.

Summer/Fall Registration

Registration for summer and fall classes will begin on April 2. More details will be shared closer to the date.

Dining Services

Beginning immediately and until further notice, there will be no dining in the cafeteria. All food for students who are living on campus will be to go. The hours, which are available here, will remain the same. Bottled water and soda will be available. We will always put your safety first, and we are making these changes with that in mind.

If anyone has a special meal request during this time period, please reach out to Joe Johnson (JohnsonJM@lakeland.edu) or Mark Wagner (wagnermd@lakeland.edu) and we will make accommodations.

Room/Board Refunds

We will be paying prorated room and board refunds to resident students who will not be living in our residence halls. If you are a student who had planned on living at Lakeland and now plan to move off campus, it is important that you please fill out the form at this link. The refund process will take time, and we anticipate further communication on specifics to each student this June.

Picking Up Your Belongings

For those students who are unable to get back to campus, please know that your belongings will be gathered and placed in safely storage until your return. We know that many students will need to return to campus as some point to pick up your personal items. Once you decide when you plan to come to campus, please email residence life administration Mark Edmond (EdmondMT@lakeland.edu) or Nicole Hageny (HagenyNA@lakeland.edu) so we know you are coming, as some halls could be closed and keys turned off. We will keep your items safely in storage until you can get them.

Co-op Jobs/Internships

If you are unable to finish your co-op or internship and it impacts your academic credit, you will receive an incomplete and have the ability to make up these hours.

Computer Labs/Library/HARC

For those students who will be living on campus, you will have access to computer labs, the library and Academic Resource Center. We are working on identifying the labs/hours. Further details will be communicated when we know more.

Convocations

Graduating seniors are expected to complete their convocations. Online recordings of some convocations are available here. Graduating seniors should watch as many of these recordings are needed to complete their requirement and email one-page summaries to the registrar’s office at registrar@lakeland.edu.

On-campus Employment

On-campus supervisors should be aware that their current student workers may no longer be available to work. Supervisors who need student work help should email Emily Rubenis with their needs.

Health Services

During this time, the nurse practitioner is not available on campus. If you are a student living on campus and you need medical services, we recommend that you visit one of the walk-in clinics in Sheboygan. If you need a ride, please contact the shuttle.

Prevea Urgent Care

8.8 mi · 1411 N Taylor Dr

8 a.m.-8 p.m., 920-457-4858

Aurora Urgent Care

9.3 mi · 2414 Kohler Memorial Dr · In Aurora Health Center

8 a.m.-8 p.m., 920-457-4461

For emergency service:

St. Nicholas Hospital Emergency Room

3100 Superior Ave, Sheboygan

Open 24 hours, 920-459-8300

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center: Emergency Room

2629 N 7th St., Sheboygan

Open 24 hours, 920-451-5000

These are extraordinary times and things are changing fast. We understand this is an overwhelming situation for some. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Students, please reach out to your success coach, your athletic coach, your academic advisor or other trusted mentors as needed for support. Again, we are basing our decisions on information from the CDC and discussions with our local public health officials.

By working together, we will get through this.

All main campus residential students are encouraged to make arrangements to live at their permanent address during the period of online instruction (through April 12). We recognize it may not be possible for all students to return to their permanent address.

Please let us know whether you plan to live on campus or if you will live off campus at this link. If you want to live on campus, you will need to state a reason that we will need to approve. Just a reminder that students who have traveled to a CDC Level 2 or 3 area may not return to campus until they have completed a 14-day self-isolation period.

The deadline to determine if you wish to live on campus through April 12 is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. After that time, if you are living off campus and wish to move back to campus, you will need to contact Mark Edmond at edmondmt@lakeland.edu to seek permission.

Housing re-assignment will be necessary for all students who choose to live on campus as we work to clean all residence halls. We will determine which hall(s) to use for housing once we know how many students will be living on campus.

If you decide to live on campus and later decide to move off, you need to email Mark Edmond so we are aware that you will no longer be here.

Regarding refunds for room and board, we are still assessing the situation and will provide additional information when we have it available.

For students who stay on campus, dining and other campus services will be available on a limited basis – see below for hours of operation.

For those students who plan to come to campus to pick up items from your room and then return home, please follow the schedule below. You will need to move all of your belongings out of your room to allow us to clean all rooms. If you do not plan to return to campus after break or are unable to return, we will secure all of your belongings safely in storage.

If you cannot make the date for your hall, please contact Mark Edmond (edmondmt@lakeland.edu) and Nicole Hageny (hagenyna@lakeland.edu).

  • Tuesday, March 17 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    • Brotz Hall
    • A.M. Krueger Hall
  • Wednesday, March 18 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    • Muehlmeier Hall
  • Thursday, March 19 & 20 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    • Suites
    • All Apartments

If you need to retrieve course supplies that are located in academic buildings (such as art supplies from Verhulst), representatives from our Safety and Security Team will be available to assist you while you are on campus. Please notify your hall director of this need or notify David Simon if you are a commuter.

Students remaining on campus need to participate in social distancing and enhanced preventive public health and hygiene measures. To further support this, the Wehr Center will be closed through April 12.

As of now, the shuttle is maintaining the same hours, however, those hours of operations may change and will communicate out accordingly.

Foodservice Hours of Operation

Students will have the option of taking their food in “to-go” containers during this timeframe.

March 16 through April 9
Continental breakfastLunchDinnerDaily GrindPub/GrillMuskie Mart
Weekdays 7 - 9 a.m. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Weekends Closed 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. Closed 4 - 6 p.m. Closed

Dining services is taking all the protective measures to make sure the cafeteria area is germ free. Our cooking techniques will never change as we always make sure our food is up to proper temperature. If anyone has a special meal request during this time period, please reach out to Joe Johnson (JohnsonJM@lakeland.edu) or Mark Wagner (wagnermd@lakeland.edu) and we will make accommodations.

The John Esch Library building, housing the library and the Hayssen Academic Resource Center, will maintain Spring Break hours through Sunday, March 22. After that date, a revised schedule will be posted allowing hours suiting student need. The distance librarian, Jamie Kellner (kellnerja@lakeland.edu) will also be available by email in the evenings.

As we learn more about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continuing to spread and affect many parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world, Lakeland has adopted the following plan to mitigate the spread and effects of the disease on our various populations:

We will extend our spring break through Sunday, March 22. Classes will not meet during this time.

Beginning Monday, March 23, Lakeland will resume classes via online/Blackboard. Faculty will receive information on Friday, March 13, via email about the transition to online courses. We hope to return to face-to-face instruction on Monday, April 13. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone informed.

The last day for Kellett 12-week classes will now be April 20. The last day for Kellett 7W2 classes will be May 8.

We are particularly concerned about the safety of students and employees who may need to return to campus following spring break trips to gather belongings and materials as we transition to online courses.

All main campus residential students are encouraged to make arrangements to live at their permanent address during the period of online instruction. Please know that Lakeland is working to comply with requests by health officials to achieve social distancing for your health and safety. Social distancing measures include limiting groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events. We can only do this with your assistance.

We recognize it may not be possible for all students to return to their permanent address. Students who wish to remain on the main campus must register to do so. Additional information on how to register will be emailed on Friday. For students who stay on campus, dining and other campus services will be available, but hours and operations may be limited. We encourage students remaining on campus to participate in social distancing and enhanced preventive public health and hygiene measures. To further support this, the Wehr Center will be closed during this period.

We are requiring you to self-isolate for the recommended period of 14 days prior to returning to campus if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • If you traveled to a Level Three or Two area or you were recently on a cruise ship, You can find the most updated CDC travel health notices here. Employees should notify human resources at humanresources@lakeland.edu. Students should report to David Simon at SimonDR@lakeland.edu.
  • If you believe that you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Again, employees should notify human resources at humanresources@lakeland.edu. Students should report to David Simon at SimonDR@lakeland.edu.

Students who are working co-op jobs for off-campus employers should continue to report to those jobs unless instructed not to do so by their employers. Students who work an on-campus job should communicate with their supervisor to get their work schedule.

All in-person events scheduled on the main campus and at our centers through Sunday, April 12, are postponed. We will reschedule as we are able.

Registration for summer/fall classes that was scheduled to begin on March 19 has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

The main campus and our centers will remain open and all faculty and staff should continue their regular work schedules. The university is encouraging telecommuting, where appropriate, for employees during this time. Supervisors are expected to be flexible in allowing those employees who are able to do so to work from home.

If you develop symptoms, stay at home – please do not come to work/campus if you are ill. If symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty breathing are present, you are advised to contact your health care provider.

Employees should not report to work if they are ill and should let human resources know. Faculty and instructional staff are advised to show flexibility to students around academic assignments, exams or other requirements.

All university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. Skype for Business is a good option for holding meetings without gathering at a single location.

At this moment, we can’t account for every possibility and scenario, but will continue to communicate about this situation and answer your individual questions as best we are able via gallianettidd@lakeland.edu.

We have created a webpage at lakeland.edu/coronavirus that will have the latest information on how Lakeland is responding to this situation.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is always our top priority. Your cooperation and collaboration will help to ensure an appropriate response across our institution to this rapidly changing matter.

We thank you in advance for understanding and cooperating.

Lakeland University has been monitoring closely the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). During our spring break, a leadership team has met to review Lakeland’s preparations and response. There are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19 at any Lakeland locations.

As we welcome back our students and some employees from spring break and return to our classrooms on Monday, we continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other city, state and federal agencies.

Many of our peer institutions have decided to take their instruction entirely online after their spring break. We have decided against that option at this time in large part because our students and faculty are already on spring break and need to return to campus to get the materials needed to continue coursework. Additionally, we feel fully prepared to handle the current situation with the plan we have in place, which we will detail below.

We are requiring you to self-isolate for the recommended period of 14 days prior to returning to campus if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • If you traveled to a Level Three or Two area or you were recently on a cruise ship, You can find the most updated CDC travel health notices here. Employees should notify human resources. Students should report to David Simon at SimonDR@lakeland.edu.
  • If you believe that you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Again, employees should notify human resources. Students should report to David Simon at SimonDR@lakeland.edu.

If a student who is required to self-isolate cannot return home, you must email David Simon at SimonDR@lakeland.edu and he will assist you with finding accommodations.

Anyone with a respiratory or other health condition should take all necessary precautions and seek medical advice from their family practitioner/a medical professional. Employees should communicate with HR any special health circumstances. Students who plan to take an extended absence for precautionary reasons should contact Meg Albrinck at albrinckm@lakeland.edu.

Our housekeeping and maintenance staffs at all locations are using a multitude of disinfectants that are approved for use by the CDC in an effort to keep all locations sanitized.

Our goals are first and foremost to keep our students, faculty and staff safe, including those most vulnerable in this situation. We ask that all students and employees practice the following precautions:

  • Stay home if you appear or feel sick
    • If a residential student is ill, they must see the on-campus nurse practitioner, no exceptions.
    • The university has made telecommuting available, where appropriate, for employees during this time. Supervisors are expected to be flexible in allowing those employees who are able to do so to work from home.
  • Practice safe social distances: 6 feet or 2 meters
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugs
    • Use other universal acknowledgements: wave, head nod, etc.
  • Wash your hands …
    • After blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • When you cough or sneeze, please cover mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue
  • After using the restroom
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • After contact with animals or pets

All university-sponsored travel to Level Three or Two areas is suspended until further notice. Again, you can find the most updated CDC travel health notices here. We are discouraging university-sponsored domestic travel and travel between our locations. We ask that employees use technology to conduct meetings as much as possible.

All campus events, including athletics, will continue as scheduled at this time.

This situation is evolving daily, and these guidelines are subject to change as emerging events warrant. Our leadership team will monitor conditions regularly and make adjustments as needed with the well-being of our university community top of mind, and we will communicate those changes to all of you.

Any questions should be sent to gallianettidd@lakeland.edu.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is always our top priority. Your cooperation and collaboration will help to ensure an appropriate response across our institution to this rapidly changing matter.

We thank you in advance for understanding and cooperating.