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.
As a safety measure, all main campus students, faculty and staff who will be taking in-person classes/living/working on the main campus this fall will be tested for COVID-19. These tests will be at no cost to students and employees and will happen on the Main Campus prior to the start of classes. The group includes commuter students and Sheboygan Center Kellett students who plan to attend in-person classes on the main campus. More details about times, location, etc., will be shared in a separate message.
Students will be tested on their move-in day. To accommodate testing, freshmen are expected to move into residence halls on August 23, and returning students are expected to move back on August 24 or 25, depending on your hall’s schedule (please see 'Residential Move-In Process & Expectations' dropdown(s) below).
Testing everyone who will be part of the main campus bubble this fall allows us to have a baseline that will help us as we strive to keep the main campus open.
We expect to have results of these tests available in approximately 72 hours. Until we receive those results, we expect students to stay on campus and we will group you into small families to mitigate any spread of COVID-19. Our campus life team will have plenty of activities designed for indoor, outdoor and virtual engagement and fun during this time, and each student will be receiving a delivery of treats/goodies each night. More details on this experience will be provided.
Students who have co-op or off-campus jobs can still go to work during this time.
We care about everyone’s safety. Testing, along with our mask policy, social distancing, washing hands frequently and other measures we have in place this semester, put us in the best position to open safely and mitigate spread.
As we all prepare for the start of the semester, we request that all students and employees refrain from any unnecessary outings and gatherings to the best of their ability beginning now until arrival on campus, and follow best practices to prevent virus spread (wear a mask, social distance, practice good hygiene, etc.).
Ensuring the health and safety of the Lakeland University community and beyond only works when we all do our part. We expect all students and employees to sign this pledge that they understand and accept that there are risks inherent in being physically present in a campus community during a global pandemic. By taking care of others and ourselves, we can contribute to public health and safety. We will have this pledge available for everyone to sign when they get tested and online for our colleagues at the off-campus centers.
The Lakeland Experience During COVID-19
How we learn, live and work together will be different this fall. We have instituted some temporary policies regarding living on campus, visitors, interactions between students and employees as we work to maximize safety, mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our campus open.
Here are some other basics for the fall semester:
We have created new common spaces for students to get together so we can mitigate spread of COVID in the residence halls. The Pub is being combined with the Daily Grind on the first floor of the Campus Center. A tent has been added just outside of the Pub/Daily Grind to allow people to gather safely outdoors, and other tents will be added this fall. Campus courtyards and outdoor seating areas are also recommended for use by students who need to get together.
Student success and residence life will be working closely with students on a variety of programs throughout the week and on weekends. All students have an opportunity to take leadership roles in creating new student activities, and we encourage you to email your success coach with your ideas.
Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks at all times with these exceptions:
A small supply of medical masks will be available for students during move in and in central campus locations throughout the term. We do ask that you bring your own mask and have it with you at all times. Reminder, the Lakeland mask that you received in the mail is washable and can be re-used.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus, and common areas including classrooms and residence halls will be cleaned regularly.
Based on your feedback about your spring experience, we know that you prefer face-to-face classes and the opportunity to be in the physical classroom with your professors and fellow students. We have built this fall with that, and everyone’s safety, as guiding principles.
While this fall won’t be normal, we are happy to say that our fall classes will offer face-to-face instruction that will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. We will also provide flexible delivery models for all of our traditional courses so that students and faculty who need to self-isolate in the fall will have live stream access to all their courses.
Here are some important details:
You will be happy to learn that campus housing will be in its traditional format. Fall housing applications will be honored based on availability and time of submission. Students will receive details about their housing assignment by this Thursday (June 25) on my.Lakeland.
Here are other important details:
Limiting the flow of traffic on/off campus is one of the best ways we can maintain everyone’s safety, and this will require some changes to our normal visitation policies due to COVID. These policies will be reviewed regularly throughout the semester and updated per Sheboygan County Health Department & CDC guidelines.
Leaving Campus Overnight
Knowing that we need to limit the flow of traffic on and off campus, it will require sacrifices by all of us as we temporarily change our behaviors so we can continue to keep our campus open.
The only way to preserve our Lakeland bubble is not to poke holes in it. Residential students who leave campus for reasons other than those listed below risk not only their own well-being but that of our entire community. The same is true of employees who decide to take a casual approach to social distancing. For the sake of all, think of all.
In order to try to mitigate any potential spreading of COVID-19, it is recommended that residents do not return home once they arrive for the fall semester. Students can make short trips off campus for the following reasons:
Students who need to leave to go home for a family emergency or to leave campus for longer than a 24-hour period need to check in with their hall director to get approved and receive guidance regarding returning to campus
Residential Move-In Process & Expectations
New Incoming Students
Residential Move-In Process & Expectations
We are taking a number of steps to ensure everyone’s safety and make sure everyone has ample time to access our various meal times. Here are highlights of the changes for the academic year:
Student Activities programing will continue and we will follow social distancing guidelines and the use of masks.
Student organizations are encouraged to use a virtual meeting platform whenever possible, especially for eight or more people. We encourage you to use Microsoft Teams, which will allow you to hold meetings, send messages and work collaboratively on projects.
Organizations will be expected to complete the required (1) Campus event and (1) Community Service project per semester. These events can be held virtually or in open space areas, abiding by all University and community social distancing and PPE policies.
The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference announced that conference presidents have decided to postpone all conference regular-season athletic competitions and championship events through Dec. 31, 2020. Lakeland’s student-athletes were notified Friday, July 24 of this decision by their respective coaches. The text of the conference announcement is below.
Our coaches are awaiting more details, including how fall opportunities will work, spring schedules, etc. This will mean that all Lakeland students will now move in the same weekend since there will no longer be pre-season fall sports camps. Our October 10 homecoming plans will be discussed and adjusted accordingly.
As we learn more, we will share out additional details.
Complete NACC Announcement
Leadership of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) today announced they made the difficult decision to postpone all conference regular-season competitions and championship events through December 31, 2020. Student-athletes at the member institutions were notified on Friday.
“While we recognize this is disappointing news to student-athletes anxious to get on the field, court, or course in the fall, we look forward to providing a meaningful experience for them in the spring, said Eric Fulcomer, NACC president and president of Rockford University. “We thank our athletes and families for their understanding, as well as the shared commitment to meeting the challenges of COVID-19 with the same determined spirit they bring to their respective teams.”
NACC will share additional details, including proposed spring calendars, in the coming weeks. Even with the movement of competitions, there will still be opportunities for skill development and team building through out-of-season practices and conditioning during the fall semester. Each school will make those decisions, including the possibility of non-conference competitions during the fall if circumstances permit, and share it with their students and families.
Until further notice, the Lakeland shuttle will only service essential routes. Essential routes are defined as follows:
The first three days of classes at the main campus – August 26-28 – will be all online. Instructors will provide guidance on the expectations for in-person vs. virtual participation.
In-person classes, including those that have cohort schedules (some students participate online each week), will begin Monday, August 31. Students can review the modality of each of their courses by reviewing their course schedule on my.Lakeland.
If you anticipate having problems paying for school, please email the financial aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org to explain your situation so we can help you.
Counseling staff will continue to offer telehealth services (video chats, phone calls) through summer and fall during normal business hours. We are usually able to accommodate same-day virtual appointments. In a crisis, please call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255), or text HELP to 741741; all numbers are available 24/7. For on-campus mental health emergencies you can also contact your RA or Hall Director, or contact campus safety on extension 1126.
For students taking evening or online classes through Lakeland’s Kellett School, we are offering peer support services (up to three video sessions, 30-45 minutes). To make an appointment, or to ask any questions, please email Alex Liosatos at Liosatosa@lakeland.edu.
Updates are posted on the my.lakeland page (log-in required):
Resources and other information can be found on the LU website counseling page:
Hayssen Academic Resource Center
The Hayssen Academic Resource Center supports the academic needs of students through the use of tutors, study tables and time-management resources. Tutoring can be provided remotely. The link for tutoring support is https://lakeland.edu/student-experience/academic-services.
Lakeland has endured a lot of ups and downs during its 158-year history, and we have always come through them stronger and positioned for future success. That will happen again. We look forward to seeing all of you very soon.
As always, our priority will be keeping our students, faculty and staff safe.
The health and safety of our students, alumni, employees and the community is always our top priority. Visit our COVID-19 information page to learn more about Lakeland's response to the outbreak, frequently asked questions and to find out which changes and accommodations are being made for the Lakeland community.