2020 Fall Semester – Reopening Our Campus

A Path To Safely 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.

Look Forward To Seeing You Soon

A Place That’s Always Home

Lakeland is a family, and we are at our best when members of our family are working together and interacting face-to-face. We will work collaboratively with public health officials and remain flexible in our approach to learning and living on campus as we work toward the goal of safely and successfully coming together this fall.

Lakeland has endured a lot of ups and downs during its 158-year history, and we have always come through stronger and positioned for future success. We look forward to see all of you very soon.

An Overview to Reopening Campus

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:

  • Our classrooms will be about half full to ensure safe social distancing.
  • Students will sit 6 feet apart in classes.
  • Some classes may require a mix of face-to-face and virtual instruction. Students will be informed about these classes closer to the start of the semester.
  • We will use some of our large spaces like the Wehr Center fieldhouse, the Bradley Theatre and the event space in the Younger Family Campus Center for classes.
  • We will be postponing some classes that were scheduled for this fall to a future semester. If you are enrolled in one of those classes, you will be notified by email. You can then work with your advisor to sign up for a replacement course or explore a co-op job. Despite these changes, students will still be able to graduate in the timeline they had planned.
  • Convocations will be held, and a schedule will be provided closer to the start of the academic year. One exception is the fall play, which is being canceled due to the inability of maintaining social distance between the actors, crew and staff.

Students, along with faculty and staff, will be required to wear masks at all times with these exceptions:

  • When you are eating/drinking.
  • When you are in your room in your residence hall.
  • When faculty inform you that it is acceptable to take them off during class.
  • When you are performing as part of instrumental and choral music practices/performances.
  • When you are practicing/competing during athletics and participating in intramurals.
  • Other situations when you are instructed by a campus official that you do not need to wear a mask.

A small supply of medical masks will be available for students during move in. 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.

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:

  • Students will have access to disinfectants/cleaning supplies provided by Lakeland, but students are encouraged to also bring their own cleaning supplies.
  • Single rooms will be reserved and available for students who have approved accommodations. After the accommodations list has been exhausted, the remaining single rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • We will continue to practice social distancing by not having guests in student rooms. Common areas are still available for visitors as long as students follow social distancing practices. We will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and update this policy as needed.
  • As we have shared previously, the face-to-face instruction portion of the fall semester will conclude on Nov. 20, 2020, and the final two weeks of the fall semester will be delivered virtually. Students will be billed for room/board for the full term.
    • Students who officially move out of campus housing on Nov. 20, 2020, and are returning in spring 2021 can use their two-week credit toward their spring bill. Students should email the bursar’s office at StuckmannLJ@lakeland.edu to set that up. Students who are returning to the same room do not have to move all of their possessions out of their room.
    • Students who officially move out of campus housing on Nov. 20, 2020, and are graduating in December and not returning in spring 2021 will receive credit of two weeks room/board. This credit will be applied to any amounts owed on their account. After that process, students will receive a refund check for any remaining funds in December.
    • Lakeland is waiving finance charges through the fall semester because of the uncertainties.
  • The Entrepreneur Studio will be available for use and students will need to reserve the space based on the normal policies. The four breakout study rooms in the Campus Center will have a maximum capacity of three people.
  • Move-in date for all incoming freshmen will be August 23 starting at 9 a.m.
  • All incoming freshmen will be residing in either A.M. Krueger or Brotz Hall
  • Freshmen residing in A.M. Krueger will check in at the south entrance with Hall Directors dressed in Yellow Residence Life shirts
  • Freshmen residing in Brotz will check in at the main southeast entrance with Hall Directors dressed in yellow Residence Life shirts
  • Check-in locations will have a large LU canopy where incoming residents will receive a mask, which they are required to wear, the COVID-19 Waiver and Social Distancing and Cleanliness Best Practices
  • While navigating to and from the residence hall, vehicles and rooms, there will be one-way in and one-way out directionally
  • Incoming residents will only be allow two individuals to assist in their move and those individuals to will be required to wear PPE and follow social distancing and cleanliness practices
  • Residence Life and Student Handbooks will be placed on every bed inside their rooms
  • There will be a Hall Meeting the day of move in to discuss topics such as guest/visitation policy/procedures, affinity groups, programming, quiet hours, student services, safety measures and COVID-19-related materials from check in
  • Education on COVID-19 Symptoms
  • Move-in date for returners residing in Muehlmeier and the Suites will be August 24 starting at 9 a.m.
  • Move-in date for returners residing in the Apartments will be August 25 starting at 9 a.m.
  • Returners residing in Muehlmeier will check in at the north entrance with Hall Directors dressed in yellow Residence Life shirts\
  • Returners residing in the Suites will check in at the courtyard centered between Hofer and Friedli with Hall Directors dressed in yellow Residence Life shirts
  • Returners residing in the apartments will check in at Morland with Hall Directors dressed in yellow Residence Life shirts
  • Check-in locations will have a large LU canopy where incoming residents will receive a mask, which they are required to wear, the COVID-19 Waiver and Social Distancing and Cleanliness Best Practices
  • While navigating to and from the residence hall, vehicles and rooms, there will be one-way in and one-way out directionally
  • Incoming residents will only be allow two individuals to assist in their move and those individuals to will be required to wear PPE and follow social distancing and cleanliness practices
  • Residence Life and Student Handbooks will be placed on every bed inside their rooms
  • There will be a Hall Meeting the day of move in to discuss topics such as guest/visitation policy/procedures, affinity groups, programming, quiet hours, student services, safety measures and COVID-19-related materials from check in
  • Education on COVID-19 Symptoms

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:

  • Meal times will be extended to accommodate schedules. Specifics will be posted closer to the start of the semester.
  • There will be a new traffic flow in/out of the dining area. The main staircase will be for entering the dining area only. The north doors that lead to the Laun Center will be used as an exit only.
  • The dining room will be cleaned and sanitized more frequently. After dinner, a thorough cleaning and sanitizing will occur, which will mean the dining room will be closed until breakfast the next morning.
  • Seating will be adjusted as follows:
    • Tables will be 6 feet apart.
    • A limited amount of chairs will be at each table. No other chairs may be brought to any table.
    • Pool and shuffleboard tables will be removed to accommodate more seating.
  • To-go food is available for those who do not want to eat in the Campus Center.
  • The Pub bar stools will be removed and this area will be used for picking up food orders.
  • The Pub will be combined with The Daily Grind for this academic year. If this setup works well, it could become a permanent change. The Daily Grind will operate as usual with spacing for people to accommodate social distancing. Daily Grind drinks will be available for expanded hours.
  • A secondary location (which we will determine later) will be used for Grab & Go items.
  • The Muskie Mart will be open for extended hours and carry premade subs and salads.
    • The Mart capacity will be limited to three people at a time. The line will extend up the ramp to the north along the east wall to accommodate social distancing.

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 LU Muskies administration and coaches are preparing for all teams to compete this upcoming year. We are waiting more information from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on the specifics of how various seasons will work, and we will share this information as soon as it is finalized.

If you anticipate having problems paying for school, please email the financial aid office at financialaid@lakeland.edu to explain your situation so we can help you.

Traditional Program

2020 Fall Semester Academic Calendar

  • Student move-in/orientation: August 23-25
  • Fall term begins: August 26
    • 14-week courses begin August 26
    • 7-week I courses begin: August 31
    • 7-week II courses begin: October 19
  • Labor Day (September 7): Classes held on campus as scheduled
    • No Fall Break: Classes held on campus
  • Last day of on-campus instruction: November 20
  • Virtual instruction beginning November 23
    • No classes scheduled November 26-27
  • Last day of Fall Term: December 4
    • No Final Exam week
Lakeland University graduate
Lakeland University graduate

Kellett School (evening/online courses)

2020 Fall Semester Academic Calendar

  • 12-week courses: August 31-November 20
  • 7-week I courses: August 31-October 16
  • 7-week II courses: October 19-December 4
  • Kellett School classes will not meet on: 
    • September 7 (Labor Day) 
    • November 26-27 (Thanksgiving break).

Resources

  • Students can email questions to registrar@lakeland.edu or request an individual consult.
    • The office can work with a student via email, virtual meeting, by phone or in-person (if needed).
  • In an effort to monitor numbers of students in the office and maintain social distancing strategies, we cannot take walk-in requests at this time.
  • Ordering transcripts:
    • Students should order transcripts online via the registrar’s office web page or through my.lakeland
    • Ordering can take place any time. Orders generally orders take 1-2 business days, unless otherwise indicated.
    • Processing occurs each business day (unless closed for holidays).
  • Students can email questions to financialaid@lakeland.edu or request an individual consult.
    • The office can work with a student via email, virtual meeting, by phone or in-person (if needed).
    • In an effort to monitor numbers of students in the office and maintain social distancing strategies, we cannot take walk-in requests at this time.

  • Applying for financial aid:
    • Students can view, download and upload missing financial aid documents on NetPartner via my.lakeland.edu
    • If you have not completed your 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yet, please do so at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
    • Scholarship opportunities and resources are found on the financial aid page of my.lakeland.edu

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.

To make an appointment, or to ask any questions, please email Alex Liosatos, center director, at Liosatosa@lakeland.edu or Christine Jenkins, campus counselor, at JenkinsCA@lakeland.edu

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:

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.

  1. Student to read: Accommodations Request Procedures This describes how one can obtain accommodations and who qualifies as an appropriate individual to complete the Verification of Disability Form. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page for the ADA/504 link.
  2. Student’s care provider to complete Verification of Disability Form This is for a physician or qualified professional to fill out to verify the diagnosis of the disability. If a student has an IEP that has been reviewed in the past three years, however, the IEP may be sufficient and this form may not be needed.
  3. Student to complete Preliminary Application for Disability Services This is for the student to fill out to describe their disability, what accommodations they have had in the past and what they  believe would be effective at Lakeland.
COVID-19

COVID-19

Our Response

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.

COVID-19 Updates

Archive

Dear Lakeland Students,

The COVID-19 pandemic presented numerous challenges for all of us, and I am so proud and impressed with how we responded.

It is time for Lakeland to look forward, and whether you are a returning student or new to Lakeland, we know you are eager to learn more about what the Lakeland experience will entail for this fall. We are preparing to resume campus operations this fall if governmental and medical authorities say it is safe to do so.

Lakeland is a family, and we are at our best when members of our family are working together and interacting face-to-face. We will work collaboratively with public health officials and remain flexible in our approach to learning. As Wisconsin and other regions of the country begin to reopen some businesses, we will all learn whether that can be done without triggering a new wave of this virus.

While we can say that Lakeland will be open this fall, we cannot yet detail the exact array of instructional and housing options we will offer. We have teams monitoring what is happening nationally and locally and creating plans that account for courses, housing and student life. Your input as part of that process is important, and students who took spring 2020 classes will be receiving a short email survey early next week that asks you to share feedback about your virtual experience, and answer a few other questions. We are also focusing on cleaning protocols, classroom arrangements, masking requirements and other safety-related issues.

As always, our priority will be keeping our students, faculty and staff safe. For some students and employees who may face particular health risks, this may mean staying home for much of the next year, if that is possible. Be assured that we will work with you to provide quality learning experiences that recognize your needs.

As we have previously said, we plan to share what the fall semester will look like by July 1.

The lack of details is frustrating for all of us, but we need additional time to be informed so we can provide a safe environment for everyone. We’ll continue to provide updates with as much information as we are able throughout the summer months, so please continue to check your Lakeland email regularly. We also plan to launch a new web page dedicated to news and information about reopening this fall, and we will share more about that soon.

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.

David Black
President
Lakeland University

Dear Students,

We know you are anxious to learn more details about your fall semester experience at Lakeland. As we make final decisions about the semester, we’ll be sharing information with you.

We have adopted revised dates for the fall semester academic calendar for the traditional program at the main campus:

  • Student move-in/orientation: August 23-25
  • Fall term begins: August 26
    • 14-week courses begin August 26
    • 7-week I courses begin: August 31
    • 7-week II courses begin: October 19
  • Labor Day (September 7): Classes held on campus as scheduled
  • No Fall Break: Classes held on campus
  • Last day of on-campus instruction: November 20
  • Virtual instruction beginning November 23
    • No classes scheduled November 26-27
  • Last day of Fall Term: December 4
    • No Final Exam Week

This schedule will allow the majority of students to transition home the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26 and stay home to complete the fall semester virtually. Accommodations will be made for those students who need to stay on campus.

To accommodate this schedule, we won’t have a fall break this year and traditional program classes will be held on Labor Day. Classes will not meet on November 26-27 (Thanksgiving break), but virtual instruction will be required on other days during that week. The normal class schedule will continue virtually through December 4. We will not hold a separate final exam week.

Kellett School (evening and online classes) fall semester academic calendar:

  • 12-week courses: August 31-November 20 (no change)
  • 7-week I courses: August 31-October 16 (no change)
  • 7-week II courses: October 19-December 4. (revised schedule)
  • Note: Kellett School classes will not meet on September 7 (Labor Day) or November 26-27 (Thanksgiving break).

We continue to work on the exact array of instructional and housing options we will offer. We have teams that continue to create plans that account for courses, housing and student life. As we have previously said, we plan to share a complete picture of what the fall semester will look like by July 1. As always, our priority will be keeping our students, faculty and staff safe.

We’ll continue to provide updates with as much information as we are able throughout the summer months. We have launched a web page dedicated to news and information about reopening this fall, which you can find here. We also suggest that you check your Lakeland email regularly.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the summer, and that you and your loved ones stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!