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.

COVID-19 Testing

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.).

Lakeland’s response plan if a residential student tests positive for COVID-19 is available here.

Lakeland student in mask

Ensuring the health and safety of our community

Community Pledge

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.

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An Overview to Reopening Campus

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:

  • Working remotely: Lakeland staff members that can continue to work remotely in a productive manner, as approved by their supervisor, should do so until further notice. When in-person work is required, employees should work with their supervisor to stagger when staff are physically in the workspace. Doing so limits the likelihood of inadvertently crowding spaces. For those employees planning to work remotely, if you need to come to campus we ask that you do so during off hours.
  • Scheduling appointments: Students, please be aware that many offices in W.A. Krueger Hall, except the Business Office, will not be open for drop-in visits. Students will need to email the office and make virtual appointments until further notice. Click here to schedule an appointment. 

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.

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

  • When eating/drinking.
  • When students are in their assigned residence hall room, suite or apartment, or in your residential bathroom.
  • When students are practicing/competing during athletics, per athletic department policy.
  • When faculty/staff are alone in their individual office spaces.
  • When outdoors and able to practice social distancing. Have a mask with you at all times, and if you encounter people in high traffic areas outside please put it on.

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:

  • 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.
  • In consultation with their dean, faculty have ​been offered the option to teach in-person, online or hybrid. ​At this point, more than 76% of the scheduled main campus courses will remain fully face-to-face, with another 12% of these courses providing face-to-face instruction rotating weekly using assigned student cohorts. If a course has moved completely online, students should have already received notice via email. We have achieved our goal of offering a large majority of our main campus classes in-person.
  • We strongly encourage that meetings between faculty and students be conducted online until further notice.

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.

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.

  • Physical distancing protocols and health and safety guidelines must be followed by anyone who needs to visit campus.
  • Family visits: Family members are encouraged to ship supplies/items to students. Family members who wish to visit residential students after the move-in day window to drop off supplies may do so by meeting the student in the parking lot near the residential building where the student is assigned. Family members must wear a face covering/mask and social distance themselves from others while they are on campus. As non-Lakeland visitors are not permitted in any campus residential facilities, all visits must take place in designated areas, including the campus courtyards, outdoor seating areas and common areas in the Younger Family Campus Center.
  • Guests in residence halls: A big part of the college residence hall experience is learning to live together. We have implemented some COVID policies that will be different from the norm to encourage compliance with social distancing guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To begin the semester, residential students are allowed one visitor at a time per dorm room and two visitors at a time per apartment from within the same residence hall or apartment building. This is a model that is being used by many colleges and universities to start the semester. Students from the same hall/apartment can congregate in common spaces we have created, including the Campus Center, the tents and outside spaces, as long as masking and social distancing policies are followed. This policy will be reviewed throughout the semester.
  • Overnight: All overnight guest visitation in residential buildings has been suspended until further notice.

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:

  • Food runs, as long as drive-thru or curbside pickup is used.
  • Walgreens/CVS/Walmart/Target. No-contact pickup/curbside pickup/drive-thru service is preferred.
  • Co-op/off-campus jobs.
  • Spending time outdoors – going for walks, the beach in Sheboygan or Elkhart Lake, Parnell Tower, etc.

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

  • 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 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:

  • Co-op/off-campus jobs within Sheboygan County.
  • All medical facilities within Sheboygan County.
  • Walgreens/CVS/Walmart/Target.
    • No-contact pickup/curbside pickup/drive-thru service preferred.
  • Food runs – these must be drive-thru/curbside pickup only. These must be scheduled in advance.

Traditional Program

Academic Calendar: Fall 2020

  • 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

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.

Lakeland University graduate

Kellett School (evening/online courses)

Academic Calendar: Fall 2020

  • 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).

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.

  • 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.

Use this questionnaire to self-observe your health at the start of every day. It was developed using criteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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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
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