At Lakeland, we will continue to safely operate our main campus and our centers in the spring. This webpage will focus solely on updated news and information regarding the 2021 spring semester, including an archive of any announcements, FAQs, links to student resources and other information. The content on this page will be updated as needed, and students, faculty and staff will also receive emails with updates.
This plan provides an overview of the actions, activities, and guidelines that will support continuing on-campus instruction at Lakeland University with the spring semester, January 2021. Some requirements of this pandemic state may rise or fall away as vaccines are developed and improved methods of caring for those affected by the disease are developed, but until that time we will take the opportunity to recreate our environment.
This plan seeks to protect the health and safety of Lakeland University employees, students, and citizens of the regions where we teach, learn, and work. This plan also focuses on maintaining the quality of educational outcomes, experiences, and work products. All actions and activities outlined in the plan will be aligned with the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Sheboygan County Health Department, and university policy. The plan is designed to be adaptable and will change with the environment and virus transmission rates are identified..
The plan is based on the following five principles:
Lakeland University will communicate further developments as they emerge.
Lakeland has received a grant that provides money to pay for testing for students, faculty and staff. Below is our COVID testing plan for the remainder of the 2020 academic year, as well as our plan for the upcoming spring semester.
We care about everyone’s safety. Testing, along with our mask policy, social distancing, washing hands frequently and other measures we have in place, put us in the best position to be open safely and mitigate spread.
Testing Plan For Remainder Of Year
January Testing Plan
Prevea will be conducting free COVID testing in the Wehr Center for the following groups on the dates listed:
Why did we select these dates? Staff will be tested early so their isolation period is completed by the time students arrive. The student and faculty test dates will allow these groups to complete their isolation period in time for the start of spring semester courses on January 19.
Much like the start of the fall semester, residential students will need to self-isolate in their rooms while waiting for their test results. Meals will be delivered to their rooms. If you have an off-campus job, please work with your employer to create a schedule that allows you to stay in your room while you wait for your test result.
Students who cannot move back to campus by one of these dates must contact residence life so we can work with you.
Students who do not wish to be tested will need to remain home and take their spring courses online. Students thinking about this option should speak first to their academic advisor to make sure they are enrolled in courses that can be attended virtually for the entire semester.
Some other important information:
We ask everyone to be mindful of their behavior and remember the Lakeland Campus Community Pledge that we signed at the start of the fall semester. We will be asking students, faculty and staff to sign our Lakeland Campus Community Pledge when they test in January. When each of us takes steps to mitigate the risks posed by COVID, each of us plays a role in protecting Lakeland’s ability to remain open for in-person classes for the semester.
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.
One the toughest things about this fall 2020 semester was the lack of a break. Based on student feedback, we have created some Muskies Wellness Days for the spring 2021 traditional semester to provide students and professors with some room to breathe in the absence of Spring Break. On the following dates, no traditional classes will be scheduled:
We will also be off on Good Friday, April 2, and traditional classes will be canceled on Academic Research Day, April 14, so we can all attend the amazing virtual presentations that will be given by students.
The Lakeland Experience During COVID-19
How we learn, live and work together will be different this spring. 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 spring 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 spring. 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 spring with that, and everyone’s safety, as guiding principles.
While this spring won’t be normal, we are happy to say that our spring 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 spring will have live stream access to all their courses.
Here are some important details:
Spring housing will operate with the same guidelines that were in place for the fall semester.
Spring Move-in dates
Below is the spring move-in schedule:
Each date will be divided into times, similar to the fall. Residence life staff will notify all residents of their move-in return times prior to departing for winter break.
Residence Life, in accordance with the housing consolidation policy, will be conducting housing consolidation for residents that meet the following requirement(s): Requested to live in a double occupancy residential hall or multi-occupancy apartment. Under this policy, students living as a single in a double room will get a roommate so they do not have to pay for a double room as a single room. Note: Students who currently reside in approved singles and/or double rooms as a single will not be affected by this policy. This will also give residence life the ability to help everyone who may return asymptomatic to recover quickly.
Winter Break Housing Plan
Students who leave campus on November 20 will receive a two-week refund of the room/board they were charged. Students who will be moving back to campus for the spring semester can keep the personal belongings they don’t need for break in their rooms.
Students who move off campus after November 20 may receive a portion of the refund depending on the date they move off campus. The finance department will receive a list of all students who moved out and the actual dates they left to review and calculate the exact amount of any refunds.
A credit will be applied to a student’s account in mid-December. If the student has a zero balance due on their accounts, a refund check will be issued to the student. Students may choose to leave the credit on their account to apply toward spring semester costs by contacting the business office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who need to live on campus during winter break will receive additional information in the near future.
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 spring 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
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 postponed all conference regular-season athletic competitions and championship events through Dec. 31, 2020. Our teams have been practicing this fall preparing for their seasons and following the NCAA’s COVID-19 guidelines. As our various team’s schedules are set, we will post them on Lakelandmuskies.com. We are awaiting further details from our conference and the NCAA for details on how games this spring will be played, and we will share that information when it is available.
Until further notice, the Lakeland shuttle will only service essential routes. Essential routes are defined as follows:
First Day of Classes‐Regular term: Tuesday, January 19
Last Day to Add/Drop Classes‐Regular term: Tuesday, January 26
Commence Enrollment Survey opens (regular term): Tuesday, January 26
Commence Enrollment Survey closes (regular term): Thursday, January 28
Final list of administrative drops acted upon: Friday, January 29
Mid‐term Grades due: Friday, March 5
No Spring Break – Classes in Session: March 6‐March 14
Registration for summer and fall 2021 (All): Thursday, March 18 ‐ Friday, March 26
Last Day to Withdraw/Change to Audit‐Regular term: Tuesday, March 30
Easter Break: Friday, April 2
Classes Resume: Monday, April 5
Last Regular Class Day (regular term): Friday, April 23
Finals Week (regular term): Monday, April 26– Friday, April 30
Grades due (regular term): Monday, May 3
If you anticipate having problems paying for school, please email the financial aid office at email@example.com to explain your situation so we can help you.
Counseling staff will continue to offer telehealth services (video chats, phone calls) 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.
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.