The health and safety of the Lipscomb community is our top priority.
Below is information about the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the university has transitioned to its Return to Campus Plan, this page is not updated frequently and contains information from the spring and summer 2020. Please visit the Return to Campus webpage for current updates and information. Last updated: Jan. 15, 2021.
University officials are actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a newly-identified virus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness, similar to pneumonia. Information will be updated on this page and communicated to the university community (students, parents and employees should keep an eye on their email over the next few weeks!) as available and practicable, so please check back often! Also please find additional information and resources at the links on the right-hand navigation directory.
Subject to change, please check back often.
- Spring semester classes begin Jan. 11, 2021.
Important Upcoming Dates
Spring Calendar Update.
The beginning and ending dates for the spring calendar are the same as originally published with spring classes beginning January 11, 2021 and the last day of finals on May 5, 2021. A few graduate programs, such as pharmacy, will begin classes on January 4 as planned. We anticipate and are committed to providing a full semester of academic coursework so you can continue your academic career path. You can review the Spring 2021 schedule here.
Below is a high level summary of a few schedule changes you will notice in the spring semester.
- Spring Break and “Bison Break” days. Breaks within the spring semester have been changed on the academic schedule. The spring semester will mirror the fall semester with a later spring break the week of April 12-16. The addition of three “Bison Break” days will allow for rest during the semester to ease the physical and mental health toll on our undergraduate students and faculty. Offices will remain open but no undergraduate classes will meet. Students with lab classes or experiential classes, such as practicums, clinicals, and internships, that are scheduled on these days should consult with their faculty members regarding their class schedules for the Bison Break days. Bison Break days are February 10, March 2, and March 25.
Spring Break Closure Dates. The residence halls will be closed for spring break from Saturday, April 10 - Saturday, April 17. All residential students must vacate the dorms for these dates. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the dean of housing and residence life.
Remote After Spring Break. For undergraduate courses, the spring semester will continue with on-campus classes until spring break with classes after spring break and finals delivered in a remote format. Residential students will be contacted by Student Life regarding restrictions for returning to campus following Spring Break. Room and board fees will not be adjusted for the remote period following the spring break.
Following Spring Break, graduate classes will meet in-person or virtually as determined by each course needs and following local guidelines in place at the time.
May Graduation. We will monitor the regional guidelines to determine the format of the May graduation and will provide an update later in the spring semester.