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Return To Campus Plan

Lipscomb University's comprehensive plan to return to campus.

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COVID-19 Update

Lipscomb University Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 update and response.

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Student and Parent Information

As every new day brings changes and additional guidelines recommended by local, state and national authorities and experts, we will share the latest information pertaining to students over the next few weeks here and in the updates section of this site.

Below is information for students. Some of this is information pertains to spring and summer 2020 terms when the university began its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is not updated frequently. Please visit the Return to Campus webpage for current updates and information. 

Return to Campus Plan

Read more information about Lipscomb's Return to Campus Plan for the careful and safe return of employees and students to campus to begin the fall semester in this email sent to the Lipscomb community. Also visit the Return to Campus webpage for full details and current information.

Important Upcoming Dates

We are excited to welcome students back in the fall! The fall calendar is the same as originally published with fall classes beginning August 24 and the last day of finals on December 16. We anticipate and are committed to providing a full semester of academic coursework so you can continue your academic career path. Here are some specific dates and other information about the fall semester that may be helpful.

  • On-Campus Classes. Undergraduate programs and most graduate programs will begin on-campus classes for the fall semester on August 24. A few graduate programs, such as pharmacy, will begin on campus fall classes on August 17, with new student orientations on August 12 and 14. 
  • New Student REVISED Move-in Dates. To allow for proper physical distancing, move-in for new students is scheduled over three days this year—August 17-19. Stay tuned for more details from Housing and Residence Life about other information regarding dorm move in.
  • New Student Orientation. New undergraduate students will have New Student Orientation on August 20 and Quest Week August 21-23.
  • Returning Students Move-in Dates. Returning students are scheduled to move in over three days: August 21-23. Returning students recently received an email to their Lipscomb email address with specific move-in day instructions and information.
  • Fall Holidays and Breaks. Holidays and breaks within the fall semester such as Labor Day and Fall Break have been removed from the academic schedule. This allows us to create a class schedule that has more flexibility should that be needed in the event of a second COVID-19 wave in our region.
  • Thanksgiving Break Closure Dates. The residence halls will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from Saturday, November 21 - Saturday, November 28. 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 Thanksgiving. For undergraduate courses, the fall semester will continue with on-campus classes until Thanksgiving break and the last week of classes and finals will be delivered in a remote format. In an effort to be mindful of both additional travel expenses and individual student health concerns, residential students will have the option of staying home after Thanksgiving break and completing their coursework and finals remotely or returning to campus to complete the semester remotely. Room and board fees will not be adjusted if students choose to remain home following the Thanksgiving break. The delivery format for graduate courses following Thanksgiving will be determined on a course-by-course basis by the department and following local guidelines in place at the time. 
  • Fall Graduation. We will monitor the regional guidelines to determine the format of the December graduation. At this time, we are planning for an in-person graduation program on December 19. 

Fall Semester

It is the plan of the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees and administration that we safely resume in-person, on-campus teaching, learning and residential life for the fall 2020 semester. The COVID-19 task force is developing a series of plans, in conjunction with local, state, federal and public health guidelines, for opening in August. As a contingency, the team is also developing plans for start dates after Labor Day and in October in the event we have to adjust the start of the on-ground school year. We are also working with public health experts to develop new health and wellness protocols to make the Lipscomb campus as safe as possible for everyone. 

Parent Update Emails

Find the latest parent emails below.

July 28: Serious talk from Dean Al Sturgeon, Things to be excited about

July 21: Residence life move-in dates, Student self-isolation plans, Bisons student care plan

July 17: Return to Campus Plan updates. 

July 14: Chapel modifications, Community life, Sodexo and dining on campus

July 7: Students requesting accommodations, Flexible and innovative instructional options

June 30: Fall semester academic calendar, Immunizations

June 16:  Return to Campus Plan information, Staged return to campus work details, protocols and procedures.

April 3: The Business Office announced room and board refund information. Read full announcement that was sent to students and parents here. Learn more in this Frequently Asked Questions resource.

March 18: University officials have made the decision to extend online instruction at Lipscomb University for the remainder of the spring semester. Read full message to students and parents

Virtual Baccalaureate and Commencement (Spring 2020)

This year the Lipscomb community will "come together" virtually for the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service, at 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, May 1, and two commencement ceremonies, one for graduate students at 10:30 a.m. (CST) and one for undergraduate students at 3 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, May 2. Each event will be streamed at Make plans to join us and celebrate the achievements of our students! May and August graduates are also invited to participate in on-campus fall commencement on Dec. 19.

Room & Board Refund Information (Spring 2020)

The Business Office announced room and board refund information. Read full announcement that was sent to students and parents here. Have questions? Learn more in this Frequently Asked Questions resource.

Updated Travel Policy

To ensure the safety of those in the Lipscomb community we are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure we have the best policies in place as the circumstances change. You can find the most current travel policy on the COVID-19 website here. We want to share with you the University’s slightly revised travel policy which is summarized below.

Until further notice, all school-sponsored international travel is fully restricted to any country or area that meets any of the following criteria:

  • Has a rating by the CDC at a Level 3 or higher, or
  • Is referenced in applicable CDC guidelines, or
  • Is restricting or banning travel.

Any member of the Lipscomb community who travels to a location that meets any of these criteria or travels via a cruise to any location is restricted from campus for a 14-day period from the date the trip ends. 

If this situation applies to you, employees should inform your supervisor and human resources. Additionally, any employee or student who will be traveling outside of the United States during Spring Break is required to notify University officials of your plans using this form The list of affected countries and the warning level is dynamic. We encourage you to monitor developments, including the list of countries that are at a Level 3 or higher, through the CDC website.

Activities (Spring 2020)

Although spring semester is a busy time on campus, at this time we have decided to cancel all university and athletic events through the end of the semester unless notified otherwise. 

Career Development Center (Spring 2020)

Please email Monica Wentworth at with any Career Development questions or to schedule an appointment via phone or in-person.

For all internship questions, please contact Allison West at

Academic Resources for Students (Spring 2020)

These resources have been developed by the Office of the Provost to assist students during spring semester. 

Academics - Spring 2020

Student Life - Spring 2020

Student Services & Employment - Spring 2020