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COVID-19 Information: Return to Campus Plan

Protecting the health and wellbeing of our community while providing a great on-campus experience.

Current Protocols

  • Click here to review the current COVID-19 protocols. The institution reserves the right to institute or change protocols at any time for all or for any group or segment of the Lipscomb community.

Return to Campus Plan

As you review the Return to Campus information, be assured that tremendous efforts have been taken and made significant financial investments to put plans, policies and procedures in place as preventive measures to protect the Lipscomb community and to create appropriate responses for when a COVID case is present on our campus. Our plans are based on the following premises:

  • Prevention: We are doing everything we can to prevent the virus from affecting members of our community. But know that no community can guarantee a COVID-19 free environment. 

  • Robust Response: We are prepared to respond quickly, effectively and medically in the event of a COVID case on our campus. 

  • Investment: We have invested millions of dollars to enhance the resources, supplies, facilities, and equipment needed to respond to the COVID environment we currently find ourselves in.  

  • Staffing: We have proactively increased both our medical staff and student support services staff to assist students during the semester as may be needed.  

  • Guidelines: As a community that believes in the value of knowledge and expertise, we have sought the best guidance from federal, state and local entities as well as higher education organizations focused on creating a safe learning community. 

Updated: July 14, 2021 - Lipscomb University will update the information on this page if aspects of the return to campus plan change.

Required Reporting before Returning to Campus

Students who return to on-campus classes or living in the fall must submit ONE of the following in Med+Proctor before returning to campus for the first time for classes, QuestWeek activities or moving into the dorm:

  • proof of completing the required series of COVID-19 vaccinations (i.e., two doses for Moderna and Pfizer or one dose for Johnson and Johnson) at least two weeks before returning to campus, 
  • a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within five days prior to moving into the dorm or attending any on-campus classes, or
  • evidence of a positive COVID-19 test result within the last 90 days but before the last 14 days prior to returning to campus.

Documentation of this requirement is mandatory to be submitted to Med+Proctor PRIOR to your arrival to campus. Instructions for uploading information to MedProctor can be found here under the Health Form: Med+Proctor heading. Students who do not submit required evidence may not be allowed to move into the residence hall and may not be able to register for or attend classes.

Beginning this fall, all residential students must present a viable and confirmed plan for off-campus housing arrangements should it be needed for COVID or any other situation. Lipscomb will no longer provide or guarantee on-campus isolation/quarantine housing. Residential students must submit their off-campus housing plan using this link: 21-22 Quarantine/Isolation Plan


all bisons care plan

Summer 2021 All Bisons Care Plan (PDF)

Download the Lipscomb READY app

This is a comprehensive app that will replace the current BisonAlert texting system for emergency messages. In addition, the COVID-19 resources have been added to the app. You can download the Lipscomb READY app here and read more about it here.


We are following national and local guidelines to create a safe campus environment for students and employees. Guidelines we are following include

Respect Leads Community Value. At Lipscomb University, we value and respect each person and take seriously our responsibility to do what is good for the general welfare of our community. And, if we all lead with respect for others, things will typically work out for the best. We all want to stay on campus for the full semester and, while some of that may be out of our control with this pandemic, much of it is within the control of our community and how well we follow the health and safety protocols in place. We commit to approach situations of noncompliance with empathy and understanding and with a focus on education. However, cases of significant or consistent policy violation will not be tolerated as it puts the whole community at risk of having to return to remote learning as well as risking the health of vulnerable individuals within our community. In those extreme cases where policies are significantly or consistently violated, there will be the possibility of disciplinary action. Failure to adhere to any requirement may result in disciplinary action, including up to expulsion or dismissal for students and termination of employment for employees, depending on the facts and circumstances. Student violations will be reported to Tasha Coleman, director of community standards, and will be processed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Employee violations will be reported to their supervisor and will be processed in accordance with the Employee Handbook.

Important Dates and Information

Here are some highlights of specific upcoming dates and other information that may be helpful.

Fall 2021 Update

Lipscomb University plans for the return to a fully in-person learning, living and working campus experience for the fall 2021 semester. University officials will continue to monitor federal, state and local health guidelines, and will adjust its plans as necessary, as it makes plans to return to a full in-person experience in the fall. Lipscomb University reserves the right to change its programs, fees and academic calendar, and to make other changes to its activities, as it deems necessary or appropriate. Read more here

⚠️ COVID WARNING - Assumption of Risk

COVID-19 is a highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease. The highly contagious nature of COVID-19 means that being in close proximity with other individuals, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the coronavirus, can lead to infection. Additionally, many individuals who are infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic and unknowingly spread the virus to others. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease. 

Lipscomb University holds as paramount the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community. The university is engaged in numerous efforts to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and has put in place certain safety rules and precautions, which may be updated from time to time. Minimizing the spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility, and the university expects and requires all members of the Lipscomb community to do their part by following proper protocol. Despite the university’s best efforts, however, it is impossible to eliminate the risk of positive cases or an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus. The university cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. Students, employees and guests who are physically present on the university’s campus or interact with other members of the Lipscomb community may be exposed to and contract COVID-19, which could result in severe illness and death, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.